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  1. Emails contradict police stop and search claims
  2. Scotland's jobless total falls by 15,000
  3. Scots hospitals to ban e-cigarettes
  4. Container ship runs aground near Ardnamurchan
  5. Rangers confirm Ibrox to host EGM

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Louise Sayers and Marianne Taylor

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Bye for now

    Marianne Taylor

    BBC Scotland news

    That's all from the Scotland Live team for today.

    Join us at 07:00 tomorrow for all the latest developments from around Scotland.

    In the meantime, you can keep up to date on the BBC News Scotland website.

  2. More powers possible, says Sturgeon

    The SNP could use any post-election talks aimed at forming a new Westminster government to win enhanced powers for Holyrood, the first minister has suggested.

    While draft clauses that will form the basis of a new devolution Bill have already been set out, Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs there may be "further negotiation that further refines" these following May's general election.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    The SNP leader has ruled out a deal to support the Conservatives if David Cameron fails to win an overall majority. But she has indicated a deal with Labour could be possible.

    Earlier, Prime Minister David Cameron said the prospect of an SNP-Labour coalition "very worrying".

  3. Damages cut after legal battle

    Reevel Alderson

    BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

    An Aberdeenshire teenager seriously injured when she was hit by a car will receive damages of more than £1m following a lengthy court battle.

    Scottish judges had ruled that Lesley Jackson, who was 13 at the time of the accident in 2004, was partly to blame for what happened when she got off a school bus on the road between Banff and Fraserburgh.

    Damages had been agreed at £2.25m, but this was reduced by 70% by the Court of Session. Today, at the end of a series of legal challenges, the UK Supreme Court awarded Ms Jackson 50% of the agreed damages.

  4. Post update


    BBC Sport


    On #ReportingScotland, BBC1 Scot, 1830: @BBCchrismclaug reports, as we look ahead to #Celtic's @EuropaLeague match against @Inter.

  5. Your pictures

    Stewart Ross From Blackhall in Edinburgh sent us this stunning shot of the Water of Leith at sunset.

    Water of Leith

    You can email us your pictures here.

  6. Robison has 'no control'

    Health Secretary Shona Robison has "no control" over her department, according to Scottish Labour.

    Labour health spokeswoman Jenny Marra told MSPs she welcomed the Scottish government's decision to publish health statistics on a weekly basis, but claimed the move is a Labour idea that contradicts Ms Robison's previous statements.

    Shona Robison

    During a heated debate on health, Ms Marra faced repeated calls from Ms Robison to apologise for "wilfully fiddling NHS figures".

  7. Man slashed dog walker

    Police are attempting to trace a man who slashed a dog walker in Glasgow.

    The 44-year-old victim was attacked on Great Western Road, near its junction with Byres Road, in the city's west end, at about 22:40 on Tuesday.

    He remains in a stable condition at the nearby Western Infirmary.

    The suspect is described as a white, in his 40s, of medium height and build with a beard. He was wearing a high visibility jacket and had a grey rucksack with him.

  8. Celtic connections

    Celtic have launched an account on Sina Weibo, one of the biggest social media networks in China.

    The club said it was targeting Far East fans with updates, match reports and information in Mandarin.

    Celtic page

    A spokesman said they were also releasing a video of players wishing their Chinese supporters a Happy New Year.

  9. Apology to patient

    NHS Grampian has been told to apologise after a complaint about a failure to provide a patient who later died with a proper level of treatment was upheld.

    An investigation found earlier surgery could have increased the chance of survival for the heart patient at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

    Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

    The patient, known as Mr A, was admitted in January 2012 with severe chest pain. The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman requested the apology to relatives.

  10. Finn Russell: Two week ban

    Scotland's Finn Russell will miss the Six Nations match against Italy after receiving a two-week suspension for a tackle on Wales' Dan Biggar.

    Finn Russell

    Russell was yellow carded for the challenge in Sunday's 26-23 win for Wales but a Six Nations Disciplinary Committee deemed it "reckless".

  11. Sturgeon grilled

    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been quizzed by conveners of Holyrood committees on a range of topics from the NHS to education.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    The Scottish Parliament's super committee, chaired by Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick, heard from Ms Sturgeon during the hour-and-half session.

    She said it was important to improve attainment in schools and to equip the NHS with what it needed.

    Ms Sturgeon added she was willing to go before the committee heads more often.

  12. Post update


    UPDATE: Latest pictures of the cargo ship which has run aground on the west coast of Scotland

  13. Sturgeon : No to TTIP

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has joined Labour and the Scottish Greens in calling for the NHS to be protected from private incursions by US healthcare providers.

    Hospital ward

    Legal advice commissioned by the union Unite has raised concerns that public health providers could be exposed to private "cherry picking" under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated between the US and the European Union.

    Unite Scottish regional secretary Pat Rafferty said: "The message from Scotland to David Cameron is loud and clear, use your veto to get the NHS out of TTIP."

  14. Post update

    Scottish Sun Home Affairs Editor Chris Musson

    tweets: Will Chief Constable be quizzed by MSPs re stop-and-search? MSPs say he declined; he says MSPs didn't demand he comes.

  15. Labour stop and search call

    Scottish Labour's justice spokesman has called on Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House to "come clean" about the stop and search.

    It emerged today that the force was not forced to release "inaccurate" stop-search data, as was previously claimed by Sir Stephen.

    Sir Stephen House

    "Sir Stephen now has some serious questions to answer when he appears before the Justice committee.

    "If Scotland's top police officer can't get his evidence straight there is something far wrong."

  16. Portobello fire rescue

    Angie Brown

    BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter

    Four workmen have been rescued from a fire at a bed and breakfast in Edinburgh.

    Emergency services were called by workmen at the property on Seaview Terrace, Portobello, at 14:45.

    Scene of the blaze

    Fifty firefighters using eight fire engines are tackling the blaze, which started on the first floor of the mid terrace house.

    The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said the flames were now through the roof. There were no injuries.

  17. Aberdeen crash

    This is the scene of a crash which left two people badly injured on the outskirts of Aberdeen last night.

    Scene of the crash on the outskirts of Aberdeen

    The Press and Journal newspaper took the pictures after the accident on the B979 South Deeside Road, which saw one of the vehicles burst into flames.

  18. Man fights off intruders

    A man has fought off four teenage intruders who broke into his house.

    Afton Terrace

    The 36-year-old disturbed one of the thieves in his home in Afton Terrace in the Trinity area of Edinburgh at 21:30 on Tuesday.

    They started to struggle and three further thieves came in the backdoor and joined in the fight.

    The teenagers then ran off and escaped in a silver Vauxhall which was parked at the front of the house. Police are appealing for witnesses.

  19. Celtic underdogs against Inter - Deila

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    Celtic are underdogs going into Thursday's Europa League clash against Inter Milan and would be happy with a draw, according to Ronnie Deila.

    The Celtic boss says his current side are completely different from the one which crashed out of the Champions League qualifiers against Maribor last year.

    Celtic boss Ronny Deila

    Midfielder Kris Commons remains a doubt for the home tie and Deila says he won't play unless he's 100% fit. Celtic captain Scott Brown believes a draw would be a great result to take into the second leg in Italy.

  20. Warmest day of 2015


    BBC Scotland Weather


    Hi, Chris here. We've reached 15.3C at Fyvie in Aberdeenshire - making it our warmest day of 2015 so far. Mild elsewhere too, at 10/12C.

    Kinloss on the Moray Coast is a close second, at 15.1C so far. Our previous warmest day of 2015 was 14.3C at Millport, back in January.

  21. Scots veteran hits 100

    A Scottish veteran - who is the oldest living Chelsea Pensioner - is celebrating his 100th birthday.

    Mr Carrie

    Peter Carrie, who was born in Dundee in 1915, is marking the milestone with a quiet gathering of his family in Scotland.

    Mr Carrie, the oldest resident at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, served in the Air Force as well as the Army during World War Two.

  22. Motivational words - Get involved

    Following on from the Andy Murray motivational chat story, which words of wisdom have inspired you in your working and/or private life?

    Andy Murray

    Share your buzzwords or key phrases via text to 80295, email us or tweet using @BBCScotlandNews and we'll publish the best.

  23. Murray motivation

    Motivational notes written by Andy Murray before his Rotterdam Open quarter-final defeat by Gilles Simon have been published on Twitter.

    The handwritten instructions - found and photographed by Dutch sports journalist Wilfred Genee - show tips such as "be good to yourself".

    The note - found by Wilfred Genee at the Rotterdam Open

    The notes, apparently written on the back of a letter to Andy from a fan, also gives him tactical advice including "keep going for your serve".

    Despite the notes, Murray lost 6-4 6-2.

    Murray reached the Australian Open final in January, losing to Novak Djokovic.

    The world number four underwent back surgery towards the end of 2013 and experienced a lacklustre 2014.

  24. Aberdeen crash teen to get £1.1m damages

    A woman who was seriously injured when she was hit by a car a decade ago will receive damages of more than £1m following a lengthy court battle.

    Scottish judges had ruled Lesley Jackson, who was 13 at the time of the incident in 2004, was partly to blame after she got off a school bus on the road between Banff and Fraserburgh.

    Damages were agreed at £2.5m but this was reduced by the Court of Session.

    The UK Supreme Court has now decided a final £1.1m figure.

  25. Emails contradict Police Scotland stop-search claims

    Marc Ellison

    Data journalist, BBC Scotland

    Police Scotland was not forced to release "inaccurate" stop-search data, according to evidence released by the Information Commissioner.

    Last week, Chief Constable Sir Stephen House told the police watchdog he had been compelled to release the records.

    Newly released documents reveal Police Scotland was not forced to release "inaccurate" stop-search data

    BBC Scotland used the data to reveal that police had not discontinued stop-searches on under-12s.

    But new documents, which show the correspondence between the police and commissioner, contradict his claim.

  26. Accused 'may have killed' Jean Campbell

    A man accused of murdering a dog walker told his mother he did not know if he killed her, a court has heard.

    Jean Campbell

    Paul Ward made the claim in a telephone call to his mother from Barlinnie Prison but a psychiatrist said this was not reliable as he was psychotic.

    The 21-year-old denies killing Jean Campbell, 53, by striking her with a dog lead in Cranhill Park, Glasgow, on 13 December 2013.

    He has been deemed unfit to stand trial on mental health grounds.

  27. Appeal launched

    Susan Boyle, BBC broadcaster Kaye Adams and X Factor finalist Nicholas McDonald have launched a special appeal for Lent.

    Sciaf appeal

    The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund's Wee Box appeal aims to raise money for women farmers in Africa.

    Any cash raised before 17 May will be matched by the UK government.

  28. Scotland tickets restricted

    Daily Record

    Scotland fans are to get just 3500 tickets for their crunch Euro 2016 clash with Ireland in Dublin.

    Scotland 2016 clash

    The revelation comes just months after FAI chief John Delaney promised he would give the Tartan Army a "fair" allocation.

  29. Sandy Knowe wind farm plan rejected

    Plans for a 30-turbine wind farm near Kirkconnel in Upper Nithsdale have been rejected by the Scottish government.

    Wind turbines

    Energy Minister Fergus Ewing refused consent for Burcote Wind's Sandy Knowe scheme in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Developers said it could meet the energy needs of more than 41,000 homes.

    However, Mr Ewing said he agreed with Scottish Natural Heritage which had raised serious concerns over cumulative impact and adverse landscape and visual affect the wind farm would have.

  30. Teen challenges firearms sentence

    A teenager who sparked a firearms incident in Shetland is appealing against his sentence.

    Samuel Barlow, 16, was given the three-year custodial sentence this month after the incident in September.

    Gun incident

    Lerwick Sheriff Court heard Barlow, who was was armed with an air rifle, could have been shot by firearms officers.

    He admitted assault and threatening behaviour. An appeal has now been lodged at the Criminal Appeal Court in Edinburgh.

  31. Badger in love?

    Glasgow's Silverburn shopping centre is not known for its wildlife.

    But security cameras captured pictures of a large badger outside the complex in the early hours of 14 February.

    Images of Valentines badger

    What was it up to? Find out more on Reporting Scotland at 13.30 or watch a teaser clip on the BBC Scotland News Facebook page.

  32. Confidence in police 'at risk'

    The revelation that Police Scotland was not forced to release "inaccurate" information about stop and search, as claimed by Chief Constable Sir Stephen House, risks "undermining public confidence", according to the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

    Emails released by the Information Commissioner contradicted Sir Stephen's claim to a meeting of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA).

    Justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP said: "This exchange of emails rebuts each and every point the chief constable used in his defence at the SPA.

    "The facts do not match his claims. Parliament and the SPA is owed an honest explanation for this sorry mess. This seriously risks undermining public confidence in Scotland's national force."

  33. Sturgeon live

    Nicola Sturgeon is currently giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament on her legislative programme.

    Democracy live

    You can follow live coverage of the committee convenor group, updates and analysis here.

  34. Who are the Guerrilla knitters?

    A group of guerrilla knitters has struck by leaving knitted items along the bollards and railings of a cycle path in Dumfries.


    The items appeared overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, with the only clue as to who is behind the decoration being tags left from the "Bollard and Chicane Protection Authority".

    Guerrilla knitting, also known as "yarn bombing" is a type of street art using items made from yarn - whether knitted, crocheted, or made into pom-poms.

    If you can help solve the mystery, email us here or tweet @BBCScotlandNews.

  35. Bridge speed to be cut

    The speed limit on the Forth Road Bridge is be cut while the new replacement crossing is built.

    Forth Road Bridge

    Project director David Climie told MSPs drivers were already slowing down to look at the construction of the adjacent Queensferry Crossing.

    The speed limit on the existing bridge is to drop from 50mph to 40mph in the spring, with average speed cameras installed along three miles of the A90 and M90 until the completion of the new bridge.

    Mr Climie told MSPs on the Scottish Parliament's infrastructure committee the new crossing would be fully open to traffic at the end of 2016.

  36. Solicitor admits embezzlement

    A solicitor from Falkirk has been told he could face prison after he admitted embezzling £13,000 while working with a Dumfries firm.

    Dumfries Sheriff Court

    Steven Crommie, 37, committed the offence between 2013 and 2014 at estate agents Bell Park Kerridge.

    Dumfries Sheriff Court heard all the clients involved had been fully compensated.

    The case was deferred for background reports.

  37. Post update


    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    Anyone out there got the best motivational line you ever heard? Even from your folks? Text me 80295.

  38. Post update


    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    What lies beneath the job stats? @ons has been experimenting with data:

    Quarterly population flows Oct-Dec 2014
  39. PM: SNP coalition 'worrying'

    The Prime Minister has described the prospect of an SNP coalition with Labour following the general election in May as "very worrying".

    David Cameron

    Opinion polls suggest that the SNP could pick up many seats in Scotland and in the event of a hung parliament, Labour could seek a deal.

    Speaking during a visit to a factory in England, Mr Cameron said, "In Scotland, a lot of people vote SNP, they will definitely ally with Labour, and I think it is very worrying that you could have a Labour government propped up by a party that actually want to abolish our country."

    Earlier this week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the BBC Labour would have to "moderate its position" on deficit reduction if it wanted to form a government with the help of the SNP.

  40. Festival drug claims 'unsubstantiated'

    Claims that an annual music event is becoming a "fringe festival for drug use" have been rejected as "completely unsubstantiated" by organisers.

    Councillor Gail MacGregor made the comments after the Eden Festival, based near Moffat, below, secured a grant of £8,000.

    The Eden Festival takes place at Raehills, near Moffat, every year

    She said Dumfries and Galloway Council had to keep a "really close eye on any hint of excessive drug use".

    Organisers denied the claim, adding that it had been shortlisted for Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards.

    Australian band The Cat Empire, US hip hop artist Grandmaster Flash and the UK's Ms Dynamite top the bill at the event, which takes place between 11 and 14 June.

  41. Sentencing council formed

    A new body to aimed at helping the public to understand how jail sentences are determined is to be set up later this year.

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said the creation of the Scottish Sentencing Council would help ensure the country has the "most transparent criminal justice system possible".


    Mr Matheson described the issue of sentencing as "complicated and emotive".

    The Council will be established in October and could hold its first meeting the following month.

  42. Police claims contradicted

    Police Scotland was not forced to release "inaccurate" stop-search data, according to new evidence released by the Information Commissioner.

    Last week, Chief Constable Sir Stephen House told the police watchdog he had been made to release the records.

    Stop and search

    BBC Scotland used the data to reveal that police had not discontinued stop-searches on under-12s.

    But new documents, which show the correspondence between the police and commissioner, contradict his claim.

  43. Unemployment figures 'encouraging'

    Scotland's Deputy First Minister John Swinney has described the latest Scottish unemployment figures, which show a drop in joblessness, as "hugely encouraging".

    He added: "Today's figures demonstrate a robust, more inclusive and active Scottish workforce supporting our economy which in itself is going from strength to strength.

    John Swinney

    "We must remain absolutely focused on continuing to deliver those better economic prospects and vigilant about challenges within different sectors of the economy."

  44. Hotel hits flat note over T in the Park plans

    The Gleneagles Hotel has lodged a formal objection to the proposal to hold the T in the Park festival at Strathallan Castle.

    Strathallan Castle

    Agents acting on behalf of the upmarket hotel raised concerns about noise and traffic levels during the event.

    They noted that on a still day, music from the festival could be heard at Gleneagles from its previous location at Balado, 20km (12.4 miles) away.

    Festival bosses said they were in discussions with the hotel's managers.

  45. Escaped Scot prisoner 'may be trying to get to Britain'

    A prisoner who escaped from custody in the Republic of Ireland may be trying to get to Britain through Northern Ireland.

    Derek Brockwell

    Derek Brockwell, from Glasgow, is serving a seven-year sentence in Portlaoise Prison for an armed robbery in Dublin.

    He arrived in Dublin in February 2012 after absconding from a prison in Lancashire while he was on day release.

  46. Spending power


    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    .@ONS charts that will influence the election #ge2015: falling spending power. Pay now above inflation, at last:

    Graph showing average earnings and consumer prices annual growth rates
  47. Waste plant fire

    An investigation has been launched following a fire at a sewage plant in Angus in the early hours.

    Four engines and an aerial appliance were called to the scene at the Hatton waste water treatment works outside Arbroath at about 02:20.

    Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reel jets to tackle the flames, which had engulfed an oil tank.

    The fire had been brought under control by 05:00.

  48. Distillery expansion


    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Speyburn distillery doubling capacity, as Airdrie-based Inver House also builds 12 #whisky bonds. It also makes Old Pulteney, Balblair, AnCnoc.

  49. Galashiels chosen for textiles base

    Galashiels has been selected as the planned base for a national centre of textiles.


    MP Michael Moore said the decision brought the project, which it is hoped would boost tourism, a "step closer".

    He has been working with Heriot-Watt University, textile producers, Borders College and project leaders to try to ensure it would be based in the region.

    A possible site in Selkirk had been ruled out by a feasibility study, which concluded it would not be viable.

  50. E-cigarettes - Your views

    Tweet @BBCScotlandNews

    Val McLaren: All about control, nothing whatsoever to do with your well being.

    Norman Dong: All public health agencies need to wake up to the chemical time bombs posed by e-cigs.

  51. New drug could prevent miscarriages

    A drug trial is offering new hope to women who have suffered miscarriages.

    Researchers at the University of Edinburgh hope a new medication, called NT100, will help prevent miscarriages by promoting growth of embryonic tissue and the early placenta.

    Scientists are looking to recruit women from Edinburgh who have experienced three or more unexplained miscarriages to take part in the study - information on eligibility can be found here.

  52. Childhood obesity - Your views

    Text 80295

    Ian P, Hamilton: Can we keep in mind that kids develop at different rates? The kid that is overweight at five may average out by 16.

  53. E-cigarettes - Your views

    Tweet @BBCScotlandNews using #ScotlandLive

    Stephen Fyfte: NHS need to enforce already existing bans more rigorously, last stay in hospital had cigarette smoke coming in window.

    Jayne Halhead: Why are they penalising those of us trying to stop?!

    Bourne This Way: Will they now ban bacon sandwiches and high sugar snacks from hospitals also? Equally as damaging.

  54. Church fire in Aberdeenshire

    More than 30 firefighters have been tackling a major blaze at a derelict church in Aberdeenshire.

    Church on fire

    Crews were called to the fire just after 07:30 in Hatton, near Peterhead. No-one is believed to have been injured in the fire.

    Church fire
  55. Video of stranded ship

    Lifeboat charity the RNLI has released video footage of the cargo ship still stranded off Ardnamurchan in the west Highlands.

    Lifeboat footage

    You can watch the full video here.

  56. More on the unemployment figures

    Reacting to the latest fall in unemployment, Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael said: "Today's employment figures show this government's long term economic plan is working.

    Alistair Carmichael

    "Employment has reached a new record high, more women are in work than ever before and the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen to its lowest level since August 2008."

    Scotland's unemployment rate currently stands at 5.4 per cent - below the rate of 5.7 per cent for the whole of the UK, according to Office for National Statistic figures.

  57. Unemployment falls

    Unemployment in Scotland fell by 15,000 to 149,000 between October and December 2014. More to follow.

    Job Centre plus
  58. Overweight kids - Your views


    Maggie, Aberdeenshire: There is less PE time in the curriculum and there is a huge amount of junk food in supermarkets. Parents have a difficult time trying to encourage healthy eating when our busy lives place easy options on the shelves. We all need less carbohydrates and more exercise - it's finding a balance that works and not stigmatising anyone unable to control their appetite.

  59. E-cigarettes - Your views


    Jason: Outlaw smoking everywhere, PERIOD. These people are too stupid to deal with it themselves so make the decision for them and ban all tobacco products and companies. After all, they are only killing people and serve no other purpose.

    Teaguel: Strange move to ban a device that could help cut cigarette smoking. Where is the health risk here? Will they also be banning consumption of fatty foods on the grounds? If not, where's the logic here?

  60. Your views


    Charles Hepburn: Interesting that another London hotel has refused to host the Rangers EGM because of "threats". I wonder if Jim Murphy still thinks that giving these people the right to consume alcohol in football grounds is really a wise course of action.

  61. Morning Call with Louise White

    BBC Radio Scotland

    About 1 in 4 children starting school in Scotland are classed as obese or overweight, but who is to blame?

    Person standing on bathroom scales

    Listen to the programme here, or click on the 'Live Coverage' tab on our full live page.

  62. Robison: NHS must be 'open and accessible'

    Scottish Labour Health spokesperson Jenny Marra accused Health Secretary Shona Robison of performing a 'u-turn' on the publication of A&E statistics.

    However, speaking on Good Morning Scotland, Ms Robison said the decision had been taken by the Scottish government's chief statistician.

    "I'm very pleased that the chief statistician has gone to weekly statistical reporting, but I want to go further than that," she said.

    A&E sign

    "That's why I announced yesterday that not only will we be going to weekly reporting of A&E, but we want to look at a whole range of other information on an NHS performance website.

    "We want to make sure that the NHS is as accessible and open as possible.

    "The public really appreciate the NHS, and sometimes we don't get it right, sometimes things go wrong. But, overall, patient satisfaction levels with the NHS are incredibly high."

  63. Murray's secrets of success


    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    According to one paper, these are Andy Murray's seat side reminders and tips.

    John Beattie post on twitter
  64. Curtain call

    Glasgow Film Festival kicks off this evening with a new comedy starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts.

    Films to be shown at Glasgow Film Festival

    It's the first of a number of premieres which will take place at various venues around the city as part of this.

    Acting heavyweight Alan Rickman is to attend the Glasgow Film Festival in support of his latest work, "A Little Chaos".

    The 11th Glasgow Film Festival will consist of 174 events, including 11 world premieres, and is set to run from 18 February to 1 March.

  65. What's on the back pages?

    Free agent capture Craig Gordon will be considered as good a signing as Celtic greats Henrik Larsson and Lubo Moravcik, according to assistant boss John Collins.

    Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon

    Meanwhile, the Rangers Fans Board expect to be "disbanded and blacklisted" by the club after revealing the minutes of a meeting they held with club chief executive Derek Llambias and director Barry Leach.

    Read what else is making back-page headlines, as you munch your Coco Pops, here.

  66. Energy customers missed savings

    Dual-fuel customers of the big energy firms have missed big savings by not switching suppliers, evidence from a competition inquiry suggests.

    The savings they missed ranged from £158 to £234 a year per customer.

    Energy suppliers composite

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating the energy market since last summer.

    It says that from 2012 to 2014, more than 95% of dual-fuel customers of the big firms would have have saved money by switching tariffs or suppliers.

  67. On the roads


    BBC Scotland Travel


    • In Doune, traffic slowing down through roadworks on A84 both ways between the B826 Doune junction and Blair Drummond
    • Also looking slow at Pitreavie on the M90 heading for southbound A90 Forth Road Bridge
    • Slow eastbound M8 as you head past Newhouse at junction 6 through to Harthill
    • Glasgow M8 - Queueing traffic, westbound between J29 St James and J30 Erskine Bridge
    • Traffic building on the M80 northbound at Low Wood, junction 4a.
  68. E-cigarettes


    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    Bloke was smoking one of these on the train this morning...

  69. E-cigarettes - Your views

    via Facebook

    Jonathan Frater: Ridiculous to ban these outside, it's unenforceable.

    Sarah Rich Dorman: Will it make the slightest difference? Smokers ignore no smoking signs all over hospitals.

    Zaphod Bebelbrox: Yes [it is the right move]. But Sara above is right, it will be ignored by staff and patients alike

    Julie McMillan: People are making an effort to stop smoking and they should be applauded for it, not treated like second class citizens. It's very hard to stop and took me 20 attempts.

    What do you think? Let us know over on the BBC Scotland News Facebook page.

  70. 'Mistake in interpretation'

    Labour's Health spokesperson at Holyrood Jenny Marra was pressed on Good Morning Scotland on the party's use of NHS statistics.

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy had said the rate of operations cancelled in the Glasgow area was significantly higher than in England - leading to Health Secretary Shona Robison to demand he made an apology, claiming he had "vastly inflated" the figures.

    "There was a mistake in interpretation of a Freedom of Information (FOI) response," Ms Marra said.

    "But ultimately, political parties and even the British Medical Association have had to resort to using Freedom of Information laws to get the information they need about the NHS.

    "Mistakes are made but the point is we had to resort to these laws to get the information that was required."

  71. Grab an umbrella


    BBC Scotland Weather


    A cloudy day for most with rain in the west and north-west of the country, heavy at times.

    Rain will be heaviest on the north-west coast, and through the Hebrides with strong to gale-force south-westerly winds. We could see rainfall totals accumulating to 50-60mm for Skye and Lewis, maybe even 90 - 100mm in a few spots.

    Patchy rain through the western Central Belt and south-west at times too. Eastern areas, however, largely dry with some sunshine in the far north east around Aberdeen and Banff.

    Windy for all though, with gusts of up to 40-50mph possible for Lothian and the south-east.

  72. Read all about it...

    Obese children, 'power struggle' and the possibility of a SNP-Lib Dem election deal are among the headlines in today's papers.

    Newspapers composite

    Devour our newspaper review in full here.

  73. Hospital e-cigarette ban - Your views

    Text using 80295

    Anon: I work at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, and often see full-term pregnant women smoking outside main entrance; even seen patients on portable oxygen tanks having a sly puff: explosive!

    Man with an e-cigarette

    Craig, Elgin: I think the health boards are making a mistake banning smoking outside hospitals. From the few occasions I've had to visit hospitals, the regular site of miserable, pale-faced patients standing in the cold wearing nothing but a dressing gown is one of the most powerful anti-smoking images available. Do they honestly believe this sight outside hospital entrances is attracting people to smoking? Quite the opposite.

    Al, Glasgow: Inverclyde Royal. Main entrance. Real cigarette smoke, no question!!! In gowns, wheelchairs...

  74. Bad weather hits sales figures

    Scottish retailers saw sales fall in January, with poor weather pushing shoppers online, a report suggests.

    Total sales dropped by 2.3% compared with the same month last year, the Scottish Retail Sales Monitor showed.

    High Street sales

    Like-for-like sales, which strip out factors such as new store openings, decreased 3.1%.

    Retail experts said the drop could be attributed to January being Scotland's fourth wettest since 1910.

  75. A&E stats release 'should've done earlier' - Labour

    Opposition politicians have welcomed the Scottish government's decision to publish Accident & Emergency performance data weekly on a new website.

    Speaking on Good Morning Scotland, Labour's Health spokesperson at Holyrood Jenny Marra said: "This is the people's NHS and it's important that people have the information on how it's performing.

    Jenny Marra

    "However, it would've been better if the Scottish government had done this much earlier.

    "They've been in government eight years now and when you look over this past winter - the extreme pressure that has been on all our hospitals, between delayed discharge and the pressure on A&Es - data like this would have allowed the Scottish government to plan much better."

  76. E-cigarettes - Your views

    Text using 80295

    Anon, Dunlop: When is a no-smoking policy not a no-smoking policy? When it is the NHS GGC policy. I work at a hospital and at all times of day and night fight my way through clouds of smoke and both patients and staff smoking. Any suggestion that there is an effective ban is fantasy, e-cigs or not.

  77. Family breakdown link to youth homelessness

    Too many children in Scotland are becoming homeless because of arguments at home, charity Edinburgh Cyrenians claim.

    Youth homelessness

    The family mediation charity is holding a conference in Edinburgh later to discuss the issue,

    The latest Scottish government figures show almost 5,000 young people became homeless in 2014 because of relationships breaking down.

    The Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR), run by Edinburgh Cyrenians and funded by the Scottish government, was set up last year to provide families with support and advice on how to resolve conflicts.

  78. Container ship runs aground

    A large cargo ship has got into difficulty near Ardnamurchan Point in the West Highlands.

    The 120m-long Lysblink Seaways

    The 120m-long Lysblink Seaways ran aground at Kilchoan at about 02:00.

    No-one was injured and the container ship is not believed to be in any immediate danger.

    The Tobarmoray RNLI Lifeboat is standing by at the scene in case its assistance is needed.

  79. Rangers latest

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    Rangers have responded to a second London hotel refusing to host their extraordinary general meeting (EGM) by deciding to stage it at Ibrox Stadium.

    Ibrox Stadium

    "It is with regret that the board must announce that, following threats from persons unknown, the Grange Hotel at Tower Hill in London has informed the company that it is no longer willing to host the General Meeting on 4 March 2015," the club said in a statement.

    "Accordingly, the new venue for this General Meeting will be Ibrox Stadium, in Glasgow, at a date to be determined.

    "The original London venue was selected for the General Meeting because the board felt that previous General Meetings held at Ibrox had been disrupted by chanting and other shouting and, accordingly, had sought a business venue where a meeting could be held with more decorum.

    "Following threats it was decided to seek a second London venue, not least because, for legal reasons, this would have preserved the ability to continue to hold the meeting on 4 March. Unfortunately, these efforts have now been thwarted."

    Rangers say they will make an announcement soon on a new time and date for the meeting.

  80. Two hurt in crash near Aberdeen

    Two people have been seriously injured in a crash involving two cars, one of which burst into flames.

    The drivers of both vehicles - a 19-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman - suffered potentially life-threatening injuries.

    The accident happened on the B979 South Deeside Road, southwest of Aberdeen, at about 22:00 on Tuesday.

    The road remained closed on Wednesday morning as investigations into the collision were carried out.

    Police said the crash happened about 200m west of the Deeside Holiday Park, near Peterculter.

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    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    BBC News - Family breakdown link to youth homelessness says @Cyrenians1968 #bbcgms 0715

    Good Morning Scotland

    You can listen live to the programme here.

  82. E-cigarettes banned from Scotland hospital grounds

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    Patients and visitors will be banned from using electronic cigarettes in hospital grounds across Scotland within weeks.

    New laws require NHS boards to ensure their grounds are smoke-free by April.

    A smoker with an e-cigarette

    The Scottish government has said it is up to individual health boards whether they prohibit the use of e-cigarettes.

    A survey by BBC Scotland has revealed that all but one health board will completely ban the devices.

    Just NHS Lothian will allow the restricted use of the so-called electronic nicotine delivery systems in designated outdoor areas away from entrances.

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