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Summary

  1. Plans to abolish corroboration in Scottish cases dropped
  2. Scots Lib Dems make key pledges
  3. Digital health project misses target
  4. Major warns of SNP-Labour 'mayhem'
  5. Celebrations in Falkirk to mark a year since the unveiling of the Kelpies

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Marianne Taylor, Jo Perry and Sandy Murray

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Sandy Murray

    BBC Scotland news

    The Scotland Live team is heading into the sunset. All your news needs can be catered for on the BBC Scotland News website.

    The live page returns at 0700.

  2. Sturgeon interview

    Scotland 2015

    BBC Two Scotland

    The SNP launched its manifesto yesterday. Tonight Sarah Smith interviews party leader and FM Nicola Sturgeon #scotland2015

  3. Kelpies anniversary

    Celebrations have been taking place in Falkirk, to mark one year since the unveiling of The Kelpies statues.

    Kelpies

    The 30-metre high equine sculptures have been popular with visitors from Scotland and further afield.

  4. LibDems keep their heads

    Brian Taylor

    Political editor, Scotland

    "These are not particularly encouraging times for the Liberal Democrats. Polls suggest that they may be in trouble in Scotland and throughout the UK."

    Brian Taylor blogs.

  5. Pollution warning

    Air quality experts are warning of high levels of pollution in Fife this evening, along with moderate levels in the central belt.

    Forth Road Bridge

    Those with heart, lung and breathing problems are warned that they may feel the effects.

  6. Clear skies - for most

    A satellite image received by the University of Dundee shows the UK and Ireland basking in almost completely cloud-free conditions.

    Satellite image

    The stunning image was received at 1340 today by the university's Satellite Receiving Station.

  7. Cancer detection

    More than half of invasive breast cancer cases detected in Scotland last year were unlikely to have been found by a physical examination alone, according to new statistics.

    Medical images

    The latest figures from the Scottish Breast Screening programme have been published.

    They showed a fall in the percentage of women taking up the invitation to a screening appointment.

  8. Your pictures

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    Donald McNaught was visiting Edinburgh from Cardiff when he captured the city skyline in the April sunshine from Prince's Street Gardens.

    Edinburgh skyline
  9. Questions for Willie Rennie

    Tomorrow Willie Rennie will be answering your questions during the phone-in hour with Kaye Adams on BBC Radio Scotland.

    Programme promo
  10. Salmon exports

    Exports of Scottish salmon grew by £50m last year to reach £500m for the first time, according to industry figures.

    Salmon steaks

    The Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation said more than 160,000 tonnes were produced for more than 65 countries in 2014.

    The USA remained the top export destination, with sales growing to almost £215m.

  11. Train windows smashed

    Youths who smashed windows on a Glasgow to Edinburgh train are being sought by British Transport Police.

    The 06:00 Queen Street to Waverley service was targeted as it passed an embankment between Croy and Dullatur at about 06:15 on 9 April.

    The next train through the location was also struck, but not damaged.

  12. Black hole?

    Douglas Fraser

    Business/economy editor, Scotland

    "That £7.6bn figure won't go away. Until now, that is. It now has companion numbers. And they're even bigger."

    Bank notes

    Douglas Fraser blogs.

  13. Defender Meekings defended

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle say they will "vigorously defend" defender Josh Meekings after he was served a Scottish FA notice of complaint following the Scottish Cup win over Celtic.

    Meekings had been offered a one-match ban, which if accepted means he would miss the cup final against Falkirk.

    He was deemed to have handled Leigh Griffiths' goal-bound header.

  14. Your pictures

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    Rosaline Napier from Edinburgh sent us this picture of Cairnpapple Hill near Bathgate taken earlier today.

    Cairnpapple Hill
  15. City animals

    @ScotRail tweets: Due to animals on the line near #Partick, services through this station may be delayed by up to 8 mins. I'll keep you updated

  16. Over the sea from Skye

    Transport Scotland has said Skye's A87 trunk road is being monitored for any problems related to the disruption of ferry services to the Western Isles.

    Skye bridge

    Four weeks of work that started on Monday to upgrade Ullapool harbour means only foot passengers are being taken between Ullapool and Stornoway.

    Vehicles and freight must be taken to Uig on Skye to be ferried to the isles.

  17. Top temperatures

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    Strathallan near Perth was our hot spot today at 19C. Much cooler under cloudy skies in the NW though.

    Temperature table
  18. Praise from rival manager

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Ross County manager Jim McIntyre admits he is full of admiration for what Highland rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle have achieved this season.

    Inverness players

    "I think Yogi (manager John Hughes) has done a fantastic job there," he said.

  19. Fluid spill

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Latest

    A9 North of Perth... reports of a fluid spill northbound between Inveralmond and Dunkeld...Take care here. T.T.

  20. Laser allegation

    A teenager has been arrested in connection with alleged laser pen attacks on aircraft and a police vehicle in Glasgow.

    The incidents took place in the city's Drumchapel area.

  21. Timber gone

    @trafficscotland tweets: *CLEARED 16:08* #M80 S/B J8 Bankhead - no trace of shed load of timber. Thanks to the police for checking

  22. M80 southbound problems

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Latest

    Falkirk #M80...a lorry has shed its load of timber southbound at J8 M876. Affecting Glasgow bound traffic.T.T.

  23. Coming up...

    @BBCRadioScot

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland from 16:00, with focus on today's stories including:

    • Mikaeel Kular case review
    • Plan to end corroboration dropped
    • Latest on the election campaign
    BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive

    Listen live to the programme here.

  24. Media attention on Scotland

    @JamieRoss7 of @BuzzFeedUK tweets: A Reuters journalist approached me in George Square to voxpop me about the election. Journalists have run out of Scottish public to voxpop

  25. Leith death treated as murder

    The death of a man whose body was found in a Leith house is being treated as murder.

    Alexander Duncan, 59, was found in a flat in Primrose Street on Sunday.

    The man's body was found in a house in Leith

    Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses who may have seen anything "unusual or suspicious".

    Det Insp Martin MacLean, of Police Scotland, said: "I am keen to speak to anyone who was in the Primrose Street area from Thursday 16 April onwards or who knew Alexander Duncan."

  26. Council fights on

    Shetland Islands Council says its dispute with HIAL - the company which operates Sumburgh Airport - is likely to go to a full hearing.

    The Court of Session has ruled that the airport operator is not too late to claim £14m from the council in a row over a runway extension project.

  27. Full plans for new village outside Dundee approved

    Full plans for a new village on the outskirts of Dundee have been approved.

    Proposals for the Dykes of Gray village to the west of the city were thrown into confusion in December when Dundee city councillors only approved half of the plans put before them.

    Only half of the planning application was approved in December

    The development management committee has now unanimously backed plans for the full 595-house development.

    Springfield Properties will pay a "roof tax" for each house built on the site to go towards a new primary school.

  28. Mikaeel Kular killing 'could not have been predicted'

    A significant case review into the death of toddler Mikaeel Kular has found that the circumstances leading to it "could not have been predicted".

    Rosdeep Adekoya admitted the culpable homicide of her son Mikaeel Kular

    The joint Chief Officers Group of Fife and Edinburgh said it would not be appropriate to release the full report.

    It concludes that the ability of Mikaeel's mother, Rosdeep Adekoya, to physically care for the three-year-old was never in question.

    Adekoya was jailed for 11 years in July after admitting culpable homicide.

    Mikaeel died two days after being beaten by Adekoya at the family's flat in Edinburgh in January 2014.

  29. Grey squirrels linked to Lyme disease

    Grey squirrels play host to the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease, scientists from the University of Glasgow have found.

    Squirrel

    In the UK, Lyme disease is caused by four species of Borrelia bacteria carried by the deer or sheep tick, Ixodes ricinus, and transmitted to humans through its bite.

    Researchers from the university tested 679 squirrels from across Scotland and the North of England in 2012 and 2013 and discovered that the rodents frequently carried the ticks.

    If left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting the joints, nervous system and heart.

  30. Referees have a 'hard job' - Mackay-Steven

    Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven insists it's easy to point the finger at referees in the wake of last weekend's Scottish Cup controversy at Hampden.

    Mackay-Steven watched from the stand as Steven Maclean failed to spot a handball by Josh Meekings, denying Celtic a penalty in the semi-final defeat by Inverness CT.

    Josh Meekings handles the ball following Leigh Griffiths's header during Inverness's Scottish Cup semi-final win at Hampden

    However, Mackay-Steven said the match officials have a "hard job", adding: "Over the course of the season you're going to get decisions for and against you. We've just got to move on and concentrate on the league".

  31. Sex offender guilty of rape

    A convicted sex offender has been found guilty of rape, indecent assault and abduction charges.

    Calan Morrison, 29, raped one woman at houses in Fernhill, Glasgow, and at Galston, East Ayrshire.

    He indecently assaulted another victim at houses in Elderslie, Renfrewshire, and Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. He also abducted two women who were left locked in a flat in Faifley, Clydebank.

    Sentence on Morrison was deferred and he was remanded in custody.

    Morrison, who has a previous conviction for sex with an underage girl, was also placed on the sex offenders' register.

  32. Top dog

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    John Isaacs, from Errol, Perthshire, sent in this great picture of his dog Murphy looking pleased with himself for reaching the summit of Schiehallion yesterday.

    Murphy

    John said: "He always sticks his tongue out when he's concentrating but here he is clearly making sure I know he got to the top first."

    You can email us your pictures here.

  33. Councils seeing increased fostering demand

    Councils are seeing an increase in demand for fostering services due to benefit reforms, a Holyrood committee has heard.

    Children as young as seven are being placed in children's homes in North Ayrshire due to a lack of foster parents, MSPs on the welfare reform committee were told.

    Fostering

    Increased pressure on families as a result of benefits changes could result in more demands being placed on social care and health services, council officials told the committee.

    Richard Gass, of Glasgow City Council, said the local authority was running a "continual campaign" to recruit foster parents.

    He said economic circumstances may be preventing people from registering.

  34. Corroboration plan dropped

    Glenn Campbell

    Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

    Plans to abolish the general requirement for corroboration are to be dropped by the Scottish government.

    In a major policy U-turn, the justice secretary Michael Matheson is expected to confirm that the section of the new criminal justice bill that would end the need for at least two sources of evidence in most criminal cases is being removed.

    It is understood ministers are prepared to revisit the issue as part of a wider review after the 2016 Holyrood election.

  35. View from the north

    Orkney and Shetland is the most northerly parliamentary constituency in the UK.

    Shetland

    It's further north than Moscow and closer to Oslo than Westminster. So do islanders feel like they are taking part in the same general election?

    Vanessa Barford finds out.

  36. 'Rising tide' of prescriptions

    One in five adults in Tayside is dispensed more than five drugs, amid what researchers are calling a "rising tide" of prescriptions.

    Pills

    A study of prescriptions showed that between 1995 and 2010 the proportion of adults being given more than five drugs doubled to 20.8%.

    Dundee University researchers say the findings raise "significant concerns" about adverse drug interactions.

    The number of adults dispensed more than 10 drugs tripled to 5.6%.

    The 15-year study looked at prescribing data for all 310,000 adults resident in the Tayside region between 1995 and 2010.

  37. Man jailed for murder

    A man has been jailed for at least 20 years after being found guilty of the "cruel and merciless" murder of his friend and neighbour.

    James Caven, 39, pictured below, had denied murdering Colin Armstrong, 49, in Macmerry, East Lothian, on 7 October last year.

    Craven

    But a jury at the High Court in Edinburgh returned a unanimous guilty verdict to the charge.

    The court had heard how Caven stabbed Mr Armstrong 27 times during an attack at a house in Greenmill Brae.

    Judge Lord Uist said Caven, from Macmerry, had carried out a "horrific and gruesome murder" of his neighbour and friend.

  38. The election - your views

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    Mark, Dunfermline: Hats off to the SNP, the message is an appealing one. But it's the same statement of 'facts' we had in the referendum. Labour WILL do a deal (there WILL be currency union), Labour WILL agree to the SNP spending plans (oil WILL pay for everything). For a notoriously 'prudent' nation, we do seem to see public spending as fruit from the magic money tree.

    David, Muir of Ord: If the UK had voted Yes to the AV voting system how may SNP MPs would have been elected to Westminster in 2015? The Conservatives opposed AV so shouldn't whine when the first past the post system returns 40 SNP MPs. Perhaps England should consider holding a independence referendum to determine if they wish to remain within the UK under Scottish influence.

  39. Foulkes on the SNP

    @TimrReidBBC

    Tim Reid

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    Lord Foulkes in @ProgressOnline: SNP is "more like a cult than a political party" and 2 weeks to "dispel the myth" that SNP is "progressive".

  40. Sturgeon highlights common cause with Labour

    SNP MPs at Westminster could "vigorously and loudly" support a Labour government in some policy areas, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    The SNP leader criticised Labour for being "determined to continue with a failing cuts agenda", but stressed there were "many" issues where the two parties could find common cause.

    Speaking at the Scottish trades Union Congress in Ayr, Ms Sturgeon cited opposition to zero hours contracts and a shared desire to increase the national minimum wage as examples of common ground.

    She said she would use whatever influence she has to make a future Labour government "better, bolder and more radical".

  41. Woman critical after fire

    A woman is in a critical condition following a fire at her flat in Edinburgh.

    Emergency services were called to Granton Mains East at about 05:45.

    The woman was rescued from the blaze and given first aid until ambulance crews arrived and took her to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

    Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are investigating the cause of the fire.

  42. Your pics

    Patrick Tweddle took this fantastic shot of a dolphin leaping out of the sea at Aberdeen harbour.

    Dolphin

    You can email us your pics here.

  43. Woman assaulted on train

    Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted on the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow.

    The assault happened at about 16:00 on Monday 13 April when the victim arrived at Haymarket station with her small child in a red pushchair.

    She was approached by a man at the ticket machine who began verbally abusing her. This man was known to her.

    He followed the woman to platform four and they boarded the 16:20 train to Glasgow Queen Street. As the train began its journey the man assaulted the woman but stopped when a female passenger intervened.

    The man is described as white, aged 27, 5ft 8in to 5ft 9in tall, slim build, with dark brown hair short cropped hair and a dark brown full beard.

    He was wearing a black leather jacket with fabric sleeves, chunky white or cream jumper and dark jeans.

  44. Shetland council loses appeal

    Shetland Islands Council has lost a £14.2m appeal in a dispute with Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL).

    Sumburgh

    The airport operator raised an action against the council over work at Sumburgh Airport.

    It had contracted the council to provide engineering works and services for a runway extension project.

    The Court of Session has ruled that HIAL had not, as claimed by the council, left it too late to make a claim for payment.

  45. Maintain the union

    The leader of the Scottish Conservatives says a deal between the SNP and Labour could see independence by the back door. Ruth Davidson has been responding to claims by Michael Forsyth that the Tories are playing a "dangerous" game in building up the SNP.

    Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson

    She's been visiting an engineering company in Peterhead this morning as part of the election campaign.

    Ms Davidson says a vote for the Conservatives would honour the decision made by the Scottish people in last year's referendum to maintain the union.

    Reacting to the Scottish Liberal Democrat manifesto, Ms Davidson said the party have made pledges in the past, and they've broken them.

  46. Scottish corporate insolvency numbers 'fall'

    Fewer Scottish businesses have gone bust since the start of the year, according to figures from professional services firm KPMG.

    Scottish bank notes and pound coins

    The number of corporate insolvencies fell year-on-year by 21%, to stand at 188, in the first three months of 2015.

    The figure was 10% lower than the previous quarter.

    The number of administrations, which typically affect larger organisations, remained virtually the same as a year ago, with 20 cases.

  47. Legal safeguards reviewed

    Glenn Campbell

    Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

    A review of the legal safeguards needed to replace corroboration - that's the need for evidence to come from at least two sources in criminal cases - has recommended that this requirement is retained in certain circumstances.

    The retired judge, Lord Bonomy, has said corroboration should still apply to evidence obtained by hearsay and confession. He has also backed increasing jury majorities from 8 to 10; called for judges to have greater scope to throw out cases and recommended that police interviews with suspects are always recorded.

    The Scottish government commissioned the review in response to widespread concern in the legal profession that abolishing the corroboration requirement could lead to more miscarriages of justice.

  48. 'An affront to democracy'

    SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon described Sir John Major's comments as "silly, over the top and a bit of an affront to democracy".

    John Major and Nicola Sturgeon

    Sir John used a speech in the Midlands to say a Labour-SNP government would be a "recipe for mayhem" and mean families paying with "higher taxes, more debts and fewer jobs".

    Ms Sturgeon said that it was entirely up to Scotland to decide how to make its voice heard; with more progressive policies across the UK, including an end to austerity and more protection for public services.

    She was not surprised that such messages did not chime with a former Tory prime minister.

  49. Scotland goalie: Don't underestimate Iceland

    Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay warned fans not to underestimate Iceland following the Uefa Women's European Championship 2017 qualifying draw.

    Gemma Fay

    Anna Signeul's side avoided many of the more fancied nations amongst the top seeds, with Iceland ranked just one place above Scotland in the Fifa rankings.

    Macedonia, Slovenia and Belarus are Scotland's other Group One opponents.

    "Iceland are a top-ranked team for a reason," Fay told BBC Scotland.

  50. Nessie - Your views

    @bbcscotlandnews

    Gary Donnelly: Who's not a fan of the Loch Ness monster?! #international treasure

  51. Major's comments 'foolish', says Swinney

    The SNP's John Swinney has described former Conservative Prime Minister Sir John Major's comments on any future Labour-SNP deal as "foolish".

    John Swinney

    Sir John claimed a minority Labour government would face a daily dose of "blackmail" from the SNP.

    "This is a very foolish intervention by John Major, and the language he uses is unworthy of him," Mr Swinney said.

    "Last year, the Tories - along with Labour's Jim Murphy and the Lib Dems - urged the people of Scotland to stay with the Westminster system, because we were told that we have an equal and valued voice.

    "But the Tories now say if the people of Scotland choose to be represented by electing a strong group of SNP MPs, we have no role to play in the governance of the UK at all."

  52. Arts festival seeks board members

    An appeal is being made to find new board members for Scotland's "largest rural performing arts festival".

    Dumfries festival

    Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival was established in 1979 and runs over 10 days in May.

    This year's event is described as its "most ambitious yet" with 82 performances in 42 venues throughout the region.

    Ken Gouge, who chairs the festival, said would-be board members needed enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to help promote the event.

  53. Call to halt deer cull

    Councillors in Aberdeen are to consider a call to halt planned deer culls in the city.

    deer in woodland

    A total of 430 people have signed a petition asking the council to reconsider plans to cull roe deer on Tullos Hill.

    The measures to control the deer population were brought in as part of a scheme to plant 80,000 trees in the area.

    Objectors have asked the council to survey the deer population and to provide information on the cost of the culling over an eight-year period.

  54. Bamboozled in the aisles?

    @BBCPolliemac

    Pauline McLean

    BBC Scotland

    Today @BBCJohnBeattie Show @BBCScotlandNews we're talking about supermarket bargains. @WhichUK reckons we're bamboozled. What do you think?

  55. Watch Kaye

    @BBCRadioScot

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Screen shot of Kaye Adams

    You can watch @kayeadams now via this link. http://bit.ly/1JpC120.

  56. Arrests after pro cannabis rally

    Two men have been arrested and six others reported to prosecutors following a pro-cannabis rally in Glasgow's George Square yesterday.

    Police said a 35-year-old man was arrested in connection with an alleged breach of the peace and a 24-year-old man held for an alleged breach of bail.

    Two men aged 24, and others aged 22, 25, 26 and 28, were reported for alleged drugs offences.

    The event was organised by Glasgow Cannabis Social Club. It was part of worldwide 420 Day, which campaigns for the legalisation of cannabis.

  57. Scottish Lib Dems launch manifesto

    The Scottish Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto, promising to build on their record in government over the past five years.

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie

    The party has identified six key priorities for Scotland which include:

    • Cutting taxes by raising the personal allowance to £12,500
    • Extending free childcare to all two-year-olds by 2020
    • Balancing the budget within three years before increasing spending in education
    • Investing an additional £800m in the health service in Scotland with a focus on improving mental health
    • Fighting climate change with five new green laws
    • Transferring power from London to Scotland, delivering more for local communities
  58. Regular mammograms vital - Robison

    More than half of breast cancer cases detected in Scotland in the year to last April wouldn't have been found by a physical examination alone, figures show.

    Mammogram

    Health Secretary Shona Robison said the figures underlined the need for women to have regular mammograms.

    Almost three quarters of eligible women aged between 50 and 70 were screened but Ms Robison said more should attend.

    A recent awareness campaign fronted by the actor Elaine C Smith is credited with increasing uptake of screening.

  59. Emergency landing 'dealt with'

    The operators of an aircraft that made an emergency landing at Aberdeen International Airport last night said they have "dealt with the problem".

    The Atlantic Airlines cargo flight left Aberdeen on Monday evening, and had been scheduled to fly to East Midlands Airport.

    But it declared an emergency a short time later and returned to Aberdeen, where it landed safely at about 20:20.

    The company did not given further details about the incident.

  60. Cameron 'playing dangerous games' on SNP

    Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron of "playing games" with the future of the UK as a row over the SNP's role in a future government intensifies.

    Ed Miliband and David Cameron

    The Labour leader said Mr Cameron, who has warned of the dangers of a Labour-SNP tie-up, should be "taking on the Nationalists" not "talking them up".

    He suggested other Conservatives were "ashamed" of the election strategy.

    It comes as former Scottish Secretary Lord Forsyth warned "short-term" arguments could undermine the union.

  61. Slight improvement in A&E figures

    Eleanor Bradford

    BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    The length of time people wait in emergency departments has improved but the Scottish government is still missing its target, statistics show.

    Ambulance leaves A&E department

    One in 10 people waited longer than four hours to be seen, treated and discharged during the week ending 12 April, compared to the target of one in 20.

    The figure has remained largely unchanged since the beginning of March, but the figures suggest Scotland's main emergency departments are treating people more quickly than equivalent units in England.

  62. Pearls of wisdom

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    People in Wester Ross are being asked to help a scheme set up to protect rare freshwater pearl mussels.

    The molluscs live in the gravel beds of clean rivers and feed by filtering water and removing fine particles.

    Riverwatch, a scheme run by Pearls in Peril and involving Police Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, has sought volunteers to monitor for poaching.

    A public meeting will be held at the offices of Wester Ross Fisheries Trust in Gairloch on Wednesday.

    Illegal freshwater pearl mussel fishing uncovered in Assynt in west Sutherland last year damaged populations of the species "for decades", according to SNH.

  63. Your views - Ruth Davidson

    Text using 80295

    Geoff, Portobello: What Ruth fails to mention when quoting the figure £160bn on benefits it that majority of this is for pensions and retired people.

    Joe in Kilmarnock: I'm at work just now which I do for 6 days a week I don't have £26,000 a year. How many of these people have Sky TV and other luxuries that hard working people can't afford?

    Rachel, Glasgow: Ruth Davidson, when did you last have to live on £23,000? Your response and that of the Tories is hypocritical in the extreme! Make the poorest pay for the rest of the nation? Bring back Robin Hood!

  64. Davidson commits to college places

    Ruth Davidson has committed her party to reinstating the 140,000 college places she says have been lost under the SNP government in Holyrood.

    Ruth Davidson

    During the third of Radio Scotland's phone-ins with Scotland's party leaders, chaired by Kaye Adams, Ms Davidson said the places were crucial.

    Ms Davidson also conceded that mistakes had been made in introducing her party's spare-room subsidy, known has the bedroom tax.

    She said a "phased approach" would have been fairer.

  65. 'I nearly took Raven off' - Hughes

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    David Raven was nearly substituted before scoring the goal that took Inverness into their first Scottish Cup final, says manager John Hughes.

    Inverness CT goal scorer David Raven

    Right-back Raven's goal three minutes from the end of extra time gave Caley Thistle a 3-2 win over 10-man Celtic.

    "Raven's more defensive. I felt there was never going to be a better chance to beat Celtic, I didn't want to go to penalties," Hughes told BBC Scotland.

    "Fortunately I didn't do it and David Raven came up with the goods."

  66. Crossing consternation

    A proposed redevelopment of Kirkintilloch town centre in east Dunbartonshire is causing consternation among many disabled people in the area.

    Traffic light control

    The main issue is the proposal to remove controlled crossings at a busy junction to force traffic to slow down by attracting the driver's eye.

    It's an idea that began in Europe called shared spaces that has been adopted by many councils south of the border, and is gaining interest in Scotland.

  67. 'Fine sunny day'

    @BBCScotWeather

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    It will be a fine sunny day for most of the country.

    There will be exceptions, mainly in the Western Isles and far north west, which will continue to see more in the way of cloud, with the possibility of a little drizzle.

    Temperatures will range from 11 or 12C in the cloudy far north. Elsewhere highs of 15 to 17C.

  68. Island paradise - Get involved

    @bbcscotlandnews

    Arran, Skye, Lewis, Harris and mainland Orkney have all been rated among the 10 best UK islands for travellers, according to a list compiled from tourist reviews by TripAdvisor.

    Sunrise at Callanish stones on the Isle of Lewis

    Jersey, in the Channel Islands, proved most popular with visitors, who marked the islands on their hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions.

    However, none of the Scottish Islands made it into TripAdvisor's top 10 European Islands for travellers - which named Santorini in Greece as the best.

    According to the website, the best rated island in the world was Providenciales, part of Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean.

    What do you think? Have you sampled the delights of any of the islands? Or has your secret pleasure been left off the list?

    Let us know by tweeting @bbcscotlandnews, text 80295 or email here.

  69. John Major - Your views

    @bbcscotlandnews

    The Northumbrian: Mayhem for who? The southern Tory English few?

  70. Coming up...

    @BBCRadioScot

    BBC Radio Scotland

    In the third of our special pre-election phone-ins featuring the leaders of Scotland's political parties, Kaye Adams is joined at 09:00 by Ruth Davidson.

    The leader of the Scottish Conservatives will be taking your calls until 10:00.

    Kaye Adams

    Do you have a question? If so call 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

    Listen live to the programme here.

  71. Train fault

    @BBCTravelScot

    BBC Scotland Travel

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    09:08 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:13 This train will be cancelled. This is because of a train fault.

  72. Davidson: 'We are party of working people'

    Asked how her party planned to cut the welfare budget further, Ms Davidson told Good Morning Scotland's Garry Robertson a reduction in the benefits cap from £26k to £23k, the freezing of in-work benefits and getting more people into work would result in less being paid out in benefits.

    She said hers was the "party of working people", adding: "We're the only party that has laid out where cuts will come. We've raised the tax threshold so that work will always pay."

  73. A720

    @BBCTravelScot

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Latest

    • looks like a car fire #A720
    • can see fire engine nearr Hermiston Gate on A720 Edn city bypass
  74. Work to build solar park near Arbroath

    Construction work on a commercial-scale solar park in Angus will start at the end of this year, according to developers.

    Aberdeen-based BWE Partnership has already gained planning permission for a 9.5MW solar photovoltaic (PV) park on farmland at Carmyllie, near Arbroath.

    BWE expects the solar park to start generating electricity early next year

    BWE said the project could produce enough energy to power 6,670 homes.

    It has already secured a 9.5MW connection agreement with Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution.

  75. Davidson on Labour-SNP 'dodgy deal'

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has told Good Morning Scotland that a "dodgy deal" between Labour and the SNP would "bring forward the break-up of Britain".

    Ruth Davidson

    "Independence is the first, last and only thing on the SNP's mind," she said. "Putting Ed Miliband in Number 10 is about bringing Scotland closer to independence."

    Asked about former Scottish secretary Lord Forsyth's comments that the Conservatives should not "build up the SNP" in order to undermine Labour, Ms Davidson said the peer had "fallen into a Nationalist trap".

    She added: "The way to avoid that would be to elect a majority Conservative government that would do no deals with the SNP."

  76. Supermarket sweep

    @BBCPolliemac

    Pauline McLean

    BBC Scotland

    Today @BBCJohnBeattie Show @BBCScotlandNews we're talking about supermarket bargains. @WhichUK reckons we're bamboozled. What do you think?

  77. John Major - Your views

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    James, EK: It's ironic that John Major says a Government mustn't be propped up by the SNP. He forgets he only stayed in office from 1992 to 1997 because of Ulster Unionist MPs.

  78. Royal returns...

    The Queen's 89th birthday today will be marked by two royal salutes in Scotland.

    The Queen

    Officer cadets from Army training will fire 21 gun salutes at Edinburgh Castle at noon and simultaneously at Stirling Castle.

  79. Salmond honoured

    Former first minister Alex Salmond is to be given an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow later today.

    Mr Salmond will receive the honorary doctorate in recognition of his contribution to public life.

    Alex Salmond

    The former SNP leader will receive the accolade in a ceremony at the university's Bute Hall, before delivering a public lecture.

  80. Nessie - Your views

    @bbcscotlandnews

    Amanda Audsley: Love the mystery about the Loch Ness monster...

  81. Kelpies - Your views

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    Stephen Henson, Glasgow: Please point out that the Kelpies are in Grangemouth; residents get very upset at being called Falkirk.

  82. Scotland's front pages...

    The papers are dominated by coverage of the SNP's election manifesto.

    Front page collage

    The Daily Record says David Cameron has been "rattled" by attacks from the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.

    The National devotes its front page to a picture of the first minister and says the SNP will end austerity.

    The Scottish Sun also features a photo of Ms Sturgeon with the words "together we can make it better", while The Scottish Daily Mail refers to the SNP's manifesto as a "con trick".

    Read the full round-up here.

  83. Stranoch wind farm public inquiry begins

    A public inquiry is getting under way into plans for a 24-turbine wind farm in south west Scotland.

    Wind turbines

    Dumfries and Galloway Council has already lodged a formal objection to Wind Prospect's plans on moorland at Stranoch, near New Luce.

    Developers say it could produce enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 40,000 homes.

    The council has expressed its concerns about the cumulative impact of the scheme on the area.

  84. Year of the horse

    Celebrations will take place today in Falkirk to mark a year since the unveiling of the Kelpies.

    The Kelpies

    The iconic and award-winning 30m high horse head sculptures at Helix Park have been a huge hit with visitors from Scotland and further afield.

    Children of all ages have been asked to create some artwork in their honour.

  85. Work under way at ferry terminal

    Four weeks of work to install a new linkspan at Ullapool ferry terminal has begun.

    The harbour's 42-year-old drawbridge for roll-on-roll-off vehicles is to be replaced with a new two-lane structure to speed up traffic flow.

    The work means only foot passengers can be ferried from Ullapool to Stornoway on Lewis.

    Vehicles and freight will sail from Uig on the Isle of Skye.

  86. Sir John Major warns of Labour-SNP deal

    Former Prime Minister Sir John Major is to claim that a Labour government supported by the SNP would be a "recipe for mayhem".

    Sir John will use a speech in the Midlands to say a Labour-SNP government would mean families paying with "higher taxes, more debts and fewer jobs".

    Sir John Major

    He will say a future Labour government would be subjected to a "daily dose of blackmail" from the nationalists.

    But Ed Miliband told the BBC "that ain't going to happen".

    With 16 days to polling day, Sir John will say that, in practice, Mr Miliband would be forced to agree to the Nationalists' demands or face the collapse of his government.

  87. Top award for business mentor

    The chief executive of Women's Enterprise Scotland has become the first Scottish woman to win the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion.

    Margaret Gibson has been recognised for spending more than 20 years mentoring young people across Scotland.

    Margaret Gibson

    She is among 10 Scottish winners of a Queen's Award for Enterprise this year.

    They include Cumbernauld-based raincoat manufacturer Mackintosh Ltd and Edinburgh travel firm Rabbie's Trail Burners.

  88. Election analysis

    Brian Taylor

    Political editor, Scotland

    The Liberal Democrat offer in this UK election has been to steer a middle path.

    They say Labour and the SNP would borrow too much; while the Tories' planned spending cuts go too far.

    Leader of the Scottish Lib Dems, Willie Rennie

    But [leader of the Scottish Lib Dems] Willie Rennie will spell out spending aims, including £800m which would be available for Holyrood to spend on the NHS, with the Lib Dems favouring a focus on mental health.

    They would also prioritise potential funding for early years education.

    Willlie Rennie will say that the Lib Dems in UK government have stabilised the economy, while maintaining fairness. He will also promise that his party would back further powers for the Scottish Parliament.

  89. Google help for Loch Ness Monster hunters

    Fans of the Loch Ness Monster will be able to explore its "habitat" using Google Street View.

    Visuals of above and below the surface of the loch have been uploaded to the Google site

    The US technology company has uploaded visuals taken on and beneath the loch's surface to its Street View website.

    When searching the loch, users of the site will find Google's yellow Pegman icon changes to a Nessie "peg-monster".

    The Loch Ness Street View has been launched on the same date a faked photograph of the monster was published in a newspaper in 1934.

    Highly respected British surgeon, Col Robert Wilson, claimed he took his photograph days earlier while driving along the northern shore of Loch Ness.

    It was later revealed to be a toy submarine outfitted with a sea-serpent head.

    Col Robert Wilson's photograph was published more than 80 years ago
  90. Satellite hold-up

    @BBCTravelScot

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Latest

    Reports of heavy traffic because of a satellite dish on the M8 Eastbound at J4 A801 (Whitburn). A support vehicle is en-route.

  91. Digital health project misses target

    Eleanor Bradford

    BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    A £10m online health project has reached less than a third of the people it set out to, the BBC has learned.

    Woman using computer

    The Living it Up (LiU) initiative was described as an "online self-management hub" aimed at the over-50s.

    It was announced in 2013 with the aim of having 55,000 users across Scotland by May 2015. But it has attracted just 15,000, at a cost of £690 per patient.

    NHS 24 said although the service had only 15,000 members, the website averaged 50,000 hits per month.

  92. Election - Your views

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    Anon: Labour claim to be the party of financial responsibility; Tories now claim to be the party of the people and the SNP say we'll be better together. Amazing.

  93. Here comes the sun...

    @BBCScotWeather

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    It's a chilly start for many, with a touch of frost in rural spots. It'll be a fine sunny day for most of us, though the Western Isles and far north-west will continue to see more in the way of cloud feeding in.

    Expect highs of 15C to 17C, up to 18C in parts of the east.

  94. Scottish Lib Dems manifesto 'to deliver opportunity'

    The Scottish Liberal Democrats are to launch their manifesto, setting out plans to deliver a "decade of opportunity".

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie

    The party's leader in Scotland, Willie Rennie, will say that voters can choose a responsible plan to build a stronger economy and a fairer society.

    He will say the Lib Dems are standing on "a record of progress in government and vision of the future".

    Meanwhile, the other parties continue to campaign across the country.

  95. Here we go...

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC News

    Good morning and welcome to Tuesday's edition of Scotland Live.

    News, sport, weather, travel and the latest from the general election campaign; stay with us until 19:00.