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Family of four die in head-on collision with lorry

The crash happened on the A801 near Falkirk.
The crash happened on the A801 near Falkirk. Credit: Google Maps

A boy and a girl under the age of three were killed with their parents in a head-on collision between a car and a lorry.

The four family members were killed when their Fiat collided with an articulated lorry on the A801 near Polmont, on the outskirts of Falkirk in Scotland, at about 2.20pm yesterday.

The mother and father were in their 20s while their boy and girl were under the age of three, police said.

Their car had crossed into the path of oncoming traffic before the crash.

The lorry driver was treated at the scene for shock.

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Independence could aid Scots' health, top doctor says

Independence could be "very positive" for people's health if it left them feeling they had more control over their lives, Scotland's former top doctor said.

Dr Harry Burns was Scotland's Chief Medical Officer.
Dr Harry Burns was Scotland's Chief Medical Officer. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive

Sir Harry Burns, who stepped down as chief medical officer for Scotland earlier this year, also told how he feared for the NHS in England, where ministers have made "very different" decisions to Scotland.

Sir Harry's comments come less than two months before voters in Scotland decide the country's future in a referendum.

He told BBC Radio Scotland's Crossfire programme: "If people felt that they were able to engage more with local government, with central government and make choices more easily for themselves then that would improve their health."

Labour 'guarantees' Scotland greater powers

Margaret Curran says Labour will pass over powers on tax, jobs and welfare.
Margaret Curran says Labour will pass over powers on tax, jobs and welfare. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

More powers for Holyrood are "guaranteed" if voters reject independence and return Labour to power at Westminster, shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran said.

Labour's National Policy Forum (NPF) has agreed a binding commitment to include a new Scotland Act in the party's first programme of government if it wins the 2015 general election.

Its proposals for more powers to be transferred north - including giving Holyrood more power over income tax and responsibility for housing benefit - will be included in the party's election manifesto.

Ms Curran said: "More powers for the Scottish Parliament are guaranteed next year. This decision today means that Labour's commitment to pass powers over tax, jobs and welfare to the Parliament will be included in our manifesto for the 2015 election and a new Scotland Act will be in Labour's first Queen's Speech."

A further 20 norovirus cases at Glasgow Games village

A further 20 workers at the Commonwealth Games athletes' village in Glasgow have been struck down with norovirus - bringing the total number of reported cases to 32.

A further 20 workers at the village have been struck down by the virus.
A further 20 workers at the village have been struck down by the virus. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The workers have been sent home until they have recovered and were all said to have had "mild" symptoms, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said.

No athletes or team officials staying on the site in the east end of the city have been affected by the virus, the health board added.

'Independence would transform Scotland for the better'

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has been sharing his vision of independence during a visit to Liverpool. ITV Scotland Correspondent Debi Edwards is there:

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Alex Salmond: independence would transform scotland for the better and bring wider benefits across these isles #Liverpool #indyref

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AS: we have created the most business friendly local taxation system in the UK...Scottish employment is higher, economic inactivity lower

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AS: independence isn't about waking up one day with three taps - whisky,oil and water. It will create an economic counterweight to London

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AS: once the current rhetoric is over, we would quickly see a good working relationship between the Scottish Gov and UK Gov #indyref

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Salmond: 'Yes vote' would protect the Scottish NHS

A Yes vote in the referendum will protect Scotland's NHS from privatisation, says Salmond.
A Yes vote in the referendum will protect Scotland's NHS from privatisation, says Salmond. Credit: PA

A Yes vote in the referendum will protect Scotland's NHS from privatisation taking place in other parts of the UK, the First Minister is set to claim.

Speaking ahead of a visit to Liverpool today, Mr Salmond warned of a "growing threat" from an agenda of "privatisation and fragmentation" at Westminster.

The First Minister is expected to say that under the Westminster system, cuts to spending in England will "automatically" trigger cuts in Scotland.

More: Salmond: Independence will 're-balance economy'

Residents urged to keep windows closed amid blaze

Residents in Renfrew near Glasgow are being advised to keep their windows closed as firefighters tackle a major blaze at an industrial recycling establishment.

15 fire appliances, including three specialist vehicles and approximately 75 firefighters are at the scene. Credit: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters are currently tackling the blaze using a number of main water jets, including one from a specialist height vehicle.

The incident is currently ongoing and it is estimated firefighters will remain at the scene 'fore a considerable length of time'. Credit: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

"Residents in the area are advised to keep their windows closed due to the large plume of smoke. ”

STV to host first live Scottish referendum TV debate

Broadcaster STV has announced that it will host the first live TV debate ahead of the Scottish independence referendum.

The debate will see the leader of the SNP, Alex Salmond, face off against the head of the 'Better Together' campaign, former Labour cabinet minister Alistair Darling.

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The debate will take place on Tuesday August 5th and be broadcast from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow between 8pm and 10pm.

Alastair Darling will represent the Better Together campaign in the debate. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

STV's political editor, Bernard Ponsonby, will chair the debate, which takes place in front of an audience of 350 people chosen to reflect a range of different opinions.

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