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Gay men who were accused of homosexuality before laws were

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scrapped will be pardoned. There are also plans to remove this from

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police records. This is from our political editor, Brian Taylor.

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Same-sex matter for celebration. Gay activist

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Derek Hogg says it is a wonderful act of reconciliation but he

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remembers a very different time in Scotland before the law was changed.

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Working-class gay men in Scotland where the fire to come out, they

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faced physical brutality and shaming and ostracism from their community.

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Middle-class professional people lost their professional status. It

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was a catastrophe in the lives of people and of course just the

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silence of living with that sense of guilt year after year after year

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drove many people to suicide to, the self harm come to drink and drugs.

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At Holyrood, the Justice Secretary put it simply. We must right this

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At Holyrood, the Justice Secretary wrong. He explained how. Will want

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to produce an automatic pardoned for people convicted so they know they

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are absolved fully of that conviction. We want to address the

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injustice that people experience in the because of their sexual

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orientation. There will also be moves to disregard such conviction

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and inform police records. In England, different reform is under

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way following the posthumous pardon granted to Alan Turing, the wartime

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computer code breaker. There is a long history here, while sexual acts

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between women were not specifically outlawed, it was 1980, 13 years

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after England, before gay sex was legalised in Scotland with men aged

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over 21. In 1994, the age of consent was registered to 18, then the 16 in

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2001, creating equality. The first same-sex marriage in Scotland was at

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the end of 2014. Today's announcement won cross-party

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the end of 2014. Today's support. That is a hugely welcome

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announcement, in fact nothing short of an historic moment for Scotland

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to be a more equal and respectful country. Both Kezia Dougdale and

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Patrick Harvie raised the issue of a formal apology for past laws. While

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many welcome a pardon, others take from it they are being forgiven for

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having done something wrong. The Cabinet Secretary promised to look

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seriously at that issue in the pardoned law is introduced.

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Plans for the expansion of Heathrow's third runway has been

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welcomed by the Scottish Government, Scottish airports and businesses

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who want to see improved options for air connections.

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But environmentalists are warning it's a backward step.

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So what are the implications of this project?

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Here's our Business and Economy Editor, Douglas Fraser.

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One product you don't have two F rate the market. This patch will be

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ready about the time the next Heathrow runway comes into use. This

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distillery near Inverness has trouble requirements. Frustrated by

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London's airport bottleneck. It is not that important for us to get out

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because we know how to get out, but for distributors and their customers

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coming in, they need a smooth transition, and Heathrow usually is

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the airport of choice. London has lots of airport capacity but not

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enough where it's needed, at Heathrow and Gatwick. That is where

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feeder flights can link to the world, but what about the noise, say

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Heathrow's neighbours, and aircraft emissions? The concerns are that we

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received a significant increase, 70% by 2030. It will increase pollution,

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make the demands that the planet is facing, carbon emissions, even more

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stark. Frei Scottish airports link with Heathrow but the British

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Airways monopolies wishes prices up. Airways monopolies wishes prices up.

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-- pushes prices up. Not the setting has come at an economic cost, while

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other global hubs have been grabbing market share. We need to have this

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as soon as possible. Because of the delays we have had over many years,

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what you are seeing is further development in western Europe, and

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in Dubai and Istanbul, and that isn't the cost of the UK. After

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consultation and potential legal challenges, a hard-fought Commons

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vote, we are still a long way from the bulldozers moving in. Some

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Gatwick supporters think Heathrow's plans will never happen. They face

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too many large obstacles. I am frustrated as a taxpayer and a

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businessman and an airport guy who just wants to see progress. This is

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a vote for no progress. But in the end we just have to get on with what

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we do. There is a catch, the aviation market is changing.

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Edinburgh and other major Scottish airports are not just looking to get

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people in and out of London, they are looking for direct routes,

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indeed they are already flying them to European cities, North America

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and the Middle East and eventually they hope to Asia. With that kind of

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growth, Edinburgh might need another runway too, in at least 25 years.

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Douglas Fraser, reporting Scotland. Well, our news reporter,

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Steven Duff, is at Aberdeen Airport Steven, is it possible to say

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what impact he heathrow expansion plans might have on people flying

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to and from Scotland? What has been the reaction? We have

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further consent from Edinburgh airport and from environmental

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groups, but from the north-east, there has been long-time support for

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an extension of Heathrow. The feeling is that was the best way to

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maintain and improve connectivity, with London and abroad. The Grampian

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Chambers of commerce says that the government finally appears to have

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grasped the nettle and it will be at the forefront of the consultations

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to follow. They are reporting since the Inverness- Heathrow link was

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reinstated after 20 years in May there has been a surge in tourists,

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1450% of those saying they connected internationally via Heathrow. Of

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course it is also about maintaining links, Glasgow, Inverness and

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Heathrow, and the government say they will have the links maintained

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with this decision. It also could be new links. Prestwick has been

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mentioned, even Dundee apparently. When decision is finally reached, it

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will be well over a decade before passengers in Scotland notice any

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difference. Scottish universities have raised

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concerns about the future of European research funding

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in the wake of Brexit. The principal of Glasgow

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university says he believes it The University of the Highlands

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and Islands says it's having to put major projects on hold

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until the situation becomes clear. Our science correspondent

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Kenneth Macdonald has this report. Scottish science punches above its

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weight. They get a far bigger share of the UK's science budget than the

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size of our population might suggest. Why? Because we are good at

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it. In European funding, as in the UK, Scottish research attracts more

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than our population's share, what is called the southern framework

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programme between 2007 in 2013 attracted the support of almost 730

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million euros. The current programme, a 2020, has brought us

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almost 300 million so far. -- Horizon 2020. So while Brexit

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meaning Brexit, what will it mean the Scottish research perhaps more

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than all those Euros? Universities in Scotland are a fantastic asset in

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this country, two in the top hundred, 45 in the top 200. That is

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an asset that we really don't want to lose and it could be imperilled.

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Of course it is one aim for us because science doesn't really

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respect borders. I know from my own research background, to push back

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the frontiers and to make real progress, much of it involves

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international collaboration. The Scottish Government says it is

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concerned about the uncertainty and points the finger at the UK

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Government. The Treasury says funding for specific projects will

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continue beyond the UK's departure from the EU but that may not be

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enough for a major scheme to improve skills. A large part of that will be

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funding higher level qualifications, including quite a substantial number

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of postgraduate places, doctorates. Fine, we know that a lot of that

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funding has been confirmed, in the short-term, but doctorate takes

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three and a half to four years. We cannot in all honesty start any of

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these big major projects when we don't know that the funding is going

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to be confirmed 100% long-term. Are there any upsides? Science is

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international and resilient. Scotland played a role in the two

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biggest breakthroughs this entry, the Higgs boson and the discovery of

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gravitational waves, both the result of collaboration is far bigger than

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the EU. But what is happening now is that

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Brexit has opened up a world of uncertainty, and although we may not

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yet know exactly what is under threat, we do know what's at stake.

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A bin lorry driver has been jailed for a year for causing the death

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Scott Hamilton reversed his vehicle into a mobility scooter being driven

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by Peter Wills near the pensioner's home at Dunblane in December 2014.

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44-year-old Hamilton had earlier pleaded guilty at the High Court

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in Stirling to causing death by careless driving by failing

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A female police officer who was badly injured along

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with a colleague in a hit-and-run attack in Glasgow has

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The officers were trying to speak to people inside a blue

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Nissan Qashqai in Glasgow on Sunday night when it was deliberately

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Police have now confirmed that the vehicle, which was later

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found burned out, had been stolen, and they are treating the attack

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Scotland's prisons watchdog wants more help for offenders

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who are released into the community at the end of their sentence.

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The Chief Inspector of Prisons says too often people leave jail

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without knowing where they'll sleep or whether their health care

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needs will be met - and it makes reoffending

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Our Home Affairs Correspondent, Reevel Alderson reports.

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Scotland's prison population is the Losa seven years, and overall the

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annual inspection report is positive. Praise for staff who work

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with prisoners about to be released. This report please to be publishing

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today. David Strand says there should be better integration of

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their work with services provided in the community by local authorities,

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the NHS and charities. I see too many people leaving prison not

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knowing where they are going to sleep that night, people with health

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care problems, not sure whether addiction support will come, and

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people leaving with insufficient money to support them until their

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benefits are June. This lack of support, he says, is one of the many

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reasons why many offenders return quickly to prison. This challenge

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for society is being tackled by charities like the wise group.

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Mentors, many of themselves with prison records, help those about to

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leave jail and four of the year until their sentence is ended. They

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offer practical support and advice on how to keep out of trouble. It

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has been six months, and there is a real empathy, because we do

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understand. A lot of the guys I have worked with, from the team, there is

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a real deep understanding in the whole team, and a real specialism.

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But the charities concerned that funding could come to an end.

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You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.

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Gay rights campaigners welcome the Scottish Government's decision

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to pardon men who were convicted of homosexual offences

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Concern from Scotland rugby's head coach that his international squad

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members with English clubs may not be released for the autumn

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A world-wide forum of disability experts

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The Rehabilitation International Congress was last held in the UK

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The topics discussed and society's attitudes towards disabled people

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has changed radically since then, as our reporter Ian Hamilton

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One of the issues they will be discussing here at the

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rehabilitation International Congress is that lack of investment

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into people with disabilities. Governments were happy to win

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Paralympic medals bending wave that way but what about other elements of

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life? If you invest in employment, way but what about other elements of

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training, independent living and other areas of their life, then we

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will also hit gold in those areas too. Gathered here are some of the

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top disability experts on the road. They will be developing ideas that

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will influence government policy around the globe. What Edinburgh can

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learn is to take on board and look at what other countries have got in

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their systems. At a forum like this where you can have those

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conversations with people just sat around a table, like we are now, it

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is where you learn from each other I think more than anything. Greens I

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think we need to do is also change our social access and our mentality

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around disability because it is not just about having a really

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accessible venue for accessible coding, it is about staff having

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disability awareness training and having the right attitude to treat

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disabled people with the respect they deserve. This week is all about

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exchanging ideas. We all want to make sure we have policies that

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allow people with disabilities to fulfil their potential. That means

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having an inclusive approach to policy-making. So there's lots we

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can learn but there's also lots of it we can offer other countries, in

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terms of how we do things in Scotland. 1000 delegates, 200

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speakers from 60 different countries will be here until Thursday to find

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new ways of delivering services to an increasingly disabled global

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population. Time for a look at other stories

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from across the country. There's been a reduction

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in the number of people with alcohol related problems

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being admitted to hospital, There were almost 35,000 such

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admissions last year - A new possible sighting of missing

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Dunfermline airman Corrie Mckeague The 23-year-old, based in Suffolk,

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vanished after a night out Police said they had

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received another possible sighting of him heading

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towards an industrial estate. Olympic gold medallist

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Callum Skinner joined veterans today for the launch of this years

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Scottish Poppy Appeal. The fundraising campaign will see

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around five million poppies being sold to help support the

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Armed Forces community in Scotland. The Armed Forces are still dealing

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with challenges around the world. The veterans deal with the

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challenges that they've faced from their service over many years. With

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the Armed Forces community getting smaller in Scotland, it's important

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that the wider public understand what they've done for us over the

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years and that their service is never forgotten.

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A new teacher has been found for a school with just seven pupils

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It follows a social media appeal launched by residents

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after the former teacher left for family reasons.

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Work has started on a new multi-sport venue in Aberdeen city

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centre that has the backing of two of Europe's greatest footballers.

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The run down basketball court will become Scotland's

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first Cruyff Court - the brainchild of the late Dutch

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It's also received support from the Denis Law Legacy Trust.

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A community bid to take over the former Portobello Old Parish

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Church in Edinburgh, has been given the go-ahead

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It will be the first urban community buy-out under new legislation.

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Locals want to turn the church into a multi-purpose community hub.

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In football, Sir Alex Ferguson says Scotland will need to beat England

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at Wembley if they're to have a chance of qualifying for

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After a disappointing start to their campaign

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for the national team, the match is set for November.

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Sir Alex, though, is optimistic that the Scots can get back on track

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with a win against their arch rivals, as David Currie reports.

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Two of Scotland's biggest personalities, and one of the

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sport's biggest prizes. Although that's an oversized version of the

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European Championship trophy. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and

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Sir Alex Ferguson in Glasgow, highlighting its role as one of 13

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cities hosting matches in the 2020 finals. The actual European final

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trophy is on display in Glasgow today, too. But it will be fair to

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say that the minds of most Scottish football fans aren't on that.

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They're on the World Cup and Scotland's prospects of qualifying

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for the tournament in Russia in two years' time. Strachan's Scotland

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have just two points from three qualifying matches. His team face

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England next at Wembley. But he wasn't talking to media types like

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me about that today. The man who managed Aberdeen and Manchester

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United was. I think that they have to win it. It's no problem, they can

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win it. Scotland always do well against England. It's always a great

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incentive, and the support will be fantastic. I don't know how many

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will be that, but whatever they allocate in Scotland it will be

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trouble that you will find tickets I. The Scotland boss's current

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manager is also hoping he and his team deliver at Wembley. We need to

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get our performance back on track at Wembley and get our position

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improved if we have any chance of qualifying. Gordon knows how

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important this is for the fans. The branding for the Glasgow part of

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Euro 2020 features a graphic Clyde Arc, that is the squinty Bridge to

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you and me. Scotland's Rugby head coach,

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Vern Cotter, says no team should try to stop a player

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representing his nation. The top English sides have voted

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to not release Scotland players for the Autumn tests,

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unless the SRU settle allegedly Cotter also revealed he's

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"disappointed" to be Wildly the Next Generation honed

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their skills on a tour of the national rugby stadium, the man in

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charge of Scotland's first 15 fields questions about a row with top

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English teams who say their players might represent Scotland and less

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allegedly outstanding medical bills are settled. You can't deny people

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the opportunity to play. Even though it may be frustrating at times when

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you have players leaving or injured or coming back injured,

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International rugby is important fixtures and it's pretty tough to

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try and deprive a player of that possibility to play for his country.

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A gig of the autumn Test series, the World Cup runners-up Australia are

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here at Murrayfield one fortnight on Saturday. Head coach Vern Cotter

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will need his strongest available squad. But because of the club

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versus country row, he's not sure whether his English -based players

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will be available to him. The five in question are the Saracens duo of

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Sean Maitland and Duncan Taylor. Fellow back Tim Visser of

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harlequins. Forward Moray Low of the Exeter Chiefs. And most crucially of

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all, Gloucester's Greg Laidlaw, the Scotland captain. You cannot have a

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Scotland test periods without the Scottish captain. Greg Laidlaw is in

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there as the Scottish captain for three games. He should not be

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deprived of the rights to play for his country. And he should not be

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used as a political pawn between a group of clubs and a nation?

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Absolutely. This is rugby politics group of clubs and a nation?

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gone wrong. This is so bad for the game. It's a distraction Vern Cotter

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gone wrong. This is so bad for the could do without as he prepares

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gone wrong. This is so bad for the his last autumn test with Scotland.

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He will be replaced next summer by the Glasgow Warriors head coach

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Gregor Townsend. If you're doing the Glasgow Warriors head coach

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something and you want to go somewhere and you've got objectives

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in mind, that's the deal that done. We just move on. Moving on this

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autumn will be less of an ordeal if key players like as captain can join

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the party. All this month the festival Luminate

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has been celebrating the creativity It shares stories of ageing and

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explores what growing older means. And for one film-maker,

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what began as a single film has inspired an entire festival -

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within the festival. Our Arts Correspondent,

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Pauline McLean, reports. For film-maker Duncan, this

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Edinburgh care home was a starting point for his latest film project.

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Having encouraged his reluctant grandfather put on film-maker,

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he wanted to persuade other older people to the same.

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Five residents took up the challenge and spent the last few months

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Choosing the direction of themselves has allowed them

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We have all opted for different styles of music, everyone

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has a least one form of story and then to tell.

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May is one of the newest residents and at the age of 86

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decided her family was the most interesting story

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My son seemed quite thrilled about it but they kept telling me

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that Hollywood would be here and all of this kind

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But in one week, it was quite exciting, in one way.

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The film has been commissioned at the Luminate Festival

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which encourages older people to continue to be creative and there

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One of the residents spoke about how she wanted to do things like this

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in her life but had not been given the opportunity and,

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you know, I do not think at the age of 90 she expected to have this

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opportunity to do this and dedicate this film that we made

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The films will be shown at a special screening in the home

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and it is all that it will reach a wider audience at

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Who knows, if successful, there could be a sequel.

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Now here's Shelley Jofre with details of Scotland 2016.

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Tonight we're arresting how much economic benefit the new runway at

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Heathrow would bring to Scotland. And at what cost to the environment.

:25:38.:25:42.

And the international debate on improving disability rights comes to

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Edinburgh. Join me over on BBC Two at 10:30pm.

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There are some lovely blue skies for many of us, this was Glasgow this

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morning. Later this afternoon, beautiful blue skies through the

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capital. There is change afoot this week. The easterly that we have had

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which has been so predominant is changing to a westerly. That means

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we will see some weather fronts coming in off the Atlantic with more

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cloud and wind around. Through the course of this evening, the cloud

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that we've seen building today, you can see it on the satellite picture.

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That's going to stay with us. You can see a weather front in the

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north-west, cloud streaming its way in. We hold onto tonight. Cloudy,

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breezy, much milder than last night. For some, a little bit damp. Here is

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the rain edging in across the north-west. Fairly light and patchy

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for many. The further south and east you are, the drier it will be. A dip

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in temperature in the east, but temperatures here will recover. In

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the West, much milder than last night. It was -5 Celsius in Tulloch

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Bridge last night. Breezy, cloudier and outbreaks of rain moving their

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way south and east through the course of the day on Wednesday.

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Through the central belt by lunchtime and down towards the

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borders before fizzling away. By mid afternoon for Central and southern

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Scotland, cloudy with a few showers. Much milder than today. 13-14

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Celsius. Further north, spells of sunshine coming through but also a

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number of blustery showers. It will be a windy day tomorrow with a

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strong south-westerly wind around the west coast and across the

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aisles. Through the course of the evening, the showers seemed to fade

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away. Fairly breezy and certainly not too cold. Thursday we do it all

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again. A weather front in the north-west bringing outbreaks of

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rain slowly edging south and eastwards. The further south and

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east you are, generally, the drier it will be. Friday, the winds coming

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from the West again. The best of any sunshine across the north and

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north-east. Now, a reminder of

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tonight's main news... Gay men who were convicted

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of homosexuality before Scots Law was changed in 1980 are to be given

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a full pardon. The Scottish Government's Justice

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Secretary Michael Matheson said Our next main bulletin is just

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after the ten o'clock news. Until then, from everyone

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on the team - good evening.

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