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  1. Man found guilty of Madison Horn's murder
  2. Kevin Park receives life sentence at the High Court in Glasgow
  3. Nicola Sturgeon urges referendum power move
  4. Bathgate man taken to hospital after 'anthrax' call
  5. Scottish unemployment down by 10,000
  6. Mike Ashley increases £2m Rangers loan/gives up stadium naming rights

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Calum Watson and Louise Sayers

All times stated are UK

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Calum Watson

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team today. We're back tomorrow from 08:00. Hope you can join us then.

Heathrow flights warning

David Miller

BBC Scotland environment correspondent

Tourism bosses

warn Scotland is losing out on millions of pounds in spending by visitors because of a lack of flights to London Heathrow Airport.

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Senior executives from Heathrow and Gatwick have been in Glasgow in an effort to win Scottish support for their rival bids for a new runway.

They say an increase in capacity is vital to ease air traffic congestion in the south east of England and boost the UK economy.

But VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay warned the tourism industry north of the border was facing more immediate problems, due to a lack of connections to Heathrow.

Any Questions

BBC Radio 4

Scottish government minister for Commonwealth Games, sport, equalities and pensioners' rights Shona Robison has been confirmed as the fourth panel member for this week's edition of BBC Radio 4's

"Any Questions".

Shona Robison

It will be broadcast live from Abertay University on Friday evening.

Ms Robison will join shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran, former Scottish Secretary Lord Forsyth and Spectator columnist Alex Massie

Parenting course

NHS Greater Glasgow has rejected a report which said a parenting programme wasn't working

The health board said the information used to compile it was incomplete because many parents did not complete post-course assessment forms.

The academics study found half the parents enrolled on the Triple P programme had dropped and there was no improvement in the emotional wellbeing of children.

NHS Greater Glasgow director of public health Prof Linda de Caestecker said: "Our own evidence shows that Triple P is making a positive difference to the lives of thousands of families."

Madison Horn murder

BBC Radio Scotland

The detective who led the inquiry in the murder of Madison Horn says killer Kevin Park carried out "despicable" acts.

Madison Horn

Det Ch Insp Scott Cunningham said Park had been trusted to look after the toddler.

"He displayed a level of violence and caused significant injuries, some of which were the most horrific I've seen in 22 years in the police," he told Newsdrive.

Park was earlier

sentenced to life with a minimum term of 22 years for killing the little girl at her home in Kelty, Fife.

'Dangerous' overtaking

Police have launched an investigation into a video showing a "dangerous" overtaking manoeuvre on the A90 road between Aberdeen and Peterhead.

Overtaking manoeuvre
Not specified


video, posted on social media, is said to have been filmed on Tuesday.

It shows a car overtaking a truck after cutting up a vehicle which was already in the process of overtaking the truck.

Roadworks and flooding

BBC Scotland Travel


  • Kirkcaldy - delays on A915 Randolph Road in both directions between Kirkcaldy and Buckhaven through roadworks
  • Edinburgh Queensferry Road - queues from Blackhall and very slow out to Barnton.
  • Dalkeith - a broken down bus on A6106 Lauder Road at Primrose Terrace causing queues both ways
  • Fauldhouse - flooding causing delays through Lanrigg Rd
  • M8 Glasgow - flooding at Charing Cross, one lane closed eastbound causing city-bound delays back to Jn 23 Dumbreck.
  • Queues on the Clydeside Expressway from Finnieston to the M8 onslip

Restaurant tips - Your Views

Ralph Averbuch: I think tips should go in a tip jar and be shared amongst all staff - waiters, kitchen staff, etc... (excluding the owner).

Lesley Farrell: I don't tip as they are getting their wage regardless of how good the service is. I work very hard for my wages (no tips involved) and I am self employed. When I divide my wages by number of hours worked I am on less than the national rate. Why then when I get to go out to dinner do I have to tip the waiter/waitress who are more than likely earning more than me?

Billy Hamilton: I always tip.

Craig Chalmers: I always leave a tip and expect it to go to the staff. I never do the 'gratuity' on the card machine. Who gets that??

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Parenting prowess

Academics have called for the withdrawal of funding for a parenting programme after a study found it had minimal impact.

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Researchers found more than half the families who started the Positive Parenting Programme in Glasgow dropped out.

No improvements were found in the emotional well-being of 5,000 children.

The scheme, which involved training for 730 staff, was based on an Australian initiative.

Border tourism

Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing has

outlined action being taken to attract visitors to the Borders.

Tour of Britain
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He was asked by Conservative MSP John Lamont what the Scottish government's strategy was for promoting and developing tourism in the region.

Mr Ewing cited £112,000 spent on Homecoming 2014 events and nearly £790,000 from EventScotland in the last three years.

He added that Abbotsford House, mountain biking and the Borders railway could also help attract more visitors.

Scotland's spaceport?

Prestwick Airport is in a "very good position" to become the UK's first spaceport, the deputy first minister says.

Prestwick Airport
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However, Nicola Sturgeon said ministers could not make the Ayrshire site - currently owned by the Scottish government - their preferred bidder at this early stage in the process.

She said eight UK sites had been shortlisted, six of them in Scotland.

Prestwick Airport bosses have said winning spaceport status "would be the catalyst for transformational change".

Ms Sturgeon said the airport was expected to make a loss of £5m when its 2013/14 accounts are published soon.

Tune in...

Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland, listen live


BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive

Windy but mild

BBC Scotland Weather


It will stay windy overnight, still with some showers or longer spells of rain at first over the south west, the west Highlands, Aberdeenshire and the Northern Isles.

As the night goes on, it will become dry with cloud breaking to give a few clear spells.

Temperatures will hold up to 8C for most. One or two spots in the far north will get down to 5C. Tomorrow will be a windy day. Mostly dry and mild once again.

Sturgeon seeks future vote power

Scotland's incoming first minister says the

Scottish Parliament should have the power to call any future independence referendum.

Holyrood gained temporary powers from Westminster for September's vote, but Nicola Sturgeon said it should have explicit responsibility to do so again.

Nicola Sturgeon

However, she told the BBC she would still prefer to act by agreement between Scottish and UK ministers.

Ms Sturgeon will succeed Alex Salmond as first minister in the next week.

Surfer otter know better

An otter has been photographed running into the waves on a beach on Sutherland's far north coast.

otter on beach
Gavin Ward

Gavin Ward captured the image while having a picnic with his wife Pam at Torrisdale Bay, near Bettyhill, on Saturday.

Several surfers were in the sea at the time.

Mrs Ward said: "I saw something running down the beach towards the sea. It was absolutely a surprise, and a brilliant one at that."

Glasgow's Christmas tree

Glasgow City Council

Flyting talk

Stirling Castle is to

host a recreation of the 16th century equivalent of a rap battle - flyting.

Stirling Castle
Finlay McWalter

The original war of words, flyting sees bards face off in a heated exchange of poetic simile, metaphor, learning and alliteration.

A re-enactment of a 1504 clash between two of James IV's makars, William Dunbar and Walter Kennedy, is to be held in the castle's Great Hall on Friday.

Experts from the Scottish Language Dictionaries will be on hand to analyse the battle of the bards.

Restaurant tips - Your views

Bob, Stirling: Why should there be tips in the first place? Are people not just doing their job ? If they do it badly can I take money from the total bill? Do not quote poor wages in the catering trade ! Not happy do something else !

Joan: Please remember that tips should be divided equally amongst the staff, chefs and waiting staff. As the Mum of a chef I know it's a team effort and if the chefs didn't do a good job waiting staff would have nothing to serve. The staff work long hours, have split shifts and antisocial hours and are paid buttons.

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Madison Horn verdict

A man has been

found guilty of the horrific murder of a two-year-old girl in her own home.

Kevin Park

Kevin Park pulled Madison Horn's hair, lifting her up and repeatedly striking her head against a wall. He also bit and repeatedly hit the toddler.

Madison died after being taken to hospital with massive brain and internal injuries.

Park, 27, had denied murdering Madison at the family home in Kelty, Fife, on 20 April.

He was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 22 years before he is eligible for parole.

New CCTV of missing man

Police have released new CCTV footage of an Aberdeenshire man who went missing on Halloween.

Shaun Ritchie

Shaun Ritchie was last seen with friends at a remote woodland area near Strichen on the night of Friday 31 October into the Saturday morning.

Some of his clothing has since been found.

The CCTV image shows what he was wearing on the night of his disappearance.

Indyref 'healing'

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said he wants to "hit the reset button" on the relationship between the UK and Scottish governments.

Alistair Carmichael

He said it was time to heal the divisions caused by the independence referendum.

Mr Carmichael also called for a "sensible, responsible, professional" working relationship when Nicola Sturgeon takes over as first minister.

"For us all in politics, there's a job of work to be done now to move Scotland on from being divided between the 55 and the 45, to heal some of the deep and quite understandable divisions that there were in the course of the referendum," he said.

Jackie O'Brien

BBC Scotland news

Indy legend and stroke victim @EdwynCollins is on Rep Scot 2night talking about his return to reality and the croft.

Edwyn Collins and Jackie O'Brien

Year of Food and Drink

More than 200 businesses are attending the

launch of a new drive to promote Scottish produce across the tourism sector.

Plate of haggis

Food Secretary Richard Lochhead is launching the Year of Food and Drink in Edinburgh.

It is being supported by VisitScotland and will include a new TV advert which will be shown across the UK.

Scotland's food and drink tourism industry is estimated to be worth £2.5m a day to the economy.

Rain warning

BBC Scotland Weather


A cloudy afternoon with outbreaks of rain at times.

The wet weather will be most persistent across Tayside, Angus, Perthshire and southern Aberdeenshire where a Met office Yellow 'be aware' warning is in force.

Generally dry across the Central Belt and the North West coast.

Mild with highs of 12 to 14 C

World's End murder trial

The man on trial for the murders of teenagers Helen Scott and Christine Eadie has been accused of "treating them like meat".

angus Sinclair

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland said Angus Sinclair had kicked, beaten and killed the 17-year-olds to ensure they "had no voice" after he and his brother-in-law raped them.

Mr Sinclair, 69, denies raping and murdering the girls after meeting them at Edinburgh's World's End Pub in October 1977.

He told the court he knew they were consenting to sex because they "never said no".

Scotland Euro 2016 poll

So, Scotland fans: are you feeling nervous about Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland?

Scotland players celebrate against Poland


BBC Sport Scotland's Facebook page to give your prediction ahead of the qualifier at Celtic Park.

Restaurant tips - Your Views

Emma Ruthven Hughes: I used to work at a popular casino chain behind the bar and waitressing and the tips could often be really good. We were not allowed to keep our own tips, though, and they were pooled and then split between all the staff, including the management. This felt wholly unfair as they were not the ones walking around the floor working and interacting with the customers. These tips were also taxed so we never saw the full amount.

Alisdair Menzies: My parents ran a hotel for 22 years and would always pass the tips onto the members of staff. These would be shared between the front of house (waiters, bar etc) and back of house (chefs, dish washer, cleaners etc) on a pro rata basis to ensure that the kindness of patrons could be shared. My parents never kept the tips themselves.

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Jury out in murder trial

The jury in the murder trial of toddler Madison Horn is deliberating its verdict.

Kevin Park, 27, denies murdering Madison at the family home in Kelty, Fife, on 20 April. Madison died after being taken to hospital with massive brain and internal injuries.

Madison Horn

It is alleged Mr Park pulled Madison's hair, lifted her up and repeatedly struck her head against a wall, bit her and repeatedly struck her.

Restaurant tips - Get Involved

Comments on our

Facebook page...

Lynn Aoki: In Japan, they would actually refuse a tip if you offered them one!. No tips over here. You pay the price on the menu, and that's it. I may add...Japan has the best customer service in e world, IMO.

Derek Andrews: I think restaurants should publish their tip policy in their menu. I think it should be divvied up amongst the whole team. Quite frankly though I think everyone should be paid a fair wage and do away with tipping altogether.

Restaurant tips - Your Views

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David Rutland: Business taking gratuities via credit cards are disinclined to pass on the tip. That's because they pay tax on it such as NI thus higher employment costs. Some owner/managers view tips on cards as a useful customer contributions to offset staff costs. Others oblige staff to pool tips to pay back-of-house staff because they don't have customer contact. More enlightened employers pay back-of-house more to compensate.

I only tip and do it well for servers who serve me, do a great job and are persuaded to keep the cash I give them for themselves. Also, I regrettably find those Brits that tip, if at all, are often very cheap leaving nothing or insulting small amounts in copper no matter how outstanding the level of service.

Rachel Baddison: I have known people who have been forced to hand over personal tips to the owner and it's a disgrace. The owner of the business is paid for their service through the food bill. I only tip if the waiting staff have gone out of their way for me, or have been attentive outwith expected duties and therefore I expect them to receive this money.

Bathgate update

Angie Brown

BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter

A man is being taken to hospital after calling emergency services to say he has anthrax. The 32-year-old man called the emergency services to his home in Gideon Court in Bathgate, just before 07:00.

Gideon Court, Hopetoun Street and Rainbow Nursery were all closed for about five hours until the incident ended at about noon.

Police said three people inside the house have been checked and cleared. The roads are being reopened. Ambulance staff have dismantled what appeared to be some kind of decontamination equipment.

Salmond pledge

The Scotsman

Alex Salmond says independence

will happen within his lifetime despite the #indyref No vote

Alex Salmond

Bathgate update: Emergency services standing down

Huw Williams

BBC Scotland reporter

Emergency services in West Lothian are standing down following an alert which

closed several streets and a local nursery in the centre in Bathgate. There were six ambulances at the scene, and a number of police and fire service vehicles.

Ambulance staff have dismantled what appeared to be some kind of decontamination equipment.

Pictures from the scene:

Ambulance incident response unit

Restaurant tips - Get Involved

Thanks for your comments on our

Facebook page on the thorny issue of restaurant tips.

Sam Nelson: This is a total can of worms, and there's much more to it than just 'whether to tip or not'. Yes, I leave tips, but what happens to it? Try asking anyone that waits tables for a living.

Heather Chalmers: I have worked as a waitress; there were always the arguments: is the tip for the service and should go to the waitress or should it be split between all staff? I have worked where I have got to keep my own also when it's been split.

Sarah Allison: I always leave a tip, was a waitress for many years, never got to keep ours, though, was always split between everyone.

Margaret Ferrier: Depends if the service is good from the waitress/waiter and if the food is good enough.

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BBC Radio Scotland

Coming up on John Beattie:

  • Unemployment falls again - but there's a warning on growth
  • Are restaurant staff being ripped off by owners who keep their tips?
  • Money advice from Fergus Muirhead
  • The Who are going on tour, but are you ever too old to rock n' roll?
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Prehistoric basket

An image has been released of what archaeologists believe to be the remains of a prehistoric basket uncovered by the tide on North Uist.

basket buried on beach
Roger Auger

The artefact was found in an area of shoreline where the sea has been eroding the land in the Western Isles.

It contains quartz stones and animal bones.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been working with the local community and Historic Scotland to excavate it.

Restaurant tips - Your views

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David McKay, Portknockie: When I enter a restaurant I am given a menu - this tells me the prices, and by ordering I have entered a contract with the restaurant owners that they will provide me with a meal at the stated price, with all that entails, including service etc. To then be expected to pay extra directly to the staff as part of their wages is an outrage. This was never part of the contract and would appear to me to make the contact null and void.

Fangs for the offer...

Can you give a snake a home?

boa constrictor

The Scottish SPCA is looking for reptile enthusiasts willing to take in one of the 34 snakes in its care in Aberdeenshire.

Staff at the charity's Drumoak centre looked after a record 80 snakes this year - a five-fold increase on recent years.

Senior Animal Care Assistant Jacki Bell said: "We have a large variety of snakes, from tiny baby corn snakes to a Taiwanese beauty rat snake, boas and pythons."

However, she urged anyone thinking of keeping a snake for the first time to do their research first.

Restaurant tips - Your Views

The issue of restaurant tips is lighting up the metaphorical tills on our

Facebook page.

David Murphy: When I tip I'm tipping the waiter/waitress, I want them to get the money. They were the ones that gave the good service, so have earned it.

Nicola Goodfellow Milton: My daughter works as a function waitress and has worked on several weddings where I know a tip has been left for the waiting staff, they haven't had a sniff of it. It really angers me.

Maureen Rennie: I never add a tip to a card payment but always give cash instead.

Lorna Stewart: Should go to staff.

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'School at six' debate welcomed

Scotland's Education Secretary Michael Russell has

welcomed the debate on whether children should start school at the age of six.

School pupils in class

The debate on the issue began after John Stodter, general secretary of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland, told Holyrood's education committee that it was one of a number of "imaginative ideas" being considered over how to deliver schooling differently.

Pupils currently start school when they are aged four or five, depending on when their birthday falls.

Raising the starting age for school would involve three years of nursery education instead of two, and six years of primary education instead of seven.