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  1. Rolls Royce to cut 218 Scots jobs
  2. A83 bus crash passengers recall incident
  3. Vow 'not crucial' in referendum vote
  4. Edinburgh pandas did not mate
  5. New hearing for Lockerbie appeal bid

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By Marianne Taylor 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.

    We will be back from 07:00 on Monday.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Mainly dry at first tonight, but strengthening winds will bring heavy rain across the country through the early hours.

    Tomorrow, it will be a very wet start. The heaviest rain will soon clear, but blustery showers will follow. Widespread gales and gusts of 55-65mph will be evident.

  3. Social workers contempt conviction quashed

    Two social workers who were found in contempt of court after stopping a mother's contact with her children have had the finding against them quashed.

    The pair, who both work for Edinburgh council but were not named in court, were found guilty of contempt in 2013.

    A sheriff ruled they were in contempt for failing to obey a court order for a mother to have weekly contact with her sons, who had been taken into care.

    But a judgement from the Court of Session has overturned that decision.

  4. RBS sell Coutts

    Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has sold Coutts International, the overseas arm of the private bank, to Switzerland's Union Bancaire Privee (UBP).


    A spokesperson for Coutts International said both parties had agreed not to disclose the price of the deal.

    The bank has been owned by RBS since 2000, managing assets of more than $30bn (£20.2bn).

    The sale is part of RBS's policy of selling international assets to create a UK-focused bank.

  5. Rolls Royce to cut 218 jobs

    BBC Scotland has learned that Rolls Royce is to shed more than 200 aerospace jobs at two of its Scottish plants over the next two years.

    Rolls Royce

    One hundred and eighty seven staff will be laid off at its Inchinnan plant in Renfrewshire.

    Thirty one posts will be shed at the company's East Kilbride facility.

    The cuts are the latest in a wave of redundancies at Rolls Royce plants in Scotland, as part of a company restructuring.

    In November, Rolls Royce set out plans to shed more than 2500 staff worldwide.

  6. Reporting Scotland

    On Reporting Scotland:

    Reporting Scotland

    • A83 coach crash

    • Look ahead to the General Election official campaign period

    • CPR training

    Watch on BBC One Scotland and online.

  7. Trains disruption

    There are currently some issues on the trains. Severe disruption has been highlighted on the:

    • Glasgow to Milngavie, Dalmuir, Balloch and Helensburgh line
    • Helensburgh, Balloch and Milngavie to Edinburgh line
    • Motherwell to Cumbernauld line

    For all the latest details, visit the ScotRail website.

  8. Weather warning

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Stormy weather on the way tomorrow - widespread gales, severe in places.

    weather warning

    For more details on the weather, visit the Met Office website.

  9. Swailes leaves Accies

    Chris Swailes, the Assistant Manager of Hamilton Accies, has left the club.

    Chris Swailes

    In a statement on the club's website, Hamilton say Swailes wants to find a coaching position nearer his home in the north east of England.

  10. Tonight's Sportsound


    #BBCSportsound live from Dublin tonight for @leinsterrugby v @GlasgowWarriors plus all the football news at 6:30pm, 92-95FM/810MW/digital.

  11. Possible disruption


    Traffic Scotland tweets: Heading out tomorrow? Possible bridge/ferry disruption due to high winds so please check before travelling

    traffic map
  12. Warriors ready for Leinster

    Pro12 leaders Glasgow Warriors welcome seven Scotland internationals back into their starting XV for away match tonight against defending champions Leinster.

    Glasgow Warriors

    Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett, Finn Russell, Fraser Brown, Tim Swinson and Rob Harley all begin the game for Gregor Townsend's side.

    Fellow internationals Jonny Gray and Adam Ashe are on the bench in Dublin.

    Third-placed Leinster trail Glasgow by eight points in the league but have a game in hand over the Warriors.

    The match kicks off at 19:35. You can watch it live on BBC Two Scotland, listen on BBC Radio Scotland (MW) and follow it on the BBC Sport website.

  13. 'I was looking at that water'

    Another passenger of the A83 coach was Dave Russell from London.

    A83 coach crash

    Mr Russell said it was fortunate the bus did not end up in the loch.

    "When it flipped over, I was looking at that water. I thought we were going in and there was no way we would have got out if it had gone in," he said.

    "It hit the embankment and luckily, after that, I managed to get our seatbelts undone.

    "We got out the window and I dialled 999 and got the emergency services, luckily, because the minute I finished the phone call the connection went."

  14. Bus passengers recall their terror

    Passengers on a coach which left the road in high winds and rolled down an embankment have recalled their terror as the bus overturned towards water.

    Bus crashed, rest and Be Thankful

    The tour coach, which came off the A83 in Argyll at the Rest and Be Thankful at about 14:10 on Thursday, came to rest on its wheels beside Loch Restil.

    Wendy Bysouth, from Kent, said she thought the coach was going to hit the water.

    Ms Bysouth: "All of a sudden I just felt the coach just move and start to roll and as it was rolling people were going up in the air, the windows were breaking, the curtains were going and we were getting nearer and nearer the loch.

    "That's all I can remember, thinking, one more roll and we're in the loch, and it was so, so frightening."

  15. Man jailed for meat cleaver attack

    A man who threatened to behead a stranger with a meat cleaver in Edinburgh has been jailed for five years and three months.

    Liam Howard, 24, told his victim Matthew Fyfe: "Sit down or I will take your head off."

    He then hit Mr Fyfe across the face, leaving him scarred for life.

    Howard admitted assaulting Mr Fyfe with the cleaver to his permanent disfigurement in the attack at a flat in Beaverbank Place in May last year.

  16. By-election results

    The SNP's Sarah King is a new councillor for Armadale and Blackridge in West Lothian after winning a by-election there.

    Ms King won with 1620 votes, with Andrew McGuire of Labour finishing second on 1009 votes, representing a hold on the seat for the SNP.

    Meanwhile, in Beinnna Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath, Independent Andrew Walker won the election on to Western Isles Council.

    It is a gain from Labour, who did not contest the seat.

  17. Sexual assault police appeal

    Police have issued a further appeal over a sexual assault on a 13-year-old boy in Dundee's Templeton Woods.

    Templeton Woods

    The boy was cycling in the woods on Monday at about 17:00 when he was attacked by a man.

    Officers are keen to trace the drivers of a blue car, a red car and a small white van which were parked at the woods visitor centre near the time.

    They have also appealed to find a dog walker believed to be a witness and anyone else who was in the area.

  18. Man faces jail term after church fire

    A man is facing a jail term for starting a fire which caused £85,000 of damage to a Glasgow church and garage.

    Marc Gray and another man set the blaze at the garage beside Holy Cross Parish Church, Govanhill, in November 2013.

    The fire destroyed the garage and two cars inside belonging to priests. It also caused damage to the church building.

    At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Gray admitted setting the fire and was remanded in custody. Sentence was deferred.

  19. Could you save a life?

    The Scottish government has claimed 1,000 lives could be saved over the next five years by improving the population's lifesaving skills.

    heart attack

    It has launched an action plan to train 500,000 people to help cardiac arrest victims.

    Research by the British Heart Foundation indicated 61% of respondents would not feel confident performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

    Ministers want to increase heart attack survival rates by 10% by 2020.

  20. Dounreay dome future

    Work to demolish the landmark Dounreay Fast Reactor dome could start in seven years' time.

    Dounreay Fast Reactor

    The structure, also known as the sphere and the golf ball, has been a feature of the north Caithness coast for almost 60 years.

    The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has recommended that the DFR be decontaminated by 2022 so it can then be demolished.

    There were previous plans to retain the dome.

  21. Locke 'strong contender' for Killie job

    New Kilmarnock chairman Jim Mann says Gary Locke's credentials for the role of permanent manager of the club are very strong, as he seeks to make an appointment before the Premiership split next month.

    Gary Locke

    Mann says Locke has proved his man-management and tactical nous are particular strengths in his time in charge as interim boss at Rugby Park.

    The new chairman also wants a permanent successor to Allan Johnston to be able to instil an ethos from youth level upwards, admitting that had stalled since Kenny Shiels' departure from the club.

    And though they have received several applications for the job, Mann told BBC Scotland: "We want to sit down and have a proper discussion with Gary Locke before looking at those options."

  22. No panda love


    Laura Bicker

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Pandas were never in the same room - screen between them. Yang Guang showed no interest as it seems Tian Tian is no longer in season.

  23. Pandas fail to mate


    Laura Bicker

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Edinburgh Zoo pandas did not have sex. Tian Tian's hormone levels dropped quickly which meant Yang Guang knew she wasn't interested.

    Edinburgh pandas
  24. Aberdeen hotels 'highest revenue outside London'

    Aberdeen had the highest hotel revenue outside London last year as Scotland's hospitality sector outperformed the rest of the UK, according to a report.

    hotel room

    Accountants BDO found average rooms yield in the Granite City was £70.88 over the course of the year.

    Edinburgh was fourth highest in the UK at £63.04. Second and third were Oxford at £64.54 and Windsor at £63.69.

    Glasgow saw the most improved revenue increase, rising 26.6% to £53.88 on the back of the Commonwealth Games.

  25. Lockerbie appeal

    Reevel Alderson

    Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

    A judge has called for a further hearing to decide if a new appeal can be heard in the Lockerbie bombing case.

    Abdelbaset al-Megrahi

    Relatives of some of the victims of the atrocity want to pursue the appeal on behalf of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi (pictured), the only man convicted of it. He died in 2012.

    The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) asked the appeal court to rule on whether it could continue investigating.

    It wants a ruling on whether the relatives have "a legitimate interest".

  26. Strike planned at airports

    Security staff at Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.

    Inverness Airport

    The Prospect union says they are planning to walk out on noon on Tuesday, 7 April for a 48-hour period because of a dispute over pay and conditions.

    The strike will affect eleven airports including Inverness, Dundee, Stornoway, Kirkwall and Sumburgh.

    Managers at HIAL say they are hoping that industrial action can still be averted.

    However, they say they will work hard to keep any disruption to a minimum and ensure that a near normal service can be provided.

  27. Teen accused of throwing fridge at police

    A teenager has appeared in court charged with attacking police officers with a fridge and a kitchen sink.

    Kieran Phillips appeared at Perth Sheriff Court after an incident which saw armed police called to a hostel in Perth city centre on Thursday.

    The 19-year-old is charged with assaulting seven named officers by throwing items including a fridge and a sink out of a window at them.

    He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

  28. Weekend travel


    David Miller

    BBC Scotland transport correspondent

    Forth Road Bridge: Disruption likely on Saturday due to very strong winds; expected to close to all vehicles except cars in afternoon.

  29. El Alagui to return for Hibs

    Hibs boss Alan Stubbs will include striker Farid El Alagui in his squad for the first time since August as they aim to tighten their grip on second place in the Championship table at Raith Rovers.

    Farid El Alagui

    El Alagui scored four goals in his first six games before injuring his Achilles and Stubbs says it's a boost to have him back available.

  30. Man jailed after knife attack

    A man who held an Aberdeen City Council worker at knifepoint has been jailed for three years.

    Witold Jozefowicz, 35, attacked the 25-year-old woman at the council's Marischal College headquarters in July last year.

    The court heard he believed he was being chased by the Russian mafia.

    Jozefowicz, of Fraserburgh, admitted assault and abduction at Aberdeen Sheriff Court. He will be supervised for a year after his release.

  31. Greer - 'No pressure on scoreline'

    Scotland defender Gordon Greer has said the squad doesn't feel any extra pressure to score lots of goals against Gibraltar in Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier at Hampden.

    Gordon Greer

    Group D rivals Germany and the Republic of Ireland both beat Gibraltar 7-0 in previous matches but Greer says Scotland's opponents will be "no mugs", and believes Gibraltar will be difficult to break down.

    The Brighton defender also says the Scotland squad are hoping for a draw between the Republic of Ireland and Poland in Dublin.

  32. Three in hospital after crash

    Three people have been taken to hospital after a two-car crash near a reservoir in West Lothian.

    One of the casualties, a 22-year-old man, is in a serious condition following the collision on Thursday morning.

    The incident happened on the A70 near Harperrig reservoir, south of Kirknewton.

    A Seat Ibiza travelling west and an eastbound Skoda Octavia were involved in the collision.

  33. McCall in the dark over future

    Rangers boss Stuart McCall says he has not yet been asked to make any preparations for next season.

    Stuart McCall

    McCall admitted it was unusual not to have any plans in place for pre-season at the end of March.

    He also said he hopes to still be at the club but has not yet been given an indication if this would be the case.

  34. Man killed in lorry crash named

    A 47-year-old man who died after his car was involved in a collision with a lorry in Dumfries has been named.

    Police said William Hanlin, from Dalbeattie, died at the scene of the crash on the A75 bypass.

    The lorry driver was taken to hospital for treatment following the incident but later released.

    Officers said Mr Hanlin's Vauxhall Astra was travelling eastbound when it collided with the HGV at Cuckoo Bridge at 19:45 on Thursday.

  35. Fees 'prevent challenge from workers'

    The introduction of fees for employment tribunals has stopped thousands of Scots from challenging rogue employers, according to a charity.

    employment contract

    The Citizens Advice Bureau in Scotland said fees had "altered the balance of power" between workers and employers since they were introduced in 2013.

    People face fees of up to £1,200 for their claims to be heard by a tribunal.

    The UK Ministry of Justice said fee waivers were available for those who could not afford to pay.

  36. Curtain up?

    Plans to fully redevelop Ayr's Gaiety Theatre are a step further to being realised after the project was awarded £590,000.


    The cash - a £500,000 loan and a grant of £90,000 - means the planned refurbishment is only about £300,000 short of its £2.4m funding target.

    Originally built in 1902, the B-listed theatre closed in 2009 but reopened in 2012 after a campaign.

    The Ayr Gaiety Partnership is leading efforts to make the theatre a cultural and educational hub for Ayrshire.

  37. Vettriano under the hammer

    Artist Jack Vettriano has viewed a collection of his paintings ahead of a major sale.


    The 12 works belonging to an anonymous collector will go under the hammer at Bonhams in Edinburgh on 31 March 31, with an estimated value of between £800,000 and £1.2m.

    Bonhams' head of Scottish art Chris Brickley said it was the most important collection of Vettriano's work to appear at auction for the last decade.

    One of his most famous paintings, The Singing Butler, sold for £744,000 in 2004 and became one of the best-selling posters in Britain.

  38. Sleep education

    Pupils at an Edinburgh school are taking part in a master class on sleep education as part of their preparation for exams.

    sleeping teenager

    About 200 S5 students from George Watson's College will take part in a workshop to encourage them to think about their sleeping habits.

    Sound Sleep is a programme run by Sleep Scotland to teach the importance of sleep for memory retention.

    Experts said teenagers should be averaging nine hours sleep a night.

  39. Oil workers could go on strike

    A strike among oil workers has moved a step closer.

    oil platform

    Members of the GMB and Unite unions have voted to press ahead with a full ballot for strike action in a dispute over changes to working conditions.

    Attempts to agree a deal between the unions and the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) have ended in failure. The OCA has described the ballot result as 'disappointing'.

  40. Green light for energy centre

    Funding has been secured for a £25m green energy centre at St Andrews University, which will create 225 jobs.

    The site at Guardbridge is part of a drive by St Andrews to become the UK's first carbon-neutral university.

    The money comes from various sources including the Scottish Partnership for Regeneration in Urban Centres Fund, the Scottish government, the EU and St Andrews University.

    St Andrews University's chief operating officer Derek Watson said: "We believe the diverse range of potential uses for Guardbridge has the capacity to re-establish this huge site as a key economic centre in Fife."

  41. Eighteen remain in hospital

    Eighteen people remain in hospital following yesterday's coach crash on the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful

    Passengers are led off the crashed coach
    Image caption: Passengers are led off the coach after it crashed on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll

    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said three patients were being treated at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. One is in a serious but stable condition and the other two are stable.

    Six others are being treated at the city's Western Infirmary and nine people in the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. All are in a stable condition.

  42. Armed police called to Perth 'disturbance'

    A man is due in court after armed police were called to Perth city centre amid a "disturbance" at a hostel.

    Armed officers and police in riot gear were called to what police called called a "disturbance within a property" on Princes Street at about 15:30 on Thursday .

    The incident was concluded within an hour, and a spokesman said there was no risk to the public.

    A 19-year-old man is due to appear at Perth Sheriff Court.

  43. Gauld encourages foreign football

    Scotland's Ryan Gauld says more young players should follow his lead and quit British football in order to develop.

    Ryan Gauld

    Football Association chairman Greg Dyke this week warned home-grown talent was inhibited by "bog-standard" imports.

    But 19-year-old Gauld, who left Dundee United for Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon last July, says British players can learn more from moving abroad.

    He said: "It's a chance to experience a different lifestyle, a different culture and a different style of play."

  44. SNP wins Moray by-election

    The SNP has won a Moray by-election.

    Sonya Warren was declared the the new councillor for the multi-member ward of Buckie, with 1,485 votes.

    Independent Norman Caldwell came second with 696 votes, with Conservative Tim Eagle third on 315.

    Independent councillor Joe Mackay died in January, leading to the by-election.

  45. Post update

  46. CPR strategy launched

    A thousand lives could be saved over the next five years by training more people how to help cardiac arrest victims, according to a new action plan.

    The Scottish government, emergency services and charities have come together to encourage a "nation of lifesavers" by equipping half a million people with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills.


    National survival rates for cardiac arrests which take place outside of hospital are low in Scotland compared to the European average, at about only one in 20.

    The strategy aims to increase survival rates by 10% by 2020 through an information and education campaign to boost the number of people able to respond confidently to a cardiac arrest.

  47. Murphy launches election campaign

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has launched the party's campaign for the forthcoming general election.

    Unveiling a plan to "make food banks history" at a food bank in Glasgow, Mr Murphy said: "Scottish Labour has a plan to end the need for food banks, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because we fundamentally believe in the redistribution of wealth to create opportunity for working class people.


    "Every man, woman and child in Scotland is important to our country's future - that is why Scottish Labour has a plan to end the need for food banks, guarantee a job for every young person and ban exploitative zero hours contracts.

    "The choice facing Scotland is clear. Only Labour will beat the Tories in this election. A vote for any other party is a vote for David Cameron and the Tories."

  48. SNP win council by-election

    The SNP has won a council by-election in central Fife.

    With less than six weeks to the general election, the SNP's Craig Walker won a landslide victory at Glenrothes and Kinglassie, recording a 9.1% swing.

    Labour won a parliamentary by-election in the parent constituency in 2008.

    The results were:

    • Craig Walker (SNP) - 2539 votes
    • Alan Seath (Lab) - 1643 votes
    • John Wheatley (Con) - 202 votes
    • Martin Green (Ukip) - 146 votes
    • Jane Ann Liston (Lib Dem) - 61 votes
  49. Trump plan lodged

    Planning applications have been lodged for thousands of homes at Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire golf resort.

    Donald trump

    The Trump Organisation wants to build 850 main homes, and 1900 holiday homes at the Menie Estate.

    It follows applications made last week for a ballroom and a staff accommodation building at the resort.

    Mr Trump had previously said a hotel and second course would only proceed if a planned windfarm off the Aberdeenshire coast was rejected.

  50. Air improvements

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    "Significant improvements" will be made to public service obligation air routes from Glasgow and Argyll and the Hebrides, the Scottish government has said.


    The Scottish government subsidies the Glasgow to Tiree and Glasgow to Barra PSO routes.

    A new contract to operate the services will go out to tender on 7 April, with the winner announced by the end of July.

    New requirements in the contract include increasing return trips to Tiree and Barra to two per day Monday to Saturday.

  51. Ferries undergo £6m refit

    A £6m refit of seven ferries used on Irish Sea crossings is due to be completed over Easter.

    Stena Live

    Stena Line said two flagship vessels used on the Cairnryan to Belfast service were included in the upgrade.

    Most of the work was carried out at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.

    Paul Grant, the company's Irish Sea north route manager said: "Over the last five years alone Stena Line has invested more than £250m in its Irish Sea business."

  52. School fire - in pictures

    Pictures of yesterday's fire at St Dominic's Primary in Airdrie have emerged.

    St Dominic's school fire

    The school was gutted by the blaze and will now be demolished.

  53. Gibraltar 'shouldn't be a test'

    Former Scotland striker Billy Dodds believes the Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar on Sunday should not be a significant obstacle for Scotland.

    Shaun Maloney and Steven Naismith

    Gordon Strachan's side are level on points with Germany and three behind leaders Poland in Group D.

    "This game isn't really a test," he said. "It's a game we should be winning comfortably with the form we're in.

    "It's not being disrespectful to say it's a case how many we can score, not if we win."

  54. Walker airlifted to hospital

    A man has been airlifted to hospital after he fell while walking on the Aberdeenshire coast.

    Coastguard and police teams were alerted after the 56-year-old got into difficulties at St Cyrus beach on Thursday evening.

    Access difficulties meant an RAF helicopter was needed to get him out.

    He was flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with suspected rib injuries. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

  55. Via SMS

    The No vote - your views

    Jean: When will Yes voters realise the majority of No voters had already made their mind up long before this vow. Just get over it and lets move on.

    Lynn Hamilton: No vote - too poor, too wee, too feart, too selfish.

  56. Folk guitarist Renbourn dies

    Influential folk guitarist John Renbourn has died aged 70.

    John Renbourn

    The musician was found at his home in Hawick in the Scottish Borders on Thursday after a suspected heart attack.

    Renbourn teamed up with fellow musicians, including guitarist Bert Jansch who died in 2011, to form Pentangle in the late 1960s.

    His manager, Dave Smith, said Renbourn had been "a huge character".

  57. Man dies after lorry crash

    A 47-year-old man has died after his car was involved in a collision with a lorry in Dumfries.

    The accident happened on the A75 bypass at Cuckoo Bridge just before 20:00 on Thursday.

    The lorry driver was taken to hospital for treatment following the incident but later released.

    The road was closed for six hours. Police have appealed for witnesses.

  58. Today's back pages

    Strachan backs Steven Fletcher to find his goal scoring form, Darren Fletcher back to his best, and which Hearts star is unlikely to be at Tynecastle next season.

    Darren Fletcher

    Read all today's football gossip.

  59. Fire damaged school to be demolished

    A primary school in North Lanarkshire which was gutted by fire is to be demolished.

    St Dominic's Primary in Airdrie

    The blaze broke out at St Dominic's Primary, in Petersburn Road, Airdrie, shortly after lessons ended for the day on Thursday.

    A spokeswoman for North Lanarkshire Council said no pupils were in the school at the time.

    The building is thought to be beyond repair and preparations are made for demolition to be carried out.

    A spokesman for North Lanarkshire Council said arrangements for pupils will be announced later.

  60. Via SMS

    Your views - the No vote

    Mo: The 'haves' were more likely to vote No because they're doing fine the way things are. The 'have nots' were more likely to vote Yes because they've been demonised and economically crushed by the coalition and abandoned by Labour. The social fabric is being destroyed. It's not rocket science.

    Anthony, Dumfries: The survey only captures a small section of the population. Where was the survey carried not? You will get different answers from the east coast to the west, from north to the south. Take Edinburgh as an example. Survey Barnton and Pilton, next to each other but I would bet that you would get entirely different answers. Survey only relevant to those who took part in it.

  61. Energy centre plans

    Plans have been lodged to create a hydro energy research centre at a former school building in the Borders.


    Silver Hydro has submitted the proposals for the old Caddonfoot Primary at Clovenfords.

    Pupils moved out of the school nearly three years ago and into a brand new building.

    It is now hoped the old property could be turned into what developers describe as a "sustainable water-based energy research facility".

  62. Power inquiry

    A Holyrood committee is to hold an inquiry into the security of Scotland's energy supply following news that Longannet power station is likely to close next year.

    MSPs on the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee will take evidence on the UK electricity market with a focus on supply, demand and the transmission network.


    It follows the announcement that the troubled coal-fired plant in Fife will ''in all likelihood'' shut by March 2016 after losing out on a short-term National Grid contract.

  63. Kilmarnock to appoint new manager

    John Barnes

    BBC Scotland

    Kilmarnock could have a new permanent manager in place before their next match against Motherwell on 4 April.

    Gary Locke

    New Rugby Park chairman Jim Mann told BBC Scotland he hopes to make an imminent appointment.

    But Mann would not be drawn on whether interim boss Gary Locke (pictured) would be given the job for an extended period.

    "We have to make a full-time appointment soon, " said Mann after being appointed chairman at Thursday's annual general meeting.

  64. Analysis - Indyref No vote

    Brian Taylor

    Political editor, Scotland

    One vote, one nation - two perceptions. Yes supporters firmly believe that the offer of more devolved powers, the so-called Vow, swung the referendum.

    Today's study suggested it was the main driver for only 3.4% of No voters - although marginally more influential for those who had switched from Yes.

    So what determined the outcome? The elderly were inclined to reject independence. As were owner occupiers. Social renters and the working class voted mostly Yes.

    People born in Scotland voted Yes by a narrow majority. People born elsewhere - especially in the rest of the UK - voted No. Those with a dominant British identity backed the Union - while those who identify as Scottish, not British, voted heavily Yes.

  65. Coming up...

    BBC Radio Scotland

    From 09:00 this morning, John Beattie asks:

    Does why people voted No in the independence referendum still matter to you?

    Recent research suggests the so-called Vow did not affect the outcome as much as fear of the unknown and people's sense of "Britishness".

    What do you think? Call 0500 92 95 00, text 80295 or email us here.

  66. Read all about it

    Many of this morning's newspaper front pages focus on the Germanwings crash in the Alps, and the news that the co-pilot appears to have deliberately crashed the plane.

    papers composite

    Elsewhere, The Herald claims an "SNP landslide" in the general election could elad to a "multi-million windfall" for Scotland.

    The National leads with David Cameron and Ed Miliband's "trial by television".

    Read our full review here.

  67. 'Vow didn't lead to No vote'

    The promise of more powers for Holyrood made little difference to the outcome of the independence referendum, according to a new study by academics.


    Researchers at Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities found those who voted No were principally motivated by fear of change and a sense of "Britishness".

    The research also showed that those born in Scotland were more likely to vote Yes.

  68. Unusual inspiration

    A young Scottish artist who was involved in a serious car crash five years ago is about to stage his first professional exhibition.

    Alex Hain, from Selkirk, was driving a route he had taken many times near St Boswells when he was involved in a major accident.


    The back end of his car slipped and spun out of control before hitting a tree.

    It left him with a punctured lung and his car was a write-off.

    But the lucky escape inspired the 25-year-old to turn to art.

  69. I agree with Salmond, says Sturgeon

    Ms Sturgeon denied the SNP would be a "destructive influence" at Westminster, saying she wanted the party to be a "constructive force" that worked with other "progressive" parties in the UK parliament.

    Asked about the tone of her predecessor Alex Salmond's recent interviews, she said: "I am the leader of the party. But Alex hasn't said anything I don't agree with."

  70. Sturgeon: 'We'll work with Labour'

    This weekend sees the biggest SNP conference in the party's history, following a surge in membership that came after the loss of September's independence referendum.

    Asked about the SNP's possible influence following a hung parliament in the general election party leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Good Morning Scotland: "We are open to a working relationship with Labour, something akin to confidence and supply."

    Nicola Sturgeon

    "If not, we will seek to use our influence on a vote by vote basis."

  71. Via SMS

    House prices - your views

    Liz: It's not just trying to buy a property that's a worry. Tenants of East Lothian Council face rent rises of 5% a year for next five years, on top of 4.5% increase annually for last four years. How are workers with wages frozen supposed to pay? Priority in council house allocation is given to disabled, pregnant teenagers and homeless. But the real deprived are law abiding, low paid, working families.

    Text 80295 or email us here.

  72. Call to enhance human rights laws

    Politicians have been urged to ensure human rights protections are stronger following the general election.

    The Scottish Human Rights Commission said any changes to the legal system would have a direct impact on the lives of people living in Scotland.


    Its report on the future of human rights legislation said an undercurrent of debate about changing the laws was "regressive" in nature.

    It called on all parties to ensure human rights laws go forward not back.

  73. Get involved - house prices

    Marianne Taylor

    BBC Scotland news

    The latest figures show that the average price for a city home in Scotland is 5.24 times average earnings - higher than last year.

    But this still makes homes in our cities more affordable than elsewhere in the UK.

    Are you struggling to get on the housing ladder? If so, why? And is there more the government could do to help?

    Tell us what you think by texting 80295, tweeting @bbcscotlandnews or emailing here.

  74. Defeat was blessing in disguise, says Stubbs

    BBC Sport


    Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs believes Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Rangers could be a "blessing in disguise" for his side.

    Rangers had previously lost all three league games against Hibs this season, but goals from Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller gave them a first win under new manager Stuart McCall.


    Both sides could meet again over two legs in the Premiership play-offs.

    "I think it could be what they [the players] needed, I really do," Stubbs told BBC Scotland.

  75. City homes 'less affordable'

    The typical city home in Scotland has become less affordable in the past year, according to a new report.

    The Bank of Scotland found the average price for a city home - £175,962 - stood at 5.24 times gross annual average earnings.

    Estate agents

    This was a 7% increase on last year but still significantly below the peak of 6.12 in 2008.

    City living in Scotland was found to be more affordable than the UK city average.

  76. Via Twitter


    BBC Scotland Weather


    Morning, Chris here. A dry & cold start then bright/sunny spells. Showers in NW turn heavier during the day with some hail/thunder. 8 to 11C.

  77. 'Horrendous' rape in Uddingston

    Police are searching for a man who subjected a 20-year-old woman to a "horrendous" rape in South Lanarkshire.

    The woman was walking home from Uddingston train station when she was approached from behind by a man at about 22:15 on Tuesday.

    He raped her in a wooded area close to the town's Castle Gate.

    The suspect is described as white, aged between 30 and 50-years-old and about 5ft 9in tall. He was wearing dark clothing including a hood.

  78. Coming up...

    BBC Radio Scotland

    On Good Morning Scotland before 09:00:

    • More on the Germanwings crash
    • Encouraging people to train in CPR
    • First Minister Nicola Sturgeon live
  79. Coach crash appeal

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a tour coach came off the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll and overturned.


    Twenty three people were taken to hospital following the accident which happened at about 14:10 on Thursday.

    The Lochs and Glens Holidays coach is thought to have been blown off the road and rolled down an embankment before coming to rest near a small loch.

    The road was closed for a number of hours but has since reopened.

  80. Welcome

    Marianne Taylor

    BBC Scotland news

    Good morning all.

    Welcome to today's Scotland Live, bringing you the all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around the country.

    We're here till 19:00.