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Summary

  1. Scottish fracking block announced
  2. Snow warning upgraded to 'amber'
  3. Juror doubt at Colin Norris verdict
  4. Tesco to cut 300 jobs in Scotland with four store closures
  5. Scotch 'worth £5bn to UK economy'
  6. TV camera plans for Scottish courts

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Paul McLaren and Sandy Murray

All times stated are UK

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Ca' canny

Sandy Murray

BBC Scotland news

That's it from Scotland Live for today.

Remember, if you haven't seen snow yet, weather warnings remain in place.

Our live page will be up and running from 07:00 on Thursday.

Coach service

Andy Murray's former coach Dani Vallverdu expected to face the Briton for the first time at the

Australian Open.

Andy Murray
Getty Images

The Venezuelan, 28, left the Murray team after five years in November and began working with Czech Tomas Berdych.

Murray and Berdych will meet in the semi-finals at Melbourne Park on Thursday.

Slow lanes

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

#M77 snow J5 Newton Mearns- 7 Fenwick causing delays both ways - very slow here.

Castle Toward buyout

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland local government correspondent

The Scottish government has

stepped in to try and help a troubled community buyout of an estate in Argyll.

The B-listed Baronial Mansion House forms part of the Castle Toward estate
BBC
The B-listed Baronial Mansion House forms part of the Castle Toward estate

The South Cowal Community Development Company aims to acquire the Castle Toward estate from Argyll and Bute Council using right-to-buy legislation.

The deadline to agree a buyout, however, expires at the weekend.

Ministers have now asked the council to reduce the asking price and extend the deadline. The council said a provision to extend already existed.

Keeper departs

German

goalkeeper Arvid Schenk has left Dundee only weeks after conceding six goals on his debut.

Goalkeeper
SNS

The 25-year-old's only appearance came in a 6-2 New Year's Day derby thrashing by Dundee United.

Traffic Scotland

@trafficscotland

Difficult driving conditions on the #M77 around J6 Kingswell. Gritters there & en-route but PLEASE #SlowDown & take lots of extra care!

Milk pricing inquiry

A Holyrood committee is threatening to empty chair some supermarkets if they don't give evidence to an inquiry into milk pricing.

Milk on a supermarket shelf
Thinkstock

The Rural affairs committee has written to Tesco, Sainsburys and Marks and Spencer warning that it will consider compelling them to attend if they don't co-operate.

Other supermarkets such as Morrisons, Waitrose and the Co-op have already agreed to be questioned by MSPs.

Morning Call

Louise White

Presenter, Morning Call

Are Scottish tatties on your menu tonight ? Would you change your shopping habits to help our farmers? #morningcall @BBCRadioScot from 08.50

Argyll Arcade

Five men have

appeared in court over a £250,000 jewellery raid at the Argyll Arcade in Glasgow in September.

Argyll Arcade
David McCourt

Tune in

Coming up on Reporting Scotland at 18:30:

Reportin Scotland
BBC

• Fracking ban

• Tesco job losses

• Juror doubt over Norris verdict

Watch live on BBC One and

online.

Glasgow, Crow Road

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

Glasgow Crow Road - RTA northbound near Anniesland blocking one lane - delays BACK toward the ClydeTunnel.

More funding for female offenders

Projects to tackle female offending in Scotland

are to get an extra £1.5m, the justice secretary Michael Matheson has announced.

Justice secretary Michael Matheson talks to be BBC
BBC

The new funding is in addition to £22.5m already provided by the Scottish government for projects to help female offenders with alcohol, drugs and mental health problems.

It comes just days after a £75m plan for a new women's jail in Inverclyde was scrapped.

Tiree power cut

@hydroPD

Hydro PD

tweets: Update: #Powercut in the #Tiree area. Engineers are still working and we will have another update at 19:30 if power is not restored.

Renewable energy court proposed

Reevel Alderson

BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

A new court could be established

to handle disputes arising from renewable energy and shale gas extraction, Scotland's most senior judge has said.

Lord Gill
BBC

Lord Gill said the opportunity in the 1960s and 70s for Scotland to become an international forum for resolving disputes in the industry had been lost.

He said the Scots legal system should be a driver for economic progress, and that could happen if Scotland became a forum of litigation that retains cases that currently go elsewhere and the forum of choice for cases from abroad.

A feasibility study is to be launched into the creation of an Energy and Natural Resources Court.

Glasgow Airport

@GLA_Airport

The forecast for snow showers remains in place. It's business as usual here but please check with your airline for updates

Fracking - Your views

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James, Giffnock: The Scottish government decision to put fracking on hold is like when people thought the earth was flat and if you reached the end you would fall off. Positively medieval.

Js, Stonehouse: If we're now at the stage where we rely on fracking then we have a major issue on our hands.

Man jailed for killing mother's lover

A man who beat a stranger to death after catching him in bed with his married mother has been

jailed for four years and eight months.

Sean Mahan launched a prolonged attack on 33-year-old Stewart McKellar after finding him with his 50-year-old mother, Lavina, at the family home in Balloch, while his father was working offshore.

The 21-year- old admitted culpable homicide over the attack in August last year.

Traffic Scotland

@trafficscotland

#Glasgow - #A814 E/B btw the slips @ Finnieston - RTC involving 4 cars blocking lane 1 of 2. Please

Centralisation claim

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury has warned Scotland could be one of the most centralised countries in the world, with too much

power concentrated in Edinburgh.

Danny Alexander
BBC

Danny Alexander MP was giving evidence on fiscal devolution to Holyrood's finance committee.

He argued power should be devolved to local authorities.

Lord Ashcroft

@LordAshcroft

My my these Scottish constituency polls are looking interesting.......

Jury foreman: 'I think Colin Norris was innocent'

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

The foreman of a jury which convicted a serial killer has

told the BBC he now believes the man was innocent.

Colin Norris was nicknamed the "angel of death" after he was jailed for life in 2008 for murdering four patients and attempting to murder a fifth at two hospitals in Leeds where he worked as a nurse.

Colin Norris
BBC

During a five-month trial, the jury heard that Colin Norris injected the frail, elderly women with doses of insulin even though they were not diabetic.

That version of events has now been challenged by three scientists in a broadcast by Panorama, which concluded that the women probably died of natural causes.

The programme prompted the foreman of the juror, Paul Moffitt, to contact the BBC to say if the case were presented now, he doesn't see how it could even get to court.

The Criminal Cases Review Commission is considering whether there should be an appeal.

Stonehaven crash

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

#A90 - Getting reports of an accident south of Stonehaven - looks like traffic is stopped is both direcitons here.

Snowy showers

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Met Office Amber 'be prepared' warning for the snow showers is in force from 17:00 tonight until 11:00 tomorrow.

The showers will be heaviest and most frequent for central and west Scotland. Expect difficult conditions on the roads and the potential for disruption to travel.

Away from the the west coast, we're likely to see a widespread frost tonight and the risk of icy stretches on untreated surfaces. Drier towards Aberdeenshire, Angus and the Borders.

Temperatures dip near or below freezing, with perhaps -3/-4 C in the countryside.

Your views - Tesco closures

Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

Pete Hynd tweets: Excellent news on Tesco closures. Will create jobs for small Scottish shops instead

Why is fracking so controversial?

Today came the announcement that the Scottish government have blocked planned fracking operations, pending further inquiries.

David Sukman explains

in this video how fracking works, and why it is so controversial:

Fracking explained
BBC

Traffic Scotland

@trafficscotland

#A889 #Dalwhinnie to #Catlodge snow gates are OPEN but passable with care so PLEASE #SlowDown & take lots of care!

Traffic Scotland

@trafficscotland

Traffic Scotland

tweets: #MetOffice AMBER alert for #SNOW from 5pm TONIGHT. Lots of sound advice
here. Disruption likely so PLEASE #PlanAhead!

Gritters are out

BEAR NW Trunk Roads passes on this image of one of its gritters out on the #A9 at Avielochan.

Gritter
Other

'Strange' for Labour to dismiss SNP

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she would find it "rather strange" if Labour refused to deal with the SNP following the general election.

nicola sturgeon
PA

It follows the Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls' remarks yesterday in which he appeared to rule out a coalition with the Scottish nationalists.

Ms Sturgeon said she was "not instinctively enthusiastic about formal coalitions".

But asked about Mr Balls' comments, she added:" I think it would be rather strange if Labour were saying they'd actually be prepared to see the Tories in government rather than talk in some constructive way with a progressive force like the SNP."

She said she was focused on seeing as many SNP MPs returned to Westminster to stick up for Scottish interests.

CalMac

@CalMac_Updates

UPDATE: #Tarbet - #Portavadie service has been cancelled for the remainder of the day due to strong winds.

Rangers and Ashley's SFA hearings

Mike Ashley and Rangers face hearings before the Scottish FA in March

over the Newcastle United owner's possible breaches of dual interest rules.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley
Getty Images

A procedural hearing at Hampden on Tuesday set a date of 2 March for a full hearing into two charges against Ashley over his interests in two clubs.

Rangers will appear at a separate hearing on 16 March to answer three charges against the football club.

Ashley owns 8.92% of the Scottish Championship outfit's shares.

He was accused on 15 December of not acting in the best interests of football and of breaching a rule relating to holding power over two clubs.

Met Office

@metoffice

Why are we seeing colder weather? It's because the wind is now coming from Greenland and Iceland #UKsnow

Weather chart
Met Office

Emergency delivery

Firefighters helped deliver a baby in Stonehaven today.

Fire crew with baby
Other

Fire Scotland have posted on the

full story.

Doctor admits child sex charges

A former doctor has admitted

making online payments for the sexual services of children.

Kieran Titheridge, of Arbroath, paid a foreign woman to show him the private parts of young girls over the internet.

The 34-year-old was also caught with indecent images of children at his flat in Aberdeen, where he worked as a trainee at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

He will be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on 25 February.

How Ashley loan affects Rangers

BBC Sport

Scotland

What does the latest Mike Ashley loan mean for Rangers?

BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson explains here.

Mike Ashley's attempt to increase his shareholding in Rangers was blocked by the SFA
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A9 delays

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

A9 Inverness to Perth road - RTA southbound. Delays of over an hour!! T.T.

Manufactured exports up

Scottish

manufactured export sales grew by 1.8% during the third quarter of 2014, according to official figures.

Manufacturing
BBC

Overseas exports of refined petroleum, chemical and pharmaceutical products grew by 8.9% over the quarter, while food and drink exports rose by 0.6%.

The volume of exports fell by 0.5% on an annual basis.

However, some sectors saw an increase over the year, including non-metallic products (+10.1%) and metals and metal products (+12.3%).

Textiles, clothing and leather also grew by 5.7%, according to figures released by the Scottish government.

Sturgeon on EU

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

tweets: Nicola Sturgeon says Europe at heart of SNP election campaign - party will seek future vote that EU exit only poss if all 4 nations agree.