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Summary

  1. Police may end non-statutory stop-and-searches, says first minister
  2. Rangers loan signings 'must play' every game
  3. Kenny McDowall says directive comes from Ibrox board
  4. Bin lorry driver cannot recall crash
  5. Thousands 'unfairly treated at work'
  6. Scottish house sales hit six-year high

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By Thomas McGuigan, Graham Fraser and Catherine Lyst

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. Join us again tomorrow from 07:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Les Bleus go rouge

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Scotland

France will break with tradition and

wear a new red change shirt for their opening Six Nations match.

White shirted French rugby players
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Les Bleus will become Les Rouges against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday rather than wearing their usual second choice of white.

When they last wore red for two Tests in 1958 and 1959, France won both matches against Australia and Scotland.

"It is one of the colours of our flag," Adidas spokesman Emmanuelle Gaye told French daily Le Figaro.

Tomorrow's weather

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We're looking at a similar day to today.

There will be a good deal of cloud around once again, bringing a few spots of rain to the northern coastal fringes and the Isles.

On the whole though, it will be another dry day, with the cloud breaking at times to give a little brightness, and temperatures reaching from 5 to 7 Celsius.

Your Pictures

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Carolyne Thomson from Edinburgh took this picture of the sunset last night from St Andrew's House in Edinburgh.

A sunset over Edinburgh castle
Carolyne Thomson

And sticking with pictures of castles, Rafa Fernandez-Gil is lucky enough to have this wonderful view of Stirling Castle from his window. He managed to take this picture of the full moon as he woke up this morning.

The moon over Stirling Castle
Rafa Fernandez-Gil

Rafa is from Spain, and says that getting "wee presents from Scotland" like this reminds him what a great decision it was to move here.

Email us your pictures, and we'll publish the best.

Reporting Scotland

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After the BBC found that Police Scotland had failed to keep a promise made last June to end stop and searches for children under the age of 12, the police

are considering ending "consensual" non-statutory stop searches for adults and children.

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The driver of the bin lorry which killed six people after it careered out of control in the centre of Glasgow

has told a newspaper that he can't remember what happened, because he was unconscious.

And we'll have more on the negotiations between council leaders and the government, as councils discuss whether or not to accept

this year's offer of money from the Scottish government.

All this and more on Reporting Scotland, on BBC One and online

here.

This evening's weather

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

This evening and tonight, it will stay mostly dry and cloudy.

There will be some drizzle over the North Highlands, Moray, and Northern Aberdeenshire - but it won't amount to much.

There will be occasional hill fog and isolated freezing fog patches where skies clear, most likely in the Southwest.

A touch of frost inland, with temperatures for the most part hovering on either side of freezing - unlike the widespread, sharp frosts we've seen in recent nights.

Murderer jailed for life

A man has been jailed for life for murdering a pensioner in his Buckie home, after earlier being imprisoned for trying to kill him in the same assault.

A judge at the High Court in Edinburgh told Garry Munro that his brutal and unprovoked attack on James Robson inflicted such serious injuries that he died almost a year later.

Lord Glennie warned 32-year-old Munro that he should not expect to be released at the end of the minimum 16-year term he imposed.

His sentence will run concurrently with a nine-year term imposed in 2013 for the attempted murder of Mr Munro at his home in Blantyre Terrace in July 2012.

Your Pictures

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Neil Planner from Glasgow was on a day trip to Caelaverock WWT site near Dumfries when he took this photo.

A wren on a fence
Neil Planner

He says this busy wren spent a lot of time rooting around in the grass but obligingly popped up on to the fence wire long enough to pose for a photo.

Send us your pictures, or tweet using #ScotlandLive, and we'll publish the best of them.

Weatherford to make job cuts

Oil company Weatherford has confirmed it is making job cuts at its Aberdeen operation, in response to the lower oil price.

The company would not comment on speculation that 100 jobs would go, but said it was aligning its cost structure to match the market environment, and would continue to adjust it as market conditions evolve.

Chris McLaughlin

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#Rangers chief exec Derek Llambias says the board is not influencing team selection at Ibrox.

Man guilty of hit and run

A hit and run driver who mowed down and killed an 89-year-old man

has admitted causing death by dangerous driving.

Police by the scene of the accident
Police via twitter

Paul Mowatt took a handful of pills shortly before running down Kenneth Robertson, who was out on an evening stroll in Forfar, in August 2013.

The 34-year-old left the scene, but returned shortly afterwards and was heard saying "I have hit somebody".

Mr Robertson was badly injured and died in hospital two weeks later.

'Lack of transparency' over film studios

One of Scotland's best known film producers has hit out at the lack of transparency in negotiating a national film studio.

Scarlett Johanssen
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Gillian Berrie's plans for a film studio around existing facilities in Glasgow was one of five being considered for public funding.

However, she was told the plan had been rejected yesterday - less than an hour before Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop announced they were close to finalising plans for a new privately-funded project.

Ms Berrie, whose company Sigma Films produced Bafta nominated Starred Up and Under the Skin, has also written to the first minister about serious failings in process, transparency and behaviour.

Charity match for 'inspirational' Jak

Former stars of Rangers and Celtic are getting ready to play in a

charity match for "inspirational" teenager Jak Trueman.

Neil Alexander and Jak Trueman
Family of Jak Trueman
Jak with former Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander

Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander, a former player at Rangers, is helping to organise the game in Livingston on Sunday.

Nacho Novo, Marvin Andrews, Frank McAvennie and Mark Burchill will play.

Rangers fan Jak, 15, who suffered from a rare form of blood cancer,

died on Monday.

Chimps learn local lingo

Chimpanzees can change their grunts to communicate better with new companions, according to a study of two groups that were housed together in Edinburgh.

chimp
Katie Slocombe

In 2010, nine new arrivals from a Dutch safari park used an excited, high-pitched call for apples - while the locals used a disinterested grunt.

By 2013, the Dutch chimps had switched to a similar low grunt, despite an undiminished passion for apples.

This is the first evidence of chimps re-learning such "referential calls".

The Scotsman

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Old Course worker jailed for attacking St Andrews student with champagne flute in science row.

St Andrews gold course
Scotsman

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Murder trial hears of OAP stabbing

A pensioner suffered irreversible damage to her brain and heart as a result of stabbing injuries to her neck,

a murder trial has been told.

Morningside
BBC

Pathologist Dr Ian Wilkinson was giving evidence at the trial of Robert Buczek, 24, who denies murdering Eleanor Whitelaw.

Mr Buczek is accused of attacking the 85-year-old at her house in Morningside in Edinburgh on 11 July 2014.

She died from her injuries at the city's Royal Infirmary on 28 July.

Games guard caught with knife

A Commonwealth Games security guard was

caught carrying a knife when he arrived for his first shift.

Carnoustie Golf Hotel
Richard webb

Jordan Perkins arrived at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on 21 July to act as security for the teams of shooters involved in events at Barry Buddon.

Police found a credit card-shaped fold-out blade in the 21-year-old's backpack during a compulsory X-ray screening.

Perkins lost his job, and was sentenced to 180 hours of unpaid work.

Officers arrested over murder probe

Three police officers have been arrested after the family of an alleged murder victim claimed the investigation into his death had been botched.

Arthur Green
BBC - police handout
Arthur Green was found dead in his home in Prestwick on 20 November

The body of 60-year-old Arthur Green was found at his home in Prestwick at about 08:10 on 20 November.

It is understood the police officers - men aged 44, 38 and 28 - were arrested and later released on 14 January.

Three other men appeared in court in December charged with Mr Green's murder. They were released on bail.

Massacre of Glencoe

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Lines from Sir Walter Scott's poem about the Massacre of Glencoe have been beamed on to hillsides and stone dykes in Glencoe.

Glencoe
Double Take Projections

The project, by Edinburgh-based Double Take Projections, marks the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Jacobite uprising.

Thirty-eight members of the MacDonald clan were killed on 13 February 1692.

They were killed by a detachment of government soldiers led by Capt Robert Campbell of Glen Lyon.

Parents fight back

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I am glad to see that it is unlikely that Highland council will go ahead with the reduction in school hours. It is a great shame that West Dunbartonshire have not taken the same view.

The announcement by the council to reduce the school day for primary school children in West Dunbartonshire by 2.5 hours (19 days over a school year) is a disgrace.

The true sentiment of parental feeling is apparent in the social media group on Facebook No to reducing primary school hours in West Dunbartonshire.

The page has attracted more than 2,000 likes and the online petition set up by another parent has over 2,500 signatures.

'Blackout' caused fatal crash

A blackout affecting a driver in her 90s was the "most likely" cause of a crash in Caithness that

killed a cyclist from Leicestershire.

Auckengill
Les Harvey/Geograph
The accident happened at Auckengill in Caithness

Elaine Dunne, 30, from Glenfield, died and her husband Christopher was seriously injured when a car allegedly drove on the wrong side of the road.

A sheriff has determined Alice Ross, 96, of Lybster, had a "blackout of some kind" before the accident.

The Dunnes were in Scotland to celebrate a wedding anniversary.

Muriel Spark campaign

Author Ian Rankin is leading a campaign to secure the final part of the Dame Muriel Spark archive.

Ian Rankin
PA

The National Library of Scotland (NLS) is hoping to add to its current collection and assemble one of the largest records of a writer's life.

Edinburgh-born Spark, who achieved fame with the publication of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in 1961, was a self-confessed hoarder.

Her boxed archive takes up about 46m of shelving.

Council to cut school week

Brian Ponsonby

BBC Scotland Glasgow and West reporter

West Dunbartonshire Council is to

cut two-and-a-half hours from the primary school week in a bid to save about £1m annually.

The cut would be to time not covered by pupils' usual teachers and affects things like "golden time" and assemblies.

The council said teaching time with the class teacher would remain protected.

It will begin consulting parents in March with suggestions that school days could be shorter or stay the same with an early finish on Fridays. New arrangements will be phased in from August 2015.

Commons nets new Celtic deal

Kris Commons has signed a new two-year deal at Celtic. The former Scotland international, whose current deal was due to expire in the summer, has been at the Premiership outfit since 2011.

Bolton, Wigan and Leicester had been linked with the 31-year-old.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have signed this new contract,"

he said.

Kris Commons
SNS

"'I've loved my time at Celtic and this is where I want to continue playing my football."

Homes plan for hospital site

Ken Banks

BBC Scotland North East reporter

More than 300 homes could be built on the site of the former Royal Cornhill Hospital in Aberdeen.

Plans for the proposed development will come before city councillors at a meeting next week.

Councillors are being asked to pass plans to demolish part of the site to build 89 new houses and 198 flats. The proposals include 36 flat conversions.

Several objections have been made, with concerns over traffic congestion, parking and over-development.

Saddle up

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Preparations for a major cycling event in the Highlands are going up a gear.

cyclists
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Organisers of Etape Loch Ness have agreed a series of road closures with the authorities and emergency services for the event on 26 April.

Leaflets giving details on the times when A82 and other roads will be shut are being distributed to businesses in the area.

Thousands of cyclists are expected to take part in the 66-mile (106km) event.

Dead gritter driver named

A gritter driver who died after his vehicle overturned on the A90 near Brechin yesterday morning has been named as David Keith, 29, from Dundee.

Scene of the crash
BBC

The accident happened at the Bogindollo junction between Forfar and Brechin at 06:25. No other vehicles were involved.

Police have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

Firm fined after man loses arm

An Edinburgh manufacturer has been fined more than £46,600 after

a worker had to have his arm amputated after it became trapped in a machine.

Akshay Phale, then 27, was working at Farnbeck Ltd in Leith when the incident happened in June 2012.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard he was trying to wrap cotton fabric around a rotating wooden cylinder when his arm became trapped.

Farnbeck were fined after admitting serious safety failings.

Analysis - France vs Scotland

It is not long now until the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France..

Scotland centre Mark Bennett
SNS

Former Scotland scrum half Mike Blair analyses what the Scots need to do to be victorious in Paris.

Scotland's War

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

A project which aims to build a social and military history of Scotland in the Great War has launched its website.

Scotland's war website
Scotland's war

Researchers at

Scotland's War - a University of Edinburgh-led project - are encouraging people to get in contact with their stories from the conflict.

In the past few months, BBC Scotland has highlighted two sections of the project's work -

the 31 Scottish rugby internationals who died in the war, and
all 74 Scots who won the Victoria Cross.

Bring me sunshine

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Emil McMahon: Walking around the back of Edinburgh Zoo today - in Corstorphine Woods - I was surprised to see this zebra so closely. He was obviously enjoying the break in the cold weather and standing high up on a hill catching the sun's rays!

zebra at Edinburgh Zoo
Emil McMahon

Drugs find

Two men and a woman have been arrested after police found drugs in Clydebank.

Officers searched an address in the Whitecrook area of Clydebank and found cannabis with a potential street value of £22,000 and amphetamine with a potential street value of £3500.

A 34-year-old woman and two men aged 33 and 25 were arrested and detained in connection with the incident.

They are expected to appear at Dumbarton Sheriff Court and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

Johnston to leave Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston will leave his post in the summer.

The former Queen of the South boss, 41, moved to Rugby Park in 2013 following Kenny Shiels' sacking.

Allan Johnston
PA

Johnston said the club's decision to sell striker Robbie Muirhead to Dundee United was behind his announcement.

"There's a new chairman coming in and I think it's important that there's a freshness about the club; it's time to move on anyway,"

added the outgoing boss.

Baby ashes compensation

Families affected by the Mortonhall baby ashes scandal in Edinburgh are to be paid compensation.

Mortonhall
Reuters

Councillors today approved the settlement scheme which

was announced last week.

For more than four decades staff at the council-run Mortonhall crematorium buried the ashes of dead babies without telling their parents.

The agreement means the 129 families who have raised legal claims no longer need to pursue their cases through the courts.

Coming up...

Reporting Scotland is getting under way on BBC One.

Reporting Scotland
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Car sales

@BBCDouglasF

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Scots new car registrations in Jan drop 1% on last year: 2 Ferraris, 1 Rolls-Royce, 1394 Fords. UK sales +6.7% @SMMT

Minority of UK car registrations by private retail buyers. @smmt says surge to record sales in 2014 expected to level off this year.

Seal attacks

Marine scientists believe they

may have solved the mystery surrounding the deaths of seals whose carcasses have been discovered with distinctive corkscrew wounds.

grey seal
BBC

The finds sparked speculation that the animals had been caught in the propellers of ships.

Researchers now think the injuries were caused during attacks by other seals.

The Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) observed a grey seal killing five young seals, leaving the spiral injuries. It was also seen eating one of the pups.

Woman dies in house fire

An 81-year-old woman has died following a fire at a house in Cumbernauld. The fire broke out in Inchwood Court just after midnight.

Scene of the fire
BBC

A 51-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man were taken to hospital affected by burns and the effects of breathing in smoke.

The man is in a serious condition.

Mother charged with murder of baby

The mother of 10-month-old Chloe Sutherland has appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court charged with her murder.

Erin Sutherland, 35, made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

Chloe Sutherland
Other

Chloe Sutherland was taken from a house in Parkhead View in the Longstone area of Edinburgh on Tuesday to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

She died just before midnight the same day.

NHS Waiting times

Glenn Campbell

Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon indicates that the Scottish government is looking at publishing weekly statistics on waiting times in NHS accident and emergency units.

In response to a question from Labour's Jenny Marra, urging greater transparency, Ms Sturgeon said she had "nothing to hide" and had asked officials to explore moving towards weekly publication of performance data.