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Summary

  1. Thousands of Edinburgh pupils in limbo
  2. Gran tells trial of losing grandson
  3. Survivor speaks about fatal sinking
  4. Passer-by sniffed out pub cannabis farm
  5. Memorial for UK Tunisia victims
  6. Murdered teen's dad unfairly dismissed
  7. Scottish Greens in 200,000 jobs pledge

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By Jo Perry and Nichola Rutherford

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Construction firm at centre of Edinburgh schools crisis responsible for closure of a Glasgow school in 2012

Colin Blane

BBC Scotland correspondent

The structural problem found at Lourdes Primary in Glasgow four years ago was the same as the one discovered last week at schools in Edinburgh. 

Miller Construction was involved in both cases. 

Engineers found header ties were missing - the structures used to fix the top of a wall to the rest of the building. 

The issue led to the temporary closure of Lourdes Primary, with pupils having to be moved to other schools. 

A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council said the issue was handled quickly and effectively, with Miller Construction accepting all responsibility. She said Miller Construction paid all costs relating to the works. 

Liam Fee murder trial hears 999 call made by the two-year-old's stepmother

During the six minute call, Nyomi Fee sounded distressed as she reported that her baby wasn't breathing and another boy had killed him. 

The operator gave instructions about how to perform mouth-to-mouth resusistation as they waited for an ambulance. 

Liam Fee
Police Scotland

One of the ambulance crew told the High Court in Livingston that the boy was lifeless when they arrived at the house near Glenrothes but they continued with CPR. 

He said the child's stepmother shouted at another boy saying: "You tell these men what you have done."

Rachel and Nyomi Fee deny murdering Liam Fee in March 2014. The trial continues. 

Tweet from police in the south of Scotland

Conservatives and SNP sharing platform at Westminster in support of UK remaining in the European Union

Both the Conservative former foreign secretary Sir Malcom Rifkind and the SNP's former first minister Alex Salmond, are appearing before the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee.

Malcolm Rifkind and Alex Salmond
BBC

They are backing the ''remain'' campaign.

The Labour MP Gisela Stuart and the Conservative MP Dr Liam Fox will be giving evidence on behalf of those who want to leave the EU in June's referendum.

BBC Scotland's Nick Eardley live on Periscope

Dunkeld osprey lays first egg of the season after 'anxious wait'

The bird, known as "Lassie", has laid her first egg of the season at the Loch of the Lowes nature reserve.

It returned to the Dunkeld reserve on 18 March, two weeks earlier than expected.

Osprey and egg
SWT

Lassie, known officially as Lowes Female 15 or LF 15, hatched three chicks at the site last summer.

Perthshire ranger, Charlotte Fleming, said: “LF15 has given us an anxious wait this year, however we’re delighted that she has laid her first egg. With any luck numbers two and three won’t be far behind."  

Want to put your questions to the politicians on energy and the environment? Contact BBC Scotland now

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BBC Scotland’s nightly political programme Scotland 2016 will be hosting a series of issue debates in the run up to the 5 May election.

Shelley Jofre
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Members of the public with a particular interest in the chosen issues are being invited to put their questions to panellists.

The third issue debate on energy and the environment will take place on Tuesday 19 April in BBC Pacific Quay, hosted by Shelley Jofre.

Details of how to apply to be in the audience can be found here.

'A lot of anxiety' among senior pupils affected by school closures in Edinburgh

I think there's a lot of anxiety about competing coursework because we have got three weeks until exams. There are actual deadlines for assessments which contribute to exam results this week and next week. Children are obviously missing out on this and the learning that would contribute to their revision.

Tina WoolnoughChairwoman of the parent council at The Royal High School in Edinburgh

Estate which was home to former Scotland Secretary George Younger goes on the market

Leckie Estate, near Gargunnock in Stirlingshire, has been owned by the Younger family since 1906. 

George Younger, who died in 2003, aged 71, was the 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie. 

The estate is being sold following the death of his widow, Diana, in November last year. 

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Evelyn Channing of selling agents Savills said "I can sense that it is with a heavy heart that all four family members have decided that Leckie should be sold. 

"It is very much hoped that the new custodian of Leckie will treasure and enjoy the estate as much as the Youngers have done".

Dundee manager says there were no bust-ups with Gavin Gunning before the 25-year-old left the club

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Mixu Paatelainen refused to discuss the reasons for the defender's exit, which United say was "by mutual consent".

But he insists it was not because Gunning picked the ball up mid-play against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Gavin Gunning
SNS

"That had nothing to do with it," said the United boss. "There haven't been any fall-outs here." 

Gunning, who was in his second spell at Tannadice, walked off the field with the ball an hour into Saturday's 2-0 defeat.

Read the full story here.

Edinburgh Council publishes more details about arrangements for primary children affected by school closures

Update

Castleview Primary pupils are expected to be relocated to Castlebrae High School from Tuesday 19 April. The council said the move will be confirmed later this week.

Craigroyston Primary pupils will be relocated to Craigroyston Community High School on a phased basis.

Children in P4-P7 will attend lessons from Friday, while those in P1-P3 will return on Tuesday next week. 

Full details are on the City of Edinburgh Council website

Sense of bitterness remains about the way Rangers were treated - Walter Smith

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Sport Scotland

As the club gears up for Premiership football, their former manager maintains there was "no reason" for Rangers to have to re-enter the league in the lowest tier.

"It'll be a massive motivation for Rangers. It would certainly be a motivation for me," said Smith.

Walter Smith
SNS

He also believes the Ibrox board "have to find a way" to back manager Mark Warburton to compete in the top flight.

With the club mired in debt, Rangers entered administration and then liquidation in 2012 and had to re-enter the Scottish football pyramid in the fourth tier.

Read more here

Pupils at two Edinburgh primary schools affected by closures will resume lessons tomorrow

Update

However the City of Edinburgh Council has said children at Oxgangs and St Peter's primaries will not be taught in their own buildings. 

Instead, they will be taken to various other schools in the city. 

Full details of the arrangements are available on the council's website

Police vow to carry out 'thorough investigation' into sinking of crab boat Louisa

Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the men who sadly lost their lives as a result of this tragic incident. Understandably, the families involved will seek answers and we hope by carrying out a thorough investigation with the Marine Accident Investigation Bureau we will understand the events which lead to the vessel sinking and the loss of life. The dedication and professionalism displayed by local coastguard and lifeboat personnel throughout the incident is to be commended.

Ch Insp Gordon MacLeodArea Commander for the Western Isles, Police Scotland

Police confirm identity of men who died after fishing boat sank off the Western Isles

Martin Johnstone, 29, from Halkirk in Caithness, and Chris Morrison, 27, from Leverburgh, Harris, died when the crab boat Louisa sank off Mingulay on Saturday. 

Martin Johnstone
Family photograph
Martin Johnstone was one of four fisherman on board the crab boat Louisa
Chris Morrison
Family photograph
Chris Morrison also died in the tragedy on Saturday

Another crew member, Paul Alliston, 42, from Lochs, Lewis, is still missing. 

Lachlan Armstrong, 27, was the only survivor of the tragedy

Police uncovered £1.66m cannabis farm in a disused Borders pub after passer-by reported smell

Bartosz Gloskowski, 23, of West Granton Road, Edinburgh, admitted growing 1,991 plants at the Queens Head Inn in Selkirk between March and October 2014.

A court heard how a woman phoned police to report the smell from the property.

Queen's Head Inn
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Sentence was deferred at the High Court in Glasgow until 10 May and Gloskowski was remanded in custody.

Full story here.

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Contingency plans in place for S4, S5 and S6 pupils after 17 schools shut across Edinburgh amid safety fears

Update

The City of Edinburgh Council said all primary and special needs pupils will be back in a classroom by 19 April.

Gracemount High School
BBC

However, the authority has still to set out its plans for 2,300 S1, S2 and S3 pupils caught up in the crisis.

The problems were first uncovered in January when a wall at Oxgangs Primary collapsed during high winds.

Further closures were prompted on Friday after workers repairing serious structural issues at the primary found "further serious defects" with the building.

Andy Murray reaches third round of Monte Carlo Masters with win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert

BBC Sport Scotland

After comfortably winning the first set against the French qualifier, Murray made some unforced errors in the second before breaking early in the third.

He finally won the match 6-2 4-6 6-3.

Andy Murray
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The British number one faces Frenchman Benoit Paire or Portugal's Joao Sousa next as he begins his clay court campaign before May's French Open.  

Seven-man gang guilty of conspiracy to rob jewellery store at luxury Old Course Hotel in St Andrews

The men bought weapons and two Italian scooters in preparation for the raid at the Mappin and Webb store in March 2015.

Old Course Hotel St Andrews
Stanley Howe

But police had been trailing them and moved in before they could act.

Kevin Mulheron, 34, originally from Glasgow, will be sentenced later with the rest of the London-based gang.

They were Thomas Slayford, 20, Paul Hogwood, 56, Peter Attwood, 44, Benson Aluko, 20, Kai McGinley, 18, and Louie Attwood, 21.

Half of hospitals failed to meet Scottish government A&E waiting times targets last week

According to the latest weekly performance figures 92.4% of all patients were seen and either admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours - below the Scottish government's interim target of 95%.

Accident and Emergency sign
PA

A total of 26,762 patients attended A&E departments across the country in the week ending 3 April.

Fifteen of the 30 hospitals where performance is monitored failed to meet the 95% interim target, with two hospitals failing to treat almost a fifth of patents within four hours.

At Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 81.5% of A&E cases were dealt with in this time, while medical staff at Ayr Hospital treated 81.6% within four hours.

Across NHS Ayrshire and Arran, 86.6% of patients in A&E were seen within four hours, the lowest proportion recorded by the 14 regional health boards in the week ending 3 April.

In NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 89% were seen within the target time.

Disgraced soldier who confessed to sex attacks on nine-year-old girl is jailed

Bombardier Riaan Hardy preyed on the child for more than two months in 2009.

The 35-year-old was caught last year when the victim told her mother, who noticed her daughter had been self harming.

Hardy – based at RM Condor in Arbroath, Angus – returned to the High Court in Glasgow having earlier admitted to using lewd and libidinous behaviour towards the girl.

Jailing him for three years, Lord Kinclaven told him the jail-term had been reduced from four and a half years due to his guilty plea.

Edinburgh council leader repeats apology to parents over school closures

The leader of the City of Edinburgh Council today apologised for the "inconvenience and disruption" caused by the school closures. 

At a meeting of the council earlier, Andrew Burns said the local authority was told on Tuesday 5 April the schools were "fine to be opened". 

damaged school
bbc

The Edinburgh Schools Partnership apparently changed their advice late afternoon on Friday 8 April.

Mr Burns added: "We had absolutely no option but to do what we had to do which was to close the schools."

Plans for new railway station to serve Inverness Airport are published

A stop at Dalcross close to the airport has been a long standing aspiration of Highlands and Islands transport body Hitrans. 

The group has proposed constructing the station on the Inverness to Aberdeen line at a cost of £2m.

Railway station plan
Hitrans

It could be open in 2018, if planning permission and funding are secured.

Hitrans said it could become the second busiest station in the Highlands after Inverness.

Full story here. 

Murray loses second set in Monte Carlo Masters

From BBC Scotland sports reporter

Elderly man seriously injured after being hit by bus in Glasgow city centre

Police said the pensioner suffered a serious head injury and a fractured hip when he was struck by the First Bus at about 21:15 yesterday. 

Medical staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he is being treated, have described his condition as "critical but stable". 

Police accident sign
BBC

Neither the bus driver nor any of the passengers were injured. 

The accident happened at the junction of Glassford Street and Ingram Street. It was closed for five hours following the incident. 

Police have appealed for witnesses. 

Police warning of delays after road accident in Shetland

Officers said the accident involving a 4x4 vehicle and motorbike happened near a junction on A970 at Tingwall. 

Emergency services are on the scene and local diversions are in place. 

Contingency plans announced for senior pupils affected by school closures

S4, S5 and S6 pupils at Gracemount will go to Liberton High School from tomorrow. 

Craigmount's S4, S5 and S6 pupils will have to wait til Thursday before they go to Tynecastle High. 

Pupils will be taught by teachers from their own schools to ensure some continuity ahead of their exams. 

Gracemount High School
bbc

City of Edinburgh Council said older years at Drummond, Firhill and Royal High will return to their own schools tomorrow as their buildings were only partly refurbished by the public private partnership project. 

However there is still no update on what provision is being made to educate S1,S 2 andS 3 pupils from the affected high schools. 

The 12 primary and special schools also affected are due to be given alternative arrangements from next Tuesday.

Inspections to be carried out on eight PPP schools in Dundee

The move follows a decision to temporarily close 17 schools in Edinburgh amid safety concerns. 

A spokesman for Dundee City Council said: “The results of these surveys, and information being released regarding the technical details of the Edinburgh situation, will inform Discovery [the consortium behind Dundee PPP schools' project] and the city council of any further surveys or course of action to be taken this week."

Dundee City Chambers
Elliot Simpson

He added: “Parents and families should plan for these schools to be open after the holidays on Monday April 18 and we will keep them informed with updates.”

Derek Shewan, chief operating officer at Robertson Group, which built several schools for Dundee City Council, said: "While we are confident in the quality of build at all schools, we have offered to carry out inspections at all locations as a priority, in line with the recommendations of the Scottish government.”

Edinburgh University offers teaching spaces for thousands of children affected by school closures

The university has identified a large number of seats across 100 rooms at its Central, King's Buildings and Easter Bush campuses. 

Details of the spaces have been sent to the City of Edinburgh Council, which will assess whether suitable arrangements can be put in place before a final decision is taken. 

Edinburgh University
BBC

The university’s senior vice-principal, Professor Charlie Jeffrey, said: “We recognise the problems that the school closures will cause parents and children and – in a spirit of good neighbourliness – are striving to do what we can to help.

“The number of spaces we can offer will vary in the coming weeks as we enter exam season for our own students. We are working closely with the council to help where we can in this evolving situation."

Andy Murray takes first set against Pierre-Hugues Herbert in Monte Carlo Masters

From BBC Scotland sports reporter

Female cyclist taken to hospital after being struck by pick-up truck in Aberdeen

From the Press and Journal

Police renew appeal over 52-year-old man found in street with serious head injuries

The man is in a serious but stable condition at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after being found with head injuries on Millburn Road in Inverness at about 01:20 on Sunday.

Millburn Road Inverness
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Police said that their investigations showed the man was safe and well less than half an hour before on Inglis Street in the city.

Det Insp Mark Czerniakiewicz said: "CID officers are carrying out an investigation to establish how the man came about his injuries and whether any criminality was involved.

"We know that the town centre area was busy with people heading home and would specifically like to hear from anybody using Millburn Road between Falcon Square and Morrisons supermarket between 01:00 and 01:30 on Sunday."

From the Met Office - spot the aurora

Almost £700,000 is awarded to homeowners and businesses hit by severe weather in the Borders

Storms Desmond, Eva, Frank and Gertrude all caused major issues in the area, as did an unnamed storm on 27 January.

Towns including Hawick, Jedburgh, Newcastleton and Peebles were affected.

Road damaged during storm
Scottish Borders Council

A grant scheme opened on 15 January and it has processed more than 300 applications totalling £685,647. It remains open until 22 April through Scottish Borders Council .(SBC).

Funding is available to assist those affected to reinstate their property and protect it from future flooding.

Grandmother of tragic Liam Fee describes how she lost grandson when daughter left to be with another woman

Gail Trelfa was giving evidence at the trial of Rachel and Nyomi Fee at the High Court in Livingston. 

The couple deny murdering two year old Liam at a house near Glenrothes in March 2014 and blaming his death on another child. 

Police Scotland
Liam Fee

Mrs Trelfa broke down in tears as she told the court how her daughter left Liam's father for Nyomi. 

Under cross examination Mrs Trelfa denied making abusive comments to her daughter after she left.

The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues. 

Father of murdered teen Amanda Duffy is cleared of exploiting charity set up in her memory

An employment tribunal ruled Joe Duffy was unfairly dismissed from Hamilton-based charity People Experiencing Trauma and Loss (Petal).

He has now been awarded almost £40,000 in compensation.

Amanda Duffy
BBC

Petal was established by Mr Duffy, 66, and his wife, Kate, after their 19-year-old daughter Amanda was killed following a night out in 1992.

In February, the Crown Office failed in a bid to retry Francis Auld, who stood trial for Amanda's murder but the case was found "not proven" by a jury.

What happened to the self-sufficient people of the 1970s?

When John Symour wrote the "bible" of self-sufficiency 40 years ago, he convinced thousands of city dwellers to escape the rat-race and change their lives. 

During the 60s and 70s dozens of alternative communities sprang up. Most folded over the years but a handful are still running today - including Laurieston Hall in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Good Life
BBC

Patrick Upton, now in his late 60s, joined Laurieston in 1973. He had seen an advert in Time Out magazine when he was a trainee teacher living in London.

"There were 10 adults and seven children at the start and we were all under 30. Most of us had no agricultural skills," he says.

Read full story here.