05/01/2017 Reporting Scotland


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Tonight, on Reporting Scotland: Hospital bed-blocking.

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Figures suggest patients are still ending up stuck in hospitals,

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instead of finding community care, despite extra investment

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Air accident investigators head to Aberdeen after a helicopter

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A call for the UK Government to devolve power over immigration -

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allowing the Scottish Government to let more people

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A record-breaking run - Laura Muir smashes the British

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First race of the season, haven't raced for a while. It was great to

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get out there and put a marker down, and a pretty quick one at that.

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Also on the programme, not going the distance?

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The route of last year's Great Scottish Run is to be measured

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again, amid concerns it wasn't long enough.

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Nearly 700 patients died in hospital while awaiting discharge,

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over a 19 month period from March 2015.

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That's according to figures released to Scottish Labour,

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The Scottish Government says it's allocated more than ?30 million

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Our social affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson reports.

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Doctors agree when a patient is well enough they should leave hospital.

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But sometimes it's not possible, because there is nowhere suitable to

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meet the patient's needs. This is bed blocking. Very many of the

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people that are blocking beds in hospital, if you use that

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expression, are people affected by dementia. If they are very poorly,

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they have to go into a care home. If there is not a bad for them there,

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they have to stay in hospital until they die. The reason for there not

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being a care home bed can be financial, or it can be that the

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care homes are full. In the majority of cases, it is a question of

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organising finance, that is something we should do earlier. The

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Scottish Government pledged two years ago to eradicate bed blocking,

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but it is still happening, with years ago to eradicate bed blocking,

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Scottish Labour calls shocking results. In a 19 month period,

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almost 700 died in hospital, though judged fit enough to be discharged.

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In almost a quarter of cases, it was in NHS Grampian, with Lothian and

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Lanarkshire close behind. Overall, bed blocking is reducing by 9% last

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year. Labour says that is no consolation to those whose relatives

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died. This is 700 people who have lost their lives in hospital while

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waiting for a care package. It could be your mother, father, grandfather,

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tragic cases and tragic stories. I think the Scottish Government needs

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to wake up to do reality, the impact it's having on patients and

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families, the that cuts are having on patients and family. The Scottish

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Government insists that patients continue to receive care in hospital

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and says that while being discharged is preferable, there is no evidence

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to link the deaths with patience with delays in leaving. We don't

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ignore them, they are well looked after in the hospital. The delay

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means that we cannot get them home or to a nursing home, or a social

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care package. Sometimes, that might be a more appropriate place for them

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to die, at home or in a nursing home, with family around them.

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Ministers say they have given ?33 million to the NHS to tackle the

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wider problem of bed blocking. Air accident investigators

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are being sent to Aberdeen, after the wheel of a helicopter

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caused damage to a helideck The helicopter has since been

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brought ashore by boat. Our energy correspondent Kevin Keane

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is at Aberdeen airport. Well, as you say, the incident

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happened on Wednesday of last week, on the west Franklin platform in the

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North Sea. It was in the final stages of landing, the Cessnock

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helicopter, when it failed to respond to some of the inputs being

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issued to it from the pilots. It landed heavily on the deck itself.

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The wheels caused a few points of significant damage, although CHC

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described as minor. Photographs on social media taken by somebody on

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board the platform clearly show some degree of gouging in the metalwork.

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The nine people, the passengers and crew on board, none of them suffered

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any kind of injury and they were taken off the platform. The

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helicopter itself has been brought back here to Aberdeen by boat and

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investigators are examining it. Neither the company nor any of the

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unions involved in offshore work have been willing to be interviewed

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about this today, but they have jointly issued a statement saying

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that the investigation is focusing on part of the tail rotor. That tail

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rotor has been the subject of some concern in other parts of the world

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in recent months. The group responsible for helicopter safety in

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Aberdeen says it has been assured that previous incidents bear no

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connection to what happened here. Thank you very much, apologies for

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the quality of the sound. A 36-year-old man has

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appeared on petition at Edinburgh Sheriff Court

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charged with murder. It follows the death

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of Carlo Volante, who was 40, after an alleged incident

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in Bonnyrigg on the Robert Kay made no

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plea or declaration, The investigations editor

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for the Scottish Sun newspaper has told a jury how acid was thrown

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at his face by a man, during Russell Findlay was giving evidence

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at the trial of William Burns and Alexander Porter -

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who deny targeting him Mr Findlay also described

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how his ten year-old daughter ran for help as he grappled with the man

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on his doorstep. From the High Court in Glasgow,

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John McManus reports. On the first day of the trial, the

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court heard evidence from Russell Findlay, the investigations editor

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for the Scottish Sun newspaper. He told the court he had been at home

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on the morning of the 23rd of December, 2015, when he answered his

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doorbell. The caller said they were a postman and wanted him to sign for

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doorbell. The caller said they were a package. He said that when he

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answered the door, he felt a liquid on his face and then saw a bottle

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fly past his head. Then he came through the door and attempted to

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fight me, I pushed back and we both exited the front door and fell while

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holding onto each other. Mr Findlay said his ten-year-old daughter,

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Daisy appeared, and he sent her to get help from neighbours. He

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continued to grapple with the attack. He told the court he said to

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the man, why did they send a fat clown like you? Is that all I am

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with? He said that the defendant spat at him and said wee Jamie sends

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his regards. He said he had contact with one of the accused in 2006, but

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he denied a suggestion that he and asked him to come round to his house

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the night before the incident. I would find it beyond laughable that

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he would come up with that, he told the court. The trial continues.

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A group of MPs and Peers have called on ministers in London to consider

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giving the Scottish Parliament more control over immigration.

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The group wants the UK government to look at a system

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similar to that in Canada - where individual provinces can issue

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The Scottish government believes Scotland's immigration needs

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Our political correspondent Nick Eardley is in

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Why does this group think Scotland should get some control

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Sally, the future of the immigration system will be a big talking point

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as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

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This group thinks more needs to be done to help

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new arrivals integrate with local communities.

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They want for example compulsory English classes

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But they also argue it's a good opportunity to move some

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control over immigration away from Westminster.

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And they're urging ministers here in London to look at Canadian

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model which could see areas like scotland given the power

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They would be based on local economic need and allow immigrants

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to live and work in an area, though not across the UK as a whole.

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The Labour MP Chuka Umunna chairs the group.

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He explained why he thinks devolving powers could make

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You get to decide how many people are allowed to come and settle into

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your community, based on the needs of your local businesses and local

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labour market. We think that way you will actually be able to give people

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greater control and detoxify the immigration debate in the United

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Kingdom. The Scottish Government held a similar view. What do UK

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ministers then? The Scottish Government has long argued it needs

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more powers over immigration. It thinks Scotland has different

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population needs, indeed in the document it published last month on

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its Brexit proposals, more flexibility in the immigration

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system was one of their key demands. Ministers in London have pledged to

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look at those proposals. I think there is a degree of scepticism in

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London as to whether a separate immigration system could work.

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Ministers are worried it would make things too complicated, that it

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could actually affect the integrity of the immigration system across the

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UK. Of course, they want immigration numbers to come down. For now, the

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Home Office says it is focused on creating an immigration system that

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works for everyone, across the UK. That's one conversation that's been

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going on about Brexit But the Scottish Labour leader has

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questioned the Scottish Government's attempts to keep access

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to the European single Kezia Dugdale - who says

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the UK's more important to Scotland than the EU -

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claims arguments are being Ministers say she doesn't

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even have a plan. Here's our political

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correspondent, Andrew Kerr. It is eight o'clock, Thursday the

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5th of January... On air, and time for Kezia Dugdale to be on message.

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It is the first in a series of for Kezia Dugdale to be on message.

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leader interviews on BBC radio Scotland. She says she is trying to

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save the union. She used the opportunity to make clear which one

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she prefers. The EU is very important, and I campaigned hard for

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a Remain vote. But you can't argue, as Nicola Sturgeon often does, that

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Scotland's relationship with Europe is more important than its

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relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom. She claims the

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Conservatives put the union at risk as they push for a hard Brexit,

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although they question their commitment. She says the SNP threat

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net by pursuing independence. The Scottish Government's attempts to

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keep Scotland in the EU single market came in for criticism as

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well. I would like to see evidence it is possible. I said to Nicola

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Sturgeon at the start of the summer that I wanted what she wanted, that

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we shared those values and I wanted to work with her on that. I've done

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that over the past months, in good faith. But good faith is fast

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becoming blind faith, because she is faith. But good faith is fast

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yet to present any real evidence it is possible. That critic is

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yet to present any real evidence it dismissed from the man in charge of

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the Constitution for the Scottish Government. What we are doing is

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standing for Scottish interests, making sure we get the best deal

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possible. That means putting forward a proposal. But Labour have no new

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ideas when it comes to the Constitution or our position. The

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Scottish Government has put a proposal and it is up to the UK

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Government to consider that. We are keeping all options on the table to

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get the best outcome for Scotland. On the point of Kezia Dugdale saying

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the UK union is more important than the EU, Derek Mackay says he is not

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asking people to choose between the EU and the UK. Depending on how

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things work out, Scottish voters might be asked once again for their

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opinion in the not too distant future.

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You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.

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are still ending up stuck in hospital, instead

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of being offered community care, despite extra investment.

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are using a unique system to create completely new materials.

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It has been a great start to the year for Laura Muir. Last night, she

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smashed the 5000 metres record, eclipsing the time set by Liz

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McColgan. But she and her coach

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have their sights set much higher, No TV cameras to record the

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occasion, but this piece of history was recorded by one alert spectator.

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Laura Muir, wiping 14 seconds off the British indoor 5000 metre

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record. That beat Liz McColgan's time, set in 1992. As she reflected

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today, it adds to the British 1500 metre record she sets last year.

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Being in the record books is always very special, especially the names I

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am getting them off, Dame Kelly Holmes and Liz McColgan, big names.

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I'm really honoured to be alongside where they were. I just hope I can

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get a feel more. An element of doubt has emerged about whether the time

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she ran would qualify as an official record. Liz McColgan congratulated

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her fellow Scot, but did query whether the official criteria have

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been met by the race, in terms of the doping controls at the event and

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also the fact the other athletes in the race only ran 3000 metres.

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British athletics told BBC Scotland today that, subject to normal

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checks, she expected the time to be confirmed. With that in the bag, the

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focus is very much on turning record sometimes into major medals. It

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takes time to learn to racing championships, to get that

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experience. So, that is why I tried putting more realistic times on. She

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was running remarkably fast times in 2013-14, but I recognised there was

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still some sort of athletic development, some learning to go on

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before you are probably in a position that you should be

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challenging for those models. I think that is where we have got to

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now. Definitely, I think I had been unlucky in previous champion chips.

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The World Championships, I was placed fifth. That was a really big

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achievement for me. Getting back into the medals. Diamond League

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success shows she can beat the best. Now she is ready to do that on the

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biggest stages. The distance of last year's

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Great Scottish Run is to be checked amid concerns that the route

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was too short. Olympic distance runner

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Callum Hawkins broke the Scottish half marathon record

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during the race. But an official responsible

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for measuring the course says he believes athletes may have run

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a different route. It is a highlight of the year for

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thousands of people, elite runners, club competitors and sweaty

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enthusiasts. They fill club competitors and sweaty

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centre, their supporters lined the streets, and good causes across

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Scotland benefit from all that sponsorship money raised. Last year,

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the added excitement of a new Scottish art marathon record. He's a

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record-breaker here in Glasgow today! An absolutely staggering run

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from Callum Hawkins - a new star is born! I was not expecting anything

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near as quick as that. I am just pleased I went out to win, and

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that's what I did. But now, the record could be in doubt, after the

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man who satisfied the distance watched BBC Scotland's coverage and

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felt that the runners were not following the route that he had

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measured. The questions were also raised by competitors, like these

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runners we met today training on the banks of the Clyde. Hundreds of

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their GPS recorders told them that they had run less than the official

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distance of 13.1 miles. It is still a personal best for me regardless. I

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think that will still be true for 95% of the people who ran. It does

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not make a difference for your average one, I don't think. Some

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people are just in it to compete and have fun. For them it probably does

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not matter. But if you are more of a top Enron, looking for a personal

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best, it will have more of an impact. It is best if you are

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comparing year-on-year. I would be pretty annoyed, actually. If it is

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not an accurate time, I would be annoyed. It is good you want to run

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your half marathon, but for me, it was just about finishing. Organisers

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say an independent re-measuring of the course will be completed by the

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end of January. They say they're confident that it will be confirm

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that it was the correct distance. COMMENTATOR: He deserves this! An

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official measure is due to cycle the route later in the month. And then

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we will know if that new record can stand.

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In exactly four months' time, it'll be polling day -

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More than 12,000 councillors in Scotland will be elected.

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In many areas, the elections will see fierce battles

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Many Central Belt councils are the remnants of Labour's

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old dominance of politics in urban Scotland.

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Our local government correspondent Jamie McIvor sets the scene

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It is a scene even the most optimistic Labour councillors

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scarcely expected. At the last council elections, Labour reinforced

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its control of Scotland's largest local authority. Many thought the

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SNP would make big strides forward. In fact, councils became the last

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citadel of Labour's code power. Google government is the one thing

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where Labour is still very strong. It did well in May 2012. It seems to

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be under serious threat. In by-elections, on average, Labour's

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vote is down by 12 points compared with five years ago. In fact, in

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2012, across Scotland, the SNP won the most votes, with a narrow lead

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over Labour. The SNP also has more councillors than any other party.

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But in most of central and southern Scotland, it is Labour that is in

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power. In fact, the party won outright control of some councils in

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the west, including this one, Glasgow. Faggot the last five years

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have seen seismic shifts in national politics, with the independence

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referendum, the surge in SNP politics, with the independence

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membership and the Labour results. Come the council elections, will

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voters be thinking of local or national issues? All the media

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coverage will nor be for the national issues, to be honest. I

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would be having an opinion on the candidate, and if that candidate I

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felt was going to do his job or her job. A lot of people are talking on

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social media about Donald Trump and things. I think they may need to

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change their tactics to catch the eye of the public. In urban

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Scotland, undoubtedly it will be party preferences on the most part,

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national party preferences, which will be most important. However, in

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rural Scotland, there will be a different picture, with the three

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islands councils still dominated by independence to call when the votes

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are counted eventually, the consequences for the Labour Party in

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Scotland could be huge record A woman's been taken to hospital

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after she was knocked down by a taxi The pedestrian had been

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crossing Princes Street, opposite the Waverley Steps

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at around 12:20 this afternoon Police say inquiries

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into the incident are ongoing. A woman has been cleared

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of attempting to murder an 89-year-old man after she hit him

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with a hammer to fend 43-year-old Gillian Lavery

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was cleaning Tom Winter's flat in Clydebank when the incident

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happened last February. A jury found her not guilty -

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after accepting she Two climbers were airlifted

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to safety after getting A coastguard search and rescue

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helicopter was called out following a report that a man had

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injured his ankle on the mountain's Both climbers were eventually

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winched to safety. Police are trying to find a

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54-year-old Dutch national since setting off for a walk

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in the Glen Affric area Cornelius Van Der Wetering was last

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spotted after leaving a guest ?500,000 is to be spent

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to try to refurbish one of Europe's largest dry docks at Kishorn

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in Wester Ross. The site was originally built

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as an oil fabrication yard in the 1970s, but has been

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mothballed for 25 years. It's hoped to regenerate the yard,

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for decommissioning North Sea a remote Shetland Croft owner was

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forced to deliver his own baby at the side of road yesterday. Alastair

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Morgan was driving his wife to hospital after she had gone into

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labour. Along the Hill track, they hit a pothole and her waters broke.

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Alastair says there was no time to think. You do not have time to worry

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about that, you just go and do it. It was just a case of getting out of

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the car, jacket off, their sleeves, and deliver the baby!

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Physicists at St Andrews University are using a unique system to create

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The new centre for designer quantum materials will help create the next

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generation of electronic devices, one atom at a time.

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Our science correspondent Kenneth Macdonald has this report.

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Despite appearances, this is science fact, not science fiction. For what

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is it exactly? This is a molecular-beam epitaxy system, which

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is an instrument which allows us to build materials, one single atomic

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is an instrument which allows us to lay at a time, basically changing

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the material, with each individual layer. You will not find these

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materials anywhere else in nature. To make those materials, the machine

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creates a vacuum close to that of deep space with temperatures at

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around 1000 Celsius. Creating quantum materials means many plating

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things at the most a sick level, where a phenomenon like the spin of

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an electron comes into play. What that in particular means is that the

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spin of the electron plays an important role for what we observe.

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So, for example, one relatively large field of potential application

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is in what is called spin-tronics, where one can it spite the spinning

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of the electron for different functionalities. Stick it has been

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compared to Lego, making new stuff which is very in interesting indeed!

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Content with this machine, we will be able to make materials in single

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atomic layer form, and then one can cast them into devices and make, for

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example, censors with completely new bodies, which are unheard of, and

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which are potentially much more sensitive. The components inside our

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current computers and electronic devices are getting close to the

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limits of the materials they're made of. The stuff being created in here

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is giving a sequence of the future. Now over to Christopher for a look

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ahead to the weekend weather. Thanks very much indeed. It was a

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lovely day for many of us today. But tonight, the cloud hills and the

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rain arrives, but not straightaway. Initially there will be some frost.

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But watch what happens as we had through the next few hours. Loud

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arriving, rain moving in and temperatures creeping up. As the

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rain falls on cold ground, there could be some icy patches around.

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Tomorrow, with all that cloud and rain, a very different day in store

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compared with today. There is the weather system crossing the country

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during Friday. It will be really quite soggy for many west and

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south-western parts. The rain quite soggy for many west and

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heavily and persistent at times, slowly edging eastwards. More patchy

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across the north-east. In the west, heavy and persistent, but improving

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by the afternoon. By mid-afternoon, still fairly cloudy and damp and

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breezy, but the winds easing. Much milder than today. Up into double

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figures in places. There will be some brightness around, most likely

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around the far north and the Moray Firth. Still some showers here,

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however. And the winds for Orkney and Shetland, still brisk. Friday

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night, damp and murky at times, but heading through towards the weekend,

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not too bad. High pressure is with us, so it's largely dry. Fairly

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settled but also fairly cloudy. As we start the weekend on Saturday,

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yes, it is dry and cloudy but there will be some spots of light rain.

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The winds are very light. Knowing exactly where the breaks in the

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cloud will happen is tricky. Sunday morning, still fairly cloudy but

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settled. A few spots of rain in the far north and north-west.

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Now, a reminder of tonight's main news: Nearly 700 patients died

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in hospital while awaiting discharge, over a 19 month

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The Scottish Government says it's allocated more than ?30 million

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I'll be back with the headlines at 8:00 and the late bulletin just

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Someone who can keep an audience on the edge of their seat.

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