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Refugee integration strategy unveiled

A new strategy on supporting refugees in Scotland’s communities will be published this year, Equalities Secretary Angela Constance has confirmed.

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EU student status confirmed

EU student status confirmed

EU nationals choosing to study in Scotland and enrolling in 2018-19 have been guaranteed free tuition for the duration of their entire course, Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced today.

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Warning of increased wildfire risk

Warning of increased wildfire risk

The Scottish Wildfire Forum (SWF) is raising awareness about the increased risk of wildfire across most parts of Scotland over the next few days - as weather forecasters predict very dry conditions.

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Ed Sheeran is one of the celebrities supporting this year's Comic Relief campaign.

Spark Energy volunteers do their bit for Comic Relief

Staff at Selkirk-based energy supplier Spark Energy are volunteering to receive donation telephone calls for Comic Relief tonight.

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Melrose quiz team members Alexander Hart, Rufus Mollart, Grace McWhinnie, Thea Foulkes and Meghan Roper.

Melrose youngsters are quiz whizz-kids

Melrose Primary School pupils have proven themselves to be whizz-kids as quiz kids for the third year on the trot.

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Wilton Lodge Park's new playpark.

Yobs already targeting £300k new playpark

The new playpark at Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park is already becoming a magnet for anti-social behaviour, sparking calls for closed-circuit TV cameras to be installed to help keep youbs under control.

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The First Minister made the announcement at Scotland Food and Drinks 10th annual conference in Glasgow.

A new strategy to drive growth in Scotland’s food and drinks industry has been launched

A new, ambitious strategy to drive growth in Scotland’s farming, fishing, food and drink industry has been unveiled by industry body, Scotland Food & Drink.

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Finance Secretary Derek Mackay

Survey reveals high trust in the Scottish Government

High trust in the Scottish Government and strong support for its influence over the way Scotland is run are two key findings in a survey published today (Friday).

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Kelso Police Station

Police station vandal

A teenager who caused disturbances at two police stations had his sentence deferred at Jedburgh Sheriff Court for background reports.

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Jedburgh Sheriff Court, Jedburgh Justice of the Peace Court.

Stow joyrider is jailed

A Stow joyrider has been jailed for seven months at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

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Jedburgh Sheriff Court, Jedburgh Justice of the Peace Court.

Intermediate hearing for Duns man

Gavin Anderson, 37, of the Old Kennels, Duns Castle Estate, will stand trial on June 16 on a charge of challenging others to fight, behaving in an aggressive manner and making offensive comments in Market Square, Duns, on July 8.

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Galashiels man ordered to behave himself after violent struggle with estranged wife

Galashiels man ordered to behave himself after violent struggle with estranged wife

A Galashiels man who admitted assaulting his estranged wife has been ordered to be of good behaviour for the next six months.

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The six Kelso primary schools competed for the towns annual Rotary primary quiz title.
In a closely-fought contest against Broomlands, Ednam, Morebattle, Sprouston and Yetholm, Edenside (pictured) came from behind to win the trophy and a place in the next round of the competition to be held in April.

Edenside answers Rotary quiz challenge

The six Kelso area primary schools competed for the town’s annual Rotary primary quiz title.

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Trust in government and politics revealed

Trust in government and politics revealed

The Chief Statistician today released a set of Official Statistics drawn from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2016, covering a range of topics including attitudes to government, economy, standard of living and the NHS and political engagement.

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Cabinet Secretary for Health listens to the questions from our readers. Picture: Greg Macvean

Striking a healthy balance

Bolstering primary care, discharging hospital patients swiftly, and efficiently delegating work away from GPs are among the priorities to transform the health service in Scotland, according to the country’s health minister.

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Sanna Aziz has been elected as MSYP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Tanya Thomson and Georgia Pritchard both won seats for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire.

New youth MSPs set out their priorities

Education, health and lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender rights will be priorities for a Galashiels Academy pupil now she has been elected as a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, she says.

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Lady Sarra Hoy is the official ambassador for Bliss Scotland.

Lady Hoy becomes official Bliss Scotland ambassador

Lady Sarra Hoy has begun her new role as official ambassador for Bliss Scotland, the charity for babies born premature or sick.

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Members of the House of Parliament observe a minutes silence to pay respect to the victims of yesterday's terror attack in Westminster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 23, 2017. See PA story POLICE Westminster. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

MP Kerr: Work must go on after attacks

Borders MP Calum Kerr, who found himself caught in the middle of the horrific events at Westminster on Wednesday, has said democracy must go on in the face of terror.

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Artist impression of the new Murray House dementia unit in Kelso.

Kelso to house the region’s first specialist dementia unit

Developers have been given the go-ahead to build the Borders’ first specialist dementia care unit.

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