5 March 2015
The latest Scottish economic forecast has balanced the winners and losers from lower oil prices, reaching a cautiously upbeat conclusion and a sense of deja vu.
Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan succeed in seizing control of Rangers with about 85% of shareholder votes. BBC Sport
Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted Ebola whilst working in Sierra Leone, is appearing before regulators in Edinburgh.
Broadcasters say they will proceed with plans for three TV election debates, despite David Cameron saying he will only take part in one.
A fatal accident inquiry hears that a boy who stabbed his foster mother to death "wanted to be the centre of attention".
Sir John Major says it is "shameful" Labour has not ruled out a coalition with the SNP in the event of a hung Parliament.
Nicola Sturgeon defends her record on college places and apprenticeships for women.
Four dark sky park rangers are to be recruited to develop stargazing events in Galloway.
Forestry Commission Scotland want to employ freelance staff who can promote the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park to visitors and businesses.
Spokesman Keith Muir said applicants did not need any knowledge of astronomy as training would be given.
He said: "We are looking for are people who can communicate, people who can capture the attention of an audience."
A man who stabbed an 86-year-old in the neck as he walked home from a supermarket in Edinburgh has admitted attempted murder.
Ian Macdonald, 55, said "I am very sorry about this" before severing Eric Martin's jugular vein in the attack.
After the stabbing on Gylemuir Road on 1 December, Macdonald then said: "I shouldn't have done that."
A judge was told Macdonald did not suffer from any mental disorder and offered no explanation for the attack.
One of Scotland's longest-established finance houses has warned against continuing uncertainty about the country's constitutional future.
Alliance Trust, based in Dundee, said last year's referendum was unsettling for shareholders and customers.
The trust, which manages assets worth £6.4bn, said that was particularly felt in other parts of the UK.
Last year, it said a vote for independence could force it to relocate its head office outside Scotland.
John Gilligan, Paul Murray and Dave King following the Rangers EGM at Ibrox.
King addressed fans after being voted on to the board and said the EGM was a "turning point in the future of the club".
A fatal accident inquiry has heard that a boy who killed his foster mother "wanted to be the centre of attention".
The child's former foster carer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the inquiry that the boy was upset that his sisters got more attention from his parents than he did.
She began caring for the child in 2009, before he was moved to live with the McKenzies.
Dawn McKenzie was stabbed by the 13-year-old in her Hamilton home in 2011.
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A man has been fined after shooting 20 pheasants over two days.
Mark Hodgson, 34, turned an air rifle on the birds because he was upset at the damage he thought they were causing to crops.
At Dumfries Sheriff Court, Hodgson, of Boreland, near Lockerbie, admitted shooting the pheasants at Balgray Estate, which neighboured his parents' farm, in September 2013.
He was fined £180 and ordered to pay £400 compensation.
Hodgson was caught when a CCTV camera was put up after the first of the dead birds were found.
A world-wide debate that started in Scotland about the colour of a dress has influenced the imagery for a new Salvation Army South Africa campaign.
Alana MacInnes, of Uist, and Caitlin McNeill, from Colonsay, asked people online whether they saw the colour as gold and white or blue and black.
The debate was picked up by fashion bloggers, Buzzfeed and celebrities including singer Taylor Swift.
The Sally Army campaign asks why it so hard to tackle abuse against women.
Queen of the South v Falkirk in the Scottish Cup is LIVE on #BBCSportscene tonight from 7:30pm on BBC2 Scotland. Updates on #BBCSportsound
A man caught with starving sheep and dead carcasses on his land in Aberdeen has been banned from keeping animals for life.
David Booth, 43, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering by leaving them without adequate care and nutrition at his Peterculter farm.
Animal welfare officers found 28 sheep in a thin and poor condition. A ram and a ewe lamb had to be put down.
The decomposing bodies of 16 sheep were also found.
Booth, who now lives in the Kyle of Lochalsh area, was also fined £8,000 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
Full letter from broadcasters on TV election debates
Broadcasters say they'll host the TV debates, whether David Cameron is there or not: bit.ly/17Yac49 #GE2015
The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) has announced a £700m for Scottish university research for the next three years.
The Indicative Research Excellence Grant was calculated from information compiled from the Research Excellence Framework.
The SFC said the money would keep research at Scottish universities "amongst the world's best".
This latest funding follows recent investment in eight innovation centres.
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The former Conservative Prime Minister Sir John Major has urged Labour leader Ed Miliband to rule out a power-sharing deal with the SNP in the event of a hung parliament after the UK election.
He said the nationalists would enter any agreement with the aim of winning another independence referendum.
As a former Tory PM, Sir John Major is understandably keen to see his party continue in power.
So, he's endorsing David Cameron's claim that, if the May election is inconclusive, Labour and the SNP will join forces in government.
Sir John says such a deal would a "tragedy in the making" and urged Labour to clearly rule it out now.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who's hoping to win enough seats to hold the balance of power, has suggested her party may support a Labour minority government on an issue-by-issue basis.
That would be a long way off the kind of coalition deal which the Conservatives have suggested might happen.
@andy_murray beats Donald Young to give GB lead in #DavisCup tie against USA in Glasgow. Read more here.
Royal Dornoch Golf Club is seeking to achieve Investors in Young People accreditation as a way of developing young members of staff.
The club is the first in Scotland to seek the award.
Watch Jackie O'Brien's report here.
An animal charity has appealed for help in tracing the owner of an emaciated dog that was found straying in Glasgow.
The male and tan crossbreed, thought to be about 12 months old, was spotted in poor condition in the city centre on Monday 2 March.
He is now being looked after at the Scottish SPCA's rescue and re-homing centre in Cardonald, where staff have named him Archie.
The charity aims to find Archie a new home when he fully recovers.
The first news conference of the Dave King era at Rangers is over. We'll now be going back to news updates from across Scotland.
"We need less of a manager and more of a coach," adds King. "We're not going out to buy a new team and ask someone to manage them. It takes a different type of manager. We need to be very smart."
King says it may be favourable in the long-run to delist from the stock exchange as such a move comes with less costs and would effectively allow them to have more freedom.
King says he envisages that "more than 50%" of the initial investment of more than £20m he said was needed would go on the club's infrastructure such as scouting and building maintenance.
"Promotion is going to be challenging this year," Mr King adds. "We are hoping that with the energy from the fans, things will improve.
"Hopefully they can get across the line. In year two, with improved cash flow they will have a squad that can take them up."
Asked whether Ibrox legend and former manager Ally McCoist had a future at the club, Mr King says: "In terms of the new manager, you want to take your time and get it right. We'll now need to sit down with Ally McCoist and see what his plans are."
"It is important that we look closely at these given the concerns that have been raised," adds King.
King: "If I'm deemed not to be fit and proper than I will remain a supporter and investor and stay involved from the sidelines."
Murray describes the 85% vote across the board as a "pretty strong mandate".
"Now that the meeting is over we can formally engage with the new Nomad [nominated stockmarket advisor]," says King. "My indication from the Nomad is that if I confirm that we were successful then they will start formally engaging on Monday and the process can take four weeks."
King says: "There was a great danger that if this thing continued that there could have been a lost generation of Rangers fans. We want to take Rangers back to where it was. We want to restore the value system at the club."
New director Paul Murray says one of the main priorities is simply to stabilise things.
"We'll go to Murray Park [the training ground] to talk to the staff," he says. "They need reassurance. We're going to take our time and do the right thing."
King tells reporters Rangers is broken in many areas - pretty much everything has to be looked at. Information gathering has to be part of our immediate priority, he adds.
The news conference at Ibrox is now under way.
Fans group Rangers First spokesman Ricki Neill said: "Rangers First members voted in favour of Dave King's general meeting resolutions so we are delighted with the confirmation there is a change at boardroom level at last.
"Our club has been abused by those only interested in themselves for long enough and the rehabilitation of Rangers begins today with the appointments of Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan.
"The Rangers supporters have voiced their discontent at the way the club has been run in recent years but we are confident the new board will treat the club and supporters with the respect they deserve after years of being taken for granted."
King's plan is for Paul Murray to act as interim chairman while he satisfies the Scottish Football Association and financial regulators that he is a fit and proper person to run the club.
His previous directorship with Rangers and his troubles with South African tax authorities represent challenges he must overcome if he is to be in charge at Ibrox.
Douglas Park also appointed to the board
Speaking to supporters outside Ibrox, King said: "We've come a long road and the Rangers fans have suffered for too long now. What happened today is something that couldn't be understated. This is a turning point in the future of the football club.
"It's a long road but it's a clear road. We want to work with the fans. We'll look to get fan representation on the board."
The new men in control at #Rangers
Dave King, speaking to reporters at Glasgow Airport last night, estimated that it would take £20m over the next two years to lift Rangers to second spot in the Scottish game. He also acknowledged that the club is in many ways broken and that it will take a long time to compete again with Celtic.
Don't forget, you can watch a live stream of the Rangers press conference, which is due to start soon, by clicking on the link at the top of the full live page or clicking here.
A teenager has been sentenced to four years in custody for culpable homicide after the death of a man in Buckie.
Reece Munro, 19, was convicted after 66-year-old James Robson was attacked in 2012 and died almost a year later.
Munro's stepfather Garry Munro was previously jailed for life for the murder of Mr Robson. Both men had previously been jailed for attempted murder in the case.
Reece Munro was sentenced at the High Court in Livingston.
Spontaneous applause and cheering from the assembled Rangers fans at the news Dave King has won control of the club. @BBCSportScot
A fund is being launched to erect a statue of a Govan woman widely regarded as one of the most important social reformers of the last century.
Mary Barbour led the Glasgow rent strikes of 1915, forcing a change in the law with the introduction of the Rent Restrictions Act.
She later became the city's first female Labour councillor, baillie and magistrate.
Sir Alex Ferguson has already pledged £5,000 towards the memorial campaign.
84%/85% of votes cast were for each of the resolutions. Llambias and Leach voted off, King, Murray, Gilligan voted on #rangersegm
#rangersegm results. Boardroom changes confirmed. Read the stock exchange notice here.
#Rangers confirm Dave King's EGM resolutions have been passed. The old board has been voted off.
Funding of £100,000 has been approved for a project to turn Inverness Castle's North Tower and its look-out into a new tourist attraction.
The money has been allocated from the Inverness Common Good Fund.
Highland Council has set aside £200,000 and Highlands and Islands Enterprise could provide £60,000 to the £360,000 project.
The rest of the 19th Century building would continue to be used as a sheriff court.
An animal welfare charity is appealing for information after a kitten that was poisoned died in her owner's arms in Midlothian.
The owner of Edgelaw Farm Livery near Gorebridge found her eight-month-old cat named Bootes fitting and unable to walk and called the Scottish SPCA.
The toxicology results showed residues of carbofuran in Bootes' stomach contents and liver.
Carbofuran is a highly toxic pesticide which is banned.
A local authority has apologised after posting personal information online.
It is understood that the data included details of redundancy payments to named Dumfries and Galloway Council staff.
It was published in response to a Freedom of Information request asking for details of all invoices for more than £500 received and paid by the council from 2009-2013.
The council said it had informed the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
Dave King press conference will happen at 2:30pm #RangersEGM @BBCSportScot
A charity that helps women from some of Scotland's poorest communities become entrepreneurs has been awarded £200,000 from the Scottish government.
WEvolution is a network of self-reliant groups of women who co-operate to develop ideas and learn new skills.
Since the project was set up in 2013, 15 groups have established across Glasgow, Inverclyde, Edinburgh and Dundee.
The network aims to set up a further 20 new groups across Scotland.
A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at an Edinburgh jewellers.
The robbery took place at Laing the Jewellers in Frederick Street on Monday morning.
The man is being held after police carried out a search of a property in Chesser Grove on Thursday.
Officers recovered a significant quantity of heroin with a street value of about £47,000, two firearms, ammunition and a quantity of cash.
The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" weather warning for Inverness and areas surrounding Loch Ness.
Persistent, heavy rain has been forecast for the area from Friday night until Sunday morning.
It warns of the risk of flooding from burns and rivers that drain into Loch Ness in the Great Glen.
Flood alerts have been issued for Easter Ross and the Great Glen, Skye and Lochalsh, Argyll and Bute, Wester Ross, and Caithness and Sutherland.
The Met Office warning covers the period from 18:00 on Friday to 06:00 on Sunday.
Strong winds are affecting the Skye, Kessock, Dornoch, Clackmannanshire and Forth Road Bridges. The Tay Bridge is closed to double deckers and has a speed limit of 30mph.
In Dundee, an accident on the A972 Kingsway east is partially blocking the road eastbound and traffic is tailing back to Forfar Road.
In the Borders, the A72 in Clovenfords is blocked by a lorry on fire near the Nest roundabout.
In Edinburgh, Gorgie Road is partially blocked by an accident at the junction with Dalry Road.
Also in Edinburgh, Main Street in Kirkliston is closed because of a fire in a shop. Police are directing traffic.
In Stirling, Easter Cornton Road is partially blocked in each direction by an accident.
And Calmac say ferries to and from the Western Isles and the Small Isles service from Mallaig have been cancelled because of poor weather/
A cloudy afternoon to come for many, with outbreaks of persistent rain across north Argyll, the west Highlands, the northwest, Skye and the Western Isles.
Across southern Scotland we may see a few spots of rain blowing in the wind but remaining largely dry.
Eastern areas will remain predominantly dry too although some patchy rain will reach Tayside and Angus at times.
There will be some brightness for the Berwickshire coast, brightening up to across the Grampian area.
A drier brighter look for Orkney with outbreaks of rain for Shetland
South westerly winds will continue to strengthen during the day reaching gale force in exposed parts of the west coast along with Shetland.
Possible severe gales at times over the far north west with gusts of 60mph. Mild with temperatures of 10C to 12C and 9C for Shetland.
Three teenage boys have been charged with motorcycle offences in Aberdeen.
A 15 and a 17-year-old were charged over a motorcycle incident the Kingswells area on Wednesday.
And a 16-year-old was charged after an incident with a mini-moto on the Hardgate in Aberdeen on Tuesday.
Police Scotland said the three would be reported to the relevant authorities.
An investigation has been launched after the body of a dog which had been beaten to death was found in a canal.
The Scottish SPCA was called in after British Waterways staff at the Falkirk Wheel made the discovery on Monday.
The black and white male terrier had suffered a severely fractured skull and broken ribs and officers said it had gone through "prolonged suffering" in a "horrifically cruel and brutal attack".
CCTV is being reviewed and officers have appealed for information.
The former head teacher of Orkney's Stromness Academy has agreed to have her name removed from the teaching register.
Hilda Learmonth's case was due to come before a disciplinary hearing of the General Teaching Council for Scotland next week.
More than two-thirds of the school staff signed a letter last year over an "atmosphere of fear and oppression".
The case has been now designated as "removal with consent".
The Scottish Human Rights Commission will today tell the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that action on climate change "must put justice and equity at the heart of responses".
Commission chair, Professor Alan Miller, will deliver a statement calling for climate justice to be integrated into the UN Sustainable Development Goals and international climate negotiations due to end in Paris at the end of the year.
MSPs are to be given a further opportunity to question senior police officers about the controversial policy of deploying some armed police on routine duties.
It follows yesterday's meeting of Holyrood's Justice sub-committee on policing which had to be curtailed for lack of time.
The committee heard there had been more than 1,600 occasions since October that armed officers had engaged with the public at non-firearms incidents.
The chief constable previously told MSPs that armed response officers would only be sent to firearms incidents, or when there was a threat to life.
The Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is to appear before regulators in Edinburgh.
Pauline Cafferkey is being investigated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The watchdog has not outlined the exact grounds for the investigation but it is thought to relate to the screening process Ms Cafferkey underwent during her journey home.
Friday's preliminary hearing will decide if she can continue working as a nurse until the full case is heard.
That will most likely be sometime later this year.
A second public consultation is to be held on the plan to host the T in the Park festival at Strathallan Castle.
Perth and Kinross Council has requested additional information from event organiser DF Concerts and time will be allowed for comment on that.
An initial 28-day consultation saw 570 responses, split "fairly evenly" between supportive and opposing views.
A spokeswoman for DF Concerts said this was "standard" procedure and welcomed the extra time for consultation.
A cargo ship that ran aground in the north west Highlands has been towed to Clydeport's Great Harbour in Greenock ahead of repairs at a dry dock.
The Lysblink Seaways, which was carrying paper from Belfast to Norway, ran aground near Ardnamurchan Point last month.
It was later refloated and anchored in Scallastle Bay in the Sound of Mull.
The 394ft-long (120m) vessel was towed about 172 miles (277km) down the west coast.
Right, with the Rangers EGM now well and truly over, we're leaving full-on live coverage of events at Ibrox for now.
We will, of course, keep you updated with developments throughout the day.
Shareholders in Rangers International Football Club have voted on resolutions put forward by Dave King as he seeks to oust the current board.
Watch King being cheered into the EGM at Ibrox Stadium.
David Sky: Except #GarryKing a new board do not have to continue down the road of taking a new loan from Cashley do they?
Bob, Aberdeen: Yes the hard work certainly begins now. Let's hope Mr King lives up to his name. It's going to be hard work both on and off the field. All the best though.
Rangers fans are waiting for news that a new board has been put in control of the club. Confirmation of the EGM results are not expected until this afternoon.
Stock Exchange announcement expected in next couple of hours. Might only see Dave King after that. @BBCSportScot
David Melville: How can these two Ashley puppets expect any kind of pay off? If I don't do my job properly in get sacked. Only in football do you get rewarded for failure.
Kevan O' Neill: I think you should tell the Rangers fans that 10m loan plus another 20m adds up to 30m. King spinning already - maybe the SA judge was right about him.
Matt: Am I being cynical, or does 'results to be announced later' mean that the board weren't voted off after all, but they won't announce that till the crowd has dispersed?
Waiting outside Ibrox for Dave King to emerge. Hearing suggestions he may not emerge until after Stock Exchange announcement. @BBCSportScot
Murray, Duffy, Whyte, Miller, Ng, Kennedy, Green, Ashley, Easdale, Easdale, Sarver, Modi. Is this the day the madness stops at Ibrox?
An emotional moment for @SonsofStruth at today's #Rangersegm.
Garry King: #rangersegm Llambias and Leach voted off then put back on by Ashley next week as a condition of his loan? I can see that.
Colin Mathie: Well that was short + sweet.
John Boreland: #RangersEGM Monday is not good enough. It must be today, I don't have enough blood pressure medication let to keep me going till Monday.
After almost three years of growing calls for boardroom change at Rangers, the EGM takes less than 10 minutes to enact regime change (results later). Now for the hard work.
Don Gordon: Unbelievable that Rangers supporters applaud a convicted criminal and a manager who tried his level. Best to further bankrupt the club...some people will never learn.
Byers & Birrell: Can't believe the board haven't done the right thing and just stood down to save the club money.
#rangersegm Andrew Dickson closes meeting. Results to be published later.
Resolution 7: appointment of John Gilligan #rangersegm
Resolution 6: appointment of Paul Murray #rangersegm
Resolution 5: appointment of David King #rangersegm
David Leighton: After Leach and Llambias are voted off the board, Dave King should immediately dismiss them from their respective positions, the justification being that "they have not acted in the best interests of the company". If they want to take their dismissal to an employment tribunal then so be it.
Votes for removal of Derek Llambias and Barry Leach are taken, followed by those to appoint Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan.
Resolution 4: removal of Barry Leach #rangersegm
Resolution 3: removal of Derek Llambias #rangersegm
Resolution two: removal of James Easdale. Having resigned, this won't be moved #rangersegm
Resolution one: removal of David Somers. Having resigned, this resolution won't be moved
Looks like no time is being wasted at Ibrox - they are going straight to the resolutions.
Philip Skelly: surely Dave King convicted of tax crimes in South Africa will fail fit and proper person test
Ally McCoist has just arrived #rangersegm to widespread applause.
So, after two aborted attempts to stage the Rangers extraordinary general meeting in London hotels, it's about to begin at Ibrox Stadium - where the fans wanted it to be held all along.
King. Murray and Gilligan take their seat at #rangersegm
Rangers shareholders cheer Dave King as he and others take their place for the EGM.
No gazebo today at Ibrox as the Rangers EGM is about to get under way.
We're going to focus on the events at Ibrox for the next while.
Rangers shareholder Dave King has arrived for the extraordinary general meeting that he says will launch a "new era" for the club.
Tweet us your views using #rangersagm or text us on 80295.
Rangers shareholders arriving at Ibrox for the EGM @BBCSportScot
Emma Moir: Unless you're in Aberdeen where you have to move because house prices are crazy.
Liz Chambers: Travel broadens the mind and outlook, hence the move abroad in the first place. Family draws you back more than anything else, so you return, but you find you have changed so much and the folks you knew when you were in your teens have remained the same. So you stay in the country and move home a wee bit further from where you were brought up, but maintain your close family connections, and make new friends. Wouldn't have done it any other way because it taught me so much about life and living.
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Part of the High Street in Edinburgh has been closed after a man was found with injuries in the street.
Emergency services were called after the man was found at about 09:15.
He has been taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
Police Scotland said it was carrying out an investigation.
Missed veteran jazz musician Joe Temperley on GMS? More @BBCNewsdrive and Reporting Scotland later.
Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan are now inside Ibrox.
King commented that he does not expect any last minute obstacles to him taking control at Rangers.
Many ferry services on the west coast and the islands have been cancelled due to bad weather. For the full status update check the Cal Mac website.
An international anti-corruption body has recommended a cut in the value of gifts MSPs can receive before they must be declared.
Gifts of £280 would be liable for inclusion in the MSPs' register of interests - half the current value.
The recommendation by the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (Greco) comes as MSPs look to tighten up lobbying rules.
MSPs could be prosecuted for agreeing inducements even if none is received.
One person has been taken to hospital following a crash involving a bus and two cars in Glasgow city centre.
Emergency services were called to the scene in Sauchiehall Street at around 07:50.
There were no serious injuries but one person was taken to hospital as a precaution, said Police Scotland.
Part of the street was obstructed by debris following the incident.
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