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  1. 'No threat to energy supply' - Cable
  2. Self-harm among children on the rise
  3. Patients harmed at dental school
  4. Esso makes M74 'contamination' claim
  5. Rangers announce new London venue for EGM

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Louise Sayers and Rachael Connors

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Rachael Connors

    BBC Scotland News

    That's all from the Scotland Live team today. We'll be back tomorrow from 07:00 with a comprehensive round up of news, sport, travel and weather from across the country.

  2. Your pictures

    Kirsty Lewis took this picture in Seaton park, just as the sun was setting in Aberdeen.

    Seaton park Aberdeen

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    Check out this week's gallery here and tell us what you think on our Facebook page.

  3. Vince Cable interview


    Business Affairs Correspondent David Henderson's interview with Business Secretary Vince Cable features on tonight's Scotland 2015.

    David Henderson 2015

    He tells BBC Scotland there is no threat to the security of Scotland's electricity supply.

    Tune in at 22:30 on BBC2 Scotland for more on the stories behind today's headlines.

  4. Escaped prisoner has Scottish connections

    A prisoner who escaped from custody in the UK before being arrested in Ireland has escaped again.

    Convicted armed robber, Derek Brockwell, who is described as dangerous, is said to have connections in Scotland and Ireland.

    He was serving a seven year sentence at Portlaoise prison in the Irish midlands and absconded while being treated at a hospital in Dublin. Two prison officers have been injured.

    Brockwell is described as 6ft 3ins tall with brown hair and a broad build.

  5. Dot Scot

    The Scottish government has moved to a new web address using the dot scot domain.

    It's now using the address but will still work.

    More than 8,000 dot scot domains have been sold to individuals and groups since they went on sale last September.

  6. Reporting Scotland

    Coming up on Reporting Scotland:

    • After concerns about waiting times, the Scottish government says it will now publish performance figures every week.
    • Problems at Aberdeen's dental school as an inspection finds that some patients teeth were damaged by students.
    • We hear one woman's experience of self harm as the number of young people treated for hurting themselves doubles in parts of Scotland.

    Watch live online here.

  7. Schoolgirl takes on PM

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard

    A Moffat schoolgirl is taking on the UK Government in a bid to protect her favourite apps.

    Ailsa Paton

    Ailsa Paton, 16, has launched an online petition calling for a halt to PM David Cameron's proposed shake-up of internet privacy laws.

  8. Harvie satisfied with Assisted Suicide Bill

    The politician championing the Assisted Suicide Scotland bill said it is fit for purpose and he did not intend to make any "radical changes".

    Green MSP Patrick Harvie

    But, during the final day of evidence, Green MSP Patrick Harvie told Holyrood's health committee changes could be made to strengthen the bill.

    Supporters said the plan had widespread public backing, but critics have argued a change in the law would be unethical.

    The Scottish government does not support a change in the law.

  9. Man jailed over cannabis crop

    A man who admitted growing £130,000 worth of cannabis plants in his home has been jailed.

    Scott Marshall, 50, also pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of the drug.

    At Dumfries Sheriff Court, the Gretna man was sentenced to 14 months in prison.

  10. Freight firm to run Scots sleeper services

    Rail sleeper services between Scotland and London are to be handled by a freight specialist firm as part of the new franchise.

    Caledonian sleeper train

    GB Freight has been signed up by Serco to provide locomotives and drivers when it takes over the Caledonian Sleeper service from April.

    The trains run between London Euston and five Scottish destinations.

    The contract, to run in both directions six nights a week, is worth around £100m spread over 15 years.

  11. Dundee delays


    Tay Road Bridge: This afternoon's emergency roadworks have just been removed but there are still 15 minute delays northbound heading into Dundee.

  12. Diving boat boss guilty

    A Fife boatman has been found guilty of safety failings that led to the death of a diver in the Firth of Forth.

    Guthrie Melville

    James Irvine, 42, from Glenrothes, Fife, died in March 2011 while fishing for razor clams off the support vessel Solstice, based at Methil Docks.

    He was found by a police diver lying face up on the seabed with neither of his air supply regulators in his mouth.

    Owner of the Solstice, Guthrie Melville, 60, has been found to be responsible for safety failings. He was found guilty at Stirling Sheriff Court.

  13. Rangers EGM


    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    @BBCSport understands the #Rangers EGM will now take place at Ibrox

  14. Sandwich chain offers homeless advice

    An Edinburgh sandwich shop which raised enough money to offer 36,000 plates of food to homeless people is now offering advice alongside food and drink.

    Josh Littlejohn

    Sandwich chain Social Bite has partnered with housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland.

    Now anyone receiving a free meal will be pointed in the direction of Shelter Scotland's free national helpline and support services.

  15. Murphy urged to say sorry over stats

    Health Secretary Shona Robison has demanded an apology from Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy, claiming he misrepresented NHS figures.

    Jim Murphy

    The MP said the rate of operations cancelled in the Glasgow area was significantly higher than in England.

    But Ms Robison insisted Mr Murphy had "vastly inflated" the number of procedures that had not gone ahead.

    Scottish Labour said it was forced to use Freedom of Information (FOI) laws to obtain its figures.

    It believed the real issue was about a lack of "transparency".

  16. Bypass breakdown


    BBC Scotland Travel


    High wind warning on the Kessock Bridge and a 40mph speed limit on the Forth Road Bridge

    Delays northbound on the Forth Road Bridge of 25 minutes following an accident earlier.

    Edinburgh- A90 Queensferry Road - closed eastbound for emergency repairs between Queensferry Terrace and Drumsheugh Gardens.

    A720 Edinburgh city bypass - a breakdown eastbound is blocking one lane between Gilermton and Sheriffhall.

  17. Knifeman terrifies pensioner in home

    Police are attempting to trace a knife-wielding robber who put an 81-year-old man through a "terrifying ordeal" at his home in Prestwick, South Ayrshire.

    Gardiner Street

    The victim awoke to find the man in his bedroom in his home in Gardiner Street at about 03:00 on Monday morning.

    The man was holding the victim's bank card and said another man would harm him if he did not disclose the PIN.

    The suspect eventually left with the card and a sum of cash after the victim said he could not remember the PIN.

  18. Find a 'free-er' cash point

    The Evening Times

    A cheeky punter has drawn a map to free cash machine withdrawals on a chargeable ATM in Glasgow city centre.

    Cash machine picture from twitter

    Scottish DJ Stephen Kirkwood posted a snap of the ATM on Twitter, and joked, "Absolute genius. #peoplemakeglasgow."

    The scrawled map suggests to customers that they can find the nearest free cash machine at Tesco which is a five minute walk, or the Londis Garage on Elmbank Street, a two minute walk from the ATM appears to be in the Charing Cross area and charges for each withdrawal.

  19. Shetland ferry strike called off

    A planned ferry strike in Shetland on Wednesday has been called off after talks.

    The six-hour stoppage was suspended after Shetland Islands Council and the Unite union agreed to appoint an independent assessor to review a job evaluation scheme.

  20. A&E stats to be reported weekly

    Waiting time figures for the Accident and Emergency departments of Scotland's hospitals are to be published weekly, the Scottish government has announced.


    The move follows criticism that Scotland's quarterly reporting of A&E waiting times did not allow action to be taken to quickly address problems.

    The Scottish government had previously announced it would move to monthly reporting. It has now said it would publish weekly statistics from 3 March.

  21. A7 reopens


    BBC Scotland Travel


    #A7 Galashiels to Stow is now reopen following an accident. The road has been closed since this morning's rush hour.

  22. Inquiry told of social work failings

    A man whose wife was killed by their foster child has told a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) that social work failures should be investigated "quite deeply".

    Dawn McKenzie

    Bryan McKenzie, 40, outlined concerns about the support the couple were given by Glasgow City Council staff.

    His wife Dawn, 34, was fatally stabbed by the 13-year-old boy in their care in June 2011. He was detained for seven years after admitting culpable homicide due to diminished responsibility.

  23. Tune in...

    Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland. NHS A&E statistics, the future of Longannet power station and Rangers' EGM are among the stories being covered.

    BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive

    You can listen live to the programme here.

  24. Mild evening ahead


    BBC Scotland Weather


    A largely dry and cloudy start to the evening across most of the mainland.

    However, the north-west and the Hebrides will see further rain and winds gusting to gale force from the south-west. Gales, too, for the Northern Isles.

    Overnight, the rain will edge inland to around the spine of the country leaving an east/west split, while it will stay drier in the east.

    Lows of 5 to 7C, so quite mild.

  25. A&E waiting times stats

    Waiting time figures for the Accident and Emergency departments of Scotland's hospitals are to be published weekly, the Scottish government has announced.

    Alexandra Hospital

    The move follows criticism that Scotland's quarterly reporting of A&E waiting times did not allow action to be taken to address problems.

    The Scottish government had previously announced it would move to monthly reporting.

    It says it will publish weekly statistics from 3 March.

  26. Post office boss accused of embezzling £150,000

    A post office manager is to stand trial accused of embezzling £150,000 from her work, an elderly woman and a charity.

    Image of post office

    Carol Oswald is alleged to have taken more than £139,000 while manager of the Letham Post Office on Perth's Rannoch Road, over a period of five years.

    She is also accused of stealing £8,000 from an 81-year-old woman and £10,500 from community environment charity project Letham Climate Challenge.

  27. Strictly Come Dancing: Dumfries man targets people's title

    Retired Dumfries businessman Michael Pattie is among the contenders hoping to take the title in The People's Strictly for Comic Relief.

    Michael Pattie and Aliona

    He is dancing with professional partner Aliona Vilani. Six competitors have been selected for their "tireless and selfless work" to change "so many lives for the better".

    Mr Pattie, 57, has raised more than £300,000 for the Meningitis Research Foundation since losing his 13-year-old son David to the disease in 1999.

  28. Coal mining company slashes output

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    The company that runs most of Scotland's remaining opencast coal mines is to half its output next year.

    Hargreaves Services said it was losing money on some Scottish operations due to falling prices and "exceptionally challenging" market conditions.

    coal mines

    But it said it remained committed to Scotland and expected that the market should recover.

    It is simplifying its management structure and cutting fixed costs in the face of "extreme volatility".

  29. PC told John Campbell of wife's death

    A policeman had told a court how he broke the news to a man that his wife had died after she was found fatally injured in a Glasgow park.

    Jean Campbell's body was found in Cranhill Park by her husband John

    PC Stewart Taylor told an examination of facts hearing at the High Court in Glasgow that John Campbell replied that he "thought that was the case".

    Paul Ward denies killing Jean Campbell, 53, by striking her with a dog lead in Cranhill Park on 13 December 2013.

    Mr Ward, 21, has been deemed unfit to stand trial on mental health grounds.

  30. No laughing matter

    A man who admitted stealing 20 cylinders of nitrous oxide from Dumfries Infirmary has been jailed for 12 months.

    Dumfries Sheriff Court

    Stewart Pettigrew, 31, pleaded guilty to the theft of so-called "laughing gas" from a compound at the hospital in January.

    Dumfries Sheriff Court was told that the containers, which are worth £3,000 have not been recovered.

  31. Travel update


    BBC Scotland Travel


    Roads: High wind warning on the Kessock Bridge and a 40mph speed limit on the Forth Road Bridge.

    A94 Coupar Angus to Perth road is partially blocked at Balbeggie by an accident.

    Edinburgh- A90 Queensferry Road - closed eastbound.

    Doune - delays on the A84 in both directions south of Doune through the roadworks.

    A7 Galashiels to Stow remains closed following an accident about four miles North of Galashiels - a diversion is in place.

  32. Reward offered after footage shows bid to kill goshawks

    Men suspected of trying to kill protected goshawks in Aberdeenshire are being sought after being captured by a special video camera.

    RSPB Scotland deployed the camera on Forestry Commission Scotland land to monitor a nest at Glenochty, Strathdon.

    Police said the men seemed to be attempting to kill the birds

    Footage shows a group of men repeatedly visiting the area. Police said they seemed to be attempting to kill the birds and destroy the nest.

    RSPB Scotland is offering £1,000 for information leading to a conviction.

  33. Rangers latest


    Grange Hotels are considering their position in the light of recent information. #EGM #RangersEGM

  34. Sculpture commemorates factory's war effort

    A new sculpture has been unveiled to commemorate an Edinburgh factory which saved thousands of soldiers from trench foot during World War One.

    The North British Rubber Company, which stood for decades beside the Union Canal in Fountainbridge, made rubber boots for the British Army from 1914.

    Artists Svetlana Kondakova and Maja Quille's work is titled 'Imprint'

    The boots helped to prevent trench foot.

    Now two city artists have created a special sculpture on the site of the former manufacturing plant.

    Artists Svetlana Kondakova and Maja Quille's work is titled 'Imprint'.

  35. Scotland's Plague Years


    BBC Radio Scotland

    Could #Scotland be hit by another plague? @louisewelsh00 explores #historic plague outbreaks.

  36. Swan trapped in wire dies

    Fishermen at a West Lothian loch are being urged to dispose of used equipment responsibly following the death of a swan that died after being trapped in fishing wire.

    Injured swan

    The Scottish SPCA was alerted when the female adult swan collapsed at the side of Linlithgow Loch on Wednesday 11 February.

    The swan died at the Royal Dick Veterinary School in Edinburgh.

    Fishing line was found wrapped around the swan's neck.

  37. Cancelled operations

    Health Secretary Shona Robison says she "regrets" that 1,000 operations have had to be cancelled in Scottish hospitals since the start of the year.

    Ms Robison said it had been a difficult winter which had put additional pressure on beds, adding that 500,000 operations are carried out in Scottish hospitals each year and so the vast majority will go ahead as planned.

  38. Hens stamped on and crushed to death

    The Scottish SPCA is investigating after 14 hens were found dead in a dustbin in a layby.

    The birds were found in the bin off the B818 Denny to Fintry road near the Carron Valley Reservoir on Thursday 12 February.

    Six of the birds appeared to have been stamped on and crushed to death, while the others had had their necks broken.

    The charity has appealed for information, saying the birds must have "suffered immensely".

  39. Your views


    Bob Mackay: Dave, in Aberdeen, I echo your sentiments exactly. Keep the sectarianism, booze culture and anti-Semitism in the Glasgow area; we don't have it in Aberdeen and don't want to be tarred with the same brush.

  40. Capital gain for star attraction

    An Edinburgh tourist attraction in an underground street is to expand after receiving a £500,000 funding boost.

    The Real Mary King's Close

    The Real Mary King's Close, which dates back to the 1600s, will benefit from a new entrance on the Royal Mile, along with a new cafe and exhibition area.

    The attraction, which opened in 2003, is run by Continuum Attractions which won the tender from The City of Edinburgh Council to run the site.

    More than two million people have visited the five-star attraction.

  41. Oil and gas firm enters administration

    The oil and gas engineering firm, MacKellar Sub-Sea, has been placed into administration, putting more than 100 jobs at risk.

    Administrators say the Grantown-on Spey firm along with the related business, Tritech Nairn, had suffered losses on a number of contracts and that had led to financial pressures.

    The companies are to continue trading while a buyer is sought.

  42. House prices on the up

    House prices in Scotland rose by 5.5% last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

    Across the UK as a whole, they rose by 9.8% in the year to December.

    House prices UK national breakdown

    The national picture was heavily influenced by London where prices went up by more than 13 %.

    The average UK home now costs £272,000.

  43. Petition over access concerns at new Southern General

    A petition has been presented to health board officials calling for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow City Council put in place adequate parking and public transport for the new Southern General hospital site.


    The site opens in eight weeks.

    A total of 7,000 people, including nurses, staff and the general public, have signed the petition by the Royal College of Nursing.

    Anne Thomson, the senior officer for Greater Glasgow says her members are worried about how they will get to work.

  44. Call to relax rules on crayfish trapping

    The Scottish government has been urged to relax the rules on commercially trapping non-native crayfish.


    The American signal species are said to have had a devastating impact on Loch Ken, near Castle Douglas.

    A petition on the issue has been lodged with the Scottish Parliament by the crayfish committee for the Ken-Dee catchment.

    It will be considered by the parliament's petitions committee when it meets in Dumfries on 23 February.

  45. Sweet note


    BBC Scottish Symphony tweets: We're having pancakes... thanks.

  46. Esso sue Scottish government

    A major oil firm is suing the Scottish government over claims its property is being contaminated by chemicals from land used for the M74 extension.

    Esso petrol station

    Esso Petroleum wants ministers to take action to prevent further escapes and is seeking damages for the cost of monitoring its land and loss of value.

    The firm claims it will cost £1.6m to clean the West Street site in Glasgow, which it says has devalued by £350,000.

    Ministers sought to have the action dismissed but a judge at the Court of Session said it could proceed.

  47. Chippy off the old block


    The Courier

    North Street Chip Shop in Forfar has been recognised for the quality of its chips.

    North Street Chip Shop

    The annual Choice Chip Awards chose the Forfar shop as having the "best chippy chips" in Angus.

    The awards are run by the Potato Council in recognition of Chip Week, which runs from 16-22 February.

  48. Tories say clubs back booze ban end

    The majority of football clubs in Scotland want an end to the alcohol ban at matches, according to the Scottish Tories.

    Football fans

    The Tories carried out a survey of the 44 clubs in the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL).

    The results suggested 85% of the 26 clubs that responded wanted to re-examine the issue or see a pilot scheme launched.

    The Scottish government says it has "no plans" to change the policy.

  49. Diversions on A7


    BBC Scotland Travel


    A7 Galashiels to Stow remains closed following RTA. Divert s/bound via B6362 & A68 at Lauder, N/bound via A6091 & A68 at Newton St Boswells.

  50. Scottish airshow returns in 2015

    The Scottish Airshow, which returned in 2014 after a 22-year absence, is to take place again in Ayrshire in September.

    Scottish Airshow

    Organisers are promising a bigger and better event over the weekend of 5 and 6 September after agreeing a funding deal with South Ayrshire Council.

    Events will take place at Low Green, in Ayr, and at Prestwick Airport.

  51. Self-harm advice

    At the age of 16 Nikki began to self-harm. Now 28, she uses that experience in her work as a volunteer counsellor with the mental health charity Penumbra.

    Nikki was 16-years-old when she first self-harmed

    Her advice to teenagers who have started to hurt themselves is: "Speak to someone and ask for help".

    You can hear more from Nikki here.

  52. Never Miss A Beatt...


    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    Right, for @BBCRadioScot: what jobs can men/woman do that the other sex can't do?

    John Beattie

    Listen live to the programme here.

  53. Signeul signs new Scotland deal

    Scotland women's head coach Anna Signeul has signed a new two-year deal.

    Anna Signeul
  54. Which health board area has seen the most young people self-harming?

    Here is a full breakdown of the stats:

    Self harm
  55. Biker injured on A7

    A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in a crash on the A7 in the Borders.

    The 50-year-old man was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary following the accident, which happened four miles north of Galashiels, at about 08:00.

    The road has been closed in both directions while police carry out an accident investigation.

  56. Radiation exposure

    An investigation is under way after a worker on a North Sea gas platform was exposed to radiation.

    The incident happened on Sunday on the Lomond installation, 145 miles east of Aberdeen.

    Operators - BG Group - says tests were being carried out on pipework using radioactive rays. The worker has been examined and found to be safe.

  57. Your pictures


    Tina Jack captured this image of the northern lights at 01:00: "Aurora taken at Boat of Garten".

    Aurora Boat of Garten

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    Check out this week's gallery here and tell us what you think on our Facebook page.

  58. Sunny spells


    BBC Scotland Weather


    An east west spilt to the weather this afternoon:

    Staying rather cloudy in the west with outbreaks of rain across north Argyll, the West highlands and Skye. Rain becomes more persistent later.

    Staying dry for eastern Scotland with bright or sunny spells. The best of the sunshine will be in the northeast.

    Temperatures reach 9 or 10C in the north-east. Elsewhere, 8C in the west, 6C for Shetland.

    Windy in the north, touching gale-force at times in the north-west.

  59. Your views

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    Dave, Aberdeen: If there is a problem with anti-Semitism it must be in Glasgow as is sectarianism. Why are west of Scotland problems portrayed as Scotland generally? I'm not even aware of any Jewish community in the north-east.

  60. Labour warning over 'forgotten generation'

    The Labour Party is setting up a new commission to examine the issues older women face at work.

    It says more than 13,000 women aged between 50 and 64 are out of work in Scotland and it is concerned that females over 50 are at risk of becoming a "forgotten generation".

    The commission will consider:

    • Why women are overlooked for promotion
    • Why women are subject to harassment
    • Why older women are more likely to be unemployed than men, or younger women
    • What the impact is for women caring for elderly relatives

    The Scottish government says the level of female employment is at a record high.

  61. Decision over Tinkers' Heart status to be reviewed

    Historic Scotland is to revisit its decision not to make the Tinkers' Heart in Argyll a national monument.

    tinkers heart

    Holyrood's Petitions Committee is considering a call for the traditional gypsy wedding place which overlooks Loch Fyne to be awarded legal protected status.

    Barbara Cummins of Historic Scotland told MSPs an equalities impact assessment should have been carried out and so the original decision would be set aside and reconsidered.

  62. Opencast mines operator halves production

    Hargreaves Surface Mining Limited (HSML) - the operator of seven opencast mines in Scotland - has announced it will halve its planned production over the next year.

    Hargreaves Surface Mining Limited land

    The company says its contracts with power stations come to an end in April and demand for coal will start to fall.

    It is going to focus on selling to cement works and other industrial facilities instead.

  63. Security raid in Aberdeen

    Tens of thousands of pounds have been stolen in a raid on an Aberdeen security firm.

    Police Scotland said a "high five-figure sum" was taken from cash transit and security company Loomis, at Souterhead Road in Altens, on Thursday evening.

    It is thought vehicles - including a blue Mini, a white Land Rover Freelander and a black Hyundai X35 - were involved. The Mini was abandoned at the scene, and the other two vehicles were recovered in Wellington Terrace, Cove.

  64. Footy booze ban


    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Twenty six football clubs respond to @ScotTories survey on booze sales ban: three don't want it ended, six see no financial gain, 11 see no safety drawback.

  65. Tune in...


    BBC Radio Scotland

    On Morning Call now: Could you afford to work without your family looking after the kids?

    Morning Call

    Listen live to the programme here.

  66. Scottish hospital death rates fall

    Figures released by the NHS suggest hospital death rates have continued to fall.

    Hospital ward

    Avoidable deaths in Scottish hospitals have fallen by a total of 16% since 2007.

    The Scottish government has set a target for them to fall by a total of 20% by the end of this year.

    It has announced that some of the extra funding from this year's budget will be used to extend a patient safety programme.

  67. Future of Longannet

    Scotland's Energy Minister Fergus Ewing told Good Morning Scotland: "We have high ambitions for renewables, and we have had a great measure of success in delivering renewable energy in Scotland.

    "However, we recognise that the transition to renewables needs to be managed gradually, and also we need security of supply... we really do need to continue to have electricity generation from conventional thermal generation, coal and gas, for some time to come."

    Gas power

    Mr Ewing continued: "Longannet is necessary to meet demand, it is necessary for voltage stability, it is also necessary for black start in the event that there is a total loss of power in Scotland.

    "And at a meeting of an industry leadership group last November the Scottish government was advised that there are serious questions to be asked about the assumptions that National Grid have made about security of supply throughout the UK."

  68. Cost-cutting as oil prices lower

    Oil services firm Wood Group PSN says it is cutting costs by nearly £20m in the face of the lower oil price.

    Oil pipeline and nodding donkey

    The Aberdeen based company says the internal cost and efficiency measures will help it stay competitive.

    Wood Group has announced an increase in yearly profits.

    In December, it announced a wage cut for contractors, for the second time in a year.

  69. Travel update


    BBC Scotland Travel


    Roads: A90 Forth Road Bridge - accident cleared and all lanes are open but still busy.

    Edinburgh - A90 Queensferry Road is partially blocked Eastbound because of a broken down bus.

    A7 between Galashiels and Stow is closed because of an accident about four miles north of Galashiels.

    Strong winds reported across the A9 Kessock Bridge.

    Ferries: Possible disruption to Cal Mac's Iona and North Uist routes because of the wind.

  70. Rangers latest


    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: #Rangers board warns it may have to stop trading on the Stock Exchange if Dave King is elected a director: found a London hotel willing to host EGM.

  71. Patients harmed by dentistry students

    A number of patients were harmed by students at Aberdeen's Dental School last year.


    An inspection by the General Dental Council highlighted a number of what were described as "adverse events" - including the treatment of the wrong tooth, and damage to teeth that weren't being treated.

    The GDC said it was concerned that a number of patients had been harmed and disappointed that the significant threats to the dental programme were not identified earlier.

    A third of final year students last year didn't graduate.

  72. Cable: Longannet closure 'no threat to security of supply'

    UK Business Secretary Vince Cable visits Edinburgh today to launch a £60m fund to help develop community-scale renewable energy projects in Scotland.

    His visit comes amidst concerns about the future of the Longannet power station in Fife.

    Power lines

    Speaking on Good Morning Scotland, Mr Cable said: "This isn't an England v Scotland issue. The decision to phase out coal power comes from observing a European directive.

    "Clearly, there is an issue about the pricing and connection into the grid. We're talking here about the future of 2,000 people in the immediate area, so these closures have to be very sensitively managed."

    Mr Cable, however, argues there is "absolutely no issue about security of supply".

    "For many years Scotland had exported energy to England on the national grid," he adds. "There is now the possibility that there will be a reverse flow for some year until the big renewable sources in Scotland come into play - that's not a problem, and it's not a threat to the security of supply to electricity. "

  73. Coming up...


    BBC Radio Scotland

    Does Scotland have a problem with anti-Semitism? That's what Louise is asking on Morning Call from 08:50.

    Morning Call's topic of discussion on Tuesday's programme

    You can listen live to the programme here.

  74. Longannet 'crucial'

    Prof Younger added: "Longannet is absolutely crucial in the absence of any other kind of plant that can produce power on demand.

    "About 25% of the power that we use in Scotland is produced by Longannet, and that's the most crucial power - it's the stuff that we can have available when need arises as opposed to just when the wind blows, or water flows.

    Longannet power station

    "So we can't have more renewables without having something like Longannet, and at the minute there's no plans to take forward any gas powered stations which would be better than coal fired.

    "If we lose Longannet we're in serious, serious trouble."

  75. National Grid thinking 'should be challenged'

    Nicola Sturgeon is seeking assurances from the prime minister on the security of Scotland's electricity supplies.

    It follows BBC Scotland's disclosure that the huge coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife is facing a renewed threat to its future.


    Scottish Power, which operates the plant, warned last year that the cost of connecting to the National grid meant the station may close earlier than planned.

    Leading expert on energy engineering, Professor Paul Younger from Glasgow University's told Good Morning Scotland: "We really need to challenge the thinking behind national grid.

    "It was set up under the Thatcher principles - if you can't buck the markets, privatise it. Turned it into a company, whose prime responsibility is to its shareholders.

    "No one in the electricity system, not national grid; not Ofgem; not the generators; actually has a formal duty to ensure security of supply."

  76. Your views

    Text 80295

    Joe, Glasgow: The Smith Commission has failed to include the electricity grid in its devolution proposals.

  77. What the papers say

    The National says people caught thieving food could be referred to food banks in a new initiative that highlights Scotland's growing poverty problem.

    Tuesday morning's papers

    The Daily Record says a gangster laughed and joked outside court after winning a reprieve over crime profits.

    Almost 30 patients in Scotland are having their operations cancelled every day, according to The Herald, after a surge in demand over winter left hospitals across the country struggling to cope.

    Read our newspaper review here.

  78. Edinburgh patient doesn't have Ebola

    A patient in Edinburgh has tested negative for Ebola after becoming unwell on return from west Africa.


    The patient was being screened for possible infections, including the deadly virus, in the regional infectious diseases unit at the city's Western General Hospital.

    Pauline Cafferkey, the first Scot diagnosed with the disease, was released from hospital last month after making a full recovery.

  79. Low oil price


    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Wood Group oilfield services, Aberdeen: ups profit, hunkers down for challenging times with low oil price, cutting £20m in costs.

  80. What's on the back pages?

    Celtic have opened talks with PSV Eindhoven's Belgian striker Zakaria Bakkali, who is out of contract in the summer.

    Zakaria Bakkali (left) has been linked with a move to Celtic
    Image caption: Is Zakaria Bakkali (left) Celtic-bound in the summer?

    Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has become the latest high-profile figure to back supporters' group Rangers First, which is backing shareholder Dave King's bid to replace the current board.

    Read what else is making back-page headlines in our paper review here.

  81. Longannet power station - Your views

    Text using 80295

    Anon: Longannet power station. Shut down - changes to gas; then gets gas from Grangemouth. Just another lever being pushed for fracking argument.

    Stephen, Glasgow: How can Longannet be under threat if - as Fergus Ewing has often assured us - lights will go out in England? What energy suppliers in Scotland (fossil or renewable) need is a 'postage stamp' principle to grid connection - i.e. it doesn't matter where you are in the UK it costs the same. Will that become easier or harder to achieve with more energy devo\indy?

  82. Piping hot

    Scotland's cricketers, playing in their third World Cup campaign, received some musical support from a pair of pipers under the clear blue skies of Dunedin in New Zealand.

    Two pipers play the bagpipes as Scotland face New Zealand in their World Cup clash in Dunedin
  83. Ferry problems


    BBC Scotland Travel


    North Uist - possible delays on #Calmac between Berneray and Leverburgh because of adverse weather conditions.

  84. Tomorrow's mothers 'need obesity help'

    A major European obesity investigation has called for urgent action to prevent obesity in women of child-bearing age.

    The authors, including a team from Edinburgh University, say children born to overweight mothers are at greater risk of health problems in later life.

    Pregnant woman

    They say every pregnant woman should have access to dieticians and psychologists to help protect the health of their future children.

    During the three-year project several pieces of research were consulted.

  85. London Calling...

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    Rangers have found another London hotel to host next month's Extraordinary General Meeting.

    The meeting, on 4 March, was originally to be held at the Millennium but the hotel cancelled with the club insisting "complaints and false information" led the hotel to fear "disruption to guests and neighbours".

    Ibrox Stadium

    Rangers say the meeting will now be held at London's Grange Tower Bridge Hotel.

    The EGM was called by shareholder Dave King, who hopes to oust the board.

  86. Eggcellent start to the day...


    Scottish curler Eve Muirhead: Wee surprise when I was cooking up my breakfast this morning @leith_dave #doubleyolker

    Fried eggs
  87. Coming up...


    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    BBC News - Sturgeon seeks electricity assurance over Longannet threat. Prof Paul Younger @GlasgowUni #bbcgms 0710


    Listen live to the programme here.

  88. Scots hydro scheme gets green light

    A new £8.5m hydro electric scheme is to be built to the north of Loch Lomond.

    The project at the River Allt Coire Chaorach, near Crianlarich, is the first to benefit from £60m of funding for green initiatives led by the UK Green Investment Bank.

    The Crianlarich project will use the natural flow of the River Allt Coire Chaorach to generate electricity

    The two megawatt system will generate enough energy to power 1,900 homes.

    Business secretary Vince Cable said the project and others like it would "provide high-skilled jobs for rural communities in Scotland".

  89. Self-harm among children rising

    Marc Ellison

    Data journalist, BBC Scotland

    The number of children admitted to hospital for self-harm has doubled in parts of Scotland over a five-year period, according to data obtained by the BBC.

    A twofold increase in cases were reported by NHS Ayrshire and Arran, and NHS Highland, during that time.

    The number of self-harm admissions in Ayrshire, Arran, and Highland areas has doubled in recent years

    Last year, 563 under-18s were admitted for self-harm in Scotland.

    But one mental health charity said these "very concerning" figures were the tip of the iceberg.

  90. Hang onto your hats...


    BBC Scotland Weather


    A cloudy day for the West with outbreaks of rain developing across north Argyll, the West Highlands and Skye. The rain will become persistent this afternoon.

    Staying dry for eastern Scotland with bright or sunny spells, the best of the sunshine will be in the north-east.

    Here we will see the highest temperatures, reaching 9 or 10C. Elsewhere, 8C in the west, 6C for Shetland.

    Windy in the north with a strong gusty south-westerly wind, touching gale force at times in the north-west.

    Some heavy blustery showers in the far north this morning, becoming confined to Shetland.

  91. Scots lose World Cup opener

    Scotland's cricketers have suffered a three-wicket defeat in their opening match at the World Cup.

    The Scots recovered from 12-4 to 142 all out against co-hosts New Zealand in Dunedin.

    Scotland's Iain Wardlaw shakes hands with New Zealand's Daniel Vettori

    The Kiwis eclipsed that total with 25 overs to spare.

    Scotland, playing in their third World Cup campaign, face England in their next Pool A match in Christchurch on Monday.