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  1. Andy Murray through to last-four at Australian Open
  2. Biggest hospital handed over to NHS
  3. Rangers accept £10m loan from Mike Ashley's Sports Direct
  4. Holocaust Memorial Day events held
  5. Met Office issues yellow warning for snow tomorrow

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Laura Pettigrew

BBC Scotland News Online

That's all from today's Scotland Live coverage. Join us again tomorrow for more live news, sport, travel and weather updates from 07:00.

Park group critical of Ashley loan

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

The consortium offering alternative funding to Rangers say Mike Ashley's £10m loan

is not in the club's best interest.

Rangers have accepted a £10m loan from Mike Ashley
SNS Group

Douglas Park, George Letham and George Taylor offered £6.5m on what they believe to be better terms.

Hospital transfer timeline

Scotland's largest hospital - the new £842m South Glasgow University Hospital - will replace the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids at Yorkhill, the Southern General Hospital, Western and Victoria Infirmaries and Mansionhouse Unit.

Take a look at this timeline for the transfer of services:

Hospital transfer timeline

Heart disease and stroke deaths fall

Mortality rates for two of Scotland's biggest killers, stroke and heart disease,

have fallen in the past decade.

Heart monitor

Deaths rates from heart disease between 2004/05 and 2013/14 dropped by 43%, according to official figures.

The number of people dying after a stroke also decreased by 41%.

The Scottish government said the figures showed its strategy for tackling heart disease was working.

Murder charge over missing man

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of 67-year-old Alexander Cameron.

Alexander Cameron
ciaran donnelly

James Smith, 58, made no plea or declaration when he appeared at Livingston Sheriff Court.

Earlier this afternoon detectives investigating the case said they had

found a body at a farm in Kirknewton near Edinburgh.

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  • An exclusive look at Glasgow's new £842m hospital
  • What can we expect from the campaigns with 100 days to go until #GE2015?
  • And the architect honoured with a medal 70 years after winning it

Watch the programme live here from 18:30.

Your pictures


Shetland's been gearing up for its annual Up Helly Aa fire festival.

Jarl Squad Viking at Up Helly Aa in Shetland
Wendy Oates

Website reader Wendy Oates sent us this picture taken when the latter-day Viking warriors know as the Jarl Squad visited a local care home.

The spectacular event, which celebrates Shetland's Viking heritage, culminates in the burning of a replica Viking ship in Lerwick on Tuesday night.

JK Rowling #indyref abuse charity shuts down

The Herald

A charity which claimed its Twitter account had been hacked to post abusive messages about author JK Rowling during the independence referendum campaign has closed down.

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) confirmed that the Dignity Project had applied to be officially wound up.

Read the full story here.

Charges over 'football disorder'

Police say 12 men

arrested in Aberdeen and Dundee in connection with football-related violence have been charged and will appear in court at a later date.

Early-morning raids were carried out in the two cities response to incidents in Dundee on 13 December, when Aberdeen beat Dundee United 2-0 in a SPFL Premiership clash.

Rush hour roads

BBC Scotland Travel


High wind warning on Dornoch and Kessock Bridges. High sided vehicles take care.

In Aberdeen: Wellington Road partially blocked northbound by an accident at West Tullos Road.

In Edinburgh: A1 Milton Road a broken down HGV blocking the outside lane eastbound at Duddingston Park (heading toward Mussleburgh), causing delays of about 10 minutes.

Traffic problems on the A701 in the Lothians - two sets of temporary traffic lights at Bilston causing long tailbacks, while temporary lights on approach to Penicuik causing long delays to Glencorse.

In Glasgow: M8 recovery is underway of an accident westbound near Junction 18 Charing Cross - one lane remains blocked citybound heading toward the Kingston Bridge.

Holocaust Memorial Day debate

SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell is leading a

debate at the Scottish Parliament on Holocaust Memorial Day.

Stewart Maxwell

Candles have been lit at services across Scotland as part of events to remember the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Aberdeen land defender Donervon Daniels

BBC Sport


Aberdeen FC

sign defender Donervon Daniels on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

The 21-year-old goes straight into the squad for Saturday's League Cup semi-final against Dundee United, subject to clearance.

Kanye West or Robbie Burns?

Daily Record

A survey from Pollok's Silverburn shopping centre suggests that three in 10 Scottish school kids get Robbie Burns and the Gold Digger rapper Kanye West confused.

Mocked up picture from Daily Record
Blair Stewart/Media Scotland
Pictured in Daily Record

The survey of 500 children between the ages of five and 12 also brought the news that 20% believe Burns Night is when the Brit Awards will take place, while a quarter believed the Bard's birth year of 1759 is when World War One took place.

On a more positive note - a full 70% of kids know Burns is Scotland's National Bard...though around 10% said it was Paolo Nutini.

Read the full story here.

Lottery 'win' - More cash for V&A

Philip Sim

Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

Dundee's V&A project has been awarded a further £4.5m of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Artist's impression of V&A Dundee Museum

The body had already contributed £9.4m, including £8m of capital funding, to the museum on the banks of the Tay.

It was revealed this month that the cost of the project has

almost doubled to £80m, with Dundee City Council and the Scottish government also pledging extra money.

Project bosses said the new funding meant work could begin on site soon.

'Regrets' over City Link purchase

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Jon Moulton - the founder of the private equity firm Better Capital which bought the collapsed City Link parcel delivery company - has told MPs that he regretted the purchase and the harm it may have had on his reputation.

City Link vans

The Scottish Affairs committee at Westminster is trying to find out why the

p firm collapsed at Christmas.

More than 2,500 jobs were lost across the UK.

Rugby star guilty of 'Batman punch'

Scottish international and Glasgow warriors rugby player Ryan Wilson has been

found guilty of punching a fellow player - Glasgow Hawk captain Ally Maclay - after a Halloween night out on 27 October 2013.

The incident occurred in a fast food shop in Glasgow while Wilson was dressed as Batman, and Mr Maclay was dressed as Tweedledee.

Barbeque Kings fast food shop in Glasgow
The attack took place at Barbeque Kings fast food shop in Glasgow

The jury found Wilson guilty of punching Mr Maclay only, but not kicking and stamping on him.

Wilson, 25, previously pleaded guilty to assaulting another man minutes earlier that night.

Tomorrow looks snowy


BBC Scotland Weather


Met Office Yellow "be aware" warning for snow showers across Scotland. Valid from 08:00 Wednesday and lasting all day on Thursday.

Weather warning for snow

Body found in murder investigation

Detectives investigating the murder of 67-year-old Alexander Cameron say they have found a body.

Alexander Cameron
ciaran donnelly

Officers are working to establish identification.

The discovery was made at a farm in Kirknewton near Edinburgh this afternoon.

A 58-year-old has been arrested and charged in connection with Mr Cameron's death.

Boy, aged 3, tells of abuse at nursery

A court has heard how a three-year-old boy told police he had been sexually abused at an Inverness-shire nursery.

A taped interview with the child was shown to the jury in the trial of Mark Maclennan at the High Court in Glasgow.

The 30-year-old, from Bath, denies raping the boy and sexually abusing another boy and a girl at the nursery. He also denies sexually assaulting a girl in Stirling, Dunblane and Dunfermline.

Edinburgh film industry boost

Edinburgh's film commission has reported a healthy rise in the number of productions filming in the area.

Actor Chris Capaldi and VisitScotland's Sarah Ormerod
Gareth Easton

Film Edinburgh, which also covers East Lothian and the Scottish Borders, said 361 projects were completed in 2014 - a 6% increase on the previous year.

There was also an 8% rise in the number of production inquiries.

High-value productions which were completed included the BBC drama Murder, which filmed in Edinburgh for four months, and TV series Outlander.

Taking the high road

David Miller

BBC Scotland transport correspondent

Join us on Reporting Scotland for an up close look at the new Queensferry Crossing. 1830, BBC1 Scotland #vertigo

Construction work

Delay for new Highers

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland education correspondent

Most schools have delayed introducing new look Highers in science subjects, according to official figures. Just 35% of the entries for a science Higher will sit one of the revamped exams.

Exam hall

Changes are being made to Highers to fit them in with the National 4 and 5 qualifications that replaced Standard Grades.

But many schools or councils have opted to keep the old exams in some subjects for one final year.

Your views - Glasgow hospital


David Kennedy writes: Access to the Southern General is atrocious, god help people in the south east of Glasgow when they have an emergency and don't have the A&E at the Victoria to go to anymore. Shambles!

Open door

Andy Murray says that he has given himself "a good opportunity" after beating Nick Kyrgios to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

Andy Murray waves to the crowd at the Australian Open
Getty Images
Murray happy with 'good opportunity'

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Ed Balls rules out SNP coalition

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has

ruled out entering a coalition with the SNP should Labour fail to win a majority at the general election in May.

Ed Balls

Mr Balls was asked on Sky News if the party could do a "deal" with the nationalists if - as polls predict - the SNP win a number of seats from Labour in the election.

Mr Balls said he didn't think anybody was suggesting any deal with the SNP at all and the party was "fighting hard for a majority."

Over the weekend Prime Minister David Cameron said the prospect of a Labour administration being "held hostage" by the SNP was "genuinely frightening".

Indecent exposure

Ken Banks

BBC Scotland North East reporter

Police say a man indecently exposed himself to an eight-year-old girl in Aberdeen. The incident happened in the Flourmill Lane area of the city centre at about 08:30 yesterday. The young girl was said to have been left uninjured but "extremely distressed".

The suspect is described as a male of Asian appearance, 5ft 6in tall, of slim/average build with short dark hair and was wearing a green hooded jacket and blue jeans.

Your views - What does super hospital mean for Glasgow?


Robert Kirkland: a massive bill I would imagine

Sebastien: Was it designed in 1974 ?

Ali: I thought it looked a bit retro - coloured boxes a reminder of 60s council flats!

Dumfries school set for closure

A school for troubled children in Dumfries has been earmarked for closure under new plans.

Elmbank School

Dumfries and Galloway Council has proposed shutting Elmbank School, which provides specialist support for children with social, emotional and behavioural problems.

It is part of a wider scheme to redevelop the school estate as part of the Dumfries Learning Town project. There are also plans to create three new education campuses.

Mesh implants continue

MSPs have expressed disappointment that mesh implant operations continue to be carried out by Scotland's NHS despite a ministerial call to suspend them.

Woman in pain

In June last year the then Scottish health secretary, Alex Neil, urged the 14 health boards to stop the procedures while a review was carried out.

Some women with the implants, which are used to ease incontinence, have suffered painful complications.

Members of the petitions committee now want a chamber debate on the matter.

BBC Radio Scotland

Fletcher to leave Man Utd

on a free: Manchester United will give midfielder Darren Fletcher a free transfer

Male-only golf membership reviewed

Royal Troon Golf Club will undertake a "comprehensive review"

of its male-only membership policy.

It follows the decision in September by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews to end its single-sex policy.

Royal Troon
Getty Images

Troon has also announced it will share responsibility for hosting the 2016 Open Championship with the Ladies Golf Club, Troon, by forming a joint championship committee.

The 2016 Open Championship will be the ninth to be played at Troon.

Mackintosh furniture survived fire

Rare furniture by Charles Rennie Mackintosh - which survived the fire in the arts school last year- is going on display.

Flames on art school
John Stoddart

The 20 items include a ladder backed chair, a bookcase, and two rarely seen embroidered panels by his wife, the artist Margaret MacDonald.

They can be viewed in a gallery in the school's new Reid Building from 1 February.

Your views - Bin lorry crash tweet

#scotlandlive email:

Crumbs: Ironic after #JeSuisCharlie and David Cameron saying the right to offend was important

Gavin: Sure, it's distasteful - but for it to be illegal there has to be a process. Is it more important to protect people from "offence" or to allow freedom of speech?

Voice: Britons forget that freedom of speech is banned in the UK.

Jack Hadfield: This is censorship, pure and simple

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Your views - Queensferry crossing


Elliot: Hope they finish it quickly. I don't know how we're managing without a second bridge to and from exactly the same places.

Kyrgios hails Murray


Nick Kyrgios tweets: Shame I couldn't get it done tonight but @andy_murray was just too good on the night. Muzza, I wish you all the best mate. #GoGetIt

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Mehran Haddadi from Glasgow captured the reflection of lights on the pavement on a rainy evening in the city's Buchanan Street.

Buchanan St Glasgow
Mehran Haddadi

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Super hospital tour

Take a look around Scotland's newest hospital


1,109 adult beds, 256 children's beds, 2 major A&E departments, a maternity hospital and en-suite rooms are just some of what the

South Glasgow University Hospital has to offer.

South Glasgow university hospital

It will be officially handed over to Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board later.

Blackpool deal runs into sand

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland

Stephen O'Donnell

rejects the chance to move to Blackpool despite Partick Thistle accepting £100k approx bid. Plans to stay until summer.

Big Noise

Scotland's Big Noise orchestra has been praised for high attendance and "exceptional achievement" in its first

government inspection.


Education Scotland carried out the review of the group, run by Sistema Scotland, which aims to engage youngsters in Raploch, Stirling, by forming an orchestra.

Big Debate

@bbcbigdebate tweets: This Friday we're at the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries for the Big Debate. The sun might make an appearance too

Dumfries weather forecast