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  1. Sarah Boyack to stand for Scottish Labour leadership
  2. Jim Murphy is Westminster's 'most likely' Labour candidate
  3. More landslides as heavy rains hit
  4. A9 average speed cameras switched on
  5. Lloyds Bank confirms 9,000 job losses

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By Thomas McGuigan and Paul McLaren

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Thomas McGuigan

BBC Scotland News

It's been a stormy old day on Scotland Live. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for the most up-to-date news, sport, travel and weather.

McLeish: Tough job ahead

Former first minister Henry McLeish has warned the new leader of the Labour party in Scotland faces "a tough job".

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Mr McLeish said: "No one will discount it is a challenge in Scotland at this particular time.

"As I've said many times before, there is a huge agenda for the new leader, whoever he or she is, and it's important this is addressed."

Rapist convicted again

A convicted rapist has been found guilty of attempting to rape a 64-year-old woman in her Glasgow home while out on licence from his previous jail term.

James Haran, 48, attacked the frail widow at a house in the Drumchapel area on 7 April after chatting to her.

A jury rejected his claim that any contact had been consensual.

At the High Court in Glasgow, temporary judge Kenneth MacIver QC described Haran as a "menacing predator" and deferred sentence for reports.

BBC Radio Scotland

Sportsound on air 6.10pm with the latest developments at Ibrox, plus full commentary of Rangers V St J in the League Cup quarter finals.

Police seize handgun

Police Scotland said it was "keeping an open mind" as to whether the gun was linked to the

crime groups involved in September's Gilmerton shootings.

Gilmerton Dykes Drive

The gun was found in a house in Juniper Green on Monday.

Det Ch Insp Kenny Gray said: "The recovery of this handgun is a great result and demonstrates Police Scotland's commitment to tackling organised crime in the city."

Sleeping driver killed man

A lorry driver who fell asleep at the wheel caused his vehicle to hit and

kill a motorist who was standing in a layby.

Ian Thorburn, 53, failed to stop after his truck hit Robert MacLellan, 65, on the A92 near Cowdenbeath.

Thorburn, of Kirknewton, West Lothian, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at an accident scene on 19 May 2014.

He also admitted failing to report the incident in a reasonable time frame.

Sentence was deferred at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Judy's poppy pride

Tennis coach and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Judy Murray has said she is "very proud" to have

launched the Scottish Poppy Appeal..

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It is hoped this year's appeal will top the £2.64m raised last year to provide support and assistance to ex-service personnel and their families.

Ms Murray said: "My dad served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, one of my grandfathers was in the Royal Engineers and my other grandfather was in the RAF.

"They were obviously in the First World War, so I have very strong links in that sense."

MP Joyce arrested over 'clash'

Police have confirmed that

Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has been arrested after "clashing" with a teenager in a London shop.

eric joyce

The Metropolitan Police service said a 54-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm following the incident at a convenience store in Camden.

Mr Joyce released a statement confirming that he had spoken to police at the store on Friday 17 October.

The matter has been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.

The Big Debate

Gordon Brewer

BBC Scotland News

We're at the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews this Friday 31st Oct 12pm - 1pm. To apply to join the audience


Water day it's been!

Motorists and rail travellers

are still feeling the aftermath of the downpour which has battered much of Scotland.

Balcarres Street, Edinburgh

The A83 remains closed in both directions between Tarbet and Inveraray due to two landslips.

One lane of the A835 is closed at Garve which is causing delays for drivers travelling between Inverness and Ullapool.

Flooding has closed the A890 between Auchtertyre and Strathcarron.

On the railways, a landslip has disrupted services between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh.

There has flooding at Port Glasgow and train services have been suspended between Glasgow and Weymss Bay.

Cut to the chase

Tom English

BBC Scotland

Derek Llambias appointed as new Rangers consultant: 'Cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut...That'll be a million quid please.'

Pupil held over teacher 'attacks'

A fourth year pupil at a secondary school in Inverclyde has been detained by police

following an alleged attack on three teachers.

Officers were called to reports of a disturbance at the school at about 09:45 on Tuesday.

A police spokeswoman said a 15-year-old was held over "alleged assaults on three male staff members aged 61, 58 and 54".

The boy will be the subject of a report to the Children's Reporter.

Two hurt in smash

A man and woman are being treated in hospital after being injured when two cars collided in Renfrewshire.

Emergency services were called to the scene on the A761 Kilmacolm Road, Bridge of Weir, at about 11:40 on Tuesday.

Footballer in pub attack

Former Queen of the South, Morton and Gretna player Ryan McGuffie

has been ordered to pay compensation to a man he assaulted outside a Dumfries pub.

Ryan McGuffie

The 34-year-old, who has been playing in Australia, punched victim Graham Neish on the head causing him to fall.

Sheriff George Jamieson told McGuffie he had carried out a "serious assault".

He said he balanced that against his previous good record and plans to develop football in Australia and ordered he pay compensation of £2,000.

Highland Council's savings

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Closing schools, cutting teaching posts and shortening pupils' days in class have been suggested as ways a local authority could save £15m.

Highland Council has started public consultation on how it could achieve savings while modernising its services.

It has also suggested reducing how often some of its buildings are cleaned and giving less funding to arms length body Highlife Highland.

Tourists could be asked for a small charge for council services they use.

In the consultation document, the local authority said visitors staying in hotels, guest houses and B&Bs could be asked for a contribution towards roads maintenance and waste services.

Street killer faces life

A man who attacked a stranger and left him dying in a Glasgow street

is facing a life sentence for murder.

Simon Richardson
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Luke Quinn, 33, from Busby, East Renfrewshire, knocked Simon Richardson to the ground and stamped on him in Wellington Street, on 8 December 2013.

The 45-year-old, from Paisley in Renfrewshire, later died in hospital.

Quinn claimed diminished responsibility due to Aspergers Syndrome but a jury convicted him of murder. Sentence was deferred at the High Court in Glasgow.

Labour 'should say sorry'

A Scottish Labour MP has said the party should apologise for the recent turbulence in Scotland.

Thomas Docherty MP

Thomas Docherty made his comments as the fallout continues following the resignation of Joahann Lamont as Labour leader in Scotland.

Mr Docherty, who is the MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, has given his backing to fellow MP Jim Murphy to be the next leader.

He says Mr Murphy is by far and away the best qualified candidate for the job.

Oil industry on Ebola

Oil industry workers arriving from an area affected by Ebola will have to wait 21 days before they can work on a Scottish rig.

The quarantine period has been agreed between the Scottish Government and the oil and gas industry to prevent any potential transmission of the virus.

Drug pair jailed

Two men who admitted being involved in the supply of cocaine worth as much as £679,000 in the Aberdeen suburb of Peterculter

have been jailed.

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Martin Knights, 22, and Keith Whyte, 24, were arrested by Police Scotland during Operation Galveston in February.

Knights was jailed for six years and nine months, and Whyte was jailed for five years.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard police found the drugs after raiding the Brighton Grange "safe house".

Fancy a cuppa?

Goalkeeper Michael McGovern believes

Hamilton can go on to win the League Cup but realises they face a tough match against holders Aberdeen.

Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern

"I don't think we're favourites with Aberdeen being at home and being such a big club," said McGovern ahead of Wednesday's quarter-final at Pittodrie.

"But, if we give our maximum, we know we can get a result.

"So-called smaller clubs have won the cup recently, so there's no reason why we can't go on to win it."

Hearts back living wage

Heart of Midlothian are believed to be the first football club in Scotland to implement the living wage.

Tynecastle Stadium, home of Heart of Midlothian

The move will include those employed on a part-time and contract basis.

Celtic shareholders are to vote on the matter at their annual general meeting, though a similar resolution has failed in the past.

A9 speed cameras - Your Views

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Maggie, Inverness: When did anyone last see a lorry travelling at 40mph on the A9? If they did adhere to this speed limit, they would be relatively easy to pass where the limit for cars is 60. Now they can legally travel at 50, it will be impossible to pass them.

Jim, East Kilbride: The A9 would be fully dual carriageway sooner if Westminster hadn't withdrawn £600m of Scotland's transport budget to build new roads in East London for the Olympics.

Lachy: The A9 road is perfect the way it is. Only fault are clowns behind the wheel who should never be near a truck, van or car.

'Brothel' three are freed

Three women

have been freed following allegations that they kept a brothel in Aberdeen's west end.

Police Scotland said a search warrant was executed at an address in the city's Broomhill Road on Monday.

They were initially expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

However, the Crown Office later said the procurator fiscal had instructed no proceedings be taken at this time.

Easdale on Llambias

Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

Sandy Easdale also says he only said hello to Derek Llambias today and he doesn't know exactly what his "consultancy" work entails.

Boyack: Chance to rebuild

Scottish Labour leadership hopeful Sara Boyack says the contest offers the perfect opportunity to rebuild the party.

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Sarah boyack

Ms Boyack, the only person so far to announce she will definitely seek election, said: "We need a lively debate, we need a robust debate and we need to involve people across the whole country.

"There have been thousands of debates across the country. People have huge ambition for Scotland.

"So, it's a great chance for the Labour Party to get back out there, to talk to people and to rebuild our movement and our message."

Landslip diversion

The Old Military Road (OMR) A83 diversion will be activated by 15:00 to give drivers a route past the Rest and Be Thankful, which has been affected by severe landslips.

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Joanna Buggy

Transport Scotland believe 800 tonnes of material came onto the trunk road and that resilience netting caught a further 1,000 tonnes of earth and boulders falling off the hillside.

Llambias signs up

Derek Llambias, the former managing director of Newcastle United,

has been employed as a consultant by Rangers.

Derek Llambias arrives at Ibrox for talks
SNS Group

It is unclear how this role relates to him applying to become chief executive, the vacancy created by Graham Wallace's resignation on Monday morning.

Lambias was at Ibrox on Tuesday and football board chairman Sandy Easdale told reporters it was for an interview.

Rangers have confirmed the agreement of an emergency interest-free £2m loan from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

50 Scots join Ebola teams

More than 50 health professionals from Scotland have so far volunteered to go to West Africa to help tackle the Ebola outbreak.

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Health minister Alex Neil told the Scottish parliament they were well trained, and would be monitored when they return.

Mr Neil also assured the public that the NHS was well prepared in the unlikely event of an Ebola case in Scotland.

Easdale: We're working together

Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

Sandy Easdale leaves Ibrox saying: "Everyone is here to do their best for club & fans need to realise they are working hard to achieve this."

Railway dog 'near death'

A starving dog

found lying on railway tracks in Falkirk was "close to death", animal welfare experts say.

Emaciated dog

The Scottish SPCA is investigating after the eight-year-old collie crossbreed was spotted half a mile from Polmont railway station on Saturday.

The "severely emaciated" dog was unable to stand and was "hours from death" according to the SSPCA.

The dog, named Thomas by nursing staff, is now being cared for at a local veterinary practice.

Drug kits snapped up

A pioneering programme

which has led to a reduction in drug-related deaths has expanded.

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Naloxone kits, which help reverse the effects of an overdose, were introduced in Scotland in 2010.

New figures reveal the distribution of the kits by health services and prisons has increased from 3,878 in 2012-2013 to 6,472 in the past year.

Health statistician Prof Sheila Bird believes the programme has helped to save more than 40 lives.

United pair back in training

Dundee United duo Paul Paton and Mark Wilson

have returned to training and are available to play in Wednesday's League Cup match against Hibs.

Tannadice Park - home of Dundee United
SNS Group

The pair missed Saturday's 1-0 league defeat at Inverness CT, with the club investigating their conduct.

Paton was arrested in connection with an alleged assault on the Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska.

And Wilson had previously released a statement saying he tended to Zaluska after the incident.

Police incident at school

Police were called to a serious incident involving a fourth-year pupil and a number of members of staff at an Inverclyde school.

No weapons were involved in the incident at St Columba's High School, Gourock and no one suffered any serious injuries.

A council spokesman said staff and pupils worked together to ensure the school returned to normal as quickly as possible.

Dog attack man dies

A 90-year-old man who stepped into to save his wife from a dog attack in West Lothian

has died five weeks after the incident.

Andrew Russell was bitten by an American bulldog while helping his wife, Dorothy, who had been knocked to the ground by the animal in West Calder.

Police Scotland will send a report to the procurator fiscal.

Aim to ground Air Passenger Duty

Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports have made a joint submission to the Smith Commission calling for Air Passenger Duty (APD) to be devolved to Holyrood and eventually abolished.

The Smith Commission is looking into extra powers for the Scottish Parliament.

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The three airports claim the tax is a significant barrier to growth and damaging to tourism.

Four other countries in Europe levy a passenger departure tax.

Rapist given lifelong restriction order

A man who was convicted of raping two women - one of whom was pregnant - and assaulting two others has been given a lifelong restriction order.

David McKinney, 41, raped and sexually assaulted the pregnant 46-year-old at a guest house in Glasgow in 2004.

He was also found guilty of assaulting and raping another woman in Glasgow in 2008 and assaulting two other women in the city in 2010 and 2011.

McKinney must serve at least six years before he can apply for parole.

A9 speed cameras - Your Views

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William, Linlithgow: In order to make Inverness & The North, a place in the UK (& also Scotland), for future development - the A9 should, between Dunblane & Inverness, be changed to a motorway, not a dual carriageway. Yes, extend the M9 and in doing so, have motorway from Edinburgh (and Glasgow) to Inverness. If these cities were located in the south east of England, they would have been connected by motorway many years ago.

A9 speed cameras - Your Views

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Andy McCormick: Simple answer to the speed limit questions: read the Highway Code; single carriageway is 60, dual carriageway is 70, for cars. It is in the Highway Code. Drivers should know this.

Bad manners - Your Views

Margaret Hood: One annoying thing is shop assistants who ignore customers and have a conversation with colleagues while serving you! Discussing the gory details of their 'night out'/' boyfriends' etc. And being irritated when you ask a question or want to get any kind of service!

Weather affects motorists

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Police in Dumfries and Galloway are reporting many roads across the region being affected by standing water.

The A701 at St Anne's Bridge, Johnstonebridge is said to be particularly badly affected with motorists urged to "drive to the conditions".