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  1. Nominations close for Scottish Labour leader
  2. Candidates vying to succeed Johann Lamont
  3. MP Jim Murphy and MSPs Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack all standing
  4. Holiday pay ruling 'risk to firms'
  5. Rangers star Lewis Macleod nets first Scotland call-up

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East Fife takeover

Four East Fife directors are poised to complete a takeover of the Scottish League Two club.

Jim Stevenson, Dave Marshall, John Barclay and John Donaldson announced on the club website that terms had been agreed with the majority shareholder.

East Fife

Loraine Johnston Twigg said: "The heads of terms for the purchase of my shares in East Fife Football Club on behalf of the directors are with my solicitors.

"The deal is acceptable subject to contract."

Skye hospital campaign

Campaigners have said they could seek a judicial review of the consultation process into the site for a new hospital for Skye and Lochalsh.

Skyse hospital site
Richard Dorrell/Geograph

A campaign was set up by islanders in the north of the isle after Broadford (pictured) was chosen as the preferred site and not the island's capital, Portree.

Animal mistreatment

A West Lothian paddock owner has been fined for failing to look after two horses in her care.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard that one of them, which has since died, was described by vets as "starved".

mistreated horse
Vic Rodrick

Mandi McGunnigle, 44, earlier pled guilty to failing to protect the animals from "injury and suffering".

She admitted maltreating two horses over a three-month period in 2012 and was fined £550, however she was not banned from keeping animals in future.

Labour candidates

The declared candidates in the Scottish Labour leader and deputy leadership contests have secured their nominations.

Scottish Labour nominees

Find out who MPs, MSPs and MEPs backed.

'Devoted couple'

The family of an elderly couple who were found dead at their home in Millport

have said they were a "devoted couple" who had been married 66 years.

Dr Arthur Tear, who was 89, and his 88-year-old wife Mary, who is believed to have had dementia, were found in the house in the West Bay area on Monday.

Dr Arthur Tear and Mary Tear

It is understood the police are not looking for anyone else in connection with their deaths.

Their family said Dr and Mrs Tear were "inseparable".

Show will go on

The Gaiety Theatre in Ayr has been awarded £1,176,277 by Creative Scotland

for extensive redevelopment.

Gaiety Theatre

It follows the news that it's to be given regular funding for the first time to allow it to stage shows, and work with local students.

Dugdale focussed on future

Kezia Dugdale, the other candidate for the deputy leadership of the Scottish Labour Party, said she is "relentlessly focussed on tomorrow's Scotland".

She told Newsdrive: "For me, that is a Scotland free from poverty and inequality and focussed on chances - decent jobs, decent education, childcare.

"It is Living Wage week this week, and it is an absolute scandal to me that six out of ten kids in Scotland today come from households where at least one parent works. We need to talk about decent wages, and how we encourage the public and crucially private sector to pay their staff a decent wage so we will all be better off as a consequence."

Clark wants change

Katy Clark, one of the candidates for the deputy leadership of the Scottish Labour party, told Radio Scotland's Newsdrive the referendum "made clear that the Scottish people want radical, social and political change".

Ms Clark added: "Scottish Labour needs to seize that opportunity. What I would hope to do in this debate is really talk about what we mean when we say the best of both worlds - how we use the powers we have got in the parliament, and the powers we we want to deliver for ordinary working people."

Stark steps down

Billy Stark has stepped down as Scotland Under-21 coach after six years at the helm.

Billy Stark

Stark, who previously managed Morton, St Johnstone and Queen's Park, took the young Scots from 41st to 17th in the European rankings.

The 57-year-old said in a Scottish FA statement: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working at the Scottish FA but feel now is the right time to move on."

Scots-based players in NI squad

Six Scottish-based players have been called up for the Northern Ireland squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier away to Romania.

Goalkeepers Alan Mannus (St Johnstone) and Michael McGovern (Hamilton Academical) join midfielders Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) and Niall McGinn (Aberdeen).

Forwards Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) and Billy McKay (Inverness Caledonian Thistle) are also in the squad.

The game takes place on 14 November in Bucharest.

Rolls-Royce update

In response to the

news regarding job cuts at Rolls Royce, the Scottish Government has said there is no impact "at this stage" on Scottish workers.

In Scotland, Rolls-Royce employs more than 1400 people in the aerospace division - 500 at East Kilbride, and 900 full time staff plus some part-time workers at Inchinnan in Renfrewshire.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: "The Scottish Government's main economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise, is in contact with Rolls-Royce and at this stage, there is no impact on the Scottish operations.

"The Scottish Government and its agencies continue to work closely with Rolls-Royce to ensure all possible support is given to its Scottish facilities."

Rolls Royce

David Henderson

BBC Scotland News

It's unclear whether the job losses announced by Rolls Royce today will impact on Scotland. The company's announced plans to cut 2,600 jobs over the next 18 months as part of a restructuring that will mainly impact its aerospace operation.

The company employs 55,000 people across the world. But the Rolls Royce aerospace division mostly employs staff in two countries - the UK and Germany. So the focus of the job losses will be narrower.

In Scotland, Rolls Royce employs more than 1400 people in the aerospace division - 500 at East Kilbride, and 900 full time staff plus some part-time workers at Inchinnan in Renfrewshire. There are already plans to "phase out" 200 jobs at Inchinnan.

The East Kilbride plant is already facing a plan to phase its operations in with Inchinnan's - with no planned redundancies. The Unite union has called for clarity, and for jobs to be safeguarded - but they're still to learn where the jobs will be shed.

Call for Labour to 'step up'

Katy Clark, meanwhile, thinks that the party needs to substantially raise their game if they are going to convince people to return to and continue backing the party.

Katy Clarke

Speaking earlier she told the BBC: "Devolution is about making sure that within the context of the UK we do everything possible to make sure that the political will of the Scottish people, as expressed at the ballot box, is delivered.

"The Scottish people have made their views clear over election after election.

"We've not been good enough at delivering what they are saying and what I'm saying is that Scottish Labour needs to step up to the mark and actually make an offer that is good enough for the Scottish people."

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Clark and Dugdale on Newsdrive

The two candidates for deputy leadership of Scottish Labour party - MP Katy Clark and MSP Kezia Dugdale - will be speaking on

Newsdrive just after 17:00.

Kezia Dugdale

Kezia Dugdale has already given a bit of an insight into her future vision for the party.

She said: "The days of the Labour Party identifying a vote and just turning it out on election day are gone. We need to get back to the business of creating Labour voters, persuading people to our cause.

"I think I've done that in the past on issues like payday loans for example - leading on an issue, trying to entrust on that and then leading people to the Labour party as a consequence of that."

Jobs to go at Rolls Royce

Engineering group Rolls-Royce has said it is planning to cut 2,600 jobs over the next 18 months and says these will not be the last.

It said most of the jobs would go in its aerospace division, with most of the posts being shed in 2015.

Rolls Royce
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Last month, Rolls warned that its underlying revenues for 2014 would be 3.5-to-4% lower than expected.

It is not clear where the cuts will be made from Rolls-Royce's global force of 55,000 - 24,000 of whom are in the UK.

'Talking about tickets'

Scotland's friendly against England has been overshadowed by Republic of Ireland's visit to Celtic Park,

according to manager Gordon Strachan.

The Irish arrive as European Championship qualifying Group D leaders on 14 November, with England also visiting Glasgow four days later.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

"Months ago, I would have been talking about tickets for the England game," said Strachan.

"It's not that way now. It's all been about the Republic of Ireland."

England's trip north follows a 3-2 victory over the Scots in the reverse friendly at Wembley in August 2013.

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Travel update

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Leaving Edinburgh on the M8 - a shed-load of timber lying on the road westbound at Junction 4 East Whitburn. Police at the scene.

Body recovered from river

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

A body has been recovered from the River Nith in Dumfries after it was spotted by members of the public.

Emergency services were called at about 11:30 and the body was removed from the water near St Michael's Bridge.

Scotland squad - Your Views

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Anon: I agree with Steve Long [see 12:37] No wonder the Scottish domestic league is in such a state. There are plenty talented players in Scotland right now instead of the divas heading south. Think Gordon Strachan should be ashamed of himself.

Labour leadership contest

Glenn Campbell

BBC Scotland news

We now know there are three confirmed candidates for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party, and two candidates contesting the deputy leadership post.

Candidates standing for Labour Party leader

Both Kezia Dugdale and Jim Murphy have secured nominations from more than half of all Scottish Labour parliamentarians, which means these two candidates will comfortably win the elected members section of the electoral college, which accounts for a third of the total vote.

While the other two thirds of votes will be given come from party members and union members, the loss of the elected members vote will make it harder but not impossible for MSPs Sarah Boyack or Neil Findlay to win the leadership and for the MP Katy Clark to secure the deputy's job.

Man jailed over robbery

A man has been jailed for 32 months for

robbing a registered blind 88-year-old woman in a Dundee car park.

Garry Donnan grabbed the pensioner's handbag and shoved her to the ground in a car park off Lochee High Street.

The 24-year-old shaved his head and beard and burned his clothes following the robbery in September, but was later found by police with a confession note in his pocket.

He will be kept under supervision for a year after release.

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Council bribery case

Four builders and four council workers have appeared in court charged in

connection with alleged bribes to Edinburgh council officials for building repair contracts.

Council buildings in Edinburgh
Not specified

Kevin Balmer, Brendan Cantwell, Gordon McKenzie, and Graham Campbell are employees of ABC Ltd.

They are alleged to have given money, hospitality and goods to council workers Charles Owenson, Martin Rennie, James Costello and John Markham.

The men deny the charges and a trial date has been set for next May.

Goodwin charged

St Mirren player-coach Jim Goodwin has been charged by the Scottish FA with violent conduct and offered a two-match suspension.

Jim Goodwin

The 32-year-old Irishman is accused of striking Dundee United striker Aidan Connolly in the face with his elbow.

Goodwin was not pulled up for the offence during United's 3-0 win.

Madison Horn murder trial begins

A man has gone on trial charged with the

murder of two-year-old Madison Horn in Fife.

Madison Horn
Not specified

Kevin Park, the former boyfriend of Madison's mother Anne-Marie White, is accused of killing the toddler at a property in Kelty on 20 April.

Mr Park, 27 denies murdering Madison by repeatedly striking her.

Drink-drive limit

The Evening Times

Police estimates that a third more drink-drivers will be caught when the alcohol limit is reduced next month is not supported by international evidence, according to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.

Drink driving

Read the full story here.

Bear Scotland 'disappointed' by ruling

Roads maintenance firm BEAR Scotland was involved in one of the three Employment Tribunal Appeal cases regarding overtime included in holiday pay.

General overview of office workers, working late into the night.
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Responding to the ruling, managing director BEAR Scotland Brian Gordon, said: "We are disappointed at the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

"We believe that we were complying with UK law and common industry practice as some of the employees concerned brought their cases following TUPE transfer from other employers.

"We believe that this interpretation of the Working Time Directive is significant for all UK employers, public and private, and we will reflect on our position before considering how to respond."

Laidlaw to skipper Scots

Scrum-half Greig Laidlaw will captain Scotland in Saturday's autumn Test against Argentina following an injury to Grant Gilchrist.

Gilchrist had been chosen as new coach Vern Cotter's skipper but the 24-year-old Edinburgh lock was ruled out of the series with a broken arm.

Greig Laidlaw

Laidlaw, who left Edinburgh for Gloucester in the summer, has led Scotland on seven occasions previously.

"Greig offers us a bit of continuity," Cotter said.

Holiday pay

Up to 30,000 small firms in Scotland could be hurt by an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling on holiday pay,

according to a business lobby group.

The tribunal ruled that all people working overtime could claim for additional holiday pay.

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Currently, only basic pay counts when calculating holiday pay.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said the decision presented "a real risk of closures and job losses" in Scotland.

Scotland squad - Your Views

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Anon: Steve Long: [see 12:37] that's actually a good sign because it means more Scottish players are now playing in the top flight in England which can only be good news for Gordon Strachan.

University access drive

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland education correspondent

Progress is being made but increasing the number of university students from deprived backgrounds remains a challenge,

according to a report.

New figures suggest more people from deprived areas started university in 2012 - a rise from 12.3% to 13.3%.

University students

Widening access to universities is a priority for the Scottish government.

The figures come in a report from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), which welcomed the rise but said more needed to be done.

Lifting lid on waste problem

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Residents in part of Dumfries and Galloway

have been the first to move to a new multi-bin system after having just one wheelie bin for years.

Recycling bin

The council has promised lessons will be learned from any problems with the service in Wigtownshire.

Let us know how you think the system is working on

Scottish Labour leadership race

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

All five candidates for leader and deputy leader of Scottish Labour have secured the required number of nominations, the BBC understands. As nominations close, final Scottish Labour leadership contenders: Sarah Boyack, Neil Findlay, Jim Murphy. Deputy: Katy Clark, Kezia Dugdale.

Thurso fire

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

A man climbed onto the roof of a block of flats in Thurso

to escape a fire in a first floor property of the building.

Two Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) appliances from Thurso and one from Wick were called to the scene at 04:53.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze in Bayview Terrace and rescued the man.

The SFRS said the fire was "well developed" when the crews arrived at the scene.

Scotland thoughts?

What do you think of

Gordon Strachan's 27-man Scotland squad for the double header against Republic of Ireland and England?

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

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Scotland squad - Your Views


Steve Long

tweets: Nobody playing in Scotland picked outside Old Firm players, shocking !!!!!

Council leader quits over schools vote

The leader of Moray Council has

announced his resignation from the post after councillors agreed a five-year moratorium on the closure of schools.

The Moray Council
Ryan Main

Councillors rejected an independent report which recommended shutting up to 10 local primary schools and Milne's High School in Fochabers,

following a three-hour debate yesterday.

Allan Wright said the result of the vote made his position as leader untenable and believed "tough but necessary decisions" needed to be taken.

Aberdeen investment probe

More than 180 investors could have lost millions of pounds in Aberdeen investment company Midas Financial Solutions Scotland, police say.

Police began investigating the matter last month after being contacted by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Officers are in the process of identifying all those who invested in the company.