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Summary

  1. Man sentenced to minimum of 26 years for murdering Isabelle Sanders
  2. US businessman Robert Sarver makes improved £20m offer for Rangers
  3. Winds of up to 100mph forecast for northern Scotland
  4. Council considers cold school meals
  5. Missing hillwalkers found safe
  6. Shortlist for art school restoration

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Rachael Connors and Sandy Murray

All times stated are UK

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Good Bye

Sandy Murray

BBC Scotland news

That's all from Scotland Live today.

If we don't come in to find everything blown away, we'll do it all again from 07:00 tomorrow.

Warning reminder

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Met Office Amber 'be prepared' warning for WIND for all areas north and west of the Great Glen including Orkney and the Northern half of the hebrides. 2200 Thurs to 1200 Fri. 80-90mph gusts, Isolated 100mph.

Met Office Amber 'be prepared' warning for WIND for Forth Clyde Valley including Glasgow and Edinburgh. 0000 Thurs to 1000 Fri. 60-70mph gusts, Isolated 80mph.

Met Office Yellow 'be aware' warning for WIND elsewhere. 2200 Thurs to 1200 Fri. 60-70mph gusts

Latest on Alex Neil

Norwich City and Hamilton have

agreed a compensation deal for player-manager Alex Neil.

Alex Neil
SNS Group

Neil, whose team sit third in the Scottish Premiership, will travel south on Friday to discuss personal terms.

Assuming there are no glitches, he will be transferred as a player, with the midfielder, 33, having been in charge at New Douglas Park since April 2013.

Scotland 2015

@BBCScot2015: On the programme tonight we'll be discussing the politics of oil and freedom of speech

Abuser

A child rapist who filmed his abuse of two young girls told police: "Just take me out and shoot me."

Michael Harris admitted carrying out the attacks on his victims - one aged just two - at his home in Dunfermline.

The 60-year-old - an account manager for an electrical firm - was caught when a colleague found a video clip on a memory stick belonging to Harris.

Full story

here.

Driving rain

@policescotland: Heavy rain expected overnight - take extra care when driving. Remember stopping distances are at least double than on a dry road.

Dog walkers attacked

Police are appealing for witnesses after a gang

broke a man's jaw and cheekbone while he was out walking his dog with his wife in Edinburgh.

The attack happened in Sleigh Drive at about 02:55 on New Year's Day.

The 35-year-old man and his 42-year-old wife were near the roundabout at the junction with Restalrig Road South when he was attacked.

Rangers bidder

Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland

Robert Sarver has issued a statement tonight in which his spokesman says the American businessman is 'acting on his own' with his £20m offer

Crash death

A woman killed in a crash on the M6 in Cumbria was a retired nurse from Stranraer.

Christine McGuire
Cumbria Police

Christine Elizabeth McGuire, 67, of Antrim Avenue, died when her car which was on the hard shoulder near Penrith, was struck by another vehicle.

Election debates

Commenting on the news David Cameron has refused to participate in television debates if the Greens are excluded, SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson said: "As the UK's third largest political party, David Cameron should also recognise the democratic deficit in excluding the SNP from television debates.

"The Greens have one MP, and we are extremely sympathetic to their case and definitely agree they should be included, but the SNP already have six times that. If David Cameron is arguing for the Greens to be included, he has no case against the SNP.

"Broadcasters have a duty to be impartial in their election coverage and it would be a gross failure in those democratic duties if the SNP were excluded."

@SETrunkRoads: Heavy traffic reported after lane 1 closure e/b #A720 Gogar past Hermiston due to accident. Emergency services in attendance.

Storm preparations

Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution has

posted on its website that it has "mobilised a thousand people in preparation for the storm that is forecast to hit Scotland tonight".

Power worker
Other

It added: "Independent forecasters are predicting gusts of more than 100 mph and lightning strikes across the Western Isles, North West Highlands and Orkney. Gusts of around 85mph are expected throughout Argyll and the Moray Firth.

"In response, SHEPD has put in place its contingency plans, ensuring optimum staffing levels to deal with any damage the storm may cause to the electricity network."

Forth Road Bridge

@forthroadbridge: Warning of potential full bridge closure Friday a.m. as @metoffice forecasts 87mph gusts

Jet stream

A powerful jet stream is pushing a deep area of low pressure towards the UK.

But why is the jet stream so strong? BBC Weather's Chris Fawkes explains

in this video.

@trafficscotland: #A737 btwn Beith & Dalry is *closed* due to serious RTC. Emergency service are at scene, we will tweet div route asap

Blizzard rescue

Craig Anderson

BBC Scotland

One of two hillwalkers rescued from near the summit of Britain's second highest peak in blizzard conditions has spoken about the incident.

Alex Kirby and his companion Luke Copeland got into difficulty close to the north summit of Ben Macdui on Wednesday night.

Mr Kirby said: "We'd camped the night before after a perfectly nice day and we knew the conditions were going to get worse.

"We thought we'd be off by the time it got that bad."

Oil and gas

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told the UK government to "get its act together" on backing the oil and gas industry, amid falling prices.

Oil platform
Getty Images

Her comments came as Holyrood ministers outlined a series of measures they said must be taken to support the sector.

The UK government said action was being taken after oil prices dropped by more than half over the past six months.

Genero Zeefuik

Hearts have signed

former Netherlands Under-21 international striker Genero Zeefuik on loan until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old arrives at Tynecastle from FC Groningen.

Train storm

@eastcoastuk: Due to expected high winds, we are advising passengers travelling north of Edinburgh on 09/01 to travel today if possible. #Scotstorm

Milk payments

A two-week

delay in milk payments will place "extraordinary pressure" on many dairy farms across Scotland, according to a union leader.

Cows
Thinkstock

Glasgow-based First Milk announced it was making the move after a "year of volatility" and losses accrued in the first part of the financial year.

A payment due on 12 January will now not be made until 26 January.

Fowl play

Edinburgh Evening News

A family was left shocked after an attack on their pet chickens in Wester Drylaw Place.

The incident occurred last night, as the suspects initially attempted to gain access to a garden shed, but were unsuccessful.

They then opened the chicken coop to the rear of the garden and killed one of the chickens inside.

Read the story

here.

Norwich bound

@acciesfc: The club have now agreed compensation with @NorwichCityFC and it is now a matter for Alex Neil to confirm and agree with that club

Oil and gas statement

Energy minister Fergus Ewing has told MSPs, during an emergency statement on oil and gas, that it is "crystal clear" the current fiscal regime is a barrier to development in the oil and gas sector and blame lies with the UK government.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing
BBC

Mr Ewing called for an investment allowance to be created to simplify the fiscal regime and potentially boost investment by between £20bn and £37bn.

He also called for a phased reversal of the increase in supplementary charge alongside a clear timetable to provide clarity for investors.

These measures must be delivered in the budget this March, he added.

Drop in festive drink drivers

The number of people caught drink driving in Scotland over the festive period dropped by a fifth compared to last year.

Stricter limits, of 50 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood, were introduced in December.

Breath test
Andrew Milligan

During the annual four week campaign, police tested more than 17,500 drivers.

Three hundred and fifty one were found to be over the legal limit, a drop of 19% - 20 of those were detected between the old and new limits.

UPDATE: Tesco stores shelved

Tesco has confirmed it has cancelled plans to build eight new supermarkets in Scotland.

tesco sign
Reuters

New stores at Aviemore, Banff, Cowdenbeath, Crieff, East Kilbride, Fort William, Glasgow and an extension to Cupar's store have been cancelled.

Tesco's Chief Executive officer, Dave Lewis, said it was with a "heavy heart" the new developments would not go ahead and was on account of a significant fall in performance.

Blowing in the wind

@NetworkRailSCOT: #scotstorm if you live by the railway please secure garden items that might be blown onto the tracks by tonight's high winds. Thank you.

Ebola nurse remains critically ill

The Scots nurse being treated for Ebola after returning from Sierra Leone remains critically ill in hospital.

Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey is being treated for Ebola at the Royal Free Hospital in London
BBC, Getty, The Scotsman

Pauline Cafferkey's family thanked people for their support and say they have been touched by their kind words.

The Scottish nurse, who had been working with the charity Save the Children, was diagnosed with the disease after arriving home in Scotland and is being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Neil poised for move?

Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

tweets: #HamiltonAccies and #Norwich still in talks over Alex Neil. Still told deal will be completed today!

Stumped

Scotland suffered a crushing

eight wicket defeat against Afghanistan in the first of their World Cup warm-up matches in Dubai.

Cricketer
SNS Group

With Hamish Gardiner top-scorer on 96, the Scots reached 237-8 from their 45 overs at the ICC Academy.

Wind and Storms ahead

#scotstorm

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Winds of up to 100 mph are expected to hit parts of Scotland tonight.

storms predicted for 9 jan
BBC

The Met Office has issued several warnings ahead of two storms forecast over the next two days.

An amber 'be prepared' warning has been issued for Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles, Highlands and Strathclyde.

A yellow 'be aware' warning is in place for the rest of the country.

Schools closed

@OrkneyCouncil: Due to the horrendous weather forecast all schools will be closed tomorrow (Friday 9 January).

Trains cancelled as a 'safety precaution'

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

A limited number of train services will be withdrawn from start of service on Friday as a safety precaution because of weather warnings.

No trains are expected to run on the following lines from Friday morning until late afternoon:

• Inverness-Kyle/Thurso/Wick/Aberdeen

• Kilwinning-Ardrossan/Largs

• Dumbarton Central-Helensburgh Central

• Glasgow-Oban/Fort William/Mallaig

These routes are likely to bear the brunt of the winds of up to 110mph and high tides forecast to hit the north and west of Scotland.

Alex Salmond - Your Views

Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

David Buchanan: Alex Salmond freed from the constraints of being first minister will set Westminster alight with his combative debating style. It will be so refreshing compared to the third-rate drivel we are hearing from the "English Parliament" at the moment.

Ayrshire jobs fear

The fashion chain USC is under threat amid multi-million pound losses. It is understood parent company Sports Direct is to appoint receivers.

A reduced number of stores could be maintained under the plans. More than 100 warehouse workers at USC's distribution depot in Ayrshire are facing redundancy, while hundreds more shop jobs are at risk. A spokesman for Sports Direct declined to comment.

Local MSP Adam Ingram urged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to intervene on behalf of the workforce.

Alex Salmond - Your Views

Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

Jacqueline Baird: How can anyone take Alex Salmond seriously? He is only interested in an independent Scotland regardless of what the people of Scotland want. Not a man to be trusted. He is ruining the reputation of decent Scots.

Rangers - Your Views

You have been discussing Robert Sarver's improved offer for Rangers on our Sport Facebook page.

Colin Hunter: Surely this deal is a no brainer?

Robert C Sutherland: The only guy who has made an outright offer and has the financial firepower to back it up....got to accept it surely?

Retirement talk cooled

David Currie

Reporting Scotland presenter

@Glasgow Warriors Sean Lamont says he'll "never retire" from international rugby. The 34-year-old has 91 caps.

Sean Lamont
BBC

Coming up...

Reporting Scotland is getting under way on BBC One Scotland.

Reporting Scotland
BBC

You can watch the programme live

here.

Drama success

BBC Alba drama, Bannan, has emerged as its

most popular series since the Gaelic TV channel launched on Freeview in 2011.

Bannan cast
Handout

The series, BBC Alba's first drama, topped the third quarter of the channel's 2014 viewing table.

Episode one, which was broadcast in September, was watched by 62% of the channel's audience.

Masked robber

Police are investigating after a 58-year-old was assaulted and

robbed by masked men who forced their way into his home in Tillicoultry.

The victim was restrained and robbed of cash and his bank cards at about 02:00 on Tuesday at the property on Johnston Crescent.