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  1. Man jailed for OAP murder
  2. MEP's remarks 'a joke', says Farage
  3. Aurora 'possible over Scotland'
  4. MSPs to scrap link with MPs' salaries
  5. MSPs reject Flower of Scotland as 'official' anthem

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Sandy Murray

BBC Scotland news

That's it from Scotland Live for today.

The live page returns at 07:00 on Wednesday.

Tomorrow's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


A ridge of high pressure will build in - this will disperse any mist and cloud, and will brighten up the day in most places, finally losing the easterly feed of cloud.

It will feel warmer than of late, with most places reaching 10 or 11 Celsius.


Battle of the Kingmakers - Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru - on BBC Three's Free Speech programme at 20:00.

Free Speech

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Politics Live page.

MSP vote on Coburn comments

MSPs will be asked to vote to condemn comments by the UKIP MEP David Coburn in which he apparently compared the Scottish government minister, Humza Yousaf, with a convicted terrorist.

MSPs to vote on Coburn comments

The government has table an amendment to a motion celebrating Scotland's diverse communities, which is to be debated at Holyrood tomorrow.

In a conversation with the Daily Mail, Mr Coburn is reported to have said that he refers to Mr Yousaf as Abu Hamza, the radical Muslim cleric who's been jailed for life in the United States for supporting terrorism.

The UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, said his colleague has made a "joke in poor taste".

Rob Edwards

tweets: Been asked on to @BBCScot2015 tonight to discuss INEOS's charm offensive, launched today, to win support for #fracking.

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Eclipse map

MSPs scrap MP pay link

MSPs have voted to scrap the link between their pay and the salary of a Westminster MP.

Holyrood politicians are currently paid 87.5% of an MP's wage, but they've agreed to decouple the payments after concluding a pay rise proposed by the independent Parliamentary standards authority was unthinkable in the current economic climate.

In future, pay increases will be linked to inflation in line with other public sector workers.

Pollution threat

David Miller

BBC Scotland

Air pollution levels in Aberdeen City currently "very high". Forecast for central Scotland "high".



Aberdeen fire investigated

An investigation has been

launched into a house fire in Aberdeen.

Emergency services were called out after the fire broke in Summerfield Place on Tuesday afternoon.

Aberdeen house fire

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service dispatched three appliances to attend to the incident.

On tonight's programme

Scotland 2015

BBC Two Scotland

We'll be looking at the Scottish NHS, fracking and a preview of tomorrow's Budget. Join us @BBCTwo at 10.30pm

And as David Cameron agrees to one 7-party TV debate offer, we'll be asking if there's any appetite left for the debate about the debates.

Skipper for trial

A Fife fishing boat skipper accused of health and safety failures which led to a diver drowning while scallop fishing off Fife is to

stand trial in June.

Ronald MacNeil, 55, captain of the vessel "Rob Roy", denied being culpable for the errors which allegedly led to the death of the diver, Graeme Mackie (pictured).

Graeme Mackie

Eclipse danger

Traffic Scotland

tweets: This Friday - reduced light due to partial #SolarEclipse from 9:30am onwards across Scotland so reduced visibility #BeSeen & #DriveSafe

Chopra for Alloa

BBC Sport


Former Newcastle United, Sunderland and Cardiff City striker Michael Chopra has joined part-timers

Alloa Athletic in the Scottish Championship.

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The 31-year-old joined Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League in August but failed to score in nine appearances for David James' side.

Helicopter rescue service

@MCA_media (Maritime and Coastguard Agency)

tweets: The launch of the Inverness civilian UK SAR helicopter service was marked today


Union to ballot offshore workers

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is to

ballot offshore members over industrial action.

North Sea oil platform

The union said it was as a result of concern about a range of issues including staffing levels, shift patterns and pay.

General secretary Mick Cash said the RMT would be working with sister unions.

Last month, GMB Scotland announced that a consultative ballot on possible strike action by North Sea contract workers was to be held.

Child abuse images


medical researcher has been jailed for two years for possessing images of children being sexually abused.

Michael Boylan
Alan Richardson

Dr Michael Boylan, 45, was found to have 1,275 images, some of them on his work computer at Dundee's Ninewells Hospital.

Almost 300 pictures were said to be of the most extreme kind and included sadism and bestiality.

TV debate 'climbdown'

Nicola Sturgeon

tweets: The inevitable climbdown begins - David Cameron 'accepts single multi-party TV debate' #GE15

Cameron accepts 'one debate' offer

David Cameron has

accepted the broadcasters' offer of one, seven-way debate at the beginning of April, Conservative sources have said.

Party leaders to take part in seven way election debate

Labour Party sources say there has been no formal proposal for new debates. The only proposal on table is the three debate proposal which they have accepted, the BBC has been told.

Inquiry call into deaths in NHS care

Campaigners are

calling for a public inquiry into why more health authorities are not being prosecuted when patients die in their care.

Janette and Ian Black, whose daughter died as a result of failings by a Scottish health board, have joined calls for a public inquiry into why more health authorities are not being prosecuted when deaths occur.

Janette and Ian Black
Janette and Ian Black daughter Nicola died while in NHS care

The campaign came to life after a former health regulator who says dozens of opportunities for prosecutions are being missed.

BBC Scotland health correspondent Eleanor Bradford reports.

Title tips

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

Off to @RaithRovers_FC v @JamTarts shortly for @BBCSportsound. My title tips but still never thought they'd would run away with it so easily

Rush hour latest

BBC Scotland Travel


In Glasgow, the A8 Paisley Road is partially blocked for repairs to a burst water main at Seaward Street, which could make it busier than usual over the next couple of hours.

In South Ayrshire, a fuel spillage is affecting traffic on the A77 through Ballantrae.

On the ferries, Calmac say there could be disruption to sailings between Fionnphort and Iona due to essential repairs on the slipway at Iona.

The Herald


Katie Hopkins compares Nicola Sturgeon to Ebola

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The Home Office has made clear that the Official Secrets Act is not a bar to former and serving police officers giving evidence about an alleged cover-up of child abuse by establishment figures.

BBC News has been told that detectives investigating the MP, Cyril Smith, in the 1980s

were warned to keep quiet or face prosecution under the Act.

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John Beattie

BBC Scotland

25 years ago @Scotlandteam Grand Slam and Happy Birthday Jim Telfer!

This evening's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


This evening and overnight, any showers from earlier will become confined to Shetland, with dry conditions for all.

It will be a cloudy night for southern and eastern parts, with some mist and low cloud.

There will be clear spells in the west and northwest, with a touch of frost.

Overnight, the temperature will drop down to freezing in the west, and will be 3 or 4 celsius under the cloud elsewhere. Some mist and fog patches will form.

BBC Scotland Travel


Watch out for a breakdown on the M9 eastbound at J1 Newbridge. It is right on the merge section so take care.

In Lanarkshire, on the northbound M74 near Lesmahagow, look out for a ratchet strap on the road.

In Glasgow, the A8 Paisley Road is partially blocked because of repairs to a burst water main at Seaward Street.

In South Ayrshire, a fuel spillage is affecting traffic on the A77 through Ballantrae.

Aurora borealis sightings 'likely'

Lancaster University's AuroraWatch UK has issued its second highest alert for sightings of the aurora borealis.

The amber alert suggests the Northern Lights will likely to be visible from Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland - if the night sky is clear.

Nasa image of aurora on Tuesday
A Nasa image from the International Space Station of Tuesday's geomagnetic storm

British Geological Survey said a geomagnetic storm, the cause of the aurora, was "currently in progress".

It could mean a hat-trick of big astronomical events following a meteor on Sunday and solar eclipse on Friday.

Wooden spoon 'an embarrassment'

The Scotland rugby captain Greig Laidlaw believes picking up the wooden spoon in this year's Six Nations Championship would be an embarrassment.

Greig Laidlaw

The national side play Ireland at Murrayfield on Saturday in their final match of the tournament having lost their first four games.

He said: "We have an opportunity this weekend not to do that (finish last) and that's all we can do now unfortunately is to get out there and give absolutely everything to try and avoid that. It's a huge game for us."

Coburn's comments condemned

The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, has condemned remarks by UKIP's Scottish MEP, David Coburn, in which he compared a Scottish government minister with a convicted terrorist.

David Coburn
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In conversation with the Daily Mail, Mr Coburn (pictured) reportedly said that he refers to the external affairs minister, Humza Yousaf as Abu Hamza.

A spokesman for Mr Schulz said "the President strongly condemns unacceptable comments of this sort which are not worthy of any elected member".

Mr Yousaf has urged the European Parliament to take disciplinary action against David Coburn, but the president's spokesman said he could not act on remarks made outside parliament.

Your Pictures


Alex Hillier sent in this photograph of the view across the River Nith, looking towards the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries, on a cold and windy night.

View across the Nith at night - green, gold, blue lights against the night sky
Alex Hillier

Email us your pictures, or tweet them using #ScotlandLive.

Solicitor jailed for embezzling clients' money

A solicitor who embezzled £13,000 of clients' money at a law firm in Dumfries

has been jailed for 12 months.

At Dumfries Sheriff Court, Steven Crommie, 37, was told he had broken the trust between him and both his firm and his clients.

Crommie, from Reddingmuirhead in Falkirk, admitted committing the offence on various dates between April 2013 and February last year while he was a director of Bell Park Kerridge.

Your Pictures


Neil Tuckwell took these pictures when he was travelling to the west coast last weekend.

Loch Achanalt
Neil Tuckwell

This first picture is of Loch Achanalt.

Loch Maree
Neil Tuckwell

This one is of Loch Maree, near Kinlochewe.

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Email us or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

Blipfoto goes into liquidation

Online photo-sharing firm Blipfoto has gone into liquidation, it has been confirmed.

Polaroid Blipfoto

Business services firm FRP Advisory were appointed as liquidators of the Edinburgh-based firm on 11 March.

Eleven staff were laid off at the company before FRP was called in.

Liquidators said Blipfoto's website continued to operate and they were "in discussions with an interested party" over the sale of the site and intellectual property.

Your Pictures


Christeen Carmichael from Stonehaven says spring is in the air! She loves this photograph of two birds "looking like they are in love".

Two black birds huddle together on a branch
Christeen Carmichael

She says she spotted them in the woods near her home.

Have you seen any signs of spring, or are you still besieged by endless grey?

Send us your pictures (or tweet them using #ScotlandLive) and we will publish the best.

Mixed day for curlers

Scotland beat Finland 8-3 in their seventh round robin game at the World Women's Curling Championship in Japan.

Eve Muirhead
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Earlier, they lost 7-5 to China and have won four, lost three overall so far with four to play.

Eve Muirhead's rink sit joint fifth in table and need to finish fourth to progress.

Candidate disclosure bill introduced

An attempt by a Scottish Labour MP to get political candidates to give information about criminal convictions has cleared its first parliamentary hurdle.

Jim Hood, the MP for Lanark and Hamilton East, has introduced a ten minute rule bill aimed at requiring candidates in elections to public office to disclose criminal convictions.

Restriction order for serial rapist

A serial rapist

has been jailed and made the subject of an order for lifelong restriction.

A jury had convicted Adam Carruthers, 45, of 17 charges. They included rape, indecent assault, assault and breach of the peace.

Adam Carruthers
Police scotland
Adam Carruthers was found guilty of 17 charges

Carruthers committed the offences in the Falkirk area and Edinburgh between 1996 and January 2014.

Passing sentence, Lady Wise told Carruthers he had displayed "serious and chronic sexual deviancy".

The honest manager

Steven Naismith says Gordon Strachan's "brutal honesty" has helped the

Scotland manager improve the national side's results and performances.

Gordon Strachan coaching

The Scotland striker says that will ensure there is no complacency against Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

"The manager just says it like it is," he told BBC Scotland.

Teacher struck off for falsifying work

A teacher who submitted false records on behalf of pupils studying higher biology at a south of Scotland secondary

has been struck off.

Douglas Ewart high school

David McCallum handed in work by a previous class while working at Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart.

He also persuaded pupils to sign off the work as their own without their knowledge of what he was doing.

Two other complaints were found not to have been proven but a panel ruled Mr McCallum was no longer fit to teach.

Scotgold report 'widening losses'

The company mining for gold in Scotland

has reported widening losses.

Scotgold Resources said it made a pre-tax loss of 1.2m Australian dollars (£622,000) in the six months to the end of December.

Man in mine tunnel
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Scotgold spent more than £100,000 on exploration in the second half of 2014

For the same period in 2013, it announced a loss of about £518,000.

Its latest results were impacted by ongoing exploration costs, which amounted to more than £100,000 during the period.