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Summary

  1. Moving Trident out of an independent Scotland would be "very difficult but not impossible", according to study
  2. Reviews to examine arming of police
  3. 'Nothing to stop' sterling use, says economist
  4. 'Legal high' drug deaths double

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By Bryan Quinn, Ken Banks and Marianne Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Marianne Taylor

BBC Scotland news

Right, that's all from Scotland Live for today. Join us again tomorrow at 08:00 when we'll be back with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

Until then, you can keep up to date by logging on to the

BBC News Scotland website.

Coming up at 18:30

Following last night's interview with First Minister Alex Salmond, tonight it's the turn of Better Together leader Alistair Darling. Sally Magnusson will be putting the questions.

Reporting Scotland
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You can watch the programme at 18:30

on BBC 1 Scotland.

Snuggling up

Lynn Roberts in Aberdeenshire sent us this lovely picture of three baby swallows huddling together to keep warm. Said Lynn: "I spotted them on my gutter whilst it was blowing a hoolie and raining. Poor wee things, bet they can't wait until it's time to head south."

Baby swallows huddle together
Lynn Roberts

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Helicopter rescue

A Royal Navy helicopter has rescued a group of walkers from a

remote Highland bothy after stormy weather and floods.

Torrinden Navy rescue
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Two men, three children and a dog had been walking in the Torridon area when they became stranded at Craig Bothy, a former youth hostel, by water from a swollen river on Monday.

They stayed the night in the house before a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter went to their aid on Tuesday morning.

Ojamma back at 'Well

Motherwell have resigned

striker Henrik Ojamma on loan from Legia Warsaw.

Ojamma back at Motherwell
SNS

The 23-year-old spent 18 months at Fir Park before moving to Poland last summer.

He could now feature in Motherwell's home match against Inverness on Saturday, having previously scored 13 goals for Stuart McCall's side.

Clock change?

A major objection to repeated calls to bring the UK's clocks into line with Europe has been the darker mornings it would mean for northern Scotland.

Would a "Yes" vote for independence shift the debate?

The BBC's Esther Webber finds out.

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Traffic update

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

In Dumfries and Galloway, there's been an accident on the M74 between Junction 15 and 15 at Moffat. Emergency services are en-route but long delays are likely.

Outside Stirling, the A875 Balfron Road is closed because of a gas leak between Balfron and Boqhuan. The road is expected to remain closed until tomorrow.

Police appeal to chapel raider

Police have appealed for the safe return of

hand-carved plaques stolen from the Italian Chapel in Orkney.

Three plaques depicting the Stations of the Cross were taken from the chapel last week.

Italian chapel
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Insp Derek Robb, who is leading the investigation said: "The huge level of response from all over the world shows the respect and affection held for this historic place of worship and the level of outrage that someone has chosen to steal from within its walls.

"We would also like to appeal directly to the person responsible to think again about their actions and to take every step to ensure the plaques are found and returned to their rightful place within the chapel."

Tonight on Scotland 2014

@BBCScot2014 tweets: Scotland has a rich Left wing history but what is its future?

@OwenJones84 &
@citizentommy will be debating tonight.

Power restored

Power has been restored to around 27,000 homes in the Western Isles, Skye and the west Highlands.

A transmission fault has been blamed for the outage.

Boxer charged with assaulting woman

Former world champion boxer Scott Harrison

has appeared in court charged with assaulting a woman.

Scott Harrison
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The 36-year-old is alleged to have assaulted Margaret Gardner in Glasgow's south side on 11 August.

Mr Harrison, from Cambuslang, appeared from custody at Glasgow Sheriff Court, where his lawyer entered a plea of not guilty.

He was released on bail with the condition not to contact Ms Gardner.

Evening Express

@EveningExpress tweets: Firefighters called to Aberdeen city centre bank

Read the full story

here.

Student numbers up

A record number of Scottish students have been accepted to study at Scots universities, according to the latest figures.

Students on graduation day
BBC

Some 27,910 Scottish applicants won a place in UK higher education, an increase of 4% on last year. A total of 26,590 have been placed at a Scots institution, also a rise of 4%.

Ucas revealed 4,850 students from the rest of the UK have been accepted to study in Scotland, an increase of 3% on last year.

Inverness latest

More on the Inverness incident we reported earlier.

A man has been detained and another man has been taken to the city's Raigmore Hospital.

Emergency services were called to Diriebught Court in the Millburn area of the city last night.

@Team_Scotland tweets:

#ThankYouScotland Athletes' Parade. Tomorrow...

Meggan Dawson-Farrell
other

The parade takes place in Glasgow -

see the route here.

Homes plan

A 3,000-home development for Aberdeen has been recommended for approval by council planning officers.

Bricks
Reuters

The site is between Kingswells and Cults to the west of Hazlehead Park.

Planning officers have recommended that Countesswells Consortium's proposal should get planning permission, if certain conditions are met.

These include making a quarter of the homes available as affordable housing.

Charles and Camilla visit games

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay turned out in traditional dress for a trip to a Highland games this afternoon.

Charles and Camilla
PA

Charles and Camilla were welcomed to Ballater in Aberdeenshire, the Royal Deeside village where the games are celebrating their 150th year.

Athletes, pipers and dancers come from all over the world to compete at the games, which are held on the second Thursday every August.

Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland

@BBCKheredine tweets: Seems only way Legia could overturn

#Celtic case is CAS ruling on competence of Uefa's rules and attendant punishments. And a quick hearing!

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

The effects of flooding are still causing problems on roads across the country. The A980 in Alford is closed alongside several roads in Moray including Old Mills Road in Elgin and School Road in Hopeman.

There is congestion on the M74, with resurfacing work causing drivers to use the hard shoulder between Junction 12 at Millibank and Junction 13 Abington.

Inverness incident

Police have cordoned parts of a street in Inverness.

Emergency services were called to Diriebught Road in the Millburn area of the city last night.

Police Scotland has not given any details, but it was understood that forensic officers have been at the scene.

Armed police - your views

Alan Cameron: The councillors in the Highlands who are the driving force behind this [criticism] seem to be upset they have no control over the chief constable. There are a lot of firearms in the highlands - are the councillors saying that nobody is likely to use them or have them stolen and then used in crime? They have probably never even been in a situation where firearms, weapons or anything that can be used against the public and police. The chief constable is absolutely right to deploy his men and their equipment as he sees fit.

What do you think?

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Zurich medal hopes

Two of Scotland's Commonwealth medal-winners are in action at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich tonight.

Lynsey Sharp and Eilidh Childs
PA

Eilidh Child will run in the semi-finals of the women's 400m hurdles at around 17:20. The Scot is expected to make the final despite being drawn in a strong group which includes the Czech Republic's Denisa Rosolova.

Meanwhile, Lynsey Sharp will run for a place in the 800m final at about 17:50. Lynsey, who won silver at Glasgow 2014, dominated her heat.

Life sentence

A man who murdered the brother of the late Glasgow gangland figure Tam McGraw has been

jailed for life.

Thomas Main, 41, stabbed 55-year-old Francis McGraw more than 40 times at the victim's flat in Glasgow's Springboig area in October last year.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Main was told he must serve at least 17 years and six months in prison.

Power cuts

Reports are coming in of about 25,000 homes in the Western Isles, Skye and west Highlands being without power.

Legia Warsaw lose appeal

Legia Warsaw have confirmed that their appeal against Champions League expulsion has been thrown out by UEFA.

They say they will now take their case to the Court of Arbitration for sport.

The verdict means Celtic remain in the Champions League qualifiers.

Legal high deaths double

The number of deaths in Scotland involving so-called legal highs

more than doubled last year, according to new figures.

Legal highs
BBC

There were 113 deaths in 2013 where New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) were present, compared with 47 in 2012.

NPS were implicated in 60 deaths compared with 32 in 2012, but other substances were also implicated in 55.

Unexplained death

Police are investigating the

unexplained death of a 32-year-old man in Stranraer.

The man was found unconscious at a flat in Caledonia Court on Wednesday.

He was treated at the scene and taken to Galloway Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police Scotland said there were no apparent suspicious circumstances and the procurator fiscal had been informed.

Jail for wife attack

A man who repeatedly stabbed his estranged wife during an argument in Glasgow has been

jailed for six years.

Yasir Arfat, 54, attacked Annah Mohammad with a knife at a house in Kinning Park in January last year.

He was charged with attempted murder, but was convicted of the lesser crime of assault to severe injury and danger of life at the High Court in Glasgow.

Your pictures

Alan Calder from Nairn sent us this stunning shot of the standing stones at Brodgar, Orkney. Check those blue skies.

Standing stones at Brodgar
Alan Calder

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Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It looks set to be a bright afternoon although there will be a number of heavy, slow moving showers to come, possibly thundery. These will affect inland areas, especially central and southern parts.

Temperatures will reach 16C in the far north and 18C in southern and eastern parts.

You can watch a full forecast

here.

Salmon stocks low

The number of salmon in Scotland's rivers is at its lowest level in decades, say conservationists.

The Salmon and Trout Association say many rivers are recording fish stock at half the levels normally expected.

Salmon jumping up river stream
Thinkstock

It's now calling on the government to bring in tougher controls to limit catches.

Armed police - your views

Donald Mackenzie: I find it ridiculous that Stephen House is allowed to get away with routinely arming police officers, especially in the Highlands & Islands where violent crime rates are low and serious offences involving firearms or weapons are almost non-existent. There is absolutely no need for an armed police officer to be walking through the streets of Inverness, let alone rural communities such as Ullapool or Aviemore. This is simply a one size fits all policy and is yet another example of how public services are being centralised with a focus on Edinburgh and Glasgow.

What do you think?

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Referendum Tonight

Andrew Black

Political reporter, BBC Scotland

The latest edition of BBC Radio Scotland's Referendum Tonight, with the latest analysis and views on the independence campaign from home and abroad, is

on the iPlayer now.

iPlayer
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You can catch the show from 23:00, Monday to Thursday, on 810 MW and DAB.

Armed police - your views

Gordon Ralston in Glasgow: It worries me greatly that the police can now carry guns at any time. Since Police Scotland was created, there seems to be no government control over any major decisions the authority makes. An issue as serious as this must and should require government approval before any such action is introduced by the police.

What do you think?

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Lavender fun

Emil McMahon from Edinburgh was working from home when she spotted this wee guy frolicking in the lavender outside her window this morning. Cute!

Mouse in the lavender
Emil McMahon

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Currency view

There is "nothing to stop" an independent Scotland using sterling with or without a currency union, economist Sir Donald Mackay has said.

He told the BBC it was "perfectly possible" for Scotland to develop its own central bank if necessary.

Currency coins
PA

Sir Donald is a former adviser to the UK government who has announced his support for independence.

Fellow economist Ewen Stewart said an independent Scotland could not expect "to keep the good bits" of the UK.