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Summary

  1. BP announces 300 North Sea job losses
  2. High winds cause power cuts in south west Scotland
  3. Stranded drivers get moving on A9
  4. Mike Ashley seeks security over Ibrox for £10m Rangers loan
  5. Flat intruder given life for murder
  6. Haggis 'would help tackle US obesity'

Live Reporting

By Graham Fraser, Louise Sayers and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Thomas McGuigan

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team. We're back tomorrow from 07:00, hope you can join us then. Cheers.

Sturgeon plea to PM

Glenn Campbell

Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has written to David Cameron to demand cuts in North Sea oil production taxes and new incentives for exploration before the UK budget in March.

Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron
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Ms Sturgeon says "urgent action" is required to support the industry through a period of low oil prices. Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has asked the prime minister to meet a delegation from Aberdeen next week to discuss changes to the tax regime.

UK ministers have hinted that further reforms are under consideration.

Haggis - Your Views

On our

Facebook page, you've been discussing our story regarding the Conservative peer calling for the US import ban on haggis to be lifted.

Birgit Schuiltz: Ever smelled Haggis? I find it delicious. Am looking forward to Burns Day when we will murder the haggis sitting in a can on our shelf.

D'Ann Loy Elam: I've had it, if it was all we could eat, I would lose a lot of weight. No offense to my Scottish friends!

Jane Westlake: I must put the tasting of this delicacy on my bucket list...

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel

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On the trains the line between Perth and Inverness has reopened. The West Highland, Inverness/Kyle and Helensburgh/Dumbarton services also running again. And trains in and out of Glasgow Central - Largs/Ardrossan are running again with a replacement bus between Kilwinning and Ayr.

Coming up...

Andrew Browne, Reporting Scotland

On tonight's programme: we'll have the latest on the oil industry as hundreds of jobs go at BP in Aberdeen. As Scotland's battered again by winter storms, we'll hear from drivers who spent the night stuck in their cars on the A9.

More than a year on from the devastating helicopter crash, the owner of Glasgow's Clutha Bar tells us about his plans to reopen the venue.

Reporting Scotland
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We'll also have more on the loan being offered to Rangers and hear from the people in Edinburgh who've had their brainpower tested for the past 70 years - from childhood to old age.

You can watch the programme live

here.

Rangers - Your Views

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Jim from Paisley: If we don't get rid of Mike Ashley Rangers are finished.

Weather warning

BBC Scotland Weather

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Met Office yellow "be aware" warnings issued for wind, as well as snow and ice. Details here: http://bit.ly/1922Slp

Coming up...

BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound will have the latest on developments at Rangers.

BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound
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Presented by Kenny Macintyre, you can listen live to the programme

here.

Man in court

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering his mother in Fife.

The body of 54-year-old Carol Anne Taggart from Dunfermline was discovered on Monday at the Pettycur caravan site in Kinghorn, where she owned a caravan.

Ross Taggart, 30, today appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court to face charges of murder, defeating the ends of justice and two traffic offences.

He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody ahead of another hearing next week.

Murphy seeks meeting with PM

David Porter

Westminster correspondent

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy is seeking a meeting with the prime minister and chancellor to discuss the latest developments in the oil industry.

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy
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In a letter to David Cameron, Mr Murphy says Aberdeen, Europe's oil capital, supports more than 133,000 jobs and argues many of those are at risk because of falling oil prices.

Mr Murphy wants the prime minister to meet a delegation from those involved in the industry to hear their concerns.

Aberdeen City Council has organised an oil summit in the city next month to discuss the current situation.

The Scottish government says it is setting up a taskforce to look at problems caused by a fall in the oil price.

Cargo ship wreck to be surveyed

Ken Banks

BBC Scotland North East reporter

Marine accident investigators are to attempt to send a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to survey the wreck of a cargo ship that capsized and sank in the Pentland Firth.

The Cemfjord sank after capsizing
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The Cemfjord - which was carrying cement - sank earlier this month. The bodies of the eight men on board - seven Polish nationals and one Filipino - have never been found. It is understood the ROV will survey the outside of the wreck at the weekend, if weather allows.

Games exhibition

The experiences of volunteers involved in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have been commemorated in a new exhibition at the People's Palace in the city.

Commonwealth Games volunteers
Ian Watson

Our City, Our Volunteers, Our Games opens today and it will run until the first anniversary of the culmination of Glasgow 2014, on 3 August 2015.

The exhibition features the only remaining costume of the Games mascot Clyde, an iconic teacake from the opening ceremony, uniforms, photography and other memorabilia.

Three volunteers who checked out the new exhibition were [pictured from left] Ibrahim Jabbie, Natalia Baltramaitiene and Frank O'Hare.

Action urged over BP job losses

Dame Anne Begg, MP for Aberdeen South and chair of the all party parliamentary group for offshore oil, insisted it was "time for action, not weasel words".

"This is worrying news for Aberdeen," she said of the BP job cuts. "We need action from government at all levels. The Scottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, was wringing his hands saying it was all up to the UK government. But he needs to act too.

Dame Anne Begg
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"The SNP are in charge of the Scottish economy, yet they aren't playing their part in supporting the North East economy through this difficult period.

"The Scottish government has been dragged to the table by the Labour Aberdeen City Council who have taken the initiative in organising an oil summit."

Power cuts

Colin Blane

BBC Scotland news

Scottish Power say about 2,000 properties are without electricity in the south-west of Scotland as a result of today's high winds. Most are in the Stewartry and Wigtown areas.

PM 'understands concerns' over BP job losses

David Porter

Westminster correspondent

The prime minister "understands concerns" experienced by the oil and gas sector in the North Sea after BP was the latest company to announce job cuts.

In addition to what Chancellor George Osborne said this morning, the prime minister's official spokesman said: "We understand the concerns experienced by that sector... and important industrial sector for the UK."

Prime Minister David Cameron
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Asked if the job losses were the inevitable downside of a dramatic fall in the price of crude oil, the spokesman said: 'The recent fall in oil prices has been a good thing for the UK economy as a whole but it does have specific sectoral impact," adding: "it's right to seek to respond when that sector faces a challenge and I think that's happened".

High note

BBC Scotland Events

Greg Lawson loving today's rehearsals of Martyn Bennett's Grit from @ccfest @cuillinmusic http://bbc.in/1KNBPwb

Celtic Connections
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BP job cuts

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James Shaw

BBC Radio 5 live Scotland correspondent

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing after BP job cuts: "the most serious jobs situation Scotland has faced in living memory".

Rangers

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Mike Ashley v the Three Bears: lifeline loan options for #Rangers, with strings attached: http://bbc.in/1AiZYlZ

Mike Ashley
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Hop to it...

A new craft beer festival is to be held in Aberdeen in April.

Pint being poured
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North Hop Aberdeen, inspired by the success of the North Hop craft beer festival in Inverness, will host a number of Aberdeen-based and Scottish exhibitors celebrating craft beer and artisan gins.

Met office 'be aware' warning

BBC Scotland Weather

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Gales this evening for much of Southern, Central and Western Scotland, and then overnight, the strongest winds transfer northwards.

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for the Western Isles, the Northwest Highlands, Orkney, as well as the coasts of Moray and Aberdeenshire. Expect gusts of 60-70mph, possibly 80 in the most exposed spots.

Showers will feed in to many parts on those very strong north-westerly winds, most frequent across the Northwest Highlands.

Some clear spells will develop, especially through the early hours, and as temperatures drop to freezing, there'll be a risk of ice on untreated surfaces.

Coming up...

Newsdrive is about to get under way on BBC Radio Scotland, with the programme on air from 16:00 until 18:00.

BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive
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You can listen live

here.

Stranded A9 drivers get moving

Drivers who spent the night trapped on the A9 are

now being allowed to move slowly through the flood water, ice and snow.

Jamie Duncan, left, and Grant Cranston who were stranded on the A9
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Jamie Duncan, left, and Grant Cranston were stranded on the A9 overnight

The vehicles had been stranded north of Pitlochry, with drifting snow six inches deep in parts.

The road has now reopened and police are directing traffic on the route, with drivers being warned to expect delays.

Not Holyrood's finest hour

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

Scotland's political parties seek to score points as jobs are under threat in the oil and gas industry.

Today's First Minister Questions was not, in truth, Holyrood's finest hour.

North Sea oil industry image
AFP

Read my latest blog on the subject

here.

Udderbelly venue move

Edinburgh Festival Fringe venue the Udderbelly - modelled on an upside-down cow - is to

move from Bristo Square to George Square for this year's festival.

The Udderbelly, modelled on an upside-down cow
BBC

The move is only temporary while redevelopment work is carried out, with plans to return to its usual site in 2017.

Drink driving

The number of people caught drink/drug driving in Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross fell by 36% over the festive period, with 16 people detected compared to 25 for the same period last year.

festive drink driving
PA

A new lower drink drive limit of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood came into force on 5 December and coincided with the launch of the four week festive drink/drug drive initiative.

The figures were issued by Police Scotland.

Inspector Brian Poole, Head of Tayside Divisional Road Policing Unit, said: "The reduction in the number of people drink-driving is welcomed and it appears that the introduction of the lower limit has refreshed, if not increased, awareness amongst the majority of the driving population that it is simply not worth taking the risk."

On Hogmanay, it was revealed the number of motorists caught drink-driving in Scotland during the festive period dropped by almost a third since last year, from 348 to 255.

Man falls 15ft in shop

A 57-year-old man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after falling 15ft in an empty shop unit on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Emergency services were called at 12:30 to a shop at Fort Kinnaird.

The Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they had taken the person to hospital but there was no update on the patient's condition.

Dons star signs new deal

Aberdeen defender Ash Taylor has signed a 12-month contract extension, keeping him at Pittodrie until 2017.

Ash Taylot
SNS Group

The 24-year-old joined the Dons from Tranmere Rovers in May 2014 and is an established first-team regular.

"Ash has matured as the season has developed and he's turning in to the player I was always confident he would be," said manager Derek McInnes.

"It's vital that we have players on board who want to be part of this exciting journey."

Intruder jailed for murder

An intruder who fatally stabbed a man at a flat in Glasgow has been jailed for life for murder.

Kenneth McNeill
BBC

Paul Boyle, 38, repeatedly stabbed 52-year-old Kenneth McNeill (pictured) at the flat in Dumbarton Road, Yoker, on 15 May 2014.

The victim was treated by paramedics but died from blood loss caused by a stab wound to his leg.

Boyle denied murder but was convicted following a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh. He was told he must serve a minimum of 16 years in prison.

Rangers - Your Views

Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

Andy Gibson: What has gone on the last few years at Ibrox is unbelievable. Every penny has been sucked out by self-interested low-lives. The club appears to be dead. Mike Ashley's Rangers is of no interest to me. I will never give a penny to his regime. It's over...

John Paton: All Rangers supporters should sign up to Rangers First to enable them to buy more shares and let the fans be heard. When is the the message going to get through to this board that they're doing nothing but harm to this club by continuing to cling on by any means possible?

Attacking intent

'Celtic's recent propensity for missing the target when signing attacking players makes you wonder how Gary Mackay-Steven will fare if the talented Dundee United man joins the club.'

Jo Inge Berget
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Jo Inge Berget failed to make an impression at Celtic Park

'Secure club's financial future'

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Rangers "notes press speculation. Directors considering various proposals to secure club's financial future. No decision made". Clear?

School damaged

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Lochaber High School in Fort William has been damaged by strong winds.

About 800 pupils were kept in the school over lunchtime and arrangements were being made to allow them to leave the building safely.

The nearby A830 Fort William to Mallaig road has also been shut as a precaution.

Howzat?

Phil Goodlad

BBC Scotland

Scotland's win over Afghanistan on Wednesday offered a World Cup confidence boost for the players, according to assistant coach Craig Wright.

Craig Wright
SNS

The 150-run victory in Abu Dhabi came after defeats in the one-day triangular series by the Afghans and Ireland, with a return game against Ireland to come.

"It will give the guys a great deal of confidence but there are areas of our game we know we can do better with," Wright told BBC Scotland.

Good news for drivers

The European Commission has approved the rollout of rural fuel rebates to 17 areas in Scotland and England.

petrol in car
AFP

The scheme allows retailers to claim back up to 5p per litre duty relief on unleaded petrol and diesel, and pass on the savings to customers.

The 17 areas include parts of the Highlands and Argyll and Bute.

The European Union has still to approve the introductions of the scheme.

College student numbers rise

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland education correspondent

More students are studying at Scotland's colleges, according to official figures.

students
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The number of full-time equivalent students rose 3% last year to almost 120,000.

Two thirds of full-time students completed their courses successfully. The government's critics say colleges are being squeezed but colleges say the figures show they are punching above their weight.

The figures come from the Higher Education Statistics Agency and the Scottish Funding Council.

Road closures

Glasgow City Council tweets: Bath St is closed between Hope St and Wellington St due to a dangerous building, Drivers are advised to avoid the area until further notice. Hope St is shut between West Regent St and Sauchiehall St and Bath St is shut between Renfield St & West Campbell St.

New education campus

Councillors in West Dunbartonshire have approved plans to build a £15.4m combined education campus in Balloch.

The new facility will be built on the existing St Kessog's Primary school site and is scheduled to open in 2017.

It will educate almost 500 children from St Kessog's, amalgamated Haldane and Jamestown primary schools, as well as pre-school and support needs pupils.

The council said the campus would replace schools which were under occupied and showing major defects.

RBS mis-sold loans

Royal Bank of Scotland has admitted it has mis-sold loans to small business customers under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme.

RBS
PA

The taxpayer-backed scheme was set up in 2009 to help firms who would otherwise find it difficult to find credit.

The mis-selling was uncovered after complaints that the scheme was not properly explained to borrowers.

Penrose Inquiry report expected

MPs are waiting to hear when a report will be published into hepatitis and HIV-acquired infection from NHS treatment in Scotland with blood and blood products.

Bags of donated blood
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Conservative MP Alistair Burt predicts the report will have profound implications throughout the UK.

The Penrose Inquiry was set up by Scottish ministers in 2008.

It is believed the report could be published within the next two months.