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  1. No inquiry into fatal Tornado crash
  2. Scottish police submit Talbot report
  3. Rangers appoint Stuart McCall as manager
  4. Elderly care standards 'not met'
  5. Glasgow 2014 'was under budget'

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Building firm in administration

A leading Dundee construction firm has gone into administration.

Administrators from Campbell Dallas warned that "a significant number" of redundancies are likely at Muirfield Contracts.

The firm, which has 280 staff mainly in Dundee and Aberdeen, was bought out by Azure Investments in 2013.

Joint administrators Derek Forsyth and David Hunter said the company had suffered from "unsustainable cash flow problems" despite a turnover of £47m.

Graham tweet under investigation

Police are

"carrying out inquiries" into a tweet apparently sent by a newly-appointed Rangers director.

A sexually explicit cartoon of the prophet Mohammed was sent from Chris Graham's Twitter account to a radical Islamist preacher in January.

Chris Graham
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The tweet was sent to Anjem Choudary on the day of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.

Mr Graham was appointed as a non-executive director of the Ibrox club earlier this week.

APD 'stifles demand'

The world's biggest airline, which is about to start flying its new route to New York from Edinburgh, has claimed air passenger duty is hindering its efforts to expand.

The American Airlines daily service will begin on May 8 and run until September.

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The airline's regional director David Thomas said APD stifled demand.

He added: "It's frustrating. The government is encouraging new business but those trying to develop transatlantic opportunities are restricted by this tax."

Precious artefacts in storage

Aileen Clarke

BBC Scotland

Precious artefacts and fragments of rare books and furniture are among the finds pulled from the debris of the fire at Glasgow School of Art's Macintosh Library, it has been revealed today.

Archaeologists have been working for three months to sift through what remains of the library after it was engulfed by fire last year.

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Now everything which can be salvaged has been put in storage for future conservation work.

See more on Reporting Scotland at 18:30.

McCall on Rangers support

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"I can't ask any more of #Rangers supporters than they've given," says new boss Stuart McCall.

'We must believe'

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"We've got to believe this can still be a successful season" - Stuart McCall.

Watch live here. #Rangers

Stuart McCall

Confident start?

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"If you do things with confidence you do things better, and it takes a couple of results to turn things around" - Stuart McCall. #Rangers

'Disappointment' at Tornado inquiry decision

The lawyer representing families of those killed in the Tornado crash said "many questions" remained unanswered.

David Bell added: "We are disappointed about the decision not to hold a fatal accident inquiry and whilst we accept that the Service Inquiry Report does identify the immediate causes of the accident, there are many questions about how and why many of those causes arose which need to be answered.

"Without the appropriate inquiry, it is difficult to see how lessons will be learned."

Talbot awaits abuse sentence

The report to Scottish prosecutors comes as Fred Talbot, 65, awaits sentencing tomorrow in Manchester after a jury found him guilty of indecently assaulting two Altrincham Grammar School pupils in the mid-1970s.

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The Edinburgh-born former TV weatherman was as a biology teacher at the school until 1984.

A Crown Court court in Manchester heard he resigned in disgrace after making indecent comments to two 15-year-old pupils.

Scottish police submit Talbot report

Police investigating incidents of alleged abuse involving TV weatherman Fred Talbot have submitted a report to Scottish prosecutors.

A spokesman for the Crown Office said a report was given to its Dumfries office relating to incidents involving a 65 year-old man, said to have happened between January 1968 and January 1981.

The report is currently under consideration by the Procurator Fiscal.

Weatherman Talbot 'reported to Scottish prosecutors'

Police investigating incidents of alleged abuse involving TV weatherman Fred Talbot are believed to have submitted a report to Scottish prosecutors.

Crown Office: 'All issues examined'

The Crown Office said 2012's fatal Tornado collision had been the subject of a "very detailed" report following an investigation by the Military Aviation Authority (MAA).

All of the recommendations in the MAA report have been accepted by the Ministry of Defence and were in the process of being implemented, including installation of collision warning systems, it added.

A Crown Office statement said: "Crown Counsel have concluded that all the relevant issues have been comprehensively examined in the course of the Military Aviation Authority report and could not have been better considered in any FAI."

In with the new...

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WATCH: @andy_murray tells @BBCKheredine about his decision to work with coach Jonas Bjorkman.

No inquiry into Tornado crash


fatal accident inquiry will not be held into a collision between two RAF Tornado jets in 2012, the Crown Office has said.


Three airmen were killed and another seriously injured when the aircraft collided over the Moray Firth in northern Scotland.

The planes from 15 (Reserve) Sqn at RAF Lossiemouth, in Moray, crashed into the sea during a training flight.

Bangor-born Flt Lt Hywel Poole, 28, died in hospital after being airlifted from the scene.

Sqn Ldr Samuel Bailey, 36, from Nottingham, and Flt Lt Adam Sanders, 27, who grew up in Lancashire, were also killed.

Council go-ahead for £44m school

Highland councillors have approved plans for

a new £44m school campus in Tain in Easter Ross.

Craighill Primary
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Children aged from three to 18 would receive nursery and school education in new buildings proposed for the site of the current Tain Royal Academy.

Once completed Knockbreck Primary, Craighill Primary and St Duthus special school would be closed.

Some responses to public consultation on the plans raised concerns about having pupils of all ages on one site.

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Van Dijk available for final

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk will be available for Sunday's League Cup final after the Dutchman's red card against Dundee United last weekend was rescinded.

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk

Rock fall closes road

Two large fallen rocks have forced the closure of the A82 about two miles (3km) north of Invermoriston in the Highlands.

The road was partially open for a time following the rock fall at midday.

But police, in consultation with Bear Scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland, have shut the A82 from Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit.

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League Cup Final bosses exchange pleasantries before today's media conference.

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McDowall leaves Rangers

Rangers have confirmed that interim manager Kenny McDowall has left the Championship club.

McDowall has been in charge of first-team matters since Ally McCoist resigned the manager's position and was placed on gardening leave in December.

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"It was an honour and privilege to work for Rangers Football Club and I will leave with so many positive memories," McDowall said.

Stuart McCall is expected to be confirmed as his successor at Ibrox.

Country Boy


Good music, but is it "country"? Great blog from @rickyaross this week.

Ricky Ross

Pitch perfect


tweet: The new pitch at Hampden is down ahead of Sunday's League Cup final.


Tonight's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


The rain will slowly clear away during this evening with drier clearer conditions developing for many, although it will remain rather cloudy and damp towards eastern coastal areas, with the south east holding onto the rain until tomorrow. There will be one or two light showers in the north west during the early hours, otherwise dry overnight. Winds ease too with overnight lows of around -1C or -2C for the west Highlands. Around to 2 C for many but 4C or 5C in the cloudy east. A widespread frost will form in the west.

Five face 'football disorder' trial

Five more men are to stand trial accused of trying to fight rival football fans on the day of a match between Dundee United and Aberdeen.

Four men from Dundee appeared in court earlier this week and five from Aberdeen now face the same charges.

Anthony Steppie, Euan Stevenson, David Gowans, Kennedy Miskimmons and Scott Steppie all appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court to deny inciting public disorder on 13 December.

They will stand trial later this year.

Your pictures - Get involved


Paul Ewing took this picture on a very windy day on the Pentland Hills in Edinburgh.

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Zummack to lead Scots and UK curling

Tony Zummack has been appointed

to lead the Scottish and British curling programmes up to and beyond the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Tony Zummack and GB Paralympian Aileen Neilson
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The 47-year-old Canadian was formerly the wheelchair head coach and helped guide Aileen Neilson's rink to bronze at last year's Sochi Paralympic Games.

He said of his new role: "I'm really pleased to become head of coaching.

"The sport's growing. I look forward to being part of the team who bring more success for Team Scotland and Team GB."

Fan jailed over Billy Boys song

A Rangers fan who was arrested for sectarian singing while on his way to attend a game against Celtic

has been jailed for four months.

Scott Lamont, from Glasgow, was heard singing the Billy Boys song on Cathcart Road on 1 February.

The 24-year-old admitted the charge at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

He was also given an 18-month football banning order.

Sex...the write way to do it

An award-winning author will run

a workshop on writing about sex at a book festival in Dumfries and Galloway.

Michèle Roberts, who won the WH Smith literary award for her novel Daughters of the House, will run the class at the Big Lit in Gatehouse of Fleet.

Michele Roberts

It is one of the highlights of the four-day event, which will run from 16 April.

Local author Karen Campbell will read from her post-referendum novel Rise.

School closures approved

Councillors have approved plans to

close four schools on Skye and replace them with a new building on one of the sites.

Struan Primary school
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A meeting of Highland Council backed the proposed closures of Edinbane, Dunvegan, Knockbreck and Struan primaries.

A new school is to be built at Dunvegan.

The Scottish government will be informed of the council's decision.

Murray on track for glory - Wilander

Kheredine Idessane

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Former ATP world number one Mats Wilander believes

Andy Murray is "right where he wants to be" ahead of the Indian Wells Masters.

Andy Murray celebrates his Davis Cup triumph

The Swede won seven major singles titles, and the Wimbledon doubles gong between 1982 and 1988.

"I think he (Murray) is right where he wants to be," he told BBC Scotland.

"Most probably he needs a tournament win to gain that little bit of extra confidence."

Castle breaks visitor record

Edinburgh Castle has recorded its best ever figures for the number of visitors it attracted during winter.

Edinburgh Castle

A total of 264,521 people visited between November 2014 and last month, Historic Scotland said. The figure was an 11% increase on the previous record.

Several of the organisation's other attractions also had at least one record-breaking month during winter.

These included Orkney's Skara Brae, Urquhart Castle, Doune Castle, St Andrews Castle and Linlithgow Palace.

Rain heads east

BBC Scotland Weather


A cloudy afternoon with outbreaks of rain across western Scotland. The rain will continue to spread east, reaching most places. although not quite into the eastern Borders or Shetland until evening. It will be heavy at times for Dumfries and Galloway, north Argyll, Tayside and Angus. Drier conditions will develop across the Western Isles. Temperatures will reach about 7C to 8C, feeling cold under the cloud and rain.

NHS staff get 1% rise

Health workers in Scotland are to receive a 1% pay rise for the second year in a row, the health secretary has confirmed.


Staff will get the extra money from 1 April, with those earning less than £21,000 given a top-up to ensure their rise is at least £300.

Shona Robison said the move gave NHS staff in Scotland "a better deal than their counterparts south of the border".

The amount was agreed after the Scottish government accepted recommendations put forward by the NHS Pay Review Body and Doctors' and Dentists' Pay Review Body.

Top of the Pop

A new exhibition by Pop Art pioneer Roy Lichtenstein will open in Edinburgh on Saturday.

Roy Lichtenstein
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US artist Lichtenstein created iconic works such as Whaam! and Crying Girl, which were inspired by comic books and advertising.

The new exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art explores his reworking of imagery by art giants Picasso and Monet, including his homage to the latter's water lilies series.

Crack team of scientists

An academic has developed

a system of sound waves that could discover dangerous cracks in pipes, aircraft engines and nuclear power plants.

Katherine Tant
Strathclyde University

Katherine Tant, of Strathclyde University, led the study which found that transmitting different types of sound waves could help to detect structural defects.

By varying the duration and frequency of the waves, the results are used to recreate an image of the interior of the scanned item.

It is now hoped the technology can be developed further and could one day be used by medical professionals and seismologists, who measure earthquakes.

Demolition firm collapses

Administrators have been called in to

Grangemouth-based demolition specialist Masterton Ltd, after a bid by company bosses to keep the business afloat failed.

Masterton vehicle

Masterton executives tried last year to save the firm through a company voluntary agreement after big contracts proved less profitable than hoped.

But on Monday, they were forced to call in administrators PwC.

The firm had already laid off dozens of its 140-strong workforce.

Woman charged with school assaults

A woman has appeared in court charged with assaulting young children at an Aberdeen private school.

Hamilton School

Hannah Jamieson, 26, allegedly committed the offences at the Hamilton School on various dates between March and December 2013.

She faces a further charge of allegedly behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting and acting aggressively towards children.

The case was continued without plea until next month.

Ms Jamieson did not appear when the case was heard at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Ferry fare's fairer

Highland Council has proposed

reducing a planned 4% rise in fares on its Corran Ferry in Lochaber to 2%.

Corran Ferry
Roger davies/geograph

The local authority had suggested increasing fees by 4% per annum in each of the next three years.

But the move was opposed by some councillors and the local Free Corran Crossing (FCC) campaign.

Highland councillors have been asked to approve the 2% increase on the ferry which crosses the Corran Narrows on Loch Linnhe.

The Corran Ferry allows access to and from the communities of Ardgour, Morvern and Ardnamurchan.