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  1. Emails contradict police stop and search claims
  2. Scotland's jobless total falls by 15,000
  3. Scots hospitals to ban e-cigarettes
  4. Container ship runs aground near Ardnamurchan
  5. Rangers confirm Ibrox to host EGM

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That's all from the Scotland Live team for today.

Join us at 07:00 tomorrow for all the latest developments from around Scotland.

In the meantime, you can keep up to date on the

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More powers possible, says Sturgeon

The SNP could use any post-election talks aimed at forming a new Westminster government to win enhanced powers for Holyrood, the first minister has suggested.

While draft clauses that will form the basis of a new devolution Bill have already been set out, Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs there may be "further negotiation that further refines" these following May's general election.

Nicola Sturgeon
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The SNP leader has ruled out a deal to support the Conservatives if David Cameron fails to win an overall majority. But she has indicated a deal with Labour could be possible.

Earlier, Prime Minister David Cameron said the prospect of an SNP-Labour coalition "very worrying".

Damages cut after legal battle

Reevel Alderson

BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

An Aberdeenshire teenager seriously injured when she was hit by a car will receive damages of more than £1m following a lengthy court battle.

Scottish judges had ruled that Lesley Jackson, who was 13 at the time of the accident in 2004, was partly to blame for what happened when she got off a school bus on the road between Banff and Fraserburgh.

Damages had been agreed at £2.25m, but this was reduced by 70% by the Court of Session. Today, at the end of a series of legal challenges, the UK Supreme Court awarded Ms Jackson 50% of the agreed damages.


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On #ReportingScotland, BBC1 Scot, 1830: @BBCchrismclaug reports, as we look ahead to #Celtic's @EuropaLeague match against @Inter.

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Water of Leith
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Robison has 'no control'

Health Secretary Shona Robison has "no control" over her department, according to Scottish Labour.

Labour health spokeswoman Jenny Marra told MSPs she welcomed the Scottish government's decision to publish health statistics on a weekly basis, but claimed the move is a Labour idea that contradicts Ms Robison's previous statements.

Shona Robison

During a heated debate on health, Ms Marra faced repeated calls from Ms Robison to apologise for "wilfully fiddling NHS figures".

Man slashed dog walker

Police are attempting to trace a man who slashed a dog walker in Glasgow.

The 44-year-old victim was attacked on Great Western Road, near its junction with Byres Road, in the city's west end, at about 22:40 on Tuesday.

He remains in a stable condition at the nearby Western Infirmary.

The suspect is described as a white, in his 40s, of medium height and build with a beard. He was wearing a high visibility jacket and had a grey rucksack with him.

Celtic connections

Celtic have

launched an account on Sina Weibo, one of the biggest social media networks in China.

The club said it was targeting Far East fans with updates, match reports and information in Mandarin.

Celtic page

A spokesman said they were also releasing a video of players wishing their Chinese supporters a Happy New Year.

Apology to patient

NHS Grampian has been told to apologise after a complaint about a failure to provide a patient who later died with a proper level of treatment was upheld.

An investigation found earlier surgery could have increased the chance of survival for the heart patient at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

The patient, known as Mr A, was admitted in January 2012 with severe chest pain. The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman requested the apology to relatives.

Finn Russell: Two week ban

Scotland's Finn Russell will miss the Six Nations match against Italy after receiving a

two-week suspension for a tackle on Wales' Dan Biggar.

Finn Russell
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Russell was yellow carded for the challenge in Sunday's 26-23 win for Wales but a Six Nations Disciplinary Committee deemed it "reckless".

Sturgeon grilled

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been quizzed by conveners of Holyrood committees on a range of topics from the NHS to education.

Nicola Sturgeon

The Scottish Parliament's super committee, chaired by Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick, heard from Ms Sturgeon during the hour-and-half session.

She said it was important to improve attainment in schools and to equip the NHS with what it needed.

Ms Sturgeon added she was willing to go before the committee heads more often.



Latest pictures of the cargo ship which has run aground on the west coast of Scotland


Sturgeon : No to TTIP

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has joined Labour and the Scottish Greens in calling for the NHS to be protected from private incursions by US healthcare providers.

Hospital ward

Legal advice commissioned by the union Unite has raised concerns that public health providers could be exposed to private "cherry picking" under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated between the US and the European Union.

Unite Scottish regional secretary Pat Rafferty said: "The message from Scotland to David Cameron is loud and clear, use your veto to get the NHS out of TTIP."

Scottish Sun Home Affairs Editor Chris Musson

tweets: Will Chief Constable be quizzed by MSPs re stop-and-search? MSPs say he declined; he says MSPs didn't demand he comes.

Labour stop and search call

Scottish Labour's justice spokesman has called on Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House to "come clean" about the stop and search.

It emerged today that the force was not forced to release "inaccurate" stop-search data, as was previously claimed by Sir Stephen.

Sir Stephen House

"Sir Stephen now has some serious questions to answer when he appears before the Justice committee.

"If Scotland's top police officer can't get his evidence straight there is something far wrong."

Portobello fire rescue

Angie Brown

BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter

Four workmen have been rescued from a fire at a bed and breakfast in Edinburgh.

Emergency services were called by workmen at the property on Seaview Terrace, Portobello, at 14:45.

Scene of the blaze

Fifty firefighters using eight fire engines are tackling the blaze, which started on the first floor of the mid terrace house.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said the flames were now through the roof. There were no injuries.

Aberdeen crash

This is the scene of a crash which left two people badly injured on the outskirts of Aberdeen last night.

Scene of the crash on the outskirts of Aberdeen

The Press and Journal newspaper took the pictures after the accident on the B979 South Deeside Road, which saw one of the vehicles burst into flames.

Man fights off intruders

A man has fought off four teenage intruders who broke into his house.

Afton Terrace

The 36-year-old disturbed one of the thieves in his home in Afton Terrace in the Trinity area of Edinburgh at 21:30 on Tuesday.

They started to struggle and three further thieves came in the backdoor and joined in the fight.

The teenagers then ran off and escaped in a silver Vauxhall which was parked at the front of the house. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Celtic underdogs against Inter - Deila

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Celtic are underdogs going into Thursday's Europa League clash against Inter Milan and would be happy with a draw, according to Ronnie Deila.

The Celtic boss says his current side are completely different from the one which crashed out of the Champions League qualifiers against Maribor last year.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila

Midfielder Kris Commons remains a doubt for the home tie and Deila says he won't play unless he's 100% fit. Celtic captain Scott Brown believes a draw would be a great result to take into the second leg in Italy.

Warmest day of 2015


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Hi, Chris here. We've reached 15.3C at Fyvie in Aberdeenshire - making it our warmest day of 2015 so far. Mild elsewhere too, at 10/12C.

Kinloss on the Moray Coast is a close second, at 15.1C so far. Our previous warmest day of 2015 was 14.3C at Millport, back in January.

Scots veteran hits 100

A Scottish veteran - who is the oldest living Chelsea Pensioner -

is celebrating his 100th birthday.

Mr Carrie

Peter Carrie, who was born in Dundee in 1915, is marking the milestone with a quiet gathering of his family in Scotland.

Mr Carrie, the oldest resident at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, served in the Air Force as well as the Army during World War Two.

Motivational words - Get involved

Following on from the Andy Murray motivational chat story, which words of wisdom have inspired you in your working and/or private life?

Andy Murray
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Share your buzzwords or key phrases via text to 80295,

email us or tweet using @BBCScotlandNews and we'll publish the best.

Murray motivation

Motivational notes written by Andy Murray before his Rotterdam Open quarter-final defeat by Gilles Simon have been published on Twitter.

The handwritten instructions - found and photographed by Dutch sports journalist Wilfred Genee - show tips such as "be good to yourself".

The note - found by Wilfred Genee at the Rotterdam Open
Wilfred genee

The notes, apparently written on the back of a letter to Andy from a fan, also gives him tactical advice including "keep going for your serve".

Despite the notes, Murray lost 6-4 6-2.

Murray reached the Australian Open final in January, losing to Novak Djokovic.

The world number four underwent back surgery towards the end of 2013 and experienced a lacklustre 2014.

Aberdeen crash teen to get £1.1m damages

A woman who was seriously injured when she was hit by a car a decade ago

will receive damages of more than £1m following a lengthy court battle.

Scottish judges had ruled Lesley Jackson, who was 13 at the time of the incident in 2004, was partly to blame after she got off a school bus on the road between Banff and Fraserburgh.

Damages were agreed at £2.5m but this was reduced by the Court of Session.

The UK Supreme Court has now decided a final £1.1m figure.

Emails contradict Police Scotland stop-search claims

Marc Ellison

Data journalist, BBC Scotland

Police Scotland was not forced to release "inaccurate" stop-search data,

according to evidence released by the Information Commissioner.

Last week, Chief Constable Sir Stephen House told the police watchdog he had been compelled to release the records.

Newly released documents reveal Police Scotland was not forced to release "inaccurate" stop-search data
Police Scotland

BBC Scotland used the data to reveal that police had not discontinued stop-searches on under-12s.

But new documents, which show the correspondence between the police and commissioner, contradict his claim.

Accused 'may have killed' Jean Campbell

A man accused of murdering a dog walker

told his mother he did not know if he killed her, a court has heard.

Jean Campbell

Paul Ward made the claim in a telephone call to his mother from Barlinnie Prison but a psychiatrist said this was not reliable as he was psychotic.

The 21-year-old denies killing Jean Campbell, 53, by striking her with a dog lead in Cranhill Park, Glasgow, on 13 December 2013.

He has been deemed unfit to stand trial on mental health grounds.

Appeal launched

Susan Boyle, BBC broadcaster Kaye Adams and X Factor finalist Nicholas McDonald have launched a special appeal for Lent.

Sciaf appeal

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund's Wee Box appeal aims to raise money for women farmers in Africa.

Any cash raised before 17 May will be matched by the UK government.

Scotland tickets restricted

Daily Record

Scotland fans are to get

just 3500 tickets for their crunch Euro 2016 clash with Ireland in Dublin.

Scotland 2016 clash

The revelation comes just months after FAI chief John Delaney promised he would give the Tartan Army a "fair" allocation.

Sandy Knowe wind farm plan rejected

Plans for a 30-turbine wind farm near Kirkconnel in Upper Nithsdale

have been rejected by the Scottish government.

Wind turbines

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing refused consent for Burcote Wind's Sandy Knowe scheme in Dumfries and Galloway.

Developers said it could meet the energy needs of more than 41,000 homes.

However, Mr Ewing said he agreed with Scottish Natural Heritage which had raised serious concerns over cumulative impact and adverse landscape and visual affect the wind farm would have.

Teen challenges firearms sentence

A teenager who sparked a firearms incident in Shetland is appealing against his sentence.

Samuel Barlow, 16, was given the three-year custodial sentence this month after the incident in September.

Gun incident
Austin Taylor

Lerwick Sheriff Court heard Barlow, who was was armed with an air rifle, could have been shot by firearms officers.

He admitted assault and threatening behaviour. An appeal has now been lodged at the Criminal Appeal Court in Edinburgh.

Badger in love?

Glasgow's Silverburn shopping centre is not known for its wildlife.

But security cameras captured pictures of a large badger outside the complex in the early hours of 14 February.

Images of Valentines badger

What was it up to? Find out more on

Reporting Scotland at 13.30 or watch a teaser clip on the
BBC Scotland News Facebook page.

Confidence in police 'at risk'

The revelation that

Police Scotland was not forced to release "inaccurate" information about stop and search, as claimed by Chief Constable Sir Stephen House, risks "undermining public confidence", according to the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Emails released by the Information Commissioner contradicted Sir Stephen's claim to a meeting of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA).

Justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP said: "This exchange of emails rebuts each and every point the chief constable used in his defence at the SPA.

"The facts do not match his claims. Parliament and the SPA is owed an honest explanation for this sorry mess. This seriously risks undermining public confidence in Scotland's national force."

Sturgeon live

Nicola Sturgeon is currently giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament on her legislative programme.

Democracy live

You can follow live coverage of the committee convenor group, updates and analysis


Who are the Guerrilla knitters?

A group of guerrilla knitters has struck by

leaving knitted items along the bollards and railings of a cycle path in Dumfries.


The items appeared overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, with the only clue as to who is behind the decoration being tags left from the "Bollard and Chicane Protection Authority".

Guerrilla knitting, also known as "yarn bombing" is a type of street art using items made from yarn - whether knitted, crocheted, or made into pom-poms.

If you can help solve the mystery, email us

here or tweet @BBCScotlandNews.

Bridge speed to be cut

The speed limit on the Forth Road Bridge is be cut while the new replacement crossing is built.

Forth Road Bridge

Project director David Climie told MSPs drivers were already slowing down to look at the construction of the adjacent Queensferry Crossing.

The speed limit on the existing bridge is to drop from 50mph to 40mph in the spring, with average speed cameras installed along three miles of the A90 and M90 until the completion of the new bridge.

Mr Climie told MSPs on the Scottish Parliament's infrastructure committee the new crossing would be fully open to traffic at the end of 2016.

Solicitor admits embezzlement

A solicitor from Falkirk has been told he could face prison after he admitted embezzling £13,000 while working with a Dumfries firm.

Dumfries Sheriff Court

Steven Crommie, 37, committed the offence between 2013 and 2014 at estate agents Bell Park Kerridge.

Dumfries Sheriff Court heard all the clients involved had been fully compensated.

The case was deferred for background reports.


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BBC Scotland

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Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

What lies beneath the job stats? @ons has been experimenting with data:

Quarterly population flows Oct-Dec 2014

PM: SNP coalition 'worrying'

The Prime Minister has described the prospect of an SNP coalition with Labour following the general election in May as "very worrying".

David Cameron

Opinion polls suggest that the SNP could pick up many seats in Scotland and in the event of a hung parliament, Labour could seek a deal.

Speaking during a visit to a factory in England, Mr Cameron said, "In Scotland, a lot of people vote SNP, they will definitely ally with Labour, and I think it is very worrying that you could have a Labour government propped up by a party that actually want to abolish our country."

Earlier this week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the BBC Labour would have to "moderate its position" on deficit reduction if it wanted to form a government with the help of the SNP.

Festival drug claims 'unsubstantiated'

Claims that an annual music event is becoming a "fringe festival for drug use" have been rejected as "completely unsubstantiated" by organisers.

Councillor Gail MacGregor made the comments after the Eden Festival, based near Moffat, below, secured a grant of £8,000.

The Eden Festival takes place at Raehills, near Moffat, every year
Chris Newman

She said Dumfries and Galloway Council had to keep a "really close eye on any hint of excessive drug use".

Organisers denied the claim, adding that it had been shortlisted for Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards.

Australian band The Cat Empire, US hip hop artist Grandmaster Flash and the UK's Ms Dynamite top the bill at the event, which takes place between 11 and 14 June.