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Homes pay out £86m to retired Scots

Property wealth is boosting the retirement standard of living of Scottish pensioners by more than £86 million, according to new analysis from Keyretirement.com

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Top illnesses of British travellers revealed

Top illnesses of British travellers revealed

An online flight comparison company has discovered the top illnesses and injuries that British travellers have encountered on their holidays where they’ve had to seek medical assistance.

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Hero dog Ozzy - winner of the PDSA Gold Medal.

Gold Medal dog Ozzy is a real police hero

A heroic police dog has been awarded the doggy world’s equivalent of the George Cross for a life-saving act of bravery in Falkirk.

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Over 50s are big spenders on home and lifestyle

Over 50s are big spenders on home and lifestyle

Aspirations for dream homes and cars are not just for the young, many of us live this dream after we turn 50 by carrying out major spending on homes, cars and holidays.

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IN PICTURES: Tam Dalyell memorial service

IN PICTURES: Tam Dalyell memorial service

Figures from across the political spectrum – past and present – came to pay their respects to Tam Dalyell, who was described as a “one-off” and an “extraordinary character”.

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Evidence suggests some children do not wake to commonly used smoke alarms.

Families wanted for new smoke alarm study

Researchers are seeking hundreds of families across Scotland to help them trial a new smoke alarm sound aimed specifically at waking children.

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One in six fear they will need money from their kids in retirement

One in six fear they will need money from their kids in retirement

Forget the Bank of Mum and Dad – nearly one in six parents worry they will have to turn to their children for financial support in retirement, research from MetLife shows.

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Scots warned to hang up on new phone scam

Scots warned to hang up on new phone scam

People in Scotland are being warned of a new telephone scam which is currently sweeping the United States and is set to hit the UK.

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The new exhibition is part of a campaign to introduce the first female figurehead to The Hall of Heroes.

New exhibition celebrating women from Scotland’s history

The National Wallace Monument, a top Scottish tourist attraction in Stirling, has unveiled a new exhibition as part of its campaign to introduce the first female figurehead to The Hall of Heroes.

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Mystery Falkirk resident misses chance to be a millionaire

Mystery Falkirk resident misses chance to be a millionaire

Someone in Falkirk Council area has lost a million pounds, after failing to claim their prize within the 180-day deadline.

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Front L to R: Tuesday Clubs Lynn Holleran; Boness Belles Jeni Mallace, St Michaels associate minister Rev Cheryl McKellar-Young, and church elder June Adam.

Big-hearted Bo’ness Belles raise thousands for good causes

A volunteer singing group has donated a total of £5728.16 to two local charities who help those living with dementia.

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Letter from the Editor: We’re back in the old routine

Letter from the Editor: We’re back in the old routine

It seems strange to be reporting on a rise in council tax again.

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Karen Lau, pictured right, with link worker Susan Rendell

Shifting the focus from illness to person

“It’s a very lonely time; it’s terrifying. You actually think your life is over. That’s how I genuinely felt – life was done, he was dead, it was over.”

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13-08-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. LINLITHGOW. Party at the Palace 2016. Day one.

Party at the Palace line up announced

Linlithgow is set to enjoy “its biggest party yet” as Kaiser Chiefs and Amy Macdonald headline this summer’s massive weekend music festival.

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Aaron Muirhead has scored two in two weeks -- after waiting more than 18 months since his last strike. Pic by Michael Gillen

Aero can sure arrow his spot-kicks

Falkirk have found themselves a new penalty taker.

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Pets of the Week Jones and Indiana are looking for a home together

Pets of the Week: Indiana and Jones

A pair of pals are looking for a place to call their own so they can leave West Calder Dogs Trust in the dust and head off on new adventures.

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Troubled man invited people to stab him with a carving fork

Troubled man invited people to stab him with a carving fork

A man with emotional difficulties brandished a carving fork on Christmas Day and invited people to stab him with it.

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A CSREC session on hate crime with Police Scotland

Group welcomes review into hate crime

A Forth Valley-based equality and human rights charity has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commissioning of an independent review of hate crime legislation with a view to increasing its effectiveness in tackling the issue.

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The entrance to Zetland Park in Grangemouth

Funds will pour in for park

A meeting to launch a six month period of fundraising to help regenerate a public park took place this week.

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Cheat claimed £9500 of tax credits she was not entitled to

Cheat claimed £9500 of tax credits she was not entitled to

A woman who claimed she was single while she actually had a partner cheated the DWP out of £9500 over two years.

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