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Summary

  1. Missing woman's partner arrested
  2. Sheridan urges judges to dismiss case
  3. Economy secretary role for Scottish government
  4. Quitting EU 'not British' says Brown
  5. Funeral plan for helicopter crash victim
  6. New super prison 'could improve'
  7. Firefighters battle 'extensive' wildfire
  8. Europe dominates Scottish Questions

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By Jo Perry and Calum Watson

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A 50-year-old man in a critical condition after a two-car crash in Renfrewshire.

The crash happened on the A737 between Lochwinnoch and Howwood at 18:30 on Tuesday.

The injured man was driving north in a Peugeot 108 when his car struck a Seat Toledo being driven the other way by a 56 year-old man.  

Fancy a night at the museum? A four day festival offers the public the chance to go behind closed doors

Ceilidhs, rock gigs, a jewellery-making workshop and even speed-dating are among the events lined up for Museums at Night.  

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A number of museums and galleries across Scotland are taking part in the UK-wide event. 

MSPs return to pricier coffees - and disappearing Holyrood bins

Fraudsters used "magical" barcodes to buy TVs for 40 pence from Dundee Tesco Extra

Mathew Ferguson and Liam Gorrie made off with goods worth £467.

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Dundee Sheriff Court was told they used a code that "magically produces a lower price",  

They were caught when staff at the South Road store reviewed CCTV footage.

Ferguson, 21, of Dundee, and Gorrie, 22, of Arbroath, both admitted fraud. They will be sentenced at a later date. 

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The Courier: Bridge of Allan residents 'baffled' by wandering peacocks

Make the most of the May heatwave - and arctic chill is on the way

Man accused of murdering his partner at a flat in Perth makes a second court appearance.

David Anderson, 41,  is alleged to have strangled barmaid Louise O'Brien, 36, at their home in Dunkeld Road 

Perth flat where Louise O'Brien is alleged to have been killed
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Anderson appeared from custody at Perth Sheriff Court where he made no plea or declaration. 

He was remanded in custody and fully committed for trial. 

A85 reported blocked by accident north of Dunbeg, near Oban

Teenager's 'regret and sorrow' after causing his friend's death by dangerous driving

Aaron Murphy, 19, overtook a line of traffic before his Seat Ibiza mounted a verge, hit a road sign and rolled into a field by the A698 Hawick to Jedburgh road last year, a court heard.  

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Dale Whillans, 18, was killed in the crash

His passenger Dale Whillans, 18, died after the crash on 6 April.  

Murphy's lawyer said he had been instructed to express his client's "deep regret and sorrow at the death of someone who was his friend, Dale Whillans". 

Sentence was deferred.   

Firefighters in Ellon tackle a blaze at their own fire station

Andy Murray progresses to third round of Italian Open in Rome with win over Mikhail Kukushkin

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The British number one beat the Kazakh qualifier 6-3 6-3.

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Murray, 28, who received a bye in the first round, will next face Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut or Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

The world number three also said he was not anticipating appointing a replacement coach before the French Open, which begins on 22 May.

It comes after Murray parted company with coach Amelie Mauresmo on Monday.

Thief who took pensioner's savings to buy a scooter ordered to repay £10 a fortnight

Elizabeth Needs took £1,200 from 87-year-old Bunty Farrand while the pensioner was having her leg amputated.

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Needs befriended her victim while her father lived next door to Miss Farrand in Blairgowrie

Perth Sheriff Court was told that Needs failed to pay back the stolen money and had bought the vehicle instead.  

It will take her four-and-a-half years to repay the sum.

Temperature reaches 23C in Oban as Scotland records both hottest and coldest spots in UK

On Tuesday Skye was the warmest area, with the Lusa weather station, recording highs of 26C in the afternoon.

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Clear blue skies helped make Skye the warmest place in the UK

In contrast, Shetland recorded the coldest temperatures in the UK with highs of 9C. 

Scottish temperatures have already been well above the 12-13C average for this time of year with highs of 23C recorded in Oban on Wednesday. 

Damien Hoyland: Scotland wing joins Sevens squad for Paris event

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Edinburgh wing Damien Hoyland will warm up for Scotland's summer tour of Japan by playing for Scotland's Sevens side in Paris this weekend.

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The 22-year-old, named on Monday in Vern Cotter's squad for the two-Test trip next month, has finished his domestic season with the capital side.

Hoyland won his sole senior cap as a replacement in a pre-World Cup warm-up test in Italy last August.

MP accuses David Cameron of 'championing' ineffective mass surveillance

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Gavin Newlands, the SNP member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, accused the prime minister of u-turning on a promise to protect civil liberties with his Investigatory Powers Bill.

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However, Mr Cameron defended the bill, saying it helped protect the country against terrorism and organised crime.

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Serial bird thief jailed after making off with 24 racing pigeons belonging to Aberdeen pensioner

Dean Wells, 23, stole the birds from a loft after creeping into a garden in the middle of the night.

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 He was jailed for 22 days after appearing at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.   

Wells has a history of stealing feathered creatures having previously been jailed for taking 19 pigeons and, in a separate incident, two of his uncle's budgies.

Dundee United deducted three points and fined £30,000 for using two ineligible players

BBC Sport Scotland

Ali Coote, a 17-year-old midfielder recently returned from a loan spell at East Fife, came on as a substitute during the club's win over Inverness Caley Thistle.

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Jamie Robson, 18, was an unused substitute. He played six games on loan at League One Brechin up to 30 April.

SPFL rules forbid players from playing for their parent clubs until the start of the next season if they return from lower-league loans after 31 March.

Bus company owner banned from holding operators licence for six years after misleading public inquiry

In a ruling by the Transport Commissioner, John Campbell of Vision Travel was found to be running nine vehicles one day in January last year, when he was only licensed to run four.

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The industry regulator said he was deliberately misleading about the number of buses he ran.

Mr Campbell's operating licence will be revoked from 30 June, to allow his school contracts to be fulfilled until the end of term.

A 'Disney-derived' quotation under a Peter Pan statue in Angus to be replaced

The inscription in Kirriemuir reads: "Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting."

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It was attributed to Peter Pan author JM Barrie, who was born in the town - but a local historian has suggested it's actually an amalgamation of lines from Steven Spielberg's 1991 film Hook.

Angus Council will replace it with one "incontrovertibly traced" to Barrie.

Nicola Sturgeon on her plans for an economy minister in the Scottish government

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His or her time will be focused entirely on supporting the economy and engaging intensively with business to make sure that we do everything possible to stimulate growth, boost productivity and help protect and create well-paid jobs. There will also, for the first time, be a dedicated finance secretary responsible for the government budget and for the introduction of the parliament's new tax and welfare powers.

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Seven community centres and four libraries to close in North Lanarkshire after £400,000 of cuts

The number of mobile libraries in the council area will also be reduced from five to three.

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Funding for Culture NL - the arms-length body which manages arts and entertainment venues for the council - has been cut by a third.

David Cameron says he'll work to find funding for city deal for Dundee

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Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Cameron told MPs city deals were "working in Scotland" but were only possible as part of the UK.

He was responding to a question from SNP MP Chris Laws.

During a lively PMQs, David Cameron also acknowledged the electoral achievement of Nicola Sturgeon and paid tribute to Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, calling her result in last week's Scottish Parliament election "stunning".

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Man suffers serious head injury and is taken to hospital in morning road rage attack

The incident happened as a blue VW Golf and a silver VW Vectra travelled on Shettleston Road in the east end of Glasgow at about 11:45.

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Police said the drivers became "involved in an altercation" which resulted in the driver of the Golf getting out of his car and punching the other as he sat in his seat.

The 40-year-old driver of the Vectra was taken by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary and has since been released. 

The driver of the Golf is described as being in his 30s with shaved dark hair. He was wearing a green fleece and is thought to have spoken with an Irish accent.

Police are investigating the rape of a 16-year-old girl in an Edinburgh playpark.

The attack happened in the city's West Pilton Park on Tuesday between 23:00 and midnight.

The area has been cordoned off as forensic investigations continue. Officers said they were following a "positive line of inquiry"

Dundee United could face punishment for fielding an ineligible player in their win over Inverness Caley Thistle last Friday.

BBC Sport Scotland

Seventeen-year-old midfielder Ali Coote, who recently returned from a loan spell at East Fife, came on for the last 13 minutes.

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SPFL rules forbid players from coming back from lower-league loans after 31 March and playing for their Premiership parent club before the season's end.

An SPFL disciplinary panel is expected to discuss the breach on Wednesday.

Liam Fee trial shown video of sobbing mother as she is charged with murdering her son

Rachel Fee wept as a police officer read the allegations against her in August 2014, five months after Liam's death. 

Liam Fee
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Rachel and her partner Nyomi Fee deny murdering the two-year-old and ill-treating two other boys. The trial continues.  

About 20 firefighters remain at scene of large wildfire in the Highlands

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Crews have been tackling two blazes on a hillside in Sutherland, which broke out at about 19:00 on Tuesday.

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At their height, the fires on Ben Blandy, east of Tongue, covered a total area of seven square kilometres.

In a statement, the Scottish Fire and Rescue said that thanks to crews "working in sweltering conditions" the fire was now down to an area of about two square kilometres, with firefighters working towards each other on two separate sectors."

Live: SNP MPs question Scottish Secretary David Mundell over implications of EU referendum

From BBC Scotland political reporters Phil Sim and Nick Earldey

Tommy Sheridan asks judges to throw out an attempt to overturn his defamation victory.

News Group Newspapers - who owned the News of the World - want to overturn the 2006 verdict that found in favour of Sheridan over claims about his sex life - and awarded him £200,000 in compensation.

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On the second day of the hearing, Sheridan said evidence News Group Newspapers is going to present was illegally and criminally obtained and there was a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Listen live: Scottish Questions at Westminster to be dominated by EU referendum

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Pupils at a Stirlingshire school partially closed by structural problems will be relocated to other secondaries from Friday.

Balfron High School S1 to S3 pupils will be bussed to the three receiving schools while repairs are carried out.

Balfron High
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A total of 440 pupils will not be attending the school this week after issues with walls were discovered during precautionary checks. 

The school was built under a private finance initiative deal about 15 years ago, but not by the firm involved in recent problems affecting Edinburgh schools.

Nicola Sturgeon announces plans to reshape cabinet to place renewed emphasis on economy

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Brian Taylor

BBC Scotland Political Editor

The first minister said that John Swinney's existing role will be divided.

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John Swinney's existing role will be split

In future there will be one cabinet secretary in charge of the economy and another in charge of finance.

She has also urged more time for questions to the first minister in parliament.

Ms sturgeon suggested she should appear before Holyrood committee conveners on a more regular basis.

Elaine Smith joins a growing list of candidates for the post of Holyrood presiding officer

From BBC Scotland political reporter