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  1. Craig Whyte bailed in Rangers case
  2. Bargain hunters spark Black Friday frenzy
  3. Clutha benefit show in memory of victims
  4. Smith 'dropped welfare proposals'

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By Paul McLaren, Rachael Connors and Louise Sayers

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BBC Scotland News

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

Hospital's open visiting trial

"Open visiting" is being piloted at two wards at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

Raigmore Hospital

Visitors will be allowed to go into wards 2A and Ground C at any time of the day.

NHS Highland will run the trial until the end of January next year.

Ward 2A is for patients who have suffered a stroke and adult rehabilitation while Ground C is for patients from haematology and oncology.

Tidal turbine firm deploys prototype off Orkney

Spanish tidal turbine company Magallanes has announced the successful deployment of a new floating prototype off Orkney.

Magallanes floating turbine prototype
Colin Keldie/EMEC

The 1:10 scale ATIR prototype was installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Shapinsay Sound test site.

Magallanes said it was the first step towards testing a full-scale prototype, which is currently under construction.

The move comes a week after the collapse of wave power firm Pelamis.

Aberdeen Bypass to complete in 'record' time

Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown has told

BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive programme motorists could begin to use the new Aberdeen bypass as early as December 2017, depending on weather conditions.

Bypass sign

Mr Brown said: "We've managed to come to financial close for the contract in record time, 23 months since this went out to the market.

"The upshot of that is we expect to bring forward completion of the project from Spring 2018 to Winter 2017. I know that's only a few months but people have been waiting a very long time for this project."

The Guardian

tweets: Scotland's thrilling new powers will make English politics more reactionary than ever

Top flight 'misses Championship trio'

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Leigh Griffiths believes

the Scottish Premiership is not as good without Hearts, Rangers and Hibernian.

Leigh Griffiths

The Celtic front-man is hoping to be in the side for Sunday's Scottish Cup meeting with Hearts at Tynecastle.

And he would love to be going back to the Edinburgh venue next season.

"The [top flight] misses them all - Hearts, Rangers, Hibs, it's not really the same without them, but the circumstances are what they are," Griffiths told BBC Scotland.

Weekend forecast

BBC Scotland Weather


This evening: Mostly dry, but cloudy. Some light and patchy rain or drizzle in the east. Mild for most with lows of around 8C. Some clear skies over parts of the Highlands; around Speyside and Wester Ross. Temperatures dipping here to around 2C. Mist and fog patches in the Great Glen and Inverness.

Saturday: Cloudy with patchy rain in the east again. Drier in the west with the best of any brightness reserved for the west coast especially the north-west. However clouding over here later with rain by the end of the day and for Saturday night. Staying mild for all with highs of 10C or 11C. Some occasional bright spells in the south and up to the Moray area.

Sunday is the driest, brightest day this weekend. Some sunshine for many central, southern and eastern areas.

On the roads

BBC Scotland Travel


Edinburgh: A90 Queensferry Road now fully open

Craig Whyte out on bail

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte emerges from Glasgow Sheriff Court after being bailed.

Mr Whyte is charged with an alleged fraudulent takeover of the Ibrox club in 2011.

Craig Whyte appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court and was granted bail

He made no plea or declaration to a charge of being involved in a two-year fraudulent scheme and a second allegation under the Companies Act.

The 43-year-old was granted bail after a 45-minute judicial examination hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

This came 24 hours after he arrived in the UK having been detained in Mexico.

Woman's body found on beach

The body of

an 80-year-old woman has been found on a beach in Fife.

Jenny Brown, from Buckhaven, was found dead near West High Street in the town on Thursday.

Police Scotland said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death and a report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.

David McDaid

BBC Sport

Scotland women will play Denmark for the bronze medal at the Euro #Curling Champs, after the Danes lost to Russia in their semi-final.

Missed the boat

An MSP has accused Highland Council of

looking for ways "to run away" from operating a lifeline ferry service.

Corran Ferry
Roger davies/geograph

The local authority covers the cost of the Corran Ferry in Lochaber.

But earlier this month it said the arrangement breached European competition rules and put potential private operators at a disadvantage.

MSP John Finnie said the council had no legal advice to back its claim, adding that it must remain committed to supporting the service.

Clutha: Chief Constable's statement

Sir Stephen House, the chief constable of Police Scotland, has issued a statement ahead of the first anniversary of the Clutha Vaults helicopter crash tomorrow.

Stephen House

Mr House said: "My thoughts, and the thoughts of all officers and staff, are with the families of the 10 people who lost their lives on 29 November in the Clutha Vaults Bar.

"I want to recognise the support shown in the past 12 months to all those affected by the events of that Friday night in November which has come not only from the people of Glasgow but communities well beyond."

Police Scotland will be represented at a memorial service in Glasgow tomorrow.

Craig Whyte in court

Former Rangers owner

Craig Whyte has appeared in court accused of plotting a fraudulent takeover of the Ibrox club.

Craig Whyte

Whyte was in the dock at Glasgow Sheriff Court 24 hours after arriving back in the UK having been detained in Mexico.

The 43-year-old faced a string of allegations during a private hearing in courtroom number three.

These included claims he funded a controlling share in Rangers by selling off season tickets - after pretending to then chairman Sir David Murray he had cash of his own.

It is also alleged a failure to pay outstanding VAT and National Insurance payments plunged Rangers into administration.

Whyte made no plea or declaration and was granted bail.

Schools make piece over sandwiches

Sandwiches are back on the menu at primary schools in Aberdeen.


The decision to stop serving them was criticised by unions who claimed catering staff had been threatened with disciplinary action if they made sandwiches for pupils.

Aberdeen city council says that following feedback it is to review the ban and, for now, sandwiches will still be available.

Partial release of hospital report

NHS Grampian

will publish only the recommendations from a report into general surgery at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after taking legal advice, BBC Scotland can reveal.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

The review was carried out by the Royal College of Surgeons of England at the request of the health board.

An expert group spent two days within the general surgery department.

The board has decided to release just the recommendations, and confirm what the remit of the review was.

Killer driver jailed

A speeding driver who killed two women on a pedestrian crossing has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison and banned from driving for a decade.

Abby Hucknall and Jane MacDonald

James Clunie, 36, hit Jane MacDonald and Abby Hucknall as they went to a supermarket in Kirkcaldy.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to causing their deaths by careless driving.

A tracking device fitted to Clunie's car showed he had been driving at speeds of up to 115mph in the weeks before the crash.

McVitie's job cuts

The company that owns the McVitie's factory in Glasgow has announced plans to slash its workforce at the site by almost a quarter.

jaffa cakes
Clive Gee

United Biscuits said 202 jobs are at risk following a restructuring at the Tollcross bakery, although it said some workers would be able to reapply for 36 new posts.

The GMB union has criticised the timing of the news.

Drugs pair charged

Two men aged 40 and 21 have been charged after police seized heroin and cocaine with an estimated street value of £17,000.

Police Scotland said the recovery was made following an intelligence-led operation in the Manse Street area of Fraserburgh on Thursday.

Murder victim hunted down in taxi

One man has admitted murder and another culpable homicide over a stabbing where the victim was hunted down in a taxi.

Stephen McGowan
Stephen McGowan died in a common close in Tobago Street in Greenock

Connor Grana, 18, and Graeme Carter, 26, chased Stephen McGowan before ordering a taxi to follow the 23-year-old as he tried to escape in another cab.

Grana then stabbed Mr McGowan as he frantically tried to gain access to flats in Greenock in the early hours of 27 July.

At the High Court in Glasgow, sentence on Grana for murder and Carter for culpable homicide was deferred.

Rugby Union: Glasgow Warriors v Newport Gwent Dragons

BBC Sport


Glasgow Warriors will have Scotland players

back for their Pro12 game against Welsh team Newport Gwent Dragons at Scotstoun on Sunday.

Glasgow v Newport Gwent Dragons
Huw Evans picture agency

Sean Lamont, Duncan Weir, Ryan Grant, Fraser Brown, Tim Swinson, Gordon Reid and Henry Pyrgos, plus Canada's DTH van der Merwe return to the starting XV.

Dragons change both wings for the trip north, with Wales international Tom Prydie and Matthew Pewtner replacing Tyler Morgan and Hallam Amos.

The two sides have already met in the Pro12 this campaign, with the Warriors beating the Dragons 33-13 at Rodney Parade in round three.

Murdered woman 'stabbed 37 times'

A pathologist has told a murder trial that a woman murdered in her own home was

stabbed 37 times.

Isabelle Sanders

Dr Marjorie Turner was giving evidence about the death of Isabelle Sanders in the Crookston area of Glasgow.

Paul McManus denies murdering the 51-year-old on the 9 April.

He also denies attempting to murder Miss Sander's 86-year-old partner Norman Busby.

Wind big winner at Green Energy Awards

A wind turbine tower manufacturer and a community-led island wind energy project are among those celebrating after winning at the Scottish Renewables' Green Energy Awards held in Edinburgh last night.

Eyewire INC

The Barra and Vatersay Community Wind Energy Project - the first in the world to use a beach landing to deliver turbine parts - won Best Community Project.

The turbine is now generating electricity for the local economy after a determined effort by locals.

Other winners included Argyll-based company Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd who won Best Supplier, after being described by the judges as "a crucial part of the supply chain".

Bo'ness United dream of Scottish Cup win over Arbroath

BBC Sport


Watch BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont's interview with Bo'ness United player Ross Philp and manager Allan McGonigal as the junior side prepare for their Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against Arbroath.

Bo'ness United junior side

McCrae's place

A square in Edinburgh has been

named this afternoon in honour of the football players and supporters who served in the first of the so-called Sporting Battalions of World War One.

McCrae battalion

The area - outside the city's Usher Hall - will now be called McCrae's Place.

It marks the spot where Sir George McCrae inspired hundreds of men from the east coast to join his battalion a hundred years ago.

No room at the inn

Glasgow hotels saw revenues soar as a result of the Commonwealth Games, according to a survey.

Apex International, Edinburgh
Apex Hotels

Average rooms yield in the city climbed by 21.3% in August to £64.31.

Business advisers BDO said hotels in the capital also benefited from the Edinburgh Festival, with revenues rising 4.9% to £116.39 per room.

This was only 37p less than London recorded in August, and was by far the highest figure of anywhere outside London.

BBC Scotland Weather


A largely dry afternoon although cloudier skies in the east will produce a few spots of patchy rain or drizzle. Some fairly extensive hill fog in the east giving it a rather murky feel.

The rain will become a little more persistent across the Angus and Perthshire hills for a time. In the west and far northwest a lot of dry weather with bright or sunny spells especially for western coastal areas. The best of the sunshine right across northwest Scotland along with the Western Isles.

The Northern Isles will remain dull with outbreaks of rain and windy here too with a fresh to strong southeasterly wind touching gale force at times over Shetland.

Angus windfarm could drive out local bird population

The Courier

It is feared a major windfarm development on the Angus/Perthshire border could lead to habitat loss and displacement for some 46 species of birds.

Greylag goose
The Courier

The proposed Saddle Hill windfarm, approximately 4.5km north west of Kilry, would comprise up to 14 turbines (2MW) with a height of 115 metres.

A full Environmental Impact Assesment (EIA) was carried out over the past 18 months to consider any environmental issues in relation to the design of the project.

Read the full story here.

Serious crash in Orkney

The emergency services have been called to

a "serious" crash in Orkney.

The crash happened on the A965 Stromness to Kirkwall road near Finstown.

Police said the road was closed at the scene, and diversions had been put in place.

Smith Commission: Your Views

Ewan Steed writes: Can someone please tell me why this document was amended so severely? UNBELIEVABLE - there must be questions raised surely.

Taking a pastry call

The Press and Journal

Graphic designer Mark Elrick has given popular north-east delicacy the 'rowie' a technical twist, by turning it into a mobile phone case.

Rowie phone cover
Press and Journal

Also known as a 'buttery', rowies are a traditional fisherman's snack which have become a staple in Aberdeenshire.

Aberdeen born Mr Elrick said: "I used the greasy motif after being inspired by the culture and heritage of my hometown."

Read the full story here.

Councillors elected

New councillors for Aberdeenshire and Orkney councils have been selected following by-elections.

SNP candidate Ross Cassie triumphed in the Troup ward, following the death in September of Conservative councillor John Duncan.

And the new councillor for the Kirkwall West and Orphir seat is independent Leslie Manson.

He replaces Jack Moodie, who resigned in September.

This years Christmas Number One?

The Scotsman

Former Aston Villa, Celtic and Coventry striker Dion Dublin has recorded his own Christmas album.

Dion Dublin pictured during his first game for Celtic
David Moir via Scotsman

Dublin, 45, is a keen amateur percussionist, and invented an instrument he called 'The Dube', based on the Peruvian cajón, and accompanied Britpop band Ocean Colour Scene at a gig at the University of East Anglia.

Read the full story here.

Flipper's feeling chipper

The Moray Firth's population of bottlenose dolphins remains "stable", according to a new report published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Adult dolphin and baby
Wdc/charlie phillips

An estimated 102 individual dolphins used a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in the firth during the summer of 2011, 112 in 2012 and 94 in 2013.

The firth and North Sea provide habitat for the world's most northerly resident population of bottlenose dolphins.

The species is protected by European Union rules.

Common saints approach

Yes campaigner Dennis Canavan has joined forces with Better Together supporter Eric Milligan to call for a united St Andrew's Day celebration.

Vapour trail Saltire in the sky

Mr Canavan, a former MP and MSP, wants 30 November to be celebrated by "all the people of Scotland", whichever way they voted in the independence referendum.

He and former Edinburgh lord provost Mr Milligan are members of the St Andrew's Day Campaign Committee which was set up four years ago to raise the profile of Scotland's national day.

The pair issued a joint statement saying: "St Andrew's Day is not the property of any single group or political party.

"We may disagree on the question of Scotland's constitutional future but we absolutely agree that the celebration of St Andrew's Day should be as inclusive as possible, embracing all the people of Scotland, irrespective of their politics, their faith or their ethnic origin.

"It is a day when we should all be proud to celebrate our national identity and our membership of the international community."

Rise and shine - Your pictures

Neil Tuckwell, of North Kessock, was up early to capture this scene: Sunrise over the Kessock Bridge

Kessock bridge
Neil Tuckwell

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