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  1. Renewed fears over Longannet's future
  2. Women held over '50 Shades' attack
  3. FAI opens into death of stabbed foster mother
  4. Fans' views sought on lifting football stadium alcohol ban

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BBC Scotland news

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Until then, you can keep up with all the Scottish news at the

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Second union in North Sea warning

A second union has

raised the prospect of industrial action by North Sea contract workers.

GMB Scotland claims the terms and conditions of its members in the offshore industry are under attack.

Officers will seek permission from the union's regional committee to ballot members covered by the Offshore Contractors Agreement about possible strike action.

Unite announced a similar move over the weekend.

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BBC Two Scotland

Tonight @ 10.30pm - we'll have the latest on the situation at Longannet power station and the continuing row over teacher numbers.

Festival fun


full programme for Wee Write! 2015, Scotland's only dedicated book festival for children and young people, has been announced.

Katie Morag author Mairi Hedderwick and teenage fiction writer Cathy McPhail are among those taking part in the festival, which takes place from 3 to 7 March at Glasgow's Mitchell Library.

Kaite Morag

Other events include a Diary of a Wimpy Kid show and a Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

Crash driver sentenced

A man who admitted causing the death of his uncle after crashing a car while driving uninsured and without a licence has been told to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.

Paul Doherty, 24, crashed the car into a wall and a pole in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, on 22 June 2013.

He left the scene of the accident, along with his uncle, John, who later died from his injuries.

Doherty also admitted driving without a licence or insurance cover and attempting to pervert the course of justice by falsely claiming his uncle had been driving at the time of the crash.

Man in court over burning incident

A 25-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court over an incident which left a homeless man with serious burns.

Jordan Jeans appeared in private at Inverness Sheriff Court charged with assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement on 10 February.

He was also charged with assaulting a second man to his severe injury on the previous day.

James Shaw suffered severe burns to his legs in Nairn on 10 February.

Scots scientists' bacteria find

Bacteria has the ability to jump between species more easily than previously thought, Scots scientists have discovered.


The findings will have "major implications" for how the risk of bacterial diseases passing between humans and animals is assessed, experts said.

The research was carried out by scientists at the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh who studied a strain of bacteria which had been passed from humans to rabbits.

Although it was well known that viruses such as flu could be transmitted from one species to another, it was thought the process was far more complicated for bacteria.

Lisa Summers

BBC Scotland

Patient is being tested for Ebola at specialist hospital unit in Edinburgh. They reported raised temperature after returning from W Africa.

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

#Rangers fans hoping for a Glasgow EGM will be left disappointed. @BBCSport understands a new London venue has been found.

Weather outlook

BBC Scotland Weather


Showers becoming confined to the west coast by dusk, with temperatures around six degrees celsius.

A ridge of high pressure will build this evening, bringing dry weather and clear skies, with a fairly widespread frost.

Police hunt hotel robbers

Police are attempting to trace two men who carried out an

armed robbery at a popular hotel in South Lanarkshire.

The men got out of a black, jeep-like car, outside the Parkville Hotel in Glasgow Road, Blantyre, at 00:45.

They threatened the manager with a weapon as he locked up and forced him inside where they stole a sum of cash before fleeing.

The manager was unhurt but left badly shaken. Police are reviewing CCTV images and have appealed for help.

Caley players 'dealt with'


Inverness Caledonian Thistle players have been "dealt with" internally by the club after they were involved in an incident which saw winger Aaron Doran fined by police.

It is understood Doran, 23, was one of three men issued with a fixed penalty notice following an incident in Inverness in the early hours of Sunday.


He had earlier missed his club's victory at St Mirren through injury.

The identity of the other player is not known.

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Sturgeon demands assurances on power supplies

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on the prime minister to make assurances over Scotland's electricity supplies following

concerns over the future of Longannet power station in Fife.

It is understood talks between Scottish Power and National Grid have stalled.

Ms Sturgeon said: "It was clear from the meeting of the Scottish Energy Advisory Board today that industry experts are concerned about security of supply in Scotland and across the UK, and for the continued maintenance of electricity supplies in a robust manner. These issues need to be assessed and that is why I am calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to act.

"It is vital that the UK government fulfils its statutory responsibility to monitor security of supply issues and does so in an open and transparent way. The actions we have proposed would enable proper public scrutiny of the situation in Scotland."


David Miller

BBC Scotland

Energy minister @FergusEwingMSP on threat to Longannet: This isn't brinksmanship. It's serious. The UK Government must intervene.

Man found dead at Hunterston

Police have launched an investigation after a 23-year-old man was found dead at Hunterston coal terminal.

Emergency services were called to the site in North Ayrshire on Sunday night after the man was found on a crane.

It is understood he was an employee who was there to do repair work. He did not fall from the crane.

Police Scotland said a post-mortem examination would be held to establish the exact cause of the man's death, which is being treated as unexplained.


BBC Sport


Russell cited for dangerous tackle: Scotland fly-half Finn Russell is cited for a

dangerous tackle on Wales' Dan Biggar

Boy breaks neck in goalposts fall


12-year-old boy is recovering at home after breaking his neck in the gym at Liberton High School - the same Edinburgh school where a pupil was crushed to death by a wall last year.

Liberton High

Alan Ramsay was knocked unconscious and suffered broken bones in his jaw and neck when the goalposts he was swinging on collapsed during a PE lesson.

A report has been sent to the Health and Safety Executive and all schools are now reviewing the use of similar equipment.

In April last year

12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett died when a wall in the PE changing room fell on her.

Three people cut free after A90 crash

Evening Express

Three people were trapped after a crash on a major north east road this afternoon.

A woman was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after crash, which happened at around 2.15pm on the A90 Peterhead to Fraserburgh road, at the junction of the B9033 St Combs turn-off.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent three appliances to the scene and are used cutting gear to free the trapped people in one of the cars.

Oil industry benefiting from 'positive initiatives'

The UK government has reacted to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call for it to do more to help the North Sea oil industry.

Ms Sturgeon made the comments while touring a pipeline contractor during a visit to Aberdeen.

Nicola Sturgeon

A spokesman for the UK government said "We have produced a number of positive initiatives in recent months - such as brown field allowances and new field allowances and a 2% reduction in the supplementary charge on oil and gas production profits.

"We are also fast-tracking a consultation on an Investment Allowance - at the request of the industry - which would replace the existing suite of field allowances.

Coming up...

Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland. The latest on Longannet power station and the future of North Sea oil are among the stories being covered until 18:00.

BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive

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'Worrying time' for Longannet

Thomas Docherty, MP for Dunfermline & West Fife, has reacted to

renewed fears for the future of the coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife.

"This is obviously a very worrying time for the station's workforce and their families," he said.

"Longannet is the largest single employer at the western end of West Fife and the early cessation of generation would clearly have a huge impact on Kincardine and the surrounding villages.

Longannet Power Station in Fife

"I've been in contact with Scottish Power and the National Grid and have urged them to get back round the table. I am also in dialogue with the UK government to make sure no stone is left unturned."

SPFL action against Celtic or Rangers unlikely

The Scottish Professional Football League is unlikely to take action against Celtic and Rangers over the behaviour of their fans at the recent League Cup semi-final.

Celtic v Rangers at Hampden

Twelve supporters were arrested for alleged sectarian offences at the game.

However, the SPFL say both clubs did all they could to avoid any offensive behaviour in the match at Hampden.

And it revealed, as yet, there is no evidence of any breaches to the SPFL's rules by Celtic or Rangers.

No attempt to recover crew bodies from sunken ship

No attempt will be made to recover bodies of the crew from the wreck of the cargo ship Cemfjord, which sank in the Pentland Firth.

The Cemfjord - which was carrying cement - sank last month.

The Cemfjord sank after capsizing
Not specified

The bodies of the eight men on board - seven Polish nationals and one Filipino - have never been found.

The Hamburg-based owners said the difficult decision not to carry out a recovery operation was based on a number of factors.

Bus attacker bit OAP's fingertip off

A man who bit off part of a 64-year-old woman's finger after she tried to stop him attacking another man on a bus

has been jailed for four years.

Drunken Gary Bradley punched and bit Brian Thomas on the bus in Greenock, on 22 October last year, after he tried to stop him pestering a teenage girl.

When Kathleen Hainey tried to stop the fight, Bradley, 29, bit the tip off the little finger of her left hand.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, he was jailed after admitting both attacks.

Prisoner killed inmate in jail laundry row

A prisoner has been sentenced after he admitted killing another inmate

following a row over laundry.

John O'Neil, 27, punched Raymond Gavin at Kilmarnock Prison on 11 June 2014. The 52-year-old never recovered from the blow and later died in hospital.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that trouble flared in the jail's laundry room after Gavin "skipped the queue" by putting his bag before O'Neil's.

O'Neil was jailed for 28 months after admitting a culpable homicide charge.

'Lead marks' on killed dog walker

A hearing into the murder of a woman in a Glasgow park has been told that marks found on her body may have been caused by a dog lead.

Forensic scientist Richard Vallance said that a dog lead found near 53-year-old Jean Campbell's body "could have been responsible for the marks".

Jean Campbell's body was found in Cranhill Park by her husband John

Paul Ward, 21, denies killing Mrs Campbell by striking her with a dog lead in Cranhill Park in December 2013.

He has been deemed unfit to stand trial because of mental health issues.

Mr Ward is currently detained at the State Hospital at Carstairs.

Evidence is being heard at an examination of facts at the High Court in Glasgow.



First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wishes good luck to @PrestonMommsen & @CricketScotland in tonight's game. #FollowScotland

Scotland cricket captain Preston Mommsen and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Football alcohol ban - Your views

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Cat, Houston: The vile and aggressive things that lots of men shout at football matches would get even worse if alcohol was allowed. Children and other civilised human beings shouldn't have to listen to this - absolutely not.

Call for crash fatal accident inquiry

An MP has written to the Lord Advocate of Scotland calling for a fatal accident inquiry

over a crash involving two RAF Tornado jets which left three airmen dead.

The RAF Lossiemouth jets crashed over the Moray Firth off the Caithness coast in July 2012.

Samuel Bailey, Hywel Poole and Adam Sanders died

It recently emerged the aircraft did not have collision warning systems installed.

Moray SNP MP Angus Robertson said it strengthened the case for a FAI.

Harvesting bright future

Scientists at the James Hutton Institute are working to produce better barley and safeguard future harvests.

Staff based at Invergowrie, just outside Dundee,

study tens of thousands of strains of the plant right down to a genetic level, to ensure the country can produce the best barley possible now and into the distant future.


In one experiment, researchers are cross-breeding wild barley from dry regions of Israel with normal Scottish barley in search of genes associated with drought tolerance.

This could help develop more robust strains of barley which could thrive even if the Scottish climate grew drier in the future.

Your questions for Ruth Davidson

As part of BBC Scotland's coverage of the Scottish Conservative Party conference,

Ruth Davidson will be taking part in a half-hour webcast in which she will answer your questions.

Ruth Davidson

The conference will take place this Friday - 20 February - at Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).

If you have something to ask Ms Davidson, email, and put "webchat questions" in the message field of your email.

Kirk Moderator meets Pope Francis

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has

met the Pope at the Vatican.

The Right Reverend John Chalmers told Pope Francis that people of faith in Scotland would welcome him with open arms if he was able to visit.

Pope Francis meets moderator Right Reverend John Chalmers

The moderator said the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Scotland had never been more cordial or productive.

Man dies after care home fire

An 78-year-old elderly man who was seriously injured in a fire at a Dundee care home has died,

police have confirmed.

Balhousie Clement Park Car Home

Firefighters were called to Balhousie Clement Park Care Home at about 01:20 on Sunday, where they extinguished a small fire in a first-floor bedroom.

The man was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to Ninewells Hospital, but later died from his injuries.

The fire is not being treated as suspicious, but a report into the sudden death will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

Love Grumpy cat?

Pauline McLean

BBC Scotland arts correspondent

Calling all cat video fans. Anyone going to the event @glasgowfilmfest this weekend? Come and speak to me @GlasgowGoMA on Thursday? Tweet me (

@BBCPolliemac) if interested.

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Review of exotic pet rules

Legislation around the trade and importation of exotic pets is to be reviewed by the Scottish government.

Rural Affairs and Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said he would look to improve current regulations following discussions with animal welfare charity OneKind.

bearded dragon

The internet trade in exotic pets - which includes monkeys, meercats and reptiles - is increasing, according to campaigners.

In 2011 a bearded dragon was discovered in supermarket toilets, while Chinese water dragons, corn snakes, terrapins and a six-foot boa constrictor have also been abandoned or lost recently, according to the Scottish SPCA.

Libby Anderson, OneKind policy director said: "We recommend the introduction of a positive list system to identify those animals that are suitable for private keeping, and prohibit or stringently license the keeping of all other types."

Fear over future of Longannet

David Miller

BBC Scotland environment correspondent

There are renewed fears for the

future of the coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife, BBC Scotland has learned.

Scottish Power, which operates the plant, warned last year that the cost of connecting to the grid meant the station may close sooner than planned.

Longannet power station

Scottish Power said last October the cost of keeping Longannet connected to the grid was about £40m a year, while a similar power station in the south of England would receive a payment of £4m.

It is understood talks between Scottish Power and National Grid have stalled.

Entrepreneur bags Samsung deal

A young Scottish app entrepreneur has secured a partnership with tech giant Samsung - after turning down an offer of investment from a 'dragon'.

Cally Russell, 27, had been looking for £75,000 for his shopping app Mallzee when he appeared on BBC's

Dragons' Den.

Cally Russell

But he walked away from an offer by dragon Peter Jones after they could not agree on terms.

Mr Russell, whose company is based in Edinburgh, later struck a deal with Samsung UK and Ireland.

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Rob Hill from Inverness sent us this fantastic shot of his dogs Tia and Ruby playing on a sunny Ardmair beach on Sunday.

Rob Hill

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Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson: Great morning at the #Stirlingbullsales. Lots of business to be done this afternoon after the showing.

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson in conversation
Ruth Davidson