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  1. Man charged with Karen Buckley's murder
  2. Miliband and Sturgeon clash in debate
  3. Labour launches Scottish manifesto
  4. Festival payment complaints persist

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By Jo Perry, Rachel Grant and Graham Fraser

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Graham Fraser

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We will be back at 07:00 on Monday.

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Leaders debate - Be in the audience

This general election will be one of the closest-fought and most unpredictable in recent history.

The Scottish Leaders debates will give you the chance to put your questions to the leaders of Scotland's political parties in the run-up to 7 May.

Our audience will play a crucial role in holding our politicians to account, asking the questions you want asked.

The second debate will take place on Sunday 03 May in Edinburgh, and will be chaired by Glenn Campbell.

If you would like to be in the audience, find out more.

Inverness don't fear Celtic

Inverness Caley Thistle will have no fear going up against Celtic as the Highlanders aim for a first Scottish Cup final, according to Greg Tansey.

Inverness vs Celtic
SNS Group

"If we play to our potential on the day, we believe we are a match for anyone in the league," Tansey told BBC Scotland ahead on Sunday's semi-final.

"That's all we worry about.

"We know Celtic are the best side in Scotland but we're just concentrating on making sure we come out firing on all cylinders."

Mobile games publishing arm launched

Channel 4 is to set up a new publishing arm in Glasgow which aims to "support and showcase" the work of the mobile games industry.

Channel 4
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All 4 Games will be led by the broadcaster's current games commissioning editor, Colin Macdonald.

It plans to build a new network of both Channel 4-funded mobile games and games from third-party developers.

The broadcaster said the launch this summer reflected its remit to support new creative talent.

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Reporting Scotland has just started on BBC One Scotland.

Reporting Scotland

You can also watch it online.

Stubbs hopes to end Scottish Cup run

Alan Stubbs is convinced Hibernian will end their wretched run in the Scottish Cup and hopes to be the manager to bring the trophy back to Easter Road.

Alan Stubbs
SNS Group Craig Foy

Hibs take on Falkirk on Saturday looking to book a third final appearance in four years but have not won the tournament since 1902.

"We are very aware of our history," Stubbs told BBC Scotland.

"It may be someone else standing here in years to come, but it is going to change. If it's this year, fantastic."

Body of missing man found

Police say they have found the body of a man who went missing on Ben Nevis last month.

Kyle Knox
Police Scotland

Kyle Knox from London was reported missing on 31 March after he failed to return to his accommodation from a hill walk.

The 23-year-old's remains were discovered in Surgeons Gully this afternoon by the crew of a Royal Navy helicopter carrying out a search in the area.

Dolphinwatch under way

Aberdeen's annual Dolphinwatch project is getting under way.

Dolphins off Aberdeen
David McCulloch

Dolphins are one of Aberdeen's biggest tourist attractions, with the city regarded as being among the best places in Europe to spot them.

Volunteers from RSPB Scotland's Dolphinwatch expect thousands of visitors to try to catch a glimpse of the spectacular sea antics over the summer.

The Dolphinwatch project was pioneered in 2013.

Vigil for Karen

A candlelit vigil has been held in Glasgow's George Square in memory of Irish student Karen Buckley.

Vigil for Karen Buckley

A man has appeared in court in the city charged with murdering Miss Buckley, whose body was found on a farm to the north of Glasgow four days after she went missing.

Alexander Pacteau, 21, made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody following the private hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Vigil for Karen Buckley

Miss Buckley had gone missing following a night out in the city's west end on Saturday.

Lord Ashcroft poll - analysis

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

The latest polling conducted by the Tory peer Lord Ashcroft in a selection of Scottish constituencies has been released this afternoon - with three weeks until polling day.

It's the latest in a series of surveys in marginal constituencies, some which the pollster has reported on previously, and appears to confirm a trend in recent opinion polls which suggests that the SNP continues to gain support at the expense of the other parties.

The SNP has welcomed the polling saying that it adds to its calls for Labour to work with it "to lock the Tories out of Downing Street."

Lord Ashcroft's poll suggests that the SNP has gained support since February in Labour strongholds such as the seat which the Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy is contesting in East Renfrewshire and where Douglas Alexander is standing in Paisley and Renfrewshire South. The polling also suggests that there's continued growth in SNP support in Lib Dem territory such as Ross, Skye and Lochaber where the former party leader Charles Kennedy is standing and in East Dunbartonshire which business minister Jo Swinson is contesting.

The Tory peer however suggests that while the SNP could also narrowly win the only seat held by the Tories in the last parliament in Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, polling suggests that Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk - where former Lib Dem Scottish Secretary Michael Moore is standing could be a Tory gain.

It comes 24 hours after the BBC leaders' debate in which the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon offered to work with Labour to keep out the Tories, an offer Ed Miliband declined.

Arrest after body find

Police in Fife are continuing to investigate a man's death after a body was found in a property on Tummel Road in Glenrothes on Monday.

Aleksandrs Sokolovs
Police Scotland

The dead man has been identified as Aleksandrs Sokolovs, a 29-year-old Latvian national who lived in the town.

His death is being treated as suspicious and officers are currently pursuing a positive line of inquiry.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested for a matter in connection with the police investigation, which is ongoing.

New osprey lays another egg

Philip Sim

Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

A new female osprey at a Scottish nature reserve has laid its second egg.

osprey and its eggs

The female raptor has taken over the nest at Loch of the Lowes inhabited for 24 years by "Lady", who reared 50 chicks there.

A round the clock watch is being kept on the nest by the Scottish Wildlife Trust as part of a stringent protection programme to safeguard the birds.

Ospreys can lay up to four eggs in a season.

Husband hid rats in wife's attic

A court has heard how a man whose wife took action to evict him from their Dumfries home retaliated by putting rats in the attic.


Lee Thompson, 42, bought the animals at a pet shop knowing his wife had a phobia about them.

He admitted behaving in a manner likely to cause fear or alarm at the house in Caulstran Road in May last year.

Thompson, of Portling, near Dalbeattie, was fined £710 for the offence at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

Man jailed for attempted murder of ex

A man who attacked and strangled a woman who dumped him after a short relationship has been jailed for nine years.

Kate Lampitt-Adey

At the High Court in Livingston, Scott Macintosh was found guilty of attempted murder.

He had denied carrying out the attack on art graduate Kate Lampitt-Adey (pictured), 26, in her Edinburgh flat in August.

Macintosh, from Leith, claimed in his defence Miss Lampitt-Adey already had the injuries when he got to her flat.

Heavy smoker smuggled 33,000 cigarettes

A "heavy smoker" caught smuggling 33,000 cigarettes into Scotland has been ordered to pay more than £9,000 in duties.

Edinburgh Airport and Glasgow Airport

Iwona Monica Kowal was caught with contraband cigarettes hidden in her baggage on three separate occasions at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports in 2013.

The 44-year-old, from Dundee, admitted trying to avoid paying excise duty.

A civil order was made for recovery of the £9,240, and a sheriff sentenced Kowal to 200 hours of unpaid work.

Poll suggests Murphy could lose seat

The latest polling by Lord Ashcroft has suggested Jim Murphy (pictured) could lose his seat to the SNP at the General Election.

Jim Murphy

The analysis says the SNP will attract 40% of votes, with Mr Murphy attaining 31% in the East Renfrewshire constituency.

In a tweet, Lord Ashcroft speculated tactical voting by Conservative supporters may save the Scottish Labour leader.

Lord Ashcroft polled eight constituencies, with the study also suggesting Labour's Douglas Alexander and Charles Kennedy of the Liberal Democrats will lose their seats.

Around 1000 voters in each of the eight constituencies were interviewed by telephone for the poll between 10 April and 16 April.

Read detailed information of the Lord Ashcroft poll.

Trio in court over drugs charges

Three people have appeared in court after drugs with an estimated street value of more than £200,000 were seized by police in Aberdeen.

Officers said drugs including cocaine and amphetamine were recovered from a property in Rosehill Drive on Thursday.

Elle Binnie, who's 19, Robert Stewart, 27, and 31-year-old Martyn Magee, all of Aberdeen, appeared at the city's sheriff court to face drugs charges.

They made no plea and were remanded in custody.

Care home admissions ban lifted

A temporary

suspension on admissions to a privately-run care home on Lewis has been lifted.

Older person's hands

The suspension was put in place last month after concerns were raised about the dietary programme for residents the Blar Buidhe Care Home.

The Western Isles local authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said it was pleased by the steps taken by care home owners HC-One to address the concerns.

HC-One previously said the decision to suspend admissions was voluntary.

The local authority had started an investigation after it was reported that some residents of the care home had been losing weight.

Couple celebrate lottery win

A Moray offshore worker and his fiancée are celebrating a £1m National Lottery win.

Michael Innes
NAtional Lottery

Buckie-based catering steward Michael Innes, 29, won on the online Monopoly Millionaire game.

Mr Innes and student nurse Megan Fulton, 25, are now planning their dream wedding and a new home.

He said: "I could not believe it when I saw we had won the £1m prize. This is fantastic as it allows us to have the wedding we want."

Carrier bag use plummets

The number of single-use carrier bags being handed out by retailers has dropped by more than 80% in six months, new figures suggest.

Carrier bags generic
Science Photo Library

Shoppers have had to pay five pence for a single-use carrier bag since October 2014 after MSPs voted for the change to tackle Scotland's litter problem.

According to reports from individual businesses, Asda saw its take up of single-use bags drop by more than 90%, while the Co-operative and Morrisons said for them the figure fell by 80%.

Retailer Marks and Spencer saw take-up of single-use bags cut by 50%.

BreakingMan charged with murder of Karen Buckley

A 21-year-old man has appeared in court in Glasgow charged with the murder of an Irish student who went missing in the city last weekend.

Karen Buckley

Alexander Pacteau made no plea or declaration during the appearance in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court and was remanded in custody.

He faces a second charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice in connection with the death of Karen Buckley, who was 24 years old and from Cork in the Republic of Ireland.

Tories launch new campaign poster

Tories launch their new campaign poster

Activists show their support as the Scottish Conservatives unveil their latest campaign poster in Edinburgh.

Hartley signs Dundee contract

Dundee manager Paul Hartley

signed a new three year deal at Dens Park today, and announced his ambition for the club to become a top four outfit and the top side in the city.

Paul Hartley

Hartley also says winning a trophy is a personal ambition.

In just over a year in charge at Dens, Hartley has steered the Dark Blues to a top six finish and is aiming for a top four place before the season is over.

His long term aim is also to take over from Dundee United as the dominant force in the City of Discovery.

Glasgow Central: Debate reaction

As part of the Today programme's series covering 100 seats in the 100 days to the election, Matthew Price spoke to voters at Glasgow Central about their thoughts of the televised election debate.

Today website

Voters were interested to see how the Labour and SNP battle would play out and found their choices were hardened during the course of the event.

Listen again


Textile investment safeguards jobs

A Borders textile firm has said

an investment in new equipment will help it safeguard more than 100 jobs.

Lochcarron of Scotland

Lochcarron of Scotland is purchasing a warp mill which operates four times faster than current machinery.

It will also allow the textiles manufacturer to produce more complicated patterns and work with finer materials at its Selkirk base.

Head of finance Cameron Barr said it hoped the investment could create new jobs in the future.

'Biggest opponents are ourselves'

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says his side's biggest opponents between now and the end of the season are themselves.

Ronny Deila

The Parkhead side faces Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the semi final of the Scottish Cup on Sunday and remain on course for the domestic treble.

Deila says his players must stay focused but also enjoy themselves as the end of season pressure mounts.

Celtic will be without the suspended Anthony Stokes on Sunday. Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong are cup tied.

Your pictures of Scotland: 10-17 April

This week's

gallery of readers' pictures of Scotland is now live.

This one shows the international space station passing over The Kelpies. Alastair MacDonald, from Comrie, used a blend of long exposures to get the long trail.

The Kelpies
Alastair MacDonald

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Fresh appeal over teen sex attack

Police investigating a sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl in Carnoustie have issued an appeal to a

pair of potential witnesses.

A man and a woman are believed to have been walking westwards along Dundee Street when the girl was attacked on Sunday 12 April.

The assault took place near a garage on the street between 21:45 and 22:05.

Officers are looking for a man in his 20s, who may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Museum workers on strike

Two national museums in Edinburgh are

shut for a second day after workers walked out in a dispute over pay.

Strike 2015

About 100 Public and Commercial Services Union workers at the National Museum of Scotland went on strike at 13:30 on Thursday.

The union said it was attempting to get museum management to reverse its decision to remove weekend working allowances for staff.

The National Museum of Scotland and the National War Museum are closed. They will be open as normal on Saturday.

Ullapool harbour works


CalMac Service Info tweets: "If you'd like more information on the #Stornoway-#Uig service, which starts this Monday, you can look at our FAQs."

Dolphin Watch begins

Aberdeen's annual

Dolphinwatch project is getting under way.

Dolphins off Aberdeen
Not specified

Dolphins are one of Aberdeen's biggest tourist attractions, with the city regarded as being among the best places in Europe to spot them.

Volunteers from RSPB Scotland's Dolphinwatch expect thousands of visitors to try to catch a glimpse of the spectacular sea antics over the summer.

The team will be at Torry Battery from 11:00 to 18:00 every Thursday to Sunday until 16 August.

Two accused of trying to start ice hockey brawl

Two ice hockey players are to stand trial accused of trying to start a brawl at a match.

Fife Ice Arena

Dundee Tigers players Marc Crighton and Marc Leggatt

face charges of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and challenging others to fight at the tie with the Kirkcaldy Kestrels at the Fife Ice Arena in 2013.

Crighton is also alleged to have assaulted two opponents.

Both men pleaded not guilty and will face trial at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

M8 accident

BBC Scotland Travel


M8 Edinburgh to Glasgow - RTA westbound approaching J6 Newhouse blocking 1 lane. Traffic back to J5 Harthill. E/bound slow too. T.T.

Badminton championships


Team Scotland tweets: "Badminton: Good luck all players competing at the U13/17/21 National Championships at Meadowbank this weekend!…"

Neilson wants to challenge leaders

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson has said he hopes to be able to put a team on the pitch next season that will go to places like Celtic and Aberdeen and expect to win.

Robbie Neilson

Neilson revealed he has spoken to a number of players including striker James Keatings about their futures at the club.

The Hearts boss said he has told them he will be bringing in new strikers to the club during the summer.

Extradited OAP jailed for abuse

A pensioner who was convicted of child abuse offences after

being extradited from Australia has been jailed for four and a half years.

Glasgow High Court

John Donnelly, 74, emigrated to Australia from Scotland 40 years ago.

He abused four girls when he made return trips to Scotland during the 1970s and 80s.

Donnelly was jailed at the High Court in Glasgow after being convicted of the offences following a trial in March.

A dry afternoon

BBC Scotland Weather


A mainly dry afternoon today with good spells of sunshine for southern and western Scotland.

Some patchy cloud may affect the east and north, and may be thicker over the Northern Isles.

Temperatures will reach 11 to 13 Celsius in the east, about 15 degrees in the sunny west.

Man attacked by stranger

A man has suffered head and facial injuries after

an attack outside his Edinburgh house by a stranger.

Kirk Street, Edinburgh

The 38-year-old man was standing in Kirk Street on Thursday at about 01:30 when another man assaulted him.

The victim fell to the ground. When his attacker left he called his wife, who took him to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

The suspect is a young white man who was wearing grey clothing. Police have appealed for witnesses.

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