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Summary

  1. Department of Work and Pensions denies advising 'No' vote
  2. Borders railway to open in September 2015
  3. Bonington climbs Old Man of Hoy

Live Reporting

By Steven Brocklehurst, Bryan Quinn and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

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Bryan Quinn

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow morning to bring you the latest news, sport and travel news from across Scotland. See you then.

Tomorrow's weather

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It'll be a cloudy start to Thursday with outbreaks of rain across the country. Through the day, the rain becomes less widespread and more showery with bright spells of sunshine.

The west coast of Scotland should see the best of the day's weather, although temperatures will remain cool with highs of between 14C to 17C.

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

In Cowdenbeath, traffic is moving slowly on the A909 High Street with roadworks causing congestion both ways. There are temporary lights near the railway bridge.

Roadworks are also causing delays on the Erskine Bridge at the M8 approach at Junction 30.

Queensferry Road in Edinburgh is very busy northbound.

Murder attempt

Police are appealing for information following a "brutal" attempted murder in Rutherglen yesterday evening.

A 23-year-old man suffered serious injuries after being attacked by up to 10 people in Lochiel Lane at about 17:30.

The victim is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Old Man of Hoy

Sir Chris Bonington

has reached the top of the Old Man of Hoy, 48 years after his first ascent in 1966.

The UK's most famous mountaineer tackled the iconic sea stack off the north coast of Scotland to mark his 80th birthday.

chris bonington
Berghaus

Testing Times

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland education correspondent

Official report into how the new National 4 and 5 qualifications have fared - and what needs to improve. Reporting Scotland, 1830, BBC1 Scotland.

Stiglitz backs currency union

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

A Nobel prize-winning economist, who advises the Scottish government, says he believes the rest of the United Kingdom would form a formal currency union with an independent Scotland.

Comments from pro-union politicians ruling out such a deal were "obviously" a bargaining position which would change after a Yes vote, Professor Joseph Stiglitz told Bloomberg.

Prof Stiglitz, who teaches at Columbia University in the United States, said he "strongly" believed that an independent Scotland could work.

Police move closer

More than 1,000 police officers and civilian staff will move to a new £24m administrative headquarters in Glasgow's Dalmarnock area next year.

dalmarnock
clyde gateway

The five-storey Riverside East site will service Police Scotland operations across the west of Scotland.

Prior to the creation of a national force in 2013, Dalmarnock had been earmarked as the new headquarters for the former Strathclyde Police.

The new site effectively replaces the old Strathclyde HQ at Pitt Street.

Clegg Illness Blow

Commonwealth champion Libby Clegg has pulled out of the IPC European Championships in Swansea.

She was due to run in the final of the T12 100 metres today, but is suffering from a viral infection.

The 24-year-old was aiming to

add to the gold she won at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Traffic Scotland

tweets: E/B at J1 (Hermiston Gait) - Broken down vehicle has now been *cleared* - traffic is heavy but this is standard congestion at this time.

Tagged rapist strikes again

A convicted rapist has been found guilty of

raping another woman while wearing an electronic tag.

Alexander Gallagher attacked his 34-year-old victim at her home in Glasgow in March last year.

The 41-year-old was released on licence from a 10-year jail term for rape the month before and tagged - but was back in court after breaching bail conditions during March.

He will be sentenced later this year and could face a lifelong restriction order.

Clegg in for gold

Commonwealth champion Libby Clegg will aim to add a second gold medal in the space of a month when she runs in the T12 para-sports 100m final at the IPC European Championships in Swansea just after 17:00 today.

Libby Clegg
SNS

Clegg, alongside guide runner Mikail Huggins, was the only Team Scotland athlete to win gold inside Hampden Park during Glasgow 2014.

Get to Falkirk

Visitor numbers to the

Falkirk Wheel have topped 5.5m this summer.

Operators say it is the most successful April to July in eight years.

falkirk wheel
Mj richardson

Visits to the world's only rotating boat lift were up 30% compared to this time last year, with July being the busiest month since it opened in 2002.

Traffic Scotland

tweets: M8 update J1 Hermiston Gait Eastbound Breakdown Nearside lane of roundabout Gogar blocked. Road users are advised expect delays.

The Scottish Sun

Scottish music superstar Calvin Harris has topped the world DJ rich-list after

earning £39m in the past 12 months.

Calvin Harris
BBC

Shipyard bids

McGill's buses owners, James and Sandy Easdale, said they would be

submitting a bid for Ferguson's shipyard in Port Glasgow.

In a statement, the brothers said: "We note the exceptionally tight deadline.

"We have our valuation team in the yard today and will hopefully be in a position to make a conditional offer tomorrow."

Administrators have invited offers for the assets and business by 17:00 on Thursday.

Scotland 2014

On Scotland 2014 tonight at 22:30 on BBC Two Scotland - The future of broadcasting.

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran will debate with Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins about Scottish TV & the BBC in the independence debate.

Media guru Steve Hewlett will be on to analyse the Yes and No arguments when it comes to broadcasting.

The Courier

'Overwhelmed' Perth postman ditched more than 5,000 items.

Read the story here.

Closing date for shipyard bids

The deadline to save Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow has been set at 5pm on Thursday.

Administrators

have set a closing date for offers for the firm after significant interest from prospective buyers.

Blair Nimmo and Tony Friar of KPMG said they had spoken to several parties who enquired about the possibility of recommencing work at the yard.

Edinburgh prices criticised

The director of the Edinburgh festivals has warned MSPs that

soaring accommodation costs is putting the city's reputation as a tourist hotspot at risk.

Edinburgh festival
Getty Images

Festivals Edinburgh director Faith Liddell said hotel rates during August were at the "limits of tolerable".

Research by hotel price comparison site Trivago found prices in Edinburgh rose by 36% to £196 during the festival fringe.

Do you think that Edinburgh is now too expensive to visit during the festival? You can let us know

via email or
Twitter.

The Press and Journal

Sir Ian Wood

breaks silence on Scottish independence debate.

In his first and only interview to date centred on the independence debate and the role oil revenues will play in it, Sir Ian Wood said he fears the SNP massively over-estimated the amount of oil - and therefore tax revenues - available to an independent Scotland and that the country could be forced to import energy generated from England's onshore fields.

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Sir Ian Wood: run down of North Sea "will have a big impact" on economy, jobs & balance of payments with big rises in energy bills

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Oil expert Sir Ian Wood says the Scottish government is overstating oil and gas tax revenue over the next five years by "about 40%"

Edinburgh comedy awards

The Fosters Edinburgh comedy awards. The nominations for Best Comedy Show 2014:

  • Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly
  • James Acaster: Recognise
  • John Kearns: Shtick
  • Liam Williams: Capitalism
  • Romesh Ranganathan: Rom wasn't built in a day
  • Sam Simmons: Death of a Sails-Man
  • Sara Pascoe vs History

The winner will be announced on Saturday.

Old man climb

Sir Chris Bonington

returns to climb the Old Man of Hoy 48 years after his first ascent.

The renowned mountaineer is tackling the famous sea stack off the north coast of Scotland to mark his 80th birthday.

sir chris bonington
Berghaus

Traffic update

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

Traffic is moving slowly on the eastbound A90 Dundee at Longforgan due to roadworks.

There are also roadworks at the Erskine Bridge in both directions at the M8 approach at Junction 30.

In the Borders, the A699 is currently closed after a vehicle fire which is causing very slow traffic in both directions between Maxton and Kelso.

Movin' On Up

Former WBO super featherweight and lightweight champion Ricky Burns is

moving up to light-welterweight in a bid to win a third world title.

Ricky Burns beaten
SNS

Burns lost his lightweight title in March and was defeated in his comeback fight three months later.

The 31-year-old boxer will make his return against an as-yet unnamed opponent on 4 October with another fight in Glasgow mooted for November.

The Press and Journal

@pressjournal

tweets: Art Gallery celebrates record number of visitors

You can read the full story

here.

Boost for beef

A plan to try to help Scotland's beef farms has been submitted to the Scottish government.

Roast beef
Thinkstock

The 23-point proposal by Quality Meat Scotland is designed to reverse a decline in beef - which makes up over a quarter of Scotland's agricultural output.

The rural affairs secretary Richard Lochead has welcomed the report saying he's already committed an extra £45m to beef farming to help the industry overcome challenges of low profitability and declining livestock numbers.

Wallace artwork denied

A bid for lottery money to create a public artwork at the site of one of

Scotland's most famous victories over England has been turned down.

The Guardians of Scotland Trust wants to mark William Wallace's victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297.

Creative Scotland promised £137,000 to the bid if its funding was matched, but Lotto UK body involved declined to become involved.

The Dundee Courier

@thecourieruk

tweets: Dundee mum committed benefit fraud worth over £7,000

You can read the full story

here.

Doctor Who?

Did you know Glasgow is home to six of the 12 remaining blue police boxes that inspired the Doctor's iconic Tardis?

This is the claim of the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau which has launched

The Whovian Guide to Glasgow to mark the start of Scottish actor Peter Capaldi's stint as the famous Time Lord.

peter capaldi
BBC

Doctor Who is back on Saturday on BBC One at 19:50.

On the slide

Numbers of harbour seals in Scotland have continued fall,

according to a report.

harbour seal
Science Photo Library

Fewer animals were counted on Scotland's east coast and in Orkney in surveys by St Andrews University Sea Mammal Research Unit.

But the work commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), found an increase in harbour seals on the west coast.

Bring the kids on

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

Dundee

to follow Tannadice's youth-based example.

Dens Park manager Paul Hartley says bringing better quality youth players through the Dens Park system is a key aim in restoring Dundee's fortunes.

"We're working hard, we understand we're a little bit behind because of the administrations and that the youth set-up went to pot."

Memo row

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

First Minister Alex Salmond calls for the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) memo to be withdrawn and an apology. But Alistair Carmichael says "nothing inappropriate in the advice".

A Whitehall department has denied advising its staff to vote "No" in the Scottish independence referendum.

Edinburgh Evening News

Restrictions on a third of Edinburgh's bus lanes are to be relaxed.

Story here

Golden girl

Scots wheelchair racing sensation Sammi Kinghorn has been speaking about her golden day at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea.

Interview - T54 400m European champion Sammi Kinghorn
BBC

At the age of 17, Sammi made her Team GB debut, triumphing in both the T53 100m and 400m events.

"The 100 and 400m are totally different races so to be on the podium is amazing but they were both tough events,"

the Borders racer told BBC Sport.

You can watch her full interview here.