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Brexit. That is all from us, it is goodbye from me and on BBC One we

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can now join the BBC's teams where you are.

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Tonight on Reporting Scotland: with a week to go until the election,

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education and child poverty top the campaign agenda.

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Edinburgh University apologises after sending final year students

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an email which implied they'd failed their final exams.

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Immediately I panicked thinking that I must have failed something,

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something has gone wrong and I'm not going to be able to graduate.

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The prosecution in the Craig Whyte trial asks the jury to convict

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the former Rangers owner of acquiring the club by fraud.

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Concerns about the safety of tram tracks in Edinburgh

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And Andy Murray battles through to the third

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With exactly one week to go until the election,

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political leaders have been arguing about the future for

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The issue was raised on the campaign trail this afternoon and earlier

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at Holyrood during questions to the First Minister.

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This from our political editor Brian Taylor.

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The new broom at Holyrood, or at least a little fresh paint. But

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inside, the battle lines are fixed and familiar. Nicola Sturgeon isn't

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personally up for election in this Westminster contest, but her record

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in devolved government is up for scrutiny. And Ruth Davidson said

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that an teacher recruitment, that record was poor. First of all they

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had too many trainees, with the consequence that they ended up on

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the dole and not in the classrooms, and then they cut it so drastically

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that we don't have enough teachers. Does this sound like the record of a

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competent government? Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland schools'

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record was better than elsewhere in the UK, and she warned that a UK

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Tory victory would have a devastating impact on Scotland's

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children. We need to make sure that over the next seven days we don't

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end up with another Westminster government that is taking action and

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making cuts that are likely push an additional 1 million children across

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the UK into poverty. All the opposition leaders accused her of

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neglecting her job in pursuit of independence, she said it was her

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rivals who are obsessed with the constitution. And one SNP candidate

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has gone further. George Kerrigan placed an ad in his local paper

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insisted the UK election is not about independence but about a

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strong Scottish voice. Labour said that is desperation. Labour's topic

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was hell. They paraded a hospital bed sheet signed by petitioners

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worried about health care. Again, the First Minister said Scotland's

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record was better than Labour in Wales. Deftly binding a bouquet of

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Labour red roses, Kezia Dugdale agreed these elections are about

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choice. We have seen an increase of 40,000 children in Scotland living

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in poverty. That is a scandal and it should shame both the SNP and the

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Tories. Willie Rennie sets off on a flying Finnish tour of key

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Westminster seats with the Holyrood offer. Liberal Democrats want to put

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a modest penny on income tax to give children of all backgrounds the

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chance to succeed in life. And the Tories publish a pledge card with

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support for the union number one. And Nicola Sturgeon meets voters of

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the future, while urging their elders to back her party. At

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Holyrood, the leaders join together to back a cancer charity, but for

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the next week, their political differences will be on display as

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they seek your votes. And Brian Taylor joins me

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now from Edinburgh. With a week to go to the election,

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how are the parties standing Brian? Politics is rarely pure and never

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simple, and perhaps in this curious but intriguing election, we can

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detect three levels. You have the UK contest primarily driven by Brexit,

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that was the cause given good other prime ministers are calling the

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election. You have the suggestions of Labour narrowing the Conservative

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lead in some polls, others suggesting the lead is still

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relatively comfortable, which would mean a decent majority, but the real

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intriguing fight in which of course Scotland is involved, and then you

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have the battle in Scotland, the battle that is perhaps dominated by

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the SNP because they are defending 56 out of 59 seats, basic

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arithmetic, and within that you have such polls as there have been

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suggesting the SNP is still pretty far in the lead with the Tories and

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the Labour Party fighting for second place. But then you have the third

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election, the third type of election, where individual

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candidates meet individual constituents in individual seats to

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win their individual votes which accumulate into victory and

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ultimately a UK Government, and it is those close encounters of the

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third kind which will determine this election. Brian Taylor, thank you

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bro much. Tax has been a battleground issue

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in this general election campaign. The Scottish Conservatives

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have repeatedly claimed that under SNP policies,

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Scotland has become "the highest But the SNP contend that income tax

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alone doesn't represent the whole Laura Maceever has run the issue

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through a reality check. From April, the UK Government raised

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the threshold for those paying a 40p rate of income tax to ?45,000. The

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Conservatives at Westminster aim to raise it to ?50,000 by 2020/21, but

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Scottish finance secretary, Derek Mackay, using new powers devolved to

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Holyrood, froze that threshold at ?43,000. As a result, in the current

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year, more than 370,000 Scots who are in this bracket pay more tax

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than those earning the same amount south of the border. For those

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earning ?45,000, the differences about ?400. However, while some pay

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more income tax, after a succession of freezes, most people in Scotland

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Payless council tax than those in England. The average band D property

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in Scotland pays less than the average in England, the difference

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is about ?429. The Scottish Government recently raised the

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higher bands, capital E to capital a H, but the average bill for each

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band is still lower in Scotland, on average ?371 cheaper than in

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England. So the reality check verdict, around 370,000 pay more

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income tax than those earning the same amount south of the border,

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however council tax is generally lower in Scotland. The SNP also say

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that Scotland has a more generous benefits system, including free

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prescriptions, free personal care for the elderly and free university

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tuition. All of the parties' tax plans are available on the BBC News

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website. Edinburgh University has apologised

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unreservedly to hundreds of students who got an e-mail which implied

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they'd failed their final exams. The e-mail, sent to them just

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after midnight last night, told them they wouldn't be able

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to graduate next month. The university is now trying to find

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out what went wrong. Our education correspondent

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Jamie McIvor is at Edinburgh This is an anxious enough time for

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students who have just set their final exams. The exam papers are

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being marked just now, students should know in the next few weeks

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whether or not they have passed or failed, and if they have passed,

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what class of degree they will be getting. But some students here had

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a sleepless night worrying that they had failed. For a university which

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prides itself on its international reputation, this affair is hugely

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embarrassing, but for many students, it was simply hugely worrying, even

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distressing. Calum MacLeod to become a teacher, but before he starts his

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teacher he'll need to get a good degree.

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Just after midnight, he got a disturbing e-mail. I panicked,

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thinking that I must have failed something, something has gone wrong,

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and I am not going to be able to graduate, so I logged into the same

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university portal which had the same message saying I couldn't graduate

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this summer and that I wouldn't be able to go to the ceremony and if

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this was wrong, to get in touch, but with it being during the night, I

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couldn't get in touch with anyone in the university right away. This is

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the e-mail sent to him and it is thought hundreds of students. It was

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headed graduation ceremony cancelled, no award, and it told the

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students they were not expected to complete studies until later in the

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year. The university is blaming a system error. Student leaders want

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assurances this error won't be repeated. Hundreds of students were

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immensely stressed last night because they found out about the

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news through social media and couldn't contact anybody at the

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University and thought they would be unable to graduate. In going

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forward, the university has to make sure nothing like this ever happens

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again. The university has apologised unreservedly, but didn't want to do

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any interviews today. It sent students another e-mail at 9:30am

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reassuring them that no graduation ceremonies had been cancelled and

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saying they would get the exam result as scheduled within the next

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few weeks. The university is still trying to work out exactly what it

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was which went wrong, but this was clearly a very serious mistake even

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if there may well be an innocent enough explanation for it. Thank you

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very much. A jury has been asked to convict

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former Rangers owner Craig Whyte of acquiring the club by fraud

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in May 2011. Summing up the prosecution case,

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Alex Prentice QC told the High Court in Glasgow that Mr Whyte took over

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the football club using money From the High Court in Glasgow,

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Andrew Black reports. With evidence concluded in this

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trial, prosecutor Alex printed QC told the jury that despite its

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apparent public is, the Crown's case was relatively simple. Craig Whyte

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did not have the money for his takeover of Rangers. In his closing

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speech, he said the Crown says Mr White through his company bought the

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football club without a single penny of his own, and used money that he

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was not entitled to. The trial heard previous Rangers owner Sir David

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Murray sold his majority shareholding in the club to Mr Whyte

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for ?1. The deal also required Mr Whyte to take an ?80 million of bank

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that and put ?5 million into the playing squad. It's alleged Mr Whyte

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try to conceal that he helped fund the takeover through an agreement

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over season tickets. Alex Prentice told the jury that this case was not

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about public inquiry into how Rangers was run at a corporate

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level, it was a case about whether a crime had been committed and whether

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Mr Whyte was responsible. Mr 20s said the answer to both those

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questions was yes. Donald Findlay, QC, representing Mr Whyte, will make

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his closing remarks to the jury tomorrow. Mr Whyte denies acquiring

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Rangers by fraud in 2011. He denies a second charge under the companies

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act. 90 jobs are to go at the oil

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giant Shell's North Sea Staff were told about

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the redundancies at Shell says the decision allows them

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to maintain competitiveness and ensure the long-term

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sustainability of their The jobs will go by

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the end of the year. The Transport Minister is to meet

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safety campaigners after the death The woman was hit by a minibus

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after her bike became Edinburgh Council is already facing

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dozens of compensation claims from cyclists who say they've been

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injured in accidents This is one of Edinburgh's easiest

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junctions at the West End of Princes Street, and it was here during

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yesterday's morning rush hour that the cyclist's bike got caught up in

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the tram tracks, causing her to topple over into the pathway of an

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oncoming tour bus. The 24 you rolled was taken to Edinburgh Royal

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Infirmary, but police later confirmed that she had died of as a

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result of her injuries. This lawyer represents 141 cyclist who claim

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they have been hurt after falling on Edinburgh's tram tracks, and he

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warned more than two years ago that it was a death waiting to happen.

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The response of the council to the network and the complaints made

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about it has been characterised as one of bloody minded arrogance, and

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complete and utter indifference to the safety of others. Before the

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trams were even on the tracks, they were warned about the dangers, they

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were told it was unsafe and people would be injured. They were told

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that we all feared somebody may eventually die. That is exactly what

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has happened. Cameras show the kinds of hazards faced by the capital's

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cyclists. We've now done about 29 operations around the body, a lot of

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upper limb, clavicle, wrist, elbow, but lower limb injuries, we have had

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a skull fracture and broken hips. Of these injuries have caused suffering

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and disability of time off work for people that are just going to work.

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Cyclists raised their concerns before the trams were even

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introduced, and they say the council could be doing more to reduce

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accidents. On the junctions you could put in separation so you have

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separate lights that only the cyclists would be going through

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rather than motor vehicle is at the same time, so they can clear the

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area where the tram tracks are, or you could have a separate lane going

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along Princes Street which would make more sense, you wouldn't have

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to mix in with cars and buses and the tram as well. Edinburgh City

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Council say they have gone to every effort to raise awareness about the

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impact of the trams on road users, and they say road markings have been

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introduced to direct cyclists along safe routes. But it will now be for

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the courts to decide if that's been enough. Graham Stewart, Reporting

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Scotland, Edinburgh. You're watching BBC

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Reporting Scotland. A reminder of tonight's

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top story: With a week to go until the election,

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education and child poverty top And still to come: Limbering up

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for the British and Irish Lions Three Scots will start

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in the first match. Back to the election now,

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and the latest in our Today it's Scotland's

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most northerly seat, The seat was held by

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Alistair Carmichael in 2015 for the Liberal Democrats by just

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817 votes in a close Stretching from Orkney to Shetland,

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it's Scotland's most northerly constituency. Machine farming and

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oil are the mainstays of the economy. For nearly 70 years, voters

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have been sending liberals to Westminster, but as the political

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tide turning in the Northern Isles? We've got pretty good quality

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education here. Liberal Democrat candidate Alistair Carmichael is

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campaigning hard to retain the seat. Alistair Carmichael is duly elected

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as the member of Parliament for the Orkney and Shetland constituency. He

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held it in 2015 with a vastly reduced majority of 817 votes. But

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he was in choppy waters after the result. It was revealed he had

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backed the leaking of a document which suggested Nicola Sturgeon

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wanted David Cameron to be Prime Minister, a claim she denied. He

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faced calls to resign, and was taken to an election court by campaigners.

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Judges say he told a lie about what he knew about the memo in a TV

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interview, but ruled he hadn't committed an electoral offence. To

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be in politics is to be judged, I have always known and accepted that,

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and that is the judgment people will make on the 8th of June, but people

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here are fair-minded, they will judge me not just on one incident

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but the 16 years of service I have given, the things I have achieved,

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the people I have helped in these communities. Mickey waves is the SNP

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candidate, 26 you rolled Miriam Brett. Joining her is prominent

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party candidate Murray Black. The SNP offer something different at a

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Westminster level, whether that is our opposition to posterity, our

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opposition to ?180 billion being squandered on nuclear weapons or our

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opposition to apparent policy such as the bedroom tax. Labour and Tory

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party fortunes in the Northern Isles have ebbed and flowed down the

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years. We will honour the decision made in the referendum, we will

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stand up to the plans for another independence referendum and we will

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make sure there is a strong voice in Westminster. So we can vote in a

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Labour Party for the many, not the few, and in places like Orkney and

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Shetland, they will support people like our fishermen and

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agriculturalists to make our lives the best that they can be. At

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catching votes again is fisherman Robert Smith. Standing free Ukip,

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he's looking to convince the electorate that his party is still

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relevant post Brexit. It's going to be a bunfight between

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the Liberals and the SNP probably but we need a big UK wide vote to

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put pressure on Theresa May to get this negotiating done properly. One

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man who wants to take the helm and the Orkney and Shetland told her own

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independence is Stuart Hill. And campaigning to take back Orkney and

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Shetland's already existing sovereignty and independence. It

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doesn't exist with the UK, it is ours and belongs to the people of

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Shetland and Orkney. Voters will decide which side to cast their

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vote, opting to stay liberal or turn the political tide and vote SNP.

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Sport now, and Andy Murray is safely through to the third

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But the world number one was made to work very hard for his four-set

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victory over Slovakia's Martin Klizan.

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Watching courtside in Paris was Kheredine Idessane.

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Selfies in the sun for some, hats for the heat for others, someone had

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even been reading up on Scotland's world number one, in preparation for

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the arrival of Andy Murray on the Susan Long long court. The usual

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exercises for his recovering elbow but a sluggish start was compounded

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by an early break of serve. Could he somehow spark himself into life?

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Flashes of inspiration helped him recover the break of serve.

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But while he was error-prone in the tie-break, Klizan was cynical. --

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clinical. And then the fretful and grumpy Andy Murray turned into the

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calmer and more focused one with immediate results. The scrapper is

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scrapping. The top seed broke ties and easily levelled the match at

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1-1. It was much the same in the third set as he looked more like

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himself and eased further ahead. But the fourth set mirrored the first

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from a 5-2 down to level things up from a 5-2 down to level things up

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-- Murray. And if you're going to win, do it in style.

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What a shot! Victory, yes, but far from vintage Andy Murray who knows

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he will have to improve for the third round on Saturday which is a

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rerun of last year's Olympic final against Argentina's Juan Martin Del

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Potro. All three Scots in the British

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and Irish lions squad are in the starting 15 for the first

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match of their tour of New Zealand. Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour

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and Greig Laidlaw will all line up against the Provincial Barbarians

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on Saturday. As David Currie reports, it's

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a chance to improve their prospects of facing the world champion

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All Blacks later this month. Not quite ready to roar, the Lions

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limbering up in New Zealand. Stuart Hogg one of eight Scottish trio

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playing in the opening match of the tour but don't read too much into

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the line-up. The head coach begin play is partly based on attendance

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at pre-tour training. -- picking players. We had 14 players in Wales

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for the first week and 13 of them are involved in the first game and

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the players who came in for the second week in Dublin, the players

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who have been involved in the first two weeks of camp are primarily the

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ones who are in the 23 involved in the first game. There are six games

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before the first of three Test matches against the world champions,

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New Zealand, and competition for places against the All Blacks will

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be fierce. The Scots have an early chance to stake their claims. It is

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a great opportunity for the players who have been selected for the first

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match to go out and lay down a marker and I think for everyone, the

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dream is to be involved in the Test matches. Tommy Seymour! Tommy

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Seymour could have a real chance because George North's injury record

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is not the best and there might be an opportunity and Stuart Hogg just

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had to do what he has been doing and he hopefully it will be nailed on

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and with three scrum halves Greig Laidlaw as a good chance of getting

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capped at some point but for anybody to be capped is such a huge thing.

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The lions have already come face-to-face with a few New

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Zealanders on this tour. Some have gone head-to-head. Stuart Hogg even

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got involved in some sort of seeing off. For the Scots in the party, the

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real action starts on Saturday. After Reporting Scotland,

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Glenn Campbell's here with another Ask The Leader,

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and whose turn is it tonight, Glenn? All this week we're putting

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Scotland's political leaders on the spot and tonight the Scottish

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Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, will face questions from our studio

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audience here in Glasgow as Ask The Leader is live on BBC One just after

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7pm. This time last week it was all the

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talk of sunshine and barbecues but today is rather different. To

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welcome in the ecological summer, cloudy and quite damp. And further

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outbreaks of rain to come tonight. Understandably, many of the Weather

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Watch pictures have leaden skies. That rate is quite persistent across

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the hills in Argyll and part of Dumfries and Galloway and slowly

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moving eastwards and north of the central lowlands the rain is lighter

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and more patchy. A mild night with temperatures around nine to 13

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Celsius in towns and cities but tomorrow morning will be cloudy and

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dump with the heaviest rain in the rush hour across the borders and the

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capital and Aberdeenshire -- cloudy and damp. Heading into the

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afternoon, the rain will clear and the sun comes out and it should be a

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pleasant afternoon for many. Here is a closer look mid-afternoon around

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4pm, temperatures into the high teens and with light winds it will

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feel quite pleasant. A couple of showers but you would be unlucky to

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catch one. Further north and north east, a bit of cloud holding on in

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parts of Aberdeenshire, a few showers around Caithness, Orkney

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faring well but Shepley is fairly cloudy and damp for most of the

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dates. The rest of the afternoon and evening, plenty of sunshine on the

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cards but one to showers at times -- Shetland is fairly cloudy.

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Overnight, largely dry but at the weekend the low pressure is never

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far away and that will influence conditions with a fair few showers

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on Saturday and Sunday. In the morning, generally dry but in the

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afternoon the showers get going and one or two could be quite heavy and

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perhaps the odd rumble of thunder as well. Sunday is similar, some

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sunshine from some showers, mostly through the afternoon, and if you

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get the sunshine temperatures in the mid-to high teens. That's the

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forecast. Thank you. I'll be back with the headlines

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

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team right across the country,

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