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Summary

  1. Fred Goodwin avoids charges over RBS
  2. Man admits killing 15-week-old baby
  3. MSPs sworn in at Holyrood
  4. BBC 'should serve Scotland better'
  5. Ken Macintosh elected as presiding officer
  6. New budget rail Edinburgh/London service
  7. Still Game to return for new series
  8. Glasgow breaks safe air pollution limit

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By Jo Perry and Calum Watson

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Britain's youngest ever Euromillions winner given four weeks to pay a £110 fine for assaulting a bouncer

Jane Park, 21, pleaded guilty to assaulting door steward Lee Rutherford at Edinburgh's City Nightclub on 1 February 2015.  

Jane Park
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Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard Park, from Edinburgh, who won the lotto aged 17, slapped Mr Rutherford.

Her friend Jordan Archibald, 25, meanwhile struggled with Police Scotland Sgt Kevin Smith. He was fined £180.

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'Space Oddity' astronaut to be keynote speaker at Glasgow Science Centre annual dinner

Col Chris Hadfield made headlines when he performed the Bowie classic on board the International Space Station in 2013.

Chris Hadfield
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He'll give a personal account of his experiences at the Question of Science event on 12 October. 

Tay Road Bridge closed northbound after breakdown

Taxi driver who attacked Edinburgh cyclist has his licence suspended

City Cab driver Brian Allen, 69, was captured on head-cam footage having a row with the cyclist on Princes Street and then later waiting for the rider on Regent Street on 28 August 2015.

Brian Allen
Another Edinburgh Cyclist via YouTube

Last month, Allen was fined £360 after he pleaded guilty to careless driving and assault.

Councillors will decide if he should lose his licence permanently in June.

Kezia Dugdale stumps up £100 to charity after Willie Rennie wins her Prince Charles dare

The Scottish Labour leader challenged her Lib Dem counterpart to ask the Duke of Rothesay what did you give "yer maw" for her 90th birthday.

Willie Rennie with Prince Charles and Kezia Dugdale
BBC

Although Prince Charles did not reveal what his gift was, he reportedly said it was "something she wanted", before being ushered away.

Ms Dugdale has now handed over the cash to Gorgie City Farm.

New presiding officer Ken Macintosh wants a less aggressive first minister's questions

Knitwear firm considers ending its production operations in Hawick putting about 50 jobs at risk

Management at Peter Scott said a previous restructuring had failed to achieve "projected financial results".

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The company currently employs 63 staff with 48 directly involved with production who will be affected by the change.  

A82 closed near Corran after accident - drivers urged to find other routes

Police Scotland said a lorry had overturned and the driver was being treated for his injuries.

Scottish MP Phil Boswell pays back £555 he wrongly claimed in expenses for office costs.

The SNP representative was investigated by the Parliamentary Standards Authority after a complaint from a member of the public.

Phil Boswell
BBC

The Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill MP  said the money was used for videos to inform constituents and he had not realised he was breaking the rules

Biker to be airlifted to hospital after crash on A835 north of Ullapool

The male rider was injured in a crash involving a car at Morefield at about 14:45.

The road was closed at the scene of the collision. 

Lord Hall outlines plans to make BBC Scotland 'centre of excellence' for factual televison

Update

Tony Hall was responding to proposals contained in the UK government's White Paper on the future of the corporation.

Lord Hall
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During his speech to the House of Commons, UK Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said the BBC needed to do more to serve its nations and regions.

The BBC's director general said there would be a drama commissioning editor for each nation of the UK as well as a comedy commissioner to be based in Glasgow.

Lord Hall also said additional funding would be allocated to improve dedicated services in the nations.

Environmental campaigners call for Scottish Parliament action after Glasgow named in poor air quality list

Update

The World Health Organisation said new data showed Glasgow breached the safe limit for inhalable coarse particles known as PM10.

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Poor air quality increases the likelihood of stroke, heart disease and respiratory conditions including asthma, and is described by WHO as the greatest environmental risk to health. 

Friends of the Earth Scotland said the global death toll from air pollution was "staggering". 

Director Dr Richard Dixon said: "Air pollution claims over 2,500 lives each year in Scotland so the new Parliament must act urgently to clean up our air."

Watch: Party leaders sworn in at Holyrood

All 129 MSPs have been sworn in at the beginning of the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament.

Party leaders were first to take their affirmation, or oath, in the well Holyrood's debating chamber.

Party leaders sworn in at Holyrood

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Labour's Kezia Dugdale and the Scottish Green Party's Patrick Harvie chose to make an affirmation.Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie chose the oath.Before making his affirmation, Patrick Harvie said his party's MSPs will serve the people of Scotland first.

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SNP Nicolson: 'BBC in Scotland sadly less trusted than in any or country in UK'

The party's culture spokesman at Westminster John Nicolson said there were a number of welcome proposals in the White Paper, including the charter length plus the replacement of the BBC Trust with a unitary board.

John Nicolson
BBC

Mr Nicolson also welcomed the commitment to improve representation of the nations of the UK on the BBC board and called for "meaningful editorial and financial control" in Scotland. 

The SNP frontbencher added: "The BBC in Scotland is sadly less trusted than in any of the other constituent countries in the United Kingdom.

"Its staff deserve better and Scotland deserves better.

"You tell us today that you agree, calling audiences in the nations underserved, you are preaching to choir on these benches."

Part of the Yoker district of Glasgow cordoned off following the discovery of a small grenade

Police say the device was found by a worker in Bell Drive at about 10:45. 

There has been a voluntary evacuation of local residents between Halley Street and Felton Place. 

Bomb disposal experts are at the scene.

Dundee United confirm Ray McKinnon as their new manager on a three-year contract

BBC Sport Scotland

McKinnon, 45, resigned as boss of Raith Rovers on Wednesday after agreeing to take over at Tannadice, where he enjoyed two spells as a player.  

Ray McKinnon
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The former midfielder succeeds Mixu Paatelainen, who left United on 4 May after their relegation to the Championship.

Raith missed out on promotion via the play-offs and McKinnon had a year left to run on his contract at Stark's Park.

Watch: Ross Greer is the youngest ever MSP to be sworn in at Holyrood

The 21-year-old was elected as the Scottish Green Party representative for the West of Scotland region.

Ross Greer is youngest ever MSP to be sworn in at Holyrood

He joined the party at 15 and has served as a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Aberdeen 'retires' seat of a colourful fan, following his death after suffering a stroke

BBC Sport Scotland

Norman Goldie, 87, was known by fans and the club for his passionate support and wearing sandals with one red and one white sock - the team's colours.

Tributes to Norman Goldie
BBC
Tributes were left at the Pittodrie Stadium to Norman Goldie

His seat in the Merkland Stand has been painted half red and half white, to mark his famous socks.

"As long as the Dons remain at Pittodrie, that seat will never be sold," the club said.

Aberdeen are due to remain at Pittodrie until at least 2019.

Police hunt hit and run driver who smashed into parked car in West Lothian

The Mercedes hit the Ford Focus with such force it bounced into bushes on Thymebank in Livingston.

Thymebank
BBC

The Mercedes' registration plate E18 MDR appears to be fake.

The driver was described as white, in his late 20s with short black hair and of slim build.

Man admits causing baby fatal injuries by shaking him in a fit of anger

Paul Burgess, 25, had been left in charge of 15-week-old Zaiidyn Burke at a house in Dumfries for an hour in October 2012 while the baby's mother took another child to hospital. 

Zaiidyn Burke
Police handout

When Zaiidyn's mother returned, the baby was lifeless and his lips were turning blue. A scan later showed he had injuries consistent with being shaken. 

Burke was originally charged with murder but admitted the charge of culpable homicide at the High Court in Glasgow. He'll be sentenced later.

Former RBS boss Fred Goodwin will not face charges over shares sale in run up to bank's collapse

From BBC Scotland's Westminster correspondent

The former boss of RBS Fred Goodwin will not face criminal charges in connection with the sale of shares in the bank in the months leading up to its collapse.

The Royal Bank of Scotland had to be bailed out by the UK government eight years ago, at a cost to the taxpayer of £45bn.

The Crown Office has investigated the bank's decision to carry out a rights issue in 2008, which led to huge losses for people investing in shares.

Today it said there's insufficient evidence in law of criminal conduct to justify prosecution of any senior figure in the bank.

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BBC White Paper: Scottish government says 'work to be done in continuing to argue Scotland's case'

Scotland's Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said her government had made clear its determination to shape the future role of the BBC and ensure it made a stronger contribution to Scotland.

It follows a letter from BBC director general Tony Hall, who wrote to Ms Hyslop saying there would be Scottish representation on a new governing board being created to replace the current BBC Trust.

BBC building at Pacific Quay in Glasgow
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Ms Hyslop said she welcomed the general commitment in the White Paper but added: "There is clearly a job of work to be done in continuing to argue Scotland’s case.

"The Scottish government remains committed to working with the UK government to deliver the ambitious agenda for the BBC that we have developed with audiences and the sector in Scotland.

"The secretary of state has previously committed to a detailed role for the Scottish government in the drafting of the charter itself and I look forward to engaging in this process to ensure that the aims and aspirations set out in the White Paper deliver the positive outcomes we are seeking.”

Royal Bank of Scotland plans to axe 200 jobs as it cuts back its branch network

The job losses will affect clerical roles in Scotland, Wales and south west England. 

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RBS, which is 73% owned by the taxpayer, has cut around 1,350 posts out of a workforce of 12,000 staff in its branch network since mid-March. 

Still Game to return to TV screens later this year, nearly a decade after the last series

Jack and Victor's revival comes after writers Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan rekindled their partnership for a Still Game live show at The Hydro in Glasgow.

Jack and Victor
BBC

A six-part series will be filmed over the summer at a purpose-built set in BBC Scotland's Dumbarton Studios.

We're super happy to come back with the show - we had no idea how much it had been missed until we played the Hydro.

Ford Kiernan

Director general says BBC proposals will devolve decision-making and shift resources to UK nations

In a letter to the Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, Tony Hall said there would be a "sub-board" for Scotland to oversee Scottish services.

It comes after the UK Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said the current BBC Trust would be abolished and replaced with a unitary board.

The letter to Ms Hyslop said: "The BBC supports the Clementi Review findings that each nation should be fully represented on the proposed new board that will run the BBC - providing powerful voices at the heart of the corporation.

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"In addition, it is our intention to create a subcommittee of the board for each nation overseeing their dedicated services.

"Our proposal that the BBC have a "licence" for all the dedicated services provided for audiences in each of the nations was also supported by the Clementi Review.

"If implemented, this will provide clear accountability for the services provided in each nation and much more ability to shift resources around within each nation's dedicated services, further devolving decision-making to the nations."

Concern growing for hillwalker reported missing in Glencoe

Edward Davies, 39, from Hampshire, was thought to have been planning a hike in the area of Sgùrr na h-Ulaidh on Sunday.

Edward Davies
Police Scotland

Police Scotland were alerted on Wednesday after he failed to get in touch with family and friends.

Glencoe and Oban mountain rescue teams have been searching for him along with police dog teams and a coastguard helicopter.

Boomtown Rats and Rick Astley gig cancelled after poor ticket sales

ABC, The Stars from The Commitments and The Rezillos were also due to perform at Queen of the South's Palmerston Park stadium in Dumfries on 4 June.

Bob Geldof
BBC

Organisers pulled the plug on the concert after securing only 700 advanced ticket sales, compared to 5,000 for a simlar event headlined by Status Quo last year.

They said a number of rival festivals in Scotland and northern England had an impact on sales.

Fife-born jazz great and last surviving member of Duke Ellington Orchestra Joe Temperley dies

Joe Temperley was born in Lochgelly where he picked up the saxophone only because his brother had bagged his preferred instrument the trumpet.

Joe Temperley
BBC

He went on to become one of the most sought after musicians in the world, playing with some of the biggest bands in the business and was the last surviving member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra

In recent years, he helped found a youth jazz orchestra in Fife and returned often to play.

One of the last steamships built on the Clyde sets sail for Scotland where it will be restored

TS Queen Mary left Tilbury on the Thames and is due to arrive back in Scottish waters on Monday. 

TS Queen Mary
Calum Bryce

Built at Dumbarton in 1933, she has been languishing at the docks for years after falling into disrepair.  

Friends of TS Queen Mary needs to raise a further £2m to complete her restoration. The  groups hopes to moor the ship in Glasgow as an education and entertainment venue.

Plans for huge wind farm in outer Forth estuary in doubt after loss of key subsidy

David Miller

BBC Scotland Environment and Transport Correspondent

The Neart na Gaoithe wind farm is the subject of a legal challenge by RSPB Scotland, which argues the scheme represents an unacceptable threat to seabirds. 

wind turbines
PA

The decision to cancel the subsidy deal was taken by the Low Carbon Contracts Company, which can terminate subsidy deals if renewable energy schemes fail to meet agreed timetables.

Mainstream Renewable Power, the company behind the project, told BBC Scotland it "strongly disputes" the validity of the termination notice.

Dog dies after falling 120ft down the side of a cliff, north of St Abbs in the Borders

Eyemouth inshore and all-weather lifeboats were called out at 13:20 on Wednesday amid concerns for the animal and its owners.

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 A search of the coastline found the dog owners safe and well but their pet had not survived its fall.  

Glasgow named among 11 urban areas in UK that breaches air pollution safety levels

The city was the only Scottish location to feature in the data published by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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The health body warned poor air quality was a major cause of disease and death.

As air quality declines, the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma, increases among residents, WHO said.

Council defends plans to cut costs by replacing teachers with 'pre-school officers' in nurseries

A petition by the EIS union, which represents teachers and lecturers, has gathered hundreds of signatures against the move by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

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It said the authority had unilaterally decided on a cheaper alternative to qualified teachers.

A spokesman for the council said it was required by law to develop more.