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  1. Longannet power station to close
  2. Promises of better Scottish links from expanded Heathrow
  3. Investigations under way into fire at Hunterston
  4. Row over Lossiemouth RAF rescue helicopter farewell
  5. First plastic banknotes in Britain issued by Clydesdale Bank

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That's all from the Scotland Live team tonight. We're back tomorrow from 07:00; hope you can join us then.

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Paul in Dunfermline: Re: the John Giudetti issue, as Rangers fan, l think this is absolutely laughable. Anyone who feels offended by this needs to get a life. I don't know any Rangers supporters: friends, family, or colleagues who are even remotely offended by this. People just need to grow up and get this in perspective.

Hearts aim to keep Neilson - Budge

Hearts owner Ann Budge believes head coach Robbie Neilson should stay on and continue the impressive work that has seen the Tynecastle club win promotion.

Craig Levein, Ann Budge and Robbie Neilson

Having lost just one league match in Neilson's debut season, Hearts were crowned Championship winners on Sunday.

"He will be a target now,"

said Budge. "I'm hopeful, that's all I can say.

"Robbie is an intelligent young man and I hope he realises that staying with us a bit longer is exactly what he needs to really get his career moving."

Budge took control of the Edinburgh club last May - after Hearts were relegated from top flight - paying a £2.5m fee that allowed them to exit a year-long period of administration.

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Stories being covered tonight include:

  • Reaction to Longannet closure
  • Anger at RAF Sea King event cancellation
  • Rangers loans
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Celtic 'disappointed' by Uefa charges

Celtic have expressed disappointment after being fined nearly £9,500 by Uefa over two charges of misconduct during last month's Europa League clash against Inter Milan.

Celtic in action against Inter Milan

"It should be noted that Celtic players have an excellent disciplinary record in European football over many years and in Scotland, Celtic has been top of the league's disciplinary table for the last three years, something which we are rightly proud of," the club said.

"Again, it is disappointing that the actions of one or two individuals within a support of well over 3,000, have let the club down by using flares at this match."

Hearts analysis


Michael Stewart: On @BBCSportsound at 6.30 talking about @JamTarts fantastic season & more of today's stories.

Boost air links

Bosses at Heathrow Airport have promised a review of airport charges to boost air links to Scotland.


They claim Scottish firms are losing out to rivals based near London because of limited air travel to and from Scotland.

The number of daily flights from Scotland to Heathrow has fallen sharply in the past decade.

In part this is because long-haul flights make most money.

Heathrow is full to capacity and airlines use their scarce landing slots for large aircraft on long-haul routes.

Plastic notes - Your views

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Pjm, Bothwell: Not the first plastic notes in Britain, guys. Isle of Man notes have been laminated for years.

SFA charges Celtic striker over alleged song

Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

Celtic's John Guidetti has been charged by the Scottish FA with singing an allegedly "offensive" song about the demise of Rangers.

The on-loan Manchester City hitman has been issued with a notice of complaint after giving an interview to Dutch TV show FC Rijnmond.

John Guidetti in action against Rangers

Guidetti has until 15:00 on Monday, 30 March to respond to the complaint, and a principal hearing date has been set for 9 April.

A Celtic spokesman said: "We are very surprised and disappointed that this has even found its way to an SFA judicial panel. John Guidetti will be defending this charge."

Dealer who died during drugs raid 'weighed 33 stone'

A cocaine dealer who died during a police drugs raid at his Perth home weighed 33 stone,

a court has heard.

An inquiry is being held into the death of Stuart Sandeman during the Struan Road raid in May 2011.

The "extremely fat" 37-year-old struggled with officers, who had to sit on his legs while arresting him.

Perth Sheriff Court earlier heard the convicted cocaine dealer had been seen putting a bag of white powder in his mouth and chewing it before he died.

Bin lorry driver charged

A bin lorry driver has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a crash with an 80-year-old man in an electric wheelchair.

Peter Wills died at the scene of the crash in Sheriffmuir Road, Dunblane, on 3 December.

Police said the 42-year-old driver of the lorry had been charged following "extensive inquiries" by the Stirling road policing unit.

The man will appear in court at a later date.

Plans for new recycling plant unveiled

Plans for a £111m recycling and energy-from-waste plant in South Lanarkshire

have been unveiled.

Plans for the plant
Green Investment Bank

The Levenseat facility at Forth, near Lanark, is forecast to recycle more than a million tonnes of materials over its lifetime.

The move was announced by the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), which is co-funding the project to the tune of more than £28m.

Mackay-Steven unfazed by cap chat

Gary Mackay-Steven admits he was not expecting to be named in the latest Scotland squad despite feeling he has improved as a player while with Celtic.

Gary Mackay-Steven

The 24-year-old transferred from Dundee United in January along with fellow midfielder Stuart Armstrong.

But impressive displays did not force them into Gordon Strachan's squad to face Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

"I wasn't expecting it as the Scotland squad's been quite settled now for a number of games,"

said Mackay-Steven.

"And there's so much talent in the forward areas.

"Obviously it is nice to hear people talking about me potentially being in the Scotland squad.

Conductor abused on train

Transport police

have appealed for information after a train conductor was verbally abused on a service between Edinburgh and Dunblane.

The incident involved a group of men on the 15:35 service from Waverley Station, believed to be returning from the Scottish Championship game between Hibs and Rangers on Sunday.

The conductor, 47, was subjected to "offensive verbal abuse" after he asked the men to stop chanting and shouting. The men got off the train at Stirling.

'Exceeded dreams'


Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

"We've exceeded our best dreams" so says Hearts owner Ann Budge. Hear her interview with @BBCAlLamont at 5.25 on @BBCRadioScot

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This evening's weather


BBC Scotland Weather


There will be bright spells to end the afternoon for many, with a few showers continuing for central and western parts.

Tonight, there will be a mixture of clear spells and scattered showers. These will be mainly in the north and west, with some snow down to about 300 metres in the northwest Highlands, affecting higher-level roads.

In the east, there will be long clear spells, and light winds will lead to a widespread frost. Temperatures will dip close to freezing in town and lower in sheltered rural spots.

Inspirational chat


Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson: Great @ScotParl #inspiringwomen event with @TriciaMarwickPO @kdugdalemsp @AlisonJohnstone Alison McInnes - smart Qs.

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson (centre) and other politicians
Ruth Davidson

Glasgow deal for Kieran Low

Glasgow Warriors have signed Scotland international lock

Kieran Low from London Irish.

Kieran Low
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The 24-year-old, who can also play in the back-row, will move to Scotstoun in the summer on a two-year deal.

Man in court over assault

A man has appeared in court accused of assaulting and robbing an 80-year-old woman in her home near Selkirk.

Taylor Wright, 20, of no fixed abode, faces seven charges including entering the property in the Yarrow Valley in possession of an imitation firearm.

He is also accused of stealing a car and taking the woman's bank card to withdraw money from an ATM in Selkirk.

He made no plea or declaration at Jedburgh Sheriff Court and the case was continued. He was remanded in custody.

Tomorrow's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


Clear skies in the east will make for a sunny start there. There's a risk of showers by the afternoon.

The showers in the north and west will develop more widely throughout the day, with a risk of hail and thunder. They will be wintry at lower levels early in the morning and again later in the evening, when temperatures allow it.

A northerly breeze will make it feel chilly at 8 or 9 Celsius.

Neilston best Scottish postcode

Neilston, south-west of Glasgow, is the most desirable place to live in Scotland, according to

a Royal Mail survey.

Neilston, Bebington, Morriston and Craigavon

Bebington in Merseyside, polled best in England, Morriston in Wales and Craigavon in Northern Ireland.

Royal Mail said the study, conducted by the Centre for Economic and Business Research, looked at green spaces, affordable housing and commuting times.

Do you agree that Neilston tops the desirable stakes? Should where you live rate a mention?

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Davie Cooper tribute


Kenny Macintyre

BBC Scotland

BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound 6.30 - .@RangersFC .@MotherwellFC & .@ScottishFA fans tune in to hear a fantastic tribute to Davie Cooper. #Rangers #Motherwell.

Uefa fines Celtic

Celtic have been fined nearly £9,500 over two charges of misconduct during last month's

Europa League second-leg meeting with Inter Milan.

Football stand-off
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A penalty of £5,860 was imposed for "improper conduct" on the field as well as a £3600 punishment for flares set off by fans at the San Siro.

Virgil van Dijk was sent off for two bookable offences, while five other players were booked in the 1-0 loss. Uefa fined Celtic earlier this year for supporter behaviour at Dinamo Zagreb.

Murder denial

Two men have

denied murdering Martin Toner, whose body was found in a field in Renfrewshire in 2004.

Martin Toner

James Steele and Anthony Nelson denied killing the 34-year-old while giving evidence at the trial of two other men - Douglas Fleming and John McDonald.

Both accused deny murdering Mr Toner. Mr Fleming has lodged a special defence of incrimination against six men, including Mr Steele and Mr Nelson.

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New funding for Rangers

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Rangers have

agreed loans totalling £1.5m from shareholders Douglas Park, George Letham and George Taylor.


The Glasgow club decided against utilising a second £5m loan agreed with fellow shareholder Mike Ashley's Sports Direct retail company.

Motorway problems on M9

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Stirling - delays likely on M9 at J9 Bannockburn where an accident is partially blocking the roundabout. VL

11-year-old offered unknown substance

An 11-year-old boy

has been offered an unknown substance from teenagers who claimed it was a sweet.

Police in Midlothian are appealing for witnesses following the incident in Kings Park, Bonnyrigg, at about 18:00 on Saturday.

Two unknown male teenagers offered the boy the item, which was white with a smiley face and was in a wrapper.

Gatwick response to Heathrow 'wooing'


Gatwick response to Heathrow offer of lower Scots landing fees:

"Empty promises: new Heathrow monopoly would be backwards step for Scotland"

New Aberdeen Uni rector unveiled

The new University of Aberdeen rector has been unveiled after the traditional parade on the back of a bull mascot.

Maggie Chapman on the back of a fake bull

Maggie Chapman, co-convener of the Scottish Green Party, was elected in November.

The vote followed the death of businessman Dr Maitland Mackie.

Your Views: Longannet

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David Munro: Once again, it is apparent that the SNP are failing the people of Scotland with the closure of Longannet earlier than anticipated. It is worrying that those with mis-guided nationalism support a party who continually fail them, while trying to disguise their failures by blaming others!

Mike Foster: The closure of Longannet is sad but inevitable given our need for a cleaner greener world. More depressing though are the government failures to replace Torness and Hunterston power stations with new nuclear stations. Nuclear power is not ideal but it is carbon-free and would guarantee electricity to the central belt throughout the year.

Hosie: 'Miliband has lost the plot'

Stewart Hosie

has claimed that "Ed Miliband has lost the plot entirely" for comments about an unholy alliance between the SNP and Conservatives.

Stewart Hosie

Speaking on the Daily Politics, Mr Hosie said Mr Miliband would be "very foolish" to rule out a deal that could block a future Tory government.

Mr Hosie said the SNP wanted to see "a real end to austerity", more powers for Scotland, and no renewal of Trident weapons.

Rangers loan

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

The 3 Bears have agreed a £1.5m unsecured, interest-free loan to #Rangers til Dec 31: no longer drawing down 2nd £5m Mike Ashley loan

CS spray incidents 'justified'

Police use of CS spray in two incidents in Scotland

has been found to be justified by the police commissioner.

CS spray

However, Kate Frame said that more detailed guidance should be issued to officers who use CS spray in hospital environments.

It follows an incident with a 26-year-old man who was violent at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy in October 2014.

The second incident saw CS spray used to subdue a man at a petrol station in Aberdeenshire on 12 November 2014.

Mons Meg returns to Edinburgh castle

The historic cannon Mons Meg has been returned to Edinburgh Castle after two months of conservation work.

Men move the cannon
Neil Hanna

Experts removed a heavy layer of paint which was obscuring the metal below. This allowed them to carry out a detailed assessment of her condition, including a 3D scan. She was then repainted. The 1934 oak carriage which the six-tonne cannon sits also also underwent conservation and repair work.

Mons Meg has now been lifted back into her display position overlooking Edinburgh. Historic Scotland hopes the work will ensure she'll be in top condition for visitors to enjoy for years to come.

Sexual assault in Livingston

Police in West Lothian are looking for witnesses following a sexual assault in Livingston.

A 24-year-old woman was attacked in an alleyway near the town's Grand Central nightclub at around 03:00 on Sunday.

The suspect is described as black, between 5ft 6 and 6ft tall, with a slim build and dreadlocks. He was wearing a blue top or jacket.

Longannet - Your views

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Archie, Aberdeen: The Scottish government's fixation with building wind farms has resulted in not enough focus been given to the need to build new thermal power stations.

Davey Wands, Methil: National Grid, bringing that 'better together' feeling to a lightswitch near you.

Isobel: Is it yet another Union dividend, Scotland paying to access the National Grid, while the south of England is paid too? Are we seriously all in it together?

Manu agrees capital appointment

Canterbury and Highlanders back-row forward

Nasi Manu is to join Edinburgh this summer after the 26-year-old New Zealander agreed a two-year contract.

Nasi Manu
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Manu, who can play at flanker or number eight, has won world titles at under-19 and under-20 level with his country.

He told Edinburgh's website: "I'm excited to be heading to Edinburgh and taking up a new challenge in my career."

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Today's programme includes:

  • Reaction to Longannet closure
  • Ed Miliband on Alex Salmond
  • Anger at RAF Sea King event cancellation.
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Tough match for City

Glasgow City admit they need to play out of their skins and hope Paris Saint-Germain have an off day to avoid an exit from the

Women's Champions League.

The Scottish champions go into Saturday's quarter-final second leg in France aiming to overturn a 2-0 deficit.

Glasgow City

And Glasgow head coach Eddie Wolecki Black said: "We'll need a lot of luck and they will have to play poorly, but there's always hope.

"We are certainly not going to go over to Paris for a holiday."