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Theresa May launches the Scottish Conservative manifesto,

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saying she'll never let the union drift apart.

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We will have reaction from the other parties.

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The college lecturers' dispute is resolved.

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Scallop fishermen are banned from a Highland loch where dredging

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Could Celtic make history this weekend as the first Scots side

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to complete an undefeated league season since the 19th century?

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And billionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie is remembered

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with the opening of a new complex in his hometown, Dunfermline.

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The Prime Minister has promised a personal campaign

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to preserve Scotland's place in the United Kingdom.

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After launching the Scottish Conservative manifesto in Edinburgh,

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Theresa May told BBC Scotland there was more to the union

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She said, "We are at heart one people".

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But opponents say Tory policies are divisive and damaging.

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This from our political editor Brian Taylor.

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Ruth Davidson said the Tories want to bring the SNP down to size, to

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curb Nicola Sturgeon's ambitions. That is to send the SNP a clear and

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unequivocal message. No to their unwanted plan for another referendum

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on independence. To do that, she needs a little help. She claimed

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Labour was engaged in civil war and urged Labour voters to switch. In

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swathes of the country it is only the Scottish Conservatives who are

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strong enough to take on the SNP, and in many places we can only win

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if you join us. The Prime Minister said that she would handle Brexit

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talks. She would consult Nicola Sturgeon but there was no place for

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the First Minister at the Brexit negotiation table. That was for the

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UK Government. The Tories say they would use cash returned from the EU

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for a shared prosperity fund, spreading resources across the UK. A

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promise no return to the Common Fisheries Policy, and they would

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support North Sea oil and gas. Although this is a UK election, the

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leader has also flagged up policies in devolved areas, education reform

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and house-building. I am now travelling with the Prime Minister

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across Scotland. Theresa May characterises contemporary politics

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as a journey. Step one, the best possible deal from Brexit. Step two,

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turn attention to the other union, the union of the United Kingdom.

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Theresa May says it is her personal priority to strengthen that union.

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Visiting an East Lothian all each firm, she said the UK worked for the

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economy but there was more to the union than that. As well as being an

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economic issue, is this an emotional issue for you as well? It is a

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personal priority for me. There are good economic arguments for the

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union but there are also, I think, the deep historic ties that we have.

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If you look across the United Kingdom, we are four nations but we

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are at heart one people. She declined to forecast how many

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Scottish seats the Tories will take, and sidestepped questions about how

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to measure wind Scotland might be ready for a second independence

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referendum. Brian Taylor joins me now from Edinburgh. Why are the

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Conservatives unwilling to spell that out. They do not want to say no

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to a referendum because they do not want to sound arrogant or

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undemocratic. But they set two criteria for the referendum, saying

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Icher be after Brexit is not just settled in negotiation terms but

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actually concluded and implemented. That could take several years. They

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say there should be a second criterion, the issue of popular

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consent. Theresa May was asked repeatedly at the news conference

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how you measure that. Is it opinion polls, is it the election is

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currently being held? The Tories declined to say. They are saying not

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now during Brexit, but in practice they hope it is not ever. They hope

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they can undermine, cajole people to turn away from the cause of

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independence from the cause of nationalism and towards the cause of

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unionism and the Conservative Party. They hope steadily over time to

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pre-empt the issue of an independence referendum returning.

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Naturally, there SNP opponents take a different view.

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Elsewhere on the campaign trail in Scotland, the other main

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parties have been attacking the Conservatives manifesto plans

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for social care, pensions and the winter fuel payment.

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Kezia Dugdale, being put to the test that Glasgow's Science Centre this

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morning. The Scottish Labour leader is keen to highlight the importance

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of subjects like technology and maps for Scotland's next generation, but

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attention quickly turned to the older, and the Conservative

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manifesto plans for less pension protection. This is a slash and burn

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manifesto from the Tories which will Britt apart the fabric of society.

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If you want to protect pensions, those benefits we invest in through

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the tax system, it is only the Labour Party placed to do that.

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Meanwhile, in Moffat, Nicola Sturgeon was seeing double, but the

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triple lock was on her mind, too. The First Minister says the SNP

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should be in the driving seat at Westminster to stand up

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Conservatives. The benefit freeze, the removal of support from disabled

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people, these are leading to what has been described as the greatest

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increase inequality since Margaret Thatcher. The reason there are no

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costings is because they don't want to talk about the reality. He has

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been to the butcher, the baker, and now the candlemaker. Willie Rennie

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continued his quirky campaign. The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader

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also took time today to condemn the Conservative plans. It is a

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cold-hearted, mean-spirited approach by the Conservatives. By cutting

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back on social care and free school meals, cutting back on pensions, it

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is going to damage the living standards of people who need

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support. With less than three weeks until you go to the polls, it seems

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these party leaders have found some common ground.

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Within the past hour, a deal has been struck to end the college

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lecturers strike. Lecturers were Jude to walk out of three days next

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week. Jamie MacColl I've joins me. What can you tell us? This had

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escalated into the most serious industrial action in Scottish

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education for 30 years, and at its heart was a dispute over pay.

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Lecturers were angry that a deal reached last year to help equalise

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pay at different colleges across Scotland had not been put into

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practice. The colleges argued that pay could not be separated from

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conditions. We have seen six strikes in recent weeks and that was due to

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escalate to a three-day strike next week today, intensive talks took

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place to try to head off next week's strike. A breakthrough happened, an

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agreement has been reached in principle and the strike is now off.

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Some of the details have still to be finalised but the crucial bit is

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that lecturers will get their pay rise. But talks lie ahead when it

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comes to sorting out differences in hours and holidays across the

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country. But the crucial bit is that lecturers will get their pay

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increase, the strike is over and this will be a huge relief to many

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students who had been becoming increasingly concerned as exams and

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deadlines approached. A key associate of Craig Whyte has

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revealed that could have been misleading not to have revealed the

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role of a ticket firm in the takeover. He was questioned about

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cash flow projections made ahead of the buyout years ago. The

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involvement of picketers, said to have helped fund the deal, was

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removed. Craig Whyte denies fraud by pretending he was buying Rangers

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with his own money. Scallop fishermen have been banned

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from a Highland loch after a rare The emergency move follows

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an investigation into damage caused to the flame-shell reef

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on Loch Carron near Plockton. Our environment correspondent

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Kevin Keane reports. This is scallop dredging, a

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legitimate industry, key to the economy of communities along the

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West Coast, but this sector is often in conflict with local creel boats,

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and now conservationists. In a single go, one dredger caused huge

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damage to this rare flame shell reef. It should be buzzing with

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marine life, but instead Starfish had arms torn off, and broken shells

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scatter the sea bed. As a result, an emergency marine protected area has

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been declared, which makes dredging here banned. It was not completely

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destroyed. Part of it was destroyed but much of it was still intact, so

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this will allow that to recover. We will take measures over the period

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to make this area permanent. The reef is rare but not unique. The

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restrictions imposed today cover only the one at this site. There is

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now much concerned that others close by remain unprotected. It is not

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enough, simply not enough. It is one area of our inshore waters. And

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everyone knows that we are not managing our inshore waters as well

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as we should be. Local fishermen tell me it is unusual but not

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unheard of to dredge for scallops in this part. But they emphasise that

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the fishermen responsible for the damage were doing nothing illegal.

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The Scottish Government says it is urgently looking at other sites, to

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see whether they also need closing off.

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A new system of training medical staff at the Royal Hospital

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for Sick Children in Edinburgh is saving money

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The mother of one young girl who was treated under

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the new programme says it saved her daughter's life.

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In a training room, a dummy is wired up to monitors. He is programmed to

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assimilate a child with a deteriorating medical condition. He

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was brought to the emergency department... A specialist team is

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briefed on the background. Now they can respond to a call from the ward.

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This is a PET in action, a paediatric emergency team. We want

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to recognise the problem, start treatment and escalate as quickly as

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possible to get the most senior and appropriately trained people into

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the room. We managed to show that by generating that culture in the

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hospital, whether the team are there or not, that behaviour in the

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doctors reduces unexpected admissions. That is the training

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over and the staff are going through a debrief. This training takes place

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across Scotland roughly about once a year. The difference here is that it

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is taking place once a week, and it is bringing together staff from

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different departments. There is a cost involved, around ?75,000 a

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year, but this study has found that the savings are potentially more

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than ten times that. At home, cuddled up with mum, five-year-old

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Natalia. She has long-term medical conditions and has to spend many

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nights in hospital. Her mum, Ashley, recalls the night a paediatric

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emergency team operating under the new system was called for her. They

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did lots of things, giving her oxygen, antibiotics. It still wasn't

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helping. And within a couple of hours she was in intensive care. If

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they were not as quick at getting her into intensive care, she might

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not be here today. As well as the cost savings, the doctors behind the

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trial say that there is clear evidence that the number of deaths

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also dropped. In the year before we introduced it, we had seven kids

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tying after getting more and well on the wards. And in the two one-year

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periods after, we had two each. Small numbers, but they clear trend.

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It is difficult to prove it scientifically from one study in one

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hospital, because lots of factors can come into that. Doctors are

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analysing how the findings can be used in other units across Scotland.

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Theresa May promises to not let the union drift

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apart as she launches the Scottish Conservative manifesto.

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Former Great British Olympian Zola Budd gears up

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for the first Stirling Marathon on Sunday.

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Now we return to the general election, and tonight we're

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Aberdeen, with its dependence on the offshore industry,

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has been suffering from the sharp drop in the oil price,

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although in recent months there have been some signs of recovery.

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In his latest report, our political correspondent

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Nick Eardley has been to the Aberdeen North constituency,

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A city synonymous with oil and gas, an industry which brought wealth and

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jobs. But after a slump in the price of oil, one in which some have been

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left struggling. Like here. This food bank is one of nearly 40 in

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Aberdeen and it is getting busier. A lot more than we used to get. It is

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kept going by volunteers. They also sell donated items to locals. A food

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bank varies between 20-25, up to excess of 50 individuals on a daily

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basis. This time last year we were doing up to 100 food parcels a week.

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We can now do up to 170. He blames welfare changes for rising demand.

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It is to do with the ?20,000 benefit cap on families which stops them

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claiming in excess of ?20,000. It has reduced a lot of payments for

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people and reduced their disposable income. We put John's views to the

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Conservative candidate. They have seen a big spike in demand. We

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obviously want to support families and the caps were introduced because

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we want to ensure that people are encouraged to go to work, and that

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is why we want to improve job opportunities for people. She is one

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of those trying to unseat the SNP's Kirsty Blackman. The welfare state

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should be a safety net and it is not catching those people. The economy

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is clearly not working for everybody. The weekly shop is much

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more expensive than previously while wages are not rising. They don't

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feel the economy is working for them. But is it working for others?

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We travelled along union Street to speak to a local business owner. It

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has been a tough time with the downturn in oil and gas. We are

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still a popular venue but we are not getting the customers we used to

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before. Until the last election, Labour held this seat since the

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1930s. Labour has always been on the side of working folk and that is our

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pitch again. A ?10 minimum wage, investment in education, more money

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in the NHS, which will trickle to Scotland. Substantial cuts in some

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people's wages, but they still have the same bills to pay. But we need

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to look at a much wider economy. Did you have anything in mind?

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Diversification is a buzzword and Dean Walker is something of an

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expert, retraining oil and gas workers to cut. I think they are

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glad not to be just relying on the oil and gas sector, and it being as

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vulnerable as it can be and how quickly it can change. How is

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business? Fantastic. Would you say the economy was working for you?

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Absolutely. At the food bank, the views on diversification are echoed

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by John is less optimistic about the future. I am not sure about the

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economy in Aberdeen. I can only see it getting worse.

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There are five candidates in the Aberdeen North constituency.

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You can find more information on the BBC Scotland News website.

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The Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says the club is on the brink of

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"a unique bit of history" this weekend.

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If the champions don't lose at home to Hearts on Sunday,

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the Parkhead side will complete an undefeated league season

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in Scotland's top division. That hasn't been done since 1899.

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Another day, another set of awards for Celtic. This time, the sponsor

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's manager and Player of the Year. No prizes for Sotec's greatest win

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last night, just plaudits. That's magnificent! What a golfer Patrick

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Roberts. In particular for Patrick Roberts, due to return to parent

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club Manchester City, his captain would love him to stay. Yeah,

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definitely. He's a top quality player, he's young. He's got a lot

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of learning to do as well, but he will get better and better. Roberts

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hasn't been the only Celtic star this season, Scott Sinclair made

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quite an impact on his debut on day one. There was the Dembele Derby,

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when a hat-trick humbled Rangers. After the League Cup was won in

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November, the league title was wrapped up before Easter, 45 matches

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in all domestic petitions, no defeats. On a point of creating a

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unique bit of history, the players are very much focused on performing,

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like we have been all season. There is a consequence to playing well and

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winning. And for us, that will be the focus and the result of that,

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hopefully, will be that we goes the season unbeaten. This weekend

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promises to be a record-breaking one for Celtic on several fronts if they

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can win. They two short of a new goals record and a victory away from

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the most points in a season, and the most wins. So this group of players

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is one match away from a piece of sporting history. Arsenal did it in

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England in 2004, but not since the early days of football in the 1890s

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have the Scottish champions gone through an entire season without

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losing a match. That stat might need to be updated on Sunday afternoon.

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The city of Stirling will host its first marathon on Sunday,

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and there's a reunion taking place between two legends of the sport.

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South African born Zola Budd competed for Great Britain

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in the 1980s, often against Scotland's Commonwealth

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The rivals will meet on the start line again, for the first time

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in over two decades. Rhona McLeod reports.

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Put that behind you and I might start fast! All joking aside, the

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start may not be as fast as before, but these two women are serious in

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their intentions for the Stirling Marathon. Zola Budd was the

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controversial import to the British team for the Los Angeles Olympic

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Games in 1984, and that drama was followed by another as America's

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sweetheart went tumbling. Dekker is down! The World Champion and one of

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the favourites is now flat out on the infield. Now aged 50, Zola

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coaches at an American university, her running is for fun, and the

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Stirling Marathon presented a unique appeal. I jumped at the chance

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because of the history. I love history. To be able to run in an

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environment like this, it is really privileged. People are spoiled by

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being around this history, and they don't really appreciate it as much a

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someone like me from somewhere else, and not having access to this. I

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mean, this is amazing. So what about long-time rival Liz McColgan, the

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ultimate competitor? Who will have bragging rights for the over 50s

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soup but that title? Gone are the days when I am worried about who I

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beat. I am more worried about having gel in my hair now! I just want to

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go round and enjoy it. For me, personally, because I was an elite

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athlete, you don't get the same enjoyment because everything is so

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focused on winning, you missed the fun side of it. For me, personally,

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to go out and enjoy that aspect of it, it will be amazing. You are

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going to be lining up alongside Liz McColgan, is there any rivalry at

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all, a tiny bit, perhaps? I think the marathon is a discipline that

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teaches you humility. I still have that apprehension, will I finish

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not? Is it going to be OK or not? Yes, I respect the distance. 6500

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will respect the distance on Sunday, but there are views and plenty of

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history along the way. The story of the philanthropist

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billionaire Andrew Carnegie is remembered with the opening

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of a new complex in Dunfermline, As well as the world's

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first Carnegie Library, it houses a museum, galleries

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and reading rooms. And while it bears

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the industrialist's name, it also celebrates other people

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from the town who've gone Our arts correspondent

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Pauline McLean reports. This is the first public library

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Andrew Carnegie built. Opened in 1883 in the town where he was born,

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it was the first of 2500 built worldwide in his name. But now this

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19th-century treasure is at the heart of a 21st century complex,

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which brings all the town's cultural collections under one roof. There's

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a really rich history and heritage here. This building is a fantastic

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building, but what happens in the building is important. It is about

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the library, but also telling the Dunfermline story, telling the story

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of the people of Dunfermline, whether that is the history we have

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gathered in, which is so rich, or the objects on display. From Kings

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to musicians, the town has many different stories to tell. Even if

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some of them are surprised to find themselves in a museum. It makes you

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feel old. You are in a museum! I am really chuffed. This was where the

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band was born. We formed here, we are named here. We are Dunfermline.

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We still live here. There is even a thread running between the local

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mill and the Queen's wedding dress, silk made in secret in 1947. She

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turned up for work one day, the bosses said, you are not doing your

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normal work, Barbara, sit at the loom, there is an extra bowl of

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water and cloth, keep your hands extra clean. She says she only

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discovered she was making special silk when she received an invitation

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to the wedding. Ten years in the planning, the complex is already

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open for business, but local school children were among the first to

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visit. They heard stories of the people that made their town and took

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its name around the world. Time for the weekend

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weather forecast. It has been sunny for some of us

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today, but most of us have had fairly cloudy skies with drizzle

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down the east coast. You can see more clearly on the satellite

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picture, there is the strip of sunshine around the west Coast.

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Elsewhere, cloudy, and rain affecting eastern parts of the

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country as well. As we head through the next few hours, that wet weather

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edging westwards. The few showers across the south-west as well. As we

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head overnight, cloudy and increasingly damp with outbreaks of

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rain, mist and Merc to Shetland and at times around the closed as well.

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Not a cold night, around eight Celsius in towns and cities. What it

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means is, starting the weekend, it is cloudy and dank. For the central

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lowlands, northwards, brain in first light, central belt southwards, a

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cloudy start, but as we head through the afternoon, more bright and sunny

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spells. But fairly frequent and at times heavy showers, a rumble of

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thunder in the mix. By mid afternoon, around 4pm, sunshine

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coming through, particularly through South Ayrshire towards Kintyre, but

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eastwards, it could be heavy. North and central lowlands, likely to

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still be fairly cloudy at this point with fairly light and patchy rain,

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but persistent nonetheless. We will start to see an improvement as the

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rain pulls away. It will be a slow process. Wind freshening in the

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east. If you are walking or climbing more than Rangers, cloudy and damp.

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The wind is light coming from the west. Temperatures there around

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four. A number of heavy showers develop, the odd rumble of thunder

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but bright spells interspersed, too. The rest of the afternoon into the

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evening and overnight, showers still with us. But sunshine to end the day

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across the south-west quadrant of the country. The general theme as we

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head overnight toward Sunday, low pressure responsible for Saturday's

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whether pulling away, high-pressure starting tonight in from the

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continent. For most of us, Sunday is a better day whether - wise.

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Clouding over by the afternoon and a little weather front tickling the

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west Coast. East of that, unsettled, but on balance, Sunday is better

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than Saturday. That is the forecast. Now, a reminder of

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tonight's main news: Sweden drops a long running rape

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investigation into the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange,

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he calls it an important victory. And Theresa May launches

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the Scottish Conservative manifesto, saying she'll never let

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the union drift apart. I'll be back with the headlines

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at 8pm and the late bulletin just Until then, from everyone

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on the team around and across the country,

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have a very good evening.

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