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By Thomas McGuigan and Paul McLaren

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  1. Goodnight

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland News

    It's been a stormy old day on Scotland Live. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for the most up-to-date news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. McLeish: Tough job ahead

    Former first minister Henry McLeish has warned the new leader of the Labour party in Scotland faces "a tough job".

    henry mcleish

    Mr McLeish said: "No one will discount it is a challenge in Scotland at this particular time.

    "As I've said many times before, there is a huge agenda for the new leader, whoever he or she is, and it's important this is addressed."

  3. Rapist convicted again

    A convicted rapist has been found guilty of attempting to rape a 64-year-old woman in her Glasgow home while out on licence from his previous jail term.

    James Haran, 48, attacked the frail widow at a house in the Drumchapel area on 7 April after chatting to her.

    A jury rejected his claim that any contact had been consensual.

    At the High Court in Glasgow, temporary judge Kenneth MacIver QC described Haran as a "menacing predator" and deferred sentence for reports.

  4. Post update

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Sportsound on air 6.10pm with the latest developments at Ibrox, plus full commentary of Rangers V St J in the League Cup quarter finals.

  5. Police seize handgun

    Police Scotland said it was "keeping an open mind" as to whether the gun was linked to the crime groups involved in September's Gilmerton shootings.

    Gilmerton Dykes Drive

    The gun was found in a house in Juniper Green on Monday.

    Det Ch Insp Kenny Gray said: "The recovery of this handgun is a great result and demonstrates Police Scotland's commitment to tackling organised crime in the city."

  6. Sleeping driver killed man

    A lorry driver who fell asleep at the wheel caused his vehicle to hit and kill a motorist who was standing in a layby.

    Ian Thorburn, 53, failed to stop after his truck hit Robert MacLellan, 65, on the A92 near Cowdenbeath.

    Thorburn, of Kirknewton, West Lothian, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at an accident scene on 19 May 2014.

    He also admitted failing to report the incident in a reasonable time frame.

    Sentence was deferred at the High Court in Edinburgh.

  7. Judy's poppy pride

    Tennis coach and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Judy Murray has said she is "very proud" to have launched the Scottish Poppy Appeal..

    judy murray

    It is hoped this year's appeal will top the £2.64m raised last year to provide support and assistance to ex-service personnel and their families.

    Ms Murray said: "My dad served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, one of my grandfathers was in the Royal Engineers and my other grandfather was in the RAF.

    "They were obviously in the First World War, so I have very strong links in that sense."

  8. MP Joyce arrested over 'clash'

    Police have confirmed that Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has been arrested after "clashing" with a teenager in a London shop.

    eric joyce

    The Metropolitan Police service said a 54-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm following the incident at a convenience store in Camden.

    Mr Joyce released a statement confirming that he had spoken to police at the store on Friday 17 October.

    The matter has been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.

  9. The Big Debate

    Gordon Brewer

    BBC Scotland News

    We're at the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews this Friday 31st Oct 12pm - 1pm. To apply to join the audience email

  10. Water day it's been!

    Motorists and rail travellers are still feeling the aftermath of the downpour which has battered much of Scotland.

    Balcarres Street, Edinburgh

    The A83 remains closed in both directions between Tarbet and Inveraray due to two landslips.

    One lane of the A835 is closed at Garve which is causing delays for drivers travelling between Inverness and Ullapool.

    Flooding has closed the A890 between Auchtertyre and Strathcarron.

    On the railways, a landslip has disrupted services between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh.

    There has flooding at Port Glasgow and train services have been suspended between Glasgow and Weymss Bay.

  11. Cut to the chase

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    Derek Llambias appointed as new Rangers consultant: 'Cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut...That'll be a million quid please.'

  12. Pupil held over teacher 'attacks'

    A fourth year pupil at a secondary school in Inverclyde has been detained by police following an alleged attack on three teachers.

    Officers were called to reports of a disturbance at the school at about 09:45 on Tuesday.

    A police spokeswoman said a 15-year-old was held over "alleged assaults on three male staff members aged 61, 58 and 54".

    The boy will be the subject of a report to the Children's Reporter.

  13. Two hurt in smash

    A man and woman are being treated in hospital after being injured when two cars collided in Renfrewshire.

    Emergency services were called to the scene on the A761 Kilmacolm Road, Bridge of Weir, at about 11:40 on Tuesday.

  14. Footballer in pub attack

    Former Queen of the South, Morton and Gretna player Ryan McGuffie has been ordered to pay compensation to a man he assaulted outside a Dumfries pub.

    Ryan McGuffie

    The 34-year-old, who has been playing in Australia, punched victim Graham Neish on the head causing him to fall.

    Sheriff George Jamieson told McGuffie he had carried out a "serious assault".

    He said he balanced that against his previous good record and plans to develop football in Australia and ordered he pay compensation of £2,000.

  15. Highland Council's savings

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Closing schools, cutting teaching posts and shortening pupils' days in class have been suggested as ways a local authority could save £15m.

    Highland Council has started public consultation on how it could achieve savings while modernising its services.

    It has also suggested reducing how often some of its buildings are cleaned and giving less funding to arms length body Highlife Highland.

    Tourists could be asked for a small charge for council services they use.

    In the consultation document, the local authority said visitors staying in hotels, guest houses and B&Bs could be asked for a contribution towards roads maintenance and waste services.

  16. Street killer faces life

    A man who attacked a stranger and left him dying in a Glasgow street is facing a life sentence for murder.

    Simon Richardson

    Luke Quinn, 33, from Busby, East Renfrewshire, knocked Simon Richardson to the ground and stamped on him in Wellington Street, on 8 December 2013.

    The 45-year-old, from Paisley in Renfrewshire, later died in hospital.

    Quinn claimed diminished responsibility due to Aspergers Syndrome but a jury convicted him of murder. Sentence was deferred at the High Court in Glasgow.

  17. Labour 'should say sorry'

    A Scottish Labour MP has said the party should apologise for the recent turbulence in Scotland.

    Thomas Docherty MP

    Thomas Docherty made his comments as the fallout continues following the resignation of Joahann Lamont as Labour leader in Scotland.

    Mr Docherty, who is the MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, has given his backing to fellow MP Jim Murphy to be the next leader.

    He says Mr Murphy is by far and away the best qualified candidate for the job.

  18. Oil industry on Ebola

    Oil industry workers arriving from an area affected by Ebola will have to wait 21 days before they can work on a Scottish rig.

    The quarantine period has been agreed between the Scottish Government and the oil and gas industry to prevent any potential transmission of the virus.

  19. Drug pair jailed

    Two men who admitted being involved in the supply of cocaine worth as much as £679,000 in the Aberdeen suburb of Peterculter have been jailed.

    Keith Whyte

    Martin Knights, 22, and Keith Whyte, 24, were arrested by Police Scotland during Operation Galveston in February.

    Knights was jailed for six years and nine months, and Whyte was jailed for five years.

    The High Court in Edinburgh heard police found the drugs after raiding the Brighton Grange "safe house".

  20. Fancy a cuppa?

    Goalkeeper Michael McGovern believes Hamilton can go on to win the League Cup but realises they face a tough match against holders Aberdeen.

    Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern

    "I don't think we're favourites with Aberdeen being at home and being such a big club," said McGovern ahead of Wednesday's quarter-final at Pittodrie.

    "But, if we give our maximum, we know we can get a result.

    "So-called smaller clubs have won the cup recently, so there's no reason why we can't go on to win it."

  21. Hearts back living wage

    Heart of Midlothian are believed to be the first football club in Scotland to implement the living wage.

    Tynecastle Stadium, home of Heart of Midlothian

    The move will include those employed on a part-time and contract basis.

    Celtic shareholders are to vote on the matter at their annual general meeting, though a similar resolution has failed in the past.

  22. A9 speed cameras - Your Views

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    Maggie, Inverness: When did anyone last see a lorry travelling at 40mph on the A9? If they did adhere to this speed limit, they would be relatively easy to pass where the limit for cars is 60. Now they can legally travel at 50, it will be impossible to pass them.

    Jim, East Kilbride: The A9 would be fully dual carriageway sooner if Westminster hadn't withdrawn £600m of Scotland's transport budget to build new roads in East London for the Olympics.

    Lachy: The A9 road is perfect the way it is. Only fault are clowns behind the wheel who should never be near a truck, van or car.

  23. 'Brothel' three are freed

    Three women have been freed following allegations that they kept a brothel in Aberdeen's west end.

    Police Scotland said a search warrant was executed at an address in the city's Broomhill Road on Monday.

    They were initially expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

    However, the Crown Office later said the procurator fiscal had instructed no proceedings be taken at this time.

  24. Easdale on Llambias

    Jane Lewis

    BBC Scotland

    Sandy Easdale also says he only said hello to Derek Llambias today and he doesn't know exactly what his "consultancy" work entails.

  25. Boyack: Chance to rebuild

    Scottish Labour leadership hopeful Sara Boyack says the contest offers the perfect opportunity to rebuild the party.

    sarah boyack

    Ms Boyack, the only person so far to announce she will definitely seek election, said: "We need a lively debate, we need a robust debate and we need to involve people across the whole country.

    "There have been thousands of debates across the country. People have huge ambition for Scotland.

    "So, it's a great chance for the Labour Party to get back out there, to talk to people and to rebuild our movement and our message."

  26. Landslip diversion

    The Old Military Road (OMR) A83 diversion will be activated by 15:00 to give drivers a route past the Rest and Be Thankful, which has been affected by severe landslips.

    Glen Kinglas

    Transport Scotland believe 800 tonnes of material came onto the trunk road and that resilience netting caught a further 1,000 tonnes of earth and boulders falling off the hillside.

  27. Llambias signs up

    Derek Llambias, the former managing director of Newcastle United, has been employed as a consultant by Rangers.

    Derek Llambias arrives at Ibrox for talks

    It is unclear how this role relates to him applying to become chief executive, the vacancy created by Graham Wallace's resignation on Monday morning.

    Lambias was at Ibrox on Tuesday and football board chairman Sandy Easdale told reporters it was for an interview.

    Rangers have confirmed the agreement of an emergency interest-free £2m loan from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

  28. 50 Scots join Ebola teams

    More than 50 health professionals from Scotland have so far volunteered to go to West Africa to help tackle the Ebola outbreak.

    ebola medics

    Health minister Alex Neil told the Scottish parliament they were well trained, and would be monitored when they return.

    Mr Neil also assured the public that the NHS was well prepared in the unlikely event of an Ebola case in Scotland.

  29. Easdale: We're working together

    Jane Lewis

    BBC Scotland

    Sandy Easdale leaves Ibrox saying: "Everyone is here to do their best for club & fans need to realise they are working hard to achieve this."

  30. Railway dog 'near death'

    A starving dog found lying on railway tracks in Falkirk was "close to death", animal welfare experts say.

    Emaciated dog

    The Scottish SPCA is investigating after the eight-year-old collie crossbreed was spotted half a mile from Polmont railway station on Saturday.

    The "severely emaciated" dog was unable to stand and was "hours from death" according to the SSPCA.

    The dog, named Thomas by nursing staff, is now being cared for at a local veterinary practice.

  31. Drug kits snapped up

    A pioneering programme which has led to a reduction in drug-related deaths has expanded.

    drug user

    Naloxone kits, which help reverse the effects of an overdose, were introduced in Scotland in 2010.

    New figures reveal the distribution of the kits by health services and prisons has increased from 3,878 in 2012-2013 to 6,472 in the past year.

    Health statistician Prof Sheila Bird believes the programme has helped to save more than 40 lives.

  32. United pair back in training

    Dundee United duo Paul Paton and Mark Wilson have returned to training and are available to play in Wednesday's League Cup match against Hibs.

    Tannadice Park - home of Dundee United

    The pair missed Saturday's 1-0 league defeat at Inverness CT, with the club investigating their conduct.

    Paton was arrested in connection with an alleged assault on the Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska.

    And Wilson had previously released a statement saying he tended to Zaluska after the incident.

  33. Police incident at school

    Police were called to a serious incident involving a fourth-year pupil and a number of members of staff at an Inverclyde school.

    No weapons were involved in the incident at St Columba's High School, Gourock and no one suffered any serious injuries.

    A council spokesman said staff and pupils worked together to ensure the school returned to normal as quickly as possible.

  34. Dog attack man dies

    A 90-year-old man who stepped into to save his wife from a dog attack in West Lothian has died five weeks after the incident.

    Andrew Russell was bitten by an American bulldog while helping his wife, Dorothy, who had been knocked to the ground by the animal in West Calder.

    Police Scotland will send a report to the procurator fiscal.

  35. Aim to ground Air Passenger Duty

    Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports have made a joint submission to the Smith Commission calling for Air Passenger Duty (APD) to be devolved to Holyrood and eventually abolished.

    The Smith Commission is looking into extra powers for the Scottish Parliament.

    Airport departure

    The three airports claim the tax is a significant barrier to growth and damaging to tourism.

    Four other countries in Europe levy a passenger departure tax.

  36. Rapist given lifelong restriction order

    A man who was convicted of raping two women - one of whom was pregnant - and assaulting two others has been given a lifelong restriction order.

    David McKinney, 41, raped and sexually assaulted the pregnant 46-year-old at a guest house in Glasgow in 2004.

    He was also found guilty of assaulting and raping another woman in Glasgow in 2008 and assaulting two other women in the city in 2010 and 2011.

    McKinney must serve at least six years before he can apply for parole.

  37. A9 speed cameras - Your Views

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    William, Linlithgow: In order to make Inverness & The North, a place in the UK (& also Scotland), for future development - the A9 should, between Dunblane & Inverness, be changed to a motorway, not a dual carriageway. Yes, extend the M9 and in doing so, have motorway from Edinburgh (and Glasgow) to Inverness. If these cities were located in the south east of England, they would have been connected by motorway many years ago.

  38. A9 speed cameras - Your Views

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    Andy McCormick: Simple answer to the speed limit questions: read the Highway Code; single carriageway is 60, dual carriageway is 70, for cars. It is in the Highway Code. Drivers should know this.

  39. Bad manners - Your Views

    Margaret Hood: One annoying thing is shop assistants who ignore customers and have a conversation with colleagues while serving you! Discussing the gory details of their 'night out'/' boyfriends' etc. And being irritated when you ask a question or want to get any kind of service!

  40. Weather affects motorists

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    Police in Dumfries and Galloway are reporting many roads across the region being affected by standing water.

    The A701 at St Anne's Bridge, Johnstonebridge is said to be particularly badly affected with motorists urged to "drive to the conditions".

  41. Breaking News

    Glenn Campbell

    BBC Scotland news

    The Labour MSP Sarah Boyack has formally announced that she intends to stand for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party. The Lothians MSP, who was a minister in the early days of devolution, has said that she will seek nominations for the post. She is the first candidate to come forward to replace Joahnn Lamont, who quit last Friday. Ms Lamont returned to Holyrood today.

  42. Kirk moderator

    Dr Angus Morrison has again been chosen to lead the Church of Scotland, seven months after walking away from the job due to ill health.

    Dr Morrison had been due to take up the position of moderator this year, but announced in March that he was unable to serve because of illness.

    Dr Angus Morrison

    He was replaced in the role by Kirk principle clerk Rt Rev John Chalmers.

    However, he has now recovered following surgery and has been nominated as moderator designate for 2015.

  43. A9 speed cameras - Your Views

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    Jim, EK: The A9 would B fully dual carriageway sooner if Westminster hadn't withdrawn £600M of Scotland's transport budget to build new roads in East London for the Olympics.

    Cllr Roger Saxon, Thurso: There are cameras at the start and end of each 60mph section which recognise your number plate. Average speed isn't monitored over dual carriageway sections but it would be possible to calculate your behaviour over a mixed section. Also, you will get fined and points for each section violation.

  44. Cocaine dealers jailed

    Two men who admitted being involved in the supply of cocaine worth as much as £679,000 in the Aberdeen suburb of Peterculter have been jailed.

    Martin Knights, 22, and Keith Whyte, 24, were arrested by Police Scotland during Operation Galveston in February.

    Knights was jailed for six years and nine months, and Whyte was jailed for five years.

  45. Fresh blood

    Construction has started on a new national blood centre at the Heriot-Watt Research Park in Edinburgh.

    The new facility will handle the processing, testing, and supply of all blood products across Scotland, as well as carrying out research.

    It is expected to be completed by 2017.

  46. Fangs are looking up

    the health of young children's teeth continues to improve in Scotland, figures suggest.

    boy shows teetch

    About 68% of primary school children have never had tooth decay, compared to 51% a decade ago.

    In the most deprived communities, about half of children had no tooth decay.

    This rises to over 80% in the least deprived areas.

  47. Sarah Boyack expected to stand

    Glenn Campbell

    BBC Scotland news

    The Labour MSP Sarah Boyack is expected to stand for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party. The former environment minister, who speaks for the party on local government at Holyrood, has yet to make a formal announcement.

    Sarah Boyack

    There are no other declared candidates to succeed Johann Lamont, who quit last week. The shadow international development secretary, Jim Murphy, has yet to rule himself in or out.

  48. Health gap narrows

    Eleanor Bradford

    BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    The gap in health between people living in the most and least deprived areas of Scotland has narrowed, according to a study of inequality.

    man drinking beer

    The report, which looked at major health problems such as heart disease, alcohol and cancer, covers a 15-year period from 1997 to 2012.

    Alcohol-related hospital admissions are falling faster amongst people from poor areas than affluent backgrounds.

    However, the number of people from poor areas who have heart attacks is rising compared to the number from affluent areas.

  49. Restaurateur denies sex harassment

    The operator of an award-winning Dumfries restaurant has gone on trial accused of sexual harassment and assault charges against his staff.

    Robert McAleese, 38, who runs Little Italy, appeared in court just hours after his restaurant picked up a prize in the annual Scottish Italian Awards.

    He denies six charges of assault and making sexual remarks between November 2011 and July last year.

    They include slapping two women on the buttocks and grabbing one by the hips.

  50. Travel latest

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Flooding through Greenock/Inverkip will affect passengers heading for Dunoon, Rothesay and Millport ferries.

  51. A9 speed cameras - Your Views

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    Richard, Inverness: If you're stuck behind an HGV for the entire 100 miles (which is extremely unlikely), it will only add 20 minutes to the journey. There will be no point in dangerous overtaking because you can't arrive at the next camera too soon or you get a ticket. The real effect will be to calm everyone down.

  52. 'Brothel' arrests

    Three women have been arrested over allegations of keeping a brothel in Aberdeen's west end.

    Police said a search warrant was executed at an address in the city's Broomhill Road on Monday.

    Three women aged 21, 22 and 26 are due in court.

  53. Bad manners - Your Views


    Matthew Lesliesays: People who chew gum with their mouth open and folk who don't say thank you after you've given them right of way.

    Marco Piva-Dittrich tweets: People putting perfume/deodorant on while on trains and blowing it on other people's faces/clothes/whatever #manners

  54. Scotland date

    SFA chief executive Stewart Regan, @StewartMRegan

    Stewart Regantweets: Confirmed that Scotland game v Gibraltar on 11th October 2015 will be played at the Estadio do Algarve, Faro/Loule, Portugal. #Euro2016

  55. Never Miss A Beat...

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    New Debrett's book out on manners - should you call off by text? Eat a burger on a train? Kiss on a first date? What do you hate? #manners.

    Listen live, from 12:00, here.

  56. Sarwar expects a contest

    Scottish Labour's interim leader, Anas Sarwar, expects "an array of candidates" to put themselves forward to lead the party in Scotland.

    Anas Sarwar said it was important to act quickly

    To date, no-one has declared an intention to run in a contest to replace Johann Lamont, who resigned as leader on Friday.

    A number of MSPs have ruled themselves out, as has former prime minister Gordon Brown.

    Mr Sarwar, who says he won't stand, told BBC Scotland: "I expect a contest. I expect an array of candidates to put themselves forward."

  57. Transgender blunder

    One of Scotland's biggest sexual health clinics has accidentally revealed the email addresses of 86 transgender clients.

    sandyford clinic

    All the individuals attended the gender identity service of the Sandyford Clinic in Glasgow.

    The names were accidentally included in the "to" section, rather than being concealed.

  58. Rangers update

    Jane Lewis

    BBC Scotland

    [Chairman of Rangers' football board] Sandy Easdale has arrived at Ibrox. He's confirmed that Derek Llambias is inside. He says at the moment Llambias is acting as a consultant and he's not spoken to him yet. He also said he's had no direct talks with Mike Ashley in the last week.

    Sandy Easdale (left) and Derek Llambias

    Easdale added that he's in today in his capacity as chairman of the football board and will be helping the staff with their day-to-day duties.

  59. House prices

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    While Scottish home prices Jul-Sep +5.2% on last year, Sept prices in England and Wales +7.2%, including 18.4% in London.

  60. Boyack for leader?

    ITV Border's Politicial editor Peter MacMahon tweets: Strong suggestions at Holyrood that @SarahBoyackMSP to stand for Scottish Labour leadership.

  61. 'Our house, in the middle of the street'

    House prices in Scotland rose by 5% in the last three months.

    The average cost of a home is now just over £170,000.

    house for sale

    There has also been a sharp rise in the number of properties changing hands, according to figures released by the Registers of Scotland.

    Edinburgh is the most expensive place to buy, with the average price in excess of £235,000.

    Among the cheapest areas are East Ayrshire and West Dunbartonshire with the average price just over £115,000.

  62. Blaze battle goes on

    Emergency crews are continuing to tackle a fire which spread rapidly through a large building near the M74 in Glasgow on Monday night.


    Dozens of firefighters were called to the blaze, which broke out shortly before 17:00 at Jessie Street, off Polmadie Road.

    Crews managed to prevent the flames spreading to adjacent properties.

    But operations continued through the night and about 15 firefighters are still at the scene.

  63. Flooding problems


    Sorry if weather has impacted your journey today. We're working hard to get services running, like at Greenock West.

    Flooding at Greenock West
  64. Bare facts of the case

    The Naked Rambler, Stephen Gough, has lost his case at the European Court of Human Rights.

    naked rambler

    He had claimed frequent arrests and prison terms for being nude in public were repressive.

    But the court said Gough, who was arrested more than 30 times while walking in Scotland, had known he was breaking the law.

  65. Hang onto your hats...

    BBC Scotland Weather


    As well as the wet morning, it's been pretty windy in places too! A gust of 67mph was recorded at Edinburgh's Blackford Hill at 7am today.

  66. High-powered talks

    More tax and welfare powers will be discussed at Holyrood this afternoon during a special debate on the Smith Commission on Scottish Devolution.

    Scottish parliament

    The Scottish government has proposed a motion calling for full control of all taxes.

    It is expected to pass with the backing of the SNP's parliamentary majority.

    Lord Smith of Kelvin, who was appointed to look at further devolution following the referendum "No" vote, will make his recommendations next month.

  67. Crash cyclist critical

    An elderly cyclist is in a critical condition in hospital after a crash on the A72 near Peebles.

    Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision on Mondaywhich involved his bicycle and a Volvo car.

  68. Rangers protest

    Jonathan Sutherland

    BBC Scotland

    The Rangers fans' group Sons of Struth will hold a protest outside Ibrox Stadium tonight. The group are unhappy with the continued boardroom upheaval at the club. Rangers face St Johnstone this evening in the quarter finals of the League Cup.

    Sons of Struth banners
  69. Your flood pictures

    Ingrid Deschryver took this picture of the landslide at the Stromeferry Bypass in Wester Ross. The road is closed at the moment.

    Wester Ross landslide

    Email us your pictures here.

  70. A9 speed cameras - Get Involved

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    Margaret: Just completed usual journey on A9, same time as usual. Frustration is bad driving.

    Gillian MacLean: I think the cameras will cause more problems. I drive it regularly to Caithness and I've seen it all on the A9. Bad driving is the biggest problem, but it's easy to get caught out on it.

  71. Rangers appointment?

    Derek Llambias, the former managing director of Newcastle United, is in Glasgow ahead of being interviewed for the Rangers chief executive role.

    Graham Wallace resigned from the Ibrox position on Monday.

    Derek Llambas (right) with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

    Rangers have confirmed the agreement of an emergency interest-free £2m loan from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

    Speaking to reporters at Glasgow Airport last night, Llambias said: "Mike Ashley has got a great track record, but I can't give you any comment. I'd love to, but I can't."

  72. The future's bright...

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Latest radar shows the sharp clearance as the rain moves south & east. So, turning dry & bright for all by afternoon.

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  73. A9 speed cameras - Your Views

    Tom Brown: Point to mention- drivers' average speed came down over the last few months due to the amount of roadworks installing these cameras and the Ryder Cup roadworks. Agree with cameras on Dunblane-Perth but not the answer above Perth.

    Malcolm Maclean: Why not have a minimum speed limit?

  74. Class system

    An Orkney woman who wants independent schools stripped of their charitable status is taking her campaign to the Scottish Parliament.


    Ashley Husband Powton believes the rules should change on allowing private institutions the reduced tax bill.

    She will put her case to MSPs on the public petitions committee.

    Ms Husband Powton told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "Most elite private schools charge fees of more than £30,000 a year and the average wage in Scotland is about £26,000 a year, so that shows just how inaccessible these schools are for most people."

  75. Road reopens

    Police say one lane of the A835 at Garve (between Inverness and Ullapool) which was closed earlier because of a landslide, has now re-opened. Motorists are advised that there may be delays and journey times should be amended accordingly.

  76. Sarwar flattered... but it's a No

    The acting leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Anas Sarwar, has said he has "no intention" of standing for the leadership.

    anas sarwar

    Mr Sarwar, currently deputy leader of the party, told BBC Scotland: "It's very flattering to be considered for the job.

    "It's very flattering to be classed as one of the luminaries. It's very flattering to be considered the bookies' favourite - even if it was only for 24 hours.

    "But I'm a 31-year-old, first-time-in-parliament politician who has the honour and privilege to be elected by almost 75% of the members to be deputy leader.

    "I owe them the responsibility to do my job the best I can and that job is what I'm doing right now."

  77. Flat note

    Scots singer Paolo Nutini has postponed his second Glasgow show after being diagnosed with severe tonsillitis.

    The Paisley-born singer had already cancelled the SSE Hydro arena gig on Monday night as part of a UK-wide tour.

    Paolo Nutini

    It had been hoped he would play his second date at the SECC venue on Tuesday night but that has now been called off on medical advice.

    Promoters said fans with tickets should keep them and look out for the rescheduled dates.

  78. A9 speed cameras - Your Views

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    Murray: The new HGV speed limit won't make a bit of difference because most already seem to do 50. It's just the big supermarket lorries that don't and still won't save fuel. What will happen is drivers will now be scared to overtake for fear of exceeding the limit so it will just slow everything down to a crawl. What a waste of taxpayers money instead of getting it 'dualled'.

    Stewart, West Kilbride: Average speed cameras will have an effect on overtaking if the overtaking enables the driver to exceed the average speed between cameras.

    Grant: The cameras appear to point at the front number plate. How do they stop motorbikes speeding? Is the man who designed them a biker?

  79. Tune in...

    Louise White

    Presenter, Morning Call

    A network of average speed cameras on the A9 between Inverness and Dunblane have been switched on. Will the cameras make the A9 safer?

    See Me Scotland are today launching a new campaign - "people like you will end mental health stigma and discrimination". What are you doing to help?

    The lines are open 0500 92 95 00, text 80295 or send us an email.

    You can listen live to the programme, from 08:50, here.

  80. What's the gossip?

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist insists he has no fears over his job, given Mike Ashley's increased influence at Ibrox.

    Former Celtic striker Charlie Nicholas thinks Rangers are just four signings away from challenging his old team.

    ally mccoist

    Read about the stories making the back pages here.

  81. Read all about it...

    The Scotsman reports on former prime minister Gordon Brown ruling himself out of contention to lead the Labour Party in Scotland.

    And a driver has described the "mad moment" he hit 132mph on Scotland's most notorious road - ahead of a controversial A9 average-speed camera switch-on.

    Scotland's newspapers

    Read the rest of our newspaper round-up here.

  82. A9 speed curbs

    A network of average speed cameras on the A9 between Inverness and Dunblane have been switched on.

    The cameras have been installed at 27 sites on the notorious road at a cost of £2.5m.

    The speed limit for HGVs using the A9 has also been raised from 40mph to 50mph as a pilot project.

    Speed cameras

    Transport Minister Keith Brown said both measures would save lives on the road, which is seen as being one of the most dangerous in the country.

    It is hoped raising the speed limit for HGVs will reduce driver frustration caused by slower vehicles on the busy road.

  83. Lloyds job losses

    Lloyds Banking Group has confirmed 9,000 job losses and the closure of 150 branches over the next three years.

    Lloyds Banking Group

    The group, which operates the Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland brands, reported pre-tax profits of £1.61bn for the nine months to 30 September.

    The group is setting aside another £900m to cover possible payouts for the PPI mis-selling scandal.

    It says 90% of Lloyds and Bank of Scotland customers will have a branch within five miles and the Halifax branch network will be maintained.

  84. Heavy rains cause landslides

    Landslides have closed the Inverness to Ullapool road and the Rest and Be Thankful as further heavy rains battered the west of Scotland.

    Police said there were no possible diversions on the A835 Ullapool road after it was shut at Garve and have yet to say when it may reopen.

    Drivers are being urged to avoid the area, with work under way to clear the road.

    Emergency teams are also being mobilised to the slip on the A83 Rest and Be Thankful.

    The bad weather is expected to ease in many areas by mid morning.

  85. Travel latest

    BBC Scotland Travel


    A83 - Rest and Be Thankful, closed by landslip, Emergency teams are being mobilised.

  86. Murphy in line for Labour leadership?

    Glenn Campbell

    BBC Scotland news

    Jim Murphy is the bookies' favourite to become the new leader of the Scottish Labour Party - but has yet to declare his intention to stand.

    Labour's Jim Murphy

    Yesterday, a host of names - including Gordon Brown - ruled themselves out of the race. Johann Lamont stepped down last week, accusing her Westminster colleagues of treating the Scottish party like a branch office.

  87. Grab your umbrella...

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Here's what we're dealing with this morning. Rather wet, as the 6am radar show.

    Map of Scotland
  88. Welcome

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a warm welcome from the Scotland Live team as we bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather between now and 18:00.