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Summary

  1. Party leaders prepare for BBC debate
  2. BBC poll examines attitudes to powers
  3. Poll triggers 'intriguing debate' says BBC Scotland's political editor
  4. Shell 'committed to North Sea' after £47bn BG takeover deal
  5. No chargers over Legionnaires' deaths

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By Thomas McGuigan and Caroline Henderson

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

Tent family's lucky escape

A family has been treated in hospital after suffering

carbon monoxide poisoning during a camping holiday in Galloway.

Parton
James Bell

They became unwell overnight after taking a barbeque into their tent at a campsite in Parton, after it was extinguished.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said the group was only woken when their dog started being sick.

Firefighters said the two adults and two children had a "very lucky escape".

Tonight's weather

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Any rain will clear Shetland, leaving a dry night for all, with a mixture of cloudy and clear spells. The clearest skies will be in the east and south east, where temperatures will fall to around 1C, with a touch of frost. Elsewhere, around 3-4C. South westerly winds will freshen across the Western and Northern Isles. Some isolated mist and fog patches may develop in the east and along south west coasts.

Rangers 'good option' for Vuckic

BBC Sport

Scotland

On-loan

Haris Vuckic says extending his stay with Rangers would be a "good option" should he leave Newcastle.

Rangers manager Stuart McCall and Haris Vuckic
SNS Group Alan Harvey

The 22-year-old midfielder insisted that a morning newspaper suggesting he wanted to quit the Magpies was wrong.

Vuckic, capped once for Slovenia, is under contract with the English Premier League club until summer 2016.

"I respect both clubs and we'll see what's going to happen in the summer," he said. "I just want to focus on doing well for Rangers."

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Sturgeon: Indy ref is down to people

Nicola Sturgeon has said it is up to the people to decide when and if another referendum should be held on Scottish independence.

Sturgeon in Aberdeen
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The SNP leader was campaigning in Aberdeen today ahead of a BBC Scotland leaders' debate in the city.

She reiterated that voting SNP would help create a progressive alliance at Westminster.

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Scotland prop Low out for season

BBC Sport

Scotland

Exeter Chiefs' Scotland international prop

Moray Low is likely to miss the rest of the season.

Moray Low
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The 30-year-old hobbled off with a hamstring injury having come on as a replacement in Saturday's European Challenge Cup win over Newcastle.

"He has got quite a significant hamstring injury," Exeter head coach Rob Baxter told BBC Sport.

"It's going to be unlikely that he'll feature again this season, which is very unfortunate for Moray."

Man in court over 'nude shop attack'

A man has appeared in court accused of

abducting a six-year-old boy and hitting a woman with a cricket bat in a Dundee toy shop - while naked.

Toys R Us
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Przemyslaw Kaluzny is facing a total of 12 charges over a series of alleged incidents at Toys R Us on Sunday.

The 41-year-old is accused of picking up the boy and trying to run out of the shop with him before attacking his 67-year-old grandmother with the bat.

He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

Holiday flight alert

A plane carrying holidaymakers from Glasgow to Fuerteventura had to be diverted to Gatwick Airport today after the aircraft developed a technical fault.

Passengers were then transferred onto another flight which is due to leave the London airport shortly.

Gun teen loses appeal

A teenager who

sparked a major firearms incident in Shetland has had his appeal against his three-year sentence refused.

Samuel Barlow
Austin Taylor

The Judicial Office for Scotland has confirmed Samuel Barlow's application for appeal has failed after two reviews.

He was handed a custodial sentence in February after threatening people and pointing an air rifle at armed officers in Lerwick last September.

McCall's nightmare scenario

BBC Sport

Scotland

Stuart McCall says it would be a "nightmare"

if Rangers had to face his former club, Motherwell, in a play-off but does not think it will happen.

Rangers manager Stuart McCall
SNS Group Alan Harvey

McCall's current side sit second top in the Scottish Championship, while Well are second bottom of the Premiership and could meet in a play-off final.

"It would be a nightmare if I'm honest," said the Rangers manager.

"It is not looking likely at all, because Motherwell aren't going to finish in the bottom two - I hope."

Vandals smash fire truck and cars

Vandals who smashed fire station windows and damaged several vehicles

while firefighters were out at an incident are being sought by police.

The incident happened at Bathgate Fire Station in West Lothian at about 00:30 on Wednesday.

A fire community vehicle was damaged as well as eight cars that belonged to the firefighters.

Police have appealed for any witnesses to the "mindless act of destruction" to come forward.

Cannabis farm at kids' play centre

Police in Edinburgh have recovered more than £64,000 worth of cannabis plants from

a building which also houses a play centre for young children.

Cannabis plant
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Officers conducted a search at Tiki Tots in Nile Grove and found the class B drug growing in the building's loft space.

Police said parents had been completely unaware of the cannabis.

The cannabis was recovered by police on Tuesday. Officers said they were pursuing a positive line of inquiry.

Human remains unearthed by workmen

Human remains have been

unearthed by workmen at an industrial site in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire.

Google screengrab
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Police said the remains were found at Dale Avenue, off Bogelshole Road close to the River Clyde, on Tuesday.

The location, behind the former Hoover factory, has been cordoned off while forensic teams carry out a search of the area and further examinination of the body.

Officers are trying to establish the identity of the person and the circumstances surrounding their death.

Machine gun man jailed

A man who was

caught with a submachine gun after he assaulted his girlfriend has been jailed for seven years.

Darren McInally, 28, attacked Hazel King, 22, at her home in Uplawmoor, East Renfrewshire, last November.

Police later traced him, and found a Skorpion submachine gun and ammunition in his car.

McInally who admitted the charges, was jailed for six years and four months for firearms offences and a further eight months for assaulting Ms King.

Monthly prize for Forfar's Campbell

BBC Sport

Scotland

Forfar Athletic's Dick Campbell is the SPFL League One

manager of the month for March.

Dick Campbell
SNS Group Rob Casey

The 61-year-old guided his team to four wins out of five last month, beating promotion rivals Morton, Stranraer and Brechin City along the way.

The other victory came against bottom club Stirling Albion, with the solitary loss to Peterhead.

That good run continued with a 3-1 victory at Stenhousemuir on Saturday, leaving Forfar one point off top spot.

Killer of mum's ex-boyfriend jailed

A man who

killed his mother's former boyfriend with a single punch has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Montgomerie Arms pub in East Kilbride
BBC

Richard Brady, 33, accused Alistair Balfour, 68, of tampering with his car in a row in the Montgomerie Arms pub, in East Kilbride, on 8 June last year.

He punched Mr Balfour, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the floor. Mr Balfour died after suffering two skull fractures.

Brady was jailed after admitting a charge of culpable homicide.

University of Aberdeen projects on hold

A number of major projects at the University of Aberdeen have been placed on hold,

while the institution considers how best to cut costs.

University of Aberdeen
Bill Harrison

Plans for a £100m energy building are among the developments subject to a three month "pause".

A university spokesperson said the projects are expected to resume in the summer.

The news comes just days after it was announced 150 jobs would go at the institution in an attempt to save £10.5m.

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Council in legal fight over parking

A community council has secured a court order limiting its potential costs as it pursues action against Glasgow City Council over

changes to parking.

Hillhead Community Council, in the city's west end, is challenging the authority's decision to allow others to use resident-only parking spaces.

A judge said their action had "a real prospect of success".

He said that "it would be fair and just" to limit their liability for expenses, should they lose, to £1,000.

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BBC crew setting up at Elphinstone Hall in Aberdeen
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Man dies following accident on A9

A man has died following a

one-vehicle accident on the A9 at Tain in Easter Ross.

The incident happened at about 11:35 and the road was closed for a time at the scene.

Police had diversions in place.

Sturrock exits Gulls after four days

BBC Sport

Paul Sturrock has

left his role as an advisor to Conference side Torquay United after just four days in the job.

Paul Sturrock
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The Scot and former Plymouth boss, 58,

but has left after being offered a permanent role elsewhere.

Sturrock refused to discuss who he is joining when contacted by BBC Sport.

His exit is not the quickest someone has left a role at Plainmoor - Leroy Rosenior was sacked

10 minutes after being appointed as manager in 2007.

Murray's marriage is ace for Scots tourism

VisitScotland is using the publicity around tennis ace Andy Murray's wedding to Kim Sears near Dunblane this weekend, to promote Scotland as the place to get married.

Andy Murray
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The tourism agency claims nearly one quarter of weddings held in Scotland are between people who live out with the country.

The body suggests couples are drawn to Scotland because they have links to the country, they like the tradition of eloping to Gretna Green, they want to get married in a castle or because of the scenery.

Market researchers found so-called 'tourist weddings' tend to have fewer guests, but people stay longer, and the bride and groom visit the region up to three times in advance to make arrangements.

App firm wins major airport contract

The Scottish developer of a mobile ordering and payment service for the hospitality industry has won a

major international deal.

QikServe
Qikserve

Midlothian-based QikServe's Waiter in your Pocket app is being rolled out at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

It follows a successful pilot scheme at the end of last year.

The rollout is in partnership with HMSHost International, which offers food and drink services to travellers at more than 100 airports worldwide.

McDonald hails Pearson for Well role

BBC Sport

Scotland

Scott McDonald has hailed the influence of Stephen Pearson in

Motherwell's revival after they virtually condemned St Mirren to relegation.

Well hammered the Buddies 5-0 to move 10 points clear at the bottom of the table and have now won four of their six games since McDonald's arrival.

Motherwell midfielder Stephen Pearson celebrates
SNS Group Rob Casey

"It's not all about myself - I've just come in," the striker insisted.

"Stephen Pearson's been excellent as well since he came in. He's been a real driving force in midfield."

Pearson joined Ian Baraclough's squad in January after leaving Bristol City and the 32-year-old's performances have already won him a contract extension until 2017.

A9 road closure

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The A9 is closed at Tain in Easter Ross because of an accident.

One man is thought to have been seriously injured in the one vehicle crash, which happened at around 11:30 this morning.

Diversions are in place, but there is a build up of traffic in both directions.

Police Scotland said the section of the A9 was likely to remain shut for some time.

Gaelic chat helps dementia sufferers

Native Gaelic speakers with dementia are being helped to

recall memories through conversations in their language with school children.

Older man's hands
BBC

The project is being run at Cameron House Care Home in Inverness.

It aims to boost the wellbeing of the older people and help the youngsters improve their Gaelic and social skills.

Margaret Morrison, activities co-ordinator at the home, said the conversations gave the residents a "sense of purpose".

Accies boss in apology for red card

BBC Sport

Scotland

Hamilton Academical player-boss Martin Canning has apologised for his

red card against St Johnstone while insisting he should not have been sent off.

Hamilton manager Martin Canning is sent off
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The defender was dismissed an hour into Saturday's 1-1 draw after a late tackle on Michael O'Halloran.

"I apologised for getting myself sent off," said Canning of a squad meeting.

"But I still think, having watched it back, that it was a harsh decision. I went for the ball but was slightly late."

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Pine marten closes climbing routes

A female pine marten has closed off two

popular climbing routes near Inverness after building a den at the top of the crag.

Pine marten
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The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) said the routes called Ephemeral Artery and Venus Return on Moy Rock should not be used.

It said it was an offence to harm pine martens or their dens. Females can give birth to up to five young during April.

The MCofS said the routes were closed until further notice.

New record for Scottish car sales

Scotland's motor trade has reported another

record month for new car registrations.

New cars
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A total of 44,826 units were sold, an increase of just over 2.5% on the same period last year.

The UK as a whole saw the number of cars sold rise by 6% to 492,774, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

March is typically a strong month for car registrations, as it is when new number plates are released.

Norovirus ward set to re-open

A ward at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary is set to re-open after a

norovirus outbreak.

An NHS spokeswoman said ward 10 is likely to re-open on Wednesday after a deep clean.

A total of 46 patients and 11 staff have been affected by the sickness and diarrhoea bug.

Ward 14, a rehabilitation and elderly care ward, will remain closed to admissions, transfers and routine visiting.

Airport strike reaction

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Warriors spirit helps Horne recovery

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Peter Horne will tell you professional sport is a capricious master: in the same breath, a platform for lavish praise and

damning condemnation.

Everything can change with one act, one flash of genius, one lapse in concentration. One mishit kick.

Peter Horne kicking for goal for Glasgow Warriors
SNS

Lauded for a fine spell at the hub of Glasgow Warriors' playmaking midfield, Horne was rewarded with a maiden Six Nations start against Italy, before friends and family and an expectant public.

"It was the proudest moment of my life belting out the national anthem," says the 25-year-old.

Named at fly-half in place of suspended Finn Russell, his grandest hour turned nightmarish as he fluffed a late clearing penalty, allowing the Azzurri to mount their decisive raid on the Scottish rearguard and

claim a punishing victory.

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