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  1. Dutch rail operator Abellio to run ScotRail
  2. Critics say ScotRail could have been brought into public hands
  3. Clegg: Devolution must not be hijacked
  4. Ebola meeting for Scotland
  5. Oor Wullie to teach Scots in schools

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By Marianne Taylor and Louise Sayers

All times stated are UK

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Marianne Taylor

BBC Scotland news

That's all from the Scotland Live team for today.

We'll be back tomorrow morning at 08:00 with all the latest updates from across the country.

Until then, you can keep up to date with developments via the

BBC News Scotland website.


MSPs have backed Kenny MacAskill as Justice Secretary after he faced calls at Holyrood to step down.

A Labour-led attack on Mr MacAskill's position over his handling of controversial police and court reform was defeated by the SNP's slim majority at the Scottish Parliament.

Tonight's outlook

BBC Scotland Weather


Showers in the south west will merge into a longer spell of rain and move northwards during the course of the night.

An easterly wind will develop across the east coast, and there will be some heavy showers across Aberdeenshire, with the risk of some thunder.

Lows of 7C to 8C, down to 3C or 4C for the north west Highlands.

More fave Scots words

Eleanor Hind, Glasgow: Kerpochle, kerpochling - brilliant words that mean to dip yer paws in where they shouldnae be, to defraud, interfere.

Doug, Motherwell: Best word - cludgie!

Hybridisation between dolphins has been documented for the first time in UK waters, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) has said.


The charity said fieldwork off Lewis between 2010 and 2014 had recorded four dolphins with characteristics of two different species.

WDC said photographs suggested bottlenose dolphins have been mating with resident Risso's dolphins.

It said it was not yet known why the animals were breeding.

Green light for controversial development

The controversial M

arschial square development in Aberdeen has been approved by councillors.

Marischal site
Not specified

The hotel, office and retail project will be built on the site of the former St Nicholas house opposite the historic Marschial College.

During a two and a half hour debate this afternoon one opposition councillor described the development as a "blot on the landscape".

Another said it had the potential to be a "new beating heart" for the city.

ScotRail - your views

James Martin: Do the opposition in Holyrood actually do anything but whinge? Tell them something is white and they'll immediately tell you it is black. Get a grip and do something to earn your wages instead of moaning and expecting to be elected purely for being "the other side". It is infuriating and embodies everything that is wrong in politic. Is this just a Labour thing?

David Miller

BBC Scotland environment correspondent

tweets: University of Glasgow says it's to become the first university in the UK to commit to fully divesting from fossil fuel industry companies.

Murray through in China

Andy Murray produced a convincing display to beat Jerzy Janowicz 7-5 6-2 in the second round of the Shanghai Masters in China.

Andy Murray
Getty Images

The Scot impressed from the start and lost just four points on his serve during the opening set.

Murray saved two break points with aces at the start of the second set and broke Janowicz in the fourth and eighth games on his way to victory.

The 27-year-old will now play Spaniard David Ferrer in the third round.

New homes for Aberdeen

Planning permission has been granted for a 3,000-home development at Countesswells in Aberdeen.

Countesswells in Aberdeen
Countesswells Consortium

Councillors in the city approved outline permission despite some strong local opposition.

Concerns have been raised about the impact on already heavy traffic in the area.

The plans will also see the creation of two new primaries schools, a secondary school, business units and a health centre.

Man in court over cycle path rape

A man has appeared in court charged with raping an 18-year-old woman on a cycle path in Renfrewshire last week.

Sean Barry Moynihan, 30, from Paisley, is alleged to have carried out the attack on a section of the path, near Napier Street, Johnstone, on 2 October.

Cycle path in Johnstone

He is also charged with attacking another woman, with intent to rob, on the same path in Paisley, on 10 July.

Mr Moynihan made no plea or declaration during an appearance at Paisley Sheriff Court and was remanded in custody.

Murder accused 'insane'

A man accused of murdering a 61-year-old woman after pushing her into the River Clyde has been acquitted on the grounds he was insane at the time.

Paul Connelly, 49, had been charged with attacking Eileen Glassford, who was from Motherwell, at Uddingston Viaduct in South Lanarkshire in May.

The Crown accepted his not guilty plea after following psychiatric reports. An order was made to keep Connelly in the State Hospital at Carstairs pending a future hearing.

ScotRail - analysis

David Miller

BBC Scotland transport correspondent

New trains, more seats, bargain fares.

Going Dutch will mean all change for ScotRail passengers. Eventually - many of the changes promised today won't be arriving at a platform near you anytime soon.

It will be the end of December 2017 before new trains appear on the Edinburgh to Glasgow line and the refurbished high speed trains which will serve Aberdeen and Inverness are due by the end of 2018.

This is a 10-year deal which we now know is worth up to £6 billion, the biggest single contract ever awarded by the Scottish government.

So the pressure is on to ensure passengers, and taxpayers, are happy with the outcome.

Lamont urges cap on childcare costs

Scottish labour leader Johann Lamont has said she wants a cap on childcare costs and to introduce free childcare places for mothers attending college.

Johann Lamont

Speaking in Edinburgh, Ms Lamont said the free places - which the party estimates would cost up to £35 million - would be "an important first step in achieving this parliament's mission to transform childcare in this country".

In its White Paper on independence, the SNP outlined plans to offer free childcare equivalent to primary school hours for every child, paid for using the tax receipts of new working mothers.

Scots wha hae... guid words

Douglas: Keich, as in something you trod on...

Davie R tweets: Dobber

Mother speaks of 'loving, gentle' son

A mother says the murder of her son has left "a huge hole" in the family.

Colin Armstrong, 49, pictured below, was found dead at a house in Macmerry, East Lothian, yesterday.

Colin Armstrong
Police scotland

His mother Anne Gray, 74, said Mr Armstrong's murder comes five years after the death of his identical twin Stephen from cancer.

She said in a statement: "Colin was a loving, gentle, harmless, friendly but very private man, who was a much-loved son and brother of a family, now devastated by his death."

The ScotRail franchise - get involved


K Morrison: Nothing new in SNP not awarding contract to "local" companies, they did the same with Glasgow Hospital project which went to an Australian company.

Gavin in Airdrie: I pay £280 for a monthly ticket to Edinburgh. Any reduction in fares would be very welcome.

Eric Froggit: I use Dutch railways a lot - several times a month. Huge number of complaints and very expensive fares. They are looking into making rush hour travel dearer.

Warren sues Burns for £2m

Frank Warren is

suing former world boxing champion Ricky Burns for about £2m, claiming the Scotsman was
"tapped up" by rival promoter Eddie Hearn.

Ricky Burns (left) in action against Alexandre Lepelley in the Light Welterweight contest at the First Direct Arena, Leeds.

Burns, 31, told the High Court in London he pulled out of an agreement with Warren's company because of unpaid fight purses.

But Warren said: "Behind the scenes he got tapped up by another promoter. That's what this is all about and it's very disappointing."

Mair Scots words


Stuart Stephen: Sair, forfochen, thole, fash, link, threap, thrapple, capernoited, camshoch, thrawn, feel, wyte - to name but a few.

Evelyn Taylor: My favourite words are glaekit and boggin.

Abellio deal

Dutch rail operator Abellio, which has just won the ScotRail franchise for the next decade, is an unfamiliar name to most in Scotland. What impact will the company make on our rail network?

The BBC's Alicia Queiro has been finding out.

Scotrail carriage operated by First

Learn Scots with Oor Wullie

Oor Wullie is to help children

learn Scots as part of a new scheme launched by the National Library of Scotland.

Oor Wullie guide to Scots
DC Thomson & Co Ltd


Oor Wullie's guide tae Scots language website is aimed at primary schools.

Wullie, the creation of Dundee publishing firm DC Thomson, has been appearing weekly in the Sunday Post newspaper since 1936.

All day you've been sending us your favourite Scots words - let us know by

email, text 80295 or tweet using

Woman raped in Edinburgh

A 21 year-old woman has been raped in an early-morning attack on a Edinburgh street.

Smithies Pub, Edinburgh near the scene of the assault

The attack happened near Smithies Pub in Eyre Place at about 4am this morning.

Police are looking for a man described as Asian, with short dark hair, wearing a blazer, aged between 20 and 30. It is thought he may have left in a silver car.

Police would also like to speak to "a good Samaritan" who came to the aid of the victim.

Scots words

Carol Jappy: Sheuch is my favourite. "Ah fell an bumped ma heid in the sheuch". it means gutter. #ScotlandLive

Stand free: scunnered is just braw

Gill Usher: Dreich

Clegg on devolution

Nick Clegg has told the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow the referendum "reaffirmed Scotland's place in the United Kingdom".

Nick Clegg

"The Scottish referendum was also brilliant because it forced us to hold up a mirror and think about who we are," he went on.

"Four nations, yes, but also 64 million people with identities which are distinct yet overlapping, because these isles of ours are among the most diverse and inclusive in the world."

He also said the Lib Dems would

not allow further devolution for Scotland to be "hijacked, diluted or delayed".

Stormy weather

Matthew Gibbons sent us this stunning picture of waves smashing into The Bass Rock, off the Berwickshire coast.

Bass Rock
Mathew Gibbons

Do you have any dramatic pictures of the recent storms? Email them to us at or tweet using

The Courier

tweets: Investigation after cat is deliberately poisoned in Fife.

Read the full story here.

Licence plan for wild salmon killing

The killing of wild salmon would be banned except under licence, under new

proposals aimed at better managing Scotland's wild fisheries.

Salmon on Ettrick Water

An independent panel have suggested ending "closed days" for angling and setting up a new National Wild Fisheries Unit.

The report also suggests giving "serious consideration" to a rod licensing scheme with the money raised being reinvested in angling.

Fave Scots words

Get in touch: Text 80295 or tweet using #scotlandlive

Pauline: Shoogly. Also, not sure where 'cahootchie' comes from?

Karine Davison in Glasgow: How about a phrase? "Ah'm fair forfochen!!"... I am tired out.

Radioactive waste ship safety anchored

A ship that got into difficulties last night while carrying a cargo of radioactive concrete from Dounreay is now safely anchored just off the Cromarty Firth.

MV Parida
Jim Smith


MV Parida lost power and was adrift, forcing the evacuation of a nearby oil platform as a precaution.

A tug was sent to tow it to safer waters.

No-one was injured.

NHS consultants to lobby government

Consultants will put concerns about staffing shortages and patient safety at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary directly to the Scottish government.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

They held a meeting in the city on Tuesday night to discuss a number of issues, particularly relating to the situation in the emergency department.

The health board last week board announced a £2m investment in ARI frontline services.

NHS Grampian previously said it had been facing "staffing challenges".

Rail franchise - reaction


Fergus McKiddie: Happy to see the change in running the franchise if it breaks the central belt bias currently employed by First, despite being Aberdeen based. Commuters into Aberdeen get a laughable, over-priced service and there is never any information provided when things go wrong. Having travelled on the rail network in the Netherlands it's way ahead of the service currently provided here.

Salmond to chair Ebola meeting

Alex Salmond is to chair a meeting of the Scottish government's resilience committee on how prepared Scotland is to deal with Ebola.

Health Secretary Alex Neill said Ebola currently posed a "very low risk" to Scotland but, if there was a case, the country had the facilities and expertise to contain it.

Man charged with murdering comedian

A man has been charged with murdering a Scottish comedian almost 17 years after he was found dead at his Glasgow home.

Graham Fraser, 52, is alleged to have broken into 58-year-old Hugh Ferris's flat in Pollokshields in December 1997.

It is claimed that Mr Fraser and Donald Murray, who is now dead, attacked the entertainer, robbed him and left him tied up without seeking medical help.

Mr Fraser, who was charged after a cold case review, was not present during the hearing. The case was adjourned.

'Put SNP back in their box'

The Liberal Democrat's deputy leader Malcolm Bruce has warned that further powers must be delivered to Scotland following the referendum to ensure the SNP are put "back in their box".

Malcolm Bruce

During a strongly-worded speech at the party's conference in Glasgow, he accused the SNP of running a "politburo" in Edinburgh.

He criticised "anti-British rhetoric" and said the SNP had "better just accept" the outcome of the referendum.

Gary Robertson

BBC Radio Scotland

tweets: Politics Scotland today BBC1 Scotland @ 1415 - reaction to Nick Clegg's speech to Lib Dems & @KeithBrownMSP Scotrail franchise statement.

Rugby is 'lifestyle choice'

Glasgow Warriors prop Zander Fagerson believes young rugby players must be willing to make sacrifices in fulfilling their professional dream.

Zander Fagerson

The 18-year-old tight-head made his debut in the 40-23 win at Treviso.

"It's a complete lifestyle choice but a great choice when you do make it," Fagerson told BBC Scotland.

Listen to the full interview here.

Edinburgh Evening News

tweets: Council wins award for turning trams project around.

Edinburgh trams

Read the full story here.

ScotRail - your views


Nathan Matthews, Forres: Very easy to sit in opposition and complain about the rail franchise. For those in opposition that say they should had postponed it - are those same people arguing against Westminster's refusal to postpone welfare changes until further devolution for Scotland has been agreed? Didn't think so.

John, Aberdeenshire: Last time I travelled from Aberdeen to Inverness I had to stand all the way because the First Scotrail train only had two carriages on during a peak bank holiday Friday. I have travelled on Dutch trains - way ahead of ours! I am also old enough to remember British Rail's crabby, shabby trains so let's not go on about nationalisation being the cure. It never was in the past.

'Devolve power from Edinburgh'

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has challenged the Scottish government to devolve more power from Holyrood.

Alistair Carmichael

Speaking at a debate on federalism at the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow, he said: "What is necessary now is devolution further from Edinburgh to communities like mine in Orkney and Shetland ... to other parts of Scotland as well."

He also told activists the referendum result was an opportunity for the whole of the UK to move on and "unlock the promise to federalism across the whole of the UK."

Calls to cut child deaths

Eleanor Bradford

BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

The Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health has

called for a range of 'bold public health policies' to cut the number of child deaths in Scotland.

Doctor with a stethoscope

Between 350 and 450 Scottish children die annually from avoidable causes - more than elsewhere in western Europe.