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  1. Salmond's farewell as first minster
  2. Scottish players desperate to face England
  3. Vote on lowering drink-drive limit
  4. Man in court over 'hit and run' death

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By Paul McLaren, Louise Sayers and Rebecca Bailey

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Last day on the job

Unveiling a stone, a final Cabinet meeting, and perhaps a hint that he won't be spending as much time on the golf course as his opponents might like; but what else did Alex Salmond get up to on his last full day in office?

Salmond unveils a stone

BBC Scotland's Doug Kennedy has looked into it - you can read his story


Salmond departure - Your views

Tracey, Edinburgh: I have every respect for Alex Salmond. He has always had the best interests of Scotland at heart. He is honest and passionate, and I thank him for waking people from lazy political slumber, and getting the whole country talking about how to get the best deal for Scotland, and for those of us lucky enough to live here.

Jacqueline: Have to laugh. Alex Salmond saying goodbye. He is not going away unfortunately. Loves the power too much. He is a bully of a man who blames everyone else when he does not get his own way. An embarrassment to the decent people of Scotland over his behaviour during and after the referendum!

Iain: Full of admiration for Mr Salmond. Head and shoulders above any other politician in the UK for years. Has done a great deal of good for Scotland, and has set the scene for eventual large scale change for the better. A real breath of fresh air, and I have every confidence in his successor. Thank you Mr Salmond.

Rags to riches

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tweets: Hear how Taggart's #AlexNorton went from the Gorbals to Hollywood blockbusters @macaulayandco

Alex Norton

New homes added to expo

Nine new homes are being added to the site of

Scotland's Housing Expo in Inverness.

More than 50 properties with innovative designs were built near Milton of Leys and opened to the public in August 2010, before being offered for sale.

Nine new homes are being added to the site of Scotland's Housing Expo in Inverness

The exhibition had about 34,000 visitors and made a loss of £198,000.

The new rented accommodation is being constructed at a cost of £1m under the Scottish government's National Housing Trust (NHT) initiative.

Alex Salmond: A Rebel's Journey

As Alex Salmond steps down as First Minister, the BBC is to broadcast a television documentary looking back at his political life.

Alex Salmond

BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor speaks to the man himself, his colleagues, opponents and those who have worked most closely with him.

You can read Brian's blog on the documentary

here, and watch the hour-long programme on BBC One Scotland at 22:35 on Wednesday, 19 November.

New drink drive limit approved

A reduction in Scotland's drink drive limit has been formally approved by MSPs.

Holyrood voted unanimously to lower the legal alcohol limit from 80mg in every 100ml of blood to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.

A breathalyzer

The change, which will come into force two weeks on Friday, would mean a glass of wine or a pint of beer could put a driver over the drink drive limit.

Some MSPs called for a review of how the change is working in five years time.

Pooling together

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

A community in Lochaber is fighting to save its swimming pool.

One of the reasons for the opening of Mallaig and District Swimming Pool in the 1990s was to help fishermen to learn to swim.

Mallaig swimming pool

More than 1,400 people have signed a petition to stop the potential closure of the building.

Highland Council could withdraw annual funding of £85,000 as part of its money savings plans. The local authority is consulting on its spending proposals.

The swimming pool is run by a not-for-profit organisation and funding from the council helps to cover the site's running costs.

Expansive business

Highland councillors have approved plans to expand a factory producing wood panels near Inverness.

Toronto-based Norbord has proposed more than doubling its annual production from 350,000 cubic metres to 750,000 at its Dalcross site on the A96.

The project is at the conceptual design stage and the firm applied to the council for information on what limits might be placed on the expansion.

Council planning officers had recommended approval with conditions.

Lyle: I'm maul yours

Glasgow Warriors have

signed Fraser Lyle until the end of the season.

Fraser Lyle in action for Stirling County

The 26-year-old Scot, who has played for Stirling County, Aberdeen Grammar and for clubs in Canada, has been training with Warriors and impressed in a recent 'A' fixture against Edinburgh.

"I want to learn from all the players and coaches at the club and make the most of this move," said Lyle.

Warriors boss Gregor Townsend said: "We've been watching Fraser, he's been in great form for Stirling County."

Bafta winner's studio plea

A Bafta award-winning director is backing calls for a

dedicated film studio to be established in Scotland.

Tommy Gormley, who is a leading first assistant director, said a studio could draw some of Hollywood's top talent.

Tommy Gormley receiving outstanding achievement in craft award from Simon Pegg at Bafta Scotland awards
Bafta/Alan Peebles

He will support calls for a Scottish film studio when he meets students from the University of the West of Scotland's Ayr campus this week.

The Glaswegian picked up an outstanding contribution to craft award at the Scottish Bafta ceremony on Sunday.

His credits include two Star Trek films and the much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII,

Salmond departure - Your views

Lucy: Salmond will be missed for his integrity and genuine belief in the Scottish people. Every confidence in Sturgeon!

Mr Munro: Good riddance. I will never forgive or forget the lies and deceit this man led to create the divisions that now exist in our society. He should be held accountable.

Ex-Rangers owner to return

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tweets: Spokesman for former Rangers owner Craig Whyte says he is making arrangements to return to UK to help police with their enquiries.

Craig Whyte

New council leader named

The new leader of Moray Council has been confirmed as

Stewart Cree, who takes over from Allan Wright after he resigned over a schools vote.

Stewart Cree
Angus McNicholl/The Moray Council

Mr Cree will step down from his position as convener of the authority, and the new convener will be Mr Wright.

Mr Wright announced earlier this month he was stepping aside after councillors agreed a five-year moratorium on the closure of schools.

The new positions will take effect on 1 January.

'Hit and run' man in court

A 32-year-old man has appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court charged with causing death by dangerous driving following the death of an 11-year-old girl on Friday night.

Sophie Brannan

Christopher Hannah is also charged with causing injury by dangerous driving and a number of other road traffic offences.

Sophie Brannan died in what police have described as a hit and run incident in the Maryhill area of Glasgow.

Her friend, 10-year-old Chelsea Sommerville, and Chelsea's uncle Joseph Lloyd were also injured.

Christopher Hannah has made no plea or declaration and has been remanded in custody. He is expected to appear again next Wednesday.

Ex-Celts praise Strachan

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Former Celtic players

Gary Caldwell and Neil Lennon have spoken for their admiration of Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, whose team play England in a friendly this evening.

Gordon Strachan and Gary Caldwell at Celtic

Strachan enjoyed success as Celtic boss from 2005-09 before a troubled spell at Middlesbrough, but has restored his and Scotland's reputation in recent years.

"Having worked with him at Celtic, I knew how good he was," said Caldwell.

"It took him time to get going but now the Scotland players are playing well."

Death driver distracted by music

A woman knocked down and killed a pensioner after she was

"distracted" by loud music playing in her car.

Anna McCallum crashed into John Gordon Sangster on Baltic Street, Montrose, as the 79-year-old stepped out to cross the road on 1 Decemer, 2012.

Forfar Sheriff Court heard the 23-year-old, of Johnshaven, Aberdeenshire, was "momentarily distracted" by loud music playing in her Kia Picanto.

She pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and sentence was deferred.

Tonight's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


It will remain dry for many to end the day, with some late sunshine over the north west Highlands, Skye and towards western parts of Argyll, Ayrshire and Galloway.

Eastern parts remain cloudier with a few scattered showers, these mainly affecting Caithness, Aberdeenshire and Angus.

Mum and child found

A Dundee mother and child who were missing for over two weeks have been found.

Police had been concerned for the welfare of Clare Justice, 38, and her six-year-old son Kelvin, who had not been seen since 2 November.

Officers in the city worked closely with the Metropolitan Police due to Mrs Justice's links to London.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed the pair, from the Craigie area of Dundee, had been traced safe and well.

'Goodbye and good luck'

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

The outgoing first minister wishes "every single member" of the Scottish parliament "goodbye and good luck".

Alex Salmond

Political 'awakening'

Patrick Harvie, the co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, criticises Alex Salmond over his relationship with American businessman Donald Trump.

Patrick Harvie

Mr Harvie also speaks about climate change, and praises Mr Salmond's work on the issue.

The Green MSP, who campaigned with the outgoing first minister for a "Yes" vote during the referendum, says there is now a "movement for change" and highlights Mr Salmond for his role in this political awakening in Scotland.

Crookston murder trial

A 19-year-old man

has gone on trial accused of murdering a woman and trying to kill her 85-year-old partner in their Glasgow home.

Isabelle Sanders
BBC - police handout

Paul McManus is charged with attacking Isabelle Sanders and Norman Busby after allegedly breaking into their property in Crookston in April this year.

It is claimed he fatally stabbed the 51-year-old and attempted to murder her partner having demanded car keys. Mr McManus also faces other theft charges.

The trial, before judge Lord Armstrong, at the High Court in Glasgow continues.

Like him, loathe him

Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, said Mr Salmond is a little like Margaret Thatcher, in that he is a "Marmite figure" for voters.

Willie Rennie

Police officer in CS spray probe

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner is investigating

the use of CS spray by an officer during an incident involving a man at a hospital.

The incident involved a 26-year-old man at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy on Saturday 18 October.

A report will be submitted to the Deputy Chief Constable of Police Scotland.

Conservative praise

Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives describes Alex Salmond as a "political Lazarus".

Ruth Davidson

She says Mr Salmond has taken the SNP "from the fringes to enormous power".

However, she adds that questions may be raised in time about the way he campaigned in the independence referendum.

Emaciated dog dies

A severely emaciated dog has died after being handed over to a vet by an owner who could not afford its treatment.

Scottish SPCA

Staffordshire bull terrier Luna was handed into Vets for Pets at Pets at Home in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on Thursday 6 November.

The dog died on the operating table as it was too weak to survive the operation.

The Scottish SPCA has been unable to trace its owner.

Al be back

Labour MSP Jackie Baillie, speaking for Scottish Labour following the resignation of ex-leader Johann Lamont, praises Alex Salmond and his commitment to public life.

Jackie Baillie

She jokes that Mr Salmond, in the style of Arnold Schwarzenegger, may "be back".

She says Mr Salmond can be "rightly proud" of his time as first minister, and said the participation of Scots at the independence referendum was a "genuinely heartening experience".

Highland Show death

A security guard at the Royal Highland Show has been telling a court

how he tried to save a young boy after a concrete bollard fell on his head.

Ben Craggs
Lothian and Borders Police

Ben Craggs, 3, died after being hit by a bollard which overturned at the Ingliston showground in June 2008.

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland has pleaded not guilty to eight charges brought under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The trial, at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, is expected to last four weeks.

'Privilege of my life'

Mr Salmond describes serving as first minister as "the privilege of my life" and says Nicola Sturgeon will be an "outstanding" successor.

alex salmond

Road rage attack

Police in Falkirk are investigating after a man was assaulted in front of his young children in an apparent road rage attack.

The 39-year-old was with his wife and three young children when he was involved in an altercation with the occupants of a red hatchback at the Garrison Place Roundabout on Sunday.

A short time later, the men from the red car attacked the victim on Glebe Street, punching and kicking him.

Officers have appealed for witnesses.

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

tweets: Alex Salmond hint? Bows out as Scotland's FM, telling MSPs he has no idea if experience of minority gov may come in useful "in another place"

'Extraordinary debate'

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

Alex Salmond tells MSPs the Scottish independence referendum was one of the most "invigorating, extraordinary debates of the democratic era".

Edinburgh-Doha daily flights

A direct

air link between Edinburgh and the Middle East is to become a daily service.

Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways will increase flights of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft from 1 May 2015.

Currently, the airline flies five times a week from the Scottish capital to Doha.

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said the increase to daily flights was "great news for Scottish passengers".

Looking back

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

Alex Salmond has now started his resignation address to the Scottish Parliament. He begins by looking back at the reconvening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.


Lifetime of adventure

A lifetime of diaries, letters and photographs of a man described as a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene

has opened to the public.

Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor and Dirk Bogarde

The archive of travel writer, war hero and adventurer Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor has been catalogued by the National Library of Scotland.

The collection includes letters from Prince Charles and Truman Capote.

Sir Patrick, who was known as Paddy, died in 2011 at the age of 96.

STV breached referendum rules

STV has been found to be in breach of broadcasting rules

for showing a repeat of a current affairs programme on the day of the independence referendum.

TV studio

The repeat of Scotland Tonight was broadcast on the local station STV Glasgow at 15:00 on 18 September.

The programme - shown on its main channel the previous day - discussed the referendum campaign.

The broadcaster reported itself to regulator Ofcom and said it had tightened procedures.

Salmond's final statement

Alex Salmond will make his final statement to Holyrood as first minister of Scotland, starting at about 14.20.

Alex Salmond

Mr Salmond will confirm to MSPs his intention to step down.

He must also notify the Queen in writing.

Follow BBC Scotland's live coverage from the Scottish parliament here.

BBC Scotland Travel


M74 has now reopened Glasgow bound - between 8 Canderside & 6 Hamilton following RTA.

Scotland v England: Best memories

Scottish football heroes Denis Law, Gordon McQueen, Peter Lorimer and Walter Smith know a thing or two about Scotland-England matches.

They've been telling us their

fondest memories of Scotland-England fixtures gone by.

Scotland v England fixtures

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Little bookworms

Every primary one pupil in Scotland is to be given three free picture books for Book Week.

kids given books
Colin Hattersley

The Scottish Book Trust says the family pack is designed to help parents show children how enjoyable books can be at a crucial stage in their learning journey.

Taking pleasure in reading, it argues, helps children get more out of school and life.