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Oor Wullie to feature on First Minister’s Christmas card

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chosen “national treasure” Oor Wullie as the illustration for her official Christmas card this year.

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People are being asked to give their views on a consultation on tissue and organ donation. Pic: Rob McDougall.

Consultation on increasing donor numbers

People across Scotland are being asked to give their views on organ and tissue donation, including the introduction of a potential soft opt out system.

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Zeki Basan, from Speyside, walked and cycled all 134 miles of the John Muir Way.

Young Scottish film maker captures vision of John Muir

A 16-year-old Scottish filmmaker has followed in the footsteps of John Muir, creating a short film on the wild places found along the John Muir Way.

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NHS 24 is reminding people who take regular medication to make sure repeat prescriptions are at the top of their Christmas list.

NHS 24 issues prescriptions reminder for Christmas

NHS 24 is reminding people who take regular medication, to make sure repeat prescriptions are top of their Christmas list, this year.

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The winning image.

#SeeingScotland competition winner revealed

A photograph of a boy and his dog taken on the Solway Coast has been chosen by people across Scotland as their favourite image in the Parliament’s #SeeingScotland photography competition.

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Light The Way is aiming to support people fleeing conflict and violence this Christmas.

Christian Aid to help ‘Light The Way’

Christian Aid is urging the Scottish public to help Light The Way for millions of people fleeing conflict and violence this Christmas.

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Over 250 eminent Scots from the worlds of industry, academia, leisure, politics and media to take part in the first CEO Sleepout.

Leading Scots to sleep rough for Social Bite Village

Over 250 eminent Scots from the worlds of industry, academia, food & drink, leisure, politics and media will spend the night in the open at Charlotte Square on Thursday, December 15, for the first Social Bite CEO Sleepout.

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The law - which makes it illegal to smoke in a vehicle carrying anyone under 18 - comes into force on Monday.

Smoking in cars with children becomes an offence

A new law which makes it illegal to smoke in a vehicle carrying anyone under 18 comes into force tomorrow (Monday).

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Accident deaths across all age groups are rising, according to RoSPA.

Parents need more help to keep kids safe from accidents

Most parents are unaware that accidents cause the most deaths of children and young people aged 0-19, according to research conducted for the 100th anniversary of UK safety charity the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

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1 in 3 UK travellers want to see ‘quiet zones’ on flights

1 in 3 UK travellers want to see ‘quiet zones’ on flights

An online flight comparison company has revealed the most irritating disturbances that Britons encounter on flights, including crying children, rowdy stag/hen groups and parents telling their children off.

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The driving test statistics suggest men are better drivers.

Some gender differences – behind the wheel

If there is one topic which is sure to cause men and women to argue it is their performance behind the wheel of a car.

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Frozen and burst water pipes can be a problem in winter.

Shaun shares his plumbing tips for winter

Frozen and burst water pipes can cause flooding, damage and leave homes without water.

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A festive fund-raising pack is available online to help MRF finance vital research into vaccines to treat different strains of the disease. Information about symptoms can also be found on its website.

Expected rise in cases of meningitis

Cases of meningitis and septicaemia are expected to rise over the winter and a leading charity is urging greater awareness of the symptoms.

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'A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People' outlines five ambitions for Scotland.

Plan to transform the lives of disabled people

A plan to transform the lives of disabled people has been published by the Scottish Government today.

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Mary and Joseph arriving at the airport if they were arriving in the UK today seeking asylum.

Mary and Joseph find seeking asylum in the UK is not child’s play

This Christmas a new Nativity video is imagining the welcome Mary and Joseph would receive if they arrived in the UK seeking asylum.

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Drivers are being reminded not to drink and drive over the festive season. Pic: Mark F Gibson / Warren Media

Launch of festive drink drive awareness campaign

Drivers in Scotland are being reminded that ‘the best approach is none’ as the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland launches its festive drink drive awareness campaign today (Friday).

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Scotland currently has the lowest age of criminal responsibility in Europe.

Age of criminal responsibility set to be raised

The Scottish Government is to introduce legisation raising the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland from eight to 12.

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The number of food packages handed out by the Trussell Trust has increased by more than 900 per cent.

£1 million grant to tackle food poverty

A new three-year project aimed at preventing food poverty and reducing the need for food banks has been awarded almost £1 million in lottery funding.

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Gas Safe Register issues gas appliance check warning to people in Scotland to help them have a safe and merry Christmas.

Festive fire warning for Scotland

More gas-related fires happen on Christmas Day than any other but, as 17% of households in Scotland have not had their gas appliances legally checked this year, thousands of people could be living with dangerous gas appliances.

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Affordability and confusion around pension rules are reasons for not saving more.

Mind the generation gap in retirement savings

The financial squeeze on younger workers and complicated pension rules could fuel a future retirement crisis as young people either make only the minimum possible contributions to their workplace scheme or are put off pension saving altogether.

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