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Petition calls for Scotland to be thrown out of UK

An online petition calling for English voters to decide on whether Scotland should be kicked out of the Union has attracted more than 5,000 signatures.

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Prison population at ten year low. Picture: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Scotland’s prison population falls to 10-year low

Prison should be used only for those who have committed the most serious crimes, Scotland’s chief inspector said as he welcomed figures showing the number of inmates is at its lowest level for almost a decade.

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Professor Linda Bauld thinks vaping could be of use for smokers trying to control their weight.

Scottish experts hope e-cigarettes could help smokers to lose weight

Smoking was once seen as a way to stay slim but experts believe that e-cigarettes may also help users to control their weight.

Manufacturing orders have dropped in Scotland in recent months. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Scots manufacturing orders down, finds CBI

Scottish businesses have seen manufacturing orders drop over the last three months, according to a survey by CBI Scotland.

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17 per cent of 15-year-olds in Scotland said they had drank alcohol in the past week. Picture: Colin Hattersley

Fewer Scots school pupils choosing to drink or smoke

The number of teenage pupils smoking or drinking alcohol has fallen sharply over the last decade, a major survey of Scottish schools has found.

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Warnings as Scotland’s liver cancer death rates rise rapidly

Warnings as Scotland’s liver cancer death rates rise rapidly

Death rates from liver cancer have increased by 52 per cent in the last 10 years, with the disease killing 572 Scots last year.

HMV Princes street, closing down sale. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

One high street shop a day closing down in Scotland

Around one store closed every day on Scotland’s high streets in the first half of the year, new figures show.

Federalism has become a subject of debate among many at the Scottish Parliament and beyond. Picture: Ian Georgeson/TSPL

Could federalism offer a future for Scotland in the UK?

Federalism is regularly mentioned as a potential answer to Scotland’s constitutional debate. But could such a system work in the UK?

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Nicola Sturgeon remains the most popular Scot leader

SNP maintains poll lead in the wake of election

The SNP has retained a commanding lead in the polls since the Scottish Parliament elections in May.

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Minimum pricing has received the backing of the Court of Session. Picture: TSPL

Whisky industry loses battle over minimum drink price

Doctors yesterday hailed a court ruling in favour of minimum pricing for alcohol claiming Scotland’s health would dramatically improve as a result of the measure to reduce heavy drinking.

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Glasgow residents ‘least friendly’ on Facebook

It’s known as the friendly city, but those living in Glasgow are least likely to share stories or ‘like’ comments on Facebook, according to research on the habits of Scottish social media users.

Theresa May has clashed with Nicola Sturgeon over the new proposals. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

The new Scottish independence referendum bill explained

The new draft bill on a second referendum has some questions that are easy to answer, writes Scott Macnab

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Scots want the single market to be the main focus of Brexit negotiations. Picture: Oli Scarff/Getty

Scots want single market at heart of Brexit talks

More than 60 per cent of Scots say staying in the EU single market should be a priority of the Brexit negotiations, a new poll has found.

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The proposed question in today's independence Bill

Second Scottish independence referendum: key questions answered

Nicola Sturgeon has set out plans for a second referendum today.

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Scotland’s rarest fish thriving after introduction to remote loch

Scotland’s rarest fish has been brought back from the verge of extinction and the species is now “flourishing” following its introduction to a loch.

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Drivers in Edinburgh and Glasgow spend more on new cars on average than other major UK cities, research suggests. Picture: Ian Rutherford/TSPL

Glasgow drivers ‘spend the most’ on new cars in UK

Drivers in Glasgow spend more on new cars than those living in any of the other 10 biggest cities in the UK, according to research.

The number of road accidents in Scotland has dropped sharply in the past 20 years - despite an increase in traffic. Picture: Phil Wilkinson / TSPL

Number of road deaths in Scotland falls by 17 per cent

The number of people killed on Scotland’s roads fell by 17 per cent last year, new figures have revealed.

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The new fleet of Virgin Azuma trains will enter service from 2018. Picture: Mikael Buck/Virgin Trains

More than 15,000 apply for Virgin train driver jobs

More than 15,000 people have applied to drive the new fleet of east coast mainline trains that will link Edinburgh and London.

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Lesley Hinds was sworn in as lord provost of Edinburgh in 2003 and served until 2007.  But women remain underrepresented across Scottish councils. Picture: Paul Parke/TSPL

Women account for just 25% of councillors in Scotland

Women remain under-represented across each of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas, accounting for just 25 per cent of the total number of councillors.

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The new pier will allow more timber to be transported via boat instead of lorry. Picture: Contributed

Floating pier helps growing Argyll timber economy set sail

A new floating pier is to be built on the shores of Ardcastle Forest in Argyll which could unlock an estimated £10 million of the region’s growing timber supplies.

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