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The Supreme Court says Holyrood can't have

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a say on the beginning of the Brexit process -

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Nicola Sturgeon says that raises fundamental issues

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We'll be looking at whether that means a second independence

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Also on the programme: A target is set for half of Scotland's

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energy needs to be met by renewables by 2030.

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The unexpected Commonwealth Games legacy - a drop in the number

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of children taking part in physical activity.

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And we meet the woman who's joined the ranks of Captain Scott

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and Shackleton with a major award for polar exploration.

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The First Minister says fundamental issues about Scotland's future have

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been raised by the Supreme Court's ruling that Holyrood doesn't need

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The court found that MPs should have a say

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on triggering Article 50 - but ministers weren't legally

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compelled to seek approval from the devolved administrations.

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In a moment, we'll ask whether this ruling takes us closer to a second

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But first, let's go to Westminster where our correspondent

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Nick Eardley has been following the day's events.

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This was a landmark case. It went to the heart of the

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relationship between different parts of the UK. What the UK Government

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can do, what they need the backing of the Parliament behind me to do

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and what legal while Scotland plays within that. Tonight, that is all a

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bit clearer. Time to find out who has the power

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to fire the starting gun on Brexit. This morning, all eyes were on the

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Supreme Court as it delivered a landmark ruling on the legal basis

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for triggering article 50. By a majority of 8-3, the Supreme Court

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rules that the government cannot trigger Article 50 without an act of

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Parliament authorising it to do so. On the devolution issues, the court

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unanimously rules that UK ministers are not legally compelled to consult

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the devolved legislatures before triggering article 50. This case was

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never about whether Brexit happens, but how. Now that the judges have

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delivered their verdict, this returns to the political realm. The

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Prime Minister set out last week a path towards the hardest of hard

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Brexits. I don't believe a majority for that in the House of Commons

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exists, or majority for that across for that in the House of Commons

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the country. So this is an opportunity for the House of Commons

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to assert itself and to have a say not just on the narrow question, but

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on the broader terms of negotiation as well. The Scottish parliament

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will still vote on article 50. Political pressure still matters.

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But legally, it will be in Westminster that ministers have to

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win. The government had been preparing the legislation in the

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expectation that it would lose at the Supreme Court. That was

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announced within hours of the judgment. We will within days

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introduce legislation to give the government legal power to trigger

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article 50 and begin the formal process of withdrawal. But other

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parties won't make that simple. The SNP wants unanimous agreement from

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devolved governments. Without that, it will vote against article 50.

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Scotland's Labour MP says he is prepared to vote against the

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government too, but the Labour leader said his party will...

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Support article 50 being triggered. We have made that clear. That is the

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result of the referendum, and we have respect that. It doesn't mean

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we abdicate the field. It means we hold the government to account on

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the issues of trade, rights and issues of the long term direction in

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which this country wants to go. His support means the Commons will

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almost certainly back starting the process, but with the Lib Dems

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likely to vote against too, that could mean just one of Scotland's

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MPs backs triggering article 50. Whatever the legalities, we want to

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work with the Scottish Government because I believe the people of

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Scotland want the two governments to work together and get on with

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ensuring that we can negotiate with the 27 other countries for the best

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possible deal for leaving the EU. The UK Government now hopes it can

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get approval to start the process, and quickly. The legal questions of

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Article 50 are over. It is back to politics.

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And that politics continues this week. It is expected on Thursday

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that the government will publish the legislation it hopes will allow it

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to trigger Article 50. It then hopes it can get that through the House of

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Commons within a fortnight. But as we have heard, there will be

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amendments. He SNP alone say they could table up to 50. Labour and the

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SNP agree that the UK Government needs to provide more detail. And

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whatever happens in the building behind me, the tensions between the

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Scottish Government and the UK Government over Brexit show no signs

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of abating. We are still at the start of the process of finding out

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what the ramifications of the Brexit about our, and what the future

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holds. The First Minister has repeatedly

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warned that a second independence Andrew Black has been

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trying to find out. Just before the last Holyrood

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election, Nicola Sturgeon revealed what it might take to call a second

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independence referendum. I don't know, perhaps if the Tories wanted

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to drag us out of the European Union against our will, for example. And

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after most of Scotland voted to stay in the EU, the First Minister said

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this. I think an independence referendum is now highly likely. Ms

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Sturgeon then said that staying in the single market would remove the

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short-term prospect of Indy ref two. I have said that if we can find a

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way of protecting Scotland's economic interests and protecting

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our democratic interests within the UK, I am up for trying to do that.

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And taking independence of the table? In terms of the timescale for

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Brexit, that is what I have been clear about. When the PM ruled it

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out, the FM hit back. Does it make a second independence referendum all

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but inevitable? I think that is very likely. So why like it and not

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definitely? The SNP never wanted a referendum under these circumstances

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because of Scotland becomes independent in Europe, the rest of

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the UK is outside Europe. You have got a single market, the hard

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boundary between England and Scotland, which we would not have

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had last time. So they wanted a referendum with both countries being

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inside the EU. That is why they are hesitant, and the polls are showing

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support for dependents where it was in 2014. -- support for

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support for dependents where it was independence. So what about today? I

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have made it clear that that option is still very much on the table and

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with every day that passes, it is becoming clearer that Scotland's

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voice is not able to be heard within becoming clearer that Scotland's

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the UK on this question. Nicola Sturgeon says she will never give up

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on independence in the long term. The question of when we might get

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another referendum remains unanswered.

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Our political editor Brian Taylor is at Holyrood for us this evening.

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Why doesn't Nicola Sturgeon call indyref two now?

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Because she fears she might lose, as I have said a number of times.

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Nicola Sturgeon doesn't want to hold a referendum, she wants to win one,

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and these are not particularly propitious circumstances, nor the

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time of her choosing. So if you were to hold a referendum, and I think

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she will, they have to prepare the ground beforehand. She wants to do

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several things. Firstly, she is genuinely seeking in discussions

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with the UK Government to get concessions towards Scotland's

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interests as she sees them. Secondly, she wants to prolong those

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discussions to enable the grand to be laid. Thirdly, if there is to be

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a referendum, she wants to be able to say to the British people, or the

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Scottish people, I did everything in my power to try and strike a deal

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within the ambit of the UK and it proved impossible. In other words,

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she wants to set the grounding for that referendum if and when it

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occurs. How long can she hold off? Is there a time limit? There is not

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a strict time limit. Again, this is not the time she would have chosen

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had things been other than they are, but as a popular beat combo reminded

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us, you can't always get what you want. I think she will try and

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follow a timetable if there is to be a referendum that parallels Brexit

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to some extent. She will want the nature of Brexit to be beginning to

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emerge from those discussions, the shape of Brexit to be beginning to

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emerge from the Stygian gloom. She will then be ready to contrast that

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and counterbalance that with offer of independence. At that point, if

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there is to be a referendum, it points to 2018. A number of MPs on

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the SNP 's side have said that they think Autumn 2018 is likely because

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by then, you get the beginnings of the picture of what Brexit will look

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like, but it is not too late, perhaps, for an alternative offer to

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be put to the Scottish people whereby perhaps they can stay within

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the European Union. If you ask me, do today's events bring a referendum

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closer? The answer is yes. Now, how to keep Scotland's lights

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on as our energy demands increase. Today the Scottish Government

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published its vision for the transition away from oil

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and gas dependency towards an emphasis on renewable sources,

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and its most ambitious target yet. But a return to coal

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could be on the cards. Our environment correspondent

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Keven Keane reports. of an era as Scotland's last

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coal-fired power station was finally shut down. That's it, done and

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dusted. But now this and other locations could be reborn from the

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ashes as ministers propose repowering some infrastructure.

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Montana is due for demolition, but is the location which is of value,

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right in the middle of a power line network. If carbon capture can be

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revived, ministers are not ruling out burning coal again. When it

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comes to carbon capture and storage, we make are lit in Scotland, but we

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have enough resource with the technology we have today to meet our

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carbon emissions within this timescale. Many of today's

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announcements were in last week's Kaymer plan, but a new target was

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set, creating half of our energy needs from renewables by the end of

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the decade. It is ambitious and it will be challenging, but the

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modelling we have done suggests that we are in the right ballpark between

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44% and 50%. With the initiatives we put in our climate change plan, we

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believe we can achieve that. The target is a tough one, not least

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because of a drive to rely more on electricity for our heating and to

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power our cars, so the demand is expected to rise. And there is still

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no intention to extend the lives of our nuclear power stations at

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Torness Hunterston, which some think is a mistake. It is not a strategy.

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This could have been written on the back of a beer mat. It is not going

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to tackle the issue of where our industry in Scotland gets its energy

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from. It is not going to tackle how we keep the lights on and the

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Scottish Government admit we have a problem with how we produce

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electricity. It is not going to with fuel poverty. In the 1970s, this was

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the future, and would change our lives. Ministers are to explore

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replacing the natural gas in our pipes with hydrogen, but that's a

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long way into the future. An Aberdeenshire restaurant manager

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who killed a chef in a row over a takeaway order has been jailed

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for 32 months. Hidayet Ozden repeatedly

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punched Shahzad Shah at the Mirchi Indian takeaway

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in Mintlaw in April last year. Ozden was charged with murder, but

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later admitted culpable homicide. Detectives are investigating

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an armed robbery in Two G4S staff were threatened

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by three armed men at around 10pm last night as they made a delivery

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to RBS on Sauchiehall Street. The thieves, who were wearing

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balaclavas, escaped in a white car Remember the Glasgow

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Commonwealth Games? A festival of sport

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which it was hoped would entertain and leave a legacy inspiring

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a generation of Scots to become more Recent figures show a 4% drop

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in the physical activity of children since the event in 2014,

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and MSPs want to know why. As Glasgow shone in 2014, organisers

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promise to not just a two-week sporting party, but a lasting

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legacy. That included a commitment to getting kids more active. But

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recent figures have shown a decline. Today MSPs wanted answers. In

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2014-2015, it has gone down for boys 2.5%, girls 5.5% and all children

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3.9%. If that evidence of a system that is working? We never said it

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was finished. We are building a system. It doesn't happen overnight.

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The bottom line is, we have put 12 years of investment into schools and

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that has shown progress. The Commonwealth Games was a fantastic

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event. It had a real economic impact. But did it have a sporting

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legacy? That is what we want to get to the bottom of. Today's session

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certainly questions that. Sportscotland insists that activity

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levels fluctuate and they went on to say:

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in the East End of Glasgow, evidence of increased participation. Scottish

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rugby have been working with schools to bring competition. They say that

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is the key. Going back to your younger days, if you were getting a

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game, you would be interested. And if you are interested in the game,

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you will turn up for training. If there is no game, you don't do

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anything. There was always going to be a focus on physical activity,

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especially amongst kids, following Glasgow 2014. Now, with figures

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showing a decline and despite positive examples like this one, the

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message from government to those running sport appears to be, up your

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game. The public transport watchdog,

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Transport Focus, says there's been a big fall in customer satisfaction

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with train services in Scotland although levels remain higher

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than the UK as a whole. The comments come as ScotRail

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continues to face pressure over late More than 1,300 passengers

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were interviewed towards the end of last year as part

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of a UK-wide survey. 90% of people who attended Accident

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Emergency departments this week were seen within four hours,

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according to the latest That is a slight improvement

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on the first week of 2017, but still below the Government's

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target to see, then admit, transfer or discharge 95%

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of patients within four hours. You're watching BBC

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Reporting Scotland. The Supreme Court says Holyrood can

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have no say on the beginning Nicola Sturgeon says that

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raises fundamental issues Engineers building the new

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Queensferry Crossing say there are no guarantees the bridge

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will open in May, but that A team of Scottish scientists has

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discovered a way to diagnose The technique could help millions

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of patients annually and save vast amounts of money

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to health services globally. Morag Kinniburgh report contains

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pictures of a cataract operation. Lindsey Scott was born with

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cataracts. She lost the sight in one eye, her other Catterick is being

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monitored. When I read I have to move my house. It's difficult a lot

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of the time. I'm limited what I see in the distance. I can't see what

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number of bus is coming. Small-print has to be magnified for me.

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Day-to-day life is generally quite difficult. Cataracts is the main

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cause of blindness around the world. The cloudiness can be removed by

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surgery after the cataract appears. That beam goes back through here

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through our newly invented... Now Scottish scientists can tell if

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someone is likely to develop a cataract before it appears. This

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method, we can look at the spectrum of the light that comes back and

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pick it up even before you can see it visibly, which is the way in

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which present cataracts are diagnosed. The team identified

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molecules in the eye which occurred during the formation of cataracts.

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Early detection and detailed monitoring allow for better medical

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intervention. It's difficult for the surgeons to know precisely when a

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patient needs the surgery. If we can help what we would put the patients

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into certain groups which allows the surgeons to operate on the patients

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when they need the surgery, it will greatly reduce the number of

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procedures required. This progress could have a significant impact on

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the treatment of cataract patients globally. One in six hospital

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appointments are for sight problems. We have an ageing population so

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sight problems will be problem and the rocketing rates of diabetes

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which can make people more prone to cataracts on one or both eyes. We

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welcome this news. This is not a cure for cataracts yet, but they

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believe it's a significant step forward, helping to save sight and

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reduce healthcare costs. Engineers building the new

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Queensferry Crossing say there are no guarantees the bridge

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will open in May, but that It had been due to start

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carrying traffic last month, but bad weather delayed construction

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and while the structure is almost complete, those leading

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the project are stressing there is still lots

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of work to be done. Our reporter, Steven Godden,

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is at the bridge for us tonight. Piece by piece the bridge behind me

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has taken shape. To untrained eye it might appear as if it's almost

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there. Yesterday, we saw the second might appear as if it's almost

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last section of deck lifted up and slotted into place which means there

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is now a gap of just a few meters left to be filled. Today, as we were

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given an update from engineers on the project, they were keen to

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stress there is still a lot of work to be done. That getting that work

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done, in time for traffic to be on the bridge by the end of May, will,

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to some degree, depend on the weather. Just one more heave from

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the giant blue crane to join Edinburgh and Fife via the Queen's

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Ferry Crossing. For engineers it's an achievement to be savioured on

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the move. Once the deck section is complete they need to ut with aer

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proof and lay 100,000 square meters of road surface on top of that, 10

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pairs of these giant cables still need to be fixed in place. The

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longest measuring 450 meters. The biggest challenge remains the

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unpredictable Scottish weather. The reason plans to open the bridge last

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month had to be delayed. We become more susceptible to rain and low

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temperatures for the waterproofing and road surfacing. There are

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challenges with the weather. We are ready for them. The recent closure

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of its nearest neighbour brought fresh attention on the measures

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designed to guard against the elements and a revised opening date

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in May. Building this bridge has been a challenge since day one. It

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will continue to be a challenge. I can't guarantee that it will be

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finished by the end of May. I can guarantee that there will be no

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effort left unspent in order to get this bridge finished at the earliest

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opportunity. Today is a good illustration of the challenges.

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Where I'm standing on the shore it's fairly calm. On the exposed sections

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of the bridge, on the tower, too windy to do any work. At the weekend

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the problem was fog. As the engineers will tell you, getting the

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work down will depend on their skill, hard work and depend on them

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having a little bit of luck. Thank you very much.

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The running of the Sullom Voe oil terminal in Shetland will be taken

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over by oil firm EnQuest after BP agreed a deal to sell

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BP has also announced it's selling a 25% in the Magnus oil platform,

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the UK's most northerly oil field, to EnQuest.

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It's expected around 340 BP staff across both facilities will transfer

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to EnQuest before the end of the year.

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A scientist from the Cairngorms has joined the ranks of Captain Scott

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and Ernest Shackleton and has received the prestigious

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Myrtle Simpson is getting the medal from the Queen for outstanding

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achievement and service in the field of polar research.

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It's also something of a family tradition, Myrtle's husband received

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When you have your anorak hood over your face, you really could have

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been completely alone. From the highlands to the high Arctic,

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85-year-old Myrtle Simpson flicks through the pages of an

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extraordinary life as a polar explorer. She became the first ever

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female to ski across Greenland in 1960, only one other group had made

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it before her. An expedition to the North Pole five years later was the

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biggest test to her team. We were lying in the tent and we heard this

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enormous crack noise. We knew that the ice was breaking under us. So

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you don't city there thinking - heavens, we are going to die. You

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leap to your feet. Throw everything into your sleeping bag and rush out

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of the tent, taking the tent down with you and move. The might of the

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northern ocean under the ice is just incredible. You are aware of this...

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There is something else sharing this world with you. You weren't always

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going to get on top of it. Myrtle's husband, Hugh was awarded the polar

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medal. The Simpson's are the only second married couple toll receive

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the accolade, who she dedicated to her children who she included on

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trips to Greenland. I thought it was safe to take them, we knew the

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hazards. We knew where the bears where. Am you have to do your

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homework. Most remote communities loved to see a family arriving.

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Myrtle who is a legend in Scottish skiing and mountaineering circles

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hopes her achievements will inspire others who are drawn to the world's

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wild places. You don't have to be a great explorer, as I hope I show, if

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you want a bit of an adventure, it's just there. It's just waiting. The

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pensioner does have one hurdle to clear - her visit to Buckingham

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Palace to collect her medal may clash with her competing in a ski

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race she says she won't miss. Sir David Attenborough,

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met Inti the Armadillo He posed with the hard-shelled

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creature to recreate a famous The veteran broadcaster

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is in the capital to collect a donation for the charity Fauna

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and Flora International, which works to conserve

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wildlife around the world. Lovely wee thing. Now the weather

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from Judith. Thank you very much. We did see sunshine today, sunshine in

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Leith sent in by our weather watcher. It will be dry tonight,

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drizzle to the higher ground of southern Scotland and the southern

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Highlands. Elsewhere holding on to dry conditions. Breezy with strong

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winds to the West Coast, gale force over the western isles lows of seven

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or eight Celsius. We will draw our air in from the Atlantic.

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South-westerly wind bringing more cloud. As we head through the day

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the winds will shift to the south. Winds touching gale force over the

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Western Isles. We should see sunshine by the afternoon towards

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Ayrshire and Galloway. Inland it will stay breezy. The northern Isles

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will see brighter sunny spells. Cloudier skies generally in the

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east. Something brighter for East Lothian and the eastern borders.

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Those temperatures maintaining mild conditions here as well. Into the

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evening. We see the rain moving to the north and dry with actually

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clearing skies across southern Scotland. If you look at the

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pressure chart, we can see why. We start to see the wind backing into

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the south-east during the course of Wednesday night into Thursday. It

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will draw colder air from the near continent. They had a cold winter so

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far. Thursday a different day, colder, windy as well. That biting

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wind taking the edge off things. Across the north, good sunny spells

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and generally a brighter day with the wind mixing things up. Milder

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towards the north-west. That's your forecast. Some sunshine, at last

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perhaps! Thank you very much Judith. forecast. Some sunshine, at last

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That's Reporting Scotland. I'll be back with the headlines

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at 8.00pm and the late bulletin just Until then, from everyone

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on the team - right

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