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Summary

  1. Rifkind suspended from Tory party
  2. Fire service admits death failings
  3. Ebola nurse under investigation
  4. Snow causes disruption in north
  5. Woman raped in Glasgow street attack

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By Paul McLaren, Marianne Taylor and Brian Ponsonby

All times stated are UK

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

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Is a £67,000 salary enough for MPs? Should they be allowed to have a second job?

Secret filming images of Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw
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Bid to improve rally icon museum

Scottish Borders Council has committed £515,000 towards an enlarged and improved museum to celebrate the life and achievements of two-time Formula One World Champion Jim Clark.

Jim Clark
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The project will see the council's existing Jim Clark Room in Newtown Street, Duns, expanded on the current site and enhanced to allow cars raced by Clark to be displayed, along with a wide range of trophies and other memorabilia.

External funding is also being sought to complete the £1.2m project.

Man badly injured in Edinburgh bar fight

A man is being treated in hospital for a serious head injury following a fight outside an Edinburgh bar.

Ritz bar and grill
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The

incident happened outside the Ritz Bar and Grill, on Lochside Place, at 01:00 on Sunday as the bar was closing.

The 23-year-old man was seriously assaulted and taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the bar at the time to contact police. They are particularly keen to speak to three people involved.

Tonight's forecast...

BBC Scotland Weather

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A windy night of weather in store across the south west, west coast and Hebrides. Winds here gusting from 50mph to 60mph and occasionally 70mph in exposed locations from the west or north west. Further frequent squally showers too, these of rain, hail and sleet to low levels, with snow on ground above around 300m.

Further east, across the central lowlands and southern uplands, expect a few showers although not as frequent.

For most of the mainland, there is also the risk of icy stretches as the temperature dips and the ground is wet. The driest spots will be across Grampian. Lows tonight around 1C to 3C for most.

Tomorrow remains windy with gales at first around western coasts from the north west. Further frequent showers will arrive across Highland and Grampian, with central, east and south east Scotland faring best, with drier and brighter spells of weather. Highs tomorrow around 5C to 7C.

Dundee move for Falkirk striker Loy

BBC Sport

Scotland

Dundee have signed Falkirk striker Rory Loy on a pre-contract as manager Paul Hartley continues his squad rebuilding for next season.

Rory Loy will join Dundee in summer after signing a pre-contract.
SNS

Loy, who has scored 11 times this season, will join the club in summer after agreeing a deal until 2018.

The 26-year-old signed from Carlisle in 2013 after previous spells at Rangers, Dunfermline and St Mirren.

He was nominated for the PFA Championship Player of the Year award last season after netting 21 times.

Travel delays and road closures...

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In Glasgow, an accident is blocking one lane westbound at J16 Craighall and traffic is very slow on the approach and adding to the usual peak-time congestion. Traffic there is very slow from J13 Provan right through to J22 Plantation.

In West Lothian, traffic is slow due to roadworks on the M8 between J3a Bathgate and J4 Whitburn.

A number of roads are closed elsewhere after heavy snow.

In Aberdeenshire, the A93 Glenshee to Braemar Road is closed, as is the A889 at Dalwhinnie and the B974 Banchory to Fettercairn Road.

In Aberfoyle, the A821 Duke's Pass is also closed.

Police say extra care is needed on the A9 at Dalwhinnie and on the A82 at Glencoe.

Strong winds are affecting the Kessock, Tay, Erskine, Dornoch and Forth Road Bridges. The wins are also affecting ferries.

Andy Coulson to face perjury trial

The former editor of the News of the World,

Andy Coulson, is due to stand trial in Scotland on 21 of April on a charge of perjury.

Andy Coulson
Ciaran Donnelly

The charge relates to the trial of the socialist politician Tommy Sheridan and his wife Gail at the High Court in Glasgow in December 2010.

The trial date was announced following a hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh today, which Mr Coulson attended.

The 47-year-old was director of communications at Number 10 Downing Street from 2010 to 2011.

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Brown leads case for Kirkcaldy Tesco

Former prime minister

Gordon Brown has said that he and Fife Council leaders have put "a strong case" to Tesco for keeping its Kirkcaldy store open.

Tesco protest in Kirkcaldy
BBC

Tesco announced last month that the store, which employs 189 people, would be one of four closures in Scotland.

Mr Brown, who is the local MP, and Fife Council officials met Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis in London earlier.

He said they had shown Tesco that Kirkcaldy was not a declining market and would continue to grow.

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War medals stolen in house raid

Police are attempting to trace

thieves who stole five World War Two medals from a house in Edinburgh while the elderly homeowner was asleep.

Medals
Police Scotland

The house, in the Grange area, was targeted on Sunday morning.

The owner woke to discover that medals were missing, along with a large quantity of cash, two gold wedding bands and three antique watches.

Police said the medals were of "great sentimental value" to the homeowner and have appealed for witnesses.

Man fined for 'posting manure'

A

man who sprayed liquid manure through his former neighbour's letterbox following a row has been fined £700.

Stewart Reid, of Portknockie, admitted acting in a threatening or abusive manner during the incident in New Aberdour in September last year.

The 62-year-old first offender also admitted being in possession of a blade in a public place.

At Peterhead Sheriff Court, Reid was also ordered to pay the victim £200 for the resulting clean-up.

Fine and Dandie...

Cameron Buttle

BBC Scotland

More than 50 Dandie Dinmont terriers and their owners have gathered near Selkirk in celebration of the breed.

Dandie Dinmont
BBC

Every single one of the world's population of Dandie Dinmonts can be traced back to a pair bred in the Borders.

The dogs - and their owners - travelled from all over the world to take part in events that also mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Walter Scott's novel Guy Mannering, in which the author named the breed.

Laptops stolen in computer shop raid

A masked has stolen 10 laptop computers and a number of mobile phones

after breaking in to a computer shop in Crieff.

Police said the shop, on the town's High Street, was targeted at 05:20 on Sunday morning.

The suspect was described as being about 5ft 10in (1.77m) tall. At the time of the robbery he was wearing a dark jacket and white trainers, with a full balaclava over his face.

Officers have appealed for information.

Travel weather warning...

Weather forecasters are warning of hazardous driving conditions on Monday and Tuesday as frequent sleet, snow and hail showers sweep across Scotland.

Train at Dalwhinnie
Network Rail

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for snow and ice across Scotland until Tuesday night.

Snow showers caused disruption on some routes on Monday morning, including on parts of the A9, M80 and M74.

Up to an inch (2.5cm) of snow is possible over low ground and 4in on ground above 200m, the Met Office said.

Driver injured after car hits wall

A driver has been injured

after his car came off a road and struck a wall in Nairn.

The accident happened at about midday on Nairn's Inverness Road at its junction with the Newton Hotel.

Firefighters freed the man from the wreckage and he was taken to hospital.

There was no information available on the condition of the man who was described by emergency services as "elderly".

Scotland 'will win soon'

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Scotland

Veteran winger Sean Lamont is adamant

Scotland are close to clicking, and that a major result will soon follow.

Sean Lamont
SNS

The 34-year-old won his 92nd cap in the side's recent Six Nations defeat to Wales.

It was the second narrow loss in as many weeks as the Scots fell to France on the opening day.

But Glasgow Warriors' Lamont believes the margins between more Championship heartache and a precious win are growing ever slimmer.

"We've got to improve on making the right decisions at the right time," he said.

Doctor caught with indecent images of children

A 29-year-old hospital doctor has admitted downloading hundreds of indecent images of children.

Brian Morris was caught with 481 images and 23 videos on his computer when police arrived at his rented flat in Glasgow's Princes Terrace.

Morris, who is now a patient at Gartnavel Hospital, admitted downloading and possessing the material between November 2013 and March 2014.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, sentence on the medic was deferred.

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Stag gore victim given press role

A woman who forced six newspapers to change their stories after making "inappropriate" references to her transgender status

has been appointed to a committee on editorial standards.

Dr Kate Stone
Dr Kate Stone

Dr Kate Stone, 45, from Cambridge, made the news after she was nearly killed by a stag in the Highlands in 2013.

The Press Complaints Commission upheld her concerns about several articles.

That experience helped convince press regulator Ipso to appoint her to the Editors' Code of Practice Committee.

Dr Stone was nearly killed when a stag gored her throat on 30 December 2013 near Fort William.

Several papers included details of her personal life.

Hospital kept breast milk 'too warm'

An inspection of Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Sick Children found

expressed breast milk was being stored at the wrong temperature.

Baby's bottle
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The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate report found milk was kept at temperatures up to 7C on four wards - NHS guidelines recommend it be refrigerated at between 2C and 4C.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said it was addressing the issue as a priority.

Snow through road

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Snow has closed the A889 between the A9 junction in Dalwhinnie and A86 junction in Laggan.

Winners...by a country mile

BBC Sport

Scotland

Andrew Butchart of Central AC and Edinburgh AC's Maddie Murray won the senior titles at

the Scottish National Cross Country Championships in Falkirk.

Maddie Murray wins the women's race at Falkirk
Bobby Gavin

Over 12km, Butchart finished 18 seconds ahead of Great Britain team-mate Callum Hawkins to cross the line in 38 minutes and six seconds.

Murray, like Butchart winning the title for the first time, sprinted beyond Rosie Smith of Hunters Bog Trotters for a time of 28 mins 54 secs for 8km.

Jonny Glen won the men's Under-20 race.

And the women's Under-20 event at Callendar Park was won by Kathryn Gillespie, a club-mate of Butchart's.

'Moral scandal' of inequality in education

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has said more money should be earmarked to tackle educational inequality.

jim murphy
Reuters

Mr Murphy also wants a chief education officer to be appointed in all 32 Scottish councils.

He said: "When Scotland's families flourish, Scotland flourishes. But under the SNP, working class families are being let down, and find themselves almost locked out of the opportunity to get on in life through education.

"Last week in a speech to academics and economists I said that inequality is a moral scandal that is holding the whole country back from a better future. We build a better, more prosperous Scotland by building a fairer, more equal Scotland."

Grab your brollies...

BBC Scotland Weather

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Further frequent squally showers to come this afternoon. Any snow will tend to become confined to the highest routes and hills, above around 300m. Some hail and thunder mixed in with the showers especially across the northwest Highlands. Drier towards eastern areas, especially the eastern Borders, Aberdeenshire, Caithness, Orkney and eventually Shetland will see a lot of dry weather with some sunny spells. A very windy day with a strong southwesterly reaching gale force along the west coast. Feeling cold 4C to 6C.

Hundreds of new homes for Inverness

Barratt Homes plans to build

315 new homes on land it has bought in Inverness.

Bricklayer
PA

The company has taken over the Ness Castle site near the Holm Roundabout on the city's Dores Road.

Barratt Homes said land would be made available for Highland Council to build a new primary school.

It added that the new development will have two, three and four bedroom terraced, semi-detached and detached properties.

Railway worker shot with air rifle

British Transport Police are investigating after

a railway worker was shot with an air rifle in High Bonnybridge.

The 48-year-old was struck in the leg while working in the Greenhill area at about 08:00 on Sunday. He attended Glasgow Royal Infirmary for treatment.

A search of the immediate area was carried out, with door to door inquiries taking place at nearby houses on Broomhill Road.

Dounreay waste plan

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

A store capable of holding radioactive waste for up to 100 years has been proposed for the Dounreay nuclear site.

Dounreay
DSRL

The £23m building at the Caithness site could hold 2,800 500-litre drums.

The store has been proposed as an extension to a cementation plant where drums of waste are filled with a grout to reduce levels of radioactivity.

Dounreay Site Restoration Limited has applied for planning permission for the new store and hopes to start the building work next year.

Headteachers face new test

All new headteachers will need to study for

a specially-designed qualification, the Scottish government has announced.

Nicola Sturgeon at a London school
PA

The new masters qualification for headship will be introduced this year and become mandatory for new headteachers in 2018.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said strong leadership in schools could play a big part helping to raise attainment by pupils.

She was speaking during a visit to Blue Gate Fields junior in Tower Hamlets.

Earlier, she had said Scotland could learn lessons on how to tackle the attainment gap from London schools.

Nose bite rules Castrogiovanni out

Italy's Martin Castrogiovanni is set to miss Saturday's Six Nations match against Scotland at Murrayfield

after being bitten on the nose by a dog.

Martin Castrogiovanni
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The 33-year-old Toulon prop needed 14 stitches in a wound inflicted while playing with a friend's dog.

The Italian rugby federation said it was a "slight domestic incident".

Italy are bottom of the Six Nations table after losing 26-3 to Ireland in Rome and 47-17 to England at Twickenham in their first two matches.

Owners to reopen fire-hit hotel

The owners of an Aberdeenshire hotel that was badly damaged by fire have said

they intend to rebuild and reopen it.

Darroch Learg
John Armitage

The top floor and roof of Darroch Learg Hotel, in Ballater, were destroyed in the blaze, which started on Friday afternoon and burned into Saturday morning.

The fire service praised the actions of its crews for saving much of the building in difficult conditions.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has concluded and it is not being treated as suspicious.

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Dounreay waste plan

A store capable of holding radioactive waste for up to 100 years has been proposed for the Dounreay nuclear site.

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The £23m building at the Caithness site could hold 2,800 500-litre drums.

The store has been proposed as an extension to a cementation plant where drums of waste are filled with a grout to reduce levels of radioactivity.

Dounreay Site Restoration Limited has applied for planning permission for the new store and hopes to start the building work next year.

Lane cordoned off after rape

Police have cordoned off an area near to

where a woman was raped in the north of Glasgow.

Police at scene of rape
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The 24-year-old victim was forced into the driveway of a disused premises, near Killermont Polo Club, off Maryhill Road, at about 02:30.

Officers said she suffered a "horrendous ordeal".

The suspect was described as black, 6ft tall with a heavy build. He was wearing a dark jumper with a hood.

£20,000 chainsaw raid

A batch of

31 chainsaws worth almost £20,000 has been stolen from Scotland's Rural College in Dumfries.

The equipment and a green trailer were taken from the Barony campus in Dumfries between 16:30 on Friday and 09:00 on Saturday.

The Husqvarna and Stihl chainsaws were removed from a workshop in the college. Police have appealed for information.

Landmarks go dark for Earth Day

Famous Glasgow landmarks are to be plunged into darkness later this month to mark WWF's Earth Day.

glasgow city chambers
BBC

The event sees lights switched off around the world in a symbolic display of environmental awareness.

Glasgow City Council said the City Chambers, Glasgow University, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the Mitchell Library would go dark at 20:30 on Saturday 28 March.

Earth Hour will be observed in about 7,000 towns and cities around the world.

Some of the famous buildings and structures taking part include the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House.

Fowl play?

The Scottish SPCA is looking for the owner of a stray guineafowl found in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire.

The bird, which has been nicknamed Bumble, was spotted in a tree in the town's Old Manse Road on Thursday.

Guineafowl
Scottish SPCA

Animal rescue officer Gavin Law said: "It's likely Bumble was kept as a pet and we hope someone will come forward.

"If no-one comes forward we'll find her a suitable new home."

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Man injured in house fire

A man has been taken to hospital after suffering burns in a fire at a house in Inverness.

Emergency services were alerted to the blaze in Abban Street at about 08:45 and the man was taken to the city's Raigmore Hospital.

The incident closed nearby Lochalsh Road to vehicles and pedestrians until about 11:00.