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  1. Sturgeon becomes first minister
  2. Strachan: Scots let themselves down
  3. Jobs secured in Eurofighter deal

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By Paul McLaren, Louise Sayers and Laura Cuthill

All times stated are UK

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BBC Scotland

That's all for today from the Scotland Live team. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for all the news, sport, travel and weather from around the country.

Safety concerns at building sites

Health and safety officials are calling on construction firms to take action after a month-long inspection drive found

almost 40% of sites were failing to protect workers properly.

Silhouette of builders on construction site

Inspectors found "dangerous practices" at many of the 145 sites they visited.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said some repair and refurbishment sites in Scotland were so poor that formal enforcement action was required.

It urged builders to ensure basic measures were in place.

Quarry plan on the rocks

A proposal to

re-open a gravel quarry in the Ochil hills has been refused by Perth and Kinross Council.

William Starkey

An application was lodged for work at Glendevon Quarry to run until 2035.

The plan had drawn opposition from a number of community councils and neighbouring local authority Clackmannanshire Council, along with 108 letters of objection from locals.

The proposal had been recommended for approval by council officers, but was rejected by councillors.

Scared of getting bus-ted

One in 10 drivers would not go into a bus lane to let a fire engine, ambulance or police car through - even if the sirens were on, according to a new poll.

bus lane

A fear of fines means that 13% of the 18,026 AA members surveyed would not stop in a yellow box junction to allow emergency vehicles to pass.

Flynn's first pro fight

Commonwealth Games boxing champion

Charlie Flynn has announced the date of his first fight as a professional.

Scotland boxer Charlie Flynn on his way to beating Joseph Cordina at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

The lightweight gold medallist will be feature in a four-rounder at Glasgow's Thistle Hotel on 14 December.

He will be coached by Peter Harrison and managed by Alex Morrison, with Eddie Hearn as his promoter.

"I've been itching to turn pro for years," he told BBC Scotland. "I've beaten the best at amateur and now it's time to bring the medals back to Scotland at professional level."

Prison killer to serve at least 19 years

A prisoner who murdered a cellmate by strangling him has been ordered to serve at least 19 years in prison.

HMP Barlinnie

John Clark, 22, bound Colin Penrose's hands and then put a shoelace round his neck before throttling him in the early hours of 20 March in Barlinnie Prison.

The High Court in Glasgow heard Clark had discovered through official paperwork he found in their cell that Mr Penrose, 22, from Oban, had convictions for sex offences.

Judge Michael O'Grady QC told Clark: "You acted as judge, jury and executioner, quite literally in this case."

Council chief executive named

The new chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council has been named.

Jim Savege
Not specified

Jim Savege - currently corporate director for environment and community services at Cumbria County Council - is to replace Colin Mackenzie.

Mr Mackenzie, who was appointed in 2008, announced in September he would be retiring.

Mr Savege said: "I am humbled. I bring absolute passion and commitment in the delivery of services for the communities of Aberdeenshire."

BBC Scotland Weather


Later tonight showery rain will spread from Galloway and Kintyre to the Inner Hebrides.

Meanwhile for southern Aberdeenshire, Angus, Fife and the Borders, scattered showers will continue overnight.

The northwest will stay dry with clear spells, allowing a touch of frost for Skye, Lewis and the Central Highlands.

More typically, temperatures will dip to 5 or 6C with some patchy mist and fog forming where skies clear.

E-fit of rape suspect

Police in Edinburgh have issued an e-fit of a man they want to interview in connection with the rape of a 19-year-old woman in The Meadows at about 07:00 last Saturday.

E-fit of suspect
Police Scotland

Det Ch Insp Alwyn Bell, who is leading the inquiry, said: "We believe this is a very good likeness of the man we wish to trace."

He is described as being between 20 and 30, 5ft4in to 5ft9in in height, of medium build and wearing a black beanie hat, dark trousers and black zip-up tracksuit top.

Det Ch Insp Alwyn Bell added: "This was a dreadful experience for the victim. It is essential we trace this man as soon as possible."

Edinburgh Evening News

tweets: NHS axes water coolers from hospitals to cut costs.

Water cooler

Read the full story here.

Airgun laws defended

The Scottish government has defended

plans to toughen up the licensing of airguns.

A spokesman said: "We believe that the Air Weapons and Licensing Bill provides a reasonable, clear and consistent approach to licensing.

"The Scottish government has long held the belief that air weapons should be licensed and is committed to doing so."

Congratulations to Nicola

Margaret Curran MP, shadow secretary of state for Scotland,

tweets: Congratulations to
@NicolaSturgeon. Despite our differences, I hope we can work together in the best interests of the people of Scotland.

T and talks

Local consultations are being held over the proposal to move the T in the Park festival to Strathallan Castle.

New T site
Chris James

The first of two public meetings is being held at Auchterarder Community Centre, with another to follow at Strathearn Community Campus.

Festival organisers DF Concerts have drawn up documents including a proposed traffic management plan and site map.

The festival is seeking a new permanent home after concerns were raised about an

oil pipeline running under the Balado site which hosted it for 17 years.

Man guilty of partner's murder

A 55-year-old man been convicted of

murdering his partner at their home in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire.

Christopher Shone stabbed Mary Craig
Spindrift and BBC

Christopher Shone stabbed Mary Craig following an argument about old home videos which showed her late husband.

Shone denied the murder, which happened on 26 May, and claimed Mary, 43, had died while trying to stop him self-harming.

A jury convicted him following a six-day trial at the High Court in Glasgow. Shone faces a mandatory life term when he is sentenced next month.

It's a family affair

Herald columnist David Torrance

tweets: Nicola Sturgeon and her family posing on the steps in the Scottish Parliament's Garden Lobby.

Nicola Sturgeon poses in Holyrood with her family
David Torrance

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John Toms took this picture of Gill Cairney approaching the summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach in Glencoe.

gill cairney in glen coe
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Scotland rugby players in court

Three Scotland international rugby players have appeared in court for allegedly attacking a rival player.

Glasgow Warriors Ryan Grant, 29, Ryan Wilson, 25 and Rory Hughes, 21, are charged with attacking Ally McLay, a Glasgow Hawk, on 27 October last year.

They are accused of assaulting Mr McLay at Barbeque Kings on Glasgow's Great Western Road.

The three men pleaded not guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court and are expected to face trial next month.

First minister 'for all'

Nicola Sturgeon tells MSPs that regardless of the politics or the point of view of voters, she will seek to represent everyone.

nicola sturgeon

Ms Sturgeon also pays tribute to her family, many of whom are watching from the public gallery.

Driver banned for cyclist's death

A pensioner whose careless driving caused the death of a cyclist in the Highlands

has been banned from driving for five years.

Murdo Morrison, 73, from Balnain, has also been ordered to carry out 140 hours of unpaid community work.

Mary Brook, 59, also from Balnain, was killed on a shopping trip in Drumnadrochit on 22 July last year.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that Morrison did not see the cyclist until it was too late.

From doll's house to Bute House

As Nicola Sturgeon becomes Scotland's first female first minister, we ask those who know her best to

give us an insight into what the former solicitor, born in Irvine 44 years ago, is really like.

Nicola Sturgeon as a infant

Baton attack

Police are investigating after a teenager was

attacked with a wooden baton and robbed in Grangemouth.

The 17-year-old was assaulted at Earn Court at about 19:30 on Tuesday and robbed of a quantity of cigarettes.

The attacker was about 5ft tall, of medium build, and was wearing a dark hoodie with the hood up. He had a white scarf partially covering his face.

Det Insp Graeme Hendry said the "unprovoked attack" could have had "serious consequences".

Royal approval

The Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick congratulates Nicola Sturgeon and says she will now recommend Ms Sturgeon as first minister to The Queen.

Tricia Marwick

Nicola Sturgeon is first minister

Nicola Sturgeon

is elected first minister with the votes of 66 MSPs. Ruth Davidson received 15 votes and there were 39 abstentions.

nicola sturgeon

Man convicted of party murder

A teenager has been convicted of murder after

stabbing his best friend's brother at a party.

Stuart McCulloch

Stuart McCulloch, 18, from Saltcoats, killed Samuel Johnston at a flat in the North Ayrshire town's Parkend Gardens on 26 October last year.

Co-accused Allan Carey, 19, from Ardrossan, was cleared of murder, but convicted of the reduced charge of culpable homicide.

Sentence on both was deferred and they were remanded in custody.

Fasting death

The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman has upheld a complaint from a woman who says her mother died after enduring unnecessary fasting before surgery.

Hospital ward

The elderly woman's surgery was repeatedly postponed over several days and she was forced to fast for 36 hours which left her very weak.

Current advice is that patients need to fast for six hours before surgery.

NHS Lothian has been told to review its practice regarding food and drink before surgery.

More Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon says she will be first minister "of, and for all of Scotland".

Sturgeon makes her pitch

Nicola Sturgeon begins her speech by saying two women contesting the post of First Minister is a great thing for Scotland.

nicola sturgeonn

More Davidson

Ms Davidson says she will likely lose the election, but she wants a Scotland "where government is there to help".

First up...

Ruth Davidson tells MSPs she has decided to stand as candidate for first minister as she wants Scotland "to be part of this United Kingdom".

ruth davidson

Cremation complaint upheld

A woman who says she unwittingly signed a form to allow the cremation of her baby's body has had her complaint upheld.

The woman had to terminate her pregnancy for medical reasons, and says she was asked to sign a form while she was under sedation. She thought the form was to permit the termination, but found out later that she had agreed to her baby's body being cremated.

The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman said he was "extremely concerned" that the woman was asked to sign cremation forms at such a distressing time.

He said Greater Glasgow Health Board must ensure parent are aware of the choices open to them.

Nina's Burning ambition

Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt has joined the line-up for the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries in January.

Nina Nesbitt

The full programme for the event was launched in front of the Burns statue on Leith's Constitution Street.

The Peatbog Faeries were also announced as joining Hue and Cry, The Undertones, The Vaselines, Skerryvore and Craig Hill on the bill.

The fourth edition of the event will run over nine days from 23 to 31 January.

Serious assault CCTV

Police investigating a serious assault in Edinburgh have released CCTV pictures of a man they are keen to trace.

CCTV images of the suspect
Police Scotland

The incident happened about 03:00 on Sunday 21 September, near to the Pizza Paradise takeaway on South Bridge.

Officers want to speak to the man shown in the images as they believe he may be able to assist their inquiries.

He is described as a white male, aged 25 to 26, short dark brown straight hair, and medium build with a local accent.

Wigan appoint Mackay

Championship strugglers Wigan Athletic

have appointed former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay as their new manager.

Malky Mackay

Mackay was sacked by Cardiff last December, and in August it was reported he sent texts of a racist, sexist and homophobic nature while at the club.

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy urged chairman Dave Whelan not to interview Mackay when searching for Uwe Rosler's replacement.

The 42-year-old replaces Rosler, who was sacked on 13 November with the Latics third from bottom of the table.

Your messages for Nicola Sturgeon

Robert Bell: Good Luck Nicola I'm sure you will do well. The SNP are the 3rd largest party in the UK with 80,000 members and growing. Tories and Libs are gone and the Labour Party is what we already thought and even their own leader stated a branch office and disappearing fast. Independence will come when enough people want it but if you think the desire has gone or that we voted only to have one (a referendum) "once in a generation" then you really need to wake up

Eyeing up the profits

Fife-based eye testing specialist

Optos has reported a rise in sales and profits after installing a record number of new products.

Optos equipment

The company said revenue increased by 7% to $170.6m (£109m) in the year to the end of September.

Pre-tax profit tax doubled to $18.5m.

Dunfermline-based Optos said it continued to see strong demand for its products during the year, particularly its ultra-wide field retinal scanner, Daytona.

Better team won

Scotland forwards Chris Martin, Johnny Russell and Ikechi Anya accepted

they lost to a better team in Tuesday's 3-1 friendly defeat by England in Glasgow.

Chris Martin battles for possession with England's Chris Smalling
Getty Images

The home team imposed themselves only fleetingly on a dominant England side.

"I don't think we did ourselves justice," said Derby County's Martin, who made his first Scotland start.

"On the night the better team won. We weren't able to raise our game again after Friday [the win over the Republic of Ireland], which is disappointing."

Council looks at bigger class sizes

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland education correspondent

South Lanarkshire Council is considering having

bigger primary school class sizes as part of wider moves to balance its budget.

Teacher reading to children

The authority is attempting to save £20m next year and believes the proposal could save £370,000 a year.

One option is to stop having additional teachers to keep P1 and P2 class sizes at no more than 18 children.

Cutting class sizes at the start of primary school is a Scottish government priority.

Airgun law

A senior police officer has said

thousands of people could fall foul of new laws on airguns.

There are thought to be about 500,000 air weapons in Scotland

Under the Scottish government proposals, anyone who owns an airgun will need a licence.

Calum Steele of the Scottish Police Federation told MSPs that the changes could affect people across the UK.

He also said the change in the law could harm the future prospects of young people who own an unlicensed airgun.

BBC Scotland Travel


Edinburgh - Roadworks on A71 Calder Road causing delays back onto the City bypass. Queues eastbound from Calder Road exit slip back to the M8 J1 Hermiston Gait, with further delays on the M8 back to J2 Claylands. Add an extra 25 minutes for your journey.

And if you're heading for Edinburgh Airport, be aware that surrounding roads are busier than normal because of an event at the Royal Highland Centre.

On A85 near Lochearnhead there's a fuel spillage at Lix Toll - expect delays in both directions.

East Ayrshire - South of Dalmellington the A713 Glenmuck has temporary traffic lights between Glenmuck Bridge and Polnaskie Bridge. The works are on between 08:00 and 16:00 until Friday.