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Summary

  1. Scottish drugs mule set to be freed
  2. Family appeals for help to find killer
  3. Referendum campaigners clash over women's rights
  4. Thousands of air weapons surrendered
  5. Mexican flags fly near Trump course

Live Reporting

By Paul McLaren, Sandy Murray and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

Good night from Scotland Live

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We're about to head off. Join the team for constant updates from 08:00 on Wednesday.

Ferry firm employee turns Western Isles wedding planner to win transport award

Demi Wylie
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An employee at ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne has won an award for her efforts to help seven island weddings to go ahead.

Demi Wylie organised a small team to liaise with the couples and guests during industrial action that affected CalMac sailings in June last year.

Travel plans for more than 600 people were adjusted so they could reach the Western Isles weddings. Ms Wylie, 23, was recognised at the 2016 Scottish Transport Awards.

Weather forecast to be a dry and bright evening with some sunny spells

It's looking dry and bright this evening across most of the country with some sunny spells.

It will turn cloudy later on with a few scattered showers continuing into the night. 

Here's this afternoon's forecast with Christopher Blanchett. 

Western Isles population loss to be examined by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) is to hold a seminar to examine ways of halting depopulation of the islands.

The population of the Outer Hebrides is 27,070, according to the most up-to-date figure which was released in June last year.

The number of people is 180 fewer than there were in 2014.

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw expects 'tweaked' game plan for second Test against Japan

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Captain Greig Laidlaw has urged Scotland to be "smart" in Saturday's second Test against Japan.

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The Scots laboured to a 26-13 win over the Cherry Blossoms in Toyota City last weekend and face them again in Tokyo.

Both of Scotland's tries came while Japan had men in the sin-bin and Laidlaw racked up 16 points with six successful kicks out of six.

"We'll need to make some small tweaks within the game," the scrum-half told BBC Scotland.

Trainspotting sequel cast and crew get a surprise gift on a train

The cast and crew of the Trainspotting sequel enjoyed a surprise treat after a railway station tearoom was tipped off they would be passing through.

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Director Danny Boyle and actors Ewen Bremner and Ewan McGregor were among those on the train when it stopped briefly at Rannoch station on Monday.

Rannoch Station Tearoom presented cake, tablet and scones to the crew during the two-minute stop.

BBC producer Jonathan Savage says Gordon Brown is preparing to make case for Remain vote

University of Edinburgh's principal Prof Sir Timothy O'Shea announces plans to step down

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Prof Sir Timothy O'Shea is to step down from his role as the principal and vice-chancellor of Edinburgh University.

He will leave the job in September next year, 15 years after he took up the post. The university will now begin the process of recruiting his successor.

Neil Alexander bemoans lack of 'loyalty' at Hearts before moving to Aberdeen

BBC Sport Scotland

New Aberdeen goalkeeper Neil Alexander says there is "no loyalty in football" following his departure from Premiership rivals Hearts.

Alexander, 38, says a proposed new contract at Hearts was withdrawn at the 11th hour by boss Robbie Neilson.

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"Everything was going fine. After the season I got a phone call from the manager, met him and they pulled the contract off the table," he said.

The Hearts head coach has yet to comment on Alexander's departure.

A man is injured in an explosion on board a boat on the Caledonian Canal

The incident happened in the area of Laggan Locks north of Fort William.

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Douglas Fraser reporting that Scottish Hydro chief executive has pay cut to just £1.7m

Community service order for juror who Googled information about a case at the High Court

A juror found in contempt of court for Googling about a case has been told that he had attacked the system of justice.

Martyn Greig was serving on a jury at the High Court at Aberdeen when he searched for articles relating to the case.

He told fellow jurors what he had done, but did not reveal any details to them.

Greig was ordered by judge Johanna Johnston QC to perform 170 hours unpaid work in the community.

High Court in Aberdeen
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Police Scotland posts video showing destruction of thousands of air weapons handed in by owners

Fifty jobs and £40m of investment promised in plans for new Jedburgh distillery

Plans have been lodged for a £40m whisky distillery development near Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. 

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Mossburn Distillers want to build the plant near the former Jedforest Hotel at Camptown. Developers claim it could create 50 full-time jobs and produce millions of bottles a year. 

The proposed facilities include a 200-seat restaurant.  

EU Referendum business analysis by BBC Scotland's Douglas Fraser

Douglas Fraser

Scotland business & economy editor

Ford says leaving the EU would would cost it "hundreds of millions of pounds" joining other motor manufacturers headquartered in Germany, the US, Japan and India who have voiced concerns collectively.

Spirit manufacturer Diagio says it wants to maintain the existing trade deals - not only with the rest of the EU but the EU's deals with more than 50 other countries.

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The English football Premiership, CBI, Scotch Whisky Association and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry also back remain

There is a vocal minority making the case for "Leave" with JCB's chairman, Lord Bamford, Inventor entrepreneur Sir James Dyson and Wetherspoon's boss Tim Martin among those voicing support for Brexit.

Smaller companies tend to be less inclined to remain with a strong element for "Leave" in The Federation of Small Businesses.

Homelessness charity reveals the oddest items donated by members of the public

Life-sized plastic pigeons, a mummified cat and dominatrix gear are among items donated to Shelter Scotland.

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The homelessness charity have been revealed some of the more odd donations left to them. 

Samurai swords and a bag full of dirty underwear were also donated by members of the public recently. 

Mexican flags raised around Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire golf course by local residents

Mexican flags are flying on properties surrounding the controversial Aberdeenshire golf course owned by Donald Trump.

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Two local residents have raised the flags ahead of the US presidential hopeful's visit to Scotland later this week.

They said they wanted to "show solidarity" with the people of Mexico.

It comes after Mr Trump outlined plans to build a wall along the US-Mexico border to stop illegal immigrants.

Stuart McCall leaves Scotland coaching role to return to club management with Bradford City

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Stuart McCall is no longer part of the international coaching set up, the Scottish Football Association has confirmed.

Stuart McCall
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The Scotland assistant has returned to club management at English League One's Bradford City.

The former Rangers and Scotland midfielder thanked supporters, players and staff for making the three year spell one of the "proudest of his career".

Fishermen claim Ministry of Defence plan to expand submarine range could hit earnings

Expanding a test area for submarines would lead to hundreds of thousands pounds in lost profits for the prawn fishing industry, fishermen have said.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been examining the potential of enlarging the Raasay Ranges off Scotland's west Highland coast.

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It would involve banning fishing in a wider area than at present.

The MoD said a study had concluded that the impact on fishing would be "limited".

Tennis player Andy Murray's grandparents tell of receiving hate mail which upset them

Andy Murray's grandparents say they have been left "upset" after receiving hate mail criticising the tennis star.

Roy and Shirley Erskine, from Dunblane, told the Radio Times magazine they had been sent "one or two nasty letters" about their grandson.

Andy Murray's grandparents
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Volunteers are being sought across Scotland for totally bats dawn and dusk survey plan

Volunteers are being sought for a Scotland-wide survey of bats.

The Bat Conservation Trust is asking people to note sightings at sunset and before sunrise in an effort to gauge the health of bat populations.

The surveys involve spending an hour looking and listening for bats and entering the results online.

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Hearts second leg European tie in Estonia has been moved back 24 hours

BBC Sport Scotland

The second leg of Hearts' Europa League first qualifying round tie with FC Infonet has been moved forward 24 hours to Wednesday 6 July.

The match will take place at Lasnamae KJH Stadium in the Estonian capital, Tallinn.

The first leg on 30 June will be at Hearts' Tynecastle Stadium.

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Trams blocked by traffic jam on tracks in Edinburgh city centre

Edinburgh Trams was forced to cut its service short after tram tracks were covered by a traffic jam blocking a city centre road.

Traffic jam
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Trams had to terminate in Shandwick Place as they were unable to reach Princes Street, St Andrew Square and York Place due to the congestion.

City of Edinburgh Council removed a lane closure in Charlotte Square at 10:30 in a bid to release the traffic.

It is understood vehicles were jumping lights and getting stuck on tram lines.

It is thought the congestion was caused by the rail strike which resulted in more drivers on the road.

Nurses warn that Accident and Emergency staff shortages are putting patients at risk

Recruitment problems in A&E departments are putting patients at risk, nurses have warned. 

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says pressures in NHS emergency units have become "the new normal."

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A&E waiting time targets, around the UK, are being missed and the union says emergency care nurses are leaving at an "unprecedented rate".

RCN also say A&E posts, which once would have attracted 10 applicants, now receive about two at best.

Hopes that giant film release could bring big tourism boost for Isle of Skye

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Visits to the Isle of Skye could be boosted by a tourism campaign based on the film adaption of Roald Dahl's story The Big Friendly Giant.

The Storr, a geological feature of the landscape in Trotternish, Skye, was used for creating scenes in the new movie directed by Steven Spielberg.

Tourism body VisitBritain has promoted The Storr in its new campaign called Oh My Giant Britain (OMGB).

Peru drug smuggler Melissa Reid from Lenzie expected to be released from prison later

It seems likely Melissa Reid, jailed in Peru on drug smuggling charges, will be freed later today after serving two and a half years of her sentence.

Melissa Reid
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The 22 year old from Lenzie had applied for early release under a new scheme introduced by the Peruvian authorities.

Last month a court in Peru decided that they would expel Melissa Reid from the country because she meets the requirements of the scheme brought in for foreign prisoners.

She is expected to be released formally today after a final court appearance in Lima. 

Weather forecast to be dry but cloudy over much of Scotland but some sunshine too

BBC Scotland Weather

It's looking dry and rather cloudy across Scotland this morning with some warm and sunny spells developing.

In the afternoon expect the cloud to increase with some showers.

Here's BBC Scotland's Christopher Blanchett with this morning's forecast. 

Number of air weapons handed into police stations across the country exceeds expectations

More than 12,500 air weapons have been handed into police stations across the country. 

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New laws which come into effect at the end of this year will mean anyone with an airgun, crossbow or rifle, must have a licence for it. 

Police Scotland said 12,569 weapons, including shotguns and several pistols dating back to World War Two, have been given up by their owners.

Applications for licences open on 1 July. 

Kirkcaldy murder victim's family want the public to help police find his killer

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been facing questions during a webchat on Mumsnet

Lochaber's weather alternating between sunshine and showers via the odd vibrant rainbow

Woman dies following a fire at a block of flats in Paisley

A 49-year-old woman has died following a fire at a block of flats in Paisley. 

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Firefighters were called to the flat, in Fairway Avenue, just after four o'clock yesterday afternoon. 

The woman's body was found inside. 

Police have appealed for information and said a joint investigation with the fire service would be carried out to establish the cause of the blaze. 

Second teaching union to vote on industrial action

A second teaching union is to ballot its members on taking industrial action over their workload.

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The Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association (SSTA) said an indicative ballot showed the majority of its 8,000 members supported taking action.

Last week, Scotland's largest teaching union, the EIS, said its secondary school members would go on a partial work to rule.

The Scottish government said it was committed to reducing workloads.

Trees claimed to be referred to in Shakespeare's Macbeth are in line for a trim

Work has begun to safeguard two ancient trees thought to be from the forest immortalised in Shakespeare's Macbeth.

"Macbeth" trees
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Tree surgeons warned The Birnam Oak could split in two because its trunk is rotten but its heavy branches are still growing and pulling it apart.

Branches will be shortened to reduce the strain on the tree trunks, with dead branches also being removed.

Pickets are outside many of Scotland's stations as RMT members begin strike action

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The RMT union is concerned about the possible expansion of driver-only operations on the ScotRail network.

The company says it will do nothing to compromise safety.

Duncan Taylor ruled out of second Japan Test because of a hamstring injury

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Duncan Taylor has been ruled out of Scotland's second and final Test against Japan in Tokyo on Saturday.

Duncan Taylor
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The Saracens centre, 26, has failed to recover from a hamstring injury sustained in Scotland's 26-13 win over Japan in Toyota City last weekend.

No replacement will be flown out. Scotland have cover in midfield with Peter Horne, Matt Scott and the uncapped Huw Jones.

Sean Lamont has also played Test rugby at centre.

Tram depot among historic properties in Scotland to receive £1.7m from Historic Environment Scotland

More than £1.7m in funding has been awarded to projects conserving historic properties across Scotland.

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Included in the funding is Dundee Museum of Transport Trust, which has secured £500,000 to refurbish the city's former Maryfield Tram Depot.

The money will come from Historic Environment Scotland's (HES) building repair grants scheme, which supports repair work to buildings of historic or architectural interest.

Traffic stationary in parts of central Edinburgh is thought to be result of rail strike

Congestion has also disrupted the operation of Edinburgh trams. They have been stopping at the West End - with no service along Princes Street.

West End traffic jam
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What's making the back pages of today's papers?

Out-of-contract defender Charlie Mulgrew, 30, was absent as Celtic returned for pre-season training on Monday. (Herald)

Hibernian striker Jason Cummings, who scored 25 goals last season, is weighing up his future after a meeting in Paris with new Easter Road manager Neil Lennon. (Daily Record)

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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes expects the January transfer window to be vital to the Dons' season, which will start much earlier than most Scottish clubs due to European commitments. (Daily Record)

It's another day of Scottish football gossip and you can read our full review of today's sports pages here.

National Trust for Scotland is warned over plans that could see up to 139 staff made redundant

The trust wants to reduce costs by 10% and "simplify" its management structure.

It said it had

National Trust for Scotland
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But the Prospect union said possible redundancies would be a "devastating blow to Scotland's heritage sector".

The NTS has launched a 90-day consultation on "significant changes" to its structure.