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  1. Robert Buczek convicted of murdering 85-year-old Eleanor Whitelaw
  2. Appeal against Shetland wind farm rejected by Supreme Court
  3. First Minister's new plan to improve education standards
  4. Bad weather 'hits economic output'
  5. Dundee United drawn to face Celtic in Scottish Cup

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By Rebecca Bailey, Sandy Murray and Thomas McGuigan

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  1. Goodbye

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland News

    That's all from the Scotland Live team tonight. We're back at 07:00 tomorrow with news and sport from across the country. Hope you can join us then. Cheers.

  2. High note


    BBC Radio Scotland

    Wow - what a lot of gear! @twinatlantic's crew setting up for tonight's @VicGalloway session.

    BBC Scotland studio
  3. Police defend stop-and-search policy

    Rank and file police officers have accused politicians of "ignorance" over consensual stop-and-searches.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed last week that senior officers at Police Scotland are considering ending the controversial tactic.

    Police Scotland is reviewing its use of consensual stop and search

    But the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) has now written to MSPs insisting the searches increase public safety.

    And it defended the right of officers to carry out consensual stop-searches on children.

    Last June, Police Scotland told MSPs it would abolish consensual stop-searches for children under 12.

  4. Tomorrow's weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Tomorrow, high pressure will continue to dominate.

    Winds will be more south-westerly as the high pressure drifts east. This means the best of any sunshine will be in the north-east, from the Moray Firth to Peterhead. There will be highs of 12, perhaps 13C in the sunshine here.

    Elsewhere, temperatures are more likely to be 9C.

    Winds will be mostly light, with the exception of the far north, where it will remain breezy.

  5. Scottish Cup - Your views

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    Liz: Well done Raith Rovers and good luck in the next round. And good luck to Dundee United, we are all bored rigid with the Old Firm. Scottish football is doing fine and dandy without them, some excellent games of football this season.

  6. Ronny Deila - Your views

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    Keith, Moray: Has Ronny Deila actually said he's going to win the treble??? I think he's said as long as his team are still in every competition, they have a chance of winning it. Big difference from him saying he's going to win the treble. Typical media.

    Anon: What a fuss over Rangers cup exit yesterday. Promotion was always the end game. Raith scored from a set piece, and a fortunate tap in, wow!!

  7. Coming up...

    That's snow business - tonight's Reporting Scotland will have more on ski resorts gearing up for one of the busiest times of the season.

    Reporting Scotland

    Watch BBC One Scotland and online here at 6:30 ►

  8. Tune in

    Sportsound is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland, with the latest reaction to this afternoon's Scottish Cup quarter-final draw.

    BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound

    You can listen live to the programme, presented by Kenny Macintyre, here.

  9. Smoking woman dies from aerosol burns

    A woman who burst into flames in an Edinburgh cafe after sniffing aerosols and smoking a cigarette has died.

    The 33-year-old, who suffered 30% burns in Costa at South Bridge Street last Tuesday, was taken to St John's Hospital in Livingston for treatment.

    The woman died at St John's Hospital in Livingston

    Police have now confirmed the woman died in the hospital on Friday. A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

  10. Sport on Reporting Scotland

    Jane Lewis

    BBC Scotland

    It's me with the sport tonight on #RepScot from 6.30. Reaction to #ScottishCup draw & Scotland's rugby side have reasons to be optimistic.

  11. Scots upbeat despite Six Nations loss

    Scotland's most-capped player, Chris Paterson, insists there is a rising positivity around the national team despite defeat by France in their Six Nations opener.

    Chris Paterson

    And he is backing the Scots to see off Wales in Edinburgh on Sunday - if they iron out the mistakes made in Paris.

    "Disappointing result obviously, but don't underestimate how hard it is to play in Paris against a team like the French had on Saturday night - full of stars, full of power," Paterson said.

    "With expectation comes pressure, but I thought the boys delivered despite the defeat. Stuart Hogg and Mark Bennett and Finn Russell carrying the ball in the midfield and Alex Dunbar, there was a lot of good, attacking rugby from Scotland."

    Scotland players following the defeat in Paris
  12. Weather update


    BBC Scotland Weather


    Hi, Chris here. In the sun today we saw highs of 11C - almost spring like! Tonight, it's mostly dry/cloudy 5C. Clearer & cooler in E/NE 0/3C

  13. Sturgeon's concern over Clutha probe

    Scotland's first minister has raised concerns about the speed of progress in the Clutha helicopter crash investigation.

    In a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron in December, Nicola Sturgeon said there had been a "dearth of information flow".

    She urged him to ensure investigators complete their inquiry as soon as possible.

    Emergency services at the scene of the crash

    Ten people died when the Police Scotland helicopter crashed into the Clutha bar in November 2013.

    An interim report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) in April 2014 found that both engines in the craft had failed, but did not set out the cause.

    In November, the agency said it still needed "several weeks" to complete its investigation.

  14. Coming up...


    BBC Scotland

    Spud the piper learns to ski in tonight's visit to The Mountain (7.30pm, BBC1 Scot)

    The Mountain
  15. Glasgow 2014 pair traced

    Two Ugandan rugby players who disappeared after coming to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year are playing for a small Cardiff team.

    Benon Kizza and Philip Pariyo

    Benon Kizza and Philip Pariyo claimed asylum and were housed near St Peter's Rugby Club in Roath.

    The club's chairman told Wales Online they had signed the pair after "a bit of bureaucracy".

    Uganda's rugby manager said transfer regulations had not been followed.

  16. Welcome sunshine...


    Traffic Scotland tweets: Low sun glare in the #East so before setting off get sunglasses on :) #HomeTime #ForthRailBridge #StaySafe

    Forth Rail Bridge
  17. Full-blown debate...

    The views on wind farms are still thundering in over on our BBC Scotland News Facebook page.

    Allen Steele: Expensive downtime.... Chemical / oil leakage........ Unable to cope with high winds....... Eyesore...... Storage of power issues.... Nuclear all the way for me

    Marina Gray: I would rather look at a wind farm than a coal fired generator, or nuclear station...

    Alistair McQuat: Surely there is more energy to be generated from tidal around the Shetland Islands than there is on shore in wind!

  18. Climber 'critical'

    Laura Bicker

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Ice climber critical but stable in hospital after falling 60m from east face of Aonach Mor in Lochaber.

  19. Scottish Cup draw - Your views

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    Ted: A wide open Scottish Cup this year. Anyone in it can win it.

  20. Dundee cat found with chemical burns

    Vets in Dundee are searching for the owner of a cat found with chemical burns after being doused in diesel.

    The young black male cat was brought in to the city's Parkside Veterinary Surgery by the SSPCA on Thursday soaked in the fuel.

    The cat was found soaked in diesel and suffering from chemical burns

    He was bathed repeatedly to wash it off, but suffered chemical burns.

    Vets think the cat may belong to someone living in the Loons Road area of the city and may have been missing for some time.

  21. Your pictures

    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews

    Christopher Wright: @bbcscotlandnews #ScotlandLive I was working and missed most of the excitement but managed to catch this.

  22. Sweet tooth?


    Morning Call

    BBC Radio Scotland

    On Morning Call tomorrow with @kayeadams: We've just had Dry January - Will you be giving up chocolate for March?

    Chocolate bar
  23. Man charged with abductions and rapes

    A man has appeared in court charged with abducting and raping a series of women in Dundee.

    John David Hutton is accused of 29 crimes committed against four women over a seven-year period.

    The 32-year-old is alleged to have raped three of the women, locked one in a cupboard and assaulted another by pushing her in front of a moving car.

    Hutton, a prisoner at Perth, made no plea or declaration during a private hearing and was remanded in custody.

  24. Your pictures

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    David Alexander Elder: I'm calling this "Swan Loch" taken while out for a walk round the loch at sunset on Saturday night at the James Hamilton Heritage Park in East Kilbride.

    The loch at sunset at James Hamilton Heritage Park in East Kilbride

    Send your pictures via email or @bbcscotlandnews and we'll use the best.

  25. Tonight's weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It will remain mostly dry and cloudy this evening and tonight, with some drizzle along the west coast.

    Clearer skies in the east will allow some pockets of frost and fog to develop. There will be lows of 2 to 3C here, with temperatures perhaps dropping to around freezing level for sheltered, rural spots.

    In the cloudier west and north-west, temperatures will hold up at about 5C.

    West to north-westerly winds will remain strong to gale-force across the Northern Isles, but will be lighter elsewhere.

  26. Coming up...

    Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland.

    BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive

    Listen live to the programme, from 16:00 until 18:00, here.

  27. Ancient child grave found

    Archaeologists have been excavating the site of a child's grave on an Orkney island.

    A browned child's skeleton emerges from the sand as an archaeologist takes notes

    The grave, which it is believed could be up to 4,000-years-old, was uncovered on Sanday's shoreline following winter storms and high tides.

    It is thought the skeleton could be that of a child aged between 10 and 12.

  28. Ski centres gear up for half term

    Scotland's ski resorts are gearing up for one of the busiest times of the season.

    Many hope that they already have enough snow to last beyond the half-term holidays.

    A snow blower in the morning light

    Watch BBC Scotland's Jackie O'Brien as she joins the early shift at Cairngorm Mountain, to find out how operators are forever at the mercy of the changeable conditions.

  29. Targeted attack: Teenager shot in Liverpool

    Merseyside Police have said that they believe the shooting of a Scottish teenager in Liverpool was a "targeted attack."

    17-year-old Kevin Wilson was shot in the Wavertree area of the city on Saturday. A post mortem has confirmed the teenager died from a single gun shot wound to his back.

    Supt Jenny Simms, from Merseyside Police, said that incidents of this nature were very rare.

    "We're not prepared to allow the close work we've developed with the community to be disrupted," she said. "We've worked so hard with partner agencies and with the community to eradicate firearms from Merseyside, and we have seen a significant reduction in the last few years."

  30. Post update

    Edinburgh Evening News

    tweets: Woman who caught fire in Costa coffee toilet after sniffing aerosol gas and smoking dies in hospital.

    Read the full story here.

  31. Statue charge

    A man is to appear in court charged with decapitating a statue of the Duke of Wellington.


    Liam McEwan is alleged to have "maliciously seized and pulled off the head" of the monument on Falkirk's Newmarket Street on 5 July 2014.

    The 26-year-old was not present when his case called at Falkirk Sheriff Court. It was continued until 9 March.

  32. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    In Fife, a breakdown is blocking one lane of the A92 eastbound in Kingseat.

    In Aberdeenshire, the A98 between Pitsligo and MacDuff is now open.

    However, also in Aberdeenshire, the B974 Banchory to Fettercairn Road is closed for the next fortnight.

    In Perth and Kinross, the M90 Friarton Bridge means there are alternate lane closures southbound.

    In West Lothian, be prepared for slow traffic on the A71 in Kirknewton, where roadworks and temporary lights are causing delays.

  33. Post update

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: North Sea oil find by Statoil "very substantial for mature area", Norway sector 150km off Bergen: "Growth opportunities still exist in NS"

  34. Cup draw

    BBC Sport


    Read our full round-up of the Scottish Cup draw, including Celtic's trip to Tannadice.

  35. Canvassing results

    Scottish Labour deputy leader Kezia Dugdaletweets: Enthusiastic response for @scottishlabour on the doors this afternoon

  36. Lomond landing?

    Daily Record

    UFO enthusiasts have taken to the web to discuss a "mysterious" bright object which appeared to hover above Loch Lomond.

    The video, which was uploaded on to YouTube last week by Tom Hall, shows a bright white light moving very slowly above the treeline and hills for around 15 minutes.

    Decide for yourself at the Record's weird news page.

  37. Post update

    The Courier

    tweets: RT @C_RRooney: UPDATE: Police find body in search for missing footballer Jack Syme.

    Read the full story here.

  38. Post update

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    OPEC Jan production drops 90k barrels pd, below 30m, due to Libya + Iraq. Others raised output incl Saudi, Angola, Nigeria, UAE: @PlattsOil

  39. Frosty reception

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    What's described as the first ski-inspired Instameet in the UK has been held at Nevis Range near Fort William.

    A skier stoops down to take a picture in the snow with a smartphone

    Instameets involve members of the online photo and video-sharing social networking service Instagram.

    A group of Scottish Instagrammers gathered at the snowsports centre at the weekend to ski, snowboard and share photographs.

    The images shared on the network included scenes at Nevis Range and from the members' journeys to Nevis Range.

  40. Your views - Glasgow rail project

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    Davidin Glasgow: Re: Jim Murphy's rail idea - Classic Labour: spend spend spend - look where that got us last time. The key to Labour is to make sure all their ideas remain ideas otherwise we all suffer.

    Read about the proposal here.

  41. Scottish Cup draw - Your views

    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews

    Tom and 20 others: What a draw for Hibs! Can't help but feel those runners up medals have got our name on them already.

  42. Scottish Cup draw - Reaction

    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews

    Dundee United defender Ryan McGowan: Bring them onnnnn. Great draw for everyone involved! Every team will be thinking they can make the semi finals! Can only be a good thing for Scottish Football. #Buzzing #ScottishCup #MonTheArabs

    Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths: Difficult draw, but the way we're playing just now, we have a great chance. @celticfc

  43. Car stolen after sneak-in theft

    Police are investigating after a Jaguar XF car was stolen in broad daylight from a residential street in Dundee.

    The keys to the car were taken during a sneak-in theft at a property on Old Craigie Road between 15:55 and 17:15 on Sunday afternoon.

    The thieves then made off with the vehicle, which was parked nearby on East Dennison Road.

    The registration of the car when stolen was SK58 HBP. Police have appealed for witnesses and information.

  44. Appeal after toddler assaulted

    Police have appealed for witnesses after a young girl was assaulted at a restaurant in Falkirk.

    Pizza Hut in Central Retail park

    Diners at Pizza Hut at the Central Retail park alerted police after the toddler, thought to be about two years old, was shaken and dragged along the ground by a woman thought to be her mother.

    The incident occurred at about 15:00 on Friday.

    Officers said they were "extremely concerned" for the welfare of the girl.

  45. Scottish Cup quarter-final draw

    Dundee United v Celtic

    Hibs v Spartans/Berwick Rangers

    Queen of the South v Falkirk

    Inverness CT v Raith Rovers

    Ties to be played on weekend of 7 and 8 March.

  46. Cup draw

    Dundee United v Celtic

  47. Cup draw

    Hibernian v Spartans/Berwick Rangers

  48. Cup draw

    Queen of the South v Falkirk

  49. First out of the hat

    Inverness CT v Raith Rovers

  50. Here we go

    Scottish Cup quarter-final draw at Hampden coming up...

    Scotland's Gary Anderson, dubbed the Flying Scotsman and recently crowned PDC World darts Champion, is at the oche.

  51. Scottish Cup draw - Get involved

    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews

    Stewart Macdonald tweets: ICT v Spartans please!! But you can guarantee it will be Celtic or Utd v ICT #ICTFC

  52. All eyes on Hampden...

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    Scottish Cup quarter-final draw coming up.

    Scottish Cup draw at Hampden
  53. Your pictures

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    Fourteen-year-old Lewis Donaldson from Newtongrange, Midlothian, took this photo on Saturday evening, looking at the view over to Edinburgh from Gorebridge.

    Pink and orange skies, a fence in the foreground

    We're receiving some glorious photographs - keep them coming! Email them to us, or tweet them using #ScotlandLive.

  54. Scottish Cup draw - Your views

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    Tom and 20 others tweets: Hibs v Spartans please, even if we have to play them away. #EdinburghDerby #ggtth

  55. This afternoon's weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A largely dry afternoon to come, albeit fairly cloudy in the west and the north. The cloud will be thick enough, at times, to produce some patchy drizzle, especially so towards the west coast.

    The best of the sunshine this afternoon will be found in the east and south east. Temperatures here will rise to about 12C, and perhaps even a touch higher. Elsewhere, there'll be highs of 9C.

    Winds from the west or north-west will be generally light, but they'll be moderate to fresh across the far north-west corner and strong to gale-force across the Northern Isles.

  56. Sentencing deferred on murderer Robert Buczek

    Sentencing of Robert Buczek, who murdered 85-year-old Eleanor Whitelaw in her Edinburgh home, is deferred until next month.

    Robert Buczek

    DNA evidence linked Buczek with bloodstained scissors found in the house.

    The court has been told that Buczek, now 24, had a previous conviction for assaulting and robbing a pensioner - when he was only 14.

  57. Drug runner with infant in car jailed

    A cocaine dealer caught on a drugs run with his infant daughter in the car has been jailed for 40 months.

    Steven Gribble, 32, of Aberdeen, dumped cocaine worth thousands of pounds after being signalled to stop by police north of Turriff.

    It happened just weeks after he was freed on bail on drugs charges.

    Gribble admitted being concerned in the supply of drugs between June and August last year, and also in October. He was jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh.

  58. Coming up: Reporting Scotland

    The latest on Robert Buczek, the 24-year-old Polish man found guilty of murdering a pensioner in her Edinburgh home.

    Closing the gap - the government outlines plans to help children from the poorest backgrounds do better at school.

    Reporting Scotland logo

    And the government launches "Seen something? Say something" - an initiative set up to raise awareness of adults who may be at risk of abuse or neglect.

    Watch Reporting Scotland at 13:30, on BBC One or online here.

  59. Glasgow rail project

    Scottish Labour has committed to funding the Glasgow Crossrail scheme if it wins the 2016 Scottish election.

    Trains at Queen Street station

    The party's leader, Jim Murphy, told a conference in the city that new Holyrood borrowing powers should be used to fund the project.

  60. Scottish Cup draw - Your views

    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews

    Donald Graham tweets: Hibs v CFC, Utd v QotS, ICT v FFC and Berwick/Spartans v Raith. #predictions

  61. Tackle punishment

    Livingston captain Jason Talbot could receive further punishment for his tackle on Hearts' Sam Nicholson.

    Football clash

    Talbot caught the midfielder with a high boot, leaving Nicholson needing stitches in his head and face.

    Referee Brian Colvin issued a yellow card at the time of the incident.

    The Scottish FA's compliance officer will speak to the official and has the power to issue the player a retrospective punishment.

  62. Full-blown debate

    Over on Facebook we're asking for your views on wind farms. Join in and let us know what you think.

    David Peat Scotland could be more than self sufficient in hydro electric.

    Alan Orr Nuclear defo wind farms a blight on our landscape

    Brian Geddes Although needed, not as "green" as people think they are. Hard to travel anywhere in Aberdeenshire without being in sight of a turbine these days. Needed yes! but in such a blank the countryside way as the current policy is, perhaps not.

  63. Cup draw

    As if you needed reminding... The draw for the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup will be made at Hampden at 14:00.

    Who's in the hat?


    Dundee United



    Inverness CT

    Queen of the South

    Raith Rovers

    Spartans/Berwick Rangers

    Scottish Cup

    We'll bring you the draw as the drama unfolds.

    Who do you fancy facing?

    Text 80295, tweet @bbscotlandnews, email here or visit our Facebook page.

  64. Your pictures

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    David Watson from Inverness captured this image of the Commando memorial while travelling to Fort William.

    Commando memorial

    If you are proud of a picture you have taken anywhere in Scotland email us or tweet @bbcscotlandnews

  65. Health boards get £282m budget share

    Health boards in Scotland are to receive an extra £282m in 2015-16 as their share of the government's budget spending on frontline services.

    The 3.4% increase will bring the total allocation to more than £8.5bn, Health Secretary Shona Robison said.

    John Swinney announces the budget

    Finance Secretary John Swinney told MSPs last week that total NHS spending would rise by £383m next year, up to more than £12bn.

    This includes an extra £127m which had not previously been announced, he said.

  66. Lhanbryde house fire victim named

    Ken Banks

    BBC Scotland North East reporter

    A woman who died following a house fire in Lhanbryde, Moray earlier this month has been named as 82-year-old Catherine Henderson.

    Police Scotland say inquiries are ongoing.

  67. Supermarket replacement bid rejected

    Plans for a new supermarket in the Scottish Borders have been rejected amid fears over its impact on a town centre's "vitality and viability".

    The Co-op wanted to replace its Newtown Street store with a £4m facility on the outskirts of Duns.

    Council planners said it would have an "unacceptable and detrimental impact" on the heart of the town.

  68. Your pictures

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    Bruce Gillan, of Drumcarro farm, took this whilst out for a walk on his farm with his dog and little brother.

    An Alsatian in silhouette against the sun, as it dips below the horizon

    Email us your pictures and we'll publish the best.

  69. Coming up...

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    Rugby fan? @WillStewNeuro is coming on to say he felt sickened at the George North incident #rugby @BBCRadioScot #RBS6Nations at 12.30 today

    John Beattie

    You can listen live to the programme here.

  70. T in the Park site 'could flood'

    Concerns have been raised that the proposed new home of T in the Park could be prone to flooding.

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has lodged a formal objection to the festival's proposed move to Strathallan Castle.

    Strathallan castle

    It said areas chosen as campsites could be at risk from localised storms and flash flooding, and should be moved to higher ground.

    Festival organisers said they would address the points raised by Sepa.

  71. Scots teenager shot in Liverpool

    A teenager from Scotland has been shot dead in the street in Liverpool.

    17-year-old Kevin Wilson was targeted in the Wavertree area of the city on Saturday.

    A post mortem confirmed the teenager died from a single gun shot wound to his back.

  72. Rural groups attack government wind policy

    A group of land and heritage bodies has joined forces to attack the Scottish government's wind farm policy.

    The rural alliance, including the National Trust for Scotland and Ramblers Scotland, accused ministers of ignoring their own advisers to back controversial large-scale developments.

    A wind farm

    They said the government had failed to ensure plans are open to "proper and democratic scrutiny".

    The group called for public inquiries over the use of wild areas.

  73. McCall coy on Rangers link

    Stuart McCall has cooled speculation linking him with Rangers.

    McCall, who starred for the Ibrox club as a player, has yet to take up a new managerial role since resigning at Motherwell last November.

    Stuart McCall

    Kenny McDowall is caretaker manager at Rangers and McCall says it's a tough job with all the off-field challenges.

    "Before anything happens, we need to get to the EGM, which I think is in early March," he told BBC Sportscene.

    "If the present board gets ousted then, obviously, there might be a new manager put in place.

    "What I would say is that whoever goes in there has a huge job. I think 12 of the players are out of contract at the end of the season.

    "It will be like a new fresh piece of paper to anybody and it'd be a really difficult job at this moment in time."

  74. Increase in tenants' help requests

    Applications for financial help from tenants in Dumfries and Galloway have increased more than three-fold since welfare reforms were introduced.

    A total of 42 bids were made to the council for discretionary housing payments in January 2013. They have risen to more than 150 applications a month over the last year, since the introduction of the so-called bedroom tax.

    The council's benefits team has asked for extra staff to cope with demand.

  75. OAP murder trial: Buczek guilty

    A 24-year-old Polish man has been found guilty of murdering a pensioner in her own home in Edinburgh.

    Robert Buczek killed 85-year-old Eleanor Whitelaw, known as Norah, by stabbing her seven times in the neck with a pair of scissors at the house in Morningside.

    She died in hospital 17 days later.

  76. OAP murder trial: Jury goes out

    The jury has gone out in the trial of a man accused of the murder of an 85-year-old woman at her Edinburgh home.

    Robert Buczek

    Robert Buczek, 24, denies murdering Eleanor Whitelaw at her home in Morningside Grove on 11 July last year.

  77. New oil complex

    Evening Express

    New jobs are set to be created at an Aberdeen-based oil and gas firm as part of a move to a state-of-the-art office complex.

    Plans have been lodged to develop the office scheme near Wellington Road and would also look on to the A90 Aberdeen to Stonehaven road.

  78. Dangerous driving investigated

    Police say they're following a positive line of enquiry after a video was posted online apparently showing a driver with headphones on, using a handheld mobile phone, and with a laptop on in his car in Aberdeen.

    A still from video footage with laptop, phone and headphones highlighted

    The video - shot by a cyclist using a helmet-mounted camera - was posted on a video sharing site last Thursday, and appears to show the driver of a blue Land Rover Discovery using the devices while heading east on the city's Queen's Road.

  79. Govan boy returns

    Sir Alex Ferguson is returning to his roots to promote a local sports club.

    Sir Alex Ferguson

    He will host a fundraiser for the Harmony Row Youth Club in Govan in April. It encourages boys and girls into team sports of football and netball.

    Sir Alex said: "Those of you who love football and who care about the youth of Glasgow can help by providing sponsorship, or just by coming along to join us for a great night."

  80. Your Pictures

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    John Gallacher's daughter Mhari took this picture of the sunset over a frozen Loch Venachar on Saturday.

    Purple, pink and oranges in the sky and on the frozen surface of the loch; mountains in silhouette

    Keep your pictures coming - email us or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

  81. Raith's Scottish Cup 'lucky omen'

    Raith Rovers want a home draw after knocking Rangers out of the Scottish Cup.

    Grant Murray's side booked their place in the draw for the last eight, courtesy of yesterday's 2-1 win, their first at Ibrox since 1959.

    "It was a fantastic day and our players were magnificent," he told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme.

    Raith boss Grant Murray

    "We were worthy winners in the end and we're delighted to be in the hat for today's draw. We'd love a home tie as every game we've played this season has been away from home in the cup.

    "It may be a lucky omen that we've always been away and gone on to win.

    "At this stage of the cup every game is difficult."

    The Scottish Cup draw will be held at Hampden Stadium this afternoon at 14:00.

  82. Appeal against wind farm dismissed

    Ken Banks

    BBC Scotland North East reporter

    An appeal against plans to build a major wind farm in Shetland has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.

    The controversial Viking Energy project has been delayed by a series of challenges.

    Judges announced last year there was insufficient reason to stop the 103-turbine wind farm, which would be one of the biggest in Scotland.

    The protest group Sustainable Shetland then took the case to the Supreme Court.

  83. Out of hours pregnancy cover suspended

    Out of hours cover for pregnant women in Skye and Lochalsh has been suspended from today for at least a month.

    NHS Highland says women who planned to have their baby locally will now have to go to Inverness if they give birth outwith normal working hours, due to staff illness and a general shortage of midwives.

    Emergency cover will be provided by local GPs and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

    The Independent Councillor for Skye, Hamish Fraser, has said that the reasons for the changes are not good enough.

  84. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    The sunshine is lifting temperatures up nicely in Aboyne now. We're already at 7C, after a sub-zero start here. Kirsteen

  85. Mountain Culture awards

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    A teenager's passion for the outdoors has won him a new award set up by the Fort William Mountain Festival.

    Zeki Basan, 15, from Speyside, is the first recipient of the Scottish Youth Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture.

    Zeki Basan
    Image caption: Zeki Basan

    The festival's organisers said Zeki's interests in science, conservation and bushcraft made him "a worthy winner".

    The festival's eighth Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture has been awarded to Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC) stalwart Robin Campbell, who has been involved with the organisation for more than 50 years.

  86. Hospital slip death inquiry to start

    A fatal accident inquiry is to due to start 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, from Bridgelands near Selkirk, hit her head and was knocked out, just before Christmas 2009.

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

  87. Your Pictures

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    Pauline Watts took this picture of a frozen Gartmorn Dam at Sauchie, with the Ochil Hills in the distance, on Sunday.

    A frozen Gartmorn Dam

    Send us your pictures (or tweet using #ScotlandLive) and we'll publish the best.

  88. Classroom standards

    Nicola Sturgeon is to unveil plans designed to bridge the attainment gap between pupils from poor backgrounds and those from wealthier households.


    The first minster's proposals will draw on schemes with a proven track record, including the London Challenge.

    That initiative saw a significant improvement in attainment among poorer pupils.

  89. Hit or miss vaccine

    Morning Call

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Later on Morning Call with Kaye Adams...

    Figures just out show the this year's flu vaccine has only worked in three out of every 100 people. Because the flu is a constantly shifting target, a new one has to be developed every year... and with this there is a chance it's targeted towards the wrong strand of influenza

    Kaye asks: Have you had the flu jab and did it work?

    Call 0500 92 95 00; text 80295; email:; post on the facebook page; or tweet using @bbcradioscot

  90. Paul McGuigan inquest resumes

    The inquest into the death of a security guard from the Borders who was murdered by a colleague while working in Iraq is due to resume today.

    Paul McGuigan and another man were shot dead in 2009 when they were working for security company G4S in Baghdad.

    Danny Fitzsimons is serving a 20 year prison sentence there for their murders.

    At his trial, the court heard he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

  91. Post update

    The Evening Times

    tweets: Murphy pledges Glasgow rail scheme.

    Read the full story here.

    Jim Murphy looking stern
  92. More cutbacks at Tesco

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    ...Of sorts.

    A Tesco with the 'o' missing off the sign

    Jen Milligan took this picture at Hermiston Gate, Edinburgh.

    Send us your pictures, or tweet them using #ScotlandLive.

  93. Experts' concerns over assisted suicide

    Some of Scotland's most senior palliative care specialists have outlined their concerns over proposed legislation on assisted suicide.

    In a letter published in the Herald newspaper, the doctors express concern that patients could be pressured into considering assisted suicide, which would add to their distress and prejudice their treatment.

    They say that, far from terminally-ill patients facing a bleak future, palliative care in Scotland is world-leading.

  94. Cutting out errors

    Stuart Hogg insists Scotland will cut out the errors when they entertain Wales in the Six Nations on Sunday.

    Rugby players

    The Scots lost 15-8 in France in their campaign opener on Saturday, with all of the hosts' points coming from Camille Lopez penalties.

  95. Your Views - we want them!

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    A Bank of Scotland report has said that last month, the country's economic output took a hit from the bad weather.

    An ice cream van stuck in the mud at Glastonbury

    That's what the figures say, but we want to hear the stories behind them. How does bad weather affect your work? Did you notice a financial effect last month? Or do you run a business that thrives in the wind and the snaw?

    Let us know by emailing us, or tweeting using #ScotlandLive.

  96. Today's newspapers

    Variety is the theme of today's papers.

    The Herald, The National, Daily Record

    The Herald features an attack on the Scottish government's approach to windfarms; the Scotsman features a Labour plan to boost the economies of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

    Meanwhile, "Russian roulette" is the headline in the National. The papers says David Cameron has been accused of gambling with the UK's future after plans to bring forward EU referendum were leaked.

  97. Moore thanks Scottish relatives

    The American actress Julianne Moore thanked her Scottish relatives at the Bafta award ceremony in London last night.

    Julianne Moore holds her Bafta

    She was named best actress for "Still Alice."

    As she accepted the award, Julianne Moore ended her speech with a personal and emotional thank you to five female Scottish relatives, including her mother and grandmother, whom she says "poured love" into her.

  98. Minding the gap

    Morning Call

    BBC Radio Scotland

    On Morning Call with Kaye Adams...

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is set to unveil plans designed to bridge the attainment gap between pupils from poor backgrounds and those from the wealthiest household in an announcement on education plans today.

    Kaye asks: How do we help poorer children achieve their full potential at school?

    Call 0500 92 95 00; text 80295; email; post on the facebook page; or tweet using @bbcradioscot

  99. Constance: changing the school rules

    The First Minister is set to unveil plans designed to bridge the attainment gap between pupils from poor backgrounds and those from the wealthiest households.

    Her proposals are expected to draw on schemes with a proven track record, including one which produced remarkable results in London's notoriously weak school system.

    Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance told Good Morning Scotland: "We know education is the passport from poverty, the passport to a better place. We're always determined to learn from others, whether it's in the rest of the UK or from other international experience, about what we should do, what we do do and of course what we won't do."

    Miss it? You can catch up with GMS later in the day here.

  100. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    In Aberdeenshire, the A98 is partially blocked by an overturned lorry just west of New Pitsligo. Police are directing traffic.

    There's slow traffic on the A90 Forth Road Bridge southbound, and congestion on the M90 to J2 Pitreavie. Travel time is 20 minutes.

    In North Lanarkshire by Newhouse, it's slow on the A73 Motherwell Road northbound at the A775 Edinburgh Road due to roadworks in the area.

    In Glasgow's southside, around the junction of Langside Drive and Merrylee Road, all approaches will be down to one lane from 8 till 5 today until Wednesday.

  101. Gray on pupil attainment gap

    Labour's Education spokesman, Iain Gray, has been speaking to Good Morning Scotland about the First Minister's plans to close the attainment gap between pupils from poor and wealthy backgrounds, which she will unveil later today.

    Mr Gray said that any idea is worth looking at, and that any attempt to close the gap was welcome.

    "In a modern, 21st century democracy we simply cannot sit back and accept the idea that your chances in school depend on how well-off your family is rather than anything else," he said. "That is something that we absolutely must begin to turn around."

    Labour has already spelled out its own £25m plan to address the issue, including bringing in more teachers, classroom assistants and literacy specialists.

  102. Building jobs

    Stewart Milne Group has announced plans to create more than 250 new jobs over the next 12 months.


    The Aberdeen-based housebuilder said the posts would support growth in its homes and timber systems divisions.

    The roles include skilled tradespeople, site managers, quantity surveyors, architects and cost estimators.Stewart Milne Group has announced plans to create more than 250 new jobs over the next 12 months.

  103. Small business connection

    Small businesses in four Scottish cities are to be able to apply for a share of £40m of UK government cash to boost their broadband connections.

    The broadband vouchers programme is being extended to Glasgow, Inverness, Stirling and Dundee. Firms in Edinburgh, Perth and Aberdeen already benefit from the scheme.

    It provides grants of up to £3,000 to help those needing a broadband upgrade.

  104. Lightning choppers

    North Sea helicopters may be creating lightning.

    Weather map

    The surprise finding came after scientists at the Met Office were asked to come up with a forecasting system to help pilots avoid lightning strikes.

    Other factors are needed to create the right conditions for helicopters triggered lightning, which has been observed in very few areas of the world. Besides the North Sea, only a small section of sea near Japan reports instances.

  105. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Traffic is building up on the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass westbound at Straiton.

    There are delays on the M80 around J5 Auchenkilns and J6 Old Inns, going both ways.

    In South Lanarkshire, there are temporary traffic lights and water mains work on the A702 in both directions, between the A73 Roberton junction and Coulter.

    Trains and ferries look fine at the moment, though there is an amended timetable on Cal Mac's Islay run for operational reasons - so as ever, do check ahead.

  106. Post update

    Daily Record

    tweets: Britain's fat seagull population at risk from eating too many takeaways.

    Seagulls fight over chips on the ground; a pie photoshopped into the foreground

    Read the full story here.

  107. This morning's weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It will be a dry, chilly start to the day, with some low cloud lingering for a time through parts of the Highlands and the Central Belt.

    It will remain mostly dry as we go through the day, albeit fairly cloudy in the west and the north, and perhaps with some spits and spots of drizzle at times.

    The best of the sunshine will be found in the east and south east. Temperatures here will rise to around 12 Celsius, if not a shade higher. Elsewhere, there will be highs of 9 Celsius, although where any low cloud lingers during the day, the temperature will perhaps be lower.

    Winds from the west or north west will generally be light, except across the Northern Isles and the northern half of the Western Isles, where they will be strong to gale-force.

  108. Bad weather 'hits economic output'

    Scotland's private sector output has contracted for the first time in more than two years, according to a report.

    Bank of Scotland said severe weather "weighed" on business activity last month, contributing to stagnations in new business and employment.

    A manufacturer stands by a machine

    Both manufacturers and services firms reported falls in output.

    The bank's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for January stood at 47.7 - its first sub-50 reading since September 2012. Any reading below 50 suggests contraction.

  109. Another Monday morning...

    ... And welcome to today's edition of Scotland Live.

    We'll be with you until 19:00 with the latest news and sports, as well as your views and pictures from around the country.