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  1. 'Referendum not about SNP' - Salmond
  2. Forth Road Bridge turns 50
  3. Andy Murray exits US Open

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By Thomas McGuigan, Bryan Quinn and Graham Fraser

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That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We're back tomorrow from 8am, hope you can join us then. Cheers.

Titan Crane

Don't look down.... Jamie McIvor and colleagues filming at the top of the iconic Titan Crane in Clydebank for tonight's Scotland 2014. BBC2 Scotland, 10.30pm.

BBC Scotland's Jamie McIvor (right) and colleagues

Murray tipped to shine again

Andy Murray could be ranked in the top five by the end of this year and challenging for Grand Slams again in 2015, according to former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek.

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The Scot's world ranking has fallen from three to nine since back surgery.

Murray, 27, lost in four sets to Novak Djokovic in the US Open quarter-finals.

"If he finished top 10 [this year], and I think he can finish top five, it's an exceptional achievement,"

Dutchman Krajicek told BBC Sport.

"It's a really bad surgery and it's unbelievable that he's in the top 10."

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RMT members back 'Yes' vote

Scottish members of transport union the RMT have come out in favour of independence,

according to one of the union's officials.

Scottish organiser Michael Hogg said members had been asked whether they were for or against independence.

The result came as Labour leader Ed Miliband was campaigning in Scotland for a "No" vote.

Birdie Run

Scotland's Richie Ramsey narrowly missed out on a magical opening round of 59

at the European Masters in Switzerland. Ramsey, eight under par through 15 holes, parred the last three holes to card a 62 and hold a two-stroke lead.

Scotland's Richie Ramsay
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Referendum - Your Views

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Andy: Elaine, RBS is not a Scottish owned bank, it never was even before the collapse.

Anonymous: Of course the referendum is about the SNP. Was anyone else involved in writing the White Paper? NO! It only contains SNP policy and their wishes.

Shinty and the Royal Marine

Fort William shinty star Gary Innes reflects on the significant role former Royal Marine Neil Bowman has had on the sport.

Shinty star Gary Innes
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Celtic get their man Guidetti

Celtic have signed Manchester City striker John Guidetti on loan.

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The Scottish champions made the move on deadline day but it has been held up until now because of paperwork.

"After checking the documentation received and the information contained in the international transfer matching system managed by FIFA TMS (, the Scottish Football Association was informed today that the envisaged loan deal may proceed," said a Fifa spokesperson.

Travel update

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There is still heavy congestion in Inverness with the The Piping Competition at the Northern Meeting Park generating a lot of extra traffic.

In Bowling in West Dunbartonshire, one lane is closed on the A82 Great Western Road westbound between Bowling Roundabout and the A814 Glasgow Road because of an accident.

Driving Force

Scotland's Richie Ramsay is burning it up

at the European Masters in Switzerland. Ramsay, eight under par through 15 holes, is on course to card a magical 59...

Rocky Mountain historic links

American Indian tribesmen and Rocky mountain fur trappers

are set to meet in Perthshire to commemorate links dating back to 1830.

A US museum has sponsored a visit by tribal members from the Wind River Shoshone along with living history re-enactors and leading academics.

Alfred Jacob Miller painted many of Sir William Drummond Stewart's Rocky mountain adventures
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Murthly Castle will host a number of events through the weekend.

Leap Of Faith - Your Pictures

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tweets: Flying Lamb, you impress my with your acrobatic skills. Bunavoneader, Isle of Harris, Canon 60D, flash #ScotlandLive

Lamb takes leap of faith
Gordon Ross

Police officer on trial for assaulting teenager

A police officer has gone on trial accused of assaulting and abducting a 16-year-old boy in an Aberdeen suburb.

Ian Ivancic allegedly pushed Niall Corbett against a police van before repeatedly punching him on the head in Balmedie.

He is further accused of abducting the teenager, now 17, by putting him into the back of the vehicle then driving off.

The incident happened in Balmedie's Chapelwell Drive in February last year.

Horse harmed

Police have launched an investigation after

part of the tail of a horse was cut at a farm outside Dumfries.

The incident happened in fields at Ingleston Farm, New Abbey, on Wednesday.

Tail-cutting can be used as a way of marking an animal in preparation for stealing it.

Who Ewe Looking At? - Your Photos

Jackie Smith from Inverkip captured this image of three sheep in fields next to Loch Thom looking out towards the River Clyde.

Loch Thom sheep
Jackie Smith

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Referendum - Your Views

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Elaine: One of the points that Yes voters keep saying is the state of debt that the UK is in and how it's the UK government that has got us into this position. What they seem to be conveniently forgetting is that it was a Scottish bank in RBS that caused a huge part of the debt that the UK now carries! They also seem more than happy to walk away from this debt .

Tam, Dumbarton: Reply to Nathan from Forres: The Canadian PM is entitled to an opinion like everyone else in the world. Stop seeing 'conspiracy' in every opinion that differs from yours. I can almost welcome a Yes vote if it means there's nobody else to blame but I suspect our 'everybody's against us' mentality won't change.

Anonymous: Surely people are the most important focus of a vibrant democracy?

Edinburgh target top six

Edinburgh Head Coach Alan Solomons says "a wind of change" has blown through the club and it's better for it.

Ahead of his side's opener against Munster,

Solomons believes his new look side can deliver a top-6 finish in the Pro 12.

Alan Solomons

"We have seen 23 players leave so their is definitely a freshness to us. The winds of change have been blowing and that's part of the building process and it's great to see."

Ross Ford will captain the capital side in Munster tomorrow night with Mile Coman starting on the bench.

Inverness gridlock

Travel across Inverness has been badly hit by congestion with some motorists delayed for up to an hour.

Highland Council said faulty traffic lights, the closure of Bank Street and traffic headed for a piping contest had caused problems today.

Parts of Bank Street have been closed because of work building a flood prevention scheme.

'Referendum not about SNP' - Salmond

The Scottish independence referendum is not about the SNP but rather the right "to have the government of our choice,"

Alex Salmond has said.

The SNP leader said the party in power after independence would be "the choice of the people of Scotland".

Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon

He added that a "Yes" vote would also be a chance to build a fairer society.

Labour leader Ed Miliband predicted "the Tories are on their way out" and a UK Labour government could deliver social justice.

Man's death 'unexplained'

A man who was found with

serious head injuries on a North Lanarkshire street has died in hospital.

The 48-year-old was discovered in Windsor Walk, Viewpark, at about 23:30 on Wednesday. He was taken to Monklands Hospital, where he died.

Police Scotland said the man's death was being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination would be held.

Otter death probe

A police investigation has been launched after an otter and her two pups were found

dead inside an illegal trapping net in an East Lothian river.

Otter deaths
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It is believed that the net was being used illegally to catch eels or crayfish.

The Scottish SPCA is helping police with the investigation.

Strachan expects improved Germany

Scotland coach Gordon Strachan

expects Germany to be a different proposition from the team that lost 4-2 to Argentina.

The Scots' European Championship qualifying campaign begins in Dortmund on Sunday and Strachan believes he learned nothing from Wednesday's match.

"It will be a completely different team," predicted the Scotland boss.

Gordon Strachan

"It's a competitive game and the Germans come alive when it becomes competitive."

World champions Germany were 4-0 down after 50 minutes against Argentina in a re-match of this summer's final in Brazil. Andre Schurrle and an own goal by Federico Fernandez reduced the Germans' deficit.

Hunter and the Bear

The band Hunter and the Bear started out as a duo that used to rehearse in a soundproofed shipping container in a London car park before becoming a four piece that supported Eric Clapton this summer.

Hunter and the Bear
Hunter and the Bear

Ahead of their appearance at Loopallu in Ullapool, lead vocalist

Will Irvine tells the BBC's Steven McKenzie of growing up in Achiltibuie, listening to his parents' 1970s American rock music and the challenge of coming up with a good band name.

Ban over neglect

The Press and Journal


tweets: Ban for neglectful Aberdeenshire horse owner

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Referendum - Your views

David, Glasgow: The only reason any UK politician such as Ed Milliband is paying attention to Scotland is because there is now a very high chance we may leave the UK. If we are silly enough to vote against our own country and return a No vote then no UK politician will pay attention to anything we say again, they wont have to as we would have voted ourselves as insignificant. Time to be brave Scotland and vote Yes.

Miliband accuses SNP of social justice 'con'

Ed Miliband has

accused the SNP of attempting to "con" Scottish voters into believing independence was the only way to achieve social justice.

The Labour leader described the Conservatives as "divided and demoralised" and predicted a Labour government "is on its way".

Ed Miliband

He also claimed the SNP would continue Tory policies after independence.

Mr Miliband was speaking as First Minister Alex Salmond set out his own vision of a fairer Scotland.

Reporting Scotland

Coming up on Reporting Scotland, Sally Magnusson brings you the latest on Labour leader Ed Miliband's visit to Scotland as he tries to boost the Better Together campaign.

Reporting Scotland studio
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There'll also be reaction to Andy Murray's US Open exit and a look back at 50 years of the Forth Road Bridge.

You can watch the lunchtime edition of Reporting Scotland live on BBC 1 Scotland from 13:30.

Man charged over rape

A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with the

rape of a woman who was attacked while walking to work in Edinburgh.

The 20-year-old woman was attacked at about 04:30 on Saturday at the entrance to the Swanfield Industrial Estate, off Bonnington Road, in Leith.

The man is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Friday.

Ex-Celtic star on why he had to leave war-torn Ukraine

Darren O'Dea won titles with Celtic and has represented the Republic of Ireland 20 times. But,

as he told Richard Wilson, his recent time playing with Metalurh Donetsk was affected by the war between Ukraine and Russia.

Darren O'Dea

Referendum - Galloway and Sheridan

George Galloway and Tommy Sheridan are two of the most colourful campaigners in the independence referendum debate.

George Galloway

Both men are touring town halls across Scotland and the BBC's Laura Bicker caught up with

Galloway and
Sheridan as they spoke to voters.

Man held after pensioner is robbed

A man has been arrested after an elderly woman was robbed in her home in South Ayrshire.

The theft took place while the 82-year-old woman was in her house in South Beach in Troon on Monday.

Police Scotland said a 28-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident and was in custody.

He is expected to appear at Ayr Sheriff Court later.

Referendum - Get Involved

Jim: The main issue in the referendum is simple. Are we a nation or are we not? It's a Yes/No question with a Yes/No answer.

Gerry, Kirkcaldy: A Yes vote means self determination for Scotland. If an independent country was proposed to join in union with a system like Westminster they'd run a mile!

Craighouse housing plans approved

A £90m development of the Craighouse site in Edinburgh has been approved by councillors.

It will see 145 homes built on the site; 64 in the current listed buildings and 81 in new builds.

Craighouse campus

The vote was passed with nine in favour and six against. Plans to build housing on the old Edinburgh Napier University campus were first submitted in 2011.

Since then the plans have been changed twice and some people have campaigned against the development.

Are you up for a Big Burns supper?

Acts are being invited to show an interest in being part of the fourth edition of the Big Burns Supper festival in Dumfries next year.

The 2015 edition promises to be "bigger than ever" and will run from 23 to 31 January.

Festival director Graham Main said the organisers were looking for acts of "every size, shape and art form" to take part.

Classical musicians
Big Burns Supper

They are particularly keen to attract traditional and classical musicians.

The Big Burns Supper has grown in size since its first edition and now attracts thousands of people to Dumfries.

Referendum - Your Views

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Tom from Ayr: The main issue is the currency. Yes, we can use the pound but without a currency union and a lender of last resort, a Yes vote is madness.

Ann from Galloway: The most important thing is having control over all our affairs and resources right here in Scotland!

Petrel crisis

Conservationists have been weighing the chicks of one of the UK's rarest seabirds as part of an effort to better understand the species.

Leach's storm petrels are found at only a handful of sites.


On St Kilda, the National Trust for Scotland has been trying to monitor the survival rates of chicks and adult birds.

The remote archipelago has 94% of the UK's breeding population of Leach's storm petrels.

Referendum - Get Involved

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Nathan, Forres: Would people like the PM of Canada stop voicing their opinion on our referendum followed by "but its for Scottish voters to decide". Yes it is so stay out of it. It is interesting to see who these people are seeing and being briefed by directly before making their comments.