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  1. Methadone programme 'a black hole'
  2. Man dies trying to recover broken down vehicle in Glasgow
  3. UKIP candidate quits over Coburn remarks
  4. Man guilty of murdering joiner
  5. Funeral for Hearts and Scotland legend Dave Mackay

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By Thomas McGuigan, Rebecca Bailey and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    That is it for today's Scotland Live blog.

    River Clyde at sunset

    As you can see, it is a beautiful end to the day in Glasgow.

    Join us again from 07:00 tomorrow for all the latest news and sport.

  2. Scotland vs Northern Ireland

    Tomorrow night, Scotland take on Northern Ireland in a friendly at Hampden ahead of the crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar.

    Gordon Strachan and Michael O'Neil

    Read the BBC Sport preview.

  3. Be in the audience

    The Scottish Leaders debates will give you the chance to put your questions to the leaders of Scotland's political parties in the run-up to the General Election on 7 May.

    The six leaders

    Our audience will play a crucial role in holding our politicians to account, asking the questions you want asked.

    The first debate will take place on Wednesday 8 April in Aberdeen, and will be chaired by James Cook.

    If you want to be in the audience, you can apply here.

  4. Reporting Scotland

    Reporting Scotland has just started on BBC One Scotland.

    Reporting Scotland

    Watch it online here.

  5. Accused gave lift to murder victim

    The Martin Toner murder trial has heard that one of the accused gave him a left to the area where his body was found on the day he went missing.

    Martin Toner

    PC Fraser Spence said Douglas Fleming told him he dropped Mr Toner in Langbank on 29 June, 2004 and that his "version" had seemed "well-rehearsed".

    The body of Mr Toner, 34, was found in a field near Langbank on 13 July, 2004

    Mr Fleming, 50, and John McDonald, 57, both deny murdering him. The trial at the High Court in Glasgow continues.

  6. 'Nigel Farage should consider his position'

    Mr Wilson, speaking about his reasons for quitting UKIP over comments made by David Coburn, told the BBC: "If Mr Farage can not realise that what he has said is wrong, and what was said is wrong, and that it is is not a joke - if he can't take this seriously, Mr Farage too needs to consider his position and go.

    Tim Wilson

    "I have no time at all for people who dismiss important things as a joke."

  7. UKIP candidate quits over Coburn comments

    A UKIP election candidate has quit the party in a row over racism.

    David Coburn

    Tim Wilson has decided not to stand in South Northamptonshire in the aftermath of the comments made by the party's only Scottish Euro MP about Scottish Government minister Humza Yousaf.

    David Coburn (pictured) compared Mr Yousaf to the convicted terrorist Abu Hamza. The party leader Nigel Farage dismissed the remarks as a joke in poor taste.

    But Mr Wilson says he's become so disillusioned with a party whose elected politicians make racist jibes that he's decided to stand down.

  8. Playing to Salmond's tune?


    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Strikes me Alex Salmond is playing the media like a fiddle. Press seem excited about him saying exactly the same obvious thing in many ways.

  9. Man guilty of murdering joiner

    A man has been found guilty of murdering a 20-year-old joiner who was on a night out in South Queensferry with his girlfriend.

    Jordan MacKay

    Jack Mallon, 47, from Winchburgh, stabbed Jordan MacKay (pictured), from Kirkliston, in the neck on 13 July 2013.

    Mallon's former girlfriend, Charlene Wilson, 37, from Kirkliston, was convicted of killing the victim on a reduced charge of culpable homicide.

    Sentence was deferred until next month and they were remanded in custody.

  10. Lennon on Sportsound


    Jonathan Sutherland

    BBC Scotland

    Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon joins @bbckennymac and the @BBCSportsound team from 6:30pm @BBCRadioScot @BBCSportScot

  11. 'Play yourself into the team'

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says players can play their way into Sunday's Euro qualifier against Gibraltar with good performances in tomorrow night's friendly against Northern Ireland.

    Gordon Strachan

    Strachan wouldn't be drawn, though, on who would wear the captain's armband with both Scott Brown and Darren Fletcher in contention for a starting place.

  12. Wind farm approved

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    A 14-turbine wind farm proposed for Skye has been unanimously approved by Highland councillors.

    Crofters have been working with Perth-based Kilmac Construction on the Glen Ullinish Wind Farm.

    The development involves installing turbines between Ose and Struan at Allt Dughaill on Skye and could generate enough power for 23,000 properties.

    Members of the north planning committee approved the planning application at a meeting Dingwall.

  13. Bell boosted by McCall

    Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell says new manager Stuart McCall has brought a new enthusiasm to the squad.

    Cammy Bell

    McCall got his first win since taking over from Kenny McDowall on Sunday against Hibs, and Bell says it was vital for confidence in the season run-in.

    He said: "Always when a new manager comes into a club, there are always fresh ideas and he has brought a lot of enthusiasm. As a player, I always remember him really enthusiastic and a hard player to play against.

    "He is demanding and the players are living up to that at the moment. We are loving it. We can take some of his enthusiasm into training and into games, and look forward to what is going to happen in the future."

  14. Tomorrow's weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Tomorrow will get off to a cold, frosty start but it will be bright with early morning sunshine and blue skies.

    This weather lasts for most of the day, with temperatures climbing to around 8 to 10 Celsius by mid afternoon, and a light south-easterly breeze.

    The west coast and Hebrides will see the sun turn a little hazy as cloud builds after lunch. For most, it will be a pleasant spring day.

  15. Hillwalker spends night on Ben Nevis

    A hillwalker has been taken to hospital after spending the night on Ben Nevis.

    Ben Nevis

    The alarm was raised on Monday evening when the man, who is believed to be in his 40s, failed to return from a walk up Britain's highest peak.

    A search was started and later stood down before it was resumed on Tuesday morning.

    Lochaber and Glencoe mountain rescue teams and an RAF Lossiemouth search and rescue helicopter were involved in the search. The man was found at 09:50.

    He was taken to Belford Hospital in Fort William.

  16. Still to come on Newsdrive

    Still to come on Newsdrive:

    • The latest on the Airbus A320 crash in France
    • The race for the sun, as installers work dawn to dusk to get huge new solar farms plugged into the grid before subsidies for solar power are reduced at the end of the month
    • And is the methadone programme in Scotland "out of control"?
    Newsdrive promotional poster

    You can listen on digital radio or online here.

  17. This evening's weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Showers will be on hold on this evening across the north, north east and east coast of Scotland. Some will be wintry on the hills and high road routes.

    Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh will likely see the showers coming and going until mid-evening. It will then be mostly dry overnight with clear spells.

    Expect a widespread frost and a cold night with a few icy patches where the ground is wet.

    Temperatures will dip to around 0 to -2 Celsius in towns and cities, with some rural parts of the Highlands dipping as low as -5 or -6 Celsius.

    Winds will be light, with some mist patches forming in the east, from Grampian to the Borders.

  18. Laser company teams up with university

    A Glasgow-based laser manufacturer has teamed up with university researchers in a bid to find new ways of fighting life-threatening health conditions.

    M Squared Lasers plans to develop new technologies under an agreement with the University of St Andrews.

    M Squared Lasers staff member working on device

    The agreement covers more than 100 patents, which researchers will use to develop commercial applications for the health sector.

    The patents cover areas such as imaging and Raman spectroscopic analysis.

  19. In Pictures - Dave Mackay funeral

    Dave Mackay's coffin was driven past Tynecastle, the home of Hearts FC, where he became a hero
    Image caption: Dave Mackay's coffin was driven past Tynecastle, the home of Hearts FC, where he became a hero
    Dave Mackay funeral
    Tottenham and Arsenal legend Pat Jennings (second left) was amongst the mourners at Dave Mackay's funeral
    Image caption: Tottenham and Arsenal legend Pat Jennings (second left) was amongst the mourners at Dave Mackay's funeral
  20. Ex-police officer has jail sentence reduced

    A former police officer convicted of sex attacks on two women and a string of assaults has had his 12-year jail term reduced on appeal.

    Kevin Storey

    Judges at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh ruled the prison term given to Kevin Storey, 48, formerly of Quarrydene, Melrose, was "excessive".

    They imposed a nine-year sentence for his convictions for rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and assault.

    They also held that a further three-year supervision period be scrapped.

  21. Trio sought over house raid

    Police are investigating after three men broke into a Dundee house and demanded money from the occupants.

    The trio entered the house on Finmore Place at about 03:15 on Sunday, waking up the two men who lived there.

    Finmore Place
    Image caption: The break-in took place at a house on Dundee's Finmore Place

    The raiders demanded money, but left empty-handed. It is thought they headed towards Finlow Place in a car.

  22. Local debates

    BBC Scotland will also feature:

    • Extended Reporting Scotland from 27 April
    • Good Morning Scotland on the road for the campaign
    • Six local debates on Radio Scotland in Orkney, Shetland, the Highlands, the North East, the Borders and South West
    • Gordon Brewer to host six Big Election Debates on radio during the campaign
    • BBC Scotland's Election 2015 website to feature statistics and constituency profiles as well as a comprehensive results service on election night from across Scotland and throughout the rest of the UK
    • Group of 200 voters, aged 18-24, selected from across the UK for Generation 2015 to bring their views and questions to the fore across the BBC's programming in the run-up to polling day.
  23. BBC General Election plans

    BBC Scotland, as part of its election coverage, have also announced:

    • Broadcasting live for the first time in its history from all the count centres that will declare the 59 constituency results in Scotland
    • A second leaders' debate in front of an audience in Edinburgh on Sunday, 3 May. Hosted by Glenn Campbell, it will feature the leaders in Scotland of the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, and the Scottish National Party
    • Election night specials from BBC Scotland's centre in Glasgow presented by Glenn Campbell, Brian Taylor and Jackie Bird on BBC One Scotland and Isabel Fraser and Bill Whiteford on BBC Radio Scotland
    • Sarah Smith will feature prominently for the BBC One network results programme from Scotland
    • There will be a UK-wide exit poll commissioned with ITV and Sky and the headlines from that poll and also the General Election results will be projected on to the exterior of BBC Scotland's studios at Pacific Quay
    • Further debates on the major topics of the campaign will feature on Sunday Politics with Gordon Brewer and Scotland 2015 with Sarah Smith.
  24. Dave Mackay funeral

    Crowds have lined the streets in Edinburgh at the funeral of Hearts and Scotland legend Dave Mackay.

    Crowds line the streets as the Hearse carrying the coffin of Dave Mackay leaves Tyncastle Stadium for his funeral at the Mansfield Traquair Centre
    Image caption: Crowds look on as the hearse carrying the coffin of Dave Mackay leaves Tyncastle Stadium for his funeral at the Mansfield Traquair Centre
    An order of service is held at the funeral of Dave Mackay at the Mansfield Traquair Centre in Edinburgh
    Image caption: An order of service at the funeral
    Notes on flowers in the hearse as the crowds line the streets as the Hearse carrying the coffin of Dave Mackay
    Image caption: Tottenham Hotspur's tribute read: 'A legend and a gentleman'
  25. Man jailed over child sexual abuse

    A 61-year-old man who used sweets and toys to lure a six-year-old girl into sexual activity has been jailed for 45 months.

    Ian Berridge, of Stonehouse Cottage, Crocketford, was also placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

    He admitted sexually assaulting the girl over a 30-month period to May last year.

    Berridge also admitted filming another girl in a bathroom and possessing indecent images of children.

  26. Aberdeen firm confirms Norwegian exploration plans

    Faroe Petroleum says it is committed to its exploration programme off Norway this year, despite the fall in oil prices.

    Faroe said its exploration programme would benefit from Norway's 78% exploration tax rebate

    The Aberdeen-based firm said it was proceeding with drilling at four wells.

    It added that its programme would benefit from Norway's 78% exploration tax rebate.

    The commitment was made in Faroe's annual results statement for the year to the end of December.

  27. BBC leaders' debate

    BBC Scotland will host a leaders' debate with the Conservatives, Greens, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP and UKIP as part of our General Election coverage.

    The debate, on Wednesday 8 April, will be filmed in front of an audience in Aberdeen.

    It will be hosted by James Cook.

  28. U21s boast healthy Hearts contingent

    Billy King's late call up for Thursday's friendly in Hungary takes the number of Hearts players in the Scotland Under-21 squad up to five.

    Gary Caldwell and Scotland's U21s
    Image caption: Former Scotland defender Gary Caldwell has been helping with the Under-21s training

    Kilmarnock's Mark O'Hara and Aberdeen's Cammy Smith have also been drafted in by caretaker manager Danny Lennon.

    The trio replace Killie's Craig Slater, Jason Cummings of Hibernian and Ross County's Marcus Fraser, who have withdrawn through injury.

  29. Sticky situation


    The Herald

    tweets: SNP candidate: vandals who superglued my campaign office locks were attempting to silence us.

    Read the full story here.

    Natalie McGarry and Alex Salmond under a yellow SNP umbrella
  30. 'More people are being parked on methadone'

    Scottish Conservative health spokesman Jackson Carlaw has criticised the "shocking figures" illustrating the prevalence of methadone in Scotland.

    Jackson Carlaw

    "The Scottish government vowed to take action on this, reassuring users and their families that better outcomes could be achieved," he added.

    "But this hasn't happened and it seems more people are being parked on methadone than before.

    "It still has a place in the range of treatments required, nobody is calling for methadone to be binned altogether.

    "But the fact is it presents far too many people with little or no hope of beating drug addiction."

  31. Land crab

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    A new crab processing factory has been proposed for Scrabster on the north Caithness coast.

    Scrabster Seafoods exports white fish such as cod and haddock to mainland Europe and the Far East.


    It has now identified an opportunity to diversify and process some of the 2,000 tonnes of crab landed at Scrabster Harbour every year.

    Supported by £119,832 funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the factory could create 25 new jobs.

    Scrabster Seafoods, a family-owned business, was established in 1968 and has about 25 people working for it.

    Crabs landed at Scrabster at the moment are put on lorries and transported to markets in Spain and Portugal.

  32. Longannet - Your views

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    David, Glasgow: Something funny going on with the closure of Longannet? We are all equal in Britain? Then why are our power station/s having to pay £40m more than English power stations to gain access to the grid? This doesn't seem very equal to me. Are Scottish interests being deliberately done away with to make us dependent on our southern neighbours? Why have we in Scotland allowed this state of affairs to continue?

  33. High note


    BBC Scottish Symphony: Beethoven's Fifth on bagpipes? Heard it here first on our Lochgilphead Take Over Day. #TENPIECES

    Lochgilphead Take Over Day
  34. Allez les Bleus!

    With international football about to make a triumphant return, BBC Sport examines the chances of Scotland - and the other British and Irish nations - as qualification for Euro 2016 continues.

    Gordon Strachan
  35. Dave Mackay funeral

    Denis Law, Frank McLintock and Sir Alex Ferguson have arrived for Dave Mackay's funeral service in Edinburgh.

    Dave Mackay
  36. SNP 'effective'


    Andrew Black

    Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    Senior English Tory MP Rory Stewart on @theSNP "They are very, very effective. They have a track record of getting what they want." #GE2015

  37. Coming up...

    Reporting Scotland is about to get under way on BBC One Scotland.

    This afternoon's programme, on air from 13:30, includes:

    • Councils obliged to improve performance of school pupils from deprived communities
    • Scottish economy 'slowing'
    • Fatal crash in Glasgow
    Reporting Scotland

    Watch the programme live here.

  38. New Dundee street names

    Names have been chosen for a number of new streets created as part of Dundee's £1bn waterfront regeneration project.

    Historical figures and the city's industrial heritage are celebrated in the titles, chosen by a panel after a public consultation.

    Public space waterfront
    Image caption: More than 500 suggestions were sent in from the public for potential new street names

    More than 500 potential names were submitted for consideration.

    New open spaces and footpaths are among the sites named after local figures and institutions including Mary Slessor, James Thomson and the Black Watch.

  39. Update: Maori flag

    Councillors have decided that a Maori war flag held in the collection of a Scottish Borders museum should be repatriated.

    A museum in New Zealand had made an official approach to Hawick museum for the flag, taken from a Maori tribe by Crown forces during a battle in 1865.

    Maori war flag

    The bid was supported by descendents of key figures involved in the Battle of Omaruhakeke.

    Members of Scottish Borders Council decided to approve the move.

  40. Police search for missing hillwalker

    Police and mountain rescue teams are searching for a hillwalker from East Dunbartonshire who disappeared in the Stirlingshire hills on Saturday.

    Daniel Bennett was last seen in the Green Welly Stop at Tyndrum just before midday on Saturday, and was thought to be walking in hills in the area.

    Missing man
    Image caption: The 43-year-old is an experienced hillwalker, but has not been heard from since Saturday

    The 43-year-old has not made contact with friends or family since.

    He is described as being 5ft 8in tall, with short brown hair and blue eyes, and was carrying a rucksack with him.

  41. Education plan

    Councils in Scotland will have a legal duty to help children from poorer backgrounds perform better at school, under Scottish government plans.

    Primary school; children lift hands

    The Education (Scotland) Bill will require local authorities to introduce measures to reduce the attainment gap and report on their progress.

    Education Secretary Angela Constance unveiled the proposals during a visit to a school in Leith.

    An additional £1m for councils to buy textbooks was also announced.

  42. Never miss a Beatt

    Still to come on John Beattie:

    • The latest on the A320 Airbus crash in France
    • A look at the Scottish government's education bill, unveiled today
    • And it seems every few days there's a story about anti-gay comments - so are we as a society still homophobic?
    John Beattie promotional poster

    You can listen on digital radio or online here.

  43. Couples 'should have three cycles of IVF'

    A charity has claimed that couples should have access to three cycles of IVF treatment on the NHS, rather than just two.

    Picture of IVF procedure

    Infertility Network Scotland is calling on the Scottish government to implement recommendations made by a working group on the issue in 2013.

    The recommendations stated that couples should be given three chances at fertility treatment, once waiting times were down to less than 12 months.

    The charity says that has now been achieved, and that it is time for changes to be made.

  44. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It will be a bright afternoon with spells of sunshine along with showers. Some heavy rain will develop across eastern Scotland. These showers will be sharp in nature with hail and thunder mixed in and will fall as snow over high ground.

    The showers will become scattered in the west with drier conditions there, along with good sunny spells.

    Temperatures will typically reach 7 Celsius in the north, and around 9 degrees in the south, and it will feel cold in the showers.

    Northerly winds will be light for most, but brisk over the Western Isles.

  45. Historic images go online

    Thousands of historic images of south west Scotland have been made available online through a new website.

    Dumfries and Galloway's Library and Archive Service has officially launched the service this week.

    John Drife, Butcher, Kirkconnel with his staff, 1920
    Image caption: Photographs like this one of Kirkconnel butcher John Drife with his staff in 1920 are part of the online collection

    It contains images from amateur enthusiasts, local newspapers, aerial photographers, glass negatives and historical collections.

    The site also contains video and audio clips and will be expanded in the weeks and months to come.

  46. Calves rescued from farm fire

    Seventy calves have been herded to safety by firefighters after an early morning fire in a farm shed in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Ten others perished.

    It is thought a heat lamp is believed to have set hay alight at Kirvennie Farm in Wigtown.

    The alarm was raised around 06:30.

    Crews managed to prevent the blaze spreading to 30 tonnes of flammable fertiliser stored nearby.

  47. Walking frame stolen

    Police are investigating after a 92-year-old man's walking frame was stolen from outside an Aberdeen bookmakers.

    The frame was taken when its owner went into the William Hill branch in Rosemount Viaduct to place a bet on Saturday afternoon.

  48. 'You Rang, m'Lord?'

    The Herald

    tweets: Wood you hire him? Scotland's first 'picnic butler' announced to serve guests on forest walks.

    A man in full kilt ensemble opens a picnic basket next to a loch

    Read the full story here.

  49. Orkney brewery expands

    Ken Banks

    BBC Scotland North East reporter

    An Orkney brewery is to expand and create new jobs after a £123,000 investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

    Swannay Brewery

    The Highland Brewing Co's Swannay Brewery has seen its beer sales increase in recent years.

    Now it will target building its market in areas including North America, Japan and Scandinavia.

  50. Study highlights wealth gap in Scotland

    Three out of 10 Scottish households have no savings or pensions, according to a study.

    The report, released by the Scottish government, found the least affluent 30% of households owned just 2% of all personal wealth.

    It looks at wealth and assets in Scotland over a six year period, before and after the financial crash, and highlights the wide wealth gap which exists.

    Between 2010 and 2012, a snapshot suggests that 2% of Scottish households owned 17% of all personal wealth - mainly property and personal belongings. By contrast, the poorer half of Scottish households owned just 9% of all personal wealth.

    The less well-off were more likely to be single adults and lone parents. Nearly half the poorer households were headed by someone in employment.

  51. Homes on bull stud land rejected

    Proposals to allow dozens of homes to be built on three fields on bull stud farm in Inverness have been rejected by a Scottish government reporter.

    The planning official recommended that the land at Knocknagael be retained for agricultural use.

    Highland Council earmarked the fields for housing in its Inner Moray Firth development plan.

    The government-owned bull stud rents out its animals to crofters and farmers.

  52. Figures detail Scots carers

    More than three quarters of a million people - about 17% of the population - are caring for a relative, friend or neighbour in Scotland, figures show.


    The census data shows that most carers are women, and the age group most affected is between 55 to 64, though there are 29,000 carers under the age of 16.

    Nearly half of all carers have been caring for more than five years, and a fifth have taken on the responsibility for more than a decade.

  53. School attainment gap to be targeted

    Measures to help children from deprived backgrounds do better at school are expected to be included in the Scottish government's Education Bill.

    Children with hands up in classroom

    Education Secretary Angela Constance will unveil the proposals during a visit to a school in Leith.

    The government has previously indicated that councils could have a larger role to play in bridging the attainment gap.

    The bill is also expected to include measures to help Gaelic education and children with additional support needs.

  54. Your Views: Congestion charges

    Email us:

    John Patrick Conlon: How about an energy policy that actually makes sense first?

    Joanna Buchanan: Just another way to make money. The amount of carbon emissions from Scotland are minimal.

    Lee Ballantyne: You'd need to really improve public transport first!

  55. Men sentenced for takeaway owner murder bid

    Two men have been sentenced to more than 15 years for the attempted murder of a Chinese takeaway owner in Edinburgh.

    Gary Reid and James Hogg attacked Jie Yu close to his restaurant in Edinburgh's Pilton area in October last year.

    The 38-year-old had been trying to stop the two men from stealing his car.

    Reid was sentenced to seven years in a young offenders institution while Hogg was jailed for eight years and three months.

  56. After Bannockburn

    Tonight on BBC Two Scotland at 21:00, After Bannockburn will tell the story of the invasion of Ireland by the brother of Robert the Bruce a year after the famous Battle of Bannockburn.

    After Bannockburn

    Ahead of the show, Dr Tony Pollard - Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at the University of Glasgow - reveals the story behind the ill-fated campaign.

  57. Agency staff exploitation probe call

    A call is being made for a probe into the potential exploitation of agency workers involved in public sector contracts in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Dumfries and Galloway council

    The council is being asked to examine whether any of its contractors use "umbrella companies" to employ staff for fixed-term assignments.

    It comes amid concern about the conditions imposed by some third party employers such as zero hours contracts.

  58. Increase in cash upfront home sales

    There has been a significant increase in the number of homes worth more than £500,000 bought in cash.

    Notes and pound coins

    The Registers of Scotland said that nearly 600, 000 houses priced above this figure were paid for in cash rather than through a mortgage last year - an increase of about 20% on 2013.

    Edinburgh had the highest number of cash sales but the highest individual deal was in Aberdeen, which was for £3m.

  59. Life with MND


    Gordon Aikman tweets: TUNE IN: @BBCRadioScot just after 10:30 I'll be chatting about life with MND & with @KayeAdams

    You can listen in to the interview on digital radio or online here.

  60. Appeal after assault in Aberdeen

    Police have appealed for information after a 32-year-old man was assaulted in Aberdeen.

    The incident happened in the city's Stafford Street at about 15:40 on Monday.

    Police Scotland said officers wanted to speak to the occupants of a light-coloured sports car seen in the area at the time, as they may have useful information.

  61. Jewellery firm opens new workshop

    Orkney-based jewellery firm Ortak - which was bought after going into administration - has officially opened its new workshop in Kirkwall.

    Ortak website

    The firm went into administration in March last year after getting into financial difficulties.

    The new workshop is based at the town's Great Western Road. Many of the staff who worked at the former Hatston site have been kept on.

  62. Vehicle recovery man dies in crash

    A man has died and another has been seriously injured after they were hit by a car while trying to recover a broken down vehicle in Glasgow.

    Police accident sign

    The men, aged 62 and 48, were hit by a BMW car on Scotland Street, near Shields Road, at about 18:20 on Monday.

    Both were taken to the Southern General Hospital where the 62-year-old man later died. His colleague remains in a serious but stable condition.

    The BMW driver was not injured. Police have appealed for witnesses.

    Police said the accident happened on the westbound carriageway after the men had parked their Mercedes recovery vehicle, which was also struck by the BMW.

    The road was closed for several hours to allow work by crash scene investigators. It has since re-opened.

  63. J K Rowling reveals snubs

    The Herald

    J K Rowling has spoken about her frustration after receiving often terse rejections from publishers for her Harry Potter and Robert Galbraith crime novels.

    J K Rowling

    The Edinburgh-based writer took to social media on Monday to describe some of the rude snubs she received from the industry as she began her career, and then turned her attentions, initially anonymously as Galbraith, to crime novels.

  64. Trio to leave Warriors

    Glasgow Warriors hooker Dougie Hall will retire from rugby at the end of the season, when prop Jon Welsh and assistant coach Shade Munro also leave.

    Dougie Hall

    Hall, 34, has been with the Warriors since 2007, having joined from Edinburgh, and won 42 Scotland caps between 2003 and 2011.

    Welsh, 28, joined Glasgow a year after Hall and will join Newcastle Falcons next season.

    Munro will bring a 12-year coaching spell with the club to an end.

  65. A&E waiting times reduced

    The number of people waiting for long periods in Scottish emergency departments has reduced.


    The latest weekly waiting times suggest 92% of people are now being treated within four hours, compared to 90% last week.

    The figures is still short of the Scottish Government's target for 95% of people to be treated and discharged within four hours.

  66. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    In St Fergus, the A90 is closed because of an accident between St Fergus and Peterhead.

    The accident happened just south of St Fergus. Police are advising motorists to use the A952 for anyone travelling between Fraserburgh and Aberdeen. They're also directing traffic at the scene.

    In Laurencekirk, one lane is closed because of a broken-down lorry and recovery work on the A90 northbound near the A937. One lane is closed just prior to the 50mph sign.

    There are no problems on the trains, but there is an amended timetable on CalMac's Sound of Harris and Lismore ferries. The South Uist ferry is on amber alert today.

  67. Roadworks


    BBC Scotland Travel


    Later on today, one lane of the A9 at the Broxden roundabout will close to allow some work to get done today and tomorrow.

    There's still another month or so to go for the work at Glenforsa on Mull on the A849.

    In Edinburgh, roadworks are on the go at the Foot of Leith Walk, which means Constitution Street is closed.

    At the end of this week, those on Hamilton's A72 Palace Grounds Road, near Keith Street on the roundabout should be complete.

    It's a bigger long term project on the M74 around the Raith at Hamilton. There will be speed restrictions and temporary lane closures at various times as the work progresses. There's also some work going on later today at J8 to J7 Larkhall.

  68. National drink - Your views

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    Jeff, Airdrie: I don't have issues with Irn Bru being a success, as part of a balanced diet. If whisky is our other national drink, then we are celebrating having drugs as part of our major international identity! That's a much bigger problem. We celebrate some drugs and demonise others based on nothing more than history, tradition and social acceptance?? What message are we sending to our children?

    Niall, Glasgow: You say should our other 'national drink' be a fizzy drink, as if whisky is a healthy option?

  69. Coming up...


    BBC Radio Scotland

    Today with @kayeadams from 09:00...

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    You can listen live to the programme here.

  70. Congestion charges - Your views

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    Rob in Murrayfield: About to get on a bus to work that's going to stop/ start through busy morning Edinburgh traffic. Suspect congestion charging would be popular with many on that busy bus...

  71. Longannet


    Douglas Fraser

    Business/economy editor, Scotland

    .@scotgov blaming transmission charges for Longannet closure plans: says National Grid should have backed Fife plant for supply balance.

  72. Your Pictures

    Email us:

    Vicki Yarwood took these photographs of daffodils in Gyle Park, Edinburgh, whilst walking her dog.

    A clump of daffodils, centred; sunrise in the background

    Email us your pictures, or tweet them using #ScotlandLive, and we'll publish the best.

  73. Guidetti case

    Former Scottish FA compliance officer Vincent Lunny has been discussing the John Guidetti case.

    The Celtic striker was issued with a notice of complaint yesterday, accused of singing an "offensive" song relating to Rangers.

    Celtic striker John Guidetti

    It follows an interview on Dutch TV show FC Rijnmond, during which Guidetti repeated a chant sung about him by supporters.

    "From looking at the charge it would appear that the focus is on the comment attacking Rangers or making fun of Rangers for having gone into liquidation in 2012," Mr Lunny told Good Morning Scotland.

    "I think it's significant that there's no mention of it being sectarian or otherwise based on religion.

    "There's use of the "h word" that we're all a bit sensitive about at the moment, and there's some dubiety over how offensive that is."

    Guidetti has until 15:00 GMT on 30 March to respond to the complaint, with a principal hearing date set for 9 April.

    Celtic said Guidetti would contest the charge.

  74. What the papers say

    For those of you who have ever wondered what Ed Miliband would look like in a nightgown, the Scottish Sun have obliged. They write that the Labour leader has been branded "as credible as Wee Willie Winkie" after he accused the SNP of an election stitch-up with the Tories.

    The National also reports on this story.

    Composite of the National, the Scotsman, the Daily Record, the Sun front pages

    The Daily Record says a Scot battling Aids after a blood product mistake has told how 14 of his friends and family have died from the virus.

    Meanwhile, the Scotsman focuses on Longannet power station, which is set to close early next year, placing up to 1,000 highly skilled jobs in jeopardy.

    Find out what the rest of the papers are saying here.

  75. Accident


    BBC Scotland Travel


    Drumchapel, A82: Great Western Road partially blocked, RTC; four cars involved at Manor Road. Near Garscadden Police Station.

  76. Council to decide Maori flag fate

    Councillors are to meet to decide whether a Maori war flag held in the collection of a Scottish Borders museum should be repatriated.

    The Maori flag - now brown with age, with black and red shapes on it: a cross, and two sideways m's

    A museum in New Zealand has made an official approach to Hawick museum for the flag, taken from a Maori tribe by Crown forces during a battle in 1865.

    The bid is supported by descendents of key figures involved in the Battle of Omaruhakeke.

  77. Coming up...


    Jane Lewis

    BBC Scotland

    At 08.25 on @BBCRadioScot with @BBCGaryR - we'll hear from former SFA Compliance Officer Vincent Lunny. #Celtic

  78. Prehistoric salamander 'size of small car'

    Scientists at Edinburgh University have identified a prehistoric species of salamander which was the size of a small car.

    Metoposaurus algarvensis - large reptilian looking creature with flat head tapered at end

    They made their discovery after excavating bones on the site of an ancient lake in Southern Portugal.

    The metoposaurus algarvensis - which lived at the same time as the first dinosaurs - grew up to two metres long and had hundreds of sharp teeth in a large flat head.

  79. What's on the back pages?

    Stuart McCall will remain in charge of Rangers beyond the end of the season, according to Scotland assistant coach Mark McGhee.

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    Image caption: Stuart McCall is being tipped for an extended stay at Rangers

    Henrik Larsson has advised Celtic's on-loan Manchester City forward John Guidetti to stop talking about a summer return to Feyenoord - as Celtic and their fans don't appreciate it.

    Feast your eyes on what else is making headlines in Scottish sport, as you munch your sugar puffs, here.

  80. Emergency doctors call for better funding and staffing

    An organisation representing emergency care doctors is calling for four steps to be taken to address the challenges facing emergency departments.

    The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) in Scotland has appealed for better funding and staffing.

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    It comes on the day the latest weekly statistics on waiting time performances are due to be published.

    Health Secretary Shona Robison described the measures as "in line with the work we are already doing".

  81. Dave Mackay 'final farewell'

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    When Dave Mackay's death was announced, football clubs and supporters across the country paid tribute to a man described as one of the very best. He joined his boyhood heroes Hearts in 1953 and, after success in Gorgie, he went on to play for Tottenham Hotspur, Derby, Swindon and Scotland.

    Dave Mackay

    During his playing days, George Best described him as the toughest player he ever faced. Mackay went on to have a lengthy career in management, too, but his heart was always in Edinburgh with the club he loved most.

    "All I ever wanted in my life was to play for Hearts," he said. Today, players past and present along fans, will turn out to say a final farewell.

  82. Fizzy profits

    The makers of Irn Bru have reported a rise in pre-tax profits of 10% - to almost £42m.

    An Irn Bru bottle, taken from the top

    Cumbernauld-based AG Barr, which makes a host of other soft drinks including Tizer and Rubicon, had been expected to do well as it released its annual report to the City.

    However, overall market conditions are expected to remain challenging as the supermarket price wars continue.

  83. M8 traffic


    BBC Scotland Travel


    Edinburgh M8 - stop/start at times east-bound around Bathgate junction 3A and Livingston - no incidents that I can find - volume of traffic.

  84. Climate change congestion fee call

    Congestion charges should be considered to help the Scottish government reach its climate change targets, a report has concluded.

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    Image caption: London is one UK city with a congestion charge already in place

    The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said stronger policies were needed in transport, renewable heat, agriculture and forestry if targets were to be met.

    It warned plans to cut air passenger duty by 50% could lead to increased carbon emissions. It also called for a re-evaluation of speed limits.

  85. Travel update


    BBC Scotland Travel


    There are no queues or incidents at this early hour, and we can't see any problems with the trains either.

    There is an amended timetable on Cal Mac's Sound of Harris ferry though, and the same for the Lismore route. The South Uist service is on amber alert today.

  86. Devolution proposals 'rushed through'

    UK government proposals for further devolution for Scotland were rushed through with insufficient consultation, a parliamentary report says.

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    The plans also failed to give proper consideration to the rest of the United Kingdom, according to the House of Lords Constitution Committee.

    All three major party leaders signed up to a "vow" to deliver further devolution last September.

  87. Scottish economy 'slows sharply'

    The Scottish economy slowed down sharply at the start of the year but is expected to return to growth over the next few months, according to a report.

    The Bank of Scotland's latest business monitor found the economy slowed in the three months to the end of February.


    However, it also found firms' future expectations remained close to pre-recession levels. The monitor said this suggested growth would pick up in the second quarter of the year.

  88. Today's weather


    BBC Scotland Weather


    It will be a cold start, with a touch of frost, but overall a bright morning with good spells of sunshine.

    There will be cloudier skies along the west coast with a scattering of showers here. The showers will become more frequent and widespread during the afternoon, spreading into eastern Scotland with a risk of hail and thunder - they will also be wintry weather over the hills.

    Temperatures typically sitting at 7 to 9C, so there's quite a cold feel in the end. Northerly winds will be light over the mainland but continue to be brisk along the west coast.

  89. Funeral for Hearts and Scotland legend

    Footballers past and present are expected to attend the funeral of former Hearts, Tottenham and Scotland captain Dave Mackay today.

    The Edinburgh-born midfielder died in hospital earlier this month at the age of 80.

    Dave Mackay

    A cortege is to leave from Hearts' Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh for a remembrance service in the city.

    Hearts described him as their greatest-ever player, while Tottenham called him the "heartbeat" of their 1961 side.

    Mackay won all three Scottish domestic honours with Hearts in the 1950s and was a key part of Tottenham Hotspur's famous 1961 double-winning team.

  90. Coming up...


    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Join us for a closer look at today's stories both at home and abroad.

    Good Morning Scotland

    Listen live to the programme here.

  91. Methadone programme 'is a black hole'

    Marc Ellison

    Data journalist, BBC Scotland

    The methadone programme in Scotland is "out of control", an expert has warned.


    Prof Neil McKeganey, from the Centre for Drug Misuse Research, said "it is literally a black hole into which people are disappearing".

    Data obtained by BBC Scotland shows pharmacists were paid £17.8m for dispensing nearly half a million doses of methadone in 2014.

    While fees declined over a four-year period, a lack of data to measure the programme's impact has been criticised.

  92. Hello there...

    Good morning from Clydeside! Welcome to today's edition of Scotland Live.

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    With mornings like this, we might even allow ourselves to believe Spring is in the air...

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