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  1. Election issues dominate FMQs
  2. Man charged with baby murder bid
  3. 'Kamikaze' driver faces jail term over fatal crash
  4. CCTV footage appeal in rape case
  5. Meekings's hand-ball ban overturned

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

Voters 'left in the dark', says IFS

Four of the major parties have not provided "anything like full details" on plans to cut the deficit,

the Institute for Fiscal Studies says.

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"Broad outlines" of the choice on offer were on show, it said, but voters were "somewhere in the dark" over cuts planned by the main UK parties and SNP.

The Conservatives would have to cut services and Labour borrow £26bn a year, the independent body suggested.

It said the difference between the two approaches was the biggest since 1992.

The two largest parties again attacked each other's economic plans.

Meekings ruling - Your views

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Bill in Inverurie: Victory for football today. Genuine error by compliance officer - re-refereeing can't be allowed.

Tam, Paisley: This decision by the three-man panel shows that the "Compliance Officer" role is REDUNDANT and should be got rid of.

Aberdeen drilling jobs concern

Hundreds of jobs are at risk at an Aberdeen-based drilling company, as Rowan Drilling sends letters to more than 420 employees at risk of redundancy.

A company spokesperson said: "The number of redundancies offshore will depend on the firm's ability to source further contract work for its drilling rigs."

Sturgeon: IFS is wrong

Laura Kuenssberg

Chief correspondent, Newsnight

The star of the campaign, the most dangerous woman in Britain, the most effective politician around or someone hell bent on tearing apart the country. Whichever moniker you choose it is always interesting listening to what Nicola Sturgeon has to say and with only two weeks until polling day, what she says matters.

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We've been talking to her for tonight's Newsnight when we are broadcasting live from a beautiful backdrop in Scotland's capital city. Sturgeon, as you would expect, had a pretty robust defence of today's verdict from the IFS that the real numbers behind the SNP manifesto belie their rhetoric of being 'anti-austerity'.

Basically, she says the IFS is wrong. What's new in an election campaign when every party is reluctant to be explicit about how they'd spend our cash?

But she was also intriguing on in what precise circumstances she would support a Labour government to, as she says at every available opportunity, 'lock out the Tories'.

What would really be legitimate? Is she planning another referendum? How would she use more SNP bums on seats at Westminster to further her ultimate burning goal of getting Scotland to be independent? And a lot else besides. More later.

'Thankful' for support


Inverness CT defender Josh Meekings: I have seen the support from various clubs fans and I'm very thankful. I can look forward to the final now, and get ready for Saturday!

Shooting stars


Aileen Clarke

BBC Scotland

Did anyone get photos of the meteor shower last night? Would love to use. Tweet your shooting stars...

Dave Hancox, at the Doon Valley Astronomy Society Meeting at Dalmellington last night, responded to Aileen's appeal and offered this image.

Dave Hancox

Inverness delight at Meekings ruling

Inverness CT have expressed delight at confirmation defender Josh Meekings will be free to feature in the Scottish Cup final.

Inverness CT chairman Kenny Cameron

Meekings had rejected the Scottish FA's compliance officer's offer of a suspension

after a hand ball during the semi-final victory against Celtic.

And an independent judicial panel has cleared the Englishman to play in the 30 May final against Falkirk.

"The club is delighted for Josh," said Inverness chairman Kenny Cameron.

"The result means that the club can now fully appreciate the achievement of reaching its first ever Scottish Cup final."

Josh Meekings is now free to play in the Scottish Cup final

FMQ's: Slaying dragons and lizards

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

St George's Day - and are there dragons still to be slain? The Institute for Fiscal Studies inclines towards a yes although they appear to detect qualities pertaining to a large lizard in each of the competing parties' offers.

First Minister's Questions at Holyrood

They urge the Conservatives to provide more detail with regard to their proposed spending cuts. They say that Labour has been "vague" about the extent of planned borrowing. The Liberal Democrats are reckoned to be somewhat optimistic about efficiencies.

At Holyrood, the immediate focus was upon the SNP. Such is the nature of questions to the first minister. But Nicola Sturgeon ensured that she drew attention to other aspects of the IFS report too.

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Josh Meekings's hand-ball ban overturned

Inverness CT defender Josh Meekings is free to play in the Scottish Cup final after a one-game ban was dismissed.

Meekings had rejected the Scottish FA's compliance officer offer of a suspension after a hand ball during the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic.

Josh Meekings's hand ball ban was overturned

And an independent judicial panel has cleared the Englishman to play in the 30 May final against Falkirk.

CCTV footage released after Uddingston rape

Police investigating the rape of a woman in South Lanarkshire

have released CCTV footage of a man they want to trace.

CCTV footage

The 20-year-old was attacked in a wooded area in Uddingston as she walked home from the town's train station at about 22:15 on Tuesday 24 March.

The man police want to trace is white, aged 30-50, and about 5ft 9in. He was wearing dark clothes, including a hood.

He was also described as having red hair and red facial hair.

The attack took place near Castle Gate in the town.

Aberdeen fan fined for IRA comment

An Aberdeen fan who admitted inciting public disorder by making a remark about the IRA to Celtic fans on Remembrance Sunday

has been fined.

Daniel Fraser, 24, made the comment last November at Pittodrie Stadium.

Aberdeen v Celtic

Fraser admitted the offence at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Alison Stirling refused the Crown's call for a banning order preventing him going to future fixtures and instead fined him £300.

The sheriff said a ban from football matches would be "disproportionate" given that Fraser had no previous history of getting into football-related trouble.

'Kamikaze' driver faces jail over fatal crash

A man is facing a prison term after being found guilty of causing a "kamikaze-like" crash which killed his friend and badly injured five others.

Ian Milligan

Ian Milligan, 52, from Dumfries, caused the crash after driving onto the wrong side of the A702, near Abington, South Lanarkshire, on 8 July 2013.

His friend and passenger, Alistair Wells, 56, later died in hospital. Five people in the other car were injured.

Milligan will be sentenced later for causing death by dangerous driving.

Wind farm public inquiry begins

A public inquiry into a controversial wind farm development in Sutherland has begun.

Plans for the Strathy South wind farm have already led to a row between SSE, the company behind the scheme, and environmental charity RSPB Scotland.

It said that it was a strong supporter of most wind farms because they reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

But it said the Strathy South scheme would cause harm to the peatland habitats and the birds they support.

The proposed 39-turbine wind farm would be situated in the internationally important peatlands of the Flow Country in Sutherland.

Driver banned for Dundee speeding

A man who raced another driver down a main road at more than double the speed limit

has been banned for two years.

Corrigan admitted driving at almost 90mph on the A92 on the outskirts of Dundee

Peter Corrigan hit 89mph in a 40mph limit area on the A92 Arbroath road on the outskirts of Dundee.

The 21-year-old, of Perth, admitted driving dangerously on 7 March 2014, as did co-accused Paul Docherty, 24.

Corrigan was banned for two years and given 200 hours of unpaid work, while Docherty was banned for 17 months and sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work.

Man charged with attempted murder of baby

A man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder

after a baby girl suffered a serious head injury.

The baby is in a serious but stable condition at Glasgow's Yorkhill Hospital

The three-month-old was taken by ambulance from a house in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, to the town's Crosshouse Hospital early on Sunday morning.

She was later transferred to Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow where her condition was described as serious but stable.

Andrew Morrison, 24, of Kilmarnock, made no plea nor declaration and was remanded in custody.

Mr Morrison appeared in private at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Play-off cash change rejected

Hibernian, Hearts and Motherwell have failed with their proposal

to change the distribution of gate receipts from play-off matches.

The three sides wanted to halve the revenue going to Scottish Professional Football League clubs not involved in the top-flight play-offs from 50%.

Hibernian v Motherwell

But the plan was rejected at a meeting of the 42 clubs at Hampden today.

Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster would not reveal how much backing the proposal had received.

"We had a reasoned debate, members have heard our perspective and decided not to agree, which we are OK with because it's a democratic process," she said.

Party forecast?


Scotland 2015

BBC Two Scotland

We'll ask Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy what he reckons he can do about the forecasts for his party tonight. #scotland2015

Sainsbury's cuts 800 supermarket jobs

Supermarket Sainsbury's is

cutting about 800 jobs as part of a restructuring at its stores.

Sainsbury's sign

The changes will see the loss of department and deputy manager positions.

The cuts are part of a plan announced in November to save £500m over the next three years.

"These are exceptionally difficult decisions to make and we have not taken them lightly," said Roger Burnley, retail and operations director.

Sainsbury's employs about 161,000 staff across 1,200 stores, depots and support centres across the UK.

Coming up...


Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland, from 16:00.

Today's stories include:

  • Latest in general election campaign
  • Woman's body found on Calton Hill
  • Nicola Sturgeon condemns candidate tweets
BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive

Listen live to the programme


Fine sight


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It looks impressive - but what is it? This, and more, on Reporting Scotland tonight...

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Four vie for player award

Two Celtic players and one each from Aberdeen and Dundee are in the running for

PFA Scotland's Scottish Premiership player of the year award.

Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk and Norway midfielder Stefan Johansen have helped Celtic lift the Scottish League Cup and lead the Premiership.

Stefan Johansen (left) and Virgil van Dijk

Irish striker Adam Rooney has helped Aberdeen sit second and has scored 27 goals in all competitions.

Dundee striker Greg Stewart is the only Scot on the shortlist after scoring 15.

'Sluggish' mortgage lending in 2015

Kevin Peachey

Personal finance reporter

Mortgage lending suffered a "sluggish start" to the year but

lending has picked up in recent weeks, according to a trade body.

House keys

Gross mortgage lending for the first quarter of this year was down 12% from the previous three months at £44.9bn, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said.

This marked a 3% decrease on the same period in 2014.

But the CML said that lending in March was much higher than February.

Dismay at Tornado inquiry decision

A former RAF engineer has told the Scottish justice secretary that a decision by the Crown Office to rule out an inquiry into a fatal RAF Tornado crash is "improper and cannot be allowed to stand".

Airmen (from left) Sqd Ldr Samuel Bailey, Flt Lt Hywel Poole and Flt Lt Adam Sanders

Campaigner Jimmy Jones, in a letter to Michael Matheson, also criticises the failure of Scottish prosecutors to hold a fatal accident inquiry into military air accidents unless civilians have been involved.

Mr Jones has submitted evidence to Holyrood's justice committee, which is currently examining a bill that updates the law governing fatal accident inquiries.

Lawyers for some of the families of the three aircrew who died have also criticised the Crown Office's decision last month.

Your questions


Scotland 2015

BBC Two Scotland

Leaders interview: tonight it's the turn of Scottish Labour's

@JimForScotland. What would you ask? #scotland2015.

Jim Murphy

Offshore workers face redundancy


jobs are at risk at an Aberdeen-based drilling company.

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Rowan Companies said notices had been sent to employees at risk of redundancy at its Rowan Drilling arm.

A company spokesperson said: "The number of redundancies offshore will depend on our ability to source further contract work for our drilling rigs."

Cyclist, 75, dies after road crash

A cyclist has died in hospital six months after he was involved in a road accident near Peebles.

Carl Lane, 75, suffered serious spinal injuries in the collision with a Volvo XC90 car on 27 October last year.

The accident happened on the A72 Peebles to Glentress Road, near to Eshiels Mill.

Police Scotland confirmed Mr Lane died at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow on Wednesday and a report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.

Stewart and McNish for Clark weekend

Famous names of motor racing Sir Jackie Stewart and Allan McNish will

join a celebration of the legendary Jim Clark in the Borders.

Sir Jackie Stewart

The free event is being held in Duns on 16 and 17 May.

A line-up of classic Formula One, touring and sports cars in which Jim Clark raced in 1965 will also be on the show over the weekend.

Organisers also hope it will raise awareness of plans for a new Jim Clark Museum by 2018.

Hughes angered over Meekings case

Inverness CT manager John Hughes believes Scottish football knows there is a real injustice in Josh Meekings potentially missing the Scottish Cup final.

John Hughes

Meekings's tribunal this afternoon will determine whether he faces suspension, but Hughes said he feels this is another example of Inverness being treated with contempt.

He also said the tribunal system is flawed and that he feels if this is what goes on in Scottish football, he seriously doesn't know if he wants to be a part of it.

The tribunal sits at 15:00 at Hampden Park.

Embezzler used Rangers supporters club

A woman who stole £55,000 from her employer has admitted passing it through the books of Rangers Supporters Association Boys Club.

Margaret Stewart, who is 47, embezzled the money from the Canadian firm Ivanhoe Cambridge, which owns Glasgow's St Enoch Centre, over a three-year period.

She used her position as treasurer at the boys club to pay cheques into its account before taking the cash herself.

Sentence on Stewart was deferred and her bail was continued.

Scotmid reports 'solid progress'

Scottish retailer Scotmid has reported

a rise in turnover and operating profit, helped by an improved performance from its Semichem business.

Scotmid store

The Edinburgh-based co-operative society saw operating profits climb by £1m to £5.5m for the year to the end of January. Turnover was up £5m to £436m.

Scotmid described them as "a solid set of figures".

However, it warned that Scottish consumer confidence, especially in food retail, remained low.

Sturgeon condemns SNP candidate tweets

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has condemned social media comments by one of her party's UK election candidates.

Neil Hay
ALlan Milligan

Neil Hay, who is standing in Edinburgh South, referred to supporters of the UK as "quislings" on Twitter, under the pseudonym "Paco McSheepie".

During first minister's questions, deputy Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said he should be sacked.

The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats questioned Mr Hay's fitness for public office.

Ms Sturgeon challenged Ms Dugdale to take action against Labour activist Ian Smart, who previously described the SNP as "fascist scum" online.

Meekings situation 'unfortunate' - Lawwell

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell says today's Josh Meekings hearing is simply a consequence of no action being taken against him at the weekend.

Peter Lawwell

The Inverness CT defender has declined the offer of a one-match ban after being punished retrospectively by the SFA's compliance officer for handling the ball in

Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic.

Today, a three-man independent panel will decide whether the ban should be imposed.

Lawwell said he didn't want to comment further, adding that it was a unfortunate situation that nobody wanted to happen.

Live snooker

Scotland's Anthony McGill is currently in action at the World Snooker Championship.

Anthony McGill faces Mark Selby in the last 16 of the World Championship
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McGill has been tipped for big things by five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Watch live as McGill takes on Mark Selby at the Crucible.

IFS debate


Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Labour's Kezia Dugdale says #IFS are "impartial experts" re SNP; Ed Miliband says IFS on Lab plans based on "assumptions frankly I don't accept".

Today's election debate

Join Gordon Brewer on Daily Politics Scotland today with Sir Menzies Campbell, Angus Robertson, Anas Sarwar and Murdo Fraser.

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They are taking part in an Election Debate on the issue of defence.

Watch the programme live on

BBC Two Scotland from 14:00.

Upcoming election dominates FMQs

General election issues were high on the agenda as MSPs met

for the first First Minister's Questions since the Easter recess.

The session was held exactly two weeks before voters go to the polls.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon makes a point during FMQs

Nicola Sturgeon faced questions from both Scottish Labour deputy leader Kezia Dugdale and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

Ms Sturgeon's SNP has been the focus of sustained attacks from both Labour and the Conservatives in recent days.

The Scottish Parliament was sitting as campaigning across the country continues ahead of the UK general election on 7 May.

It's snow joke...


BBC Scotland News

Yesterday's top temperature was 21C, but snow could be coming to parts of Scotland...

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Lost bronze sells for £386,500

A bronze sculpture discovered during a "routine house valuation" in the Scottish Borders has sold at auction for £386,500.

Alex Robson

The 18th Century work, Ganymede and the Eagle, is by Italian sculptor Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi.

It was sold at auction in Edinburgh this week by Lyon & Turnbull.

It was expected to sell for between £100,000 and £150,000 but ended up going under the hammer for more than twice the top estimate.