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the Trump administration during her trip to the US.


But it's a former President that's coming here -


Barack Obama will make his first visit to Scotland next month.


I think it is fantastic news. A lot of people back home in Scotland will


be looking forward to welcoming President Obama and hearing what he


has to say. We speak to the father


of missing airman Corrie McKeague, who's holding


a vigil at a landfill site in Cambridgeshire


until his son's body is found. And calls for fair play


for women's sport. Glasgow City's manager says


there should be a 50-50 gender split The First Minister has told


Reporting Scotland that she'd be willing to meet Donald Trump


when he comes to the UK Nicola Sturgeon said that


despite their disagreements, she wouldn't turn down an invitation


from the US President. She was speaking in New York,


as it was confirmed that Donald Trump's predecessor,


Barack Obama, is to From New York, here's our political


correspondent, Glenn Campbell. To see Scottish Ballet dancers


performing in new York. With every overseas adventure that there is a


diplomatic dance as well. Our best to engage with the Government of


your host country, especially when you disagree with its leader. On


this trip, the first minister is not seeing anyone from the Trump


administration. It is not a deliberate move. This trip has been


very much focused on initiatives. Are you focusing President Trump or


is he snapping you? There is no snapping. President Trump is meeting


the leader of China today but it is about focusing on business links


between Scotland and America. Before he became president he famously took


a swing at the Scottish Government over the view on his golf course. I


think America will dingying him. During the presidential campaign,


Nicola Sturgeon removed Donald Trump as business ambassador for Scotland


when he proposed a ban on Muslims entering the United States. Today,


the first minister has welcomed as fantastic news that his predecessor,


Barack Obama, has visited -- is to visit Scotland was that she has made


her preferences in American politics perfectly clear. I think the first


minister and president Trump should look at ways for our countries to


work together and meet together and get past any problems. The American


people and the Scottish people have a long history of friendship. We


have a great alliance and that should be deep end. If and when it


comes to the UK and a visit to Scotland, will you see him them? Not


going to decline to meet the president of the United States if


there is an invitation to meet him. Like many others across the world,


will have disagreement with President Trump and no doubt he will


have a disagreement with me. That will not stand in the wake of the


very strong links between our to macro countries. In diplomacy you


don't always get to choose your partners.


While the First Minister is in the US, it's been announced


that one former US president is coming to Scotland.


Barack Obama will visit Edinburgh next month for a charity event


arranged by philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter.


The 44th President of the United States will address


business leaders and local schoolchildren in Edinburgh.


Our correspondent Lucy Adams reports.


At this defining moment the change has come to America. Barack Obama


being voted in almost nine years ago after a campaign focused on hope. No


stranger to British shores in 2014, he waded into the debate around the


Scottish referendum on independence, saying he backed strong and united


UK. For Scotland, there is a referendum process in place and it


is up to the people of Scotland. He has left the White House and in one


of his first public event he plans to speak in Edinburgh. Trying to get


President Obama was difficult. That is Forshaw. With a bit of


persistence and a lot of good luck, we are delighted that he has chosen


Scotland to deliver what we believe is one of his first speech is coming


out of the White House. There will be a Q and A and we know how much


the president loves his music. We have some great Scottish talent that


will perform for the president on the evening. He is not the first


former US president who has been lurid to Scotland. To years ago he


drew George Clooney to Edinburgh. Last year he persuaded Leonardo


DiCaprio to come for a similar charity event. The dinner in May is


expected to draw big crowds. What I have seen a President Obama is that


he is a nice bloke. I wish he were coming to England. He is a very


influential man. Be great to have someone of his stature coming to


Edinburgh. He is expected to face a very different reaction to the man


who has followed him in office. He has stayed out of the public eye.


His coming to Scotland will send a message. The fact that, I imagined


when he will be warmly welcomed but if Donald Trump were to come here


that would probably not be the case. It is not clear if it is the


country's golf courses that have persuaded Barack Obama to come to


Scotland but it is clear many will be lining up to meet him,


Scotland but it is clear many will some of Scotland's 's high-profile


politicians. The process of an independent


Scotland rejoining the European Union could


be "relatively speedy". That's according to


a senior German MEP. Elmar Brok said there would be few


technical obstacles to overcome, if the political will was there


to allow it to happen. The Conservatives said any deal


would mean Scotland giving up too much.


From Strasbourg, here's our political


The European Union store flyers outside the European


It won't when the UK leaves the EU but the Brexit process has raised


questions over the future of the UK itself.


Nicola Sturgeon wants you, Scotland's voters, to have a choice


And her party as things stand still want Scotland to be


That has been given a boost in recent weeks with senior


Spanish politicians, including this man,


the Foreign Minister, saying they wouldn't


Elmar Brok is a member of Angela Merkel's CDU,


and he played a key role forming the EU's Constitution.


It fulfils all the conditions as a member of the European Union.


Therefore, there won't be many technical problems.


If there is political agreement, then the process


Is there a queue to join the EU or is there a process?


There is a process, not a cue, every country comes in on its own merits.


To leave the EU but wouldn't face significant barriers


Some in the SNP have said they haven't given up on the idea


of Scotland remaining when the UK leaves.


Some think that could prove useful if there


The solidarity between EU member states, one member state will back


up the government of another one and the UK Government last week


decided it isn't going to be a member state for much longer


People will be more vocal in Scotland.


If Scotland voted for independence, some say the price of rejoining


Scotland would have to sell out to get back in.


The more you give up the easier it is to get in.


Getting in on the same terms as the UK won't be possible


because the rebate for the UK is despised across Europe.


It could be easy if you give up on all the stuff you want.


one and working out the future will be, too.


The amount of money Scottish councils have raised


from parking charges - and penalties - has increased


Councils took in a surplus of ?40 million -


up from 36 million the previous year, according to


Edinburgh City Council gained the most with more than ?19 million.


Well, I am sure many of us have had a bit of a grumbling the years about


paying for parking. It is a reality both in city centre locations like


this and more rural parts. Today the debate over how much we pay to park


has been reignited once again. If you want to get a parking space


in the middle of Edinburgh, you have If you want to get a parking space


to be sharp eyed, give no quarter and have your money ready. There is


one. Here I am on George Street in Edinburgh, I have finally managed to


get a parking space will stop now, the next thing I need to do is pay


for parking. Otherwise I might get a fine. Parking here is not the


cheapest. These prices have allowed councils to make some decent


profits. Research published today by the RAC foundation found that in the


financial year 2015/ ?2016 Scotland's 32 councils made ?79


million through parking costs. The profit came to ?14 million.


Edinburgh made the biggest profit led ?19.4 million, followed by


Glasgow with 12.6 million. And in third place, Aberdeen made 4.9


million. Some councils actually made a loss, including East


Dunbartonshire which recorded a deficit of half ?1 million. One


Dunbartonshire which recorded a expert says the system today runs


very efficiently. It squeezes out people who tried to over park. It


penalises people who park in properly. Many claims that they have


been punished by a parking attendant or parking boredom are just people


trying to get away with it. Do people think they should be paying


less? Less than what they are charging now but I do believe they


have to charge to keep traffic at a minimum. That is acceptable, I


think. Especially when it is such a busy place. You are in the heart of


this lovely city. You do have to pay a bit of a premium. Having said


that, it is a bit of a shock. ?3.80 an hour. A few minor grumbles but it


does look like parking charges are here to stay.


The local council says Moffat from parking are reinvested into


transport projects. It helps local business. That is a similar response


to many local authorities. They say you may be paying for your parking


but it is all for the greater good. A trade union whose members


are taking industrial action at the Faslane and Coulport naval


bases has expressed outrage at the fact that military personnel


are to be drafted in to take The workers are in dispute with


civilian contractor Babcock Marine. A spokesman for the Ministry


of Defence said, when there was a safety issue, Royal Navy


personnel would step in. Police have praised the bravery


of youngsters and their families after an Inverness man was jailed


for ten years for raping Robert McGregor was described


as a sexual predator who filmed the abuse to be shared


with others online. One of his victims


was a boy of three. Police say he preyed


on the children after gaining The courage that the family and


victims have shown, not only coming forward at the start of the


investigation but throughout the investigation of the contact they


have had with the police and all the agencies that have been there to


support them, we would not have sentencing today Mr MacGregor had it


not been for the cooperation of the families.


The father of Corrie McKeague says he will maintain his vigil


at a landfill until his son's body is found.


Police have been searching the site in Cambridgeshire


The airman from Dunfermline went missing after a night


Police are now almost certain he ended up in a bin lorry.


Every day, for a fortnight, Martin and his wife Tricia has been camped


in this lay-by, a stone 's throw from the landfill at Milton. He has


been to the site five times, mindful that at any moment his son's remains


might be recovered. There are no words for it. Every time it picks up


a load and lays it out, there is every chance that is the one that


could have him in it. Today, his mother shared this video of the


airmen from Scotland. The 23-year-old disappeared in Bury St


Edmunds last September. Suffolk police are now convinced he ended up


in a commercial bin and was then transported to the landfill, near


Cambridge. Why are you putting yourself through this, visiting five


times, staying here? That is my son. There is every possibility that he


is there. I have just got to come. Police were criticised for not


searching the landfill sooner. At the time, they were mistakenly told


that it only weighed seven kilograms. It was actually heavy


enough to have contained a body. His father says the police could not


have done more. We cannot thank Suffolk and Norfolk police enough,


what they have done to try and find Corrie. You don't think I could have


been done sooner? This could not have been done sooner. 1500 tonnes


of waste have been searched so far. The surge could last another five


weeks. While Martin keeps his vigil, The surge could last another five


his mother and her two other sons have not been to the landfill. They


say the experience would be too distressing. However, since the


surge started, they have been staying in the local area almost


everyday. -- search. All his family can do now is wait. The agony


compounded the knowledge that if his remains are found, they may never


know how this young airmen died. You are watching Reporting Scotland.


The top story, the First Minister says she would be willing to meet


The top story, the First Minister Donald Trump when he comes to the UK


on a state visit. Still to come, the amazing journey of a teenage girl


who had her leg amputated as a six-year-old.


The new financial year today sees new tax powers


Tax rates are diverging for the first time between Scotland


Our business and economy editor Douglas Fraser is here to explain.


Higher earners, around one in seven people paying


income tax in Scotland, are going to pay a higher tax bill


than those earning the same in the rest of Britain -


In Scotland, if you are paid ?43,000 or more a year


40p for every ?1 end, that is a step up from 20% below that. Elsewhere,


you will start paying 40% at ?45,000. If you fall into this


category in Scotland, you will end up paying ?400 a year more in income


tax and ?240 in national insurance paid to the Treasury. What effect is


this going to have? It does raise an estimated ?107 million that would


not otherwise be there. This is a tax cut in the rest of the UK. The


priority in the budget deal struck at Hollywood is that the money is


going to council budgets. As for the tax, ?400 per person is probably not


going to make a huge difference to people shifting tax affairs around,


moving out of Scotland or whatever. But this is just the start of the


divergences, which is the whole point of getting these powers


devolved for Holyrood. The question is, how much more can be done to add


extra funds for public services, or to cut tax, to attract people into


Scotland? What changes can be made before people start to move tax


affairs around and perhaps use imaginative methods to minimise


their tax bills? Set visiting times at all of NHS


Grampian's hospitals Instead, friends and relatives


will be allowed to visit The "Welcome Wards" approach follows


a successful three-month trial in a geriatric ward


at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Visiting time is the busiest time at


any big hospital. Busy car parks, busy corridors. Friends and


relatives, spending valuable time with loved ones. Tom visits his


granny. NHS Grampian is scrapping traditional visiting hours at all


its hospitals. Visits can happen whenever the patient wants. That is


important for Tom and his granny. Personally, I would rather be here


all day with her, with my grandmother, who has these language


difficulties. I can be here to facilitate care, ask questions and


translate for her. I have very little time with her. The imposition


of visiting time rules can be awkward. After a trial period, NHS


Grampian has extended the open wards policy. We have heard from family


and patients that it has been immensely helpful for family members


to be here when doctors are on the ward, nursing staff and colleagues


are working with the patient, to be able to provide their experience as


well on what that is like for them. The new visiting time regime will


come into effect in June. The manager of Glasgow City,


Scotland's women's football champions, says there needs to be


a 50-50 gender split And the club are so convinced,


they've emblazoned a message But one marketing expert says


women's sport must earn the right to be in the public eye,


just like everyone else. Here's our senior football


reporter, Chris McLaughlin. It is a kit launch with a difference


and with a message. In other words, if the media do not cover us, we


can't be role models to young women. I feel a club like Glasgow city, the


women's national teams, all sorts of sport, we have brilliant role models


but they are not visible, because of what we think is a lack of media


coverage. And according to the organisation Women In Sport, it is a


battle across all sports. Their figures suggest of the TV coverage


in the UK, only 10% is devoted to women's sport. They say the figure


falls to 2% in national newspaper coverage, with an overall percentage


of just 7% in all coverage. But how much should current appetite


account? And our media organisations making coverage decisions based on


commercial reality or commercial attentional? It is a competitive


world out there. Nobody deserves anything, you've got to work hard at


it. To tell us that we must cover a sport, Junior football would demand


more coverage, badminton, curling, golf. Everybody is out there looking


for their share of space. You've got to earn it. Is there a debate to be


had? Where that is later when did everybody's guest. The fact the


campaign is out there, and has newsrooms talking about it, it means


at some level they have succeeded. They have also succeeded qualify for


the European Championships. The first Scottish football team to


reach a major tournament enormous 20 years. All of the girls out there


want to become football, rugby, basketball players, they should have


a chance to see the best female teams doing it, not just the men.


The message is out, but using strips can sometimes be frowned upon in


football. The SFA say it is for their compliance officer to


determine any breach. For now, he is not looking, everybody else is.


Around 800 people a year in Scotland have to have a leg amputated.


Not everyone is suitable for an artificial leg or prosthesis.


A documentary tonight follows some of those who have had


Iona Hay was a small child when she lost her leg,


but the way she's coped since has proved an inspiration.


Hi, daddy, look at me! Just before her sixth birthday, Iona Hay had her


right leg amputated because of bone cancer. But it didn't hold her back


then or now. When I wake up in the morning, I remind myself that I do


have a prosthetic leg. I completely forget. I just wake up and I am


probably still half asleep when I put it on. It is so natural now. I


can't think of anything different. I feel like I can do whatever I want.


I do dancing, hockey. Good, Iona, really, really good! As she grows,


she regularly needs new legs. Probably time for a new cask Ding


Kast? Every few months, she visits the biggest centre of its kind in


the country for another fitting. The people here have been fantastic.


They are very quick to adapt the prosthesis to help. The support, the


physio she has got to help her walk properly and move properly has been


really helpful. It stops some of the problems that can occur. However


well Iona manages with her prosthetic leg, she will always need


physiotherapy. She will have lifelong treatment in outpatient


service because of the prosthetics and physiotherapy needs. Obviously


she will be seen by the team to have her leg continually renewed as and


when required, to make sure she can walk in a normal pattern. Now a


teenager, she is being fitted for her 17th leg. Feels good. It feels


really comfortable. And you can see more on Iona


and other people with prosthetic legs on Ceum Air Cheum -


First Steps, on BBC Good evening. Real contrast across


the country so far today, mainly cloudy across the West, as you can


see from the recent satellite image. Across the East, lovely spells of


sunshine and the difference in temperatures as well. Dzagoev only


managed 11 Celsius today. Across to Dundee airport, 17 Celsius. We have


had some lovely pictures sent in, too. Bright blue skies in Bankfoot.


For the rest of the evening and overnight, we continue with the


contrast. Cloudy towards the West with clearer skies in the east. The


can of across the Northwest for patchy light rain and drizzle,


mainly across the hills and the coast, even down to low levels at


times. A mostly dry night. Across the Northern Isles, the window is


ease across Shetland, with mist and make. -- the wind will is across


Shetland with mist and murk. Widely looking at six or 8 degrees.


Tomorrow, the contrast remains. Across the West, thicker cloud.


Across the East, the best of the sunshine. If you are heading out at


around 4pm, there will be some showery rain across for the Northern


Isles,, and the north-west. It is only East Coast the best of the


Isles,, and the north-west. It is sunshine, will be, and that habitual


reach 11 Celsius. -- the temperature will reach 11 Celsius. There is a


freshening south-westerly breeze across the Hebrides, the far north


and the Northern Isles. Saturday, again, very similar conditions. A


lot of cloud around, but the good news is for Saturday more in the way


of breaks in the cloud. By the afternoon, good sunny spells


developing across the Central Belt and the South. Temperatures 14 or 16


Celsius. Only the far north remaining under the cloud. Then we


start to see a change, a cold front bringing rain. Colder conditions for


the start of next week. I'll be back with the headlines at 8


and the late bulletin just Until then, from everyone on the


team right across the country, What does their in-laws' marriage


tell them about each other's


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