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  1. Karen Buckley murder: Alexander Pacteau in court again
  2. Moira Anderson: Forensics expert to lead new search
  3. Labour suspends candidate Sumon Hoque over drink-driving charge
  4. PM sets out 'English votes' timetable
  5. Appeal over 'dangerous' Martin Joseph Hamilton
  6. Boat boarded in North Sea drugs raid

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BBC Scotland's business and economy editor Douglas Fraser's latest blog looks at

Scotland's place in the world.

Douglas writes: "Ronald Reagan got into the White House with the question: 'Are you better off than you were four years ago?'. So 35 years later, are you better off than at the last election?"

Snooker championship

In the afternoon session of the Snooker World Championship, four-time world champion John Higgins found himself trailing 9-7 in his last-16 clash with world number three Ding Junhui.

Higgins, who last won the championship in 2011, took a 5-3 lead into Friday's session after winning five of the first six frames the previous day.

Former world number one Ding takes a two-frame lead into their Saturday morning session.

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Man in court over attempted murder

A man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after another man suffered a serious injury to his torso.

The injured 51-year-old was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment following the alleged attack in Hailesland Grove, Edinburgh, at about 04:30 on Thursday.

Graham Campbell, 46, from Edinburgh, was charged with assault to severe injury, attempted murder and robbery when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

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

Tomorrow's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


A dull, wet, cold start to the day on Saturday across southern, central and eastern Scotland, with some sleet for hillier areas.

Most of the rain will clear south and eastwards by the afternoon, lingering longest in the Borders, with a hangback of cloud over Dumfries and Galloway too.

However, the Central swathe of the country will see skies brightening for the afternoon, with sunshine, though it will feel much colder than of late - temperatures around 10C.

Across the Northern and Western Isles and the northwest Highlands, it'll be a mixture of bright spells and showers from the outset tomorrow. The showers bringing a wintry mix of hail and sleet, with snow on the high ground.

They'll be most frequent over Orkney, Caithness, Sutherland, Lewis and Harris. A keen northerly wind will add to the wintry feel.

Timber firm plans expansion

Co-op store
Walter Baxter

A Selkirk timber company's expansion plans could lead to the creation of about 50 new jobs.

Oregon Timber has applied to Scottish Borders Council to expand into a former home furnishing store near existing premises.

The company, which manufactures timber frames, wants to acquire the former Co-op NGT in Dunsdalehaugh.

It has applied to change its use from "retail" to "timber manufacturing facility".

The furniture and electrical store closed last summer with the loss of 12 jobs.

McCall looking at signing targets

Rangers manager Stuart McCall has said he is building a dossier of player targets for the club, despite the uncertainty over his future and that of the club.

Stuart McCall

He admitted it was difficult to put concrete plans in place without knowing if he would still be manager next season, or which league Rangers would be in.

He said: "We're not standing still. I'm talking to agents and putting together a portfolio of players and positions."

Football traffic reminder

Police are warning the public of possible traffic disruption ahead of the Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs Aberdeen match at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness on Saturday - which has a 3pm kick off.

They advised motorists to expect delays on the approaches to the A9 Kessock Bridge roundabout nearby to the stadium between 2pm and 3pm and then again between 4:45pm and 5:45pm.

Wind farm firm signs funding deal

Glasgow-based renewable energy firm UrbanWind has announced plans to develop wind turbine schemes across the UK after signing a £30m funding deal with a private equity firm.

Zouk Capital will provide finance for smaller schemes which have won planning permission but lack funding to proceed.

Under the agreement, Zouk and UrbanWind will create a joint venture to develop suitable projects.

UrbanWind says it has about 100 sites in the development appraisal phase.

Tonight's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


It'll turn wet across the country tonight.

Rain - already into Galloway, Ayrshire and Kintyre - will spread north and eastwards to affect all parts.

It'll be mostly light, but will persist throughout the night, with a few heavier pulses at times.

Shetland, the Western Isles and the far northwest of the mainland will turn drier, clearer and colder towards morning - temperatures here will dip to just a couple of degrees above freezing. More typically it'll be 4C or 5C across the country.

TV award

The best factual series award at the Celtic Media festival in Inverness has gone to the BBC Two-screened

The Quest for Bannockburn.

quest for Bannockburn

English votes for English laws

David Cameron
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English votes for English laws 'fully revived':

Brian Taylor's latest General Election blog.

Brian says: "Every Conservative leader since John Major has entered office, determined to answer the West Lothian question. Every Conservative leader since John Major has subsequently shelved the idea. Until now."

Travel latest

BBC Scotland Travel


On the eastbound M8, traffic is queuing around junction 6 Newhouse because of the roadworks at the Newhouse roundabout - spilling back to the Shawhead Flyover.

Glasgow M74 - roadworks at the on-slip at Junction 1A Polmadie Road means tailbacks this evening - congestion is back to the Kingston Bridge.

Dundee - a broken down lorry on East Dock Street is really slowing things down heading north. There are big queues too on the northbound Tay bridge - and roadworks on Lochee Road are causing queues around Gray's Lane and the Marketgait

Man admits trying to rape teenager

A man has admitted assaulting and

attempting to rape a teenager in a wooded area in Irvine.

Ryan Douglas, 25, dragged his 17-year-old victim from the North Ayrshire town's Bank Street on 7 August 2014.

He ran off after her screams alerted passers-by who came to her aid, and was later traced to a house in the town.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, sentence on Douglas, who is in custody, was deferred. He was also placed on the sex offenders' register.

Police urgently seek ex-prisoner

Martin Hamilton
Police Scotland

Police are urgently looking for a man who was released from prison last year on licence.

They said they were concerned that Martin Joseph Hamilton could be dangerous and urged members of the public not to approach him.

Hamilton was released from prison on licence in September 2014 and is now wanted in relation to a Revocation of Licence Warrant.

He is described as white, 53 years of age and has short cropped fair hair.

Sex attack witness appeal

Police in Glasgow are appealing for two members of the public to contact them following a sex assault in the west end almost two weeks ago.

They said the victim had been eating at Bistro Takeaway in Renfield Street at about 01:00 on Monday 13 April.

At about 01:35, the woman was assisted by a man and woman into a car, possibly a taxi.

Police said the car drove off towards Great Western Road where the woman was subjected to a sexual assault - near to the Lincoln Inn.

Detectives are keen to speak to the man and woman who assisted the young 23 year-old woman.

Not tonight

David Miller

BBC Scotland environment correspondent

Apologies to anyone waiting for my promised report on Seafield House tonight. Just heard it'll run at a future date. @FriendsSeafield

Post office robbery

Police are appealing for information following a robbery at a post office in the Barmulloch area of Glasgow this morning.

Two men entered the post office in Quarrywood Avenue at 07:55 and threatened the member of staff with a knife.

The suspects made off with a five-figure sum of cash.

The 27-year-old man worker was not injured but was left badly shaken.

Labour candidate suspended

A Labour general election candidate has been

suspended after appearing in court charged with drink-driving.

Sumon Hoque, 32, who is standing in the Banff and Buchan constituency, is also accused of driving a car with no MOT and without a licence.

Mr Hoque, of Aberdeen, denied the charges at the city's sheriff court.

The offences are alleged to have happened in Aberdeen's Bridge Street in May last year. The case is due to go to trial next month.

Man arrested over attempted murder

A man has been arrested following the alleged attempted murder of two brothers.

The men, named locally as Peter and James Stewart, required hospital treatment after the incident in a stairwell in Edinburgh's Wardieburn Place West on 8 April.

It happened after the pair had travelled more than 100 miles from Aberdeen to buy a car.

Police said a 30-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

He is expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.

Earlier this month, a 16-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.

Travel news


Traffic Scotland


Due to roadworks, traffic slow in Glasgow on M74 southbound J1A Polmadie Road & back to J1 Kingston Bridge

Refs 'should explain decisions'

Celtic manager Ronny Deila believes referees

should be allowed to explain their decisions after matches to foster greater transparency in the game.

The Norwegian was "so disappointed" that referee Steven McLean had missed Josh Meekings' hand ball incident in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

ronny deila

But he said: "I don't have any problems with the Scottish refs. They are good.

"To be open and honest is important and then we can stop talking about (incidents) for weeks."

Disability in politics


Ian Hamilton

BBC Scotland

Filming 3rd in my series about disabled people in politics @annebegg in her office in Aberdeen.

Anne Begg and Ian Hamilton

Murphy warns of opposition 'pincer move'

Election 2015

The leader of Scottish Labour Jim Murphy has been giving details of his party's pledge to raise the minimum wage and increase the numbers of employers paying workers a living wage.

Jim Murphy generic

He said that Scotland was being threatened with a "pincer movement" between Tory and SNP plans, and that neither of their ideas were good enough for Scotland.

Mr Murphy also reacted to the Conservatives' plans for

English Votes for English Laws.

He accused David Cameron of saying anything to cling onto power.

Saving Seafield


David Miller

BBC Scotland environment correspondent

The fight to save Seafield House, the Ayr home of one of Scotland's greatest engineers:

Reporting Scotland 18:30.

seafield house

Seafield House was built for Victorian engineer Sir William Arrol, whose work included the Forth Bridge and London's Tower Bridge.

Snooker coverage

It's John Higgins against Ding Junhui at the World Snooker Championship.

See it live here


Suspicious death name confirmed

Police Scotland have formally identified the man whose death they are investigating in Balbeggie in Perthshire.

He was named as Alan Gardner, 49, from Balbeggie.

Officers were called to an address in the Croft Park area at about midday on Thursday.

Inquiries are at an early stage however officers are keen to trace a vehicle which belonged to the deceased. It is a blue Toyota Rav, registration number M301 ORO.

Stewart feared chance was gone

PFA Scotland player of the year award nominee Greg Stewart feared his chance of being a full-time footballer had passed him by less than two years ago.

Greg Stewart

The 25-year-old has been voted among the top four players in Scotland in his first season in the full-time game.

"There was a point I thought maybe my chance had gone," said Stewart, who signed for promoted Dundee from Cowdenbeath last summer.

"But I just kept working hard and scored a few goals last season."

Election analysis


Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

James Mitchell on Westminster changing the SNP and

how a Labour minority would rely on Tory votes. Recommended:

The 'potential revolution' at Westminster

John Curtice

Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

"They have been remarkably stable. Yet they presage a potential revolution in Scottish representation at Westminster.

"That has been the story of the polls of voting intentions in Scotland ever since September's independence referendum."

Poll graphic

Man in court on Karen Buckley murder charge

Karen Buckley
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A man charged with murdering Irish student Karen Buckley has appeared in court for a second time.

A Crown Office statement said: "Alexander Pacteau, 21, from Glasgow, made a second appearance at Glasgow Sheriff Court today charged with the murder of Karen Buckley, and with attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

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

"No further court dates have been set at this time."

Latest travel

BBC Scotland Travel


We are getting reports of an accident on the M80 southbound just before junction 5 Auchenkilns. It seems to have moved to the hard shoulder now but there is still a backlog of traffic

M74 Glasgow - the southbound onslip at J1a Polmadie Road is closed for roadworks. You'll need to join the motorway at Cambuslang Road instead, that's junction 2.. Expect delays - it's closed for the next seven weeks.

Kayaker on trip to all lifeboat stations


solo kayaker has made plans to paddle to all of Scotland's lifeboat stations to raise money for charity.

Nick Ray will set off on the 2,015-mile trip on 1 May and expects to take up to four months to complete the challenge.

The 51-year-old will start at Kippford on the Solway Firth and travel clockwise before finishing in Eyemouth in the Borders.

Nick Ray
Nick Ray

He will visit 47 lifeboat stations on the journey and hopes to raise thousands of pounds for the RNLI.

TUSC launches anti-austerity manifesto

A party which promises "total opposition to all austerity" has unveiled its manifesto.

The Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) wants a minimum wage of £10 an hour to be brought in immediately, along with an end to zero-hours contracts.

TUSC campaign launch

TUSC, which was co-founded by the late RMT union leader Bob Crow, is fielding 135 candidates across the UK, including 10 in Scotland.

It has pledged to mount the "biggest left-wing/socialist challenge in decades" in next month's General Election.

Churchyard body find

Police in Edinburgh are investigating after the body of a man was found in St Cuthbert's church yard in the Lothian Road area of the city this afternoon.

Officers said his death is currently being treated as unexplained but they are carrying out enquiries to establish the circumstances.

Bomb hoaxer loses appeal

A convicted armed raider and bomb hoaxer has failed to convince judges he was not the nuisance caller.

David Williamson, from Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders, was told at London's Appeal Court that his total 10-year sentence was, if anything, 'generous'.

At Kingston Crown Court in London last year, he was convicted of the string of terror calls and shop raids.

The 51-year-old challenged his conviction and sentence in relation to the bomb hoaxes.

McCall pleased for Meekings

Rangers manager Stuart McCall believes the three-man tribunal was right to clear Josh Meekings, adding he and "95% of Scottish football" are delighted he can play in the Scottish Cup final.

Stuart McCall

McCall felt Meekings should have been red-carded at the time, but it was the wrong decision by the compliance officer to charge the Caley Thistle player