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  1. Fighting talk on the campaign trail
  2. Woman and child attacked on footpath
  3. Fall in pupil reading performance
  4. Call for national debate on fracking
  5. Woman dies after fire at house

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Construction bankruptcy falls

The number of Scottish construction companies forced out of business

fell by 20% last year, according to analysis of insolvency figures.

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The Scottish Building Federation said cases of compulsory liquidation fell from 727 in 2013 to 578.

There were 58% fewer bankruptcies last year than in 2009, when a total of 1,366 Scottish building firms were forced to close down.

The figures were drawn from the UK Insolvency Service.

Tonight's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


Bright or sunny spells to end the day around the west coast and Hebrides with a cool, brisk north east wind.

Elsewhere, the showers hold on until after dark, slowly move east.

Overnight, an east-west split, with dry clear and cold conditions in the west, but cloudier skies with showers for Grampian to the Borders.

Lows around 0C to 4C.

Enquiries continue into baby's death

Police in Inverness say enquiries are ongoing into death of a three month-old boy at a house in the city.

Officers were called to MacLean Court in the Culloden area on Saturday just before 13:00.

An area around the property had been cordoned off while police carried out an investigation.

Police Scotland said the boy's death remains unexplained.

Protestor arrested

A 32-year-old woman has been arrested following a disturbance at the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Parliament

A Holyrood debate was briefly suspended after MSPs were interrupted by shouts from the public gallery.

The debate on the impact of the transatlantic trade and investment partnership resumed after the police escorted a protestor out of the chamber.

Watch live...

Reporting Scotland has just started on BBC1, presented by Jackie Bird.

The programme has all the latest on the general election campaign, including an interview with Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

Ruth Davidson

You can

watch live here.

Woman set for 'toddler attack' trial

A woman is to stand trial

accused of assaulting a toddler at a retail park in Falkirk.

Pizza Hut Falkirk

Jodie Mitchell is accused of dragging the two-year-old girl along the ground at the Central Retail Park on 6 February, as well as seizing her by the head, lifting her from the ground and shaking her by the body.

The 26-year-old, of Selkirk, failed to appear at Falkirk Sheriff Court.

Her solicitor said she was "unwell", and entered a not guilty plea.

Election 2015: Shetland debate

John Johnston chairs the latest BBC Scotland radio debate from the Shetland constituency.

Candidates standing for election in the Shetland constituency

The programme was recorded at Shetland Museum and Archives in Lerwick.

Listen here.

Anyone for table tennis?

His Royal Highness the Duke of Rothesay has opened a new indoor centre at Dumfries House in Ayrshire.

Prince Charles

Prince Charles played table tennis and badminton with members of the Alloway Boys Brigade, and even joined local women for a short spin class.

The new gymnasium and climbing wall will be open to local community and youth groups.

The Duke said he hoped the new centre would provide space and facilities for local groups, and promote health and wellbeing.

Two lorry drivers freed

Firefighters have used cutting gear to free two lorry drivers following

two separate crashes in the Highlands.

A 37-year-old man was injured in the first incident which saw his lorry crash into a house on the A831 at Balnain near Drumnadrochit.

Lorry crash
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He was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for treatment.

In the second incident, the driver had to be freed from the cab of his lorry after it overturned at Scotscalder near Halkirk in Caithness.

You bet

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Earlier we reported how a pensioner in Glasgow put £30,000 on the Conservatives to win a majority in next Thursday's general election.

The 7/1 bet was made at Ladbrokes' Hope Street branch earlier today, with the punter standing to win £210,000 - plus their stake back.

Here's the betting slip...

Betting slip

Pensioner power

The focus of the general election campaign is shifting towards the money in your pocket and your pension pot. But how are pensioners being wooed this time round?

Watch BBC Scotland's economy editor

Douglas Fraser's report here.

Douglas Fraser

'Rogue' beavers doing well

More than

150 beavers living in Tayside waterways have adapted well to life in Scotland, studies have found.


The Scottish government is considering whether to permanently reintroduce the animals to the wild, with a trial scheme underway in Knapdale, Argyll.

Studies concluded that the Tayside beavers, which originated from escapes or illegal releases, had settled in well to the local environment.

Proposals to trap or cull the rogue beavers proved controversial.

PR firms join forces

Two leading public relations firms have merged to form one of Scotland's

biggest communication consultancies.

The new company has been created following the acquisition of CM Porter Novelli by Pagoda PR.

Waitrose shop

Edinburgh-based Pagoda Porter Novelli will provide a full range of services, including media relations, social media and community consultation.

Its client list includes Waitrose, Harvey Nichols, Golden Wonder, Stewart Milne Homes and VisitScotland.

'Vast increase' in IT costs

A Holyrood committee is to probe the IT system used to make payments from the EU to Scottish farmers after MSPs raised concerns.

The public audit committee is to investigate after hearing about what were described as "vast increases" in costs.

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott, of the Lib Dems, said parliament needed to find out why IT costs have gone up by 111%, while Highlands Conservative MSP Mary Scanlon warned that farmers and crofters could face payment delays.

Woman embezzled £726,000 charity cash

A mother of three has

admitted embezzling £726,000 from trusts that were set up to help charities.

Susan McMahon, 34, exploited her position as assistant manager in the trust department of accountancy firm Grant Thornton.

Sheriff Alan Miller deferred sentence on McMahon until next month and remanded her in custody.

McMahon, from Motherwell, had pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to embezzling £726,765 between May 2006 and May 2013.

The court was told McMahon's bosses believed the trustees had agreed the money would go to beneficiaries including Save the Children.

Fall in reading performance

Reading standards among eight and nine-year-olds in Scotland

have fallen by 5% since 2012, a study has found.

The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy looked at performance in school years P4, P7 and S2.

Girl writing at desk

It found 78% of P4 pupils performed well or very well in reading in 2014, compared with 83% in 2012.

The Scottish government said work to improve literacy in schools would be stepped up following the results.

Pensioner puts £30k on Tory win

A pensioner in Glasgow stands to win £210,000 after placing a £30,000 wager on the Conservatives winning the general election, according to Ladbrokes.

The bet was made at the betting firm's Hope Street branch earlier today and is the single largest bet the firm has taken on a majority being secured in the 2015 general election.

Ladbrokes shop sign

Ladbrokes said the bet was placed in £50 notes by a customer who they believe to be a retired accountant, at odds of 7/1.

If successful the punter would also get his stake back.

Truck crash on A78


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tweets: "Road traffic incident on #A78 #Largs #Skelmorlie #BeAware @AyrshireNPolice @greenocktele Road open at present."

A78 crash
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On tonight's programme;

  • Reevel Alderson will be taking a look at the Conservative's pledge not to increase income tax, VAT or national insurance.
  • Douglas Fraser also looks at the issues surrounding Trident.
  • The World Health Organisation warns that most countries are unprepared for the rise in resistance to antibiotics.



Parliament suspended over protest

The Scottish Parliament had to be suspended for a few minutes while security dealt with a protestor in the public gallery.

Scottish Parliament chamber generic

MSPs were debating concerns about the impact of the transatlantic trade and investment partnership on the health service, when they were interrupted by shouts from a member of the public.

The debate resumed after police escorted the protestor from the chamber.

The Sturge Surge in context

Marc Williams

Newsnight Election Producer

An STV poll out today puts the SNP on track to win all 59 of the seats in Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon's party polled 54% of the vote. This is a pretty mind-boggling prospect and had me scuttling through the history books to find a time when a party had a similar hegemony in a single region of the UK.

The first point is that there is only one time in modern history where a party in Scotland has polled over 50% in a general election. But it was not Labour. It was, in fact, the Conservative Party of Anthony Eden in 1955, which got 50.1% of the vote.

There is no example since 1945 (as far as I can see) of one party winning every single seat in a nation or region. The closest that I can find is the Conservative performance of 1987. In that election, Mrs Thatcher won not only 19 out of the 20 seats in East Anglia but also an incredible 107 of the 108 seats in the South-East (excluding Greater London).

Nicola Sturgeon and Anthony Eden

Tidal turbines to be tested

Tidal turbines for a

renewable energy scheme in the Pentland Firth are to be tested and assembled at a yard in Easter Ross.

AR1500 turbine

Developer Atlantis has agreed to lease space at Nigg Energy Park on the Cromarty Firth for the work.

Atlantis proposes to install four devices in the first phase of its MeyGen project in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth, a stretch of water separating the north Caithness coast and Orkney.

The company eventually plans to have up to 269 turbines on the seabed.

Men 'targeted women before chase'

Three men have gone on trial in Dundee accused of trying to lure

a string of women into a car before leading police on a 90mph chase.

Michael Cover, Christopher Stevens and Michael Sandford, all of London, are accused of driving around the city trying to entice a series of females, including one aged 15, into a car.

It is alleged they then led police on a 90mph chase down the A90 Dundee to Perth road before crashing.

They all deny the charges against them.

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Hearts' Neilson on manager shortlist

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Ronny Deila, Derek McInnes, John Hughes and Robbie Neilson make up the shortlist

to become PFA Scotland's manager of the year.

Celtic have already lifted the Scottish League Cup under Deila, who took over last summer, and the Norwegian's side also lead the Premiership.

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson is lifted about his Championship-winning players

McInnes' Aberdeen are second-top and could still win the title themselves.

Hughes' Inverness side have reached the Scottish Cup final, while Neilson's Hearts have won the Championship.

'It's not the Sam v Greig show'

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Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is quick to

play down the battle between himself and fellow Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw in Friday's European Challenge Cup final.

Hidalgo-Clyne was understudy to Laidlaw at Edinburgh before the national captain switched to Gloucester.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne in training with Edinburgh

"It's not Sam against Greig - it's Edinburgh against Gloucester," he said.

"It's not about getting a cheap shot on him. It is about playing my usual game and hopefully, if we do things right, we'll get the better of him and win."

Scotland's 'oldest book' discovered

What is believed to be Scotland's

earliest non-religious manuscript has been discovered by a researcher at the University of Glasgow.

The Consolation of Philosophy was most likely published by monks at Kelso Abbey in the 12th century.

University of Glasgow

The manuscript contains the ideas of Roman philosopher Boethius and was probably published around 11:30 to 11:50.

Previously it was thought that only religious or legal books were being produced at this time.

Virgin workers plan rail strike

Workers at Virgin Trains East Coast in Edinburgh are to

strike on Bank Holiday Monday over the sacking of a colleague.

Virgin train

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union based at Edinburgh's Waverley station will walk out for 24 hours.

The union is protesting at the dismissal of Mark Doughty.

It is claimed he told passengers they could not have hot food on a journey to London because of a broken boiler and staff shortages.

PFA manager of the year shortlist revealed


Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

tweets: Ronny Deila, Robbie Neilson, John Hughes and Derek McInnes shortlisted for PFA Scotland manager of the year. #BBCSport

King Creosote for Electric Fields

Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote is to

headline the Electric Fields festival at Drumlanrig Castle.

King Creosote

A host of other acts have already been announced for the event at the site near Thornhill on 29 August.

Festival director Alex Roberts said that to secure King Creosote for the second edition of the festival was "unreal".

"To have such an iconic musician close the day at such an iconic location is something special," he added.

Missing Shetland woman found

Police in Shetland have confirmed that Leigha Williamson, who's been missing overnight,

has been found alive.

The 44-year-old was discovered by a member of the public a short distance from her home in Scalloway.

Leigha Williamson
Not specified

A major search involving a coastguard helicopter and lifeboat was launched to find her.

Weir hit by falling oil activity

Engineering giant Weir Group is to implement further cost-cutting measures, including job losses,

after a sharp fall in orders for its oil and gas business.

Weir Group staff in Texas
Weir Group

The Glasgow-based company, which makes valves and pumps for the energy and mining industries, said oil and gas orders fell 23% in the first quarter.

Weir expects the decline to continue in the second quarter.

It plans to cut 125 jobs, mostly in its North American oil and gas business.

Coming up on BBC2...


Gary Robertson

BBC Radio Scotland

tweets: "Politics Scotland - BBC2 @ 1400 - latest from #GE2015 including interviews with 5 of the parties vying for votes + analysis from Alf Young"

Three arrested over hotel break-in

Three people have been

arrested over a break-in at a south of Scotland hotel at the weekend.

Alcohol and cash were taken from the Ploughman Hotel in Wigtown on Sunday night.

Three local men are expected to appear at Stranraer Sheriff Court later this week.

John Ferguson

Killer detained for knife incident

A man jailed for strangling a mother and dumping her body in a field has now been ordered to be detained without limit of time after

pulling a knife on his psychiatrist.

Joseph Harrison, from Brechin, killed 21-year-old prostitute Susan Third after she propositioned him in Aberdeen in 2005.

Joseph Harrison

He admitted culpable homicide and was jailed for six years.

After being freed from the sentence early, the 38-year-old has now been detained indefinitely after producing a knife during an appointment with his psychiatrist.

Rather dull...

BBC Scotland Weather


  • It will remain rather dull with further outbreaks of rain across parts of northern Scotland, from Lewis, through Sutherland, especially Caithness and fringing Orkney. Shetland faring better, staying bright with sunny spells.
  • Elsewhere plenty of showers, with some bright or sunny spells. There will be some heavy showers, possibly thundery with hail, developing during this afternoon, especially across the Grampian area.
  • Temperatures today will reach around 8-11 Celsius.

University 'broke law' over job cuts

Stirling University broke the law by

letting fixed-term staff go without consulting unions, the Supreme Court has ruled.

A number of limited-term contracts were allowed to expire without renewal during university cutbacks in 2009.

Stirling University
Stanley Howe

The University and College Union said it should have been consulted, arguing not to do so constituted staff being dismissed as redundant.

After a lengthy legal battle, the Supreme Court ruled in the union's favour.