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Summary

  1. Baby seriously ill after family unit incident
  2. Whyte alone faces Rangers fraud charges
  3. Singing policeman wins star's praise
  4. Police probe after women's body found
  5. Murder victim may have known killer

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By Jo Perry and Katherine Sutherland

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That's it from Scotland Live for today. Join us again from 08:00 on Monday.

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Families of British soldier who died in Iraq won't have to pay for Chilcot report

Concerns had been expressed that they would have to pay £767 for a copy of the 12-volume report, due on 6 July.

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However, a Number 10 spokesman has now said: "There is no question of families of service personnel who died in Iraq having to pay for copies of the Chilcot report."

Next-of-kin were due to get a free hard copy of the £30 executive summary and the full report is to be made available online.

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Police seek tourist couple in conection with island theft

The pair were captured on CCTV at the Orkney Wine Company in Lambholm at 14:10 on 2 June.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Police Scotland.

Follow @bbcorkney for updates.

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Weather: Temperatures could reach 24 degrees tomorrow

Tonight will be dry and cloudy for most, with some showers affecting Argyll, the central belt, Dundee and Fife.

Temperatures tomorrow will typically be about 15 to 19 celsius.

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This will peak at about 23 if not 24 celsius for the Wester Ross and Argyll areas, which may spark off some very isolated showers during the afternoon. 

For more online weather updates, go to BBC Scotland Weather or follow @BBCScotWeather 

Man jailed for sexual abuse of two young girls

Raymond Greenless admitted three charges of lewd and libidinous behaviour between 1969 and 1980.

The victims were aged between two and fifteen years.

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Greenless, 59, pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced by Edinburgh Sheriff Court.    

Scotland's economy predicted to grow further, says new report

The State of the Economy report said independent forecasts anticipated economic growth in Scotland this year and next.

The forecast follows a 1.9 per cent rise in 2015.

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Scotland's chief economist, Dr. Gary Gillespie, said the labour market continued to be resilient, despite the latest official data showing a fall in employment.

He said that domestic challenges associated with the oil and gas sector were still a factor, but that there was potential for growth and new opportunities.

Mother of Scots soldier killed in Iraq 'disgusted' by £767 fee for Chilcott report

Rose Gentle, who has campaigned for answers since her 19-year old son Gordon was killed by a roadside bomb in Basra in 2004, said she was "totally disgusted" by the fee.

All families of the 179 service personnel who died will have to pay £767 for a full hard copy of the Chilcott report into the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Rose Gentle outside the High Court on 17 August 2005, where a legal bid was launched to secure an independent inquiry.

Next-of-kin will be given a paper copy of the executive summary with the full 12- volume report made available free online.

Pte. Gordon Gentle, 19, was killed on patrol just weeks after finishing his training. 

Andy Murray takes second set against title holder Stan Wawrinka in French Open semi final

The Scot took the second set against the Swiss 6-2.

Follow all the action live here.

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Man in hospital after being pulled from Forth and Clyde canal near Falkirk

The emergency services were called to reports of a man in the water near Lock 16 in Camelon at about 13:30.

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Police said the man was rescued from the river after an operation involving police officers and fire fighters.

He was taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital, where his condition is not thought to be life threatening.

Thieves who stole children's piggy banks jailed for more than eight years

William Christie, 29, and Christopher Smith, 26, took the children's money while ransacking a house in Elgin, Moray.

Christie, from Elgin and Smith from Keith, pled guilty at the High Court in Glasgow to forcing their way into the house on 22 November last year and assaulting 46-year-old babysitter Michael McMann.

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The pair also admitted stealing three piggy banks containing copper and silver coins that were inside the property, which was owned by Mr McMann's friend, a taxi driver.

Judge Lord Boyd sentenced Christie to four years and Smith to four and a half years.

Andy Murray takes first set against Stan Wawrinka in French Open semi final

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The 29-year-old took the set against the Swiss 6-4.

Scot Gordon Reid beats world number one Stephane Houdet to reach French Open wheelchair final

Reid, 24, recovered from 3-0 down in the second set against the Frenchman to win 6-3 6-4 in Paris.

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Australian Open champion Reid, the world number four, will face Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez, the world number six, in Saturday's final.

"It feels like I've got the monkey off my back at the Slams. I can play my own game," Reid told BBC Sport.

Scotland's energy and economy ministers holding talks with industry figures to discuss oil downturn

The talks in Aberdeen have also involved union leaders.

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Paul Wheelhouse and Keith Brown said the Scottish government had helped the sector through the Energy Jobs Taskforce and a £12m Transition Training Fund.

The talks come after HMRC said in May that the UK government had incurred a loss from North Sea oil and gas production for the first time since records began nearly 50 years ago.

Police appeal for fresh information three months after 67-year-old man found beaten to death

Police probing the murder of Brian McKandie in Aberdeenshire believe he may have known his killer.

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He was dead in his home in Rothienorman on 12 March.

Two men were seen speaking to him the day before, and a burgundy or maroon car was also seen at the time.

Officers say they have seen over 1,000 people in house-to-house inquiries involving the case.

Andy Murray facing Stan Wawrinka in French Open semi final

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Scots band Travis to play at Barrowlands with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The show, which forms part of BBC music day, will air at 20:00.

For updates, follow @BBCRadioScot or watch online here.

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Minister will consider public opinion as well as science when deciding whether to allow fracking

Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse insisted the Scottish Parliament's desire for an all-out ban on fracking was "non-binding" and that the Scottish government would continue with its moratorium pending the results of scientific research and consultation.

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Mr Wheelhouse visited upstream oil firm Nexen in Aberdeen to discuss ways to support the flagging North Sea oil industry.

The visit comes after the Tories questioned how fracking opponents "can look the unemployed oil and gas workers in the eye while refusing them new jobs".

Labour hijacked an environment debate on Tuesday to force an early vote on the divisive gas extraction technology, securing a vote in favour of a ban.

Baby still in serious condition after 'incident' at centre for homeless families

The baby girl, who is three months old, was taken to hospital after paramedics were called to Strathbrock facility in Broxburn, West Lothian, on 30 May.

She remains in the care of medical staff at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.

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Chief Inspector Stevie Dolan, Area Commander for West Lothian, said: "This is a tragic incident that has affected everyone involved.

"Unfortunately, the baby remains in a serious condition and we are working closely with hospital staff as well as with the young child's family to establish the full set of circumstances."

EU officials consider excluding Clyde and Hebrides Ferries Network from EC tendering rules

The Scottish government raised the matter with the EC after Caledonian MacBrayne was named preferred bidder for the latest contract.

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State-owned CalMac has operated the network for many years.

But a rival bid from a private firm for the new contract was a cause of strikes by workers and a political row.

Singer Gloria Gaynor praises Glasgow policeman who sang 'I will survive'

Sgt Jon Harris belted out the 1978 disco classic after being called in to the Waterloo bar in Glasgow to tackle a brawl. 

The officer, in full uniform, drew cheers from drinkers as he took to the stage of the Argyle Street pub in full police uniform on Wednesday night.

Gloria Gaynor performing on stage.
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Ms Gaynor, a legendary figure in popular music, wrote on Twitter: "I love this!!" and shared a link to the resulting viral video. 

A senior officer has already credited Sgt Harris with "helping to defuse any simmering tensions".

Sport: Bookies stop taking bets for Lennon move

Bookmakers have stopped taking bets on Neil Lennon taking over at Hibernian, according to The Sun.

The former Celtic boss has a lucrative offer to manage in China but the Daily Mail reports that he will put that to one side to hold talks with Hibs.

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Is Neil Lennon the man to lead Hibs back to the top flight?

Paul Dickov is another possible candidate for the vacancy at Easter Road, although the former Scotland striker is also being considered by Port Vale, says the Daily Record.

For the latest updates and Scottish football gossip, go to BBC Sport Scotland.

Craig Whyte is currently only person to face fraud charges over his time at Rangers

Originally he was one of seven men facing charges.

Craig Whyte
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However, the High Court in Glasgow heard this morning that David Whitehouse, Paul Clark, David Grier - all from administrators Duff and Phelps - and Gary Withey have had the charges against them dropped.

Charges against Charles Green and Imran Ahmad have also been dropped, but the Crown told the judge they were still considering whether to bring fresh charges.

The judge, Lord Bannatyne told Mr Whyte's counsel that on his next appearance at court he expected a plea to be entered so that a trial date could be fixed.

Listen live: This week's Big Debate hears from the BBC's Generation 2016 on the EU

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Joining Gordon Brewer on today's panel at Pacific Quay in Glasgow are Eurosceptics Bob Fotheringham and Bill Jamieson.

Alson on the panel are the SNP's Europe spokesman Stephen Gethins and current MEP David Martin.

Listen to the programme live here.

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CCTV appeal after man suffers severe facial injuries in 'vicious' nightclub attack

The 25-year-old man was attacked in Nox nightclub in Aberdeen's Justice Mill at about 02:20 on Sunday 8 May.

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Police said the man responsible was wearing a long-sleeved t-shirt with dark coloured sleeves and jeans.

Con Paul Slatter said:  "This was a vicious attack resulting in a male sustaining severe facial injuries.

"Assaults of this nature have a significant impact on the life of the victim. I would appeal to anyone who recognises the male pictured or has any knowledge of this incident to come forward."

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Study considers seals ability to avoid colliding with tidal turbines

The report and analysis was commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

It gives details of a study into the potential for seals coming into contact with the renewable energy devices in the Pentland Firth. 

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The research suggested collisions could happen, but were not likely to be fatal to grey seals, a large seal species.

But it noted that smaller harbour seals might be "less robust". 

Police probe after man 'ran back' and assaulted woman after first walking past her

The victim was walking on a street in Camelon, near Falkirk, when the man walked past her, before turning back and attacking her.

Police said it was possible local residents had witnessed the assault and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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The suspect is described as white, in his late thirties, around 5ft 8in tall with a medium build and short fair hair.

He wore a dark blue zip-up cardigan with a red t-shirt underneath and dark jeans.

The attack happened on Carmuirs Avenue, near to the junction with Mariner Road, between 17:00 and 17:30 on 27 May.

Scot Gordon Reid takes first set against number one seed Houdet in French Open wheelchair semis

From BBC Scotland tennis correspondent

Events in Orkney to commemorate 100th anniversary of sinking of HMS Hampshire

The ship and her 700-man crew were lost after hitting a German mine off the islands coast in gale force winds in 1916 - among them was Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener.

A wall with all the names of those lost in the tragedy will be unveiled this Sunday.

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Former procurator fiscal Catherine Dyer to chair review into child protection in Scotland

The appointment was announced by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, who is in Perth attending a summit on the issue.

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The event was set up before the trial of two women who murdered two-year-old Liam Fee.

A review into child protection systems was announced by the Scottish government in February.

Mr Swinney said Ms Dyer, who also served as chief executive of the Crown Office, would bring "the expertise, experience and independence this sensitive task needs.”

Baby girl in serious condition after 'incident' at family care centre

The incident happened at a centre in Broxburn, West Lothian.

Emergency services were called to Strathbrock homeless facility on Monday after concerns were raised.

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Police Scotland said the child was taken to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.

An investigation is under way.      

WATCH: M8 fully reopens after earlier accident involving overturned lorry

Lorry accident delays M8 traffic

A driver has been taken to hospital after a lorry overturned on the M8 in Glasgow causing rush hour delays.

It happened at about 05:54 at Junction 8 Baillieston.

Police Scotland said the lorry hit the central barrier. No other vehicles were involved.

Watch: CCTV released after man suffers broken jaw in unprovoked street attack

The 31-year-old man was attacked as he walked home from a night out with a friend.

The assault took place in the Pilrig Street area of Edinburgh at about 02:00 on 24 April.

Officers released the footage in a bid to trace the man, who is thought to be about 5ft 8in tall and in his 20's.

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He is described as having short blond or ginger hair and an Edinburgh accent.

Det Con Iain Wallace said: "The man pictured is believed to be of significance to our investigation, and I'd urge anyone who may recognise him to come forward."

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Study finds girls across Scotland more likely than boys to enjoy reading at primary school age

Almost three-quarters (74%) of girls aged eight told researchers they liked reading "a lot", compared with 58% of boys the same age.

Two-thirds (66%) of eight-year-olds taking part in the study said they like reading "a lot" and a quarter (24%) said they like it "a bit".

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Researchers found that while children from disadvantaged backgrounds were less likely to be read to frequently when younger, both groups were equally likely to enjoy reading when they reached age eight.

The study, carried out by ScotCen Social Research, found no significant differences in enjoyment of reading according to the child's ethnicity, parental level of education, or the mother's age at the time of the child's birth.

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump tells Twitter followers of plan to visit Aberdeen

The presumptive Republican candidate will visit his golf course on Menie Estate.

He has already confirmed he will appear at a revamped Turnberry resort in Ayrshire on 22 June.

On June 22- I will be going to Scotland to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated @TrumpTurnberry Resort, the worlds best.

After @TrumpTurnberry I will be visiting Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe, to see my great club, @TrumpScotland.

After @TrumpScotland, I will visit @TrumpDoonbeg in Ireland, the magnificent resort fronting on the Atlantic Ocean.

Mr Trump announced his travel plans to his 8.6m followers on Twitter.

His Trump International Golf Links course and hotel development in Aberdeenshire has long been a source of controversy, which has included rows with locals and legal wrangles.