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  1. Department of Work and Pensions denies advising 'No' vote
  2. Borders railway to open in September 2015
  3. Bonington climbs Old Man of Hoy

Live Reporting

By Steven Brocklehurst, Bryan Quinn and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

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    Bryan Quinn

    BBC Scotland News

    That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow morning to bring you the latest news, sport and travel news from across Scotland. See you then.

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    Tomorrow's weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It'll be a cloudy start to Thursday with outbreaks of rain across the country. Through the day, the rain becomes less widespread and more showery with bright spells of sunshine.

    The west coast of Scotland should see the best of the day's weather, although temperatures will remain cool with highs of between 14C to 17C.

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    Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    In Cowdenbeath, traffic is moving slowly on the A909 High Street with roadworks causing congestion both ways. There are temporary lights near the railway bridge.

    Roadworks are also causing delays on the Erskine Bridge at the M8 approach at Junction 30.

    Queensferry Road in Edinburgh is very busy northbound.

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    Murder attempt

    Police are appealing for information following a "brutal" attempted murder in Rutherglen yesterday evening.

    A 23-year-old man suffered serious injuries after being attacked by up to 10 people in Lochiel Lane at about 17:30.

    The victim is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

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    Old Man of Hoy

    Sir Chris Bonington has reached the top of the Old Man of Hoy, 48 years after his first ascent in 1966.

    The UK's most famous mountaineer tackled the iconic sea stack off the north coast of Scotland to mark his 80th birthday.

    chris bonington
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    Testing Times

    Jamie McIvor

    BBC Scotland education correspondent

    Official report into how the new National 4 and 5 qualifications have fared - and what needs to improve. Reporting Scotland, 1830, BBC1 Scotland.

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    Stiglitz backs currency union

    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    A Nobel prize-winning economist, who advises the Scottish government, says he believes the rest of the United Kingdom would form a formal currency union with an independent Scotland.

    Comments from pro-union politicians ruling out such a deal were "obviously" a bargaining position which would change after a Yes vote, Professor Joseph Stiglitz told Bloomberg.

    Prof Stiglitz, who teaches at Columbia University in the United States, said he "strongly" believed that an independent Scotland could work.

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    Police move closer

    More than 1,000 police officers and civilian staff will move to a new £24m administrative headquarters in Glasgow's Dalmarnock area next year.


    The five-storey Riverside East site will service Police Scotland operations across the west of Scotland.

    Prior to the creation of a national force in 2013, Dalmarnock had been earmarked as the new headquarters for the former Strathclyde Police.

    The new site effectively replaces the old Strathclyde HQ at Pitt Street.

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    Clegg Illness Blow

    Commonwealth champion Libby Clegg has pulled out of the IPC European Championships in Swansea.

    She was due to run in the final of the T12 100 metres today, but is suffering from a viral infection.

    The 24-year-old was aiming to add to the gold she won at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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    Traffic Scotland tweets: E/B at J1 (Hermiston Gait) - Broken down vehicle has now been *cleared* - traffic is heavy but this is standard congestion at this time.

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    Tagged rapist strikes again

    A convicted rapist has been found guilty of raping another woman while wearing an electronic tag.

    Alexander Gallagher attacked his 34-year-old victim at her home in Glasgow in March last year.

    The 41-year-old was released on licence from a 10-year jail term for rape the month before and tagged - but was back in court after breaching bail conditions during March.

    He will be sentenced later this year and could face a lifelong restriction order.

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    Clegg in for gold

    Commonwealth champion Libby Clegg will aim to add a second gold medal in the space of a month when she runs in the T12 para-sports 100m final at the IPC European Championships in Swansea just after 17:00 today.

    Libby Clegg

    Clegg, alongside guide runner Mikail Huggins, was the only Team Scotland athlete to win gold inside Hampden Park during Glasgow 2014.

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    Get to Falkirk

    Visitor numbers to the Falkirk Wheel have topped 5.5m this summer.

    Operators say it is the most successful April to July in eight years.

    falkirk wheel

    Visits to the world's only rotating boat lift were up 30% compared to this time last year, with July being the busiest month since it opened in 2002.

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    Traffic Scotland tweets: M8 update J1 Hermiston Gait Eastbound Breakdown Nearside lane of roundabout Gogar blocked. Road users are advised expect delays.

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    Shipyard bids

    McGill's buses owners, James and Sandy Easdale, said they would be submitting a bid for Ferguson's shipyard in Port Glasgow.

    In a statement, the brothers said: "We note the exceptionally tight deadline.

    "We have our valuation team in the yard today and will hopefully be in a position to make a conditional offer tomorrow."

    Administrators have invited offers for the assets and business by 17:00 on Thursday.

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    Scotland 2014

    On Scotland 2014 tonight at 22:30 on BBC Two Scotland - The future of broadcasting.

    Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran will debate with Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins about Scottish TV & the BBC in the independence debate.

    Media guru Steve Hewlett will be on to analyse the Yes and No arguments when it comes to broadcasting.

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    The Courier

    'Overwhelmed' Perth postman ditched more than 5,000 items. Read the story here.

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    Closing date for shipyard bids

    The deadline to save Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow has been set at 5pm on Thursday.

    Administrators have set a closing date for offers for the firm after significant interest from prospective buyers.

    Blair Nimmo and Tony Friar of KPMG said they had spoken to several parties who enquired about the possibility of recommencing work at the yard.

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    Edinburgh prices criticised

    The director of the Edinburgh festivals has warned MSPs that soaring accommodation costs is putting the city's reputation as a tourist hotspot at risk.

    Edinburgh festival

    Festivals Edinburgh director Faith Liddell said hotel rates during August were at the "limits of tolerable".

    Research by hotel price comparison site Trivago found prices in Edinburgh rose by 36% to £196 during the festival fringe.

    Do you think that Edinburgh is now too expensive to visit during the festival? You can let us know via email or Twitter.

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    The Press and Journal

    Sir Ian Wood breaks silence on Scottish independence debate.

    In his first and only interview to date centred on the independence debate and the role oil revenues will play in it, Sir Ian Wood said he fears the SNP massively over-estimated the amount of oil - and therefore tax revenues - available to an independent Scotland and that the country could be forced to import energy generated from England's onshore fields.

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    Edinburgh comedy awards

    The Fosters Edinburgh comedy awards. The nominations for Best Comedy Show 2014:

    • Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly
    • James Acaster: Recognise
    • John Kearns: Shtick
    • Liam Williams: Capitalism
    • Romesh Ranganathan: Rom wasn't built in a day
    • Sam Simmons: Death of a Sails-Man
    • Sara Pascoe vs History

    The winner will be announced on Saturday.

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    Old man climb

    Sir Chris Bonington returns to climb the Old Man of Hoy 48 years after his first ascent.

    The renowned mountaineer is tackling the famous sea stack off the north coast of Scotland to mark his 80th birthday.

    sir chris bonington
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    Traffic update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Traffic is moving slowly on the eastbound A90 Dundee at Longforgan due to roadworks.

    There are also roadworks at the Erskine Bridge in both directions at the M8 approach at Junction 30.

    In the Borders, the A699 is currently closed after a vehicle fire which is causing very slow traffic in both directions between Maxton and Kelso.

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    Movin' On Up

    Former WBO super featherweight and lightweight champion Ricky Burns is moving up to light-welterweight in a bid to win a third world title.

    Ricky Burns beaten

    Burns lost his lightweight title in March and was defeated in his comeback fight three months later.

    The 31-year-old boxer will make his return against an as-yet unnamed opponent on 4 October with another fight in Glasgow mooted for November.

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    The Press and Journal

    @pressjournaltweets: Art Gallery celebrates record number of visitors

    You can read the full story here.

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    Boost for beef

    A plan to try to help Scotland's beef farms has been submitted to the Scottish government.

    Roast beef

    The 23-point proposal by Quality Meat Scotland is designed to reverse a decline in beef - which makes up over a quarter of Scotland's agricultural output.

    The rural affairs secretary Richard Lochead has welcomed the report saying he's already committed an extra £45m to beef farming to help the industry overcome challenges of low profitability and declining livestock numbers.

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    Wallace artwork denied

    A bid for lottery money to create a public artwork at the site of one of Scotland's most famous victories over England has been turned down.

    The Guardians of Scotland Trust wants to mark William Wallace's victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297.

    Creative Scotland promised £137,000 to the bid if its funding was matched, but Lotto UK body involved declined to become involved.

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    The Dundee Courier

    @thecourieruktweets: Dundee mum committed benefit fraud worth over £7,000

    You can read the full story here.

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    Doctor Who?

    Did you know Glasgow is home to six of the 12 remaining blue police boxes that inspired the Doctor's iconic Tardis?

    This is the claim of the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau which has launched The Whovian Guide to Glasgow to mark the start of Scottish actor Peter Capaldi's stint as the famous Time Lord.

    peter capaldi

    Doctor Who is back on Saturday on BBC One at 19:50.

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    On the slide

    Numbers of harbour seals in Scotland have continued fall, according to a report.

    harbour seal

    Fewer animals were counted on Scotland's east coast and in Orkney in surveys by St Andrews University Sea Mammal Research Unit.

    But the work commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), found an increase in harbour seals on the west coast.

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    Bring the kids on

    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    Dundee to follow Tannadice's youth-based example.

    Dens Park manager Paul Hartley says bringing better quality youth players through the Dens Park system is a key aim in restoring Dundee's fortunes.

    "We're working hard, we understand we're a little bit behind because of the administrations and that the youth set-up went to pot."

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    Edinburgh Evening News

    Restrictions on a third of Edinburgh's bus lanes are to be relaxed. Story here

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    Golden girl

    Scots wheelchair racing sensation Sammi Kinghorn has been speaking about her golden day at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea.

    Interview - T54 400m European champion Sammi Kinghorn

    At the age of 17, Sammi made her Team GB debut, triumphing in both the T53 100m and 400m events.

    "The 100 and 400m are totally different races so to be on the podium is amazing but they were both tough events," the Borders racer told BBC Sport.

    You can watch her full interview here.

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    Afternoon weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It'll be a mainly dry afternoon with some bright and sunny spells across southern Scotland.

    It'll be cloudier in the north with outbreaks of rain across the Western Isles.

    Temperatures will range from 14C in the far north to 17C in the south and east of the country.

    You can watch a full weather forecast here.

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    Never Miss A Beat...

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    It might be summer but on my show today we'll be finding out just how dangerous it is to climb Scotland's mountains in August.

    We'll also be speaking to football coach Shelley Kerr, who has made the headlines by becoming the new boss of Lowland League club Stirling University. Her new job makes her the first female manager in Scottish senior football.

    You can listen live from 12:00 on BBC Radio Scotland.

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    Deep Conversation

    An Aberdeen company has invented a new communications system which allows divers to speak normally, even at extreme depths.

    Deep-sea diver

    The digital system unscrambles helium-affected speech, allowing a vessel to clearly communicate with divers, at any depth.

    Nautronix, the company behind the system, says it will improve diving safety.

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    European Date

    Maribor midfielder Dare Vrsic says the Slovenians do not face weaker opposition because Celtic were reinstated to the Champions League.

    The Scottish champions were beaten 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw, who were punished for fielding a banned player.

    But Vrsic insists that Celtic are "an excellent European team".

    "Maribor have been waiting to play in the Champions League for 15 years and I believe that we are capable of achieving our aim over the next 10 days," he said ahead of tonight's first leg.

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    Power station for Lerwick

    Planning consent been granted for a new power station at Lerwick on Shetland.

    The plant, which would run initially on light fuel oil, will generate up to 120MWe, almost double the existing power station at Gremista, which was built in 1953.

    Power plant

    Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said the existing station, which contains generators up to 40 years old, would be decommissioned and that the new plant would improve electricity supplies for the Shetland islands.

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    New rail line

    The first trains will start to run on the Borders to Edinburgh railway from 6 September 2015, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.


    Work is ongoing on the multi-million pound project to lay 30 miles of new track and build seven new stations.

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    Job with a view

    Volunteers are upgrading a path in Glenmore Forest Park in the Cairngorms near Aviemore. Here is the view.

    job view
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    Baby chimp

    Meet Velu, the first chimpanzee to be successfully reared in Scotland in 15 years.

    Velu was born on 24 June and lives in the Budongo Trail at Edinburgh Zoo with 18 other chimpanzees.

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    Evening Express

    Wi-Fi could be built into Aberdeen streetlights

    Read the full story here.

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    Early start for A9 upgrade

    The project to upgrade the A9 will be brought forward by six months by using anticipated savings from the construction of a new bridge over the Firth of Forth.

    A9 upgrade

    The Queensferry Crossing is expected to cost up to £1.45bn, while in 2011 the figure was up to £1.6bn.

    Transport Scotland said the savings would be used to speed up the start of improvements to the A9 at Kincraig to Dalraddy.

    The road between Inverness and Perth is to be made dual carriageway by 2025.

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    Shop sales fall

    Scottish shop sales fell last month despite a strong rise in the number of shoppers hitting the high streets, retailers have reported.

    Shop figures fall in July

    In July total sales were down 1.8% year-on-year, with food sales showing the deepest decline since March.

    Earlier this week, figures released by research agency Springboard suggested footfall in Scottish shops rose by 4.4% in July - the highest year-on-year increase seen in any area of the UK.

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    Your views

    BBC Scotland's Morning Call programme asked: Should grandparents be given more recognition?

    Fiona Mackay: I would have been a wreck if my mum and sister had not helped me with my two toddlers. I had two girls within two years and both in nappies at once. I was working full time and suffering sleep deprivation. I think grandparents should be paid the nursery grant if parents choose not to use nursery. Grandparents are the silent props of the economy and should be recognised for this.

    Jaitexts: I am sick to the back teeth hearing about parents abdicating their duties about their children. Look after your child or don't have it.

    Muriel in Dumbarton: A wee medal for folk who not only mind their grandweans but are also saddled with their OWN parents who need help with household chores & shopping!

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    Ness Islands body find

    The family of a woman whose body was found at Inverness' Ness Islands on Sunday have paid tribute to her.

    Charlotte Hornby

    Charlotte Hornby's body was discovered in a burn at the Ness Islands near Island Bank Road at about 17:20 on Sunday.

    Her parents Patricia and Harry Hornby and her brother Edward paid tribute to her in a statement released by Police Scotland.

    Officers are treating the death as "unexplained" and have launched an appeal for information.

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    Snodgrass Scotland Blow

    Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass could be out for up to six months with a dislocated knee cap.

    The 26-year-old sustained the injury during his debut for Hull City against QPR at the weekend.

    Scotland and Hull City's Robert Snodgrass

    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan may be without Snodgrass for Scotland's four opening European Championship qualifying matches which begin against World champions Germany on 7 September.

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    Replacing plaques

    Three plaques stolen from famous Orkney Italian Chapel are set to be replaced.

    The daughter of the chapel's creator has offered to help in finding replacements that will match the remaining 11 wooden works depicting the "Stations of the Cross".

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    It's Snow Joke...

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    "Just interviewed David Monteith from Mountaineering Council of Scotland who says there's been some settling snow on Ben Nevis and it's cold."

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    Your views

    Is travelling by train still value for money?

    Sandy in Aberdeen: I travelled from Inverurie to Thurso return, and my wife went single journey - total cost £45. Great value and service with friendly helpful staff.

    Jim from Greenock: I recently travelled 400 miles across Portugal, 1st class, £27. It's shocking here.

    Beatrice in Dumfries: I would like to know how on earth the trains get away with NOT providing everyone with a seat. You wouldn't be allowed to stand on a bus, or in a car. Heck you'd even get prosecuted for not wearing the belt let alone standing!!

    Get involved: Text 80295 or tweet @BBCScotlandNews using #ScotlandLive

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    Exams report

    Jamie McIvor

    BBC Scotland education correspondent

    Students studying for the qualifications that replaced Standard Grades faced too much assessment, according to an official report published today.


    The report says more work needs to be done to help the new National 4 and 5 qualifications bed in.

    Education Secretary Mike Russell said much had been achieved over the past year and it was important to continue to learn while the largest teachers' union the EIS said there was much to welcome in the report but expressed some reservations.

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    No Mubarak for Celtic clash

    Wakaso Mubarak will not feature in Celtic's Champions League qualifier with Maribor.

    The Monday night signing deadline for the third-round qualifier passed without Celtic announcing the completion of a proposed loan deal for the Ghana winger from Rubin Kazan.

    Mubarak in action

    Celtic had agreed terms with the Russian top-flight club over a one-year deal for the 24-year-old.

    Wakaso, who was undergoing a medical in Moscow, has 19 caps for his country and appeared as a substitute in Ghana's 2-2 draw with Germany during this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

    He has been with Rubin Kazan in Russia's top flight since summer 2013, having previously played for Espanyol in Spain.

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    Your views

    Is travelling by train still value for money?

    Willie in Wick texts: Train journeys in this part of the far north are still good value, but I have to admit from Inverness South it's the Gold Bus for me and my wife Glynis. Great comfort, practically non-stop three hours and twenty minutes to Buchanan Street Glasgow with refreshments on board and concessions, you can't beat it.

    Steve from Bathgate: In Berlin, I can travel from Schonefeld airport to the city centre (about 45 mins) for 2.50 euros. For the Bathgate to Edinburgh Haymarket trip (25 mins) it's £5. No, it's not value for money.

    Dennis in Aberdeen texts: If you are over 60 in Scotland you get free travel throughout, even including the luxury Gold express service, including tea coffee and scones taking you city centre to city centre entirely free. Its a great way to travel and see Scotland's cities on a minimum budget.

    Get involved: Text 80295 or tweet us @BBCScotlandNews

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    Education and independence

    Jamie McIvor

    BBC Scotland education correspondent

    Here's the daily #indyref question - how does education and childcare fit into the debate? Read my answer here.

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    Million 'have inadequate housing'

    Nearly one million Scots cannot afford adequate housing according to the largest study of poverty ever conducted in the UK.


    Researchers from universities across Britain, including Heriot-Watt and Glasgow, found that in Scotland more than 400,000 adults go without essential clothing while more than 200,000 children live in homes that are damp.

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    Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    In Midlothian, roadworks mean the A6106 Millerhill Road is closed from The Wisp to the City Bypass.

    The A736 Lochlibo Road is closed between Barrhead and Shillford with traffic being diverted through Neilston.

    Elsewhere, Wellmeadow Street in Paisley is closed following a building fire at the weekend. This is also causing congestion on Castle Street and Well Street.

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    Broadcasting's future

    What happens to the BBC and broadcasting in general if there is an independence Yes vote?

    Blair Jenkins, chief executive of the Yes campaign and a former head of news at BBC Scotland, told Good Morning Scotland: "What we would have for the first time is what every other normal European country has, which is a national television channel, or perhaps more than one, showing programme that are relevant to people here.

    "There would be the full range of programmes. There would be certainly scope to commission drama and co-produce drama. I think there would be a lot of news and current affairs, journalism is very important, but also entertainment and everything else.

    He added: "There is no credible scenario in which we will not be watching BBC programmes and services that we currently enjoy. The bonus is that like other normal European countries we'll have our own domestic production base, which means more Scottish content and definitely more jobs."

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    The Evening Times

    Police reduce number of away fans at Ibrox.

    You can read the full story here.

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    Murray seeded for US Open

    Andy Murray has been seeded eighth for next week's US Open.

    The 27-year-old, who won the tournament in 2012, has not won an ATP ranking event since Wimbledon in 2013.

    Andy Murray seeded

    British players Daniel Cox and Naomi Broady will not be joining Murray in the main draw after losing their first-round qualifiers in straight sets.

    The seedings for the women's tournament will be announced on Wednesday, with the draw taking place the following day.

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    Broadcasting's future

    What happens to the BBC and broadcasting in general if there is an independence Yes vote?

    Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Margaret Curran, told Good Morning Scotland: "The proposals are to take Scotland out of the BBC and replace it with a new state broadcaster.

    "I think that would be bad for viewers and I think that would be very bad for the industry in Scotland because ultimately it would lead to a higher licence fee or lower quality.

    "Currently we put £300m in through our licence fee and we get £3bn back. I think the idea of a completely new separate state broadcaster wouldn't have support in Scotland."

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    Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Traffic is slow on the A90 Dundee Road with gas works causing congestion in both directions at Longforgan.

    There are also delays on the M90 at Perth and Kinross with a lane closed at Junction 9 near Balmanno Hill.

    In Edinburgh, a broken down car on A720 Edinburgh City Bypass is causing queues eastbound back to Hermiston Gait.

    The B1936 through Glenlivet remains closed along with School Road in Hopeman following last week's heavy flooding.

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    Paper review

    The Scotsman has a front page picture of Shelley Kerr, the first female manager in Scottish senior football, but its main story is about the referendum.


    It picks up on comments from Alex Salmond that he "would retire from politics tomorrow" if it would guarantee a Yes vote in the independence referendum.

    Elsewhere, the Herald and the Scottish edition of The Times have have similar headlines, declaring the English are seeking a "heavy price" for the referendum.

    And the Scottish Daily Mail carries a warning from former BBC director general Lord Birt that Scottish independence would result in cuts to BBC programmes and services.

    See the front pages here in our paper review.

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    Morning Call

    BBC Radio Scotland

    On today's Morning Call we want to know your views on Scotrail's decision to raise peak-time fares by 2.5% next 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.

    Louise White asks: Is travelling by train still value for money?

    In a speech earlier this week, the Prime Minister highlighted that grandparents are getting a "raw deal" after stepping in to look after children whose parents have died or are unable to provide adequate care themselves. He signalled that thousands could be given parental rights to paid leave and greater financial support.

    Louise asks: Should grandparents be given more recognition?

    Tell us what you think by calling 0500 92 95 00, texting 80295 or emailing. The lines are open now.

    You can listen live to the debate here.

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    Today's weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It will be a cold start to the day but it will soon break to see some bright weather and only a few showers in the north. The rain will gradually spread into the northwest and the west Highlands.

    Temperatures will range from 14C in the far north to 17C in parts of the south and east.

    You can watch a full forecast here.

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    Traffic Scotland tweets: A9 both ways at Gleneagles Station Jct - Lane 1 on both carriageways will be closed *continuously* from 20th Aug to 10th Sept.

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    Steven Brocklehurst

    BBC Scotland news website

    Good morning. News, sport, weather and travel from across Scotland coming up between now and 6pm.