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Snow warning as Storm Doris arrives

The Met Office has today (Tuesday) issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning for snow for much of Scotland as Storm Doris bears down on the UK.

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The former day hospital will be turned into flats. Pic Michael Gillen

Former hospital to become flats

Plans to turn a former day hospital into flats has been granted planning permission.

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Taxi driver Derek Martin is the first to be awarded a licence for an electric car taxi. Picture: Michael Gillen

Falkirk’s first electric cabbie

Taxi firm boss Derek Martin is flying the green flag for cabbies – as he is the first to be awarded a licence for an electric taxi in Falkirk district.

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Much of Scotland is expected to enjoy unseasonally warm weather

Scotland looks forward to wave of warm weather

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

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Concerns have been expressed for the future of Scotlands landscapes.

Call for development of landscape policy

Two national organisations have joined forces to press the Scottish Government to develop a land use policy which protects Scotland’s world-renowned landscapes, and ensures access for recreation.

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Scottish Water says its charges will still be lower than the UK average after a 1.6 per cent increase.

Increase in Scottish Water charges to fund investment

Household water charges in Scotland remain among the lowest in Great Britain, according to recent figures.

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Livestock worrying can have devastating consequences.

Dog owners warned out of control pets could be shot

Dog owners are being warned that their pets could be killed if they are found anywhere near sheep, regardless of whether or not they have attacked them.

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Wet wipes are just one of the items that can cause blockages.

Campaign to keep sewers clear

Scottish Water is still dealing with almost 100 blocked drains and sewers daily, despite a drop in blockages over the last three years.

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The Trusts specialized research yacht Silurian with Common Dolphins.

Survey records highest number of dolphin species

Record numbers of three dolphin species off Scotland’s west coast were recorded by conservation charity Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in its marine research expeditions in 2016.

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Cash boost for hospice

Cash boost for hospice

A local hospice has received a welcome funding windfall. Falkirk Council, in partnership with Valpak, provided access to Roughmute and Kinneil Kerse to Re-tek, an East Kilbride company specialising in IT security and asset disposal.

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MSP urges people to voice opinions on fracking issues

MSP urges people to voice opinions on fracking issues

The Scottish Government has launched its national consultation on the unconventional oil and gas industry and fracking.

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Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse.

Scottish fracking consultation begins

A public consultation on whether or not to allow unconventional oil and gas extraction (UOG) has been launched by the Scottish Government.

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Officials confident Queensferry Crossing will never have to close

Officials confident Queensferry Crossing will never have to close

Officials are “optimistic” that the £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing will never have to close as a result of wind-shielding being fitted during the project.

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Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing.

Appointment of Agriculture Champions announced

The Scottish Government has appointed four Agriculture Champions to advise on the development of a strategy for the sector.

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Clean air campaigners warn Falkirk danger zones are killing us

Clean air campaigners warn Falkirk danger zones are killing us

Falkirk’s West Bridge Street is one of Scotland’s seven most polluted streets – and the town centre, Grangemouth and Banknock are “unsafe”.

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Falkirk Council is now reviewing the way it handles its blue bin uplifts over public holidays

Council admit failings but say bin uplift system is not in chaos

Missed bin collections which are picked up a day later do not mean the local authority’s uplift system is in chaos.

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Young nature lovers will venture out to Jupiter this winter

Young nature lovers will venture out to Jupiter this winter

Grangemouth’s Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre will be hosting a number of events for children and their parents to enjoy before nature starts to warm up in spring.

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Gales are expected to batter most of Scotland from Wednesday

Blizzards set to bring travel disruption across Scotland

Snow storms amid winds gusting up to 75mph are forecast to batter Scotland from tomorrow until Friday.

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Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Freezing air direct from the Arctic is set to descend over most of the country this week bringing with it the threat of snow.

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