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  1. Brain injury birth mum awarded £5m
  2. Rangers to appoint Stuart McCall as manager
  3. Scotland lags UK on public finances
  4. Longannet 'could close in a year'
  5. Give 'Scots priority' - poll

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By Thomas McGuigan and Marianne Taylor

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Marianne Taylor

BBC Scotland news

Right, that's it from the Scotland Live team for today.

We'll be back bright and early at 07:00 tomorrow - hope you can join us.

Meantime, you can keep up with developments via the

BBC News Scotland website.

Rangers investigate new director's tweet

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Rangers Football Club say they are investigating after it emerged that a newly appointed director at Ibrox had apparently sent a sexually explicit cartoon of the prophet Mohammed to a radical Islamist preacher.

The message was sent from Chris Graham's account on Twitter to Anjem Choudary on the day of the attacks on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

Mr Graham was appointed as a non-executive director at Ibrox yesterday after a South African businessman took charge of the club last week.

Barely 24 hours later he is at the centre of controversy about his activity on social media before he joined the board.

Two part-owners of the Strathallan Estate have

spoken out about plans to host the T in the Park festival there.

Jamie and Debs Roberts underlined their commitment as "long term conservationists" to protecting local ecosystems.

William Starkey

It comes after nature groups including RSPB Scotland and the Woodland Trust Scotland criticised the proposed move.

Perth and Kinross Council is to hold a second consultation on the plans.

Man sought after firearms incident

Police are appealing for witnesses after a firearm was discharged in the south of Edinburgh in the early hours of this morning.

The shot was heard around 04:15 after the weapon was discharged at an address in Kenilworth Drive, Liberton.

Officers now want to trace a man described as white, 18-25 years of age, wearing a grey hooded top and grey trousers.

Detective Inspector Stuart Harkness of Police Scotland said: "Fortunately no one was injured however that does not take away from the serious and reckless nature of this incident."

Coming up...

Aileen Clarke

BBC Scotland

Did you have a baby last year? What did you call your little bundle of joy? We look at some of the more unusual names given on tonight's #repscot, live on BBC One now.

Tonight's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


Hi, Gillian here. Rain & gales for Shetland at first, soon easing, then dry & clear across the country tonight. Widespread frost & ice risk.

Easdale gone

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

#Rangers confirm Sandy Easdale has stood down from his position as chairman of the football board.

Healthboard responds to payout

The healthboard at the centre of a multi-million pound compensation claim is "disappointed" by today's court ruling that it will have to pay £5.25m in damages to a mother and her son.

Nadine Montgomery, 40, from Lanarkshire,

claimed medics neglected to give her proper advice which may have led to her son Sam having a safer caesarean birth in 1999.

Nadine Montgomery
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Dr Iain Wallace, NHS Lanarkshire's medical director, said women were now "fully informed" about the risks and complications of pregnancy and birth than was the case at that time.

He added: "We understand however that it materially changes the law relating to consent and we along with other health boards in the UK will need to consider very carefully any potential implications for future service provision."

Monster from the deep?

Craig Leitch took this fantastic pic of a frog at RSPB Loch Leven, near Kinross, yesterday. He said: "Spring is definitely around the corner. Spotted this wee pair of eyes spotting me from the ponds."

Craig Leitch

Email your pics here or tweet them @bbcscotlandnews.

Your views - the Gers figures

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Jim in Wishaw: I see the pro unionists are still using Scotland's economic figures to talk the country down, proposing we should all be happy to live off perceived Westminster handouts. It's a very narrow view that shows no faith whatsoever in our ability to grow as a country.

Bert in Fife: Why was Westminster so desperate to hang on to Scotland, a country which according to latest fiscal deficit figures is a financial basket case? Makes you wonder does it not!!!!

Developer victory in RBS court battle

A Scottish property developer has

won a landmark legal victory over the Royal Bank of Scotland at the Supreme Court.

Derek Carlyle has had a seven-year battle with the bank over loans for work on two properties at Gleneagles.

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The Hamilton-based builder was given one loan to buy the plots, but a second to develop them was not paid.

The case has now been referred to a commercial judge at the Court of Session, with Mr Carlyle planning a £3m counter-claim for loss of profits.

No deal confirmed


Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Clarification: McCall has been offered job until end of the season. No deal completed.

Knifeman held without limit of time

A man who slashed a taxi driver from ear to ear and then attacked an elderly woman has been detained at the State Hospital without limit of time.

Taxi abandoned and police at scene

James McFarlane, 34, has petrol bombs with him when he attacked 44-year-old Andrew Burns in his taxi in Glenburn Avenue, Cambuslang, on 20 June 2014.

He then drove off and repeatedly stabbed Jean Evans, 69, at Dukes Road.

McFarlane faced attempted murder charges but was acquitted on the grounds he was mentally ill.

Your views - Cam/Sam debate?

James, Edinburgh: Where was Cameron when challenged to debate Salmond in the indyref? He wasn't so keen to debate then was he? Salmond would wipe the floor with Cameron and show how callous the Torie's policies really are compared to the SNP.

McCall appointed Rangers manager

Stuart McCall has been

appointed Rangers manager until the end of the season, BBC Scotland has learned.

Stuart McCall

It is unknown yet if he will retain current caretaker manager Kenny McDowall on the coaching staff, or bring an assistant in with him.

Cameron: 'I should debate Salmond'

David Cameron appeared to challenge Alex Salmond to a TV debate during heated exchanges at today's Prime Minister's Questions.

Ed Miliband and David Cameron

Labour leader Ed Miliband has repeatedly rejected calls, including from some of his own MPs, to rule out a post-election deal with the SNP.

The PM told Mr Miliband: "The truth is you are weak and despicable and want to crawl to power in Alex Salmond's pocket."

He said the head-to-head debate should be between the two people who "actually call the tune - that is me and Alex Salmond".

Company director fined over sectarian chants

A Perthshire company director who chanted sectarian abuse on a train has been fined £750 at Stirling Sheriff Court.

Rory Carmichael, 51, from Alyth, was with Rangers supporters on a train to Stirling who were told to stop singing by the conductor.

Some fans stopped chanting but Carmichael - who'd been drinking - sang the line "up to our knees in Fenian blood."

He later claimed the only songs he'd sung were Rule Britannia and God Save The Queen.

Sheriff Gillian Wade imposed a football banning order until the end of the season and fined Carmichael £750.

Sam taunts Cam

Buzzfeed's Jamie Ross tweets:

Salmond to Cameron: "Like most posh boys, given half a chance, he'll run away from a fight."

Read the full piece here.

Scotland 'shines' for Lufthansa

German airline Lufthansa has revealed record passenger numbers for its routes out of Scotland.

Almost 355,000 passengers used the firm's services out of Aberdeen and Edinburgh last year - an increase of 14% on 2013.


The most popular destinations for Scottish travellers included Houston, Gdansk, Malta, Vienna, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Tokyo and Moscow.

A spokesman for the airline said: "Both Scottish airports have continued to shine within the Lufthanza network."

SNP group leader leaves post

The leader of the SNP group in Edinburgh

has stood down and a replacement appointed.

Steve Cardownie, SNP councillor for the Forth ward, reportedly took the step to spend more time with his family.

He will continue as a councillor and will be replaced by Sandy Howat, who represents Meadows and Morningside, as group leader.

On Thursday it will be decided if Mr Howat also becomes Edinburgh city council's deputy leader.

Poetic justice?


Tom English

BBC Scotland

A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse - I haven't had a winner in 11 races.

Killer held without limit of time

A man who killed a visitor to his family home in Glasgow has been

detained at the State Hospital at Carstairs without limit of time.

A police tent at Conisborough Road in Easterhouse

John McPherson, 28, had flouted a court ban to stay away from the property in Easterhouse, where he fatally stabbed Ryan McNeill, 29, on 15 March 2014. He originally faced a murder charge.

Prosecutors accepted his guilty plea to culpable homicide on the grounds of diminished responsibility after hearing he suffered from mental health issues.

Your pics


Brian McIlroy from Castlerock, Northern Ireland, took this cracking shot of last night's stunning sunset over Nairn beach.

Nairn beach
Brian McIlroy

You can tweet us your pics @bbcscotlandnews or

email them here.

Murray serves up coaching shake-up

Andy Murray plans to work with Jonas Bjorkman in the next month with a view to the former Wimbledon semi-finalist joining his coaching team full time.

Swede Bjorkman, 42, will assist French Fed Cup captain Amelie Mauresmo, who works with Murray for 25 weeks a year.

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Bjorkman, a former world number four, retired in 2008 and is appearing in Sweden's 'Let's Dance' TV series.

He was suggested as a replacement for Ivan Lendl when the Czech ended his relationship with Murray a year ago.

United appeal Ciftci ban


BBC Sport


#DundeeUnited appeal against Nadir Ciftci's ban for allegedly kicking #Celtic's Scott Brown.


Police officer dies after two-vehicle crash

A man who died following a road crash in North Ayrshire

was a serving police officer.

Police Scotland said father-of-three John Woods, 42, was killed when his car was involved in a two-vehicle collision near Beith on Tuesday afternoon.

John Woods
Police Scotland

Emergency services had been called to the scene on the A736 between Lugton and Burnhouse at about 13:40.

One person charged in probe at Brora respite unit

One person has been charged and reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with an investigation at a respite centre in the Highlands.

Services at Beachview Lodge Respite Unit in Brora have been suspended.

NHS Highland said on Tuesday that an investigation and staffing pressures had led to the temporary closure.

Police Scotland confirmed that someone has been charged but added that no details could be released on what the charge alleged.

Wartime mystery solved


letter dating from 1945 found behind a radiator at Blair Castle was written from one brother to another, it has been revealed.

Staff at the castle set out to track down the wartime pen pals after discovering the 70-year-old letter during a winter clean-up.

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Following an appeal on BBC Radio Scotland, the correspondence was traced to brothers Bill and Archie Findlay.

Bill Findlay's school had been evacuated to the castle during the war.

Brian's view

Who's reading what into the GERS figures? Brian Taylor examines the politics of the economy:

Brian Taylor's view

'All rise' for Sir Walter Scott courthouse

A courthouse where Sir Walter Scott dispensed justice could be redeveloped to house a library and contact centre.

The landmark building in Selkirk is at the centre of a project to improve the "vitality and vibrancy" of the town centre, according to local councillors.


The local authority has also acquired the Cross Keys pub and a home next to the court house which will be part of the development.

A consultation event will be held at the end of March.

Gers figures - Your views

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Gordon Murray, Livingston: The Scottish Deficit £12bn? But interest we pay on £1,500bn UK national debt is £70bn - of which - Scotland is expected to shell out for our population share £6bn. Take out UK national debt payments, that Scots had no part in creating, and you half that 8%.

Stokes urges Ciftci to accept ban

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Celtic forward Anthony Stokes says the Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci should accept his two-match ban for kicking out at Scott Brown - because the evidence is clear.

Dundee United's Nadir Ciftci

Ciftci has until 15:00 to appeal against the ban for the incident during

Sunday's Scottish Cup tie at Tannadice, which also saw red cards for Celtic's Virgil Van Dijk and the United pair of Paul Paton and Paul Dixon.

Stokes also claimed Aiden Connelly dived to win the United penalty, which they scored from in the 1-1 draw, and thinks the incident should be looked at retrospectively.

'Absolute chaos' for Scotland's finances

The Scottish Conservatives said the SNP's plan to cut all financial ties with the UK would require the equivalent of an 8p hike in income tax, "significant spending cuts" or "vastly increased borrowing".

The party's finance spokesman Gavin Brown said: "Scotland is part of a family where everyone puts in and shares the proceeds.

"That security was jeopardised last September, and it's the SNP's sole, stated aim to jeopardise it again in May.

"The SNP wants full fiscal autonomy and, as we can see from these figures, that would mean absolute chaos for Scotland's finances."

Bus driver sentenced over OAP death

A bus driver who knocked down a 77-year-old man who later died has been given a community sentence.

Glasgow Sheriff Court

Christopher Droy, 37, was at the wheel of the double-decker Stagecoach bus which hit Alexander Gowans on Glasgow's Sauchiehall Street on 1 July 2013.

Droy, from the city's Milton area, pleaded guilty to causing Mr Gowans' death by careless driving.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, he was ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work as part of a community payback order.

Droy was also disqualified from driving for 18 months and told he must also sit an extended driving test before getting his licence back.

Gers figures - Your views


Iain: How much of the expenditure "allocated" to Scotland takes place within Scotland? What are the fiscal multipliers? Denmark, for example, doesn't defend itself by paying German soldiers who pay tax to the German government. Independent countries benefit from spending most of their money in their own countries, and so benefit from non-zero fiscal multipliers - and the economic activity and revenue that so accrues.

Hygiene issues hospital has improved

A hospital that was reported to ministers over failures to meet hygiene standards has "significantly improved", inspectors have said.

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HEI reports last year highlighted contamination of patient equipment at Hairmyres Hospital

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) found blood and body fluids on patient equipment at Hairmyres Hospital during visits in September and October.

This led to NHS Lanarkshire being reported to the Scottish government.

After a follow up visit in January, HEI said most equipment was "clean and ready for use".

Sturgeon: 'We will pursue economic growth'

Responding to today's Gers figures, which suggest Scotland's public finances are weaker than in the UK as a whole, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said they "tell us nothing at all about how Scotland would perform with greater economic and fiscal powers".

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Ms Surgeon added: "If you look at Scotland's deficit this year, something like a quarter of that is down to interest payments on the UK debt so that would be one issue that we would have to resolve, in terms of the treatment of that.

"Like all countries that operate a deficit, you fund your deficit through borrowing and you pursue the policies that pursue economic growth."

FT on the Gers figures

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

FT blog on Scots immigration: "It's the context that's different, not the Scots".

Targeted chapel gets CCTV


cameras have been installed at the Italian Chapel on Orkney following a series of break-ins and vandalisms at the historic building.

The Italian Chapel was built during World War Two by Italian prisoners of war.

Orkney chapel

The ornate building has since become one of Orkney's top attractions.

It was among a number of churches and tourists attractions on the islands targeted by thieves last May.

Your views - Scotland's economy

Jim, Dunblane: Surprise surprise, Scotland runs a much bigger deficit than the UK as a whole. And these numbers are a while back and still include healthy oil revenues which have since vanished, so the current year's deficit will be far worse. Does anyone still believe the Yes Campaign's absurd claims that we would have been much better off after independence? Higher pensions, higher benefits, higher spending? Oh really?