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  1. Salmond's farewell as first minster
  2. Scottish players desperate to face England
  3. Vote on lowering drink-drive limit
  4. Man in court over 'hit and run' death

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By Paul McLaren, Louise Sayers and Rebecca Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Rebecca Bailey

    BBC Scotland

    That is it for today's Scotland Live blog. Thanks for all your comments.

    You can catch the big game between Scotland and England at Celtic Park live on Radio Scotland's BBC Sportsound from 18:10, followed by Off The Ball.

    Maloney celebrating his goal versus ROI

    There's also live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

    What are your predictions for tonight's match? Tweet our team or let us know on Facebook.

  2. Last day on the job

    Unveiling a stone, a final Cabinet meeting, and perhaps a hint that he won't be spending as much time on the golf course as his opponents might like; but what else did Alex Salmond get up to on his last full day in office?

    Salmond unveils a stone

    BBC Scotland's Doug Kennedy has looked into it - you can read his story here.

  3. Salmond departure - Your views

    Tracey, Edinburgh: I have every respect for Alex Salmond. He has always had the best interests of Scotland at heart. He is honest and passionate, and I thank him for waking people from lazy political slumber, and getting the whole country talking about how to get the best deal for Scotland, and for those of us lucky enough to live here.

    Jacqueline: Have to laugh. Alex Salmond saying goodbye. He is not going away unfortunately. Loves the power too much. He is a bully of a man who blames everyone else when he does not get his own way. An embarrassment to the decent people of Scotland over his behaviour during and after the referendum!

    Iain: Full of admiration for Mr Salmond. Head and shoulders above any other politician in the UK for years. Has done a great deal of good for Scotland, and has set the scene for eventual large scale change for the better. A real breath of fresh air, and I have every confidence in his successor. Thank you Mr Salmond.

  4. Rags to riches

    BBC Radio Scotland

    tweets: Hear how Taggart's #AlexNorton went from the Gorbals to Hollywood blockbusters @macaulayandco

    Alex Norton
  5. New homes added to expo

    Nine new homes are being added to the site of Scotland's Housing Expo in Inverness.

    More than 50 properties with innovative designs were built near Milton of Leys and opened to the public in August 2010, before being offered for sale.

    Nine new homes are being added to the site of Scotland's Housing Expo in Inverness

    The exhibition had about 34,000 visitors and made a loss of £198,000.

    The new rented accommodation is being constructed at a cost of £1m under the Scottish government's National Housing Trust (NHT) initiative.

  6. Alex Salmond: A Rebel's Journey

    As Alex Salmond steps down as First Minister, the BBC is to broadcast a television documentary looking back at his political life.

    Alex Salmond

    BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor speaks to the man himself, his colleagues, opponents and those who have worked most closely with him.

    You can read Brian's blog on the documentary here, and watch the hour-long programme on BBC One Scotland at 22:35 on Wednesday, 19 November.

  7. New drink drive limit approved

    A reduction in Scotland's drink drive limit has been formally approved by MSPs.

    Holyrood voted unanimously to lower the legal alcohol limit from 80mg in every 100ml of blood to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.

    A breathalyzer

    The change, which will come into force two weeks on Friday, would mean a glass of wine or a pint of beer could put a driver over the drink drive limit.

    Some MSPs called for a review of how the change is working in five years time.

  8. Pooling together

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    A community in Lochaber is fighting to save its swimming pool.

    One of the reasons for the opening of Mallaig and District Swimming Pool in the 1990s was to help fishermen to learn to swim.

    Mallaig swimming pool

    More than 1,400 people have signed a petition to stop the potential closure of the building.

    Highland Council could withdraw annual funding of £85,000 as part of its money savings plans. The local authority is consulting on its spending proposals.

    The swimming pool is run by a not-for-profit organisation and funding from the council helps to cover the site's running costs.

  9. Expansive business

    Highland councillors have approved plans to expand a factory producing wood panels near Inverness.

    Toronto-based Norbord has proposed more than doubling its annual production from 350,000 cubic metres to 750,000 at its Dalcross site on the A96.

    The project is at the conceptual design stage and the firm applied to the council for information on what limits might be placed on the expansion.

    Council planning officers had recommended approval with conditions.

  10. Lyle: I'm maul yours

    Glasgow Warriors have signed Fraser Lyle until the end of the season.

    Fraser Lyle in action for Stirling County

    The 26-year-old Scot, who has played for Stirling County, Aberdeen Grammar and for clubs in Canada, has been training with Warriors and impressed in a recent 'A' fixture against Edinburgh.

    "I want to learn from all the players and coaches at the club and make the most of this move," said Lyle.

    Warriors boss Gregor Townsend said: "We've been watching Fraser, he's been in great form for Stirling County."

  11. Bafta winner's studio plea

    A Bafta award-winning director is backing calls for a dedicated film studio to be established in Scotland.

    Tommy Gormley, who is a leading first assistant director, said a studio could draw some of Hollywood's top talent.

    Tommy Gormley receiving outstanding achievement in craft award from Simon Pegg at Bafta Scotland awards

    He will support calls for a Scottish film studio when he meets students from the University of the West of Scotland's Ayr campus this week.

    The Glaswegian picked up an outstanding contribution to craft award at the Scottish Bafta ceremony on Sunday.

    His credits include two Star Trek films and the much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII,

  12. Salmond departure - Your views

    Lucy: Salmond will be missed for his integrity and genuine belief in the Scottish people. Every confidence in Sturgeon!

    Mr Munro: Good riddance. I will never forgive or forget the lies and deceit this man led to create the divisions that now exist in our society. He should be held accountable.

  13. Ex-Rangers owner to return

    Sky Sports

    tweets: Spokesman for former Rangers owner Craig Whyte says he is making arrangements to return to UK to help police with their enquiries.

    Craig Whyte
  14. New council leader named

    The new leader of Moray Council has been confirmed as Stewart Cree, who takes over from Allan Wright after he resigned over a schools vote.

    Stewart Cree

    Mr Cree will step down from his position as convener of the authority, and the new convener will be Mr Wright.

    Mr Wright announced earlier this month he was stepping aside after councillors agreed a five-year moratorium on the closure of schools.

    The new positions will take effect on 1 January.

  15. 'Hit and run' man in court

    A 32-year-old man has appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court charged with causing death by dangerous driving following the death of an 11-year-old girl on Friday night.

    Sophie Brannan

    Christopher Hannah is also charged with causing injury by dangerous driving and a number of other road traffic offences.

    Sophie Brannan died in what police have described as a hit and run incident in the Maryhill area of Glasgow.

    Her friend, 10-year-old Chelsea Sommerville, and Chelsea's uncle Joseph Lloyd were also injured.

    Christopher Hannah has made no plea or declaration and has been remanded in custody. He is expected to appear again next Wednesday.

  16. Ex-Celts praise Strachan

    BBC Sport


    Former Celtic players Gary Caldwell and Neil Lennon have spoken for their admiration of Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, whose team play England in a friendly this evening.

    Gordon Strachan and Gary Caldwell at Celtic

    Strachan enjoyed success as Celtic boss from 2005-09 before a troubled spell at Middlesbrough, but has restored his and Scotland's reputation in recent years.

    "Having worked with him at Celtic, I knew how good he was," said Caldwell.

    "It took him time to get going but now the Scotland players are playing well."

  17. Death driver distracted by music

    A woman knocked down and killed a pensioner after she was "distracted" by loud music playing in her car.

    Anna McCallum crashed into John Gordon Sangster on Baltic Street, Montrose, as the 79-year-old stepped out to cross the road on 1 Decemer, 2012.

    Forfar Sheriff Court heard the 23-year-old, of Johnshaven, Aberdeenshire, was "momentarily distracted" by loud music playing in her Kia Picanto.

    She pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and sentence was deferred.

  18. Tonight's weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It will remain dry for many to end the day, with some late sunshine over the north west Highlands, Skye and towards western parts of Argyll, Ayrshire and Galloway.

    Eastern parts remain cloudier with a few scattered showers, these mainly affecting Caithness, Aberdeenshire and Angus.

  19. Mum and child found

    A Dundee mother and child who were missing for over two weeks have been found.

    Police had been concerned for the welfare of Clare Justice, 38, and her six-year-old son Kelvin, who had not been seen since 2 November.

    Officers in the city worked closely with the Metropolitan Police due to Mrs Justice's links to London.

    A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed the pair, from the Craigie area of Dundee, had been traced safe and well.

  20. 'Goodbye and good luck'

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    The outgoing first minister wishes "every single member" of the Scottish parliament "goodbye and good luck".

    Alex Salmond
  21. Political 'awakening'

    Patrick Harvie, the co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, criticises Alex Salmond over his relationship with American businessman Donald Trump.

    Patrick Harvie

    Mr Harvie also speaks about climate change, and praises Mr Salmond's work on the issue.

    The Green MSP, who campaigned with the outgoing first minister for a "Yes" vote during the referendum, says there is now a "movement for change" and highlights Mr Salmond for his role in this political awakening in Scotland.

  22. Crookston murder trial

    A 19-year-old man has gone on trial accused of murdering a woman and trying to kill her 85-year-old partner in their Glasgow home.

    Isabelle Sanders

    Paul McManus is charged with attacking Isabelle Sanders and Norman Busby after allegedly breaking into their property in Crookston in April this year.

    It is claimed he fatally stabbed the 51-year-old and attempted to murder her partner having demanded car keys. Mr McManus also faces other theft charges.

    The trial, before judge Lord Armstrong, at the High Court in Glasgow continues.

  23. Like him, loathe him

    Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, said Mr Salmond is a little like Margaret Thatcher, in that he is a "Marmite figure" for voters.

    Willie Rennie
  24. Conservative praise

    Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives describes Alex Salmond as a "political Lazarus".

    Ruth Davidson

    She says Mr Salmond has taken the SNP "from the fringes to enormous power".

    However, she adds that questions may be raised in time about the way he campaigned in the independence referendum.

  25. Emaciated dog dies

    A severely emaciated dog has died after being handed over to a vet by an owner who could not afford its treatment.


    Staffordshire bull terrier Luna was handed into Vets for Pets at Pets at Home in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on Thursday 6 November.

    The dog died on the operating table as it was too weak to survive the operation.

    The Scottish SPCA has been unable to trace its owner.

  26. Al be back

    Labour MSP Jackie Baillie, speaking for Scottish Labour following the resignation of ex-leader Johann Lamont, praises Alex Salmond and his commitment to public life.

    Jackie Baillie

    She jokes that Mr Salmond, in the style of Arnold Schwarzenegger, may "be back".

    She says Mr Salmond can be "rightly proud" of his time as first minister, and said the participation of Scots at the independence referendum was a "genuinely heartening experience".

  27. Highland Show death

    A security guard at the Royal Highland Show has been telling a court how he tried to save a young boy after a concrete bollard fell on his head.

    Ben Craggs

    Ben Craggs, 3, died after being hit by a bollard which overturned at the Ingliston showground in June 2008.

    The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland has pleaded not guilty to eight charges brought under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

    The trial, at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, is expected to last four weeks.

  28. 'Privilege of my life'

    Mr Salmond describes serving as first minister as "the privilege of my life" and says Nicola Sturgeon will be an "outstanding" successor.

    alex salmond
  29. Road rage attack

    Police in Falkirk are investigating after a man was assaulted in front of his young children in an apparent road rage attack.

    The 39-year-old was with his wife and three young children when he was involved in an altercation with the occupants of a red hatchback at the Garrison Place Roundabout on Sunday.

    A short time later, the men from the red car attacked the victim on Glebe Street, punching and kicking him.

    Officers have appealed for witnesses.

  30. 'Extraordinary debate'

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    Alex Salmond tells MSPs the Scottish independence referendum was one of the most "invigorating, extraordinary debates of the democratic era".

  31. Edinburgh-Doha daily flights

    A direct air link between Edinburgh and the Middle East is to become a daily service.

    Qatar Airways

    Qatar Airways will increase flights of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft from 1 May 2015.

    Currently, the airline flies five times a week from the Scottish capital to Doha.

    Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said the increase to daily flights was "great news for Scottish passengers".

  32. Looking back

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    Alex Salmond has now started his resignation address to the Scottish Parliament. He begins by looking back at the reconvening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

  33. Lifetime of adventure

    A lifetime of diaries, letters and photographs of a man described as a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene has opened to the public.

    Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor and Dirk Bogarde

    The archive of travel writer, war hero and adventurer Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor has been catalogued by the National Library of Scotland.

    The collection includes letters from Prince Charles and Truman Capote.

    Sir Patrick, who was known as Paddy, died in 2011 at the age of 96.

  34. STV breached referendum rules

    STV has been found to be in breach of broadcasting rules for showing a repeat of a current affairs programme on the day of the independence referendum.

    TV studio

    The repeat of Scotland Tonight was broadcast on the local station STV Glasgow at 15:00 on 18 September.

    The programme - shown on its main channel the previous day - discussed the referendum campaign.

    The broadcaster reported itself to regulator Ofcom and said it had tightened procedures.

  35. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    M74 has now reopened Glasgow bound - between 8 Canderside & 6 Hamilton following RTA.

  36. Scotland v England: Best memories

    Scottish football heroes Denis Law, Gordon McQueen, Peter Lorimer and Walter Smith know a thing or two about Scotland-England matches.

    They've been telling us their fondest memories of Scotland-England fixtures gone by.

    Scotland v England fixtures

    What are yours? Get involved by emailing us, text 80295 or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

  37. Little bookworms

    Every primary one pupil in Scotland is to be given three free picture books for Book Week.

    kids given books

    The Scottish Book Trust says the family pack is designed to help parents show children how enjoyable books can be at a crucial stage in their learning journey.

    Taking pleasure in reading, it argues, helps children get more out of school and life.

  38. Man stabbed friend six times

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    A man has admitted stabbing a former friend six times in a frenzied attack at an Inverness flat.

    Sean Boyle, 20, repeatedly stabbed 25-year-old Sean Pierce on 13 August, the High Court in Edinburgh heard.

    The men had been arguing about Boyle not turning up for a job that Mr Pierce had secured for him.

    Boyle admitted assaulting Mr Pierce to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of his life.

    Judge Lady Wolffe deferred sentence on Boyle, who was on bail at the time of the offence and has a previous conviction for assault.

  39. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    M80: RTA Southbound between J5 Auchenkilns and J4A A8011 Glasgow Road (Low Wood Junction). Overturned van. Delays Stirling - Glasgow road.

  40. Love thy neighbourhood

    A suburb of Dundee has been narrowly beaten to the title of the UK's best neighbourhood.


    Broughty Ferry made it to the final shortlist of three for the Academy of Urbanism's Great Neighbourhood Award, but was pipped by Holbeck Urban Village in Leeds.

    Judges who visited the Ferry praised community spirit and town planning.

    Rotterdam was named the European City of the Year among other prizes at the 2015 Urbanism Awards.

  41. Do sports stars get paid too much?

    London 2012 Olympian, 2 x Commonwealth medallist, and sports journalist Susan Egelstaff was on the John Beattie show on Radio Scotland to discuss if sports stars get paid too much.

    Susan Egelstaff

    What do you think? Let us know by email or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

  42. Ready for the big knight

    David Currie


    tweets: England fans arriving in Glasgow for #scoveng dragons beware

    Two English fans dressed as knights
  43. Talk of the field

    Two wild Exmoor conservation ponies

    Sylvia Beaumont took this picture of two wild Exmoor conservation ponies near North Berwick Law "having a bit of a chat over the garden gate!"

    Email us your photos for the chance to have them included in our weekly gallery of pictures from around Scotland. Alternatively, you can tweet using #ScotlandLive.

    Remember to include your name and where you took the photo.

  44. Former housebuilder drowns on holiday

    Tributes have been paid to former Mactaggart & Mickel chairman Derek Mickel, who has died while on holiday in the Canary Islands aged 79.

    Mactaggart & Mickel chairman Derek Mickel

    It is understood Mr Mickel, who served as chairman of the Glasgow-based housebuilder for eight years up until 2012, drowned while swimming at Fuerteventura on Saturday.

    A spokesman for the company and the Mickel family said it was "with great sadness" that his death had been confirmed, and asked that the family's privacy be respected.

  45. Any old Iron

    Radiocarbon dating has confirmed a site excavated on the National Trust for Scotland's Threave Estate in Dumfries and Galloway dates from the Iron Age.

    Threave Estate dig

    Archaeologists and volunteers spent a week excavating the enclosure on Little Wood Hill, overlooking Threave Castle, near Castle Douglas.

    Although few artefacts were recovered, charcoal flecks and samples were sent for dating.

    They have now confirmed the site dates from the period.

  46. Workers need affordable homes

    Evening Express

    tweets: Alex Neil says housing is key to tackling Aberdeen health staff crisis.

    Alex Neil

    Read the full story here.

  47. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    In South Lanarkshire, there are delays on the A71 northbound between Canderside and Garrion Bridge and A72 Carlisle Road northbound through Ferniegair, because of the incident on the M74.

  48. Alicia Keys in love with Glasgow

    The Herald

    US superstar singer Alicia Keys has declared her love for the city of Glasgow - and has even vowed to tell her new baby about the weekend she spent here during the MTV EMAs.

    Alicia Keys performing at the O2 Academy in Glasgow during the MTV EMA awards.

    On a blog dedicated to the city on her official website yesterday, the star wrote about the "cool little city called Glasgow".

    Read the full story here.

  49. Friend and foe

    With the vast majority of Scotland's squad playing their club football in England, they will be facing familiar faces when the two nations meet in Glasgow tonight, including Manchester United's Darren Fletcher.

    darren fletcher

    Read about the friendliest of rivalries here.

  50. Killer's jail term cut

    A murderer who cut off his dying victim's ear and shouted "can you hear me now" has had his minimum jail term reduced by five years.

    Derek Telford

    Derek Telford, 33, killed 34-year-old James Kerr over a drugs dispute at the victim's flat in Glasgow in April 2012.

    He was convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh in March 2013 and jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years.

    Telford's appeal against his conviction was rejected but appeal judges ruled his minimum jail term was "excessive".

  51. The £7m hotel bill

    A top Ayrshire hotel has been put up for sale, with a price tag of £7m.

    The Marine Hotel in Troon has been put on the market by owners The Hotel Collection.

    Marine Hotel, Troon

    The four-star hotel stands next to the 18th hole of the Royal Troon golf course, which has hosted The Open championship on eight occasions.

    Selling agent Colliers International is inviting offers of about £7m for the 89-bedroom hotel, which was built at the turn of the 20th century.

  52. Many hoppy returns

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    A craft beer festival held for the first time this summer in Inverness is to be held again next year.

    North Hop was described by its organisers as the city's first large-scale craft beer event.

    North Hop festival

    More than 800 people and over 20 exhibitors from across Scotland, including Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, attended the festival at Eden Court.

    August's event featured craft beers, artisan gins, cocktails and about 30 live music acts.

    Next year's festival will tie in with 2015's Year of Food and Drink.

  53. Same sex teaching - Your views

    Text 80295

    Catherine: Where teachers have a strong conscientious objection to same sex relationships, is it not better to allow them to opt out of that teaching rather than instil unconsciously or otherwise a prejudice reminiscent of homophobia?

    Billy: Surely we have a lot more important things to teach our children. Teaching about this subject, and religion for that matter, should be a parent's job not teachers.

    Mary: This isn't just about legalised same sex marriage, this is about us being a tolerant and accepting society. Many young people in schools are gay and to ignore teaching on same sex marriage sends the message out that it isn't "normal" or "traditional" as some people might put it. It is 2014, we have people from all sexual persuasions in society and it's time to embrace difference and stop making it seem like it's something negative, wrong or somehow bad.

    Selbers: If parents opposed the teaching of same sex marriage would that be allowed? If not would the new "guardian" appointed by the government step in and over-ride their wishes?

  54. Aberdeen arrest investigated

    An investigation has been launched by an independent police watchdog after a man was left seriously injured following an arrest in Aberdeen.

    The incident, involving a 39-year-old man, took place on Bridge Street just after midnight on Sunday, 26 October.

    The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner has now launched an inquiry and a report will be submitted to the Deputy Chief Constable.

  55. Post update

    The Scotsman

    tweets: Wayne Rooney warns England players of Celtic Park atmosphere when they take on Scotland tonight.

    Wayne Rooney

    Read the full story here.

  56. Sunshine on Menteith

    Kate Adams, of Springburn in Glasgow, sent us this picture of a beautiful sunset over the Lake of Menteith.

    Sunset photo

    Email us your photos for the chance to have them included in our weekly gallery of pictures from around Scotland. Remember to include your name and where you took the photo.

  57. Man dies in M74 crash

    Police have confirmed that a 60-year-old man has died following a road crash on the M74 between Larkhall and Hamlton this morning.

    The motorway is currently closed to all northbound traffic between Junction 8 and Junction 6.

    Local diversions are in place and officers are still on the scene.

  58. Elderly care in hospital 'a concern'

    Elderly people in hospital

    Older people are getting better care in hospital but there is still room for improvement, according to a care watchdog.

    Healthcare Improvement Scotland says there is better awareness of the issues older people face in hospital, such as the risk of falls and eating difficulties, but the way older people are managed through the hospital system is still a concern.

    It says hospital teams also need to be regularly reminded of best practice.

  59. Post update

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    tweets: Pat Nevin on 5live: There was a time this would be Scotland's biggest game of the year, now it's not even their biggest game of the week.

  60. Blaze school closed

    A primary school is to remain closed due to smoke damage after a fire broke out in a changing room.

    Andover Primary

    Staff and pupils were rushed from Andover Primary in Brechin at 13:20 on Monday after the alarm was raised.

    An Angus council spokeswoman said a deep clean of the building was required due to smoke damage, and said parents would be notified when the school was ready to reopen.

    Police and the fire service are investigating the cause of the blaze.

  61. Pet food banks - Your views

    Text 80295

    Anna, Leith: In Ireland extra dole is given for a pet dog. Of course you could give your children away too if you fall on hard times.

    Jim: Have a word with yourself. If you can't afford to feed your pet don't have one.

    Gregg, East Kilbride: How about looking beyond the financial value and look at emotional wellbeing of people? If a person finds themselves in hard times, their stress will be high and confidence will be low. Very often their pet will be the only hope in their lives. To take that away is to push them further into despair. Let's look past money, and look at what will help people through these hard times.

    Sam: I would donate to a food bak for dogs in preference to humans. No dog has ever done me harm but plenty humans have.

  62. Amend the bend

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Transport Scotland will present a draft outline of the proposed improvements to a challenging hairpin bend on the A9 in Caithness next week.

    Berriedale Braes hairpin bend

    The A9 drops from 150m (492ft) to 20m (65ft) as it enters a valley at the Berriedale Braes.

    Transport Scotland will run an exhibition at Berriedale Parish Church outlining the proposed work.

    The plans will also be made available on the Scottish government agency's website.

  63. Pet food banks

    BBC Radio Scotland

    On Morning Call...Dawn Murray, who counsels on pet bereavement, tells Louise White that pet food banks are a must. What do you think?

    Call 0500 929500, text 80295, email, or tweet using #Scotland Live.

  64. Hospital deaths down

    The number of people dying within a month of admission to hospital has fallen by 16% since 2007.

    hospital ward

    Less than one in 100 people now die shortly after admission.

    The Scottish government has set a target to reduce hospital mortality rates by 20% by this time next year. Figures produced today by the NHS show seven hospitals have already achieved that target.

    They include hospitals in Dundee, Wishaw, Larbert, Kilmarnock, Dunfermline, Glasgow and the Western Isles.

  65. Best of Auld Enemies

    BBC Sport


    Watch here to look back at some of the most memorable fixtures between Scotland and England.

    Jimmy Greaves's hat-trick in 1961 features, as does Scotland beating the world champions in 1967, England keeper Ray Clemence's mistake in 1976, Scottish fans destroying the Wembley pitch in 1977, and Paul Gascoigne's famous goal at Euro '96.

    Screenshot of video contents

    The two teams face each other in a friendly at Celtic Park this evening. Kick off is at 20:00.

    What do you think has been the most memorable time Scotland and England have faced each other on the pitch? Let us know by emailing, text 80295 or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

  66. Shop 'stabbing'

    A 40-year-old man has been arrested following an alleged serious assault in a shop in Prestwick.

    Police were called just after 07:00 on Monday when a 60-year-old woman was attacked at the Spar shop in St Quivox Road.

    BBC Scotland understands the woman was stabbed during the incident and required hospital treatment.

    The man is expected to appear in court later today.

  67. Same sex teaching - Your views

    Text 80295

    Joe, Fife: Bullying is a different issue to sexual preference. Schools should not be hijacked in the interest of supporting confused individuals. This is not an issue of sexual orientation. It's school - not the bike sheds.

    Helen, Rosyth: Let the teachers get on with teaching academics. It used to be illustrations were used to teach the facts of life...the mind boggles as to how to teach children the difference between heterosexual couples and homosexual. If I was a teacher I'd want to run!

    Ian, Hamilton: Are we saying that freedom of belief is for everyone except teachers? It's up to parents to instil morality in kids. School is for academic education. Would u tell an RE teacher to teach Darwinism?

    Cristina, Coatbridge: Schools should teach respect for everyone, no matter who they are. Black, gay, buddhist or whatever else, we're all human beings.

  68. Homes on hotel site

    Detailed planning permission is being sought for a major housing development on the site of Aberdeen's iconic Marcliffe Hotel.


    The five-star hotel - a popular venue for wedding receptions and functions - has been at its North Deeside Road venue since 1993.

    Housebuilder Stewart Milne wants to demolish the hotel and create 189 properties.

    The owner, Stewart Spence, is retiring, and sold the site.

  69. Your pictures - Get involved

    Richard Cooper, of Giffnock, grabbed this shot of his son Kieran, 14, at the top of Ben Lomond.

    kieran cooper

    Email us your pictures and we will use the best.

  70. UPDATE: M74 crash

    BBC Scotland Travel


    One person has been seriously injured in a crash between a car and a van on the M74 near Hamilton.

    The accident - which happened at 06:20 this morning - has closed the northbound motorway between Junction 8, Canderside and Junction 6, Hamilton.

    Diversions are in place but surrounding roads are said to be extremely congested.

    Police say they don't yet know when the motorway will re-open.

  71. Mine of information

    An MP has called for "detailed information" over proposals for a coal mine in southern Scotland, which it is claimed could create 270 jobs.

    David Mundell

    A scoping study for Australian firm New Age Exploration found there were supplies which could last 26 years at the Lochinvar site near Canonbie.

    The company said it hoped to fill as many of the 270 posts as possible with workers from "nearby locations".

    Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell welcomed the update but said he wanted to see "definitive proposals" for the scheme.

  72. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    The A82 is completely closed due to a collision at Bridge of Orchy. Traffic is very busy in the area and is being directed by the police.

    The M74 is also closed between J8 and J6, due to an accident.

  73. Hospital death probe

    A fatal accident inquiry is to be held into the death of a pensioner who slipped while being dropped off by an ambulance at Borders General Hospital.

    Borders general hospital

    Fiona Barber, 71, of Bridgelands near Selkirk, hit her head and was knocked out, just before Christmas 2009.

    She died, almost two weeks later, without regaining consciousness.

    A preliminary hearing will take place at Selkirk Sheriff Court on 19 January, with the inquiry itself scheduled to begin on 9 February.

  74. Same sex teaching - Your views

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    David, Broxburn: Teachers shouldn't be allowed to teach the subject if they hold bigoted views. We need to weed this out of society.

    Lorna, Stirling: Yes, teachers should opt out of teaching this if they wish, we all have our views and should be able to agree or disagree with certain issues in life.

    Fiona, Troon: If nurses are allowed to opt out of abortion due to their beliefs then teachers should be allowed to opt out of teaching about same sex marriage and relationships. Double standards otherwise!

  75. JCB crash appeal

    Police are appealing for witnesses to a road crash in Dumfriesshire which has left a man critically ill in hospital.

    The 52-year-old man, from Johnstonebridge, was driving a car which was involved in a collision with a JCB digger.

    The incident happened on Monday, shortly after 16:30, on the B7076 road near to the Dinwoodie Lodge Hotel in Lockerbie.

    The casualty was airlifted from the scene to Glasgow's Southern General Hospital. His injuries are described as life threatening.

  76. On Morning Call

    BBC Radio Scotland

    On today's Morning Call with Louise White...Should teachers be allowed to opt out of teaching about same sex marriage?

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    And with the latest pet food bank in Scotland set up last week to help poor pet owners feed their starving pets, we ask - Would you donate to a pet food bank?

    Call 0500929500, text 80295, email or tweet using #ScotlandLive and let us know what you think.

  77. Bird flu: Be vigilant

    Scottish poultry farmers are being warned to be extra vigilant, as a cull of 6,000 ducks begins today at an East Yorkshire farm, where a case of bird flu has been declared.

    A man stands outside the perimeter at the affected farm in Yorkshire

    The case is the first in the UK since 2008, but officials say the public health risk is very low.

    The Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead says they are checking if any birds from affected farms have travelled north.

    "Thankfully there is unlikely to be any significant trade between that farm and Scotland, and we're unaware of any at the moment," he said.

    However, he stressed that investigations are ongoing.

  78. All the gossip

    The passion of the Scotland players to appear in the friendly international against England at Celtic Park on Tuesday evening has forced Scotland manager Gordon Strachan to reconsider how he approaches the match.

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    Scotland midfielder Scott Brown goes out his way to underline "how special" the game is to him and his team-mates, suggesting the England players "have this sense of superiority that comes with thinking how much better they are than us".

    England boss Roy Hodgson is expecting to see a "classic game of football".

    It's a day of international football gossip and you can read it all here.

  79. M74 crash

    The emergency services are dealing with a serious accident on the M74 in Lanarkshire.

    It happened at about 06:20 and was thought to have involved two vehicles.

    Police said all three lanes of the northbound carriageway were closed between junction 8 Canderside and junction 6 Hamilton.

    Officers at the scene were directing traffic.

  80. The art of forensics

    Forensic work has begun on the Mackintosh Library at Glasgow School of Art. The library was destroyed by a fire which swept through the school in May.

    Mackintosh building, GSA

    But archaelogists believe the debris contains clues which may help with restoration.

  81. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    M80 especially busy this morning. Northbound - gantry signs showing 6 miles of slow traffic from about junction 2.

  82. Labour leader race 'tightens up'

    The campaign for Neil Findlay to be the next Scottish Labour leader has claimed it is closing the gap on frontrunner Jim Murphy.

    Jim Murphy and Neil Findlay headshot

    The Findlay campaign has indicated that the MSP is polling 6% behind his rival ahead of the result on 13 December, according to analysis seen by the BBC.

    Mr Murphy has won more support from declared elected Labour members and local parties than his rival, while Mr Findlay has the support of nine out of 11 nominating unions.

    Scottish Labour uses an electoral college to decide the winner - party members, Scottish MPs, MEPs and MSPs, unions and other affiliated organisations all get a say.

  83. What the papers say

    The Herald says MPs have criticised the taxman for being too slow to crack down on controversial avoidance schemes used by celebrities and other high earners.

    Daily Record, The Herald, The Scottish Sun

    Banks should face radical reform including further curbs on pay after a succession of major scandals, reports the Scotsman.

    The Daily Record says a man has been arrested over the hit-and-run death of schoolgirl Sophie Brannan.

    Craig Whyte hatched a £22m plot to "swindle" ex-Rangers owner Sir David Murray into selling him the club, prosecutors have claimed, says the Scottish Sun.

    Read our full review of today's papers here.

  84. 'Hit and run': Man in court

    A man will appear in court later in connection with the "hit and run" death of an 11-year-old girl who was knocked down by a car in Glasgow.

    Sophie Brannan and scene

    Sophie Brannan, from Maryhill, died after being struck by a black Vauxhall Astra which mounted the pavement in Sandbank Street on Friday night.

    Her friend Chelsea Sommerville, aged 10, and Chelsea's 36-year-old uncle, Joseph Lloyd, were also hurt.

    Police said a 32-year-old man had been detained.

  85. Scotland v England

    Jane Lewis

    BBC Scotland

    tweets: At 08.25 we'll talk to a player who has 55 caps to his name (so far). Tune into BBC Radio Scotland with as we talk Scotland v England.

  86. Drink-drive changes

    Changes to Scotland's drink-drive limit are expected to be approved by the Scottish Parliament later.


    MSPs will vote on a proposal to lower the alcohol limit from 80mg in every 100ml of blood to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.

    The new rules would come into force on 5 December.

    A campaign to highlight the change is under way. Both the Scottish government and police have said the best advice for drivers is not to drink at all.

  87. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Morning all! It'll be mainly dry today with some sunshine breaking through, the best of it in the Northwest. A few showers will affect Aberdeenshire, Angus, Perthshire and the Borders. Temperatures will be above average for mid November, at 11 or 12C. Light to moderate winds for most, freshening around the coasts and over the Isles.

  88. Post update

    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Look back on Alex Salmond's time as SNP leader and First Minister with Gordon Wilson and Henry McLeish on Good Morning Scotland at 08:10.

  89. Bring on England

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has revealed his players are desperate to be involved in tonight's friendly with England at Celtic Park.

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    In the wake of the Scots' crucial 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Ireland, on Friday, Strachan felt the intensity levels might drop among his players.

    But he said: "They went into the game we put on in training and it was as intense as the first day at pre-season.

    "I've got so many players wanting to play tomorrow night."

  90. Salmond bows out

    Alex Salmond will address parliament for the last time as first minister before standing down from the job.

    alex salmond

    Opposition leaders will also have a chance to bid farewell to Mr Salmond, ahead of Nicola Sturgeon's expected appointment to the post.

    Ms Sturgeon took over the SNP leadership from her former boss during the party's conference at the weekend.

    Mr Salmond is staying on as an MSP but he is also considering standing for Westminster in the May 2015 election.

  91. Post update

    Paul McLaren

    BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and welcome to Tuesday's Scotland Live as we offer you a comprehensive round-up of news, sport, travel and weather between now and 18:00.