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  1. Rangers reject American financier Robert Sarver's £18m offer for the club
  2. Ibrox club say the proposal 'does not adequately value a controlling interest in the company'
  3. Mr Sarver says he has resources to 'get Rangers back to elite level'
  4. Appeal over missing Edinburgh girls
  5. Safety report after Jim Clark rally deaths
  6. Dumped dog's belongings found in suitcase

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By Thomas McGuigan, Laura Pettigrew and Paul McLaren

All times stated are UK

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That's it from the Scotland Live team for today. Join us again tomorrow from 07:00 for all the latest news, sport, traffic and travel updates.

'Help' for City Link workers

The Scottish government has said it is to a hold a number of events aimed at helping workers made redundant by parcel delivery group City Link.

City Link van outside depot

The company, which had 2,727 employees across the UK, called in administrators after years of "substantial losses".

Many of the company's staff found out about its collapse on Christmas Day and were been warned to expect "substantial redundancies".

Enterprise minister Fergus Ewing told MSPs he had met with the RMT union to discuss support for the employees.

Wet and wild

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Tomorrow will be wet and windy with heavy and persistent rain moving in to reach most parts. Heaviest in the west, including Glasgow and a good part of the central belt through the morning.

windy weather

The north east of Aberdeenshire, plus East Lothian and the eastern Borders will be driest. A windy day with strong to gale force south to south west winds. Expect surface water spray on the roads and some disruption to ferry services is likely. Despite it being wet and windy, it will be milder than today with highs of 10C.

Your pictures - Get involved

Tony Strachan from Ardross took this photo of the sun setting over Loch Dubh in Easter Ross.

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Man on murder charge

A 53-year-old man has appeared in court

charged with the murder of another man in his home.

The body of Gerald McGough, 56, was discovered at a property in Watson Street, Motherwell, at about 20:30 on Saturday.

David Lander, from Motherwell, was charged with murder at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody ahead of another court appearance later this month.

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Mental health targets

Opposition parties have urged Scotland's new minister for mental health to step up efforts to meet treatment targets.

Jamie Hepburn
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Jamie Hepburn, who was given responsibility for mental health last month, admitted during a debate at Holyrood that there is significant variation among health boards in meeting key targets.

Boards are required to ensure that 90% of people requiring psychological therapies are seen by a professional within 18 weeks of being referred.

Mr Hepburn said that for too long mental health had not been given the attention required within the health service.

Cummings and McFadden banned

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Hibernian forward

Jason Cummings and St Johnstone attacker James McFadden have been given bans for allegedly making offensive gestures during games.

Hibs striker Jason Cummings

The Scottish Football Association's compliance officer issued the notices of complaint today, giving the players until Wednesday to respond.

Cummings' one-match ban is for alleged actions in the 1-1 draw with city rivals Hearts on 3 January.

McFadden's two-game ban relates to an alleged indiscretion against Hamilton.

Driver tells of death crash

A lorry driver has told of his horror at

realising he had just run over an 88-year-old woman.

Stephen Hendry
Tim Bugler

Stephen Hendry is on trial at Stirling Sheriff Court accused of causing the death of Agnes Brzezina outside WH Tyres in Bonnybridge in September 2013.

The 56-year-old decorated army veteran denies causing the pensioner's death by careless driving.

He said he "wanted to change places" with the stricken Mrs Brzezina as he comforted her following the incident.

The frail OAP died in hospital eight days after having her legs crushed under the 7.5 tonne vehicle.

Murphy hits back

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has rejected

claims he is trying to "buy" Scottish votes with money "expropriated" from London.

Jim Murphy, Diane Abbott
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Mr Murphy has pledged that a UK-wide "mansion tax" would allow a future Labour government to create 1,000 new nursing posts in Scotland.

He said most of the money raised would come from London and the south east.

Labour MP Diane Abbott accused him of "unscrupulous" behaviour, but Mr Murphy insisted his plan was "sensible".

Mr Murphy compared the plan to spend money levied on English homes on Scottish nurses with the way the oil wealth from the North Sea was shared around the UK.

Pharmacy drugs raid

Police are appealing for witnesses following a break-in at a pharmacy in South Lanarkshire.

The Lindsay & Gilmour Pharmacy in Forth was raided overnight between Monday and Tuesday.

A large quantity of prescription medication was stolen, including morphine and diamorphine, and pharmacy stock.

Potholes - Your views

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Al, Aberdeen: Potholes - try the A90 at Brechin. There are some very big ones on the dual carriageway. Never properly repaired. As a main road it is in terrible condition. No doubt if it was the central belt it would be fixed, but because it's north of the Tay it's ignored.

Paul, Edinburgh: It is complete nonsense to suggest (potholes Dave) that 'Edinburgh Council spends lots resurfacing posh areas' with the implication that such areas get priority. Have you actually visited for example EH3, EH9 in the last five years? Many roads are a mess, eg Viewforth, Whitehouse Loan.

Drug money seized

A man caught with more than 700g of cannabis in his flat

has been hit with a £70,000 confiscation order under proceeds of crime legislation.

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Mohammed Anwar pleaded guilty to possessing the drug with intent to supply in February 2013 and was jailed for 18 months.

The Crown has now successfully secured an order for £70,000 of "criminal profits" to be confiscated.

The money will be passed to the Scottish government for community use.

Police discovered the cannabis in Anwar's flat in Stirling while responding to a report that he had been seriously assaulted in July 2011.

Diabetes success

Life expectancy for diabetes patients in Scotland has improved, a Dundee University study has found.

Insulin injection

Research carried out by the university and the Scottish Diabetes Research Network showed that people with type 1 diabetes die significantly younger than the general population.

Men with the condition live about 11 years less than those without it, while women live about 13 years less.

However, previous research had reported a gap of between 15 and 27 years.

Rangers cash boost

BBC Sport


Rangers have received some much-needed funds in the shape of

cash owed to them by Dundee United for Charlie Telfer.

Dundee United midfielder Charlie Telfer

Just over £200,000 was paid by the Tannadice club today following a long battle over compensation for the 19-year-old midfielder.

Telfer left Rangers in the summer on freedom of contract, with the Ibrox club due a payment for his development.

Rangers shareholder Sandy Easdale this week loaned the club £500,000 to prevent them going into administration.

Mansion tax row - Your views


David, Glasgow: Boris, it is "fiscally vindictive" of London and the South East to be the biggest benefactors of decades of North Sea revenues! London Crossrail for example! While we don't even have motorway the full way between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Jim Murphy's policy is not fair either but for you to say this is pure hypocrisy.

Dave Mackay, Portknockie: So Miss Abbot is in favour of tax being spent where it is collected. That is fine by me. We will then see taxes on motoring spent entirely on the road network, not used to subsidise public transport. Income taxes being spent on local services, not wasted to build a replacement for Trident. Miss Abbot has advocated total devolution, which I support whole heartedly. She cannot have the mansion tax spent where it is collected and not apply the same principle to other taxes.

Oil prices: Pain and gain

The price of oil falling to a new five-and-a-half year low

will further challenge the North Sea industry, a union leader has said.

Petrol pump nozzle

But Aberdeen-based Tommy Campbell, of Unite, added that the sector had to move away from "negative talk" and work together to protect jobs.

The price of Brent crude has fallen to $52.27 per barrel, its lowest level since May 2008.

The fall, however, has led to savings in fuel prices for motorists.

Supermarket chains Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Asda are reducing prices by 2p a litre on both petrol and diesel.

Tesco's price reduction took effect on Monday.

Travel disruption

BBC Scotland Travel


Forth Road Bridge - all lanes open again southbound following a closure for emergency repairs.

Kirkliston - the B800 Queensferry Road has roadworks at Main Street - expect delays in both directions especially through rush hour.

In the southside of Glasgow - the A726 Nitshill Road down to one lane westbound - Paisley bound at Darnley - this could cause delays heading for the M77 at junction 3.

Trains between Inverness and Perth getting back to normal following a fault.

Calmac is warning of possible disruption to several routes tomorrow because of the weather.

Resort fined over pit fall

The owners of

a luxury holiday estate in Perthshire have been fined £10,000 after a waitress fell into a 15ft (4.5m) deep pit.

Mains of Taymouth

Emma Martel sustained serious injuries while working at the Mains of Taymouth holiday resort in July 2012.

The 30-year-old Australian national suffered a fractured spine and was left scarred for life in the fall.

In a hearing at Perth Sheriff Court, family owners D Menzies and Partners admitted breaching health and safety regulations by failing to take the necessary steps to protect staff.

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather


Most of today's showers will fade away this evening and it's a largely dry start to the night. Temperatures will fall across eastern parts to 1C in town and just below in rural parts. The west will see cloud and wind increasing through the night, so less cold here, about 3 to 5C.

Why London v Scotland suits Jim Murphy

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

With phrases like "fiscally vindictive" and "highly unscrupulous" being hurled around, it's clear that a political row is playing out which is as bitter as it is old.

Jim Murphy
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It is being contested on familiar turf: does the rest of the UK, and particularly wealthy London, subsidise Scotland?

Read more here.

Windfall from turbines

Communities in Dumfries and Galloway could receive more than £2.8m-a-year from wind farm benefit funds.

David Cheskin/PA

They currently receive about £400,000 annually but the council expects it to rise when turbines that are currently under construction become operational.

A regional fund is empty, however, despite a local authority policy to split funds equally between "host" communities and the wider area.

They claim local people can be unwilling to share the funds.

Potholes - Your Views

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Hamish, Inverness: I lived in the United States for five years. In the UK we don't build roads or pavements properly, it isn't difficult. In the US it's neatly done.

Dave: Edinburgh Council seem to spend lots on road/pavement resurfacing in posh areas, leaving cyclists on other areas in danger.

Coming up on Newsdrive

A&E waiting times are at their worst since records began in England...but what's the situation in Scotland?

The latest on Scots Ebola victim Pauline Cafferkey - Nicola Sturgeon has been updating MSPs at Holyrood.

And the row within the Labour Party about Jim Murphy's "mansion tax" plans.


Ebola guidance revised

Addressing the Scottish Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon said that protocols at airports had already been revised to try to prevent passengers with Ebola boarding flights.

Pauline Cafferkey

She said Health Protection Scotland was working closely with NHS England to ensure that measures to stop the spread of the disease were robust.

"The guidance has been strengthened to ensure that anyone from a high risk group who feels unwell will be reassessed," the first minister added.

"Advice will also be sought immediately from an infectious diseases specialist and the passenger referred on for testing if that is appropriate."

Your pictures - Get Involved


John Dunn, from Blantyre, grabbed a snap of this Red Grouse in the Cairngorms on Sunday.

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Teenagers held over football fire

Three teenagers have been detained by police investigating

a suspicious fire at Gala Fairydean Rovers football club.

Gala Fairydean FC
Walter Baxter

Historic photographs and club records were destroyed in the blaze in the hospitality suite in Galashiels.

Two 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy have been reported to the Children's Reporter for wilful fireraising.

They have also been reported for housebreaking, thefts from vehicles and vandalism.

The crimes were carried out in the Selkirk and Galashiels area in the early hours of 23 December.

Ferry disruption

BBC Scotland Travel


Calmac warn of disruption tomorrow because of the weather. Mallaig-Muck cancelled. The 07.00 ex Stornoway & 10.30 ex Ullapool both cancelled.

Abbott: Murphy trying to 'buy' votes

Labour MP Diane Abbott

has accused Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy of trying to "buy" Scottish votes with money "expropriated" from London.

Jim Murphy

It follows Mr Murphy's pledge that a UK-wide "mansion tax" would allow a future Labour government to create 1,000 new nursing posts in Scotland.

Mr Murphy said most of the money raised by the tax would come from London and the south east of England.

In response to Ms Abbott's criticism, Mr Murphy insisted his plan was fair.

Nurses plan - Your views

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Nathan, Forres: Boris Johnson is absolutely right in what he notes regarding Jim Murphy and the mentality behind his election tactics. However, it is a bit rich of him to say this is fiscally vindictive towards the South East. How much of OUR money goes towards his capital projects and how much does London suck the life out of Scotland and the rest of the UK?

Anon: Why does Boris care what Jim is 'pledging' about nurses? Scottish Westminster MPs don't have any control over the Scottish NHS anyway (other than through budgetary constraints from the Barnett Formula)... it's devolved to Holyrood. This is the general election not the Scottish election.

Helicopter crash hearing

Ken Banks

BBC Scotland North East reporter

A hearing over legal action to obtain cockpit voice recorder data from accident investigators after a fatal helicopter crash is to be held in May.

Helicopter wreckage being salvaged

Three men and woman died when the Super Puma crashed off Shetland in August 2013.

The BBC Scotland news website revealed last year an order was being sought at the Court of Session to access the data, which is normally retained by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

It is a rare legal move.

The hearing is now set to start on 19 May.

On track for disruption

Commuters travelling between Edinburgh and Glasgow are due to have six weeks of disruption this summer.

Waverley Station in Edinburgh

Part of the main Edinburgh-Glasgow route, which normally takes about 50 minutes, will be closed from 13 June to 27 July.

Slower routes via Airdrie/Bathgate and Shotts will still run.

The Winchburgh tunnel in West Lothian is being closed as part of the £750m electrification of the line to enable faster and longer trains to run.

During the work, journeys are expected to take up to 50% longer than normal because trains will be diverted via Dalmeny, beside the Forth Bridge, then have to reverse on to another line.

Ebola update

Eleanor Bradford

BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

The condition of Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey remains critical, according to Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Pauline Cafferkey

Ms Cafferkey, from South Lanarkshire, is being treated for Ebola at the Royal Free hospital in London.

She was diagnosed with the infection on her return to Scotland after working with Save the Children in Kerrytown in Sierra Leone.

Designer bargains

Designer clothes and accessories from labels such as Prada, Armani and Alexander McQueen will be at an Edinburgh charity shop sale.

Shelter Scotland

Collectable items such as Steiff Teddy Bears, a 1950s picnic hamper and a pink sporran will be sold in the event at Shelter Scotland's Morningside shop on Friday.

All funds raised from the annual sale will go towards the Shelter Scotland free national helpline.

The helpline supports people dealing with bad housing and homelessness.

Hendrie calm about Accies move

Hamilton Accies left-back

Stephen Hendrie trusts the club will not stand in his way if they receive the right offer for him in the transfer window.

Hamilton Accies left-back Stephen Hendrie

The 19-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and there has been reported interest from Celtic, Swansea City and West Ham United.

Hendrie is a Celtic fan but also says a move to a division like England's Premier League would be "brilliant".

"It's good massive clubs are getting mentioned," he told BBC Scotland.

'Unimaginable cruelty'

A man who used "unimaginable cruelty" to kill a cat while a child was present

has been jailed for nine months.

Gareth McGarry admitted battering the animal off a kitchen wall before slitting its throat, at a flat in Glasgow's Gorbals area, in September 2014.

The 34-year-old was caught after his partner told his sister and police and animal welfare officers were informed.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Sheriff Johanna Johnston ordered that he does not own or keep animals for five years.

Bin lorry crash more

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Six people died when the Glasgow City Council vehicle careered out of control in the city centre three days before Christmas.

The 57-year-old driver is one of three people still being treated in hospital.

Pressed on whether a Fatal Accident Inquiry would be held, the justice secretary said this was a matter for the Crown.

There is no suggestion at this stage of criminal charges against anyone involved in the accident.

Glasgow bin lorry crash report

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Scottish Justice Secretary Michael Matheson says police will submit a final report to the Crown on the Glasgow bin lorry crash by the end of January.

He said the formal report will not be made public.

The Crown Office will outline the timescale for any further investigation by the end of February, including a possible fatal accident inquiry.

Biker faces trial over road death

A biker is to stand trial charged with killing a woman as she crossed an Edinburgh road.

William Shirley, 24, from Muirhouse, is accused of hitting Flavia Tumwijukye while riding a motorbike at excess speed in Great Junction Street, Leith, on 27 September 2013.

He denies causing death by dangerous driving, driving at over 42mph, said to be excessive due to traffic conditions.

Judge Lord Bannatyne set a trial date for May.

Long A&E waits on busy weekend

Eleanor Bradford

BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

The weekend after the Christmas break is usually busy for the NHS but some accident and emergency departments have faced particular pressure.

Doctors with patient in hospital corridor

Five people waited more than 12 hours for a bed at Ayr hospital's A&E, and Forth Valley dealt with more than 400 people over the weekend, some of whom waited longer than the four-hour target.

NHS Grampian says a

number of operations have been cancelled to allow staff to concentrate on emergency cases.

In England,

several hospitals have declared major incidents but healthcare is managed differently here and managers can divert patients to other hospitals when one unit faces particular pressure.