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  1. Post-election talk dominates campaign
  2. Unidentified baby boy laid to rest in Edinburgh
  3. Planning bosses back festival move
  4. Court hears of 'unprovoked attack' by ex-MP
  5. Oil firms move to cut pay-roll costs
  6. SFA clears Murray for Rangers board

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By Rachel Grant

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Rachel Grant

BBC Scotland news

That's all from the Scotland Live team for today.

Hope you can join us again at 07:00 on Monday for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

Until then you can keep up with developments at the

BBC News Scotland website.

Weekend weather


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Mostly dry tonight but chilly. Central Lowlands and south 2C to 4C. Further north, lows around 1C to -3C with a frost. Milder for the isles.

Saturday: Dry, sunny start for most but cloud builds through the day from the south west. Winds strengthen too from the south east, giving a chilly feel. Highs 8C to 10C.

It's a wet night on Saturday, with heavy rain moving south to north after dark. There will be snow on hills, mountains and high road routes.

Sunday: A cloudy, wet day with rain moving north. It improves from the south with bright spells and showers by the end of the day.

SPFL to reject Rangers' free season ticket play-off entry plan

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Scotland

The Scottish Professional Football League will tell Rangers they will

not permit them to let Ibrox season ticket holders into the play-offs for free.

Rangers and Motherwell have both stated their intention to follow Hibs' lead from their home play-off last season.

Ibrox stadium

Championship Rangers believe that has set a precedent, meaning they cannot be punished for taking a similar stance.

With 50% of gate money from each play-off game due to the SPFL, up to three home ties at Ibrox would generate hundreds of thousands of pounds to be shared out among all member clubs.

M90 delays cleared


Traffic Scotland

tweets: "*CLEARED 18:44* #M90 S/B traffic now back to normal after earlier broken down bus on @forthroadbridge #HappyDays #edintravel"

Election 2015: Deal or no deal?

Much has been made about the possibility of no party winning a majority on 7 May.

Downing Street

The parties have said a number of things, some of which are open to interpretation.

Here are some of the main deals they have discussed and the policies that could make or break them.

Now on BBC1


extended edition of Reporting Scotland with in-depth coverage of the election campaign as well as a round-up of Scottish news and sport and a full weather forecast.

Tonight, in the third of a series of live Scottish leaders' interviews, Sally Magnusson will be speaking to Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon MSP and to Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy.

Reporting Scotland

You can watch the programme live


Via Twitter


Keir Murray

BBC Scotland


Keir Murray tweets: "We've been putting our heads together in the BBC Scotland Sport office to prepare this "

who needs what this weekend?"

Via Twitter


James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

James Cook tweets: "Ed Miliband is here. Whisked in the back door. Protestors hard on his heels."

Who needs what in Pro12 title race?


BBC Sport


Glasgow Warriors, Munster, Ulster and Ospreys will finish as the top four teams in the Pro12 table.

BBC Sport has been looking at who needs to do what in the league in the race for the title and to secure European Champions' Cup qualification.

Europe graphic
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here for the full story.

52 job losses at employment support group

A Dundee

employment support group has gone into liquidation with the loss of all 39 permanent staff and 13 fixed term staff.

Claverhouse, which operated as a social enterprise and charity through the Claverhouse Group, Claverhouse Training and Claverhouse Services, has appointed liquidators from FRP Advisory.

The company had suffered from a fall in income in recent years, and anticipated "significant" losses over the next 12 months.


Tonight on Reporting Scotland...


Andrew Browne

Editor of BBC Reporting Scotland

@sallymag1 interviews SNP Leader @NicolaSturgeon live on BBC Reporting Scotland tonight at 6.30 on BBC1 Scotland.

Reporting Scotland

Controversial road crossing plan changed


plans to scrap controlled crossings at a busy road junction as part of Scotland's first "shared space" system have been watered down.

East Dunbartonshire Council wanted to change the Catherine Street junction in Kirkintilloch and remove traffic lights, barriers, kerbs and crossings.

This "shared space" plan, where traffic and pedestrians share right of way, is aimed at improving safety.

Following protests from local people, controlled crossings are to be kept.

Leisure Centre set for £1m refurbishment

Dundee's Lochee Leisure Centre is to undergo a major upgrade after almost £1m in

funding was committed by the city council.

Lochee Leisure Centre / Library

The centre, which is managed by Leisure and Culture Dundee, will be closed for six months while £941,000 of work is carried out at the swimming pool.

New changing facilities and a refurbishment of the sauna system are among the works to be carried out.

Man charged over 'sexual assault' in Dundee car park

A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with a sexual assault in Dundee.

Police launched an investigation following a report of an attack on a 17-year-old woman in a supermarket car park off the city's South Ward Road in the early hours of Sunday 26 April.

He is expected to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court on Tuesday 5 May.

Travel latest

BBC Scotland Travel


In North Lanarkshire traffic on the westbound M8 is extremely slow from J4a Whitburn to J6 Newhouse.

In Glasgow there's slow traffic through the roadworks on the M74 southbound between the Kingston Bridge and J1a Polmadie.

On the M8, there are queues on the westbound off-slip at J19 Anderston.

On the M80 heading towards Glasgow, traffic's still very heavy southbound following an accident at J7 Haggs.

There's congestion from the M9 at J9 Bannockburn and the M876 at J1 Checkbarr.

On the Forth Road Bridge, we're still seeing very slow traffic southbound. The earlier breakdown has been cleared but there are tailbacks to the M90 at J3 Halbeath

In Edinburgh, there is slow traffic on Cowgate near Old Fishmarket Close, congestion on King's Stables Road to Grassmarket. There are temporary traffic lights near The Three Sisters Pub.

Traffic is slow on M8 Eastbound at J1 A720 (Hermiston Gait) and heavy traffic on M90 Northbound at A93 / A9 (Broxden Roundabout).

Via Twitter


James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

James Cook tweets: "Welcoming committee for Ed Miliband in Glasgow. They're playing the Muppet Show theme."

james cook pic

Eric Joyce guilty of assault

eric joyce

Former Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has been found guilty of assaulting two teenage boys in an "unjustified and unprovoked" attack in a shop.

The 54-year-old assaulted the boys, aged 14 and 15, in a food store in north London, in October 2014.

One boy had been trying to pass Joyce in a narrow aisle and after an exchange of words was knocked to the floor.

He had denied two counts of common assault but was found guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Forfar is a fairy story - Campbell

BBC Sport


Forfar Athletic manager Dick Campbell reckons it would be the club's

"greatest" achievement to win promotion to the Championship.

It is 30 years since The Loons were in the second tier of Scottish football and they could clinch the League One title on Saturday.

Forfar Athletic manager Dick Campbell
Forfar Athletic manager Dick Campbell

"What's happening to Forfar is a fairy story," Campbell told BBC Scotland.

"We've no debt, it's a magnificent football club and I'm very proud to be their manager."

The Station Park side sit second in League One on 66 points - the same tally as

leaders Morton whose goal difference is better by three.

Election: On the road with Reporting Scotland

The candidates for Aberdeen North will feature on tonight's edition of Reporting Scotland at 18:30.

The team has been busy setting up ahead of their arrival:

Reporting Scotland team setting up broadcast equipment in Aberdeen

Murray delayed by Munich rain

BBC Sport

Andy Murray could have to play three times on Saturday after his

Munich Open quarter-final against Lukas Rosol was postponed because of rain.

Top seed Murray, travelling with coach Jonas Bjorkman this week for the first time, is trying to win his first clay title.

Should Murray beat Rosol on Saturday morning, he will play Roberto Bautista Agut or Victor Estrella Burgos in the semi-final later in the day.

Murray is then scheduled to play the doubles semi-final.

Rain disrupted the quarter-final schedule in Munich on Friday
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Young voters share their thoughts


BBC Radio Scotland

#Hear a range of political thought from the young people taking part in our election debate: #GE2015

Eilidh Child running for Rio qualification

BBC Sport

Scottish athlete Eilidh Child is among the Team GB relay runners hoping to secure Olympic Games qualification at this weekend's

World Relay Championships in the Bahamas.

Teams who qualify for, and complete, finals at the event in Nassau will be guaranteed a place in Rio next summer.

"It's really important to put a marker down and nail Olympic qualification," said 4x400m runner Child, 28.

"We've got a lot of depth now in the 400m so that can only improve the relay as well," she added.

(left to right) Great Britain's Margaret Adeoye, Shana Cox, Kelly Massey, and Eilidh Child celebrate finishing third during the women's 4x400m final at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich, in August 2014
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University gets redundancy bids

Staff expressing an interest in

taking voluntary redundancy at the University of Aberdeen have already exceeded the number of job cuts proposed.

The university announced in March it needed to save £10.5m and planned to cut 150 posts.

A spokeswoman said 190 people had expressed an interest in taking redundancy, 57 formal applications had been received, and 17 had so far been approved.

University of Aberdeen
Bill Harrison

Claverhouse liquidated with 52 job losses


Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

52 jobs lost with liquidation of Claverhouse, 34-year-old Tayside provider of support to get unemployed people into jobs

Abandoned pool condition pleases campaigners

Campaigners trying to reopen Aberdeen's Bon Accord baths have expressed relief at its condition after

getting inside the building to see it.

Bon Accord Baths
Not specified

The swimming pool on Justice Mill Lane closed in 2008 because of council budget cuts.

It is estimated more than £5m will be needed to refurbish the historic art deco-design building.

The campaigners are nearing a £5,000 total to start a Save Bon Accord Baths fund.

Dead man identified

Police have identified an elderly man found dead outside a leisure centre in Aberdeenshire.

The body of 85-year-old Robert Anderson was discovered outside Fraserburgh Leisure Centre, North Links, at about 08:45 yesterday.

An investigation was launched but officers said they did not believe there were suspicious circumstances surrounding the man's death.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "As with all sudden deaths, a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal."

Man arrested over suspicious death

A man has been

arrested after the body of a 28-year-old man was found in a flat in Fife.

Police were called the house in the Abbeyview area of Dunfermline at about 20:30 on Thursday after reports of a disturbance.

They found a 28-year-old man, who has not been named, dead in the flat.

Police said they were treating the death as "suspicious" and that a 26-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the death.

Takeover 'secures future' of 73 jobs

More than 70 jobs in the north of Scotland are to

transfer to a Port Glasgow-based firm following a takeover, it has been announced.

Ferguson Marine Engineering has bought MacKellar Sub-Sea Ltd in Grantown-on-Spey and its related company Tritech Nairn Ltd in Kinloss.

Joint administrators involved in the deal said the move secured the future of 73 jobs.

Ferguson Marine is a subsidiary of Clyde Blowers Capital.

The businesses in Grantown and Kinloss will continuing to trade as normal and all 73 staff have transferred to the new company with immediate effect.

Child hearing chairman abused boys

A former children's panel chairman has been

found guilty of sexually abusing two vulnerable boys and a young man.

Daniel Ross, 62, began abusing one of his victims from the age of 14 in the 1990s, and another from the age of 13 in the 1980s, at locations in Glasgow.

Ross's first victim, now aged 55, was sexually assaulted in the late 1970s.

He was found guilty of six sexual abuse charges at the High Court in Glasgow. Sentence on Ross was deferred and he was remanded in custody.

Jobs saved


Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

73 engineering jobs at MacKellar in Grantown and Tritech in Nairn saved from administration by Clyde Blowers/Ferguson Marine takeover.

Council planners approve T in the Park site

Perth and Kinross Council planning bosses have recommended approving the proposal to move T in the Park festival to Strathallan Castle.

Ellie Goulding plays at T in the Park

Councillors are to make a decision on an application from DF Concerts for the music festival on 12 May.

The proposed move has drawn criticism from some local residents and wildlife campaigners.

Development Quality Manager Nick Brian recommended backing the festival for three years to assess its impact.

Approval for castle tower project

A plan to develop Inverness Castle's North Tower as a tourist attraction has secured approval from Historic Scotland.

Inverness Castle

Highland Council had to submit an application for listed building consent as part of the project to create viewing platforms in the tower.

The local authority hopes to open the tower to the public next year.

The rest of the 19th Century building would continue to be used as a sheriff court.

Court hears of 'unprovoked' assault

Former Falkirk MP Eric Joyce attacked two teenagers in an

"unjustified and unprovoked" assault in a shop, a court has heard.

Eric joyce

The 54-year-old allegedly assaulted the boys, aged 14 and 15, in a food store in north London, in October 2014.

Westminster Magistrates' Court was told it happened when one boy tried to pass him in a narrow aisle, resulting in the youngster being knocked to the floor.

Mr Joyce denies two counts of common assault.

Dragons tamed for Gaelic audience

DreamWorks animation Dragons - Defenders of Berk has been

adapted for a Gaelic audience.

The TV series is a spin-off of the How To Train Your Dragon films, which are based on children's stories written by Cressida Cowell.

Dragons - Defenders of Berk

The author's tales are influenced by childhood holidays spent in the Inner Hebrides.

The characters in Defenders of Berk have been given Gaelic voices so it can be screened on BBC Alba.

Glasgow-based Solus Productions has produced the 11-part series for the TV channel.

Green light for T?

Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

T in (Strathallan) Park: green light from council planners, despite osprey objections.Council vote 12 May, says #OurManinTayside. #TITP2015

Davidson: Tories are on the up

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has urged Lib Dem and Labour voters who have left their parties to "unite" around her party.

Ruth Davidson
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In a speech in Melrose, Ms Davidson said her party was "on the up".

She added: "The Scottish Conservatives are speaking to Scots right across the political spectrum.

"I know many people voted Lib Dem or Labour in the past and are now looking at those parties and wondering what to do. My question is: why join a sinking ship?

"My message to all those people is that the Scottish Conservatives are on the up, we have the momentum going into this election, and we can represent your values, and fulfil your aspirations."

Bridge breakdown


There has been a breakdown southbound on the Forth Road Bridge, according to the official

Twitter account for the crossing.

The vehicle is being recovered.

Rennie: SNP is chaotic choice

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have claimed the SNP views the election as a stepping stone to another independence referendum and say voting for them would be the "chaotic choice" for Scotland.

It comes after Labour leader

Ed Miliband ruled out any deal with the SNP.

Willie Rennie

Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Lib Dems, said his party "is the only choice on offer in Scotland which threatens a move towards a second referendum."

He added: "It is a vote for the stability which has secured the green shoots of growth, as opposed to the SNP's chaotic plans to drag Scotland back to the divisive referendum campaign."

Road to be rebuilt over safety fears

A new road outside Inverurie is going to have to be partially rebuilt,

BBC Scotland has learned.


The road was built to allow access to forthcoming housing developments to the north of the Aberdeenshire town.

It is joined by roundabouts to the roads linking the town with Oldmeldrum and Rothienorman.

Aberdeenshire Council said survey work had found design failures which could have led taller vehicles to topple over.

A spokesman for developers Malcolm Allan said they believed the road has been completed in accordance with its design and further details from the council were awaited.