Soaring rail costs prompts call for Holyrood control of Network Rail

Transport minister Humza Yousaf today called for full control of Network Rail after it was revealed the cost of some major upgrades had doubled.
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The eerie orange clouds lit up the skies above Falkirk. Picture: Lesley McKenzie

Unusual orange clouds seen in skies above Scotland

Unusual orange clouds seen in the skies over Falkirk were likely artificial clouds caused by the refinery at Grangemouth, according to weather experts.

Webhelp UK chief executive David Turner. Picture: Iain McLean

Call centre group Webhelp to create 80 Falkirk jobs

Webhelp, the French-owned call centre group, has unveiled plans to create 80 jobs in Falkirk by the end of the year.

Solicitor-advocate Martin Morrow, solicitor-advocate Neil Hay and solicitor Murray Aitken, the three directors of MTM: PIC LISA FERGUSON

Falkirk law firm sets up shop in Edinburgh

Falkirk-based legal practice MTM Defence Lawyers has opened a permanent office in Edinburgh as it looks to service its growing business in the capital.

Alexander Dennis is to create 101 jobs on the back of the R&D grant. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Bus firm Alexander Dennis rolls out £7.3m jobs boost

More than 100 jobs are to be created at bus maker Alexander Dennis with the support of Scotland’s biggest-ever research and development grant.

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The man appeared at Stirling Sheriff Court. Picture: Google

Man who denied sexually assaulting 91-year-old woman facing jail

A MAN who put a 91-year-old great-grandmother through a two day court ordeal by denying he had sexually assaulted her is facing jail.

E&O is targeting export opportunities for its microbiological culture media. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA

Cash injection sees lab firm expand in Cumbernauld

A microbiology specialist is looking to ramp up its export business with the opening of a new production facility in Cumbernauld.

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The move has been launched to make children better equipped to cope when someone they know dies. Picture: TSPL

Death and bereavement on primary schools’ timetable

Children as young as nine are being given school lessons about death to help them cope better with bereavement.

The  Kelpie burger being fed to Duke, one of the Kelpies. Picture: Michael Gillen/ Johnston Press

Kelpies creator demands nearby burger van be moved

Artist Andy Scott has threatened legal action over a “tacky burger van” that sits in the shadow of his beloved Kelpies sculptures.

Eric Joyce celebrates his re-election as MP for Falkirk in 2010. He resigned from the Labour party two years later following an incident in a House of Commons bar. Picture: Michael Gillen/JP Resell

Former Labour MP Eric Joyce backs Scottish independence

A FORMER Labour MP has revealed he is now in favour of Scottish independence following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

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A dentist from Edinburgh will be allowed to continue working despite sexaully harrassing two female colleagues. Picture: PA

Dentist who sexually harassed female colleagues won’t be struck off

A DENTIST who sexually harassed female colleagues at a Falkirk practice and threatened to put naked photos of one of them on the internet has been allowed to keep working.

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69-year-old Neil Molloy disappeared on Thursday. Picture: PA/Police Scotland

Police Scotland seek public’s help in search for missing man

Police are seeking information from the public in their search for a missing 69-year-old man.

Beattie managing director Laurna Woods, right, with Jessica McAndrew, who will be leading the firm's drive into Canada. Picture: Contributed

Comms agency Beattie eyes Canada move after Brexit

Public relations and ­communications group Beattie today said it wants to “control its own destiny” in the wake of the EU referendum by expanding into Canada.

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Police scrutinise the opening of a ballot box Picture: Michael Gillen

Police investigate ballot papers

An investigation is underway after police scrutinised the opening of ballot boxes at the Falkirk count.

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Falkirk-based Alexander Dennis sees surge in overseas sales. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Record overseas sales fuel earnings growth at bus firm

Bumper international sales have helped annual profits at Falkirk-based bus maker Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) surge by 77 per cent.

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Alexander Dennis enjoyed record overseas sales last year. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Alexander Dennis profits soar on record overseas sales

Booming international sales have helped annual profits at Falkirk-based bus maker Alexander Dennis (ADL) surge by 77 per cent.

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Seven-year-old Grace Newton of Grangemouth and her mum Janet were VIP starters for Race for Life Falkirk. Picture: Contributed/Cancer Research UK

Cancer survivor Grace takes on Race for Life after breaking arm

BRAVE cancer survivor Grace Newton tackled Race for Life Falkirk only weeks after breaking her arm in three places.

Hanna Sabic from Falkirk. Picture: Police Scotland

Missing Falkirk mum found safe

A young mum who sparked a police appeal after failing to turn up for work has been found safe and well.

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Two men accused of murdering Falkirk man Russell Robertson

TWO men have appeared in court charged with murdering a man by pushing him over a canal bridge and prising loose his hands as he clutched to its safety rails.

A 1929 promotional poster for George Bennie's railplane. Picture: Wikicommons

Five bold Scottish transport projects that never took off

FROM futuristic monorails to underwater tunnels reaching far-off islands, Scotland has never been short of ambitious transport plans to bring the country closer together - even if many never make it off the drawing board.

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