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  1. Nicola Sturgeon: Numeracy figures 'unacceptable'
  2. 'Boring lessons teacher' struck off
  3. Police officer entertains pub goers with karaoke
  4. Scottish stores close in BHS liquidation

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We'll bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the country, as they happen. Bye for now.

FMQs round-up: Maiden speech and rays of sunshine

From BBC Scotland's online politics reporter

The first session of First Minister's Questions since May's Holyrood election has been held.

The session has now been extended to 45 minutes rather than the previous half hour.

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Coming up on BBC Radio Scotland: Will air passenger duty be cut in Scotland?

From BBC Scotland reporter John McManus

Oscar-nominated film director donates artwork to raise money for fire-ravaged Glasgow School of Art

A work by celebrated artist Julian Schnabel, who also directed the Diving Bell And The Butterfly and Before Night Falls, will be auctioned in New York on Thursday night.

Julian Schnabel

The collage layers a hand-painted message - used as the title of the work - over printed images and articles on the artist.

His artwork is one of many items that will go under the hammer at Freeman's auctioneers. 

Lots also include silverware and jewellery created from nails and wood which survived the devastating blaze in May 2014.

Family of missing hillwalker told of body discovery in Glen Coe

Robin Garton, 69, from Devizes in Wiltshire, disappeared on 25 September last year.

Extensive searches were made of Glen Coe by Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team and others following his disappearance.

Police Scotland said members of the public found the body of a man in the Stob Coire Nam Beith area on Wednesday afternoon.

Robin Garton
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Woman charged with murdering 14-month-old daughter is granted bail

Sadia Ahmed is accused of killing Inayah Ahmed on 17 April at the family home in Drumchapel, Glasgow.

Inayah Ahmed

The 26-year-old is alleged to have restricted the toddler's breathing and murdered her. 

During a private appearance from custody at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Ms Ahmed made no plea or declaration and was granted bail.

Travel: Traffic at standstill on Clackmannanshire Bridge after crash

Scotland women's coach Anna Signeul believes any team in the world would want Kim Little

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The Scots, who top their Euro 2017 qualifying group, host nearest challengers Iceland on Friday evening.

Kim Little

Midfielder Little, 25, recently won the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year award and is likely to play a key role for Signeul at the Falkirk Stadium.

"Every team in the world would like Kim Little in their team. She is such an ambassador for the game and she is a role model for all young girls in this country," Signeul said.

New more durable £5 note to enter circulation across Scotland in October

The banknotes are made entirely from polymer - a form of plastic - meaning they are less prone to tearing than paper ones, and they will be released by the Bank of Scotland on 4 October.

Five pound note

The first polymer banknotes entered circulation in Scotland in March 2015 when Clydesdale Bank issued two million notes to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Forth Bridge.

Slightly smaller than the existing £5 notes in circulation, the new notes will reuse the existing Bank of Scotland £5 design, with the front retaining the portrait of Sir Walter Scott.

Former Labour MP Tom Harris won't vote for party if Jeremy Corbyn remains leader

Tom Harris

The ex Glasgow South MP, who lost his seat to the SNP at the last election, said the future did not look good for Labour under the current leadership.

He said he would not back the party at the next election if Mr Corbyn remained at the helm.

European Aviation Safety Agency says components on Super Puma EC225 helicopters must be replaced

Super Puma EC225
Mihai Crisan

The agency has issued a directive regarding gearbox components in the wake of a report from Air Accident investigators which said signs of metal fatigue had been found in the gearbox of a helicopter that crashed off Norway in April killing 13 people.

Norway's Civil Aviation Authority extended its ban on the use of the '225' make of aircraft to include search and rescue missions.

Police hunt white Mercedes over 'dangerous driving' at high speed on Tay Road Bridge

Officers said the white C Class AMG-style Mercedes was being driven at high speed as it undertook other vehicles on the bridge.

Tay Road Bridge

The incident happened on the southbound lane of the A92, towards Fife, at about 13:15 this afternoon.

Police have asked anyone with information about the vehicle or its occupants to get in touch.

Sixteen BHS stores in Scotland to close as company goes into liquidation

It comes after administrators Duff and Phelps failed to find a buyer for the retailer, which has 163 stores across the UK.

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The decision followed a lengthy bidding process aimed at saving BHS, which went into administration in April.

The closure will result in the loss of up to 11,000 jobs across the UK.

WATCH: Coastguard film burning yacht as nine people rescued from the sea south of Shetland

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Coastguards were alerted to the incident, about 50 miles south west of Shetland, at about 09:20.

All nine on board the unnamed yacht had abandoned the vessel and were picked up from their liferaft by an oil support vessel. It was then heading to Scalloway Harbour.

Aith lifeboat and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Sumburgh had been sent to the scene.

Eighty-four-year-old driver seriously injured after car hits wall and tree

Police said the man was driving a burgundy-coloured Honda when the accident happened at about 11:50 yesterday on the A928 Petterden to Glamis Road.

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He was treated at the scene by ambulance staff before being removed from the car and taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, where he is receiving treatment for serious injuries.

Following the crash, near to Hatton of Ogilvie, the road was closed for an hour to allow accident investigations to take place.

Police have appealed for anyone who saw the crash to come forward.

Nine people rescued after yacht catches fire about 50 miles south of Shetland

A nearby oil support vessel responded to a Mayday message and emergency beacon alert at about 09:20.

Coastguard vessel sign

The coastguard said all nine people were taken from the stricken yacht via a recovery craft.

They're now on their way to Scalloway Harbour. The yacht, which has so-far not been named, has been abandoned.

French Open: Reflecting on Andy Murray's chances of winning in Paris

Kheredine Idessane

BBC Sport Scotland in Paris

The mind tends to wander when the rain's lashing down in Paris, as it has of late.

Against the pitter-patter rhythm of early summer showers dropping on to regularly called-for clay-court covers, the faces of champions past appear in the puddles for an instant before vanishing into the gathering gloom.

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Nastase, Borg, Wilander, Lendl, Brugera, Moya, Kuerten. And almost certainly the greatest of them all, Rafa Nadal. He fought back tears in the media room when he had to withdraw, injured.

It was all too much for the tennis Gods, though: the heavens simply opened, releasing what seemed like an eternal deluge.

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Latvian farm worker who killed man in collision while driving in Scotland for first time given community sentence

Andrejs Trofimovs was driving on the wrong side of the road when his car crashed into Allan Joiner's vehicle.

Mr Joiner, 44, suffered fatal head injuries in the collision on the C484 road between St Madoes and Errol in November 2014.

Trofimovs admitted careless driving.

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Some pupils to return to school partially closed over safety fears, Stirling Council says

Structural problems at Balfron High School were discovered during inspections at the beginning of May.

Several hundred pupils missed a week of school before arrangements were made at other schools in the county to take them in.

Balfron High School

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

The council said S1-S3 pupils would be able to return to the campus from this Friday. S4-6 pupils will return to the school on Monday when exams finish.

Classes will be held in the newly reopened parts of the school and 12 temporary classrooms.

Singing Glasgow policeman wows in pub karaoke

A singing policeman has taken to the stage in a Glasgow pub to share his version of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".

The officer, referred to only as Sergeant John, had been dealing with an incident when he was persuaded to take the mic.  

Singing Glasgow policeman wows in pub karaoke

Peter McKenna-Boyd, who filmed the show on his mobile phone, told BBC Scotland that his performance impressed all who heard him: "Everybody just loved it and no one expected it".

Fellow police officers even stopped to watch the performance.  

English teacher whose 'boring lessons' prompted complaints from pupils and parents removed from teaching register

Gillian Scott failed to prepare teaching plans and communicate effectively with students at Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, a fitness to teach panel found.

Child's hand raised in classroom

A hearing was told Ms Scott simply asked pupils to copy down learning aims without explaining them.

Pupils described one lesson taught by Ms Scott as "boring" and "always the same thing".

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) panel ruled Ms Scott had failed to maintain its standards between December 2010 and November 2013 and removed her from the teaching register for two years.

'Whistling bullet' shows Romans used psychological warfare to intimidate armies almost 2,000 years ago

Archaeologists found slingshot projectiles at Burnswark Hillfort, just outside Lockerbie, with a tiny hole carved in each, causing a loud noise to be emitted during flight.

The lead researcher, Dr John Reid, said a hail of the whistling bullets would be enough to make opposing forces flee.

Romans in battle generic

The whistle is going to make you keep your head down because the whole idea was that this was an oppressive barage prior to the heavily armed assault troops going up the hill to take the hilltop. Every army wants an edge and it's interesting that the ingenious and ruthless Romans as ever were looking for any edge in their technology that they could get their hands on.

Dr John ReidArcheologist

Taxi driver caught red-handed with two kilogrammes of cocaine worth up to £300,000

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Thomas Haggerty, 30, of 54d Lang Avenue, Renfrew, was stopped by police after they received a tip-off.

High Court Glasgow

A search of his car at Lockerbie police station revealed two blue packages each containing a kilo of cocaine.

In court, Haggerty admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine on the A74 (M) Glasgow to Carlisle Road one mile south of junction 17 Lockerbie on July 28, last year.He will be sentenced on 29 June at the High Court in Edinburgh.

WATCH: Time lapse footage of new single span bridge being built as part of M8 upgrade

The footage shows the construction of the North Calder Water Bridge, which is part of works to upgrade Shawhead Junction.

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The bridge will carry traffic on the new M8 over the North Calder Water to the south of the existing A8.

The first excavation for the bridge began in summer 2015 and is scheduled for completion in September of this year.

Partick Thistle: Steven Lawless signs new contract at Firhill

Steven Lawless has extended his contract with Partick Thistle for a further two years.

The 25-year-old midfielder had received approaches from Scottish Premiership rivals Dundee United and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Steven Lawless

Manager Alan Archibald said: "Steven has proved over the last few seasons what a valuable part of the squad he is.

"It came as no surprise that Steven had offers from other Premiership clubs."

Infestation of rats causes temporary closure at popular North Lanarkshire visitor attraction

The Children's Farm, visitor centre and cafe at Palacerigg Country Park in Cumbernauld will remain closed while pest control teams deal with the issue.

Palacerigg Country Park
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North Lanarkshire Council said the move was disappointing, but action had to be taken to safeguard public health and animal safety.

It is thought the rats were attracted to animal feed sites around the park.

Read all about it: Nicola Sturgeon's 'embarrassing setback' and Donald Trump's 'bad news'

Nicola Sturgeon has suffered an embarrassing setback, says The Herald, after MSPs supported a Scottish Labour call for an immediate and outright ban on fracking.


Donald Trump looks set to be snubbed by Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron and greeted by protests when he visits Scotland at the end of the month, writes The National.

And the Scottish Sun says murderer Nyomi Fee started dealing heroin after killing Liam.

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Study to consider impact of 'alien' ladybird as species spreads into Scotland

Researchers at the University of Stirling are hoping to discover whether the harlequin ladybird is affecting the native seven-spot ladybird and its relationship with a parasitic wasp.

The wasps lay eggs in adult ladybirds which then hatch into grubs and eat the insects from the inside out.

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Seven-spot ladybird with wasp cocoon

But PhD researcher Katie Murray said the invasive harlequin could be causing a decline in native ladybirds - and the wasps as well.

Ms Murray said: “We’re asking volunteers to help find seven-spot ladybirds in their gardens and parks and check if they have a wasp cocoon.

"Cocoons are easy to spot - they are nearly the same size as the ladybird and are found between its legs.”

Orphaned eight-week-old pine marten rescued from garden

The female kit was found next to a garden pond in Blanefield in Stirlingshire on Friday.

Animal charity the Scottish SPCA said she had been named Kayleigh by staff and was being cared for at their rescue centre in Fishcross.


Centre manager Colin Seddon said, “Kayleigh was slightly underweight and weak when she was discovered and there was no sign of her parents.

“When the lady who found her tried to put her in a box to contain her, she curled right up into a little ball and fell asleep."

Rescuers hope the kit will be released into an area of low pine marten density once she is fully developed and able to fend for herself.

After 15 years of campaigning, Govanhill Baths in Glasgow will reopen in late 2018

Later today the architect's new design for the refurbished building will go on show to the public at a special community celebration with live music and art installations.

Govanhill baths

The Govanhill Baths Community Trust have secured enough funding to enable the building to reopen as a swimming pool and well-being centre.

Volunteer tour guides will show people round the building and let them enjoy a 3D digital tour of the new design.

Abolition of air passenger duty would improve tax income by over £200m, says Easyjet boss

A plan to halve airport passenger duty is coming under renewed scrutiny as a public consultation on the measure comes to a close.

Flight information on large electronic board within airport

Climate campaigners have called on the Scottish government to rethink the cut, saying it is "inconsistent with Scotland's climate commitments".

But airlines and Scottish airports have said it would boost tourism, investment and business activity in Scotland.

ADP, set as a tax at the level it is at the moment, is one of the worst and highest in the world. We're alongside Chad and Senegal for the level of tax that we charge. It makes us uncompetitive within Europe and within the rest of the world, so obviously there is a financial benefit from the tax itself. But actually the abolition of it would improve the tax income from business rates and benefits by over £200m per extra million passengers delivered.

Sophie DekkersEasyjet UK director
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NHS Grampian warns it needs to make millions of pounds of cuts to balance its budget

It needs to save £18.5m to balance its books.

The health authority has said it wants to see a reduction in the use of locums and agency nurses, as well as cutting back its reliance on the private sector to help meet treatment time guarantees.

Health worker walking through hospital ward

Air duty cut: 'It's a policy that we can't afford either environmentally or economically'

A plan to halve airport passenger duty by the Scottish government has come under fire from the environmental lobby.

Aircraft on runway at sunset

Ministers say a cut would improve transport links to and from Scotland and give a boost to passengers.

However, Mike Robinson, chair of the group Stop Climate Chaos, said the policy was inconsistent with the governments state climate commitments.

We think it's a policy that we can't afford either environmentally or economically. Clearly, anything that incentivises air travel over other more sustainable forms of transport is going to have an impact on the climate and there's already recognition of that within the proposal. But economy, it seems a very odd move at this stage. The airline industry is one of the least taxed industries in the world according to the IMF and the World Bank and it's looking for a tax break.

Mike RobinsonStop Climate Chaos

From BBC Scotland Travel - A92 lorry

Emergency services are at the scene of an overturned lorry on the A92 at Newport-On-Tay.

The route is closed both ways and traffic is slow at the Five Roads Roundabout.

Motherwell: Stephen McManus signs new two-year contract

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Captain Stephen McManus has ended speculation over his Motherwell future by agreeing a new two-year contract.

The 33-year-old defender's present deal was due to expire and he and other experienced players were warned they would have to take a pay cuts to stay.

Stephen McManus

But McManus told the Well website: "I'm delighted to be staying at Motherwell as I have thoroughly enjoyed my three years at the club.

"I enjoy the coaching and the people around the place are great."

Celtic manager hopes to sign £3.5m England Under-21 defender Joe Gomez, Sun reports

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Hibernian are considering a shock move for Scotland Under-17 boss Scot Gemmill as their new manager, while former Celtic manager Neil Lennon is also keen on the job, according to the Daily Express.

And Rotherham United only confirmed the appointment of Alan Stubbs as their new manager after he and assistant John Doolan were forced to resign at Hibernian, The National says.

Read all of today's Scottish Gossip.

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Police name a 95-year-old man killed in a BMW crash on Tuesday

Norman Wolfenden died after his green BMW crashed on the A713 near Dalry in Dumfries and Galloway on Tuesday.

The pensioner was from the village.

He was airlifted to hospital but died later from his injuries.