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Summary

  1. Sturgeon: Jo Cox 'inspired' politicians
  2. Body believed to be missing teenager
  3. Architect to lead schools inquiry
  4. RMT attacks ScotRail ahead of strikes
  5. Student cleared of terrorism graduates

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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 at 08:00 on Monday. 

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

NASA to name plane after pioneering Scots scientist

The electric powered plane, which is still being developed,  will be called "Maxwell" in honour of the 19th Edinburgh-born physicist James Clerk Maxwell, who has been called "Scotland's forgotten Einstein."

Maxwell's work on electricity and magnetism laid the basis for Einstein's theories.

James Clerk Maxwell.
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He also took the world's first colour photograph.

Instead of conventional engines, the plane will have fourteen electric motors - twelve for takeoff and landing and two more for cruising. 

The X-57 Maxwell is expected to use 80 per cent less energy than a conventionally powered aircraft.  

From Traffic Scotland - update on northbound Forth Road Bridge queues

Parliamentary motion to pay tribute to Jo Cox supported by 78 MSPs

Hollywood actor Leonardo diCaprio to visit Edinburgh sandwich shop

The Oscar-winner is to follow in the footsteps of George Clooney by visiting Social Bite on Shandwick place in the city, and speaking at the Scottish Business Awards.

Actor Leonardo diCaprio.
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The charity venture helps the homeless community by allowing customers to pay for food and drink for the vulnerable.

It will be Mr DiCaprio's first trip to Scotland.

From BBC Scotland Weather - latest forecast with Kirsteen

From Traffic Scotland - delays on M74

Queen's Club: Andy Murray beats Kyle Edmund

Silent vigil to be held for MP Jo Cox in Edinburgh

The vigil will be held at the African Woman & Child Statue, on Lothian Road in the city, from 18:30 until 19:00.

Flowers laid in tribute to MP Jo Cox.
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An event will also be held in George Square in Glasgow at 19:00.

One minutes' silence took place earlier today at a meeting of the British and Irish council in Glasgow.

Highland Council staff 'used van to transport sheep'

All of the local authority's vehicles will now be fitted with tracking devices in a bid to stop staff using them for personal trips and to cut fuel bills.

The decision was made following reports of misuse by staff including a case of a council owned van being used to transport sheep. 

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Councillor Richard Laird said only "a small minority" of staff were involved but welcomed the move.

He told BBC Alba: "There is anecdotal evidence that a handful, or a small minority, of council staff are maybe using their council vehicle for domestic purposes."

Number of teachers providing additional support to pupils falls to lowest level for nearly decade

In 2015, there were 2,936 teachers with additional support needs (ASN) as their main subject in Scotland.

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The number is down on the 2014 figure of 2,963, and down from a high of 3,402 in 2009.

A total of 22 out of 32 local authority areas experienced falls in ASN teachers since the national peak in 2009.

The figures were revealed following a parliamentary question from Conservative MSP Miles Briggs.

It will be of real concern to many parents across Scotland that these numbers have reached a new low.

Miles BriggsConservative MSP

From Traffic Scotland - M8 accident cleared

Former First Minister Jack McConnell says Jo Cox's death is "massive loss" for British politics

The Labour peer - who knew Ms Cox when she worked at the charity Oxfam - said she had "amazing potential".

Lord McConnell praised Ms Cox for taking up issues she genuinely believed in and said he hoped her legacy might be to inspire the next generation to be in politics for the right reasons.

Jack McConnell
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From Traffic Scotland - M8 accident

Ryan Christie hopes to make 'immediate impression' on new manager Brendan Rodgers

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The midfielder has only started two games since joining from Inverness Caledonian Thistle in September, but he hopes to become a regular next term.

Ryan Christie
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"I'm hoping to hit the ground running," 21-year-old Christie said.

"We've got a lot of big games before the leagues starts, so it's important to impress the manager straight away."

Motorist who caused death of cyclist told to carry out unpaid work

A motorist who admitted causing the death of a father-of-three by driving carelessly in Aberdeen has been ordered to carry out 225 hours of unpaid work

Stephen Cocker, 51, lost control of his silver BMW while overtaking a bus and hit cyclist Neil Jaffrey.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court
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The 32-year-old died after the collision on North Anderson Drive in September 2014.

Cocker was sentenced at Aberdeen Sheriff Court. He was also disqualified from driving for three years.

Man convicted of 'dreadful unprovoked' murder of young father

Thomas Sellar, who is 38, was found guilty of murdering Jamie Walsh after a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Jamie Walsh
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Jamie Walsh died in the common close of the flats on Wren Road

The 23-year-old died after being attacked inside the common close of flats in Wren Road in Greenock on 10 September last year.

Det Ch Insp Margaret Ann May said: "This was a dreadful, unprovoked attack on a young father within the vicinity of his own home.

"It is hard to imagine how difficult the last few months have been for Jamie's family, however, I hope that today's verdict provides some comfort to them, despite the circumstances."

Eight people arrested and charged after police seized drugs in West Lothian

Cannabis, heroin and valium worth up to £10,000 were recovered after a search of six homes in Livingston, Armadale, Bathgate, Whitburn and Breich.

Police high-viz jacket
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Officers also found two electricity meters that had been illegally bypassed.

Seven men aged 43, 47, 38, 24, 47, 30 and 40 as well as a 46-year-old woman were charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act and will appear at court at a later date.

WATCH: Live coverage of Andy Murray match against Kyle Edmund at Queens

The Scot is playing his fellow Brit for a place in the Aegon Championships semi-finals.

Watch the match here.

Kyle Edmund and Andy Murray
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Scottish secretary says he received death threats after MPs backed airstrikes against Islamic State

David Mundell said police had advised him of a "credible" threat in the wake of a Commons vote in favour of the action in December 2015.

He said, however, that MP Jo Cox would not have wanted politicians to "pull up the shutter" and become less accessible to the public.

David Mundell
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Mrs Cox was shot and stabbed to death in the street outside her constituency advice surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

Mr Mundell said: "I didn't make it public at the time, but immediately after the Syria vote I received what police regarded as a credible death threat.

"It's very concerning, not just for yourself but for your family, your staff in particular.

"The police do offer very good guidance and support in relation to how to carry out your duties in the safest possible way.

"But, ultimately, accessibility is at the heart of politics and you can't let those people who want to disrupt our political system win by refusing to be accessible to the public."

From BBC Scotland Weather - latest forecast with Kirsteen

Celtic start work on the club's safe standing area

Kilmarnock prepares to welcome Sir Rod Stewart

The 71-year old rocker is set to play to 20,000 music fans at the town's Rugby Park tonight.

It is the first Scottish date of his current tour.

Officers have released a light-hearted video filled with classic song references to inform concert-goers of policing arrangements.

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Driver who failed to stop at red light admits causing death of 80-year old woman

Martin Cameron, from Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, struck Margaret Mackell in the town's Glasgow Road in May 2013.

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Mrs Mackell died in hospital from heart failure two months later but medics said the crash "potentially contributed indirectly" to her death.

Sentence on 58-year-old Cameron was deferred and his bail continued.

Architect appointed to lead inquiry into Edinburgh schools crisis

John Cole, an industry expert in construction and procurement, has overseen a series of major public building projects in the health sector in Northern Ireland.

The inquiry is to be independent, and Mr Cole was appointed by Edinburgh City Council.

Seventeen schools in the capital were forced to close in April after concerns over their construction.  

School in Edinburgh being checked by construction workers.
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The problems were first uncovered in January when a wall at Oxgangs Primary collapsed during high winds.

Other closures followed after inspections revealed problems with the way walls had been built.

Three thousand pupils remain displaced and unable to return to their own schools until after the summer holidays. 

From Traffic Scotland - update on M8 accident

'Gael of Thrones' movie to be pitched at Edinburgh International Film Festival

The Gael King, a "micro-budget" Scottish fantasy, will be among other feature films being considered for assistance by industry professionals at the festival on Sunday.

Some scenes have already been shot in Airth, near Falkirk, and at other locations in Scotland.

A scene from The Gael King feature-length film.
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It is being made by a company called Fellowship Film and the plot centres on a fictional king called Alpin Mac Eachdach.

Read more at BBC Scotland News.

From Traffic Scotland - M8 accident

Nicola Sturgeon says Jo Cox 'inspired' politicians to rededicate themselves to public service

From BBC Scotland political reporter

Vigils to be held in Glasgow and Edinburgh tonight in memory of MP Jo Cox

From Oxfam Scotland

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Oxfam Scotland said a silent vigil would take place at the Women and Child statue in Lothian Road at 18:30 tonight.

George Square in Glasgow will also host a vigil for the politician from 19:00

Brian Rice to stay on as assistant manager at Inverness Caledonian Thistle

New Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Richie Foran has retained the 52-year old as his assistant.

Rice, was recruited by previous manager John Hughes last summer and is contracted with the Highland club for the next two seasons.

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"He's one of the best coaches I've worked with," former club captain Foran told BBC Scotland.

"He's a workaholic. He's very passionate about his football and I'm delighted he's staying on."

Two people injured at Common Riding event in Selkirk

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue team airlifted both casualties, who were among hundreds of riders on horseback in the annual cavalcade, which goes through the Borders town.

It is understood the pair suffered lower leg injuries on the hill sections of the Common Riding and were taken to the Borders General Hospital for treatment.

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue team.
Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue team

Selkirk's Common Riding event is at least 400 years old.

It commemorates the day in 1513 when 80 men from the town left to fight for King James IV and just one returned. 

Pensioner who admitted killing 75-year-old man to stand trial for murder

At the High Court in Glasgow, Richard Cassidy admitted the culpable homicide of David Farish in Tweedbank last February.

Glasgow High Court
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However, his plea was rejected by prosecutors.

He is also charged with trying to defeat the ends of justice and two counts of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner.

The trial is due to take place in Edinburgh in the new year.

Supply ship may be detained in Aberdeen for another two weeks over non-payment of crew wages

The Malaviya Seven will have to stay at port until workers are paid. Provisions are also said to be running low.

Malaviya Seven
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It was detained under merchant shipping regulations.

Liam Wilson, an inspector for the International Transport Workers' Federation, said the crew had not been paid for several months.

Man who stabbed his friend 40 times jailed for life

Gavin Riley attacked William Gibb at the 47-year-old's flat in Ibrox in Glasgow in February. 

Riley, 28, then ordered another man, William McIntyre, to get a chainsaw to cut up the body.

Edinburgh High Court
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Riley was caught and admitted murder after Mr McIntyre alerted a neighbour who contacted police.

 At the High Court in Edinburgh a judge ordered that he serve a minimum of 17 years in prison.

Body found in search for missing Bellshill teenager Robert Thomson

The body was discovered yesterday at about 15:15 in a wooded area, close Kilbrennan Drive, in Motherwell.

Robert Thomson
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Police said the body had not been formally identified, however it was believed to be that of Robert Thomson.

He was reported missing by his family on 5 June.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place to establish the exact cause of death, which is not being treated as suspicious.

Relegated Dundee United to open Championship campaign at home to Queen of the South

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New Hibernian boss Neil Lennon takes his side to Falkirk, who finished second above the Easter Road side on goal difference last season.

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Newly-promoted sides Dunfermline and Ayr United are at home to Dumbarton and Raith Rovers, respectively.

Falkirk host Hibs again in the New Year fixtures, with Raith Rovers at home to Fife rivals Dunfermline.

Bookkeeper who embezzled £60,000 and spent cash on cars, foreign holidays and jewellery is jailed

Catherine Bryceland took the money from Raymond Gloag Painters and Decorators in Dundee over an 18-month period.

The city's sheriff court was told that there was "no prospect" of the money ever being repaid.

Bryceland was jailed for 18 months.

Dundee Sheriff Court
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Community projects given over £1m to tackle sectarianism in Scotland

The Scottish government is investing £12.5m over five years to tackle sectarianism across the country.

Football in back of net.
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Organisations who will benefit include Nil by Mouth North, which will receive £85,000, and Glasgow Women's Library, which will get £50,00.

Dave Scott, Nil by Mouth's campaign director, said: “Scotland is bigger, better and brighter than bigotry."