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8:03 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Man charged in connection with woman’s death in her flat

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a woman in a Glasgow flat. Jacqueline Grant was found dead in her flat on Cumlodden Drive in Maryhill at around 5.25pm on Tuesday last week. The...

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6:45 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Motherwell’s Stephen O’Donnell signs new deal until 2023

Stephen O’Donnell has signed a two-year extension to his deal with Motherwell. The Scotland international right back joined the club at the start of the 2020/21 season, going on to make 35 appearances to date and captaining the side in...

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6:21 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Armed police lockdown supermarket amid hunt for driver

Armed police have surrounded a supermarket in Newton Mearns in a hunt for occupants of a car involved in an earlier incident. A large number of police vehicles and officers have sealed off Aldi on Greenlaw Way. A shopper told...

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5:38 pm   |   SPORT

Inverness claim striker Todorov was racially abused at Raith

Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker Nikolay Todorov was subjected to "extreme provocation, racist abuse and violence" in a match against Raith Rovers, the club alleged on Tuesday. The Highland side released a statement after Todorov was issued with an excessive misconduct...

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5:08 pm   |   HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS

Braemar Gathering cancelled for second year in a row

Braemar Gathering

The Braemar Gathering has been cancelled for a second year due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.  The decision follows other Highland Games across Scotland which have been forced to axe plans over fears restrictions on gatherings won't be...

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4:53 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Stephen Welsh signs new four-year deal with Celtic

Stephen Welsh has signed a new four-year deal with Celtic, committing until the summer of 2025. The 21-year-old centre-back has been with the Parkhead club for over a decade having progressed through the Celtic Youth Academy. A club statement said:...

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4:15 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Van driver dies at scene following crash with tractor

A man has died after the van he was driving collided with a tractor on a road in North Lanarkshire. The 28-year-old was in a black Vauxhall combo van when it crashed with a green CLAAS tractor pulling a red...

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3:54 pm   |   SCOTLAND

Warning of ‘extreme risk’ of wildfires across Scotland

There is an "extreme risk" of wildfires across the country posing harm to people and animals, the fire service has warned. The warning is in place across west, north-east, east and central Scotland until Saturday, April 17. The Scottish Fire...

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3:19 pm   |   POLITICS

‘A country fit for heroes’: Tories pledge help for veterans

Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross has announced a series of manifesto pledges to support veterans including a new top-up benefit and a dedicated help to buy a home scheme. The party also set out plans to bring forward a Bill...

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2:48 pm   |   SCOTLAND FEATURE

At-a-glance: Key dates in Scotland’s easing of Covid rules

The lifting of coronavirus restrictions is to be accelerated, with lockdown measures being eased from Friday. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scots will be able to leave their local authority area for the purposes of socialising, recreation or exercise. Six...

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2:21 pm   |   POLITICS

FM: I carry weight of care homes decision with me every day

Nicola Sturgeon has said she “carries the weight” of the decision to move patients into care homes during the early days of the pandemic with her “every single day”. During Tuesday’s coronavirus briefing, the First Minister said she "can't turn...

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2:04 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Woman thought her eye was going to ‘burst’ in attack

Glasgow Sheriff Court.

A man pressed his thumb into his partner’s eye so hard she thought it was going to burst, a court heard. Sharaz Moad attacked the woman at a friend’s house in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, on June 28 last year. The...

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1:51 pm   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Appeal after terminally ill cat abandoned near castle

A female grey tortoiseshell cat was discovered in Fife in very poor condition.

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a terminally ill cat was found near a castle in Fife. A member of the public found the animal unresponsive opposite Dunimarle Castle in Culross on April 11.   The female grey...

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1:39 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Man caught with £140,000 worth of cannabis in motorhome

A man was caught with £140,000 worth of cannabis - hidden in a secret compartment in his motorhome. The Anh Luu was snared shortly before he boarded a Cairnryan to Belfast ferry on November 6, 2019. Police found the 38-year-old...

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1:29 pm   |   HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS

Walkers told to keep dogs under control to protect capercaillie

Dog walkers are being asked to take care around the Cairngorms National Park this spring to allow capercaillie to thrive. Park staff are encouraging residents and visitors to keep pets under control and asking walkers to be extra mindful of...

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12:27 pm   |   POLITICS

Coronavirus: Travel ban to be lifted in Scotland from Friday

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 20: Crowds gather in Inverleith Park during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, on June 20, 2020, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Travel restrictions within Scotland are to be eased this week as the country’s route map out of lockdown continues. From Friday, Scots will be able to leave their local authority area for the purposes of socialising, recreation or exercise. Nicola...

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11:31 am   |   SPORT

Gregor Townsend to make debut as Lions assistant coach

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend will make his debut as the British and Irish Lions assistant coach for attack. Warren Gatland insists the Lions will benefit from “new voices and a fresh perspective” after naming three assistants who will be...

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11:28 am   |   SCOTLAND

Shepherd’s hut craftsman sees boom in interest during pandemic

A craftsman who builds shepherd's huts has seen a boom in interest due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dad-of-one Jack Roots, 61, worked as a cabinet maker before he decided to branch into making shepherd's huts, which are sold for around...

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11:08 am   |   FOOTBALL

Ross County manager and Hamilton boss hit with SFA charges

Ross County manager John Hughes and Hamilton head coach Brian Rice have both been hit with Scottish Football Association disciplinary charges over comments made in the media. Hughes faces charges relating to recent games against St Mirren and Hibernian, while...

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11:01 am   |   HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS

All adult residents on Fair Isle vaccinated against Covid

Coronavirus, vaccine.

All adult residents on Fair Isle have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus.  The tiny island, situated between Shetland and Orkney, has had no Covid cases since the pandemic began a year ago.  With a population of just under 50, NHS...

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10:35 am   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Reward of up to £5000 offered over suspected murder bid

A reward of up to £5000 is being offered for information about a suspected attempted murder in Edinburgh. A 33-year-old man was found seriously injured in Wester Drylaw Drive at around 7.15pm on Friday, March 12, said Police Scotland. Detectives...

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10:14 am   |   SCOTLAND

Rugby star to walk 500 miles in memory of his late dad

Gordon Reid and his dad.

A former Glasgow Warriors and Scotland rugby player has set himself the challenge to walk 500 miles in April in memory of his late father. Gordon Reid, 34, will join the virtual Kiltwalk and is also gathering memorabilia from friends...

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10:02 am   |   ENTERTAINMENT

Edinburgh International Festival to return this year

Edinburgh fireworks at du.sk from Calton Hill

Edinburgh International Festival – the world’s leading performing arts festival – will return this year, organisers have announced. The much-loved event will be ‘reimagined’ due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is set to take place in the capital from August...

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9:48 am   |   POLITICS

Sarwar: Both votes for Labour to let Holyrood focus on recovery

Anas Sarwar.

Anas Sarwar has urged Scots to give Scottish Labour both votes at the upcoming election to deprive the SNP a majority and to provide a “better opposition” than the Tories. The Scottish Labour leader is launching an advertising campaign urging...

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9:34 am   |   SCOTLAND

Babcock International to cut 1000 jobs amid overhaul plans

Babcock International.

Around 1000 jobs are being axed at Babcock International as the defence giant revealed mammoth writedowns of £1.7bn and plans to sell off a raft of its businesses. The group – which is the Ministry of Defence’s second largest contractor...

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9:21 am   |   SCOTLAND

British Gas engineers to stage 43rd strike in new contracts row

Gas.

British Gas engineers will stage their 43rd strike on Wednesday in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. GMB said the company is going ahead with sacking engineers who have refused to sign new contracts which the union claims will...

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8:18 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Former chef school and restaurant to be transformed into hotel

Mamafubu, LDRS.

Plans to turn a former Merchant City chef school and restaurant into a hotel have been approved. Glasgow planners have ruled a five-storey B-listed building on Glassford Street can be transformed. A 31-bed hotel, with a bar on the ground...

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7:55 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Whisky distillery to expand after securing £10m loan

Bladnoch’s master distiller, Dr Nick Savage.

A Scottish whisky distillery is planning to expand its growth into international markets after securing a £10m bank loan. Bladnoch Distillery, near Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway, aims to target “growth markets” in Australia, Israel, China, the US and parts...

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7:24 am   |   POLITICS

‘Give free gym memberships to deprived young people’

Gym, PA Ready.

A body representing doctors has urged parties to consider offering free gym memberships to young people in the most deprived areas to improve health and wellbeing. In its manifesto ahead of May’s Holyrood elections, the Royal College of Physicians of...

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7:14 am   |   POLITICS

SNP to promise more help with cost of school day for poorer Scots

Children, PA Ready.

The SNP is pledging to scrap charges for practical lessons in schools, and help for poorer children with the cost of class trips. Education secretary John Swinney will also promise if the SNP is re-elected to power next month it...

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7:03 am   |   POLITICS

Salmond: SNP showing lack of urgency over independence

Alex Salmond, PA Ready.

Alex Salmond has said the SNP are showing a “lack of urgency” over Scottish independence. The Alba Party leader said they were going to tackle the “constitutional debate” following the suspension of the election campaign in the wake of the...

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6:53 am   |   POLITICS

Greens pledge to improve conditions for hospitality workers

Patrick Harvie, PA Ready.

The Scottish Greens have said they will work to improve conditions for staff in the hospitality industry. Co-leader Patrick Harvie said insecure work and low wages was “endemic” in the industry before the pandemic, adding that a green recovery from...

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6:40 am   |   POLITICS

Lib Dems pledge new law to help tackle ‘nature emergency’

Willie Rennie, PA Ready.

Liberal Democrats want a new law to tackle Scotland’s “nature emergency” which would see an additional 36 million trees planted every year. The party insists a new Nature Recovery Law is needed, to force governments to act. The Lib Dem...

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6:26 am   |   POLITICS

Council workers urged to back strike action in row over pay

Union leaders have started to ballot council workers to see if they would be prepared to take industrial action over a pay offer they branded “simply not good enough”. The trade union Unison has already recommended its members vote against...

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6:24 am   |   POLITICS

Party leaders go head-to-head in STV’s live election debate

Scotland’s leading political party leaders are going head-to-head in a televised debate live on STV on Tuesday night. Patrick Harvie (co-leader of the Scottish Green Party), Willie Rennie (Scottish Liberal Democrats), Douglas Ross (Scottish Conservatives), Anas Sarwar (Scottish Labour) and...

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Yesterday

9:47 pm   |   POLITICS

UK Government refers Holyrood Bills to Supreme Court

The UK Government has referred two Bills passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament to the Supreme Court over concerns it is outwith Holyrood’s powers. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill and the European...

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9:31 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Car crashes through shopfront in town’s main street

A car has crashed into a gift and jewellery shop in Dumfries and Galloway. The vehicle collided with the front of the Posthorn 90 on High Street, Annan, around 3.25pm on Monday. There were no injuries reported following the incident....

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8:42 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Scottish pubs ‘disadvantaged’ as England’s lockdown eases

Pubs in Scotland must wait another two weeks to reopen as beer gardens across England began serving up drinks again on Monday. If Scottish hospitality does open up on April 26, it will be under curfew restrictions - something that...

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7:37 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Woman dead after crash between cyclist and van

A cyclist has died after a crash with a van in Dumfries. The incident happened at around 1.05pm on Sunday on the A710 near Southwick. A white Peugeot van travelling eastwards was involved in a crash with a cyclist riding...

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7:02 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST VIDEO

Man battling Parkinson’s receives message from Rugby hero

A former firefighter who has lived with Parkinson’s Disease for more than a decade has received a surprise message from his sporting hero. Rugby-daft Scott Wilson, from Lanarkshire, was pleased to video chat with Scottish legend Gavin Hastings during an...

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5:48 pm   |   SCOTLAND

Drugs to treat asthma and migraines approved in Scotland

Four new medicines have been approved for use by NHS Scotland for severe asthma, migraines, heart failure and bone marrow cancer. The treatments were given the green light by the Scottish Medical Consortium (SMC), which also gave provisional approval to...

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5:32 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Old Firm moved to Sunday to avoid clash with Duke’s funeral

The Old Firm game will kick-off at 3pm on Sunday after the Rangers and Celtic match was rescheduled to avoid clashing with Duke of Edinburgh's funeral. The Scottish Football Association said the change of plans was made following the announcement...

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5:00 pm   |   SCOTLAND VIDEO

Many Scots pessimistic over summer holiday travel hopes

Majorca

Many Scots remain unconvinced that they will be able to book a holiday abroad this year. STV News spoke to people around Aberdeen city centre on Monday to find out if they are confident planning a break in the sun later...

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4:38 pm   |   FOOTBALL

SPFL matches moved to noon ahead of Duke’s funeral

Football matches scheduled for Saturday will now kick off at midday to accommodate the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, the SPFL have said. Prince Philip died on Friday morning at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle.  The Duke’s funeral will...

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4:21 pm   |   SCOTLAND OPINION

How I found peace in plants amid Covid and the housing crisis

I have left the west end of Glasgow five times this past year. Times dined out: zero. But I have breathlessly collected 16 houseplants. Instead of stepping out of bed and falling into a cesspit of Covid despair, I check...

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4:19 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Three in court accused of human trafficking offences

Three people have been charged in connection with human trafficking offences after specialist officers raided two properties in North Lanarkshire. National Human Trafficking Unit police executed search warrants on Dalriada Crescent and Jerviston Court, Motherwell, on Thursday as part of...

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4:00 pm   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Man threatened teen cyclist with knife before stealing bike

A teenage cyclist was threatened with a knife before having his bike stolen in West Lothian.  At around 1.10pm on Friday, the 15-year-old boy was riding his bike on the track near to the Union Canal, south of Wynford Brae...

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3:35 pm   |   SCOTLAND

Sheriff court summary trials to resume from April 19

Less serious criminal cases are to fully resume in Scotland’s courts from April 19.

Less serious criminal cases are to fully resume in Scotland’s courts after more than three months of suspension owing to lockdown. Sheriff court summary criminal cases – where a sheriff hears a case sitting alone without a jury – are...

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3:01 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Man found lying seriously ill in woodland taken to hospital

A man is in hospital after being found seriously unwell in a wooded area in North Lanarkshire. Emergency services were called to Meikle Drumgray Road in Greengairs at around 8.40am on Monday after the 53-year-old man was discovered lying nearby....

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2:38 pm   |   SCOTLAND

William pays tribute to ‘extraordinary’ grandfather Philip

The Duke of Cambridge has paid a heartfelt tribute to his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, describing him as an “extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation”. William's statement spoke of Philip's relationship with Kate and expressed his gratitude...

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2:16 pm   |   SCOTLAND

Coronavirus: No further deaths as cases rise by 199 overnight

Coronavirus.

A further 199 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Scotland, the Scottish Government has confirmed. While cases are often lower following a weekend, the figure is the smallest number of new cases since 70 were recorded on September 14....

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1:54 pm   |   HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS

Man arrested after blaze rips through community centre

A man has been arrested after a fire ripped through a community centre in Moray.  Emergency services were called to The Park, an ecovillage run by the Findhorn Foundation, in the early hours of Monday morning following reports of a...

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1:43 pm   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Missing schoolboy, 11, found ‘safe and well’ after search

An 11-year-old boy who went missing in the north east of Scotland has been found "safe and well". The youngster was last seen leaving his house in Lossiemouth at around 8.30am on Monday morning. Police said they believed he was...

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1:28 pm   |   SPORT

Glasgow misses chance to host this year’s Davis Cup Finals

Glasgow

Glasgow has missed out on the chance to host this year’s Davis Cup Finals, with Innsbruck and Turin chosen alongside Madrid. The International Tennis Federation announced in January that it was considering bids for two extra host cities to join...

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12:12 pm   |   POLITICS

Brown calls on G7 to spearhead global vaccination push

Gordon Brown

The G7 nations should commit £22bn a year as part of a “Herculean” push for global vaccination, Gordon Brown has said. The former prime minister has called for the mass vaccination of the world to be the primary focus of...

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12:07 pm   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Gran shares secret to long life ahead of 100th birthday

A woman who will celebrate her 100th birthday later this month has revealed a sense of humour and a slice of coffee walnut cake each day is the secret to her longevity.  Eleanor Petrie, who resides at Bield’s Dean Court...

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11:50 am   |   POLITICS

Holyrood pays tribute to ‘extraordinary’ Duke of Edinburgh

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon led tributes to the late Duke of Edinburgh at Holyrood. The Scottish Parliament was recalled on Monday for only the sixth time in its history so as MSPs could show their respect to Prince Philip in...

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11:39 am   |   SCOTLAND

How many in priority groups have received the Covid vaccine?

Lucy Airs receives a dose of AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Ruth Davies, a practice nurse, at the Pentland Medical Practice on January 7, 2021 in Currie, Scotland. The UK aims to vaccinate all over-70s, front-line health workers, and the most clinically vulnerable by mid February, when its current lockdown rules will be reviewed. That would require around 13 million covid-19 vaccinations.

More than 32 million people in the UK have now received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. This is the equivalent of the number of people identified as belonging in the top nine priority groups for the vaccine. The Government...

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11:33 am   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Man severed stranger’s ear during attempted murder

High Court in Edinburgh.

A man who attacked a stranger and severed his ear during a murder bid has been jailed for six years. Colin Bathgate, 33,  punched and kicked his victim and assaulted him with scissors and glass ornaments during the bloody attack....

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11:29 am   |   SCOTLAND

Parts of Scotland experience ‘coldest April night’ on record

Parts of Scotland have recorded the coldest April night in around 30 years with temperatures dropping to almost -10C. People across the country were left baffled when sunshine, snow and hail combined for a twist on an April shower this...

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10:51 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Woman killed in crash between bike and van on rural road

A710 near Southwick.

A woman has died following a crash between a van and a cyclist. The incident happened on the A710 near Southwick in Dumfries and Galloway on Sunday afternoon. A 44-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. A Police Scotland...

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10:36 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Warrant issued for man who racially abused Humza Yousaf

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 3: Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf MS speaks to media at the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood on June 3, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Fraser Bremner-Pool/Getty Images)

A man convicted of racially abusing justice secretary Humza Yousaf has been issued with a warrant for his arrest. Stuart Smith, 63, claimed the SNP MSP supported “Muslim killers” and raised money for their families. The message was sent on...

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9:18 am   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Annual ‘toadageddon’ sees volunteers rescue thousands of toads

Toads.

Thousands of toads have been rescued by ‘toad patrols’ over the last few weeks during their annual journey to their breeding ponds. More than 2500 toads have been rescued by volunteers across Edinburgh and the Lothians during their migration. The...

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8:31 am   |   SCOTLAND

Coronavirus: Some high school pupils return to class full-time

St Paul's

High school pupils in some local authority areas are returning to the classroom full-time on Monday. Pupils in Aberdeen, Fife, Dumfries and Galloway, Moray, Shetland and the Western Isles are back to in-person learning. They will no longer have to...

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7:58 am   |   SPORT

Ex-Scotland and Edinburgh coach dies with Covid aged 54

Tributes have been paid to former Scotland rugby coach Massimo Cuttitta, who has died with Covid-19 at the age of 54. The ex-Italy captain passed away in Rome after contracting the virus. Scottish Rugby said it was deeply saddened to...

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7:26 am   |   POLITICS

Sturgeon: Westminster will not stand in the way of Indyref2

Single Use.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon does not believe Boris Johnson will prevent a second Scottish independence referendum if the SNP wins a majority at next month’s Holyrood election. The Prime Minister has so far rejected calls to give the go-ahead for...

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7:16 am   |   SPORT

MacIntyre: I’m not missing Masters next year ‘for anything’

Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre was thrilled to secure a place in next year’s Masters after making a hugely impressive debut at Augusta National. With the top 12 and ties guaranteed an invite for 2022, MacIntyre was in danger of missing out...

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7:09 am   |   SCOTLAND

Population focus needed as immigration not a ‘fix-all’

Immigration

Immigration is not a “fix-all” and politicians should also focus on retaining and improving the skills of the existing population when developing immigration policy, according to a new report. Former government adviser Heather McCauley examined the experiences of Canada, Australia,...

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7:04 am   |   SCOTLAND

Scottish economy grows but bank warns of rising inflation

Money, PA Ready.

Scotland’s economy grew last month for the first time since September although economic activity lags behind most parts of the United Kingdom, new figures suggest. After six months of declining, the Scottish economy registered a significant increase in its combined...

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6:51 am   |   ENTERTAINMENT

Compston teams up with Live Aid founder to support students

Martin Compston

Line Of Duty star Martin Compston and musician Midge Ure are teaming up for an event to support students driven into hardship by the coronavirus pandemic. The pair will share stories from their careers to date at the live online...

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6:45 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Holyrood to pay tribute to Prince Philip as parliament recalled

Single Use.

The Scottish Parliament will sit today after being recalled for only the sixth time in its history to show respect to the Duke of Edinburgh. Holyrood’s presiding officer, Ken Macintosh, announced on Friday that MSPs would be able to return...

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