Aberdeen and North – Wed, 15 Aug, 2012

The Duke of Edinburgh has been taken to hospital. Buckingham Palace confirmed Prince Philip had been taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary this afternoon. In other news: The Jenny Methven murder trial has heard how police believed her son David had links to the Glasgow-based Lyons crime family. Aberdeen-based First Group will start running Britain’s busiest train line from December. The company has pledged new high-speed trains on the West coast main line and more direct services between destinations. Health chiefs are warning Scotland’s facing the worst outbreak of whooping cough since the 1980s. GPs have reported 873 cases so far this year, compared with only 36 for the same period last year. The Scottish Government has no mandate to hold an independence referendum with a second question on increased powers, according to Westminster MPs. The number of unemployed in Scotland fell for the fifth month with a drop of five thousand in those out of work. Three workmen have been rescued after being trapped for around three hours in a cradle 70 feet up the side of the new Aberdeen University library. And in sports: Craig Levein is backing Jordan Rhodes to score the goals on his first start in the Scotland jersey tonight. Scotland skipper Darren Fletcher made his long-awaited comeback as Manchester United lost at Pittodrie in a benefit match for Dons legend Neil Simpson. The Scottish Premier League have sought clarification from the Scottish FA over an agreement previously struck to

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