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And that's it, now on BBC One we can join the

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The general election campaign kicks off at Holyrood,

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with heated exchanges at First Minister's Question Time.

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Campaigners say unhealthy school dinners may be contributing

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How cycling to work could almost halve your risk of heart

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We meet the two footballing brothers on opposing sides in

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And, from being busy with her classroom studies to taking

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part in an offshore drama - we catch up with the schoolgirl

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who's taken part in her first lifeboat rescue.

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I was inspired by my older brother. He's been a crew member since I was

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very young. It went really good. There have been furious

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exchanges at Holyrood, The First Minister

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dismissed Labour's Jeremy And the Tories came under

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sustained attack over This from our Political

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Editor, Brian Taylor. It is absolutely despicable,

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disgusting and unacceptable... Outside Holyrood, political leaders

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joined a protest against a law which once women to prove that they have

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been raped if they want tax credit for a third trial. The First

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Minister challenged her Conservative opponent. Do you support the rape

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clause in principle, or do you, like me, think it is utterly boring?

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Answer the question. -- it is utterly apparent. Is the First

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Minister does not like the two child tax policy, she can change it. Shame

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on Ruth Davidson and the Conservatives. She broaden the

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attack, arguing that only the SNP could protect Scotland. The rape

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attack, arguing that only the SNP clause has been introduced by a Tory

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government at Westminster with a clause has been introduced by a Tory

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tiny majority. If that's what a Tory government can do with a tiny

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majority, let's just think of the damage a Tory government, an

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unfettered, out Tory government can do with a bigger majority. Yesterday

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in Westminster, Nicola Sturgeon indicated she might contemplate a

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Progressive alliance with Labour if the numbers stacked up. Ruth

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Davidson seized upon by. And we will say no to a second referendum so

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that Scotland can get on with building better schools and public

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services. What about the plans of the SNP? The First Minister's very

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first intervention in this election has been to say that she would put

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Jeremy Corbyn in number ten. Labour's Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out

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a collision with the SNP, and Nicola Sturgeon steered clear of such talk

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today, arguing that Labour had no transfers winning. You only have to

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take one look of the polls to know that Jeremy Corbyn ain't going

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anywhere near number ten Downing St on his own or with the help of

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anywhere else. They said that they wanted the Tories to win UK power to

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drive Scots towards independence. It wanted the Tories to win UK power to

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suits the SNP for the Tories to stay in power, because the only thing the

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SNP has ever cared about is independence. Willie Rennie wanted

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early sight of the SNP manifesto. He suspected it wouldn't contain a firm

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commitment of the European Union. We know what she and her government or

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up to. She's trying to get Brexit supporters back onside, so she is

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going soft on Europe. Nicola Sturgeon said her manifesto would

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emerge in due course. For now... I support membership the European

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Union. Brian Taylor, Reporting Scotland, Holyrood.

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Our Political Editor Brian Taylor joins me from Holyrood.

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That's the general election campaign well and truly started, Brian!

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What about the issue of independence?

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Will this election be, as some have suggested,

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The issue was certainly raised repeatedly at questions, you know,

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tactical and strategic exchanges. I think from Nicola Sturgeon's point

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of view she does not want this to be or intend this to be, I have spoken

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to several Government ministers here at Holyrood, and they don't expend

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-- expect this to be a referendum on a referendum. They held at the last

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election 56 out of the 59 Scottish seas. They see it as a possible trap

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that if they fall even a fraction below that extremely high level than

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perhaps their Conservative opponents would say, you are slipping back,

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the demand for a referendum has eased, slacken, gone away. So why do

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not think they want it to be about that. They want to be, as they put

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it, standing up against a hard Brexit and Tory austerity. Does that

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mean that Nicola Sturgeon has given up a referendum? The answer to that

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would be no. As Brian said there,

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the idea of a so-called progressive alliance between Labour,

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the SNP, the Greens and Liberal Democrats has been

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floated by those hoping for a united But Labour has ruled out any deals

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with the SNP after the 8th of June. Our Political Correspondent,

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Nick Eardley, reports. The next Prime Minister of the UK,

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Jeremy Corbyn. It is an ambitious aim if you believe the polls. But

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Jeremy Corbyn think this election is still up for grabs. But you might

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put him in ten Downing St in seven weeks' time. Much of the media and

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the establishment are saying, this election is a foregone conclusion.

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But of course they do not want us to win. Because when we win, it is the

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people, not the powerful, who wins. Many think it is unlikely that will

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happen. Especially without the help of other parties. He says no to a

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coalition. But what about an informal arrangement? If we were to

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become the largest single party but not have a majority, we would then

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set out our policies. It would then be for the SNP, policy by policy, to

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decide whether they thought they should vote with us or not, that is

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the honest way of doing politics. For now, it's hypothetical. Many

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think it is likely to happen. But the Conservatives say it is a

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danger. There is a very clear choice between strong and stable government

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with strong leadership under Theresa May and the Conservatives, or a

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coalition of chaos with Jeremy Corbyn propped up by the Scottish

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National Party and the Liberal Democrats. The SNP says it would be

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interested in alliances, if that could keep the Conservatives out of

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Government. But they think it is unlikely. There is no prospect of

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Labour coming back into power on the back of this election. Of course, in

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the unlikely event that there were to be ways we could oust the Tories

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from office and support our progressive alliance, we could do

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that. It is not just the Nationalists that have been rooted

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as potential members. The Greens say they are disappointed that Labour is

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ruling out a formal deal. I'm deeply disappointed, and people up and down

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the country are disappointed because it is yet more of the same kind of

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politics that puts their own political self interest above the

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interests of the country. Labour have ruled out a deal so early in

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this campaign because they think that rumours of one seriously

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damaged them last time around. But that is exactly why the

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Conservatives will talk up the prospects. Opinion polls suggest it

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is extremely unlikely. But at the end of the day it is all down to

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you, the voters. Jeremy Corbyn think this race is far from over.

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Too many sweet puddings and not enough fresh vegetables -

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that's verdict of health campaigners on some of our school dinners.

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Obesity Action Scotland says improvements to school meals

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could play an important part in reducing childhood obesity.

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The Government is reviewing the guidance it gives to local

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authorities on what should be in the meals we give to pupils.

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Here's our Education Correspondent, Jamie McIvor.

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For some youngsters, their school dinner is the most important meal of

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the day. At this school, fresh fruit and vegetables are always an option.

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It's important that you always healthy and you get your five a day.

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It's not OK to have pizza and chips every day because it's bad for your

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help. Is it OK to eat sweets some of the time? It is only for treats, not

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everyday. There are Government guidelines to try to make sure that

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the meals on offer are healthy and varied. Councils are responsible for

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the local service. Scottish Government have strict legislation

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that we followed to the letter. Chips only appear on the menu once a

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week. What is most important is making sure that the other options

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that are available are healthy and enticing for the young people point

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many schools and councils would highlight what they see as good

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practice. But although there are national guidelines, is their

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national consistency? The quality of school meals that are offered across

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Scotland varies dramatically. Local authorities tended to offer puddings

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more often than soup, and they regularly serve processed food and

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red meat. We feel that needs to change. They also want schools to

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cut down on processed foods, and the change. They also want schools to

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vegetables, soups and salads should take priority over puddings. The

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Government is currently reviewing the guidance. What I would say to

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parents is that the standards that we have in place or enforced that

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Jude, they are of the highest quality, they guarantee that young

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people are getting high-quality, high nutritional value food in their

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schools, but we are constantly considering and assessing those

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regulations to make sure that the high standards that we to set are

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able to be delivered in practice and we set up inspections to make sure

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that is the case. Back in this dining hall, healthy choices seem to

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be popular choices. Councils can be held to account for the quality of

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school meals, and the council elections are just a fortnight away.

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The campaigners say candidates elections are just a fortnight away.

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across the country should commit to improvements.

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The former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has gone on trial accused

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of a fraudulent acquisition of the club.

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The 46-year-old faces two charges relating to the purchase

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Our Business Correspondent David Henderson is at

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Well, Sally, the case got underway here today. No evidence was led, but

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a jury was selected for this case. It's made up of eight men and seven

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women. Craig Whyte faces two charges relating to the way the club changed

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hands some six years ago. He is charged with fraud and with a breach

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of the companies act. The first charge, the fraud charge, alleges

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that Craig Whyte pretended to the then owner of Rangers, Sir David

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that Craig Whyte pretended to the Murray, that he had sufficient funds

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to take a controlling stake in the Ibrox club. And the Crown claims

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that in fact Mr Whyte did not have sufficient money, but funded the

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deal through a loan taken out against future season ticket sales

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for Rangers. The second charge under the companies act centres on the ?18

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million payment between Mr Whyte's company and Rangers to clear a bank

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debt. Mr Whyte has pleaded not guilty to both these charges. David,

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there has been a lot of publicity in this case, hasn't there? What did

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the judge have to say about that? Well, that's right. The judge, Lady

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Stacey, asked the jury to consider matters before evidence was to be

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heard. She said, do you know Craig Whyte? Were you a Rangers

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shareholder or a season-ticket holder at the time of the deal? Is

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there any good reason, she said, why you can't be impartial in this case?

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In the event, none of the jurors had to be excused, and the first witness

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is expected to begin giving here tomorrow in a trial which could

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last, Sally, up to 12 weeks. David, thank you. David Henderson at

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Glasgow Crown Court. The Scottish Government has asked

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the Chief Inspector of Constabulary to speed up his investigation

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of transparency within It follows concerns,

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voiced at a Holyrood committee, that senior SPA figures were acting

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as if they were running the Kremlin. The watchdog responsible for holding

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the police to account itself on the end of some tough questions. This is

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not the Kremlin you're running. The Scottish police authority taken

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not the Kremlin you're running. The task over what the committee chair

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described as a culture of secrecy. Today's exchanges at Holyrood stem

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from a review of governors carried out by the SBA chairman at the

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request of the Justice Secretary. Among the more controversial

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elements of the new framework, a decision to hold committee meetings

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in private. But what really exercised MSPs was the fact that

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many of those discussions about the new framework were also held behind

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closed doors. Something has opened this governance, as basic as

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governors, being decided, all behind closed doors in a way that is going

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to be nodded through by the obviously compliant nonexecutive

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members of the SBA, without saying a Dickie bird about it, and we're all

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supposed to accept that as a good example about open, transparent

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governance?! The document is probably about this thick and they

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had to distil it down to get it into a proper document. They had to have

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these discussions among the members. Shaking her head in the public

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gallery, a former board member who describes herself as collateral

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damage. Forced out, she claims, for publicly raising concerns about

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transparency. I do understand the need to try to keep a control on

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things. But I think it's the wrong answer. I think the only way ever,

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in any public body, to live is in an open and transparent and accountable

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way. Have you thought about drawing position at all? No, I haven't. I

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think we're on a journey. Is it perfect? Their is not perfect. But I

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think in the last 12 months or so there have been significance that

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is. What another SPA review of governors was planned for June, MSPs

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is. What another SPA review of were. But tonight the inspection

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timetables has been accelerated, agreeing to the Justice Secretary's

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request to provide a report within one month.

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Cycling to work could cut your risk of cancer and heart

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That's the conclusion of a five-year research project by experts

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Cycling to work is something many people across Scotland do each

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morning. Former rugby star John people across Scotland do each

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Beattie is a recent convert, and now does it pretty much every day. I

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started off doing three miles each way. And now at ten miles each way,

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and it's not difficult. I'm not some kind of road cycling demon. I'm just

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getting on a bicycle and going a few miles to work. But many of us don't

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commute to work by bike. Maybe we put off by sharing the with cars all

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the time it takes to get to the office. But could the latest

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research on the issue change minds? Glasgow University research is

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logged into the habits of 250,000 commuters across the UK over a

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five-year period, and said there was a link between regular cycling and a

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45% reduction in getting cancer. It suggests the activity could cut the

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risk of heart disease by 46%. In fact, the study said regular cycling

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could cut the risk of death by any cause from 41%. This organisation

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collects old bicycles to be done up and sold an affordably. It has also

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carried out a successful project with local companies to get more

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people to bike to work. You are just used your daily routine of getting

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the car and going. But once you get people to make that first step, it

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is easier to keep going, because it is a very fun thing and they are

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saving money and it is faster get is a very fun thing and they are

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around town. But one of the researchers from the Glasgow

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University said he says boosting cycling will need new

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infrastructure. If you look at places like Amsterdam and

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Copenhagen, the majority of places like Amsterdam and

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cycle. They don't do that because they are being virtuous, they do it

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because it is the easiest way to get around town because the

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infrastructure is there, they have cycle lane separate from the

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traffic, places you can safely lock your bike. I have been the kind of

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person who has cycled to work on the past. But on the basis of this

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latest study, it's about time to give it a go. Andrew Black,

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Reporting Scotland, Glasgow. When Hibs and Aberdeen meet

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on Saturday in the Scottish Cup semifinal at Hampden,

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brothers Graeme and Andrew Shinnie will face up, hoping

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for very different outcomes. The midfielders have never

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played against each other in a competitive match,

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so how do they feel about doing it Our Senior Football Reporter Chris

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McLaughlin has been finding out. On Saturday this place will be

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packed to capacity, thousands of Aberdeen fans over there and

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thousands of Hibs fans over there. But right here, right in the middle

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of Hampden will be a set of parents absolutely torn. I think we will

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have to get the kit man to stitch a half Aberdeen, half Hibs top. For

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our parents is a great occasion. One of us will be missing out on the

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final, on the other hand they will be delighted to have one in the

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final. Graeme lifted the cup two years ago, this was him securing the

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semifinal spot this time around. I think they are both good players.

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Graeme tells me he's so much better than his brother but I've watched a

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lot of Hibs lately and I know Andrew was a very good footballer himself.

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Who can forget last year and Hibs ending their long wait for the

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trophy. Just days after securing promotion, this time the pressure is

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off. We know we have a real acid test on Saturday, but they are the

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cup holders, they will want to hold onto the trophy as best they can.

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And so back to the brothers. I think it will be a good scrap, I'm going

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to back myself. Andrew is a bigger boy than me, but I'd like to fancy

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me. Probably me. I was the younger ones I used to get away with more

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than what Andrew did. I'm going to go for myself. Me.

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than what Andrew did. word to Hibs striker, Jason

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Cummings. He's not interested in arm wrestling, when a wrestler came to

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the club he decided to take diving to a whole new level.

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Andy Murray says he's disappointed to be out

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of the Monte Carlo Masters after throwing away a strong lead,

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but feels he's moving in the right direction

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The world number one was beaten in the third round.

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Kheredine Idessane reports on another early exit

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In magnificent Monte Carlo, could Andy Murray live up to his

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surroundings? The early signs were promising indeed. His opponent was a

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Spanish clay court specialist, and took the first set. Although the

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Spaniard hit back immediately to force the deciding third. It was

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textbook Andy Murray as he raced to the lead, but despite shots like

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this the winning script was ripped up as 4-0 became 4-4. Being 4-0 up

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in the third, I haven't lost many matches like that in my career so

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I'm disappointed but my elbow felt pretty good, I served much better

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today than I did yesterday and that will only get better so hopefully I

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will keep going in the right direction. His year as world number

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one started with defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Doha final but the

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grand slam ended early in the fourth round. It emerged Andy Murray was

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suffering from shingles, which made his win in Dubai all the more

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repressive. -- impressive. After one month out, he survived one round in

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Monte Carlo. A disappointing year so far but his status as world number

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one isn't yet under threat. Could Monaco's lost the Portugal's gain?

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The special Toblerone to show we cannot stop thinking of you because

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for us you are more than number one, you are a real superstar and we love

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you... What's more likely is Andy Murray playing an extra clay court

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tournament next week either in Barcelona or Budapest.

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A schoolgirl has taken part in her first lifeboat rescue,

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after getting the call-out when she was in class.

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Eighteen year old Danielle Marr joined other crew members to help

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a vessel that had broken down off the Fife coast yesterday.

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Lifeboats on a rescue mission. 25 foot vessel suffered mechanical

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failure. A short time earlier Danielle Marr was in class, busy

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with her studies. Alerted by a pager message, Danielle was on her way to

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her first rescue. I thought, this is the first time, I wasn't really sure

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what to expect when I got down there. Danielle made it here on foot

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in a matter of minutes ready to play her part in the rescue. She has been

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a lifeboat volunteer for several months. She has carried her pager

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since January. When it goes and off, the waterproofs replace the blazer.

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I have been inspired by my brother, following in his footsteps. What

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went through your mind as you headed out? I was pretty unsure because

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I've never been on a shout before but it went really good. The RNLI

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depends on volunteers like Danielle. It is essential. Without the

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Youngblood, we would stagnate, we would get to the point where we

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don't have people fit all young enough to do the job, and hats off

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to the school for their support and allowing her to do it. One rescue

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under her belt, Danielle is waiting for the next time you call goes out

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but not during the exam she is sitting in a few weeks' time.

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Let's get the latest on the weather outlook.

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It is turning quite cold. Some lovely spells of sunshine around.

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The best of the sunshine in the east, which topped 19 degrees.

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Further west with the cloud it was cool but if you had blue skies in

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Aberdeen it was a very pleasant day indeed. Tonight pretty cloudy across

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the board, outbreaks of rain across the north and west extending

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southwards, but the good part of the central lowlands and the south dry,

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and on the mild side. Cold across Shetland, windy too from the

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north-west. Tomorrow a cloudy morning, this rain edging southwards

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through because of the day but the further south and east you are any

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wet weather light and patchy and it should brighten up as we head

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through the afternoon. In mid-afternoon still available cloud

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in the south. Temperatures ten and much cooler, further north it should

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be brightening up by this point. Forget the 19 degrees we had today.

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With it a few showers coming on the strong winds, some of those showers

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could be a touch wintry across Shetland. Overnight some late spells

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of sunshine, and relatively calm as we had through towards Saturday.

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High pressure nearby. Still that north westerly flow but largely dry

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and fairly cloudy. Some morning brightness around, but showers

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across the far north and north-east. Wintry across the hills and

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temperatures reaching to Celsius but again wintry for Shetland. On Sunday

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an area of low pressure moving across the country, and a spell of

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wet and windy weather focused across northern areas. As it clears as we

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had through to next week, we open the floodgates for really cold

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arctic air. April showers of rain, sleet and snow. That's the forecast

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for now. I will be back with the late bulletin just after ten o'clock

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news. From everyone on the team and right across the country, goodbye.

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