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Alcohol ‘kills 22 Scots a week and hospitalises 600 more’

Around 22 people in Scotland die from alcohol misuse each week, according to a snapshot of the nation’s health which paints a stark picture of the challenges facing the NHS.

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Pupils in the library at the new Portobello High School in Edinburgh. Picture: Ian Georgeson/JP Resell

Library staff in Scottish schools ‘down by third’ since 2010

The number of specialist library staff in Scottish schools has dropped by almost a third since 2010, official figures reveal.

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Georgina Mackie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Picture:  Lenny Warren / Warren Media 07

One in three cancer sufferers in Scotland has no savings

Thirty per cent of Scottish cancer sufferers have no savings to help cushion the financial impact of the disease, according to new research.

Health
Paisley Abbey is one of the town's architectural jewels. Picture: Allan Milligan/TSPL

What city of culture candidate Paisley has given the world

Some people may have scoffed when Paisley announced its bid to become the UK city of culture in 2021, but the Renfrewshire town has a proud history of innovation, writes James Delaney

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The Neist Point lighthouse on the Isle of Skye.

Scotland’s lighthouses help illuminate the tourist market

They were built as a navigational aid for seafarers but many now double up as hotels and tourists attractions.

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Scotland is filled with some excellent walking trails. Picture: Jon Savage

5 of the most famous Scottish walks

SCOTLAND is famed for its magnificent long-distance walks. The most well known of these is the West Highland Way, which spans a huge stretch of the Scottish wilderness.

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Fewer than 120,00 nativel red squirrels remain in Scotland. Picture: Contributed

Bid to save Scots red squirrels gets lottery funding boost

Efforts to save Scotland’s native red squirrels from extinction have received a major funding boost.

Environment 3
The M80 ground to a halt due to Storm Doris. Picture: Michael Gillen

UK storm names explained and what’s next after Doris

If you hear a neighbour bemoan that “Doris is giving me grief” it isn’t a reference to an errant elderly family member.

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The National Museum of Scotland has seen a surge of visitors since 10 new galleries opened last summer.

National Museum topples Edinburgh Castle as busiest attraction

The National Museum of Scotland has reclaimed top spot from Edinburgh Castle as the nation’s busiest attraction, as booming visitor numbers were reported across the country.

Media & Leisure 8
BBC director general Tony Hall  has announced a new Scottish TV channel. Picture: John Devlin

What we know about BBC’s new channel for Scotland

In an announcement that shocked many this morning, the BBC has announced sweeping new changes to the services delivered to Scotland.

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The First Minister made the announcement today. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Youth employment programme wins £6.1m government funding

Young people across Scotland will continue to benefit from a social fund to help them into work thanks to a £6.1 million investment, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

Markets Economy 15
Boats moored at Stornoway harbour on the Isle of Lewis. The towns local authority, Comhairle nan Eilean, hopes to win more powers from Holyrood and Westminster. Picture: Jane Barlow/TSPL

Scotland’s island councils set to win new powers

A bill handing more powers to Scotland’s three island councils is expected to pass through the Scottish Parliament in May following a four year campaign for greater recognition of remote communities.

Politics 7
Alex Salmond - A Key figure in Indyref2? Picture: John Devlin

Indyref2: Will Alex Salmond be a help or hindrance to SNP cause?

It should be an asset that any other campaigns can only dream of. A successful politician, still popular, who can lend executive experience and advice.

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Scotland lags behind the other home nations for life expectancy. Picture: TSPL

Scotland lags behind other UK nations in life expectancy

Life expectancy across the UK has risen in recent decades, but Scotland lags behind the other home nations.

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The mortality rate from heart disease in Scotland has fallen. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Death rate for heart disease in Scotland down 40 per cent

Deaths from coronary heart disease in Scotland have fallen by almost 40 per cent over a decade, new figures have revealed.

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Scottish Secretary David Mundell. Picture: PA

Indyref 2: Is David Mundell right to say Scotland must leave EU?

David Mundell has a very clear message – Pack your bags, Scotland, because you’re leaving the European Union.

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Commuters alight at Queen Street from the 7.15am service from Edinburgh Waverley in February 2002. Picture: Ian Rutherford/TSPL

Edinburgh-Glasgow mainline railway celebrates 175th birthday

It’s Scotland’s busiest passenger railway and a vital link between the nation’s capital and its largest city.

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Edinburgh saw an 8% rise in sales at the top end of the market, but Aberdeen suffered a 44% slump. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Edinburgh bucks decline in £1m-plus home sales

The number of house sales valued at £1 million and above dropped by 6 per cent last year, according to data from property group Rettie & Co.

Markets Economy 2
Poppy the labrador enjoys the unseasonably warm weather. Picture: PA

Scotland’s weather: Caribbean hot air to push up temperatures

A blast of Caribbean hot air could push Scottish temperatures over that of Menorca, Majorca and Sardinia next week.

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Nearly a third of Scots surveyed said they were less likely to visit America due to Donald Trump's election victory. /Getty Images

Scots "less likely" to visit US in wake of Trump election

Scots travellers are less likely to visit America since Donald Trump was elected as president, but remain divided on whether Brexit has made them more or less likely to travel to countries within the European Union, a poll has revealed.

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