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  1. Ex-enterprise chiefs clash over currency
  2. Sharkey fire killers launch appeals
  3. Train fares in Scotland to rise by 2.5%
  4. Tim Vine wins funniest Fringe joke award

Live Reporting

By Marianne Taylor and Catherine Lyst

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Catherine Lyst

    BBC Scotland news website

    That's it from Scotland Live today.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 to 18:00 with all the latest, news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

    In the meantime, you can keep up to date with events on the BBC News Scotland website.

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    Reporting Scotland

    Coming up on Reporting Scotland at 18:30:

    • Political editor Brian Taylor examines the "Yes" campaign's persistence in highlighting their fears for the NHS, while the "No" campaign keep up the pressure on the pound and the currency union.
    • Lucy Adams looks at a new law aimed at cracking down on drivers who abuse disabled parking which has been agreed at Holyrood.
    • Two men jailed for murdering three members of a Helensburgh family by setting fire to their home have begun their appeal.

    You can watch the programme live here.

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    The view from Cornwall

    Is Cornwall more like Scotland than England? And what does the county - which is seeking more powers and views itself as Celtic - make of the forthcoming referendum in Scotland?

    Padstow's Obby Oss Celebrations

    The BBC's Vanessa Barford explores the issue.

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    Abattoir fined over employee death

    The owners of a Galashiels slaughterhouse have been fined £100,000 at Jedburgh Sheriff Court after being found guilty of two health and safety breaches following the death of an employee.

    Their trial heard how 48-year-old David Barker from Selkirk died after loosening the fixings of a steel partition door which collapsed, trapping him by the neck.

    Scottish Borders Abattoir Ltd. was found guilty of failing to provide information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure the health and safety of Mr Barker.

    The company was also found guilty of failing to carry out a risk assessment for the task.

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    Players given bans

    Hearts winger Jamie Walker and Hibs defender Lewis Stevenson are both facing two-game bans after a flare-up in Sunday's derby at Tynecastle.

    Lewis Stevenson and Jamie Walker

    Referee Willie Collum took no action when the pair clashed near the end of a 2-1 Hearts win.

    However, the Scottish FA's compliance officer has served both men with a notice of complaint.

    Walker is charged with "headbutting or attempting to headbutt", with Stevenson accused of "stamping".

  6. Post update

    Not such a Golden Boy

    Work is due to start on the Golden Boy statue on the dome of Edinburgh's University's Old College.

    Golden Boy statue

    The sculpture, put in place in 1888, has fallen victim to wear and tear with its gilt paint beginning to crack and fade.

  7. Post update

    Dead woman named

    A 24-year-old woman whose body was found at Inverness' Ness Islands at the weekend has been named by police.

    Police at the scene

    Charlotte Hornby's death has been treated as "unexplained". Police said it was possible it had been the result of a tragic accident.

    Her body was discovered from a burn at the Ness Islands near Island Bank Road at about 17:20 on Sunday.

    Police Scotland has appealed for information from anyone who may have seen Ms Hornby earlier that day.

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    Weather outlook

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Showers will continue to die away this evening becoming confined to the far north and the Northern Isles. Lighter winds elsewhere overnight, with dry conditions. Temperatures in most areas fall to about 7C to 9C and down to 3C or 4C in some rural parts.

    Looking to tomorrow, a cool or even cold start to the day tomorrow, however a mainly dry, bright start with some sunshine. There will be showers over the northwest later in the afternoon.

    Temperatures will range from about 14C over the isles to 16C or 17C over the mainland.

  9. Post update

    Traffic Scotland tweets: M8 J28 - J27 Airport - Arkleston - Accident, 1 lane closed Eastbound for up to 15 minutes #TSIncident

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    Investors needed urgently

    New investors may need to found within days if the financially-stricken Ferguson Shipbuilder in Port Glasgow is to be saved, MSPs have been told.

    Ferguson sign

    Finance Secretary John Swinney said the yard would lose its "critical asset", its workforce, without progress.

    About 70 staff were made redundant on Friday after the firm went bust due to a lack of orders and cash flow issues.

    McGill's Buses owners, James and Sandy Easdale are in talks about a possible rescue package with the administrators.

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    Motorbike crash

    A biker has been airlifted to hospital after being critically injured in a crash in Argyll and Bute.

    The accident happened on the A83 Inverary to Cairndow road at about 13:00.

    The motorbike rider was flown to Glasgow's Southern General Hospital. The car driver was uninjured.

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    Wind farm rejected

    Highland councillors have refused to grant planning permission to a 20-turbine wind farm south of Inverness.

    RWE Innogy UK has proposed building the farm at Glen Kyllachy near Tomatin.

    Highland Council's south planning applications committee unanimously rejected the application.

    Members of the committee said the development would have "a significant detrimental visual impact".

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    Sheriff hits out

    A senior sheriff has hit out at the civil courts for allowing a personal injury case to continue for many years without conclusion.

    Georgina Murdoch, from Newtonhill in Aberdeenshire, says she contracted Legionnaires' disease on holiday in Mallorca in 2000.

    Ms Murdoch, who was 56 at the time, is suing Airtours, claiming the illness was caused by apartment conditions.

    Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle raised questions about the delay.

    The case has been back and forth between courts in Scotland and Spain.

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    A96 contract up for grabs

    A contract worth at least £30m to come up with the detailed design work for the first section of an upgraded A96 has been advertised.

    The stretch involved runs from Inverness to Nairn and includes a bypass for Nairn.

    Details of the preferred option for the section's layout and route could be announced in October.

    The A96 is to be upgraded to dual carriageway all the way from Inverness to Aberdeen by 2030.

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    Historic buildings grants

    More than £1.5m has been awarded to help repair seven historic buildings across Scotland.

    The restoration work is being funded by Historic Scotland's Building Repairs Grants scheme.

    Hospitalfield House

    Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop made the announcement while visiting Hospitalfield House in Arbroath, above, which will receive £500,000.

    Other buildings to receive funding include the 19th Century Aberdeen Music Hall and Campbeltown Town Hall.

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    Who's the band?

    Police Scotland has been tweeting safety advice ahead of a gig at Glasgow's Bellahouston Park - part of the Glasgow Summer Sessions.

    Can you guess who's playing? The clues are in the tweets.

    police tweets

    Yup it's The Killers!

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    Coming up

    On BBC Radio's Newsdrive programme from 16:00:

    Historian and TV presenter Neil Oliver will be talking about the link that has been forged between the shell shock of World War One and the sort of trauma suffered by veterans of later conflicts.

    Oliver led the annual Combat Stress Summer Lecture at Edinburgh Napier University's Craiglockhart Campus, the site of the former Craiglockhart War Hospital.

    You can hear the programme here.

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    Winger signed

    St Mirren have signed winger Adam Drury from Manchester City on a season-long loan.

    The 20-year-old moved to the Etihad Stadium in 2011 from hometown club Grimsby and spent time on loan with Burton Albion in the 2012/13 season.

    He will be available for Saturday's Premiership match against Dundee subject to international clearance.

    Manchester City defender Ellis Plummer has already signed up to spend the campaign in Paisley.

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    Hypothermia warning

    Mountaineers and hillwalkers have been warned that bad summer weather puts them at potential risk of hypothermia.

    Woman in snow

    Sleet has been forecast for some areas of Scotland as well as heavy rain and high winds, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) has said.

    The organisation has urged people to dress appropriately for the conditions and not to expect more usual summer weather.

    The MCofS also said walkers should be checking weather forecasts.

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    Litter cost

    Clearing litter from the Scottish coastline and other marine areas costs almost £17m a year, according to ministers.

    New plans have been drawn up to tackle the problem which include better monitoring, encouraging businesses to reduce packaging on particular products and recycling more waste inland to prevent it reaching the coast.

    A total of 80% of litter is thought to have been dropped on land and blown into the sea.

    A study found that most of the litter was plastics which presents a significant risk to wildlife and the environment.

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    School evacuated

    The Press and Journal

    @pressjournal tweets: Aberdeen pupils evacuated following suspected gas leak.

    Read the full story here.

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    Easdales at shipyard

    Colletta Smith

    BBC Scotland Economics Correspondent

    Sandy and James Easdale of Rangers fame are now in Fergusons shipyard for a chat about buying the place.

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    Scotland Live

    Marianne Taylor

    BBC Scotland news

    By clicking on the Scotland Live link, you'll get access to our new live page format, with its improved video, audio and picture capabilities.

    Scotland Live screen shot

    We'd also like to know what you think of Scotland Live - you can give us your views here.

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    Tian Tian doing well

    Tian Tian the female giant panda believed to be pregnant is well and Edinburgh Zoo staff are "keeping their fingers crossed" that a cub will arrive at the end of the month.

    Tian Tian

    Experts have been monitoring her since she was artificially inseminated on 13 April and tests suggest she is pregnant.

    Tian Tian was successfully inseminated last year but lost her cub at late term, something the zoo is wary of again.

    A spokeswoman for the zoo said today that things are progressing as expected and they are "keeping their fingers crossed" for the arrival of a third panda.

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    Scotland 'must apply' to Nato

    An independent Scotland would have to apply to Nato as a new state, secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said.

    Nato flag

    In an interview published in The Times newspaper, Mr Rasmussen says Scotland's membership would have to be approved by other member states.

    The Scottish government said membership was "in the strong interests of the rest of the alliance".

    Pro-Union campaigners claimed the SNP's plan to join Nato "isn't credible" if it removes Trident nuclear weapons.

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    Jones signs for Warriors

    Scotland winger Lee Jones has agreed a one-year contract with Glasgow Warriors.

    Lee Jones

    As part of the agreement, the 26-year-old will also be available to play for Scotland 7s.

    He said: "Playing for Glasgow Warriors and Scotland 7s is the best of both worlds for me."

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    Back on the horse

    Fresh from his gold medal winning performance at the Commonwealth Games, Louis Smith was back in Glasgow today to announce his role as official ambassador for next year's World Gymnastics Championships.

    Louis Smith

    The prestigious event will take place at the SSE Hydro in October and November 2015.

    "Glasgow put on such a good show for the Games this summer - I'm sure they will do the same for the championships next year," said Smith, who won a team gold and bronze on the pommel horse for England.

    "The championships attract the top gymnasts from across the world and as a qualifying event for the 2016 Olympic Games every athlete will be on their top form."

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    Damsel in distress

    Keith Proven from Cupar send us this stunning shot of a damselfly, taken at the Clatto Reservoir nature reserve in Fife. Keith said: "It was a bit breezy on Sunday morning and this Emerald Damselfly was struggling to cling on to the reeds!"

    An Emerald Damselfly clings to a reed

    You can email us your pics here, or tweet them using #scotlandlive.

  29. Post update

    Blogger in 'No' video

    A blogger accused of expressing "unacceptable" views on Twitter has appeared in a Better Together campaign video.

    Yvonne Hama

    Yvonne Hama was featured in a referendum broadcast for the pro-Union campaign screened on 18 August.

    Social media users claimed she had retweeted former BNP leader Nick Griffin and compared the SNP to Nazis.

    Better Together removed a blog post by Ms Hama from its website and called the views on Twitter "unacceptable".

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    Murder appeal begins

    Two men jailed for murdering three members of a Helensburgh family by setting fire to their home have begun their appeal.

    Sharkey family

    Scott Snowden and Robert Jennings are appealing against their conviction and sentence for killing Thomas Sharkey and his two children in July 2011.

    Their sentences, of at least 33 and 29 years respectively, are among the longest ever passed in Scotland.

    Defence QC Donald Findlay told appeal judges that the original trial judge unintentionally failed to give fair balance to the defence evidence as well as that led by the Crown during his address to the jury.

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    Reporting Scotland

    Coming up on Reporting Scotland at 13:30:

    • The latest clash over currency in the indyref debate
    • Two men jailed for murdering three members of a Helensburgh family begin their appeal
    • Peak time rail fares in Scotland are set to rise by 2.5% in the new year

    You can watch the programme live here.

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    BoS unfairly billed customers

    Bank of Scotland has been unfairly double billing customers who fell behind on their mortgages, a High Court judge in Belfast has ruled.

    In a scathing verdict, Master Ellison said the bank's behaviour had been "unconscionable".

    He said it had caused borrowers to be "plunged into depression".

    The findings could have implications for thousands of Bank of Scotland mortgage holders across the United Kingdom.

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    Names for hospitals

    Names have been revealed for the adult and children's facilities at a massive £842m new hospital complex in Glasgow.

    South Glasgow Hospitals Campus

    The Southern General campus will replace the Southern General Hospital, Western and Victoria Infirmaries, Mansionhouse Unit and Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill.

    It will feature a 1,109-bed South Glasgow University Hospital for adults.

    The 256-bed facility for children will retain the Royal Hospital for Sick Children name.

    Both new hospitals are due to open in 2015.

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    Weather update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    This afternoon, showers are expected to develop across the south east, through the Lothians and Borders area.

    Looking ahead to tonight, showers across southern Scotland will fade to leave most of the mainland dry. However, there will be some showers along the north coast and into the Grampian area, more frequent for Orkney and Shetland.

    Temperatures will drop to 7C to 9C in towns and cities with some rural parts of the mainland down as low as 3C or 4C.

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    Robbery outside bank

    A man has been assaulted and robbed of a four-figure sum of cash outside a bank in central Glasgow.


    The 36-year-old victim was attacked while making his way into the Royal Bank of Scotland, in Clifton Place, off Sauchiehall Street, at 14:20 on Monday.

    The suspect assaulted him, knocked him to the ground and grabbed a bag containing the cash before running off.

    The victim was treated in hospital for head and face injuries. Police have appealed for witnesses.

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    Theatre to re-open

    The Byre Theatre in St Andrews is to re-open under the management of the University of St Andrews.

    Byre Theatre

    The university has signed a 25-year lease with Fife Council - which owns the building - as part of a rescue package.

    The theatre - which was founded in a cowshed in the 1930s - closed in January last year with the lost of a number of jobs.

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    Vehicles seized

    More than 150 people in Scotland had their vehicles seized for drink driving between April 2013 and March 2014.

    The vehicles were forfeited by repeat offenders, first offenders with a high alcohol reading and some drivers who refused to give a breath sample.

    Driver taking breath test

    Those of any value were sold at auction and others were scrapped. All proceeds went into public funds.

    Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC said there were "tough consequences" to drink and drug driving.

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    £1.5m for sports projects

    A Glasgow-based charity which delivers educational sport projects has been awarded £1.5m in funding.


    Scottish Sports Futures will use the cash to help young people from areas which suffer from youth disorder and anti-social behaviour.

    The charity uses basketball to engage young people while offering guidance on issues such as drugs, alcohol and diet.

    The Scottish government grant is from the Cashback for Communities fund which uses assets seized from criminals.

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    Missing man found

    A man who was reported missing from the Borders General Hospital on Sunday afternoon has been found safe and well.

    Police Scotland said Thomas Johnstone, 64, was traced in the centre of London at about 09.15am.

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    Head or heart?

    As Scotland prepares to decide its future in the independence referendum, how will voters make up their minds? BBC Scotland's Science Correspondent Kenneth Macdonald asks whether the head or the heart will prove decisive.

    Woman undergoing brain test

    Ken has also made a documentary on his findings, to be shown on BBC Two Scotland tonight at 21:00.

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    More funding for MG Alba

    Gaelic broadcaster MG Alba will receive an additional £1m in funding from the UK government over the next two years.

    MG Alba was set up to ensure high-quality Gaelic television programmes are made available to viewers in Scotland.

    MG Alba

    It runs the digital television channel BBC Alba in partnership with BBC Scotland.

    The channel, which started in 2008, features news, documentaries, comedy and children's programmes.

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    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    Nearly ready for on air @BBCRadioScot at 12 - sunshine and skin cancer, rail fares, and how do you make up your mind? head or heart.....

  43. Post update

    Train fares to rise

    Peak time rail fares in Scotland are set to rise by 2.5% in the new year.

    The increase is based on the Retail Price Inflation (RPI) figure for July, at which level the Scottish government had said it would cap increases.

    However, ScotRail says fares for off-peak journeys - about four out of every 10 - will not increase.

    Elsewhere in the UK, price rises will average 3.5% as they are derived from the RPI figure plus an extra percentage point.

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    Tributes to results man

    Tributes have been paid to "voice of football results" James Alexander Gordon, who has died at the age of 78.

    James Alexander Gordon

    Gordon, one of the most recognisable voices in British broadcasting, read the classified football results on BBC radio for 40 years before stepping down in 2013.

    Gary Linekar tweeted: "A voice we all know, the voice of the football results, James Alexander Gordon has died. Tottenham Hotspur 1.. Newcastle United 1.. #RIP"


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    Your pics

    Jeannie Cooper from Dundee sent us this lovely picture of the community garden at the city's Ninewells Hospital, which is run by volunteers.

    Community garden at Ninewells Hospital

    You can email us your pictures here, or tweet them using #scotlandlive.

  46. Post update

    Missing man

    Police are trying to trace a vulnerable man who has gone missing from the Borders General Hospital.

    Borders General Hospital

    Thomas Johnstone, 64, was last seen by staff on the Huntlyburn Ward at about 14:00 on Sunday.

    He lives in Hawick but police said he was known to frequent the Kent area.

    He is described as white, 6ft 2in tall, of muscular build and with short grey hair and a beard. He was wearing black trousers and a black and grey striped top.

    Mr Johnstone is believed to be in possession of two bags, one with a Nike logo on it.

  47. Post update

    Eating meat - your views

    Do we eat too much meat?

    Gerry, Uddingston: The issue of meat is a distraction. It is the amount of salt that is the problem, whether in processed meat or out of a salt cellar. It is known that it increases blood pressure.

    Peggy, Perth: My 90-year-old father ate meat all his life. No rubbish, no fast food. He always said everything in moderation and exercise.

    Gail: I like meat but what's in it? Antibiotics? Hormones? Steroids?

  48. Post update

    Crematorium chief loses job

    A senior member of staff at an Aberdeen crematorium being investigated over its handling of babies' ashes has lost his job.

    Crematorium superintendent Derek Snow was suspended from his role at the Hazlehead facility last month.

    Former Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini is investigating the possible mishandling of ashes at crematoria around Scotland, including Hazlehead.

    An earlier council investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing.

  49. Post update

    Trains disrupted

    BBC Scotland Travel


    National Rail say trains will be disrupted until at least 12:00 after a person was hit by a train between Fort William and Spean Bridge.

    The following services have been cancelled and will be replaced by buses: 08:30 Fort William to Mallaig; 10:10 Mallaig to Glasgow Queen Street; 10:21 Crianlarich to Mallaig.

  50. Post update

    Vine wins joke award

    A joke by comedian Tim Vine about a vacuum cleaner has been voted the funniest at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

    He won with the one-liner: "I decided to sell my Hoover... well it was just collecting dust."

    Tim Vine

    Vine, 47, saw his joke win almost a fifth of the votes in the competition run by comedy television channel Dave.

    Read more of the jokes that made the final here.

  51. Post update

    Pay gap - your views

    Morning Call asks: are women still being penalised in the workplace for having children?

    Nancy, Edinburgh: Women prioritising aspects other than salary is not their 'choice' but due to societal and cultural pressures. Caring responsibilities still fall to women because they earn less so their work is seen as less. Important. It's a vicious circle.

    Mike: Why should an employer suffer financially by taking on a female employee who promptly starts popping out children and then still expect to get paid as their right?

    Fiona: Women can't win - we have to be twice as qualified and twice as good to be noticed. It's a shame the world values testosterone-filled behaviour, too. I find this incomprehensible as current conflict in the world, as far as I know, is driven by men and their behaviour.

    Join the debate by calling 0500 92 95 00, texting 80295 or emailing us here.

  52. Post update

    Murdoch chases gold

    Commonwealth favourite Ross Murdoch will have another chance to win gold today at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.

    The Scot, who took gold at the 200m breaststroke at Glasgow 2014, goes in the 100m breaststroke final this afternoon.

    Ross Murdoch

    He faces strong competition from England's Adam Peaty, who earned his place in the final with a new British record.

    You can follow the championships live on the BBC Sport website.

  53. Post update

    Brothers found safe

    Two children who had been missing from the Irvine area of North Ayrshire have been found safe and well.

    Willy Boy and Tojo O'Neill

    Police were attempting to trace Willie Boy O'Neill, three, and Tojo O'Neill, two, after council officials became concerned for their welfare.

    The brothers were believed to be in the company of their parents.

    Police Scotland said they had been traced and thanked the public for sharing an appeal for information.

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    Pay gap - your views

    Morning Call is asking: are women still being penalised in the workplace for having children?

    Laura in Caithness: I think it's great that so many mums are willing to sacrifice what they could get and settling for just what they need in order to spend time with their family. Can you think of any older female relative who wishes she had spent more time at work, so she could have earned more, rather than the time?

    David in Erksine: Woman are always whining. Men are the ones who need help. Women live longer.

    What do you think? Call call 0500 92 95 00, text 80295 or email us at

  55. Post update

    Blue badge bill

    A bill aimed at tackling misuse of disabled parking badges is expected to be passed at Holyrood today.

    Blue Badge

    The Disabled Persons' Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill will allow councils to cancel badges that have been reported lost or stolen.

    Misuse of a blue badge is already an offence, but enforcement powers currently lie with the police.

    Disability groups claim misuse of blue badges is widespread.

  56. Post update

    Rangers maul Clyde

    Barry Ferguson's return to Ibrox ended in a mauling for his Clyde players as Rangers cruised into the third round of the Petrofac Training Cup with an 8-1 win.

    The former Rangers skipper watched from the technical area as Kris Boyd helped himself to a hat-trick and Lewis Macleod and current captain Lee McCulloch each scored two.

    Rangers win against Clyde

    Read full analysis of the match here.

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    ScotRail prices

    Rail passengers will find out today how much more they'll be paying for their tickets next year.

    Glasgow Central Station

    ScotRail says it's off peak rail fares will not increase - meaning four out of 10 journey costs will stay the same.

    However, increases to peak fares are expected to be in line with inflation.

  58. Post update

    What the papers say

    First Minister Alex Salmond makes the front pages of the Herald and the Scotsman following his "Declaration of Arbroath" yesterday as part of the referendum campaign.

    Newspapers 19th August

    Elsewhere, Judy Murray's decision to join Strictly Come Dancing also features.

    Read more in our daily newspaper review.

  59. Post update

    Currency clash

    Two former heads of Scottish Enterprise are expected to clash later over the currency of an independent Scotland.

    Scottish notes

    Crawford Beveridge, who advises the Scottish government on fiscal policy, will argue that sharing the pound with the rest of the UK would be best for both countries.

    But at a Better Together event, Jack Perry, will insist that such a currency union "would not work".

    Both sides are stepping up campaigning with just a month until the vote.

  60. Post update

    Morning Call

    Louise White

    Presenter, Morning Call

    Join me at 08:50 when we'll be discussing the pay gap between men and women in the workplace and whether we eat too much meat.

    We want to hear your views. Lines are open now, call 0500 92 95 00, text 80295 or email us at

    You can listen live to the debate here.

  61. Post update

    Celtic agree Mubarak loan

    Celtic have agreed terms with Russian club Rubin Kazan over a one-year loan deal for winger Mubarak Wakaso.


    The Ghanaian will have a medical in Moscow today as Celtic attempt to register him before tonight's 23:00 Champions League play-off deadline.

    Celtic fly to Slovenia this lunchtime for their match against Maribor on Wednesday.

  62. Post update

    Darling on currency

    "Currency central to everything a country does," Mr Darling tells presenter Gary Robertson. "It is critical. It is so central to this campaign. A currency union would be bad for Scotland and it wouldn't be good for the rest of the UK."

    Asked whether the rest of the UK would "seize" assets, in the event of a "Yes" vote, the former Labour chancellor said: "The currency is not like a CD collection that you divide up.

    "Above all we need a stable economy without barriers or borders, that's why the currency debate is so important."

  63. Post update

    Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Traffic is moving slowly in Aberdeen between the A956 at the Queen Elizabeth Bridge and A945 Riverside.

    Elsewhere, an accident on the A9 St John's Road in Edinburgh is causing delays in both directions at the Dumbrae roundabout.

    In Glasgow, there is congestion on the M8 eastbound around Junction 22 Plantation, back to Junction 21.

  64. Post update

    Darling on the NHS

    Asked about the NHS , Mr Darling says Mr Salmond is using the the issue in the referendum campaign "out of desperation".

    He adds: "The only person who can privatise the NHS in Scotland is the first minister."

    He denies that Tory plans to "privatise" the NHS could have an impact in Scotland.

  65. Post update

    Darling on GMS

    Following yesterday's interview with First Minister Alex Salmond on the independence referendum, this morning Good Morning Scotland talks to Better Together leader Alistair Darling.

    You can listen live on Radio Scotland.

  66. Post update

    Weather update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A dry start for many central and southern parts of Scotland with some early bright or sunny spells. Thicker cloud further north through Aberdeenshire to Caithness and the Northern Isles.

    A cool day for the time of year, 14C in the cloudier north and up to 17C in the sunnier parts of the central belt and south west.

    You can see a full forecast here.

  67. Post update


    Marianne Taylor

    BBC Scotland news

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Scotland Live. We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

    Get in touch via email or tweet us using #scotlandlive.