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Summary

  1. Post-election talk dominates campaign
  2. Unidentified baby boy laid to rest in Edinburgh
  3. Planning bosses back festival move
  4. Court hears of 'unprovoked attack' by ex-MP
  5. Oil firms move to cut pay-roll costs
  6. SFA clears Murray for Rangers board

Live Reporting

By Rachel Grant

All times stated are UK

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  1. Back on Monday

    Rachel Grant

    BBC Scotland news

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

    Hope you can join us again at 07:00 on Monday for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

    Until then you can keep up with developments at the BBC News Scotland website.

  2. Weekend weather

    @BBCScotWeather

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    Mostly dry tonight but chilly. Central Lowlands and south 2C to 4C. Further north, lows around 1C to -3C with a frost. Milder for the isles.

    Saturday: Dry, sunny start for most but cloud builds through the day from the south west. Winds strengthen too from the south east, giving a chilly feel. Highs 8C to 10C.

    It's a wet night on Saturday, with heavy rain moving south to north after dark. There will be snow on hills, mountains and high road routes.

    Sunday: A cloudy, wet day with rain moving north. It improves from the south with bright spells and showers by the end of the day.

  3. SPFL to reject Rangers' free season ticket play-off entry plan

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Scotland

    The Scottish Professional Football League will tell Rangers they will not permit them to let Ibrox season ticket holders into the play-offs for free.

    Rangers and Motherwell have both stated their intention to follow Hibs' lead from their home play-off last season.

    Ibrox stadium

    Championship Rangers believe that has set a precedent, meaning they cannot be punished for taking a similar stance.

    With 50% of gate money from each play-off game due to the SPFL, up to three home ties at Ibrox would generate hundreds of thousands of pounds to be shared out among all member clubs.

  4. M90 delays cleared

    @trafficscotland

    Traffic Scotland

    tweets: "*CLEARED 18:44* #M90 S/B traffic now back to normal after earlier broken down bus on @forthroadbridge #HappyDays #edintravel"

  5. Election 2015: Deal or no deal?

    Much has been made about the possibility of no party winning a majority on 7 May.

    Downing Street

    The parties have said a number of things, some of which are open to interpretation.

    Here are some of the main deals they have discussed and the policies that could make or break them.

  6. Now on BBC1

    An extended edition of Reporting Scotland with in-depth coverage of the election campaign as well as a round-up of Scottish news and sport and a full weather forecast.

    Tonight, in the third of a series of live Scottish leaders' interviews, Sally Magnusson will be speaking to Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon MSP and to Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy.

    Reporting Scotland

    You can watch the programme live here.

  7. Via Twitter

    @BBCKeirMurray

    Keir Murray

    BBC Scotland

    helicopter

    Keir Murray tweets: "We've been putting our heads together in the BBC Scotland Sport office to prepare this "who needs what this weekend?"

  8. Via Twitter

    @BBCJamesCook

    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    James Cook tweets: "Ed Miliband is here. Whisked in the back door. Protestors hard on his heels."

  9. Who needs what in Pro12 title race?

    @BBCSportScot

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Glasgow Warriors, Munster, Ulster and Ospreys will finish as the top four teams in the Pro12 table.

    BBC Sport has been looking at who needs to do what in the league in the race for the title and to secure European Champions' Cup qualification.

    Europe graphic

    Click here for the full story.

  10. 52 job losses at employment support group

    A Dundee employment support group has gone into liquidation with the loss of all 39 permanent staff and 13 fixed term staff.

    Claverhouse, which operated as a social enterprise and charity through the Claverhouse Group, Claverhouse Training and Claverhouse Services, has appointed liquidators from FRP Advisory.

    The company had suffered from a fall in income in recent years, and anticipated "significant" losses over the next 12 months.

    Claverhouse
  11. Tonight on Reporting Scotland...

    @repscotandrew

    Andrew Browne

    Editor of BBC Reporting Scotland

    @sallymag1 interviews SNP Leader @NicolaSturgeon live on BBC Reporting Scotland tonight at 6.30 on BBC1 Scotland.

    Reporting Scotland
  12. Controversial road crossing plan changed

    Controversial plans to scrap controlled crossings at a busy road junction as part of Scotland's first "shared space" system have been watered down.

    East Dunbartonshire Council wanted to change the Catherine Street junction in Kirkintilloch and remove traffic lights, barriers, kerbs and crossings.

    This "shared space" plan, where traffic and pedestrians share right of way, is aimed at improving safety.

    Following protests from local people, controlled crossings are to be kept.

  13. Leisure Centre set for £1m refurbishment

    Dundee's Lochee Leisure Centre is to undergo a major upgrade after almost £1m in funding was committed by the city council.

    Lochee Leisure Centre / Library

    The centre, which is managed by Leisure and Culture Dundee, will be closed for six months while £941,000 of work is carried out at the swimming pool.

    New changing facilities and a refurbishment of the sauna system are among the works to be carried out.

  14. Man charged over 'sexual assault' in Dundee car park

    A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with a sexual assault in Dundee.

    Police launched an investigation following a report of an attack on a 17-year-old woman in a supermarket car park off the city's South Ward Road in the early hours of Sunday 26 April.

    He is expected to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court on Tuesday 5 May.

  15. Travel latest

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Latest

    In North Lanarkshire traffic on the westbound M8 is extremely slow from J4a Whitburn to J6 Newhouse.

    In Glasgow there's slow traffic through the roadworks on the M74 southbound between the Kingston Bridge and J1a Polmadie.

    On the M8, there are queues on the westbound off-slip at J19 Anderston.

    On the M80 heading towards Glasgow, traffic's still very heavy southbound following an accident at J7 Haggs.

    There's congestion from the M9 at J9 Bannockburn and the M876 at J1 Checkbarr.

    On the Forth Road Bridge, we're still seeing very slow traffic southbound. The earlier breakdown has been cleared but there are tailbacks to the M90 at J3 Halbeath

    In Edinburgh, there is slow traffic on Cowgate near Old Fishmarket Close, congestion on King's Stables Road to Grassmarket. There are temporary traffic lights near The Three Sisters Pub.

    Traffic is slow on M8 Eastbound at J1 A720 (Hermiston Gait) and heavy traffic on M90 Northbound at A93 / A9 (Broxden Roundabout).

  16. Via Twitter

    @BBCJamesCook

    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    James Cook tweets: "Welcoming committee for Ed Miliband in Glasgow. They're playing the Muppet Show theme."

    james cook pic
  17. Eric Joyce guilty of assault

    eric joyce

    Former Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has been found guilty of assaulting two teenage boys in an "unjustified and unprovoked" attack in a shop.

    The 54-year-old assaulted the boys, aged 14 and 15, in a food store in north London, in October 2014.

    One boy had been trying to pass Joyce in a narrow aisle and after an exchange of words was knocked to the floor.

    He had denied two counts of common assault but was found guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

  18. Forfar is a fairy story - Campbell

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Forfar Athletic manager Dick Campbell reckons it would be the club's "greatest" achievement to win promotion to the Championship.

    It is 30 years since The Loons were in the second tier of Scottish football and they could clinch the League One title on Saturday.

    Forfar Athletic manager Dick Campbell
    Image caption: Forfar Athletic manager Dick Campbell

    "What's happening to Forfar is a fairy story," Campbell told BBC Scotland.

    "We've no debt, it's a magnificent football club and I'm very proud to be their manager."

    The Station Park side sit second in League One on 66 points - the same tally as leaders Morton whose goal difference is better by three.

  19. Election: On the road with Reporting Scotland

    The candidates for Aberdeen North will feature on tonight's edition of Reporting Scotland at 18:30.

    The team has been busy setting up ahead of their arrival:

    Reporting Scotland team setting up broadcast equipment in Aberdeen
  20. Murray delayed by Munich rain

    BBC Sport

    Andy Murray could have to play three times on Saturday after his Munich Open quarter-final against Lukas Rosol was postponed because of rain.

    Top seed Murray, travelling with coach Jonas Bjorkman this week for the first time, is trying to win his first clay title.

    Should Murray beat Rosol on Saturday morning, he will play Roberto Bautista Agut or Victor Estrella Burgos in the semi-final later in the day.

    Murray is then scheduled to play the doubles semi-final.

    Rain disrupted the quarter-final schedule in Munich on Friday
  21. Young voters share their thoughts

    @BBCRadioScot

    BBC Radio Scotland

    #Hear a range of political thought from the young people taking part in our election debate: bbc.in/1zk3emI #GE2015

  22. Eilidh Child running for Rio qualification

    BBC Sport

    Scottish athlete Eilidh Child is among the Team GB relay runners hoping to secure Olympic Games qualification at this weekend's World Relay Championships in the Bahamas.

    Teams who qualify for, and complete, finals at the event in Nassau will be guaranteed a place in Rio next summer.

    "It's really important to put a marker down and nail Olympic qualification," said 4x400m runner Child, 28.

    "We've got a lot of depth now in the 400m so that can only improve the relay as well," she added.

    (left to right) Great Britain's Margaret Adeoye, Shana Cox, Kelly Massey, and Eilidh Child celebrate finishing third during the women's 4x400m final at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich, in August 2014
  23. University gets redundancy bids

    Staff expressing an interest in taking voluntary redundancy at the University of Aberdeen have already exceeded the number of job cuts proposed.

    The university announced in March it needed to save £10.5m and planned to cut 150 posts.

    A spokeswoman said 190 people had expressed an interest in taking redundancy, 57 formal applications had been received, and 17 had so far been approved.

    University of Aberdeen
  24. Claverhouse liquidated with 52 job losses

    @BBCDouglasF

    Douglas Fraser

    Business/economy editor, Scotland

    52 jobs lost with liquidation of Claverhouse, 34-year-old Tayside provider of support to get unemployed people into jobs

  25. Abandoned pool condition pleases campaigners

    Campaigners trying to reopen Aberdeen's Bon Accord baths have expressed relief at its condition after getting inside the building to see it.

    Bon Accord Baths

    The swimming pool on Justice Mill Lane closed in 2008 because of council budget cuts.

    It is estimated more than £5m will be needed to refurbish the historic art deco-design building.

    The campaigners are nearing a £5,000 total to start a Save Bon Accord Baths fund.

  26. Dead man identified

    Police have identified an elderly man found dead outside a leisure centre in Aberdeenshire.

    The body of 85-year-old Robert Anderson was discovered outside Fraserburgh Leisure Centre, North Links, at about 08:45 yesterday.

    An investigation was launched but officers said they did not believe there were suspicious circumstances surrounding the man's death.

    A Police Scotland spokesman said: "As with all sudden deaths, a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal."

  27. Man arrested over suspicious death

    A man has been arrested after the body of a 28-year-old man was found in a flat in Fife.

    Police were called the house in the Abbeyview area of Dunfermline at about 20:30 on Thursday after reports of a disturbance.

    They found a 28-year-old man, who has not been named, dead in the flat.

    Police said they were treating the death as "suspicious" and that a 26-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the death.

  28. Takeover 'secures future' of 73 jobs

    More than 70 jobs in the north of Scotland are to transfer to a Port Glasgow-based firm following a takeover, it has been announced.

    Ferguson Marine Engineering has bought MacKellar Sub-Sea Ltd in Grantown-on-Spey and its related company Tritech Nairn Ltd in Kinloss.

    Joint administrators involved in the deal said the move secured the future of 73 jobs.

    Ferguson Marine is a subsidiary of Clyde Blowers Capital.

    The businesses in Grantown and Kinloss will continuing to trade as normal and all 73 staff have transferred to the new company with immediate effect.

  29. Child hearing chairman abused boys

    A former children's panel chairman has been found guilty of sexually abusing two vulnerable boys and a young man.

    Daniel Ross, 62, began abusing one of his victims from the age of 14 in the 1990s, and another from the age of 13 in the 1980s, at locations in Glasgow.

    Ross's first victim, now aged 55, was sexually assaulted in the late 1970s.

    He was found guilty of six sexual abuse charges at the High Court in Glasgow. Sentence on Ross was deferred and he was remanded in custody.

  30. Jobs saved

    @BBCDouglasF

    Douglas Fraser

    Business/economy editor, Scotland

    73 engineering jobs at MacKellar in Grantown and Tritech in Nairn saved from administration by Clyde Blowers/Ferguson Marine takeover.

  31. Council planners approve T in the Park site

    Perth and Kinross Council planning bosses have recommended approving the proposal to move T in the Park festival to Strathallan Castle.

    Ellie Goulding plays at T in the Park

    Councillors are to make a decision on an application from DF Concerts for the music festival on 12 May.

    The proposed move has drawn criticism from some local residents and wildlife campaigners.

    Development Quality Manager Nick Brian recommended backing the festival for three years to assess its impact.

  32. Approval for castle tower project

    A plan to develop Inverness Castle's North Tower as a tourist attraction has secured approval from Historic Scotland.

    Inverness Castle

    Highland Council had to submit an application for listed building consent as part of the project to create viewing platforms in the tower.

    The local authority hopes to open the tower to the public next year.

    The rest of the 19th Century building would continue to be used as a sheriff court.

  33. Court hears of 'unprovoked' assault

    Former Falkirk MP Eric Joyce attacked two teenagers in an "unjustified and unprovoked" assault in a shop, a court has heard.

    Eric joyce

    The 54-year-old allegedly assaulted the boys, aged 14 and 15, in a food store in north London, in October 2014.

    Westminster Magistrates' Court was told it happened when one boy tried to pass him in a narrow aisle, resulting in the youngster being knocked to the floor.

    Mr Joyce denies two counts of common assault.

  34. Dragons tamed for Gaelic audience

    DreamWorks animation Dragons - Defenders of Berk has been adapted for a Gaelic audience.

    The TV series is a spin-off of the How To Train Your Dragon films, which are based on children's stories written by Cressida Cowell.

    Dragons - Defenders of Berk

    The author's tales are influenced by childhood holidays spent in the Inner Hebrides.

    The characters in Defenders of Berk have been given Gaelic voices so it can be screened on BBC Alba.

    Glasgow-based Solus Productions has produced the 11-part series for the TV channel.

  35. Green light for T?

    Douglas Fraser

    Business/economy editor, Scotland

    T in (Strathallan) Park: green light from council planners, despite osprey objections.Council vote 12 May, says #OurManinTayside. #TITP2015

  36. Davidson: Tories are on the up

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has urged Lib Dem and Labour voters who have left their parties to "unite" around her party.

    Ruth Davidson

    In a speech in Melrose, Ms Davidson said her party was "on the up".

    She added: "The Scottish Conservatives are speaking to Scots right across the political spectrum.

    "I know many people voted Lib Dem or Labour in the past and are now looking at those parties and wondering what to do. My question is: why join a sinking ship?

    "My message to all those people is that the Scottish Conservatives are on the up, we have the momentum going into this election, and we can represent your values, and fulfil your aspirations."

  37. Bridge breakdown

    @forthroadbridge

    There has been a breakdown southbound on the Forth Road Bridge, according to the official Twitter account for the crossing.

    The vehicle is being recovered.

  38. Rennie: SNP is chaotic choice

    The Scottish Liberal Democrats have claimed the SNP views the election as a stepping stone to another independence referendum and say voting for them would be the "chaotic choice" for Scotland.

    It comes after Labour leader Ed Miliband ruled out any deal with the SNP.

    Willie Rennie

    Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Lib Dems, said his party "is the only choice on offer in Scotland which threatens a move towards a second referendum."

    He added: "It is a vote for the stability which has secured the green shoots of growth, as opposed to the SNP's chaotic plans to drag Scotland back to the divisive referendum campaign."

  39. Road to be rebuilt over safety fears

    A new road outside Inverurie is going to have to be partially rebuilt, BBC Scotland has learned.

    Road

    The road was built to allow access to forthcoming housing developments to the north of the Aberdeenshire town.

    It is joined by roundabouts to the roads linking the town with Oldmeldrum and Rothienorman.

    Aberdeenshire Council said survey work had found design failures which could have led taller vehicles to topple over.

    A spokesman for developers Malcolm Allan said they believed the road has been completed in accordance with its design and further details from the council were awaited.

  40. Council data breach actions accepted

    The Information Commissioner's Office has said it is satisfied with Dumfries and Galloway Council's actions in the wake of a data protection breach.

    Council

    It followed the inadvertent release of personal information which was later posted on the internet.

    It is understood that the data included redundancy payments to named local authority staff.

    The ICO said that, in light of remedial measures taken by the council, no further action was necessary.

    The details were released in November last year in response to a Freedom of Information request from the WhatDoTheyKnow website.

  41. Scots heath board seeks Dutch staff

    A Scottish health board has extended its effort to recruit new staff to the Netherlands.

    Amsterdam

    NHS Highland has placed adverts about its available vacancies in a Dutch newspaper and also posted the details on a dedicated recruitment website.

    The health board said new posts were being created because it was expanding its workforce.

    However, it has also been experiencing problems in recruiting staff to some hospitals and GP practices.

    Elaine Mead, chief executive of NHS Highland, said: "Ours is a beautiful area where the quality and pace of life are exactly what many professional people are looking for.

  42. Degus dumped

    The Scottish SPCA is seeking homes for 18 degus that were dumped in a box in an Edinburgh garden.

    Degu

    The two adults, six juveniles and 10 babies are now in the care of the Scottish SPCA's rescue centre in Balerno.

    Assistant manager Kenny Sharpe said, "The person who abandoned the animals left a note with them saying they couldn't cope any more. It seems they weren't expecting the degus to breed and were left overwhelmed with the number they ended up with.

    "Although we sympathise with the situation, there is no excuse for abandoning an animal and whoever dumped them couldn't have been sure they would have been found safe."

    Mr Sharpe said degus are active, intelligent and sociable creatures that enjoy living in pairs or small groups.

  43. Ski season thaws

    Scottish skiers are preparing for the final weekend of the season.

    Snowboarder at Nevis Range

    Many of the resorts have benefited from heavy snowfalls during the recent cold snap.

    Operators have reported one of the most successful seasons in recent years in terms of both visitor numbers and conditions.

  44. Boxing clever

    @BBCScotland

    Young people from Glasgow tried out boxing @EmiratesArena for @bbcgetinspired.

    Pupils were put through their paces during the introductory session as SK Boxing coach Sam Kynoch demonstrated some basic punching techniques at the BBC Get Inspired Active Academy.

    Get Inspired Boxing

    Watch the video and find out how to get involved, here.

  45. Murphy: Labour on road to fairer economy

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy said he is approaching the last few days of the election campaign with a "huge amount of energy", despite being behind in the polls.

    Jim Murphy

    Speaking while visiting a car dealership Paisley, Mr Murphy said there was a clear choice between Labour and the Conservatives now that his party had ruled out any form of post-election deal with the SNP in the event of a hung parliament.

    He said: "If you want a Labour government, you've got to go out and vote for your Labour candidate.

    "Labour wants to make sure Scotland is the fairest nation on earth, that road to a fairer economy rather than a second referendum with the SNP."

  46. Life for pen attack prisoner killer

    An inmate at Cardiff prison who stabbed his cellmate in the neck 100 times with a ballpoint pen has been handed a life sentence for murder.

    Scot Colin Capp, 23, attacked Darren Thomas, 45, while he slept in their cell in March 2014.

    Colin Capp

    Capp was convicted of murder at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday.

    Today, Mrs Justice Carr handed him a life sentence with a minimum of 16 years behind bars for the "sustained and vicious attack".

    The court heard Mr Thomas had started a 12-week sentence for breaching an Asbo at HMP Cardiff when he was found dead with a plastic bag wrapped tightly around his head on 6 March.

  47. SFA clear Murray for Rangers board

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Paul Murray can formally take his place on Rangers' board of directors after being passed "fit and proper" by the Scottish FA.

    The SFA's professional game board considered Murray's previous role as an Ibrox director in the years preceding Rangers' insolvency event in 2012.

    Rangers interim chairman Paul Murray

    Interim chairman Murray was one of several shareholders who took effective control of Rangers last month.

    The full SFA board is assessing Dave King's suitability for the Ibrox board.

    South Africa-based King's tax convictions and his previous role as a Rangers director in the years running up to 2012 also mean the SFA board must decide whether he satisfies their guidelines.

  48. Former MP's trial under way

    BBC Scotland News

    The trial of former Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has begun at Westminster Magistrates Court. He denies charges of common assault & criminal damage.

  49. The top stories at one...

    BBC Scotland News

    In news:

    Post-election talk dominates campaign: Ed Miliband visits Scotland the day after appearing to rule out a deal with the SNP - even if it meant putting the Conservatives in power.

    Funeral for unidentified baby boy: More than 200 people have turned up for the funeral of an unidentified baby boy found dead on a path two years ago.

    Oil firms move to cut payroll costs: Payroll costs have been cut by offshore oil and gas operators as optimism levels plunge further, according to an industry report.

    BBC Scotland News website

    In sport:

    Solomons seeks 'huge' Edinburgh win: Alan Solomons says Edinburgh may need their best performance of the season in the Challenge Cup final against Gloucester.

    SFA clear Murray for Rangers board: Paul Murray can take his places on the Rangers board after passing the SFA's fit and proper person test.

  50. Fire festival lights up Edinburgh

    Thousands of people gathered on Calton Hill in Edinburgh on Thursday night for the Beltane Fire Festival.

    beltane fire festival

    Organisers said hundreds of revellers took part in the celebration of the coming of summer.

    Event co-ordinator Sara Thomas said Beltane was an ancient tradition with a modern twist.

    The modern Beltane Fire Festival has run since 1988. This year's celebration included drummers, fire dancers, physical theatre, and a bonfire.

  51. Drugs seized in series of raids

    Police seized a "substantial" quantity of drugs in a series of raids across Dundee, Angus and Perthshire.

    Officers searched properties in Dundee, Arbroath, Perth and Crieff as part of Operation Slate, an ongoing intelligence-led crackdown on drug related crime in the region.

    Class A, B and C drugs were recovered, along with cash, and a number of people were detained.

  52. Rangers' Murray 'fit and proper'

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    Interim Rangers chairman Paul Murray passed fit and proper by the Scottish FA. #bbcsport

  53. Rugby World Cup live on BBC radio

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    The BBC has secured live radio commentary rights for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

    The deal means BBC radio will be the only place to hear radio match commentary in full, starting with the opening match between England and Fiji.

    Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup

    The tournament, held in England and Wales, is the biggest sporting event to take place in the UK since the 2012 Olympics and begins on 18 September and runs until 31 October.

    BBC Scotland will have live commentary of all Scotland games and all matches will also be streamed on the BBC Sport website, BBC Sport app and BBC iPlayer Radio app.

    New Zealand are bidding to defend the title they won on home soil in 2011.

  54. You beauty: Rare moth found on Rum

    One of Britain's rarest moths has been found on the Isle of Rum after a 10 year absence of the species from the island.

    Belted beauty moth

    The belted beauty moth was recorded by Scottish Natural Heritage staff at the Rum National Nature Reserve.

    The species is only found at a "very few sites" in western Scotland, England and Wales, according to Butterfly Conservation.

    Female belted beauty moths are wingless.

  55. Listen live

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Gordon Brewer is hosting the final Big Debate before the general election, from Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

    You can listen live here.

  56. 'Precious' baby buried

    Leading prayers at the funeral of the unidentified baby boy in Edinburgh, Reverend Erica Wishart of Tranent Parish Church told mourners: "We are here to say goodbye to this wee one, with the dignity and respect he deserves.

    Funeral

    "We are here to mourn the life that could have been. And we are here to affirm that every life is precious in God's eyes."

    She added: "This baby boy may not have been given a name - we may not know where he came from or who gave birth to him - but the Bible tells us that God knew him even before he was born and his whole being - body, soul and spirit - is engraved on the palm of God's hand."

  57. Leith view

    Kevin Bates from Leith sent us this great shot of the view in his neighbourhood this morning.

    Ships

    "Unusual to see a sail ship (German) and a submarine (Dutch) on your way to the shops at Ocean Terminus," he said.

    You can email your pictures here.

  58. New head for Gaelic school

    A Royal National Mod gold medallist has been appointed as the new permanent head teacher of Inverness Gaelic school, Bun-sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis.

    Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis

    Barbara Smith has previously been acting head at the Gaelic Primary School in Sleat on Skye.

    She currently teaches at the island's Broadford Primary School and will take up her new post in August.

    Highland Council has had difficulties filling the head teacher role in recent years.

    When the school opened in 2007, it was the first purpose-built Gaelic-medium school in Scotland.

  59. Countdown to Borders bike festival

    Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts are expected to descend on a Borders town for a series of mountain bike events.

    Mountain bikes

    Stunt riders will showcase some of their best tricks at the Selkirk Bike Festival on Friday evening.

    The town's high street will be closed to traffic to allow families to take part safely.

    On Saturday up to 100 leading endurance athletes will take part in the 2015 British Mountain Bike Marathon Championships.

    The 75km (46 miles) single lap course covers natural and man-made tracks, ancient drove roads and twin-track forest roads.

  60. Sturgeon: Miliband galvanising SNP support

    SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said Labour will pay a "heavy price" if they do not work with the SNP.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Speaking as she prepared to campaign in East Lothian, Dundee and Fife, Ms Sturgeon referred to comments made by Labour leader Ed Miliband during last night's BBC Question Time debate programme.

    "Ed Miliband's disastrous revelation that he would rather let the Tories back in than work with the SNP to keep them out will galvanise even more people to vote SNP.

    "Ed Miliband has allowed his campaign to be be dictated and pushed around by the Tories south of the border - and Labour will pay a heavy price in Scotland."

  61. Lloyds loses £660m on TSB sale

    Douglas Fraser

    Business/economy editor, Scotland

    Lloyds Banking Group says it has recorded a loss of £660m on the sale of TSB to Spanish bank Banco de Sabadell.

    As a result, Lloyds saw its statutory profit before tax fall by 11% to £1.214bn in the first quarter of 2015.

    But underlying profit was up 21% to £2.178bn, with boss António Horta-Osório saying there had been "continued improvement in financial strength".

    Read the full story here.

  62. More flights to Doha

    An airline is expanding its service between Edinburgh and the Middle East from today.

    Qatar airlines

    Qatar Airways introduced its 787 Dreamliner service between the capital and Doha in Qatar in May last year, initially running five flights per week. The service will now run daily.

    Qatar Airways said at the launch of the service that the flight - which takes under seven hours - would cut journey times between Edinburgh and destinations around the world.

  63. Orange walk plans for Dumfries

    Councillors in Dumfries have been asked to approve plans for an Orange walk through a suburb of the town.

    Orange man

    Locharbriggs Loyal Orange Lodge wants to stage the procession on 27 June.

    About 50 people are expected to take part in the march, from Lochthorn library car park to Locharbriggs community centre.

    Police Scotland has not objected to the annual procession, as it has caused "no problems" in previous years.

  64. Cummings wins April award

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Hibernian's Jason Cummings has claimed his second Scottish Professional Football League young player of the month award of the season.

    The 19-year-old striker added the April prize to his September accolade after scoring four times last month.

    Cummings has scored a total of 19 times so far this season.

    Hibernian forward Jason Cummings

    On Saturday, Hibs will look to clinch second place in the Championship and a place in the Premiership play-off semi-final by beating Falkirk.

  65. FOMO, LOL, YOLO...

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Do you have "FOMO" (fear of missing out)? @BBCGaryR is standing in for @BBCJohnBeattie today. We're now hearing about a study in "text speak".

    Listen live.

    BBC Radio Scotland webpage
  66. Sturgeon on Miliband

    The SNP's Nicola Sturgeon has said if Labour's Ed Miliband "turns his back" on any post-election deal to "keep David Cameron out of Downing Street" then people in Scotland will never "forgive him".

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Her comments in a BBC debate came after Mr Miliband again ruled out a coalition or "deal" with the SNP.

    You can watch the video here.

  67. Edinburgh funeral

    Lisa Summers

    BBC Scotland

    Hundreds of people were moved to attend the funeral of the baby boy in Edinburgh.

    Funeral

    A minister led the service by the graveside as he was buried at Seafield Cemetery.

  68. Mourners gather in Edinburgh

    Lisa Summers

    BBC Scotland

    Mourners have gathered for the funeral of an unidentified baby boy who was found dead in Edinburgh almost two years ago.

    Cemetery

    The child's remains were found wrapped in a blanket on an old railway path in the Seafield area of Edinburgh in July 2013.

    He will be laid to rest following a funeral service at the city's Seafield Cemetery, close to where he was found.

  69. Solomons seeks 'huge' Edinburgh win

    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons believes it would be a "wonderful, wonderful achievement" for his side to win the European Challenge Cup.

    Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons

    Gloucester are Edinburgh's last obstacle in their pursuit of the trophy, with the final at Twickenham Stoop on Friday evening.

    "To win a competition of this nature would be incredible," Solomons said. "The big thing is for us to deliver a performance, possibly our best performance of the year."

    Mid-table in the Pro12 and still in pursuit of the top-six place that would give them a Champions Cup place next season, Edinburgh could become the first Scottish club to win a European trophy.

    "Everyone's looking forward to the game, everyone's excited about it," Solomons told BBC Scotland. "It's a big occasion."

  70. Get involved - the election

    Text 80295

    Christine: We are very much focusing on individual personalities. Should we not be focusing on the political philosophies and manifestos of each party? Every party needs a leader but they are there to implement the policies they stand for.

    Andrew, Dunblane: Unfortunately Miliband put a nail in the coffin last night. The Scots are voting SNP to ensure that the promises are delivered and Scotland's voice is heard. By excluding the Scots' voice, they are all being short-sighted. By excluding us, they make another referendum and a vote for independence more likely.

    Alistair, Morayshire: Cocky SNP supporters should realise that hopefully the Tories will win outright. Vote anybody but SNP if you don't want Independence.

  71. Three pensioners hurt in A75 crash

    Three women in their 80s have been injured after their car was involved in a crash with a lorry on the A75 near Castle Kennedy.

    The accident, involving a Vauxhall Corsa and a Daf lorry, happened at about 14:25 on Thursday.

    The 80-year-old Stranraer woman driving the car suffered broken bones in her neck and back.

    Her two passengers, aged 81 and 82 and also from Stranraer, had minor cuts and bruises.

  72. Coalition, coalition, coalition...

    @BBCPolitics

    Have the main UK political parties got any plans for a coalition? #BBCElection#GE2015

    See our video here.

    Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron
  73. Emergency landing

    A flight has landed safely at Aberdeen International Airport after declaring an emergency.

    The Loganair flight from Sumburgh had 31 people on board and was believed to have been heading to Edinburgh.

    The BBC Scotland news website understands an engine had to be shut down.

  74. Read all about it

    BBC Scotland News

    Here's a look at this morning's front pages:

    Front pages

    The Daily Record reports that the home of Neil McKenzie, the man who sent letter bombs to former Celtic manager Neil Lennon and other prominent Catholics in Scotland, has been raided by armed police over claims he has been making new threats.

    The Scotsman, The Times, the Scottish Daily Mail and The National all lead with Ed Miliband announcing he would sacrifice the chance to be prime minister rather than do a deal with the SNP.

    The Herald, meanwhile, goes on Nicola Sturgeon's criticism of his comments.

    The Scottish Sun leads with the headline "Pleased with the Scottish Sun I am," a quote from Alex Salmond after the newspaper gave its backing to the SNP.

    Read more.

  75. Emergency landing in Aberdeen

    A Loganair flight with 31 people on board landed safely at Aberdeen International Airport this morning after declaring an emergency.

    We'll bring you more when we get it.

  76. Joyce on trial

    Former Falkirk MP Eric Joyce is due to stand trial today for assault and criminal damage.

    Eric Joyce

    The 54-year-old, who is to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, has previously denied two counts of common assault and one of criminal damage.

    The charges relate to an alleged incident at a shop in Camden, north London, on October 17 last year.

    Joyce is accused of ''assault by beating'' of two youths and of causing £200 damage to groceries and confectionery belonging to the shop owner.

    He is also charged with ''intending to destroy and damage such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged''.

  77. The election - your views

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    Following last night's Question Time interviews with the party leaders, Garry Robertson is taking your calls on Radio Scotland.

    H, Edinburgh: All I've heard is a lot of hot air from egotistical, power hungry bairns. First time I've decided not to vote.

    John, Denny: It's obvious that the UK as we know it is fragmenting politically. New parties growing in the North of England, Cornwall, SNP. Major parties not recognising this - need for STV system.

    Lynn, East Kilbride: If you're undecided about who you're going to vote for at this stage of proceedings, you should be ashamed of yourself. Wake up!

    Listen live here.

  78. Oil industry confidence declines further

    Payroll costs have been cut by three quarters of North Sea oil and gas operators, as optimism levels plunged in the first three months of the year.

    oil platform

    The latest business sentiment index from industry body Oil and Gas UK showed what it called "overwhelmingly negative" results.

    Among offshore operators, 43% said operating costs had been cut, and 76% said staffing costs and day rates for contractors were down.

    The decline in optimism started two years before the sharp decline began in the price of oil, which Oil and Gas UK links to the challenges of operating in a high cost, mature region.

  79. Orkney MS study inconclusive

    A study into the high incidence of multiple sclerosis in Orkney has failed to find a direct link to a lack of vitamin D.

    Man in wheelchair

    Although the level of the vitamin may still have some effect on triggering the condition, the study by a PhD student has found that people in the isles get more of the sunshine vitamin than those on the Scottish mainland.

    With the research at the half-way stage, it is still thought the disease may be genetic with other triggers contributing.

  80. Get involved

    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    I'm sitting in for John Beattie on Radio Scotland this morning from 09:00. The phone-in concentrates on the general election campaign - are you ready to cast your vote?

    Tell us what you think by call 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

    Elsewhere, the programme we'll be looking at text speak, the health benefits of cheese, and how to live to 100.

    You can listen live to the programme here.

  81. Analysis: Question Time debate

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Discussing last night's BBC Question Time debate on Good Morning Scotland, BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor said: "There has been a shift in the Labour position.

    "First it was, 'we don't want to talk about this', then it was, 'there will be no coalition', then it was, 'there will be no coalition and no deals with the SNP', and now it's 'I'd rather not be prime minister if it involves any contact with the SNP'.

    Leaders

    "This is about English voters. It is a message to them to say he is responding to the Conservative criticisms of a potential deal between Labour and the SNP and he is concerned that it is doing damage to Labour's standings south of the border."

    Professor John Curtice of Strathclyde University added: "So far as the UK is concerned it looks as though for the first time in the campaign the Conservatives have got themselves a very narrow lead.

    "That probably still isn't going to be good enough for David Cameron to remain as prime minister, so long as the SNP are willing to vote against him.

    "A recent poll suggested an 8% section of the electorate south of the border might be swayed by this issue of whether or not Labour would do a deal with the SNP."

  82. Carloway residents take control

    The residents of Carloway Estate in Lewis will officially take control of its 11,500 acres today.

    Not included in the sale are the famous Callanish standing stones, which will remain in the hands of Historic Scotland.

    Callanish Stones

    The buy-out follows a ballot last year when more than three-quarters of those living there backed community ownership.

  83. Answering the critics

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Inverness manager John Hughes says his PFA Manager of the Year nomination is an honour for everyone at the club, but took the opportunity to respond to people who had written him off.

    Inverness manager John Hughes

    Hughes has taken the Highlanders to their first ever Scottish Cup final and they currently sit third in the league.

    "My father always said actions speak louder than words," said Hughes.

    He is nominated for the award alongside last year's winner Derek McInnes, Celtic manager Ronny Deila and Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson.

  84. Overnight lows

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    It was cold night - we got -6C at Tulloch Bridge near Fort William, -4 at Dalwhinnie and even Glasgow dipped to -2C.

  85. Coming up...

    BBC Radio Scotland

    In the next hour on Good Morning Scotland with Bill Whiteford and Hayley Miller:

    • Election analysis: BBC Scotland's Political Editor Brian Taylor and Professor John Curtice of Strathclyde University offer their views on last night's Question Time debate.
    • Ski success: Glencoe had "best powder snow on the planet" last week - GMS speaks to the resort's managing director.
    • Scottish ballet: The company will tour the states with a production of one of the classic works of American literature. Hear details later in a live interview with artistic director Christopher Hampson.

    You can listen live here.

  86. Footie gossip

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Among the stories making the back pages of today's papers this morning:

    • The Sun says Celtic are keen to capture Dutch defender Mitchell Dijks from Willem II in a £900,000 deal this summer.
    • According to The Times, Bournemouth hope to sign 29-year-old Celtic and Scotland defender Charlie Mulgrew this summer for a relatively small fee as his contract ends next year.
    • Also in The Sun, Everton consider a £1m move for Aberdeen midfielder Ryan Jack.
    BBC Sport website
  87. Traffic latest

    @BBCTravelScot

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Latest

    #M8 J2 to J1 E/B is slow moving. #A720 W/B traffic is slow from Lothianburn. #M9 J1 E/B offslip to A8 busy. FRB just a few min delays.

  88. Tweeting the debate

    Social media has played a huge role in this year's general election campaign.

    Speaking on Good Morning Scotland about last night's BBC Question Time leaders' debate, Marcus Beard, a political analyst with Brandwatch, said more than 250,000 tweets had been send.

    "That's actually less than half the number sent in connection with the previous debate, which is interesting," he said.

    Twitter

    "Immediately after debate, Ed Miliband came out on top in terms of the most positive senitiments. But by later, Nick Clegg was ahead of the other two."

    He said at this point in the campaign influential commentators and comedians were coming up with the opinions getting shared around most.

  89. Fresh appeal for missing man

    Police investigating the disappearance of a Fraserbugh man have launched a fresh appeal for information six months after he was last seen.

    Shaun Ritchie

    Shaun Ritchie, 20, was last seen with friends at a remote woodland area near Strichen on the night of Friday 31 October into the Saturday morning.

    Police Scotland said it had been one of the biggest ever search operations carried out by the force.

    There was no evidence, said the police, that he had been the victim of a crime.

  90. Airport traffic

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Latest

    Heavy traffic as drivers slow to look at RTC #M8 E/B btw J28 GW airport and J27 Arkleston. One of the cars is on the hard shoulder near J27.

  91. We don't fear Premiership - McCall

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Rangers manager Stuart McCall believes Rangers would do well in the Scottish Premiership next season.

    McCall is also confident should they fail to make it through the play-offs they will be promoted from the Scottish Championship within a year.

    Rangers manager Stuart McCall

    "If you look at Hamilton this season, top three until they lost their three best players, Dundee have finished top six," McCall told BBC Sportsound. "If we were in the Premiership we would do well."

    The Ibrox club trail Hibernian by a point ahead of the final day of the league season on Saturday, with McCall taking Rangers to champions Hearts, and Hibs travelling to fifth-placed Falkirk.

  92. One fine day...

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    It's a chilly start with a touch of frost in rural spots, but it'll be a fine day for most with plenty of sunshine.

    Moray and Aberdeenshire will be cloudier with a few showers during the morning, and by this afternoon, a few showers will crop up over the high ground of Lochaber and the central Highlands.

    Temperatures will reach around 10C and winds will be light.

  93. Sturgeon: SNP will have big influence

    Nicola Sturgeon has told a live TV audience in Scotland the SNP would have "big influence and big clout" at Westminster.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Speaking at Pacific Quay in Glasgow, the SNP leader said David Cameron and Ed Miliband were "clinging to the pretence that one or other of them is going to get a majority".

    Ms Sturgeon answered questions from the audience in a debate hosted by the BBC's Glenn Campbell.

    Earlier in the evening, party leaders David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg took part in a 90-minute Question Time programme hosted by David Dimbleby from Leeds Town Hall.

  94. Unidentified baby to be laid to rest

    The funeral of an unidentified baby boy found dead on a path almost two years ago will be held later today.

    Baby blanket

    The child's remains were found wrapped in a blanked on an old railway path in the Seafield area of Edinburgh in July 2013.

    His mother or family have never been traced, and his identity remains a mystery.

    He will be laid to rest following a funeral service at Seafield Cemetery, close to where he was found.

  95. Big weekend ahead

    Politicians from all the political parties are preparing to enter the final weekend before polling.

    Labour leader Ed Miliband will be in Glasgow to urge Scots to reconnect with their Labour-supporting history.

    Ed Miliband

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie will meet therapy animals as he reveals plans to boost mental health services.

    Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson will speak at a rally in Melrose and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon will continue her helicopter tour.

    Ms Sturgeon will urge Scotland to unite to make its voice heard when she visits Musselburgh, Dundee and St Andrews.

  96. Rise and shine...

    Marianne Taylor

    BBC Scotland news

    Good morning and welcome to Friday's Scotland Live.

    We're here till 19:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

    Keep in touch - tweet us @BBCScotlandNews, text us on 80295 or email us here.