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  1. Ed Balls: Scots 'not exempt' from cuts
  2. Police arrest 34 protestors at Faslane naval base
  3. Inquiry into fatal George Square bin lorry crash to begin on 22 July
  4. Election campaign enters third week
  5. Eve Muirhead skips Scotland's curlers to grand slam win

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Cromarty Firth harbour plan thrown out

Plans to

have been thrown out by the Scottish government.

Global Energy Global - who own the Nigg Fabrication Yard - wanted their own harbour and had applied for a Harbour Revision Order last year.

Cromarty Firth

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BBC Scotland Weather tweets: "Hi all, Gillian here. Cloudy & breezy tonight, with outbreaks of rain, heaviest Argyll, NW H'lands and N&W Isles. Drier in East. Mild, 6-8C."

Warmer seas could change North Sea catch

Fishing in the North Sea is likely to change as the water temperature warms over the next 50 years, a

study suggests.

Fish such as haddock and cod will decline as the North Sea warms by a predicted 1.8 degrees, according to the report published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

But other species such as John Dory, red mullet, sardines and squid could shift their range into UK waters.

Consumers wishing to eat locally-caught fish will need to change their diet, say researchers.

John Dory

Airport firm in talks bid to prevent further strikes

Talks are to be held in a bid to prevent further strike action at Scottish local airports.

A 48-hour walkout was staged by security staff at 11 airports operated by Highlands and Islands Airports (Hial) last week as part of the industrial action, which saw flights cancelled at Dundee airport.

Hial bosses said they would make a formal offer to "resolve this issue as quickly as possible".

Aircraft at Barra's beach airport

Anti-Islamic graffiti on gurdwara condemned

The Scottish government has condemned those who wrote

in Glasgow.

Members of the Sikh community discovered the green paint with the Islamaphobic message next to a Nazi swastika sign.

Alex Neil, cabinet secretary for social justice, communities and pensioner's rights, said: "There is no place in Scotland for the religious hatred and intolerance that we have seen expressed in the graffiti on the gurdwara.

"Acts like this only reveal the ignorance of a few individuals who do not respect or appreciate Scotland's rich diversity. We will not let them speak for us."

Fatal campsite crash driver found guilty

A man has been

found guilty of causing the death of a pensioner by driving dangerously with his girlfriend sitting on his knee.

Nathaniel Cooper was teaching Kylie Johnston how to drive when the couple lost control of his car and crashed into Andrew MacKay at East Balthangie campsite in July 2013.

Cooper, 30, of Inverbervie, was found guilty following a trial, while Johnston, 26, pled guilty to the charge.

Loch Ness group targets wind farms

A campaign group has been set up to

around Loch Ness.

Save Loch Ness says more than 30 miles (48km) of wind turbines are either in the pipeline or already approved on land around the loch.

The group wants all wind farm developments in the Loch Ness area to be stopped.

Proposed wind farms

Andy Coulson perjury trial date put back

Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World, is to

stand trial in Scotland on a charge of perjury next month.

His trial had been due to begin at the High Court in Edinburgh next week, but new date of 11 May was fixed at a preliminary hearing.

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

European record


Team Scotland tweets about Jo Butterworth's efforts at the SA Throws and Jumps Grand Prix in Livingston: "Athletics: Huge congrats @Jo_shuni - European record of 20.03 in F51 club at Scottish Athletics Throws GP Livingston!"

Boys' golf crown for Porter

Carnoustie golfer Will Porter is "over the moon" to be crowned

2015 Scottish Boys Champion.

The 17-year-old defeated Bathgate's Ross Callan 4 & 3 in the 36-hole final in Dunbar on Saturday.


"It's cool to be on the winner's list with some good names," said Porter.

"I've looked at what Ewen (Ferguson) and Bradley (Neil), the past two Scottish Boys winners have since achieved, and that can only give me confidence."

Bearsden's Ferguson won in 2014, while Blairgowrie's Neil, who competed at the Masters in Augusta, was the 2013 champion.

Major fire at former Dundee hospital

Fire crews are battling a

blaze at the old Strathmartine Hospital building in Dundee.

Strathmartine hospital
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Firefighters were called at about 14:00 after the fire broke through the roof of the hospital, which has been disused since 2003.

Two appliances from the McAlpine Road fire station and two from Blackness Road were sent to the scene.

The blaze has caused extensive damage to the roof of the property. It is not yet known if there are any injuries.

Married Murray to begin clay season

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent

The newly married Andy Murray will fly out to Barcelona within the next 72 hours to begin his preparations for the clay court season.

But Murray's prospective new assistant coach Jonas Bjorkman won't be able to join him for at least another week, as the 43-year-old has made it through to this weekend's semi-final of Sweden's version of Strictly.

Any Murray and Kim Sears leaving the cathedral

Season-ending injury for Scott

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Edinburgh and Scotland centre Matt Scott has been ruled out for the rest of the season after

undergoing surgery on a shoulder injury.

Matt Scott - Scotland v Ireland RBS Six Nations 2015
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His club says it is too early to say how it might affect his availability for the Rugby World Cup in September.

Scott has had injuries to both shoulders in the past year and missed the start of the season after surgery.

The 24-year-old's latest injury, to his left shoulder, was picked up in the final game of this year's Six Nations.

Student goes missing after night out

Police want to

trace a man who was seen speaking to a student who went missing from a Glasgow nightclub.

Karen Buckley, 24, disappeared from Sanctuary nightclub on Dumbarton Road on Saturday night.

Karen Buckley missing
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At about 01:00 she told friends she was going to the toilet but did not return or take her jacket.

She was then seen on CCTV talking to a man outside the club, before leaving and walking towards Church Street.

Police are particularly keen to speak to the man seen in conversation with the 24-year-old, who they believe may be able to help with their inquiries.

Ford backs swift Edinburgh recovery

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Hooker Ross Ford knows Edinburgh must correct flaws in their game in order to beat Newport Gwent Dragons in Friday's

European Challenge Cup semi-final.

The Murrayfield side lost 34-3 at home to Munster on Saturday in the Pro12.

Ross Ford
Ross Ford

"The weekend was not ideal by any stretch of the imagination but we know we're a good team when we perform well," Ford told BBC Scotland.

"We've got an opportunity to go out and train and rectify the things that need to be done."

Alan Solomons' Edinburgh side triumphed 23-18 at London Irish to secure their place in the last four of the competition.

Car clocked speeding at 130mph

Two men have been reported to prosecutors after a police speed check detected a

car travelling at speeds of about 130mph in the Highlands.

Police said the car was spotted on the A832 near Achanalt at about 12:55 on Sunday.

A 40 year-old man has been reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with driving offences and a 36-year-old man, said to be the owner of the car, was also reported.

Police said the car was being used on the road without insurance and an expired MOT.

'Despicable' cancer centre break-in

A would-be thief has attempted to

from a cancer support centre in Inverness.

Maggie's Highlands
Maggie's Highlands

Authorities have described the incident at Maggie's Highlands Centre, near Raigmore Hospital, as "despicable".

A safe was stolen but it was recovered after the male suspect was disturbed by two security officers at about 00:10 on Sunday.

The suspect was seen leaving the area on a black and grey mountain bike, heading towards Culcabock Road.

Faslane latest

Julie Peacock

BBC News

A crowd of about 200 protestors have gathered at Faslane naval base. They've been spread between the two main gates here.

We're at the south gate and police, so far, have taken a step back and allowed the protestors carry on with their demonstration.

Protestors at Faslane naval base
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But just a five-minute drive from here, police officers with specialist cutting equipment have begun to try to free some of the protestors who have blockaded themselves across the road and chained themselves to each other.

That's a slow process at the moment and is taking about 40 minutes; and in one case two and a half hours just to release one person from this chain.

Police Scotland say they've made about 15 arrests.

Rowing boats destroyed by vandals

Vandals have

destroyed rowing boats brought to a regatta in Dumfries by a visiting club from Aberdeen.

Rowing club

They were parked on a trailer at the Nithsdale Rowing Club on Nith Avenue overnight between Friday and Saturday.

Police said three boats had been damaged - two of them beyond repair - and the cost to replace or fix them would be about £6,000.

Making waves...


Scottish swimmer Michael Jamieson: First time racing in London since 2012! British Champs & World Champ qualifiers start tomorrow!

Michael Jamieson
Michael Jamieson

Death risk over life ring thefts


theft of life rings from river banks in Stirling could have "potentially fatal consequences".

Stirling Council fisheries staff have reported a sharp increase in the number of life preservers going missing from river banks around the city.

Some of the rings have been replaced four times in as many weeks.

Fisheries officer Scott Mason with life ring
Stirling Council

Trident - Your views

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Anon: The anti-nuclear crowd doesn't quite understand that nuclear disarmament only works if it's everyone who is disarming. The last country who gave up its nuclear weapons was invaded by Russia.

Man jailed for Burntisland murder attempt

A knife attacker who tried to murder a man weeks after he was freed from prison has been

given an indeterminate jail sentence.

Craig Donaldson, 31, admitted attempting to murder Patrick Feeley on 23 April 2014 at a house in Somerville Street, Burntisland, in Fife,

Donaldson stabbed Mr Feeley in the neck following an argument.

The judge ordered he must serve three years and nine months in jail before he can apply for parole.

Arrests at Faslane naval base

Police Scotland have made 15 arrests as an estimated 200 protestors take part in today's 'scrap Trident' campaign at the Faslane nuclear base on the Clyde.

Police are continuing to cut people free who've chained themselves across entrances.

More protestors have chained themselves to each other across the south gate as police with cutting equipment work to free the others.

'Reducing the welfare state'

Suzanne Allan

BBC Scotland

Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson, campaigning in Edinburgh, said only her party could deliver on the key issues facing the country.

She said: "The SNP and Labour like to claim they represent Scotland. But when it comes to reforming welfare, bringing back powers from the EU, on public spending, immigration and - most importantly - on keeping our UK together, it's the Scottish Conservatives which best represent the majority view.

"The facts bear it out: the Scottish Conservatives stand with Scotland."

Scottish Tory Party leader Ruth Davidson

Ms Davidson added: "We've been very clear about where we need to have further spending reductions in terms of cutting the costs of government going after aggressive tax avoiders and, yes, reducing the welfare state.

"You know we want to be spending less on welfare because we want more people in work and not having to ask for welfare".

is dominating the start of the third week of the election campaign in Scotland.

The Scottish Lib Dems said they would "balance the books" while the SNP outlined its support for businesses and Scottish Labour promised an end to austerity.

Vandals target Clackmannanshire church

Vandals have caused

hundreds of pounds worth of damage at Tillicoultry Congregational Church.

Tillicoultry Congregational Church

Furniture, a wall and play equipment were smashed in the garden at the rear of the High Street church between Tuesday and Friday of last week.

Two boys aged between 11 and 15, one with short red hair and the other with collar-length black hair, were seen within the play area around the time it happened.

New album makes Lulu want to shout

Scottish singer Lulu is celebrating 50 years in show business with a UK tour and new album that she has written with the help of her younger brother.

Lulu told BBC Breakfast about the making of her first album in 10 years, Making Life Rhyme.

Lulu on BBC Breakfast

Who will call the shots in a hung Parliament?

Martin Rosenbaum

Editor, Radio 4's Campaign Sidebar

With numerous parties expected to win seats, it is not easy to check all the permutations for forming a coalition or how a minority government could get its legislation through.

But mathematicians have a tool for working out how power is distributed under such circumstances: it's called the Banzhaf Power Index.

Banzhaf formula


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Man's body found in Portsoy

The body of a 36-year-old man

has been found at a property in an Aberdeenshire village.

Police said "unknown substances" were also found at the address in Portsoy, but they were of no risk to the public.

Emergency services were called to the residential property in Soy Avenue at about 23:00 on Sunday.

Specialist teams from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service also attended.

Dragons target Edinburgh win

Newport Gwent Dragons head coach, Kingsley Jones, says his side will "give it everything" at Edinburgh in

Friday's European Challenge Cup semi-final.

His promise came after Dragons beat Pro12 title holders Leinster at home on Sunday, going down 22-8 with 30 minutes left on the clock before fighting back to secure a stunning 25-22 victory.

Edinburgh go into Friday's meeting having been humbled 34-3 at home to Munster in the Pro12.

Munster's Andrew Smith and Peter O'Mahony tackle Edinburgh's Alasdair Dickinson

Rangers boss: 'We can still do better'

Rangers boss Stuart McCall has urged his side to cut out sloppy mistakes as they head for a "thrilling" Championship season finale.

They beat Raith Rovers 4-0 on Sunday to stay third, behind Hibernian on goal difference. Whoever finishes second will face one fewer play-off games.

Rangers boss Stuart McCall

"I think we can still do better,"

McCall told BBC Radio Scotland.

"I thought there were periods in the second half where, because it was 2-0, we were a bit sloppy and casual."

Election - Your views


Euan Anderson: Hung UK Parliament: Looks increasingly likely SNP will call shots, as long as Scots back them in big numbers forecast @BBCScotlandNews #SNP

Adventurer ready for North Pole rugby

Dumfries-born polar adventurer Jock Wishart is about to embark on his latest challenge.

Three years after rowing there, he will trek to the Magnetic North Pole with 14 rugby players.

Rugby players training for Arctic expedition

Their aim is to play the most northerly game of rugby sevens in the sport's history in temperatures that could reach minus 50 Celsius, in a bid to raise £300,000 for Wooden Spoon, rugby's charity for children.

The team will haul 60kg sleds with all their kit, players will trek 12 hours a day for six days, on a 100 mile trek from Resolute Bay to the magnetic pole.

As well as being physically and mentally ready, he said the players needed to respect the hostile environment.

"We would rather they be scared than be over-confident," he said.

"Because once you are scared then you listen and once you listen then you achieve."

Anti-Trident protesters continue Faslane blockade

Police have been using cutting equipment to release

anti-Trident protestors who have blocked the south gate into the Faslane base.

The blockade, which is part of a series of events organised by Scrap Trident, is due to last until 15:00.

It is aimed at focusing attention on the UK's nuclear deterrent in the run up to next month's general election.

Groups of protesters chained their hands together inside pipes ahead of the shift change at the base.

Police remove anti-Trident protesters at Faslane
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A protester is cut free during a protest at Faslane Naval Base

The protestors say they want to see the Trident system of submarines - which each carry 40 nuclear warheads - scrapped and the money used instead for humanitarian work and peacekeeping.

Anti-Trident protesters
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Trident is up for renewal in 2028 and decision on its future is due in 2016. The Conservatives and Labour say they're committed to renewing the fleet, but the SNP and Greens want to see it scrapped.

The Liberal Democrats have suggested reducing the number of submarines from four to three.

Scotland not exempt from cuts - Labour

Labour's Ed Balls has told the BBC he could not guarantee that Scotland would be exempt from spending cuts if he became the next Chancellor.

But he said he believed policies such as the proposed tax on properties worth more than £2m would benefit Scotland.

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Mr Balls was speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme ahead of his party's manifesto launch.

The SNP's John Swinney said the "revelation" demolished Labour's Scottish campaign strategy.

Airport passenger numbers soar

The number of passengers travelling from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports showed a

large increase in March.

Edinburgh and Glasgow airports

Glasgow reported 606,117 people travelling through the airport last month, a 14% increase on the same period in 2014.

Edinburgh Airport reported a 6.8% rise, to 791,975 passengers.

For Glasgow it was the airport's 25th consecutive month of growth and its busiest March in seven years. International traffic grew by 22.3%.

This was mainly because of strong demand for European destinations, the airport said.

Lib Dem pledge on NHS funding

Willie Rennie says the NHS in Scotland would benefit from £800m through the Lib Dems' economic plan.

Speaking during a visit to manufacturing company in Kirkintilloch with candidate Jo Swanson, the Scottish party's leader said: "It's because our plan to balance the books is one with a heart as well a brain.

Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Lib Dems
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"The Conservatives want to cut too much, taking us back to 1960's levels of public spending. The SNP want to borrow even more than Labour, recklessly putting at risk the decent funding of public services.

"Liberal Democrats have been first out the blocks in setting out how we would deal with the deficit."

SNP: Borrowing to increase

Reevel Alderson

BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has admitted the party plans to increase borrowing over the next five years, in contrast to proposals from the main UK parties.

Nicola Sturgeon
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Speaking at the launch of the SNP's business manifesto, Ms Sturgeon said the Nationalists proposed modest spending increases which would permit a reduction in the deficit, whilst also allowing investment which would help grow the economy.