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  1. Liam accused pair had 'common purpose'
  2. Threats to Scots schools 'not credible'
  3. Serious crash as two diggers hit cars
  4. Man who jumped from car killed by bus
  5. Murray beats Stepanek in five sets

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Royal Troon will have 'time and space' to review admitting women as full members, says the R&A

The Ayrshire club, hosting the Open in July, is consulting members over whether to end its men-only policy.

Last week, governing body the R&A decided Muirfield will not stage another Open after maintaining its ban on women members.

Royal Troon

"We look forward to the review results," Johnnie Cole-Hamilton of the R&A told BBC Scotland.

"But we must give them, as a private club, the time and space to carry out that review so they can do it thoroughly and professionally.

"Royal Troon has always been aware that our view at the R&A is that golf should be open to all.

"We take our role very seriously and are very protective of the game and the future of the game."

Weather update: A dry and bright evening in store across most of Scotland

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A dry evening to come across Scotland, with some brightness and sunshine for most.

Feeling warm in the sunshine in the west, with light winds. remaining rather cool towards eastern coastal areas and across the Northern Isles with brisk north-easterly winds.

Tonight: It will remain dry with some clear spells in the west. Northern and eastern areas will be cloudier. Under clear skies in sheltered, rural areas, temperatures will dip to low single figures. Otherwise around 6 to 9Cs.

Glasgow stand-off Finn Russell will miss Scotland's tour to Japan as he recovers from a head injury

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Russell remains under observation in hospital following a clash of heads in the opening minute of Saturday's defeat at Connacht in the Pro12 semi-final.

Warriors say Russell's condition has "improved significantly" and that surgery is not required.

Finn Russell

Scotland, who play two Tests in Japan, are yet to announce a squad replacement for the 23-year-old.

The squad will gather for a training camp on 6 June before their departure for Tokyo five days later.

The Tests on 18 and 25 June will be shown live on BBC Scotland, with coverage also provided by BBC Radio Scotland and the BBC Sport website.

Police issue statement on series of threats issued to primary schools across Scotland

Church of Scotland backs the case for the UK remaining in the European Union

The Kirk's General Assembly, meeting in Edinburgh, carried a motion by an overwhelmingly majority.

Church of Scotland

It gave thanks for the work of the EU in promoting peace, security and reconciliation among European nations.

Rev Aniko Schuetz Bradwell, a minister in East Lothian brought up close to the Berine Wall in East Germany, told the assembly: "I hope we will choose to build bridges, not to erect another wall."  

Women accused of Liam Fee murder showed 'heartless cruelty'

Evidence of untreated injuries found on Liam Fee's body showed a "callous indifference" to the toddler's suffering, a jury has heard.

Rachel and Nyomi Fee deny murdering two-year-old Liam in March 2014 and abusing two other boys.

Rachel and Nyomi Fee

In his closing speech, advocate depute Alex Prentice, said the pair had shown "an unyielding, heartless cruelty" towards Liam.

He urged the jury to find them guilty of all of the charges against them.

The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues.

Surgery forces Kimberley Renicks out of Olympics

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Judoka Kimberley Renicks will not get to realise her dream of competing at this summer's Olympics in Rio.

Scot Renicks, 28, who won Commonwealth gold at Glasgow 2014, told BBC Scotland she needs surgery on her shoulder and will have the operation on Friday.

Kimberley Renicks

"I'm gutted - I can't really describe it," she said.

"The Olympics is your dream - it's the one you want to make. It's a knock back but I'm still young enough to pick myself up."

Renicks is Great Britain's top-ranked player at -48kg, but her world ranking has slipped to 49 while she's been unable to compete in two tournaments that also act as vital Olympic qualifiers.

The injury was picked up during an event in Turkey at the end of April.

Man killed by bus after jumping out of a taxi on the M8 is named

A man who died after jumping from a moving car on the M8 in central Glasgow and being hit by a bus has been named.

Police said he was 23-year-old Lyle Rushbury, from Stepps

Mr Rushbury got out of the Peugeot E7 private hire cab, as it was travelling west, near J15 Townhead, at about 00:30.

Lyle Rushberry
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He was then struck by a bus on the carriageway. Paramedics later pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police want to speak to anyone who was in a vehicle in the area at the time, particularly passengers on the bus.

Insp Janet Dickie said: "There would have been other cars driving on the motorway around the time of this incident and it is important we speak to anyone who witnessed what happened.

"In particular we would like to speak to any passengers on the bus involved who may have information to assist with our inquiries."

Teaching union calls for renegotiation of school building contracts

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Barton: I would have regretted saying no to Rangers for the rest of my life

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Rangers have announced the signing of midfielder Joey Barton on a two-year deal.

The 33-year-old joins as a free agent on 1 July after turning down the offer of new terms at Burnley.

Joe Barton

He was the Turf Moor club's player of the year as they won the Championship title to return to the Premier League.

"When I first found out there was an opportunity to come here, that got the blood pumping," Barton told the Rangers website.

"I'm fully aware of the situation the club has been in for the last few years but to be part of a group that is going to put this club back where it belongs was an opportunity, that if I didn't take, I would probably have regretted it for the rest of my life."

Male driver dies after crash involving a car and a digger near Glasgow

Emergency services arrived at the scene in Fernhill Road, between Castlemilk and Fernhill, at 11:05.

Police said five cars and a bus were also involved in the incident.

The car driver was pronounced dead at the scene and the male driver of the agricultural vehicle was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where staff have described his condition as serious.

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Sgtt Alison McAuley, from the Divisional Road Policing Unit based at Motherwell,said: “An extensive recovery operation, which is expected to last for several more hours, is currently underway and Fernhill Road is closed with local diversions in place.

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed what happened to contact officers at the Divisional Road Policing Unit based at Motherwell on 101.”

Bus services in East Lothian run by First Group are to be axed and 88 jobs cut

The First Scotland East routes between Edinburgh and North Berwick, Dunbar and Haddington will stop from 14 August this year.

The company said it would also close depots in North Berwick and Musselburgh.

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Stirling named as the location for a new Scottish spring marathon in 2017

The event will begin at Blair Drummond Safari Park and pass landmarks including Doune Castle before finishing beneath the ramparts of Stirling Castle.

Olympic medallists Liz McColgan-Nuttall and Brendan Foster attended its launch at the National Wallace Monument. The race, which takes place on 21 May, is organised by the Great Run Company.

Stirling marathon
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Trainspotting sequel and Sir Winston Churchill drama given £800,000 Scottish government funding

The two movies received nearly half of Creative Scotland's £1.75m production growth fund.

The awards are funded by the Scottish government and National Lottery, with Trainspotting receiving £500,000 and Churchill taking £300,000.

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The fund aims to stimulate growth in film and TV drama production and encourage international productions to come to Scotland.

The Trainspotting sequel began shooting in locations around Edinburgh this month. Churchill is also being filmed in Scotland, with Dundee-born Brian Cox playing the former Dundee MP who went on to lead Britain to victory as prime minister during World War Two.

Robert Carlyle on set
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International Council of Education formed to learn lessons from abroad on schooling

The panel will be formed over the summer and feature experts who can focus on closing the attainment gap and reforming the system.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the experts will challenge and scrutinise her plans as she looks to return Scotland to the "top of the class".

Teacher in classroom

Joey Barton signs for Rangers on two-year deal

BBC Sport Scotland

Rangers have announced the signing of midfielder Joey Barton on a two-year deal.

 The 33-year-old had been offered new terms at Burnley after being named their player of the year as the Turf Moor club won the Championship.    

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Watch: Dry spell looks set to continue

 A mainly dry evening and overnight will be followed by another dry but slightly chillier day on Wednesday.  

One person reportedly dead after accident involving car and digger near Glasgow

A digger is said to have fallen off a trailer and on to a vehicle in Rutherglen.

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Police said a "very serious" road crash had occurred at about 11:00, but did not comment on injuries.

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Emergency services remain at the scene in Fernhill Road.

South Lanarkshire Council advised that the road is shut at its junction with Croftfoot Road due to a serious accident.

Scottish government urged to create heart screening programme for young athletes following Jamie Skinner death

The Conservatives are calling for a Scotland-wide scheme to be set up following the death of 13-year-old Jamie Skinner, who suffered a heart attack while playing at Tynecastle Football Club in 2013.

Jamie Skinner

In the wake of the tragedy, the Jamie Skinner Foundation campaigned to install a defibrillator in every secondary school and sports centre in Edinburgh.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative spokesman for public health wants ministers to take action and ensure electrocardiogram (ECG) tests are available at schools or sports clubs to investigate heart health.

SFA urged to complete cup final review before the new football season kicks off

Scotland's justice secretary is calling on the Scottish Football Association to complete its review of the Scottish Cup final disturbance before the start of the new season.

Scottish Cup final disturbance

Michael Matheson updated cabinet colleagues on action the police and the Scottish FA were taking after violent scenes marred the end of the match between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden on Saturday.

Mr Matheson wants to ensure lessons can be learned before matches are played again. The Independent Commission is being appointed to review all operational matters.

Rise in alcohol sales reverse recent downward trend, according to government figures

The Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell said the figures strengthened the case for minimum unit pricing to help reduce consumption.

Alcohol stocked up behind bar

Increased consumption has been linked to an increase in the number of people suffering alcohol-related deaths.

The Scottish government policy is currently tied up in legal argument, with European courts referring the issue to Scottish courts for a final decision.

Europe minister: 'Scotland would take more refugees'


Dr Alasdair Allan said he believed that Scotland would be willing to take a greater share of asylum eekers

But he said that under the current constitutional arrangements, UK policy on the issue is laid down at Westminster. 

Alasdair Allan

He told MEPs in Brussels that about 700 refugees had been resettled in Scotland.

Dr Allan insisted that both that number and the pledge by the UK government to resettle 20,000 refugees directly from the Middle East over the next five years were too low and "do not reflect the willingness in Scotland to help with this matter".

A man's body is found following a fire at a house in Inverclyde

Police Scotland said emergency services were called to the property in Nicol Drive in Greenock at about 02:30 this morning.

Firefighters looking up ladders

A man was removed from the property and pronounced dead at the scene.

He is yet to be formally identified. Police and the fire service are conducting a joint investigation into the cause of the blaze, which is not believed to be suspicious.

Andy Murray will face French wildcard Mathias Bourgue in the next round

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Andy Murray finally beat 37-year-old qualifier Radek Stepanek to avoid a shock French Open first-round defeat.

The British world number two trailed two sets to one when play was suspended on Monday because of bad light.

Andy Murray
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Murray, 29, won the fourth set but was pushed hard by his Czech opponent before winning the deciding set to clinch a 3-6 3-6 6-0 6-2 7-5 victory after three hours and 41 minutes.

The last time Murray lost in the first round of a Grand Slam was in 2008.

Murray joins compatriots Aljaz Bedene, Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson in the second round, while Johanna Konta and Laura Robson play their first-round matches later.

He will face French wildcard Mathias Bourgue, who is ranked 164 in the world, in the next round.

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Murray 'just pleased to get through' after marathon effort at French Open

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Andy Murray speaking on court after his five set win over Radek Stepanek: "It is unbelievable what he is doing. He had a bad injury last year yet at 37 is still coming out and fighting like he is.

"I don't expect to be doing that at his age! I am just pleased to have got through.

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"He has always been extremely difficult to play. He hardly missed any volleys - until the one on match point and even that nearly got over - hit a lot of drop shots and hit the ball very flat and that made it very hard for me to dictate and get any rhythm.

"I had a bit of momentum yesterday. But I had to fight extremely hard today."

Two diggers reportedly collide with cars in a 'very serious' road accident in South Lanarkshire

Police and paramedics were sent to the scene, in Fernhill Road, near Rutherglen, at 11:05. The road is closed and diversions are in place.

Pictures from the scene show at least two cars caught under the diggers. A third car is on a grass verge.

Police Scotland said early indications were the incident was "very serious".

Digger crash

BBC reporter John McManus, who is at the scene, said it appeared that a mechanical digger had been involved.

He said that police had erected a tarpaulin sheet around the scene.

Digger crash

It's Murray in five sets: Andy Murray wins first round match at the French Open

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Mechanical digger involved in 'very serious' road accident on the outskirts of Glasgow


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Police said officers and paramedics were sent to the scene of the crash, in Fernhill Road, near Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, just after 11:00.

The road is closed and diversions have been put in place.

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Sinking of World War Two ship HMS Hood is commemorated in Dundee

Relatives of those lost on HMS Hood have attended a new exhibition in Dundee on the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Royal Navy battlecruiser.

HMS Hood was hit by a shell from the German battleship Bismarck in the Denmark Strait on 24 May 1941.

Duncan Knox lost his 18-year-old brother John when HMS Hood was sunk in 1941
Duncan Knox lost his 18-year-old brother John when HMS Hood was sunk in 1941

Only three of its 1,418 crew survived, making it the worst loss of life from a single British warship.

Dundee's Frigate Unicorn is hosting the exhibition. It features a nine-foot model of HMS Hood along with contemporary press articles of the sinking.  

First commanding officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth hails 'truly seminal moment for Scotland'

Captain Jerry Kyd took command of the UK's future flagship at Rosyth Dockyard and said he expected it to be the last major aircraft carrier to be be built in the UK.

Captain Jerry Kyd takes command of Queen Elizabeth
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Captain Kyd told the Press Association: "As a naval officer I always want more ships and more aircraft carriers, but I can't see in the foreseeable future two more ships of this scale being built in the United Kingdom.

"Of course, we have built this ship with a 50-year lifespan, so unless there's a turnaround or any course that you never predict with world events, I think this is a truly seminal moment for Scotland and indeed the entire country who have come together to bring this ship together."

Liam Fee murder accused 'had common criminal purpose' says prosecution

Rachel and Nyomi Fee deny murdering two-year-old Liam in March 2014 and abusing two other boys at a house near Glenrothes.

Rache and Nymoi Fee
Liam Fee

Alex Prentice QC told the jury it was a "harrowing case" and they would need to be made of "granite" not to be moved by what has been heard, but said sympathy should play no part in their judgement.

In his closing speech, he described it as a "circumstantial case" and invited the jury to find the couple guilty of all of the charges against them. The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues.  

Emergency services responding to reports of 'very serious' road accident on outskirts of Glasgow

Police said officers and paramedics were sent to the scene of the crash, in Fernhill Road, near Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, just after 11:00.

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The road is closed and local diversions have been put in place.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland was unable to confirm if anyone was injured but said early indications were that the incident was "very serious".

Andy Murray on court at French Open - takes 4th set against Stepanek

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Scotland's Europe minister says a UK vote to leave the EU will increase demand for independence in Scotland

Alasdair Allan was speaking during a visit to Brussels for meetings with the European Commission, MEPs and UK officials.

Dr Alasdair Allan

Dr Allan said he had gone to Brussels in part to "lay down a marker" that the new Scottish government firmly believes that Scotland is better off remaining inside the EU

He said that it was no secret that the SNP government in Scotland favoured independence, and that he believed he would see an independent Scotland within the European Union during his lifetime.

Western Isles coastal meadows offer 'some of best protection' for UK's rarest visiting birds

The areas, known as machair were identified as sanctuaries for little terns, according to the RSPB.

Little Terns
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The birds migrate from western and southern Africa to Scotland to breed on sandy beaches. 

RSPB Scotland said mainland colonies have been in decline because of increasing disturbance from holidaymakers and other beach goers.

It said less frequently visited machair provides some of the best habitat.

An NHS safety programme has resulted in 20,000 fewer deaths, says the Scottish government

Eleanor Bradford

BBC Scotland health correspondent

It says that hospital mortality has fallen by a sixth since the Scottish Patient Safety Programme was launched in 2007.

However, earlier this year a major international review pointed out that the UK puts more energy into quality initiatives than any other country in the world, yet the quality of health care is no better than average.  

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Sir Paul McCartney's Scottish move to beat depression

Sir Paul McCartney has talked about how he moved to Scotland to get over the depression he suffered after The Beatles broke up.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Mastertapes, he said he had been at a loss when the band fell apart in acrimony in 1970.

"It was difficult to know what to do after The Beatles. How do you follow that?" he told John Wilson.  

Sir Paul McCartney

"I was depressed. You would be. You were breaking from your lifelong friends. So I took to the bevvies."

The Beatles officially split in 1970 with the release of Let It Be.

Sir Paul eventually moved his family to Mull of Kintyre - partly to make himself unavailable for business meetings - but hit the bottle.

"I took to a wee dram. It was great at first, then suddenly I wasn't having a good time. I was far gone," he said.

"It was Linda who said, 'you've got to get it together'."

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