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8:37 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Boats used to herd whales to sea before military exercise

Boats are to be used in an attempt to herd a pod of northern bottlenose whales back out to sea. Rescuers will attempt to shepherd the animals out of Loch Long amid concern over the impact a major international military...

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7:40 am   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Two people stranded on cut off beach rescued by lifeboat

Two people have been rescued by lifeboat after they were stranded on a beach which is cut off at high tide. The man and woman walked six miles along Lossiemouth Beach in Moray before realising they could not get back...

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7:01 am   |   SCOTLAND

Union calls for key worker bonus payment for council workers

A union is calling for council workers who worked during the Covid-19 lockdown to receive a “key worker” bonus. GMB members will protest outside the Scottish Parliament on Thursday as part of a campaign to receive the additional payment. Council...

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6:53 am   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Epic cycle to honour ex-Scotland cricket captain Con de Lange

Two former teammates of late Scotland cricket captain Con de Lange are embarking on an epic cycling challenge to raise money for cancer research in his memory. Craig Wallace and Ali Evans aim to pedal 672 miles - representing the...

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6:42 am   |   SCOTLAND

Dozens of birds of prey illegally killed in 2019 – report

Dozens of birds of prey were illegally shot, trapped and poisoned in 2019, according to the latest bird crime report from the RSPB. There were 85 confirmed incidents of bird of prey persecution last year, involving birds such as buzzards,...

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6:39 am   |   SCOTLAND FEATURE

Has the pandemic created a mental health ‘ticking time bomb’?

We have never been more focused on health as we do everything we can to stop the spread of coronavirus.  But this year the pressure on our mental health has been undeniable as we all adjust to a new way...

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Yesterday

5:49 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

First Bus to report pupils to police for not wearing masks

A bus company has threatened to report pupils to police over complaints they are refusing to wear face masks on board its vehicles. First Bus claims in a letter to schools in Glasgow that a “significant number” of students have...

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5:09 pm   |   EDINBURGH & EAST VIDEO

Charity appeals for halal meat donations for food parcels

Halal meat. (STV footage)

A charity is appealing for donations of halal meat to help the Muslim population in Edinburgh. Edinburgh and Lothian Regional Equality Council (ELREC) has supported low income families throughout lockdown and is fundraising to continue its project. Demand has been...

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5:07 pm   |   SCOTLAND

Full list of Scottish TSB branches earmarked for closure

TSB.

TSB has revealed the 73 branches it has earmarked for closure in Scotland next year. The Edinburgh-based bank said the cuts will affect 300 jobs. The company intends to close 164 branches across the UK, reducing its headcount by around...

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4:39 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Lennon ‘concerned’ over international break ahead of Old Firm

Neil Lennon.

Neil Lennon hopes the international break does not cost Celtic for the Old Firm game against Rangers. Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie and Greg Taylor are in the Scotland squad for the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel as well as...

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3:46 pm   |   POLITICS

Tory MSP thrown out the chamber for calling Sturgeon a liar

Oliver Mundell MSP

A Conservative MSP has been ejected from the Holyrood chamber after accusing the First Minister of lying to parliament and then refusing to apologise for the remark. Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell claimed Nicola Sturgeon had lied when she previously pledged...

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3:36 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Disappointment as train ruins Harry Potter fans’ big moment

Harry Potter fans were left disappointed after waiting to see a train made famous by the story - only to have their view blocked by a ScotRail service. Cindy McBride, from Drumchapel, travelled to Drumry to get a glimpse of...

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3:25 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Eight lockdown deaths at hotel used to shelter homeless

Alexander Thomson Hotel, Glasgow. (Google)

Eight people have died at a hotel in Glasgow used to shelter the homeless during lockdown. The deaths of four men and four women at the Alexander Thomson on Argyle Street happened between April and August. Authorities called the situation...

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3:13 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Prestwick Airport sale grounded after bidder pulls out

Prestwick Airport.

The planned sale of Prestwick Airport has been grounded after the preferred bidder pulled out. On Wednesday, transport secretary Michael Matheson confirmed the prospective buyer has walked away from completing a deal due to the impact of coronavirus on the...

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2:43 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Gerrard: Rangers have respect for Galatasaray but no fear

Steven Gerrard said his Rangers side go into their Europa League play-off against Galatasaray with respect for the Turkish giants but no fear. The sides clash at Ibrox on Thursday with the winner going into the Europa League group stage...

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1:41 pm   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Worker embezzled £240k in drugs and cash from Crown Office

High Court in Edinburgh.

A woman has been told she faces jail after she admitted embezzling more than £90,000 in cash and taking £147,000 of drugs and other items from the Crown Office. Katherine Vaughan appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh on Wednesday...

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1:08 pm   |   POLITICS

New £500 grant for people on low incomes self-isolating

A new £500 grant to help people on low incomes who have to self-isolate will be rolled out in mid-October. Starting from October 12, the cash will be administered by councils through the Scottish Welfare Fund, which already provides community...

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12:41 pm   |   SCOTLAND

Early at-home abortions could be a permanent service

Early abortions at home could become a permanent service once coronavirus is no longer a threat. During the pandemic, women have been able to take both pills required for an early medical abortion at home, where it is considered clinically...

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12:33 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Three Kilmarnock players test positive for coronavirus

Three Kilmarnock footballers are self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus, the club has confirmed. The unnamed trio will take NHS tests today to confirm the initial result, while all other players and staff will have tests on Thursday. The club...

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12:28 pm   |   POLITICS

Tories ‘burying idea of equal partnership’ with Brexit Bill

The Conservative government has "buried the idea of the UK as a partnership of equal nations" after its controversial Internal Market Bill cleared its final Commons hurdle, the SNP said. MPs voted 340 to 256, majority 84, in favour of...

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12:24 pm   |   SCOTLAND

Seven more deaths of people with coronavirus in Scotland

Coronavirus, doctors.

Seven more people with coronavirus have died in Scotland, the highest daily total since June 17. It takes the death toll among patients who died within 28 days of their coronavirus test to 2519. Separate weekly figures from National Records...

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11:53 am   |   SCOTLAND

Hundreds of jobs at risk as TSB set to close 73 branches

TSB.

TSB is set to close 73 branches in Scotland, affecting 300 jobs. The Spanish-owned bank said the cuts follow a “significant change in customer behaviour” as fewer people use branches in favour of online banking. It stated it created 100...

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11:49 am   |   SCOTLAND

Convictions linked to Post Office system to be reviewed

An investigation is to be carried out into dozens of potential miscarriages of justice in Scotland related to a Post Office computer system. The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) has written to 73 people with criminal convictions who have...

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10:59 am   |   POLITICS VIDEO

Scotland Tonight: Time for fresh faces in Holyrood?

Scotland Tonight: September 29

More than a fifth of Scotland's MSP's have announced that they won't stand in next year's Holyrood election. Amongst the big names getting ready to stand down from Scottish politics are health secretary Jeane Freeman, deputy Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth...

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9:46 am   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Motorcyclists reported for ‘dangerous driving’ after crash

A84 near Lochearnhead.

Three motorcyclists have been reported for "dangerous driving" following a crash involving a Range Rover in Stirlingshire. The four-vehicle collision happened on the A84 near Lochearnhead at around 6pm on Sunday, August 30. Emergency services attended and one of the...

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9:44 am   |   POLITICS VIDEO

Ponsonby’s Perspective: The lost learners of Covid-19

Ponsonby's Perpective: September 29

STV News' special correspondent Bernard Ponsonby examines the Covid crisis gripping our universities and asks if the uncertainty surrounding how they navigate through the pandemic could lead to a lost generation of students.

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9:36 am   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Soldiers parachuted into power lines during bungled jump

Power lines.

Two soldiers cheated death when their parachutes got caught in high-voltage power lines during a bungled jump. The duo collided with the cables during a night-time training mission over Cupar in Fife last month. Fortunately the pair escaped uninjured, but...

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9:30 am   |   FOOTBALL OPINION

Cast assembled, now it’s time for Steve Clarke to direct his play

As curtain raisers go, it was pretty low key. There was little drama on Tuesday as Steve Clarke revealed his Scotland squad to face Israel in next week’s Euro 2020 play-off semi-final, but the announcement drew focus to arguably the...

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9:00 am   |   SCOTLAND

Shell to slash up to 9000 jobs after collapse in demand

Shell has said it plans to cut between 7000 and 9000 jobs worldwide following a collapse in demand for oil amid the coronavirus pandemic. The oil giant has said the cuts will be fully implemented by the end of 2022....

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7:35 am   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Focus shifts to flu as vaccination queues begin to form

As the battle against Covid continues in to flu season, there is a growing worry of what might happen when the two viruses combine. This year anyone over 55 along with frontline social care workers will be offered the flu...

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7:04 am   |   FOOTBALL

Government urged to help struggling Scottish football clubs

The Scottish Government is being urged to set up a new football aid fund to help struggling clubs deal with the loss of ticket income during the coronavirus pandemic. With matches in the Scottish Premiership being played behind closed doors,...

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6:46 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Campaign launched to support Subway as funding ends

The Scottish Greens have launched a campaign to protect Glasgow’s Subway system as emergency funding comes to an end. In July, the Scottish Government announced a £9 million funding package to be shared between the Subway and Edinburgh’s tram network....

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6:35 am   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Tackling Edinburgh housing crisis crucial to reducing poverty

The “single most important” part of reducing poverty in Edinburgh is tackling the housing crisis, according to a new report. The Edinburgh Poverty Commission (EPC) released their report on Wednesday, which found that almost one in three families in the...

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6:34 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Engineering job cuts a ‘hammer blow’ for East Ayrshire

A trade union says the move by a German engineering firm to cut jobs at its plant in East Ayrshire is a "hammer blow" for the area. Mahle, which makes engine components, says it will make 45 workers redundant at...

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