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Report raises concerns over education reforms guidance

A commission set up to examine education reforms has raised concerns over the "highly-prescriptive" guidance which accompanies direct funding for headteachers.

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Holyrood committee supports plans to merge transport police with national force

A Holyrood committee has backed plans to merge British Transport Police in Scotland with the national force - despite Tory and Labour MSPs refusing to back the proposal.

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Ministers award £450,000 for Big Bike Revival project

A cycling group has been awarded £450,000 to help encourage others to get back in the saddle.

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Teenage backing for SNP in council elections will be strong - Mhairi Black

SNP MP Mhairi Black has predicted a surge in support for the party from teenage voters.

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Greens criticise STV after being left out of televised leaders' debate

STV has come under fire for excluding the Scottish Greens from a live television debate with political party leaders in the run-up to the General Election.

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Tories accuse First Minister of telling 'whopper' on independence

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of telling Scots a "whopper" when she told voters the General Election is not about Scottish independence.

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Population hits 5.4m record high after rise in immigration

An increase in immigration has helped Scotland's population reach a new record high of more than 5.4 million, official figures have revealed.

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Man charged with culpable homicide in Paisley death inquiry

A man has appeared in court charged over the death of a man who passed away days after he was found injured in a street.

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Man found dead in Perth named by police

The body of a man found in Perth and Kinross has been identified as a missing 25-year-old.

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Bash Street Kids cartoonist Leo Baxendale dies aged 86

Cartoonist Leo Baxendale, who created The Beano's Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx, has died at the age of 86.

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Craig Whyte trial adjourned due to juror illness

The trial of former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has been adjourned for the day as one of the jurors is ill.

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College lecturers out on strike in pay and conditions row

Thousands of college lecturers have gone on strike in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.

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Oxfam calls for inequality to be tackled as report shows financial differences

The richest 1% of Scots have an income of more than £2,600 a week while the poorest 10% of households have to get by on less than £240 a week, a new report has revealed.

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Salmond warns against Tories being 'allowed to buy another' election

Alex Salmond has warned against the Conservatives being "allowed to buy another" general election by using officials which "successfully bought" the 2015 contest.

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Scientists handed £7.9m for parasitic disease drug treatments research

A university has been awarded £7.9 million for a joint project with pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to boost efforts to find new drug treatments for some of the world's most devastating diseases.

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Blood donation restrictions for gay men 'discriminatory', MSPs told

Rules that restrict gay men from donating blood are "outdated and discriminatory" and must be reformed, MSPs have heard.

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'Sweet spot' for Lloyds as profits double despite 'challenging' trading

Lloyds Banking Group has doubled its profit in the first three months of the year amid a "sweet spot" thanks to the economy's resilience since the Brexit vote.

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General Election called due to fears of Brexit damaging economy - SNP

Economy Secretary Keith Brown has blamed the "desperate panic" for a General Election on fear of Brexit damaging the economy.

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MSPs call for vulnerable groups registration system to be strengthened

Urgent action is needed to strengthen the system that registers people who work with children, according to a parliamentary report.

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Austerity politics creating mental health crisis, Labour claims

Kezia Dugdale has warned the politics of austerity is creating a mental health "crisis" in Scotland.

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