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Summary

  1. Sturgeon: Muirfield vote 'indefensible'
  2. CalMac wins £900m ferry contract
  3. Minister aware of EU payments conflict
  4. Driver jailed for killing pedestrian
  5. Best and worst beaches revealed
  6. MSP bids to scrap 'hated' football act
  7. Graves found at city primary school

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Join us again tomorrow for the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across Scotland. 

Police appeal after man got into woman's car, threatened her and tried to rob her

The victim was targeted after she got into her Renault Clio, which was parked behind Aldi in High Street, Renfrew, between 17:45 and 18:00 on Tuesday.

After being threatened with a weapon, the 24-year-old got out and ran to a shop for help. She was uninjured.

High Street in Renfrew
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Sgt Manjit Singh, of Police Scotland, said: "Officers are continuing their inquiries to trace the man responsible and we are currently studying CCTV footage to establish more detail on him.

"Officers are carrying out patrols in the area. However, I would stress that this is an isolated incident. I would ask that people remain vigilant when entering or leaving their vehicles.

Council 'should buy robot' to scare aware gulls that forced nine month closure of sports pitch

The birds could not be disturbed because they were nesting at the site at Tain in Easter Ross.

Once the gulls had moved on, the mess they left cost £60,000 to clean up.

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Highland councillor Jamie Stone said he was aware of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) developing a bird-scaring robot.

He told BBC Alba the gulls were returning and schoolchildren, and the wider community, were again facing the loss of the pitch for another nine months.

New 'Purple Rain' tartan created in memory of Prince - officially named in Scottish Register of Tartans

From The Scotsman

David Cameron criticises Muirfield as 'outdated' for rejecting women as members

From BBC Scotland's Westminster correspondent David Porter

A vote at the East Lothian club failed to rally a two-thirds majority of members behind allowing women to join. 

The club has been barred from hosting Golf's Open Championship as a result. 

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Interviewed by LBC radio David Cameron gave his response to an email submitted by a listener in Edinburgh. 

He said: ''My general rule is that sports clubs should be totally open to both sexes, and it's outdated not to do that, particularly if you think that you're up to hosting important championships.''  

Men only? The UK's last strongholds of masculinity

BBC Newsbeat

As members of Muirfield golf club voted to retain its men-only policy, BBC Newsbeat discovered that it is not the only place in the UK to refuse to admit women. 

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London "gentlemen's clubs", some working men's clubs and even some mountains are out-of-bounds for more than half of the population. 

Read more here

Scottish university professor awarded prestigious medical medal for rheumatoid arthritis work

Prof Iain McInnes, the Muirhead Professor of Medicine and director of the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at Glasgow University, has been awarded the Sir James Black Prize Medal by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Iain McInnes
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The professor called the award "unexpected but highly appreciated".

The medal is named after the Nobel prize-winning Scottish doctor and pharmacologist Sir James Black, who set up Glasgow University's physiology department.

Appeal after man found with 'significant head injury' in Livingston

He was found lying on a footpath in the Dedridge area of the town by a member of the public shortly after 05:00 on Wednesday. 

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The man, who is in his 30s, is currently in a stable condition at St John's Hospital in Livingston. 

Det Con Iain Duncan of Livingston CID said: “At this stage of inquiry we do not know what has happened to this man and we are now working to ascertain the full set of circumstances."

Update from Traffic Scotland on M8 traffic

Fears for German hillwalker missing for more than a fortnight in the Highlands

Goffredo Bondanelli, who was recently in the Lochaber area and was carrying a green tent and dark rucksack, has not been seen since 3 May.

Goffredo Bondanelli
Police Scotland

The 56-year-old German national was last seen in Fort William boarding a train to Lochaillort, prior to embarking on a five-day 76km walk between Lochaillort and Glenfinnan.

He had planned to return to Glenfinnan on 8 May.

Goffredo Bondanelli
Police Scotland

Police said Mr Bondanelli would have been camping out on hills and Corbetts during the period, including Coire na Cnamha, Lochan Feith Easian, Sgurr an Utha and possibly went walking on the nearby A830.

They have appealed for anyone with information about Mr Bondanelli's whereabouts to get in touch.

Glasgow City Council workers vote for strike action in row over pay

Members of the GMB union at the local authority backed walkouts by 72% and other forms of industrial action by more than 4-1.

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The union is in dispute over changes to working time arrangements, including plans to convert public holidays into annual leave, which it says could cost workers up to £500 a year.

It said it will notify the council of strike dates, warning that the action will hit key services including cleansing, refuse, land and environment, bereavement and social care.

Man dies after incident on dairy farm in Aberdeenshire

Police received a report of the 58-year-old man being injured in Udny, near Pitmedden, at about 17.15 on Wednesday.

The emergency services attended but the man died.

Police Scotland said his next of kin had been informed and the Health and Safety Executive is making inquiries.

Travel news: Queuing traffic on M8 after accident between junctions 4 and 4a

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MP tables Early Day Motion criticising Muirfield's 'men only' policy

SNP MP George Kerevan has taken to Twitter to criticise the decision to bar women from the golf club - which is in his East Lothian constituency. 

It was "sad for golf, equality and democracy", he said. 

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Manager John Hughes negotiating departure from Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland

The manager and club are in discussions over the detail of a package that will confirm his departure from the Highland side

The relationship between boss and board has become increasingly strained with the budget available for next season central to that tension.

John Hughes
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Hughes' side won the Scottish Cup in 2015, their first major honour securing a maiden European campaign.

But the 51-year-old has become frustrated at the loss of key talent.

New MSPs take centre stage as Ruth Davidson unveils shadow Cabinet team

Among those appointed to the Scottish Conservative front bench are familiar names including Jackson Carlaw, who will serve as deputy leader and spokesman for culture, tourism and external affairs.

Murdo Fraser will speak on issues of finance, while Liz Smith will become John Swinney's opposite number in education.

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However, the party's new intake of MSPs feature prominently in the Shadow Cabinet team.

Among them are Adam Tomkins, who will become the party's social security spokesperson and Peter Chapman for rural affairs.

'We are disappointed with today's decision' - Golf Scotland

Scottish Golf, the sport's governing body in Scotland, issued a statement after Muirfield members voted against allowing women to join their club

They said: "We are disappointed with today's decision from The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield.

Muirfield sign
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"We believe every golf club has a duty to be inclusive and to reflect modern society. 

"We take some encouragement from the clear majority in favour of women members and hope that those who voted for change continue to make the case for the modernisation of their club."

Travel: Road accident on the A960 near Kirkwall airport

Emergency services are at the scene of the one-vehicle accident between Kirkwall and the airport. 

Police Scotland have advised drivers to avoid the area. The road is expected to reopen within the hour. 

Tremor measuring 1.9 on the Richter scale detected in Oban last night

An area around Oban on the west coast of Scotland has been hit by two mini earthquakes in the space of a week.

Oban
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The strongest tremor was felt at 23:00 on Wednesday, measuring 1.9 on the Richter scale, and felt by residents in and around the Argyll and Bute town.

A 1.3 magnitude quake was recorded by the British Geological Survey a few days earlier, at midday on Saturday.

The largest known Scottish earthquake struck near Loch Awe in 1880, with a magnitude of 5.2.

MSPs vote unanimously to approve Nicola Sturgeon's ministerial team following yesterday's reshuffle

Highlights included John Swinney being moved to education and the former Transport Minister Derek McKay being promoted to his finance brief.

Nicola Sturgeon at dispatch box
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The Scottish Conservatives pledged to hold ministers to account, but wished them well.

The Queen will now officially appoint the ministers.

Follow this afternoon's proceedings at Holyrood here.

Primary school pupils won't be required to sit hour-long tests under plans for national assessments

Scotland's new Education Secretary John Swinney said the Scottish government had no wish to return to "stressful testing" in schools when standardised is introduced next year.

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The National Parent Forum of Scotland has expressed concern children as young as five could face excessively long tests, which could put too much pressure on pupils.

German war medals among jewellery stolen during break-in to Dumfries home

Police Scotland said the medals, which date back to World War II, were taken from the house in Loganbarns Road sometime between Monday and Wednesday.     

Loganbarns Road, Dumfries
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They were part of a haul of jewellery worth thousands of pounds that was taken in the raid. 

PC Scott McDowall said it was the second house this week to be broken into in Dumfries while its occupants were away from home.   

Birds of prey used to stop gulls nesting at Dounraey nuclear complex

The site near Thurso has had problems in previous years with gulls swooping down aggressively on staff who inadvertently walk too close to nests.

A falconer from Norfolk is working with a zoologist on the gull-scaring project.

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A Harris hawk and peregrine falcon are among the raptors being used to frighten off the birds.

Dounreay, an experimental nuclear power site, is in the process of being decommissioned.

Five Scottish councils sign £700m deal that will see landfill-bound waste diverted for recycling

About 190,000 tonnes of material will be processed annually at Viridor's plant in Bargeddie, North Lanarkshire.

Plant
Viridor

The waste management firm will then send what is left over to its energy recovery plant at Dunbar, East Lothian.

The 25-year deal covers Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, North Ayrshire and East Dunbartonshire.

Follow full coverage of Scottish Parliament as ministers are ratified by MSPs

Scotland's new government ministers are set to be endorsed at Holyrood from 2pm.

However, only after they have been subjected to searching criticism from opposition parties. 

It is a rule that newly appointed ministers have to be formally ratified by MSPs before they can begin work. 

Follow all the twists and turns here.

Nicola Sturgeon
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Killer whales arrive in Scottish waters to hunt and raise young calf

The pod is known in Scotland as the Northern Isles community and moves between Iceland and Scotland.

Killer whales pod
Karen Munro

Six of the group were spotted off Duncansby Head in Caithness on Monday afternoon and were photographed by wildlife watcher Karen Munro.  

The pod includes a calf thought to be only three months old.

Police appeal over missing 15-year-old Kyle Potter

The teenager was last seen at 12:30 on Tuesday in South Street, Forfar. 

Kyle Potter
Police Scotland

He is from Glasgow but police believe he may still be in the Forfar area. 

He is 5ft 5in, of slim build, with short brown hair. He was wearing grey jogging bottoms and a grey sweatshirt when he was last seen. 

Travel advice from police in Dumfries and Galloway

Man who knocked down and killed 78-year-old pedestrian is jailed

Sergej Rutkovskij ploughed into Robert Taylor on Glasgow's Gallowgate, at its junction with Abercromby Street and Bellgrove Street, on 27 March 2015.

Gallowgate
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The recently bereaved OAP was crossing the road when Rutkovskij sped off from traffic lights and hit him.

At the High Court in Glasgow, the 28-year-old was jailed after he admitted causing death by dangerous driving.

Lanarkshire flat advertised for £1 is bought in auction by American living in Texas

Computer programmer Ivan Cameron said he intended to hold a "Texas barbeque" to celebrate buying the run-down three-bedroom flat in Airdrie.

Pictures of the property in the Upperton area, published online before the auction, showed a collapsed ceiling and ripped-out kitchen.

Flat in Upperton
Auction House Scotland

The top floor flat at Dervaig Gardens sold for £20,000.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the average cost of a house in Scotland is now £193,000.

First Minister: 'I hope there is a way of overturning Muirfield decision'

Muirfield Golf Club
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I think the decision is wrong and it's indefensible. Muirfield is a private club, they are in charge of their own rules and regulations, I accept that. But this is 2016. Scotland has women leaders in every walk of life, in politics, in the law, in business, everywhere else. So I think this decision is wrong and I hope there is a way of looking at it again and overturning it.

Nicola SturgeonFirst minister

Professional Scottish woman golfer 'wasn't allowed in' Muirfield after playing course

Stirling-born Heather MacRae, a member of the PGA and the Ladies' European Tour, took to Twitter after Muirfield members voted against allowing women golfers to join the club

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Second watchdog urged to investigate conduct of two SNP MPs at centre of hotel expenses claims

Labour MP Graham Jones has made a complaint about Angus MacNeil and Stewart Hosie to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

Angus MacNeil
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Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw has also written to parliamentary standards commissioner Kathryn Hudson claiming Mr MacNeil and Mr Hosie, the SNP's deputy leader, may have "fallen short" of the MPs' rules of conduct.

The SNP has said any suggestion of financial impropriety in relation to the MPs' expenses is "totally wrong".

The complaints relate to reports both men had affairs with Westminsterjournalist Serena Cowdy.

Twenty-nine-year-old man due in court over £40,000 cocaine and heroin find

The man will appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court later after the class A drugs were found in the city.

Police said the seizure was made following an "intelligence led" operation in the sandilands Drive area yesterday.

Sandlilands Drive
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Woman filmed keying cars in Buckie is ordered to pay for the damage

Hazel Innes, 44, scratched the side of three cars while out walking her dog

Footage of the incident went viral after the owner of one of the vehicles set up a CCTV camera and caught her in the act. 

Hazel Innes
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It was viewed more than 500,000 times after it was posted online. 

Innes admitted vandalism at Elgin Sherif Court. She was ordered to repay the cost of the damage - a total of £2,845.

On air now - John Beattie

BBC Radio Scotland

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey describes pain of battling virus in hospital isolation unit

The Guardian

Cafferkey recovered from Ebola in January 2015, but was readmitted to the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead, north London, twice more after developing complications related to her infection.

Speaking on ITV’s Tonight programme, which will air this evening, the public health nurse from South Lanarkshire said she was a “mess” after developing meningitis triggered by the lingering virus in her nervous system in September 2015.  

Pauline Cafferkey
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"It was tough the first time but the second time, it was just horrendous. There was so much wrong with my body I wouldn't know where to start", she told The Guardian.

"One side of my face was drooped, I had hearing loss, and just having the worst headache of my life. 

"Apparently I said to one of the doctors at one point, just drill a hole in my head. I was just a mess, a real mess - physically and emotionally a wreck."

Nicola Sturgeon describes Muirfield vote to reject female members as 'indefensible'

Muirfield decision latest

Muirfield will no longer stage the Open - The R&A

The tournament organiser said The Open Championship will no longer be staged "at a venue that does not admit women as members". 

The announcement came in response to Muirfield voting to remain a male-only club.  

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In a statement, The R&A said: "The Open is one of the world's great sporting events and going forward we will not stage the Championship at a venue that does not admit women as members. 

"Given the schedule for staging The Open, it would be some years before Muirfield would have been considered to host the Championship again. If the policy at the club should change we would reconsider Muirfield as a venue for The Open in future."

Muirfield vote: Concerns about 'slow play' cited among reasons for refusing women members

BBC Sport Scotland

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Of the 648 members who were eligible to vote, after a two-year consultation process, the move did not receive the two-thirds majority (432) needed.

Muirfield and Royal Troon are the only Open venues that still exclude women.

A 33-strong group of 'no' campaigners among the Muirfield members cited concerns about slow play and making women "feel uncomfortable" among the "risks" of admitting female members.