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Helping to bring the tally to 50 medals with

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That's all from the BBC News at Six - so it's goodbye from me -

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Drug-related deaths rise to a record high.

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We found needles, syringes and other drug paraphernalia lying in

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considerable quantities. The people leaving their staff are the people

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most at risk of dying. They are the hardest to reach by the drug

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services. Also on the programme:

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as unemployment falls, we'll assess the state

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of the economy. The construction faults

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which closed 17 Edinburgh schools could have implications

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for buildings across the UK - according to the leader

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of the city's council. A new coach for the

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Scotland Rugby Team - Gregor Townsend will

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replace Vern Cotter. And we'll be in Rio where Scotland's

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Catriona Matthew in is in action The number of drugs deaths

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in Scotland has hit a record high. Health professionals

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are calling for new strategies to tackle the problem,

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including the introduction of medically-supervised heroin

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for addicts most at risk. Our home affairs correspondent,

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Reevel Alderson reports. Front line troops in the fight to

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get drug deaths down. Glasgow's assertive outreach workers. Each

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day, teams tried to find users who are injecting on the streets,

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putting themselves and the public at risk. We are trying to drill the use

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of clean needles. We also provide the antidote to opiate overdose. We

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actually provide kits. You don't have to go far from Glasgow city

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centre to find evidence of street have to go far from Glasgow city

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drug use existing. We found drugs paraphernalia lying in considerable

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quantities here. The people who are leaving this stuff are the people

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most at risk of dying and they are the hardest to reach by the drug

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services. Official figures just released show the scale of

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Scotland's problem. There were 706 drug-related deaths in Scotland last

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year, up 6% on the year before. Older users, over 35, with long

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drug-taking histories account for 70% of those who died. There are

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public health implications. Needle sharing has led to a rise in

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infections, such as HIV and botulism. Copenhagen is one of many

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places around Europe offering users the chance to receive medical grade

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heroin under supervision. These ideas are one's health officials

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here would like to explore to save lives and money. There would be a

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cost benefit, cost reduction to the health services. Prisons, the

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criminal justice systems, housing, except read. We had three new

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members last month, which was quite sad. Kevin Butler died from an

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overdose. She offers support to families bereaved by addiction and

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is in favour of supervised drug injection. It is getting people out

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of the shadows. I could hold my head high. I have a problem, yes. I'm

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still being. I can hold my head high, walk in. I am not going to be

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judged. Some good news in the figures. The number of people dying

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from drug-taking is coming down and the number from taking drugs is the

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lowest in a decade. A police whistleblower has told

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the Scottish Police Federation that an overtime ban is leading

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to proactive investigations The claims are made

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in an email the federation Police Scotland say there is no

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overtime ban in place and officers However the federation says pressure

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is being put on officers They are being told, if they do into

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overtime, they will not be getting paid. Whether that is an overtime

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ban or strict examination of the overtime budget, it makes no

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difference. If there is no overtime available, the public will suffer.

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Police Scotland are a crucial part in tackling drug misuse across

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country. They are a positive partner in our approach to tackling some of

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the issues we have in our country. They are taking forward some of the

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innovative work across the country as well and are very much dedicated

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to trying to insure our communities remain safe.

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Unemployment fell in Scotland, and across the UK,

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And there's been another rise in the number of Scots who're in work.

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Our business correspondent David Henderson can tell us more.

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Jackie, this snapshot reveals the health of the jobs market

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with all that means for households and prosperity right

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But the official figures look back - they cover

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In that period, the number of people out of work and looking

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for a job in Scotland fell by 26,000.

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That means the jobless total is heading in

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the right direction - downwards, but that

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still leaves 143,000 jobseekers in Scotland.

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There's another positive sign, though.

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Scotland's workforce increased, with 51,000

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Well, it could be small businesses, like this one, a chain of private

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hearing clinics with ambitious plans to expand.

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Our market seems to be growing right now. It is largely driven by an

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ageing population and also easy now. It is largely driven by an

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access to hearing care and health care. It started with a small clinic

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in Bath Street. The have grown that to three permanent sites across

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central Scotland, including Stirling and Edinburgh. We have six

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outpatient clinics. There is high demand for skilled staff. Clinical

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audiologists, ear hygienist, administrators and back office

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workers in the company. As we grow, the impact of the honours is that we

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will have to keep stretching because we are buckling at the seams right

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now. but the unemployment rate

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here in Scotland is still higher more needs done to tackle

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economic uncertainty, because these job figures just

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cover the early summer, so they don't reflect

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the impact of the Brexit vote. Now, if we're looking for signs

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of confidence to wipe away those Referendum fears -

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they're hard to find One expert said it's still far too

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early to say if that vote We don't know what negotiations will

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come out of Brexit. It will take an awfully long time to that get down

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to the consumer's. The once did well were electricals and the home. And

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is a fine people are still spending on big-ticket items. Those that did

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less well worth footwear and fashion. That is a weather-related

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thing. There is more unsettled weather in July than one might have

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hoped. Now the UK Government says

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the economy's in a strong place But with those negotiations

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still some way off, we've yet to see how many businesses will react

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as they weigh up whether to invest and hire new staff and its

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still unclear how we'll react with decisions

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on how we spend our cash. The Scottish Secretary,

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David Mundell, says the UK Government wants EU citizens living

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in this country to be able He was responding to a fresh call

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from the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, for

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a guaranteed right to remain, issued on the day she met

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EU nationals in Edinburgh. Here's our political

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correspondent, Glenn Campbell. With passports from almost every EU

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country, they came to discuss Brexit with the First Minister. Some fear

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they could be forced to leave the UK. They must have thought of wait

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resettle me somewhere, to give us a cushion to fall on. And not make

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them the refugees of Europe. The First Minister is not in charge of

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immigration. The UK Government is. It breaks my heart that, as First

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Minister, the elected leader of this country, I cannot sit here and give

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you the county and certainty you want. Perhaps if we can do one thing

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from today, all of this together is to send a very clear message to the

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UK Government. End this uncertainty and end it now. The UK Government

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does not want to give guarantees until it has secured similar rights

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for UK citizens living in other EU countries. Discussing Brexit with

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farmers in East Lothian, the Scottish Secretary seemed confident

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of a deal. The Prime Minister has made it clear she wants EU nationals

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here in the UK to be able to stay and she will do everything she can

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to make that happen. It is also important that we secure the

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position of UK nationals who are in other parts of the EU. In the

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background to this debate, other parts of the EU. In the

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whether or not EU nationals should have a guaranteed right to remain on

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UK soil after Brexit, the politics of Scottish independence. By

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pointing out the power she does not have, Nicola Sturgeon is inviting

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you to imagine what it would be like if she did have them. Another

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independence referendum might suit this German couple, who support the

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SNP. They decided to leave the UK because Brexit. Today the First

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Minister has asked them to give it more thought. They they will.

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The construction defects which closed 17 schools in Edinburgh

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could have implications for buildings across the UK.

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That's according to the leader of the city council who's

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commissioned an inquiry into what happened.

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He was speaking as children returned to school in the capital

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This primary School in January. A massive storm had caused a wall of

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the school to collapse and luckily there were no injuries. Checks

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carried out on all of the city public school is soon uncovered the

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same faults will do yesterday, reporting Scotland revealed 30

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schools across the country had to have repairs because of defective

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wall and header ties, like this one in East Renfrewshire. Thousands of

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pupils were unable to return to school after Easter while repairs

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were made. The first day of repairs at this high school in Edinburgh. As

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pupils begin the academic year, the council is starting its own enquiry

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as to why 17 of its schools had to close earlier this year. All the

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schools were built or refurbished and the public - private partnership

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championed by Labour. Edinburgh Council says that financial model

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was not to blame. It is not a contract issue, it is a construction

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issue. We'll be holding them to account for what has gone wrong. The

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enquiry will report by the end of September 2016 and I will be

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ramifications. For the whole of Scotland and potentially the rest of

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the UK. These pupils explained how they had to be bussed to different

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schools for three months. We had no clue that would happen. It was an

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initial shock. That is it. I did not know about it. I switched on my

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phone, I was studying, and then it came through that we were not in

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school Monday. It was confusing. Older people is heading for exams

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were prioritised. Many students did suffer disruption. It was a very

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reduced school day. Only several hours. The actual teaching they were

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not taught proper lessons. Parents will await the outcome of the public

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enquiry, expected to include in December. -- conclude.

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Still to come on tonight's programme: we'll be in Rio

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where Scotland's Catriona Matthew in is in action in the

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The director responsible for a crematorium at the centre

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of the Aberdeen baby ashes scandal has failed to appear at a crucial

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meeting discussing a secret report into its handling of the issue.

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The city council says he is on annual leave.

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A summary of the report was shown to councillors - then taken back.

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This was a very significant day for Aberdeen City Council. Elected

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members were given the opportunity to scrutinise the two reports that

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have been published in response, or produced, in response to the baby

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ashes scandal. One public and one private. What is most noticeable

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today was not the number of people or the individuals who were here at

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that meeting but the one who was not. Pete Leonard, the director of

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the department responsible ultimately for what happened at the

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crematorium. You would ordinarily be at a meeting like this, particularly

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when his department was being discussed. Today he failed to show.

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The official response from the council was that he was on annual

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leave. Opposition councillors attacked him for that. They said he

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should have been there today that he was defended by the council's

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leader. Pete is on annual leave today. Everybody is entitled to

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annual leave. On such a crucial day? The report today was from the chief

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Executive. She was talking about that report. Councillors have had

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the answers they required. The detail within a report that I have

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confidence in the ongoing process, that it will be dealt with. A

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summary of that confidential report was presented to councillors today

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that they were given ten minutes to read and then it was taken away from

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them again. At that point, the lawyer, the chief lawyer for the

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council, told members they were potentially breaking employment

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legislation if they were to discuss a comment publicly and then only

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three questions were asked by the 43 members of the council about the

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public report. That was the level of scrutiny that again today before

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they moved on to another agenda right. Still lots of questions to be

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asked about it and about the level of scrutiny being put on this. Thank

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you. The First Minister's

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mother has quit as Provost of North Ayrshire council,

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along with the rest The SNP group lost its status

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as the biggest party in the local authority

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after the Nicola Sturgeon's father Now Joan Sturgeon and the SNP

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administration have They will formally leave the posts

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after a special meeting Former Scotland rugby player

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Gregor Townsend is to become He's currently in charge

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of Glasgow Warriors and will replace New Zealander Vern Cotter

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next summer. As David Currie reports,

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the Scottish Rugby Union say they are appointing a man of vision

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to take the team to This is the man who led Glasgow

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Warriors to their first and only pro 12 league title. Beating the best

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clubs from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Italy in 2015. Now the SRU is

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putting its faith in him to take on the best national teams in the

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world. Its chief executive said: under Vern Cotter Scotland won just

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two six Nations matches in two years. They came within seconds of

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beating Australia to a place in the World Cup semifinals last year. Vern

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Cotter's contract expires next summer at which point Gregor

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Townsend steps in. He brings organisation, a bit of honesty,

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plain talking, he's the boss. If you watch Glasgow Warriors you know

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you're watching a team that is organised and I have criticised

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Scotland in previous years for being disorganised, a shambles almost,

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getting better under Vern Cotter and I think Gregor Townsend will make

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them even better, I think he's the best young fish coach around in

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European rugby. He might not be thinking ahead to

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next year at the moment but Glasgow Warriors are. They say they are

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already looking for his replacement. A look at other stories

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from across the country. An elderly man has died in a single

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vehicle track only a 75 in Dumfries and Galloway near Gatehouse of

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Fleet. The 76-year-old driver was the only person in the car. A

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63-year-old woman died and two men were injured near Dingwall in the

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Highlands, the collision happened around 10:30pm last night. Inmates

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at Polmont Janan offenders institution spend extended periods

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in their sales due to a fear of violence. An inspector 's report

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found that despite an improvement in the relationship between the

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prisoners and staff interaction between inmates is limited. Around

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20 further education colleges in Scotland including the new city of

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Glasgow College could be hit by strike action that will coincide

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with students starting their courses at the end of the month. Members of

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unison which represent admin and support staff say there has been an

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overwhelming vote in favour of stoppages in a dispute over pay.

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Edinburgh City Council has approved plans to turn one of its most famous

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landmarks into a music school. The a listed Royal high school on Calton

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Hill has been the subject of a number of proposals over the last

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few years including a luxury hotel development which was rejected by

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the council at Christmas. The new plans endorsed today have been drawn

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up by the architect Richard Murphy for Saint Mary 's music school.

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Scottish athletes have made it through the heats in two events

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on the track at the Olympic stadium this afternoon.

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Andy Butchart qualified for Saturday's final of the 5,000

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metres and Lynsey Sharp is through to the semi-finals

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Meanwhile, Catriona Matthew has been in action in the women's

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golf tournament and our Olympics reporter, Jane Lewis,

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Doesn't the Olympic golf course looks stunning? Bathed in the

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sunshine. This golf course was designed and built specifically for

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these games and is a course that Scottish golfer Catriona Matthew has

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already played her opening round on making her Olympic debut. She did

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not do too badly at all, she finished level par after her opening

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round, just five shots off the clubhouse leader, more play underway

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behind me. She admits when she was called up to the first tee that she

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felt one or two extra nerves. It was good, I was a bit nervous on the

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first tee. But got off to a bit of a shaky start but then good birdies on

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six and nine got me back into it. I had chances on the back nine,

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hopefully could have been better if I had holed a couple but still in it

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which is the main thing. Why the extra nerves, because it's the

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Olympics? Yes, being in the Olympics is different for us, if you don't

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feel a bit nervous there is something wrong with you. Earlier

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today two Scottish track and field athletes in fantastic form at the

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Olympic Park, Lynsey Sharp through to the semifinals of the 800 metres,

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in convincing style as well, winning her heat in a time of just over two

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minutes. She admits she's coming into these games feeling in great

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shape. Absolutely, I feel in the shape of my life. I know it will

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take that to get amongst the medals. But I'm confident I can get times

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close to what the other girls are running so looking forward to the

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next few rounds. Before that, Andy Butchart made it to the final of the

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5000 metres finishing fifth in his heat today. He was in the second

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5000 metres finishing fifth in his heat and will join none other than

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Mo Farah, his British team-mate in Saturday's final. He says hopefully

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he is starting now to make a name for himself. You have to make

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yourself known to these guys. I am unknown to half of the people in the

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field and hopefully today they will keep their eye on the final. It's my

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first major championships, the aim was to make the final which I've

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done so I will enjoy it and see what I can do. Great news for Andy

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Butchart, they have been talking all games about the frustrating time for

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the sailors, a lack of wind but it is getting up at the minute. It was

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meant to be the final of the 470 class for the men at the women's

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final was delayed so the men's will take place later this evening.

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Scottish sailor Luke Patience out of medal contention so frustrating

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times for him, disappointing as well as he got a silver medal in London

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but nothing this time around in Rio. Frustrating and disappointing times

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for him but Catriona Matthew will be back out there on that stunning golf

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course tomorrow hoping to improve on her round of level par. Thank you,

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it does look stunning. Football now and Celtic

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are at home in the first leg of their Champions League

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play off against the Israelis If they win the tie,

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they qualify for the lucrative group Our reporter Alasdair Lamont

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is at Celtic Park to assess Celtic's Without question the most important

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game thus far of Brendan Rodgers short time in charge at Celtic.

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Alongside me to assess how the game might go this evening is former

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Celtic striker Scott McDonald. This is the point at which Celtic have

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Celtic striker Scott McDonald. This fallen out of the Champions League

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in the last two seasons, from what you have seen so far do you think

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they are better equipped to night? I think certainly yes, we have seen a

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different team under Brendan Rodgers, some quality players added

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as well who will give that extra forward edge. And goals hopefully. I

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fully expect them to take the lead tonight into the second leg. The

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Achilles heel in the last couple of seasons has been the loss of goals

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at Celtic Park which is ultimately killed them in the play-off stage.

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Is keeping a clean sheet actually no more important than scoring? I think

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it is key, in the last couple of seasons it's been well documented

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that Celtic have lost crucial goals at home and I think they will have

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to keep the back door shut tonight in order to qualify. But they will

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to keep the back door shut tonight still have to go to the other end as

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well and hopefully get on the scoresheet and take a lead into the

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well and hopefully get on the second leg. Scott will be part of

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the BBC radio Scotland coverage. The golf in Rio might have looked good

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but I think we can give them a run for the money in the weather?

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It was a lovely day across most of the country, great picture from a

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weather watcher on the north-west coast. Lovely sunshine this evening,

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not blue skies were all, this weather bringing cloud and outbreaks

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of rain across the Western Isles and still more to come over the next wee

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while but for most this evening it is dry. Staying that way as we head

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overnight. There will be some cloud and clear spells and also missed and

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low cloud around North Sea coast at times drafting inland. Temperature

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will overnight in towns and cities hit double digits, in the

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countryside perhaps single budget but not too cold. Tomorrow is

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another dry day in the main, bit more cloud compared to today but

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still sunshine on offer. Pretty pleasant conditions I have to say.

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By mid-afternoon looking at temperatures of around 20, 20 two

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Celsius, always cooler towards the coast, particularly the east Coast,

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perhaps low cloud lingering at times. Sunshine towards the West

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Coast, cloud and spots of rain for the Western Isles but many parts

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will be dry, winds light to moderate. Rest of the afternoon into

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the evening and indeed overnight drive, sunshine to end the day, but

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those dry conditions won't last because there is change afoot. You

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can see what I mean, low pressure arriving from the South West, quite

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an autumn work to that which will turn things wet and windy through

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Friday. We start dry but the cloud increases and the rain follows, it

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moves north across the country through the course of the day.

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Temperatures down a bit but it will be breezy as well but a cool

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feeling. The low-pressure sting into the weekend so an unsettled scene,

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some heavy thundery downpours at times and quite humid and breezy

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feel to both days. Some sunshine but limited. Thank you, just time for a

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reminder of the main news tonight. The number of drugs deaths in

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Scotland has hit a record high, more than 700 people died last year, a

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15% increase on the year before. Health professionals call for new

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strategies to tackle the problem including the introduction of

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medically supervised heroin addicts most at risk. Unemployment has

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fallen in Scotland and across the UK as a whole, official figures show

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the number of people out of work here between April and June was down

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by 20 6000. And that's Reporting Scotland, we are back with the main

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bulletin which is scheduled to be just after the 10pm News but it's up

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to the Olympics what happens. From everyone here enjoy your evening,

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goodbye.

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