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  1. Mother charged in connection with Fife toddler death
  2. 'Independent' Scotland should use pound, says think tank
  3. Glasgow 2014 athletics track heading for Grangemouth
  4. Andy Murray learns first-round US Open opponent

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By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

Thomas McGuigan

BBC Sport

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.

Mother in court

The mother of a Fife toddler and her partner have appeared in court accused of his murder and child cruelty. Two-year-old Liam Fee died at his family's home in Thornton, near Glenrothes on 22 March.

His mother, Rachael Fee, and her civil partner, Nyomi Fee, appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court. They are both expected back in court next week.

Big Apple-tiser

Eighth seed Andy Murray will play Holland's Robin Haase in the first round of the US Open tennis.

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The 27-year-old Scot,

who won the tournament in 2012, has not won an ATP ranking event since Wimbledon in 2013.

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The Scotsman

tweets: Edinburgh Waverley station to get 2 new platforms.

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Ferguson Shipbuilders

McGill's buses owners Sandy and James Easedale have lodged a formal bid for Ferguson Shipbuilders which went bust last week.

There's no word yet from joint administrators KPMG on whether any other bids were received for the Port Glasgow yard ahead of the 17:00 deadline.

Ferguson Shipbuilders

About 70 workers were made redundant last Friday.

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Dry in the west and south west this evening but showers in the east.

Showers continue in the north overnight. Elsewhere dry with clear spells.

Tomorrow dry and sunny in central and southern areas. Showers continue in the far north, and developing in the Outer Hebrides, central Highlands and north east during the day.

Drink driver admits fatal crash

A speeding drink driver

has admitted causing the death of a teenager in a crash after spending hours downing pints and shots at a wedding reception in Fife.

Lee Hamilton
Ciaran Donnelly

Lee Hamilton, 23, lost control of his car and hit a wall resulting in the death of 19-year-old passenger Kristoffer Brister on 30 November last year.

The crash happened on the A915 at Windygates Road in Leven.

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@dunfermlinep tweets Inverkeithing pensioner calls for action from Fife Council after being attacked twice in same day by seagulls.

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Travel Update

@trafficscotland tweets M8 J14 - J13 Provan Rd - Accident, 2 lanes closed Eastbound for more than an hour

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In Moray the B9136 is closed due to flooding and carriageway repairs between the B9008 (Glenlivet) and A939 (Wester Fodderletter).

Heavy rain is causing surface water across Tayside and Dumfries and Galloway.

In Edinburgh, major disruption in the A89/M9/M8 area. A multiple vehicle accident on Edinburgh Road at the M9 junction is causing delays.

Yes or No in Indyref?

BBC Scotland's Beattie programme asked for your views based on the twitter hashtags

#NoBecause. We've selected some of your responses.

Neil, Aberdeen: #YesBecause we should have a more representative government and be able to determine our own affairs. The yes vote is like bringing home your wages and doing your own household budget, the 'No' vote is like giving your wages to a neighbour down the road and trusting them to do that for you!

Lesley in Angus: #NoBecause small may once have been beautiful but given the state of our world today and the global unrest we must surely stand united. Apart from all the other points and unanswered questions can Scotland really afford to go solo?

'Encouragement' for shipyard

There is reason for "substantial encouragement" that the Ferguson shipyard will be saved, according to First Minister Alex Salmond.

Administrators have set a deadline of 17:00 today for interested parties to make an offer for the Port Glasgow business, which went into administration last week.

Alex Salmond at Holyrood

Mr Salmond, who is due to visit the yard tomorrow, told MSPs at Holyrood: "I think, although we are not there yet, although there will still be more anxious hours and anxious days for the workforce at Ferguson's, that we have reason for substantial encouragement.

"There have been substantial orders placed with this yard and substantial opportunity to give them the new generation of environmentally-sensitive ferries, and we have great hopes that we'll arrive at a situation where that can continue under new ownership."

Five road deaths in 24 hours

Police have

named a motorcyclist killed in a crash in Arbroath on Wednesday evening.

James Bryson, 28, died when his motorbike was involved in a collision with a car.

It was one of five deaths on Scotland's roads in a 24-hour period.

Two crashes in Aberdeenshire claimed three lives on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Another driver died in a crash at Johnstonebridge, near Lockerbie.

DWP changes indyref memo

The Department of Work of Pensions has

amended a controversial memo which some civil servants believed was encouraging them to vote against Scottish independence.

The DWP denied that was the case - but the memo has been altered to avoid confusion.

It now reads that while staff are at work it is "legitimate and necessary" for them to support the government's policy of keeping Scotland in the UK.

Docherty to appeal

Radio Clyde

@RadioClydeNews tweets: John Docherty, 50, who murdered teenager Elaine Doyle almost three decades ago in Greenock is set to appeal against his conviction.

£1m for heart and stroke care

The Scottish government has published two action plans backed by more than £1m of funding to reduce deaths from heart attacks and strokes.

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Heart disease will be tackled by modernising cardiac rehabilitation services, improving diagnosis and developing better ways to reach people in deprived communities who are at greater risk.

The stroke improvement plan includes campaigns to raise public awareness of the symptoms, as well as improved rehabilitation services and long-term support.

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  • Analysis of the latest twists in the debate over currency union
  • Former Muslim Council of Britain secretary general on the James Foley murder
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#NoBecause "Scotland and the rest of the UK are so financially, socially and culturally, similar and intertwined that independence would be an exercise which would take decades, and cost millions to fully implement. With no significant change in typical living standards likely to be generated as a result." William, Ayr.

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#YesBecause "Over the last 60 years England's population has grown by nearly 40% whilst Scotland has grown by only 4%. Growth is generated by where the job opportunities are focused. Scots have consistently had to move south for work. These basic facts show that Better Together really means better for England and Westminster politicians." Eric from Wick.

Yes or No in Indyref?

Earlier, BBC Scotland's Beattie programme asked for your views based on the twitter hashtags #YesBecause#NoBecause. We've picked out some of your responses.

Referendum Radio Debate

A BBC Radio Scotland debate on the independence referendum recorded in Inverurie can be heard later at 17:05, on FM in the north east, and online.

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Johnstonebridge crash death

A man has been killed in a

crash between a car and a lorry on the B7076 at Johnstonebridge near Lockerbie.

Stephen Crawford, 44, of Lockerbie, died in the accident which took place at about 08:50.

Traffic diversions have been put in place while the road remains closed.

Govanhill alleged rape

Two men have been reported to prosecutors over the alleged rape of a woman in the south side of Glasgow.

The 24-year-old victim was subjected to a serious sexual assault by two men in Dixon Road, Govanhill, on 19 May.

Police Scotland said two men, aged 28 and 29, had been reported to the procurator fiscal.

Oil rig evacuated

Nearly 150 workers were taken off a North Sea oil platform following a loss of power.

Shell said the "power outage" incident happened on its Nelson installation, 124 miles off Aberdeen, on Tuesday morning.

A total of 148 people were taken off, and 19 workers remained on board. Shell said no-one was injured.

Flood's Dons Deal

Aberdeen have agreed a new

one-year contract extension with midfielder Willo Flood.

Willo Flood in action for Aberdeen

Manager Derek McInnes said: "Since his arrival, Willo has been a consistent and positive influence on our team and to our club as a whole."

The 29-year-old Irishman is now contracted to the Scottish Premiership club until summer 2017.

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Cats' bodies found

An investigation has been launched after

the bodies of three drowned cats were discovered in Edinburgh.

A dog walker found the adult ginger cats in a small wood near Saughton Road on Sunday 3 August.

The Scottish SPCA said a post-mortem examination showed all three female cats had been killed around the same time by drowning.

Ch Supt Mike Flynn, of the Scottish SPCA, said it would have taken "considerable strength to kill them".

Weather Outlook

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Brightening up especially for western parts. Largely cloudy in the north with some showers. Later some heavy, slow moving showers developing, mainly across eastern areas. Temperatures 13-16C.

Some brightness to end the day on as it becomes drier, but heavy showers will linger for a time over the southeast.

Currency Options - analysis

Colletta Smith

BBC Scotland Economics Correspondent

The Adam Smith Institute report adds extra weight to the Yes campaign's claim that just using the pound anyway would be a viable option for a plan B on the currency.

Previously the National Institute of Economic and Social Research said that 'sterlingization' should be bottom of the list of currency options because not having a lender of last resort would make the financial system vulnerable.

Now the Institute have flipped that on its head by saying that not having a lender of last resort would actually create a more careful banking culture.

What's not addressed is whether depositors could be convinced that a new system would be stable, or whether money would be pulled out of Scotland before the theory could be put to the test.

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Games track moved

The 2014 Commonwealth Games athletics track at Hampden Park is to be lifted and

moved to Grangemouth Stadium.

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Falkirk Community Trust (FCT), which runs the venue, applied as part of the Games legacy programme to receive sports equipment after the event.

FCT will also receive £30,000 worth of equipment including javelins, distance markers, hammers and boxing gloves.

Edinburgh Evening News

@edinburghpaper tweets: Exclusive: Former Lib Dem MP John Barrett breaks ranks to reveal he is voting #yes in the referendum.

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Do not disturb

Pilots are being asked to avoid flying over Edinburgh Zoo so as not to disturb animals during their breeding season - including giant panda Tian Tian.

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A Notice To Airmen, or NoTam, has been published by the Civil Aviation Authority asking pilots to not to fly in the area if possible to reduce noise from low-flying planes and helicopters.

NoTams are usually issued to alert pilots to potential hazards such as cranes, closed runways or large public events.

Pauline McLean

BBC Scotland

tweets: BBC Scotland and Slate North to make TV version of Iain Banks novel Stonemouth. David Kane to write. Cast to be announced.

A814 crash update

Six people were

taken to hospital after a three car collision on the A814 Clydeside Expressway in Glasgow.

Four adults and two children were taken the Western Infirmary as a precaution.

A814 crash

@trafficscotland tweets A90 between Perth and Dundee surface water both directions drivers are advised to exercise caution.

Shipyard deadline 5pm

Prospective buyers for the financially-stricken Ferguson Shipbuilder in Port Glasgow

have until 17:00 to submit offers to joint administrators.

Ferguson shipyard

Blair Nimmo and Tony Friar of KPMG said several parties had expressed interest in acquiring the business and assets.

McGill's Buses owners James and Sandy Easdale have said they hope to be in a position to submit an offer.