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  1. Andy Murray & fiancee Kim Sears set a date for their wedding
  2. Couple to tie the knot on 11 April in Perthshire
  3. Moderator to meet Pope in Rome
  4. Glasgow's Commonwealth Games delivered '£35m under budget'
  5. Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston 'relieved of duties'

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By Thomas McGuigan, Henrietta McMicking and Rachael Connors

All times stated are UK

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Rachael Connors

BBC Scotland News

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

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival begins

Extreme sports fans will gather in Edinburgh this weekend for the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival.

Jamie Andrew
Paul Diffley

From climbing some of the world's most in-accessible peaks to death defying jumps off the top, the three day event aims to inspire, awe or simply terrify.

Scottish mountaineer, Jamie Andrew will also be introducing his film, The Limbless Mountaineer, about his dream of climbing the Matterhorn. The Festival is on until February 8th

BBC Scotland Weather


Cloudy skies will extend to most places for a time this evening and overnight, before clear spells develop for many during the early hours. When skies begin to clear we will see a touch of frost developing as we see temperatures falling close to freezing.

Across the far north, the Outer Hebrides and the Northern Isles frost free with brisk northwesterly winds keeping temperatures at around 5C.

Jewellery raid

Police are investigating a high-value theft from a jewellers.

Stephen Henderson jewellers

The items were taken from Stephen Henderson Jewellers in Union Street, Dundee, at about 16:00.

Police want to trace two men seen running south on Union Street towards Dundee railway station.

One of them was 5ft 11in tall, of medium build and unshaven. The second man was wearing a body warmer and grey jogging bottoms. Both men were wearing beanie hats.

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Ewan Cowe who lives in Stow in the Scottish Borders sent this image in capturing this week's snowy weather.

Scottish borders
Ewan Cowe

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Reaction: U-turn on school days cut

The EIS Union has welcomed West Dunbartonshire Council's decision to perform a "very swift"

U-turn over an announcement to cut school days.

Pupils in class

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said: "The overwhelming opposition from teachers, parents and the wider community has shown that the people of Scotland will not willingly accept attacks on children's education.

"This should also act as a stark warning to other local authorities who are considering similar cuts to children's education. The very clear message is that this type of attack will be resisted - and resisted strongly - by all those with an interest in protecting young people's learning."

Celtic figures dip


Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland


tweets: Big fall in #Celtic figures explained by Champions League exit, less from player sales, much less from merchandising and commercial

Suspension of midwifery services

Out-of-hours midwifery services for Skye and Lochlash will be temporarily suspended from Monday because of staff shortages.

Baby's hand

NHS Highland hopes the situation will improve after a month.

Women who planned to have their baby locally will have to go to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for their birth if this occurs during out-of-hours.

Raigmore will liaise with on-call doctors and ambulance service in emergencies.

International Development Bill

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Two Tory peers have complained about the passage of a private member's bill through the Lords after attempting to talk it out of time.

The former Chancellor Lord Lawson and ex Scottish Secretary Lord Forsyth tabled a series of wrecking amendments and filibustered for several hours to try to halt the progress of the international development bill - but authorities in the upper house extended the session.

The legislation would enshrine in law the UK government's aid targets.

Lord Forsyth said it was "outrageous" that the sitting had been extended. Lord Lawson alleged "disreputable conduct." But the Labour peer Lord McConnell said it was "entirely right" that peers helped to "expedite" the bill.

Watchdog threatens East Coast probe

The consortium that will operate East Coast rail services has been ordered to address competition concerns or face an in-depth investigation.

East Coast trains
East Coast Trains

The Competition and Markets Authority has asked ICRL, owned by Stagecoach and Virgin Trains, to make remedies on certain routes.

Some East Coast services overlap with a small number of Stagecoach or Virgin coach or rail services.

The CMA said the situation could result in higher fares or poorer service.

Judge sums up Morningside murder trial

A judge has told the jury of a murder trial that sympathy for the victim or the accused should play no part in its deliberations.

Morningside Grove Pic: Morag Kinniburgh
Eleanor Whitelaw was stabbed at her home in Morningside

Robert Buczek, 24, denies murdering 85-year-old Eleanor Whitelaw with a pair of scissors at her home in Morningside, Edinburgh, on 11 July last year.

Charging the jury, Judge Lord Matthews said:"An 85-year-old lady has met her death in her own home and that is very sad, but that must pay no part in your assessment of the evidence.

"You can only convict if the Crown has proved its case to the high standard required. The principal issue is whether the Crown has proved the accused committed this offence."

He will finish his charge on Monday when the jury is expected to retire to consider its verdict.


Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport


tweets: Statement from Lalit Modi on BBC Sport story about his interest in #Rangers.


Council U-turn over school week cut

West Dunbartonshire Council has withdrawn its plan to cut two-and-a-half hours from the primary school week in a bid to save about £1m.

Primary class

The plan, which was to have been phased in from August, had been branded "a disgrace" by some parents.

The Labour-run council says it is not the best policy to address the funding problems. It is looking to make £17m of savings over the next three years.

Your views- Lessons taught in Gaelic



tweets: Presumably other schools will be able to teach in Arabic and Public Schools will teach in Latin.

Gaelic schools


tweets: What's the point? School pupils should be taught that there is a world beyond the western Isles!


tweets: We'd laugh if schools in Rome taught kids in Latin? Gaelic was only ever a minority language in Scotland.

Careless driving death

A driver has been found guilty of causing the death of a pedestrian by careless driving in Aberdeen.

79-year-old Lillian Morrison was killed on Queen's Road on 27 December 2012.

Lillian Morrison

Rachel Forsyth, 21, of Westhill, had been accused of causing the death of Ms Morrison by driving dangerously while using her mobile phone.

She was found guilty of the reduced charge at the High Court in Aberdeen. Sentence was deferred.

Government knew of V&A overspend

The Scottish government

was informed that Dundee's V&A museum was running over budget months before the public were informed, it has emerged.

V&A Dundee exterior by night
V&A at Dundee

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop was told that the project was over-budget in April and learned the full £80m price tag on 18 December.

It was not made public that the cost had almost doubled from the original £45m target until 16 January.

An independent inquiry has been launched into the project's price rise.

Investigation as Stirling football team 'black up'

An investigation is under way after members of a university football team "blacked up" for a night out.

Blacked up footballers

Stirling University launched the probe after players from Stirling Uni FC held a night out on Thursday themed on the African Cup of Nations, which is ongoing in Equatorial Guinea.

About 30 players were seen wearing football kits and black faces, drawing criticism from other students.

A spokesman said the university had a "zero-tolerance approach to racism".

Fox killers

An animal welfare charity has appealed for information after two foxes were violently killed at a nature reserve.

The foxes were found dead at Malls Mire Community Nature Reserve in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, on 13 January.

The Scottish SPCA said one fox may have been killed by a spade or similar item.

The other died from asphyxiation and may have been either hung up by those hunting it or caught in a fence while trying to escape.

What's the greatest try in Six Nations history?

BBC Sport


The Six Nations is back!

You'll be able to keep up with all the action across the BBC, but if you just can't wait any longer why not

watch this compilation looking back on what we think are some of the greatest tries in the tournament's history.

Six Nations

What is the greatest try in #SixNations history? Is your choice in here? Tweet

@BBCSportScot and let us know.

HMS Gannet to the rescue

The Royal Navy says its Search and Rescue helicopter unit, based at HMS Gannet near Prestwick, has had one of its busiest January's on record.

HMS Gannet helicopter
Royal navy

The helicopters were called out 32 times last month - almost double the number of call outs in 2014. A quarter of all search and rescue missions in the UK last month involved HMS Gannet.

Legend of the WW2 lumberjills

Christina Forrester, 91, fondly

remembers her time as a lumberjill. She says went from "pushing a pen to cutting down trees".


Female forestry workers, known as lumberjills, did vital work during the Second World War while the men were away fighting.

More than 70 years on, the Forestry Commission has compiled a book to ensure their role is not forgotten.


Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport


tweets: BBC Sport learns the man who launched Premier League Cricket in India, Lalit Modi, has expressed interest in buying into #Rangers.

Holiday park bomb charge

A 52-year-old man has appeared in court charged with building an improvised bomb at a Perthshire holiday park.

Logierait day

The Logierait lodges near Pitlochry were evacuated on Wednesday evening amid an operation involving police, the fire service and an Army bomb squad.

Mark Crockett, of Falkirk, appeared in private at Perth Sheriff Court facing a single charge under the 1883 Explosive Substances Act.

He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

Sea cadet leader filmed sex attack on boy

A teenage sea cadet leader has been convicted of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in his care during a training weekend in West Lothian.

Jerome Gay
Vic Rodrick

Jerome Gay, who was 16 at the time, watched another cadet carry out the attack and recorded it on his phone.

The incident happened at an Army Cadet Centre at Drumshoreland House, Broxburn, in November 2012.

A jury found Gay guilty of carrying out the attack by acting "in concert with another youth". He will be sentenced on 19 March.

Murray wedding: Council reaction


Stirling Provost Mike Robbins: We are delighted that the wedding will take place at Cromlix House and thrilled that Andy and Kim have decided to return to Andy's home-town to celebrate their marriage. We wish them every happiness on their special day.

Road rage attacker jailed

A man who reversed his car into a woman in Aberdeen has been jailed for six months.

Scene of attack

Steven Whyte, 23, got out his car to have an argument with Katrina Michie, 46, at a roundabout.

Whyte then reversed into the woman, pinning her leg against the bonnet of her car in October of last year.

Whyte was found guilty of charges including dangerous driving and threatening and abusive behaviour at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Six schools given Gaelic status

Six primaries where lessons are mainly taught in English will switch to learning in Gaelic later this year.

Iochdar School
Colin Smith/Geograph

Bernera, Breasclete, Castlebay, Iochdar, Leverhulme Memorial and Sgoil an Taobh Siar on the Western Isles have been given Gaelic Schools Status.

Learning and Scotland's Languages Minister Dr Alasdair Allan made the announcement during a visit to Breasclete School.

In 1986 it was the first school in Scotland to offer pupils Gaelic.

Skaters are back on track

Zariba Synchronised ice skaters

Synchronised ice skaters from Aberdeen are preparing to defend their Scottish title, despite having had to train without a rink for more than a year.

Rachel Massie has been to meet them.

Flats bought in drive to end slum housing

Hundreds of privately-owned flats in one of Glasgow's most ethnically diverse areas

are to be bought in an effort to end slum housing conditions.

Glasgow City Council and the Scottish government are supporting a £9.3m plan to purchase 579 flats in four tenement blocks in the Govanhill area.

Hundreds of tenement flats in the Govanhill area will be brought under social housing control

The aims is to end overcrowding, poor landlord practice, a lack of factoring arrangements and high tenancy turnover.

The flats will be bought and run by Govanhill Housing Association.

The blocks earmarked for purchase are located between Calder Street, Allison Street and Dixon Avenue.

Murray wedding - Your views

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Alice: Does Andy Murray's wedding REALLY merit national news? Don't think so.

Ex-Labour councillor joins SNP

A Glasgow councillor who quit the Labour Party three years ago has joined the SNP.

Stephen Dornan left Scottish Labour in 2012 and was later re-elected as an independent councillor for the Govan ward under the Glasgow First banner.

Stephen Dornan
Glasgow City Council

Mr Dornan applied to join the SNP group last year and his membership has now been formally approved.

He said he believed the SNP was now the "party of social justice".

Wildcat action

A Scottish wildcat "safe haven" set up in the north-west Highlands is to double in size.

A location on the Ardnamurchan peninsula was designated a protected area for the endangered cat last year.

It is now being extended to taken in parts of Morvern, giving the haven a total coverage of 500 square miles.

Scottish wildcat kitten

Domestic cats in and around the wildcat green zone are being neutered to prevent them breeding with pure wildcats.

Mixing with domestic cats, disease and loss of habitat have led to wildcats becoming an endangered species.

Man jailed over knife attack on dog

A man has been jailed for nine months for stabbing his Arbroath neighbour's dog.

Liam Wright attacked the dog on 14 February after arguing with neighbours Richard Buick and Paige Sharpe.

The couple's dogs got out of their flat during the confrontation, before Wright fetched a knife from his home and stabbed bulldog Pooch in the neck.

The 21-year-old admitted breaching the peace, carrying a knife and stabbing the dog to the danger of its life.

Date set for Rangers EGM

Rangers' extraordinary general meeting, called by Dave King,

will be held on Wednesday 4 March.


The shareholder and former Ibrox director has requisitioned changes to the club's board that will be voted

King wants himself, Paul Murray and John Gilligan to replace James Easdale, Barry Leach and chairman David Somers.

The South Africa-based businessman has stated he believes he has enough support among shareholders to overthrow the current board.

Cosla row escalates

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland local government correspondent

The row between most of Scotland's councils and the government over cash has escalated.

Council services

Council leaders say they are not prepared to do individual deals with the government over funding.

The row centres on the government's threat to keep some cash from councils if teacher numbers fall.

Council body Cosla will now write to the government calling on them to enter new talks with them on teacher numbers.

Big names set to rock Dalgety Bay fest

Dunfermline Press

Dalgety Bay will be rockin' this summer as Big Country, Bruce Foxton, From The Jam, Animals & Friends and a slew of big names are set to perform at the town's


The line-up also includes Kirsten Adamson - daughter of Stuart - Blue Delta, xSimple Minds, Neil Diamond impersonator Tam Scott, Emerald Sunday, Amber Road, The Session, Steeler, Freebird, River Runs Red, David Mutch and Shameless.

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland


tweets: Hamilton Accies have now signed Nigel Hasselbaink until end of season at least. They hope to have international clearance to play him 2moro.

Flats bought up to end slum housing

Hundreds of privately-owned flats in one of Glasgow's most ethnically diverse areas are to be bought out in a bid to end slum housing conditions.

Tenement flats in Govanhill

Glasgow City Council and the Scottish government are supporting a £9.3m plan to purchase 579 flats in four tenement blocks in the Govanhill area.

The aim is to end overcrowding, poor landlord practice, a lack of factoring arrangements and high tenancy turnover. The flats will be bought and run by Govanhill Housing Association.

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Springwatch star sighted in D&G

A young white-tailed eagle, who was one of the stars of Springwatch 2014, has been spotted in Dumfries and Galloway.

Lewis Pate

Sona has been sighted in south west Scotland, where white-tailed eagles have not bred for more than 150 years.

Sona, which means "lucky" in Gaelic, shot to fame when she was caught on camera falling from her nest at just 8-weeks-old.

The young bird had been attacked by an intruding eagle on the Isle of Mull and fell 30ft to the ground.