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Summary

  1. Glasgow bin lorry crash driver released from hospital
  2. Kirk presbyteries back gay ministers
  3. Winds of up to 100mph forecast for northern Scotland
  4. Woman 'sets her herself on fire' at police station
  5. Serial rapist jailed for 20 years
  6. Rangers give SPFL cash assurance

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By Thomas McGuigan, Rebecca Bailey and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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Join us again tomorrow from 07:00 for all the latest from across the country.

Interstellar in 70mm

Edinburgh Filmhouse will be the first UK cinema outside London

to show a traditional 70mm film projection of the blockbuster science fiction movie Interstellar.

Interstellar
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Reporting in the rain

Our environment and transport correspondent David Miller was soaked in the rain while doing a live broadcast for Reporting Scotland tonight.

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tweets: Thanks all for the kind words. Must get #drookit more often. Hot shower beckons.

Fancy some Scots sake?

Permission to build what is claimed to be Scotland's first sake brewery has been granted by North Ayrshire Council.

Beer-makers Arran Brewery purchased the site, at Dreghorn, from the council.

The plans include a bottling facility, a beer hall, a brewing school, and a research and cultural centre on the site of a former primary school.

Almost all the sake, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice, will be sold in Japan, where Arran Brewery currently sells beer.

Man indecently exposed himself to walker

A man who indecently exposed himself to a woman out walking in Fife is being sought by police.

The incident happened in Ochil Terrace, Dunfermline, at about 16:30 on Friday.

Police are appealing for witnesses. The man is white, in his early 20s with a round face. He was wearing a beanie-style hat, grey jogging bottoms and a puffa-style jacket.

A 19-year-old man has already been detained in connection with the incident and a report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.

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Drug dealing taxi driver jailed

A taxi driver caught with drugs worth £143,000 in his car has been jailed for 30 months.

John Donaldson was stopped by police as he headed towards his home town of Alloa in September, and told officers: "Bang to rights, big man".

About 50kg of cannabis resin was found in the Mercedes Vito, and heroin was later found at the 55-year-old's home.

A judge told Donaldson he would have faced a four-year sentence but for his early guilty pleas.

Mackay-Steven latest

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

tweets: Sheffield Utd the latest to be interested in Gary Mackay Steven. Around 100k mentioned and rejected by @dundeeunitedfc

Scotland 2015

Tonight on Scotland 2015, there will be a discussion on the shocking attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris.

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Also, campaigner Gordon Aikman (pictured) will be on the show to discuss the new funding boost for the fight against motor neurone disease.

Tune in on BBC Two Scotland at 22:30.

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The A814 Garelochhead to Helensburgh Road is closed at Faslane because of flooding.

Hibs challenge Cummings ban

Hibernian have revealed they will contest the one-match ban handed to Jason Cummings for an alleged offensive gesture in the Edinburgh derby.

Jason Cummings
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The 19-year-old was offered the ban by the Scottish FA's compliance officer for an alleged breach of rule 200.

Cummings is alleged to have made the gesture after scoring the opening goal in his side's 1-1 draw with Hearts at Tynecastle.

A preliminary hearing will be held on Thursday.

Councillors resign over vote

Two councillors have resigned from Scottish Borders Council's ruling administration following a vote on funding for the Great Tapestry of Scotland.

Councillors Watson McAteer and Stuart Marshall of Scottish Borders Council
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Watson McAteer (pictured left) and Stuart Marshall have stepped down from the Independent group.

They voted against spending £3.5m on a new building for the tapestry at Tweedbank.

Group leader Sandy Aitchison said he was "disappointed" with their decision.

The councillors, who both represent the Hawick and Denholm ward, said they felt pressure to tow a party line despite it being a free vote.

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McFadden banned

St Johnstone's James McFadden will miss three games through suspension after the club accepted his notice of complaint for an offensive gesture.

James McFadden
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McFadden was given a two-match ban for the gesture on top of the automatic penalty for the red card he received against Hamilton on Sunday.

The former Scotland star, 31, was sent off for two yellow card offences as Saints lost 1-0 at home on Sunday.

McFadden moved to McDiarmid Park on a short-term deal in October.

Trucker cleared over OAP death

A lorry driver who ran over an 88-year-old woman has been cleared of causing her death by careless driving.

Stephen Hendry
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Stephen Hendry said he never saw Agnes Brzezina when she was crushed under his 7.5 tonne lorry in Bonnybridge in 2013.

The charge against the 56-year-old army veteran, who drove aid convoys in Bosnia and later got an MBE for services to the elderly, was found not proven following a trial in Stirling.

He said he was relieved by the verdict, but felt "so sorry for that wee woman".

Rapist chef jailed

A former chef has been jailed for six years at the High Court in Edinburgh for raping women at two hotels.

George Webster, 28, assaulted his first victim, who was 23, at Scotlands Hotel in Pitlochry on 7 June 2013.

On 4 May last year, he raped a 22-year-old woman at the Golf View Hotel in Nairn.

Judge Edward Bowen QC told Webster, who has been in prison since May, that he would be placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

On the roads

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The A87 Skye Bridge is still closed to high sided vehicles, as is the Forth Road Bridge. Meanwhile, the A92 Tay Road Bridge is closed to double deckers. This is all due to the windy conditions.

In Midlothian, the A702 is partially blocked by an accident between the A703 Seafield Moor Road and Mauricewood Road. It's causing delays in both directions between Hillend and Carlops.

On the M8, in Renfrewshire, a breakdown is blocking one lane eastbound towards Glasgow and is causing delays. It is between the airport at J28 and J27 Arkleston.

On the M74 by Larkhall, there are delays southbound of 25 minutes due to a broken down HGV blocking one lane. Traffic is slow back to J6 Hamilton.

Tomorrow's weather

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There will be bright spells, with frequent showers on Thursday. Rain will fall on many towns and cities, with a risk of hail or sleet.

Given any altitude, these showers will turn increasingly wintry, with the risk of some very light accumulations of snow down to around 100m. However, most of the snow will be above 300 to 400m - affecting the highest hills and high road routes.

It will be a cooler day, despite any sunny spells outwith the showers - there will be highs of 5 to 7 degrees.

However, during Thursday evening and overnight into Friday, a spell of stormy weather will arrive.

Family recognise sex attacker

An Aberdeen sex attacker who was recognised in a CCTV image by his family has been jailed for 14 months.

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Craig Taylor, 24, was confronted by his mother after police circulated the picture following an incident in Spring Garden in August 2013.

Taylor was originally charged with attempting to rape a 39-year-old woman.

He was jailed after admitting assault while the victim was under the influence of alcohol, lowering her clothes and exposing himself.

Taylor's sister had contacted police.

Tonight's weather

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The rain will clear through Wednesday night, replaced by showers and cooler air - these will be wintry on the hills and increasingly move to lower levels as well by the end of the night.

Overnight, there will be lows of 3C or 4C. There will be a touch of frost in sheltered eastern parts, with risk of icy stretches likely for Perthshire, Angus and Aberdeenshire.

Death crash sentence cut

A Lincolnshire man who was

jailed for killing a Canadian tourist in a crash in the Scottish Borders has had his sentence cut by appeal judges.

Andrew File
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Andrew File, 42, of Sleaford, was given a three-year term after being convicted of causing death by careless driving.

A court heard he caused the death of Murielle Vaillant, 57, from Quebec, on the A701 near Tweedsmuir in May 2012.

Judges ruled three years in jail was excessive and reduced his sentence to two years.

North/south divide

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

Seldom has the disjuncture in politics, north and south of the Border, been more evident than in the controversy which has attended Jim Murphy's comments about using a "mansion tax" to hire nurses in Scotland.

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To be clear, there is nothing particularly extraordinary in the actual content of Mr Murphy's suggestion.

Arithmetically, it is a simple restatement of the distribution of resources which is a core function of the shared polity and economy known as the United Kingdom.

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Serial rapist jailed

A serial rapist convicted of abusing a string of women across Tayside over three decades

has been jailed for 20 years.

Allan Johnstone was convicted of 26 charges, including the rape of six women in the Dundee and Forfar area between 1983 and 2004.

The 50-year-old was convicted of abducting and assaulting women and also of kicking a young boy on the body.

Lord Bannatyne told Johnstone his was one of the worst cases he had heard.

Kirk presbyteries back gay ministers

A majority of Church of Scotland presbyteries

have voted in favour of the ordination of gay minsters.

The Kirk said 32 of the 45 presbyteries voted in favour of proposals to allow ministers and deacons who are in a civil partnership to apply for vacant posts.

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The remaining 13 presbyteries opposed the move.

A final decision on the issue will be taken at May's General Assembly in Edinburgh.

A total of 1,391 presbytery members voted in favour and 1,153 against, resulting in a 54.6% to 45.4% split.

Aircraft searches for Cemfjord debris

An aircraft

has been searching for debris from a cargo ship which sank in the Pentland Firth with eight men on board.

The upturned hull of the Cemfjord - which was carrying cement - was spotted by a passing ferry on Saturday and later sank.

The upturned hull of the Cemfjord
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No trace of the crew was found despite an extensive search operation.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said a fixed wing aircraft was conducting a search.

Un-shellfish quotas

Craig Swan

BBC Scotland news

The Scottish government is considering proposals to limit dredging and trawling in inshore waters to conserve fish and shellfish stocks.

The proposed restrictions on the way prawns, lobster and scallops can be caught in inshore waters include banning the use of dredging and trawling in a 1-3 mile limit.

Lobsters
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A report looking into what the impact of this would be on jobs and the economy has concluded that overall, Scotland would benefit over a 20-year period, because improved marine recreation would generate many more jobs than those lost in the commercial fishing sector.

However, more remote fishing areas in the Highlands and Islands could be hit by the proposals, as they could see net job losses and income from fishing decline by millions of pounds.

The report suggests this could be minimised by imposing any restrictions selectively to areas like the North East, the Clyde and South West of Scotland, where the greatest benefits from increased marine recreation would be felt.

No laughing matter

Thousands of pounds worth of nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas,

has been stolen from Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

A total of 26 cylinders were taken from the hospital's gas compound store between Saturday and Tuesday.

The cylinders are blue, about 5ft 6in (1.68m) tall, hold 9,000 litres of gas and together are worth about £4,000.

Police want to trace two people seen locally in a white van with roof bars between 14:00 and 19:00 on Saturday.

Salmond responds to Davidson

Alex Salmond has told the BBC he is not seeking to become a minister in the next UK government.

"I have no ambitions in that direction," he said. "But if it was going to scare the Tories it might be worth doing".

Alex Salmond
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He said the public were looking forward to the SNP having "substantial influence" at Westminster after the general election.

The former first minister said it was "unlikely" that his party would enter a formal coalition.

However, he said the only thing that had been ruled out was "any alliance, informal or formal, with the Tories".

His comments came after Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, said the idea of Mr Salmond as deputy prime minister "scares the bejesus out of me".

Cameron on voting age

The Prime Minister has floated the idea that the voting age for Westminster elections could be cut to 16 and 17, the same as for the recent Scottish independence referendum.

Cameron at PMQs
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David Cameron said he personally thought the present voting age of 18 for elections was correct, but that he would listen to the arguments.

The issue was raised by the Glasgow Labour MP John Robertson at Prime Minister's Questions.

United reject Mackay-Steven bids

Gary Mackay-Steven expects to be with Dundee United until the summer after revealing the club have rejected bids for him.

Gary Mackay-Steven
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The in-form 24-year-old winger is out of contract at the end of the season and there has been speculation he could leave in January.

But Mackay-Steven said: "As far as I know there's been a bid in, or bids in.

"But they've been rejected so I'm still a Dundee United player and will be until the summer."

New plans for Edinburgh marina

A masterplan for Edinburgh Marina - a 400-berth marina, residential, retail and spa hotel development for Granton Harbour -

has been submitted.

An artist's impression of the marina
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The Edinburgh Marina development will deliver new homes for over 4,000 residents as well as local employment opportunities for up to 700 people.

There will also be a larger community boatyard and improved facilities for local yacht clubs.

Changes to the design have been made since it was approved last year.

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Obesity costs 'up to £4bn a year'

Obesity could be costing Scotland up to £4.6bn a year,

according to a new report.

The figure came in a Scottish Parliament briefing which said the problem was putting a "significant and growing burden" on the nation.

An obese person
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According to 2013 figures, almost two thirds of adults were overweight, with 27.1% classed as being obese,.

The government launched a strategy in 2010 to tackle Scotland's "obesity time bomb".

The new report, produced by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (Spice), said the problem could be costing the NHS as much as £600m a year.

It said that, including other factors, the total annual economic cost could be between £0.9bn and £4.6bn.

New Zealand couple death 'not suspicious'

The deaths of an elderly Scottish couple in New Zealand

are not being treated as suspicious.

Mitch and Gladys Hogg were in their 80s and originally from the Borders.

They were found at their home in the Brockville area of Dunedin by their son on Sunday morning.

Woman 'set self on fire' at police station

Aileen Clarke

BBC Scotland

A woman is being treated in hospital in Glasgow for severe burns after apparently setting herself on fire at a police station in Clydebank.

It happened just before 10:00.

Officers went to help her before the fire service and ambulance arrived and she was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Police have not released the woman's name but an investigation is already under way.

On air now: Reporting Scotland

Reporting Scotland is on air now, and has more information on moves to boost the number of motor neurone disease nurses.

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Nuclear 'rethink'

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said her party could force a future UK Labour government to "rethink" plans for a new generation of nuclear weapons.

Nicola Sturgeon
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The Scottish first minister said a strong team of SNP MPs after the May election meant the administration could be held to account.

Ms Sturgeon said she would never do a political deal with any party which supported nuclear weapons.

Labour has favoured options to retain a "credible" nuclear deterrent.

Oil price fall

The price of Brent crude oil has fallen below $50 a barrel for the first time since May 2009.

oil rig
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It fell more than a dollar to $49.92 a barrel in early trading on Wednesday before edging back above the $50 mark.

Slowing global growth and increased supply of oil and gas have pushed prices sharply lower in recent weeks.

The price of oil traded in the United States, known as West Texas Intermediate crude, has already fallen below $50.