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Summary

  1. Holyrood powers plan falls short
  2. Custody death family 'seeks truth'
  3. PM's adviser gets Scotland Office job
  4. Cameron to meet Sturgeon for talks
  5. Road blocked by bags of clothes
  6. 'Fatigued' Murray out of Italian Open

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By Jo Perry, Graham Fraser and Caroline Henderson

All times stated are UK

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  1. ...that's a wrap!

    The Scotland Live team will be back between 0700 and 1900 tomorrow, bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

    Until then you can access the latest news on the main BBC Scotland News site.

    Thank you for joining us.

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  2. Union boss blames Tory win on Murphy

    The boss of the Unite union has called on Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy to resign for "making certain" the Conservatives won the general election.

    Len McCluskey talking to Emily Maitlis for Newsnight

    Scottish Labour lost 40 seats to the SNP last week, leaving just one MP representing the party in Westminster.

    Unite's Len McCluskey said the "anti-Scottish card" played by the Tories also led to Labour losses in England.

    The BBC understands Mr Murphy faces a vote of no confidence at the Scottish Labour Party Executive on Saturday.

    His supporters have been asked to sign a letter giving him their backing.

  3. McManus among seven Aberdeen exits

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Striker Declan McManus has rejected the offer of a new contract at Aberdeen and joins six senior players who are leaving Pittodrie without new deals.

    Veteran midfielder Barry Robson has been offered a new contract.

    Declan McManus

    But defenders Joe Shaughnessy, Clark Robertson and Craig Murray, plus midfielders Kieran Gibbons, Jamie Masson and Andrew Driver are leaving.

    McManus was voted named League One player of the year after scoring 23 goals on loan to Greenock Morton.

    The Greenock club's manager, Jim Duffy, told BBC Scotland that he expects the 20-year-old to join an English club.

  4. Cat poisoned with antifreeze in Alloa

    A cat has been deliberately poisoned in Alloa, prompting a police investigation.

    The animal's owner, who lives on Caledonian Road, took the cat to a vet after noticing it was "acting strangely" last month.

    The vet declared that the animal was blind and its kidneys had shut down, before recommending it be put down.

    A plastic tub containing what appeared to be fish and antifreeze was found near their home.

  5. Lawless charged with match betting

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Partick Thistle's Steven Lawless has been accused of breaching Scottish Football Association rules by betting on 513 games.

    The 24-year-old midfielder is alleged to have placed the bets between December 2012 and March 2015.

    Partick Thistle forward Steven Lawless

    He has been called to appear before an SFA-appointed judicial panel on Thursday, May 21.

    The SFA notice of complaint stresses there is no evidence of Lawless betting on games involving his own team.

    SFA disciplinary rule 33 prohibits players, coaches, club officials and referees in Scotland from betting on football anywhere in the world.

    Earlier this season, Rangers keeper Steve Simonsen was banned for two games after being found guilty of betting on 55 games.

  6. Twitter round up

    @BBCDouglasF

    Douglas Fraser

    Business/economy editor, Scotland

    • Edinburgh share-trading firm sold by London wealth management firm to Dundee asset manager. Read the full story here.
  7. Coming up on BBC One Scotland at 18:30

    BBC Scotland News

    On tonight's edition of Reporting Scotland:

    ...and in sport:

  8. The blame game

    @BBCPolitics

    .@unitetheunion boss Len McCluskey says it's Scottish Labour's fault Labour lost #GE2015 (via @maitlis)

    Read the full story here.

  9. On the roads...

    @BBCSportScot

    Aberdeenshire: The A93 Ballater to Aboyne road is closed following RTA at Dinnet Garage. Police diverting traffic. Delays in both directions.

  10. The top sports stories at six...

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    The stories making the headlines on the BBC Sport Scotland website at 18:00:

    Fatigued Murray out of Italian Open - Britain's Andy Murray withdraws from the Italian Open in Rome due to "fatigue" after a run of 10 successive wins on clay.

    McManus among seven Aberdeen exits - Striker Declan McManus rejects a contract offer from Aberdeen as six other senior players at Pittodrie are released.

    Scots 'don't need director Johnson' - Scotland could axe director of rugby Scott Johnson instead of their sevens squad, says former cap Iain Morrison.

    BBC Scotland sport website
  11. ...baby it's cold outside

    @BBCScotWeather

    Evening sunshine for most, but stubborn cloud holds around some eastern coasts. Dry, clear & chilly night. Town: 3/5C Rural: 0/-1C

  12. Shooting and barbers attacks appeal

    Police are revisiting two areas in the north of Glasgow a week after separate incidents saw a man shot in the street and a man attacked in a barber shop.

    A 29-year-old man suffered "lacerations to his head" after being attacked in Gary's Barber Shop in Springburn Way, Springburn, at about 16:15 on 7 May.

    Royston Road

    Another man, also 29, was run over and then shot in a targeted attack on Royston Road at about 18:30.

    Police are questioning motorists and pedestrians in both areas on Thursday.

    In the barbers attack, two men entered the shop and approached the victim, who was then attacked by one of the men.

    The suspects then left the shop and drove off.

  13. Unite calls for Murphy resignation

    @nickeardley

    Nick Eardley

    BBC News

    Unite chief Len McCluskey calls for Murphy to go: "I think Jim and his colleagues should just leave the scene"

    Len McCluskey blames Scottish party for Labour's #ge2015 loss

    Scottish Lab "responsible for making certain" Tories back in power at Westminster, McCluskey tells @maitlis

  14. More on Andrew Dunlop's appointment

    @TimReidBBC

    Tim Reid

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    Scots Tories say Andrew Dunlop played a "pivotal role during the referendum campaign, winning plaudits across the political spectrum."

  15. Scots RAF jets escort Russian aircraft

    Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth after two Russian military aircraft were seen flying towards UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.

    A Russian Tu-95 Bear 'H' aircraft

    The British jets were launched after the Russian planes were spotted north of Scotland.

    An MoD spokesman said: "At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace."

    The Russian bombers were not deemed to be a threat, he added.

    The aircraft were identified as Russian "Bear" strategic bombers.

    It is the latest of several similar incidents involving Russian military aircraft flying close to UK airspace.

  16. Temperature top trumps

    @bbcweather

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    Topping the temperature tables at 4pm today was western Highland:

    • Achnagart 17C
    • Kinlochewe 16C
    • Aultbea 15C
    • Oban 15C
    BBC Scotland weather
  17. Former councillor back in court

    A former councillor has been been ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work.

    Alex MacLeod

    Alex MacLeod was Highland Council's youngest member when he was elected in May 2012 at the age of 19.

    In 2013, he pleaded guilty to charges relating to his election expenses.

    He was sentenced to 160 hours unpaid work but failed to complete that order. A sheriff warned MacLeod he will be jailed if he does not complete the new community payback order.

  18. The top stories at five...

    BBC Scotland News

    Here are the top stories on the BBC Scotland news online website:

    BBC Scotland news website

    Holyrood powers plan 'falls short' - Plans for new Holyrood powers fall short of recommendations made by the cross-party backed Smith Commission, a report by MSPs says.

    Custody death family 'seeks truth' - The family of a man who died in police custody in Fife say they are seeking the truth about what happened to him.

    PM's adviser gets Scotland Office job - The prime minister appoints former adviser Andrew Dunlop to be the new junior minister at the Scotland Office.

  19. BLOG: "Take us with you, Scotland"

    Thousands of people in the North of England have been using the hashtag "take us with you Scotland" to express their upset about the result of last week's general election, and the Scottish nationalists are welcoming this English minority with open arms.

    Since last Thursday's general election the phrase has been used more than 24,000 times.

    Map of the UK with a line drawn across it

    Cities in the North of England have traditionally been a stronghold of the Labour party who retained many of them in the recent vote, but won 232 seats overall, 26 fewer seats than they won in 2010.

    Voters in the region also returned Conservative MPs - including Chancellor George Osborne who is today setting out a plan for greater devolution to northern cities. For obvious reasons, the left-leaning Scottish National Party didn't stand in the region - but won nearly all the seats in Scotland.

    On Sunday afternoon left-leaning voters in Yorkshire and Lancashire started to use the hashtag to express their upset at this situation: "#TakeUsWithYouScotland genuinely beginning to wonder if the North of England becoming a part of Scotland would be better for us, I really am" tweeted Aaron Miller from Yorkshire.

  20. Morrison on Johnson and the future of Scotland sevens

    @BBCSportScot

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    "I just don't see the point of Scott Johnson".

    Former Scotland forward Iain Morrison has his say on the national rugby union team's director of rugby and shares his views on the rugby sevens set up.

    Read the full article here.

    Iain Morrison
  21. Accused 'wanted to shoot' ex-UDA man

    One of four men accused of plotting to kill two former UDA leaders in Scotland spoke of wanting to shoot Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair, a court has heard.

    Johnny Adair

    Edward McVeigh, 27, said his former cellmate Anton Duffy hated Mr Adair and his friend Sam McCrory as he believed "they murdered innocent Catholics".

    He was giving evidence at the High Court in Glasgow.

    Mr Duffy, 39, Martin Hughes, 36, Paul Sands, 31, and John Gorman, 58, deny a plot to kill Mr Adair and Mr McCrory.

    The court has already heard that Mr Adair and his best friend Mr McCrory were both former members of prohibited Loyalist terror organisations the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and its paramilitary wing the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF).

  22. BLOG: The Dugdale dilemma

    Brian Taylor

    Political editor, Scotland

    Today's plaudits for perseverance go to Kezia Dugdale.

    Kezia Dugdale

    Her Scottish Labour Party neared annihilation at the UK election just a week ago.

    All around her a clamour of party voices - some angry, some conciliatory, all anxious.

    Read Brian's full article here.

  23. PM's adviser gets Scotland Office job

    The prime minister has appointed former adviser Andrew Dunlop to be the new junior minister at the Scotland Office.

    Mr Dunlop was an adviser to David Cameron during the independence referendum and worked with Conservative Party HQ when the poll tax was introduced under Margaret Thatcher.

    10 Downing Street

    Mr Dunlop has been given a peerage and will sit in the Lords. The SNP described his appointment and the peerage as "scandalous".

    It also accused Mr Cameron of "resorting to House of Lords ennoblement to govern Scotland".

    Mr Cameron appointed David Mundell, Scotland's only Conservative MP, as secretary of state for Scotland earlier this week.

    A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said it "wholeheartedly welcomed" Mr Dunlop being appointed as Mr Mundell's deputy.

  24. TRAVEL: On the roads

    @BBCTravelScot

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Latest

    Cowdenbeath #A92 - reports of a vehicle fire eastbound - northbound just after Bridge Street - affecting traffic heading for Lochgelly.

  25. Coming up at 16:00

    Newsdrive

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Join Mhairi Stuart for an in-depth look at what's making the headlines.

    On today's programme

    • Concerns that devolution promises for Scotland fall short - on the day that measures for increased devolution for England are outlined.
    • In Afghanistan, 14 people, including a man with dual British and Afghan nationality, have died in an attack on a Kabul hotel.
    • And raising awareness of Coeliac disease. Hearing from a rugby international with the disease, and his message.

    Listen to Newsdrive here.

  26. Bayoh family meet top Scots prosecutor

    Relatives of a man who died in police custody in Fife earlier this month have met with the Lord Advocate, Scotland's senior prosecutor.

    Sheku Bayoh's family and lawyer, Aamer Anwar, hold a press conference

    Sheku Bayoh, 31, was detained following an incident in Kirkcaldy's Hayfield Road on 3 May but died in custody a short time later.

    His family have called for the officers who attended the incident to be suspended while an independent inquiry takes place.

    The Scottish Police Federation has criticised what it described as "speculation and innuendo" over how Mr Bayoh died.

  27. Mulgrew in contention for Saints games

    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    Celtic coach John Kennedy has revealed Charlie Mulgrew could be in line for an appearance at St Johnstone tomorrow evening.

    Charlie Mulgrew

    Mulgrew has been out with a long term injury and has recently been linked with a transfer to Bournemouth, but Kennedy says he is in contention for an appearance.

    "He's played in a reserve game and played 45 minutes. He's looking good. We want to try and get him involved and it looks as though he's in a good place, as though he's possibly ready to play some part."

  28. van Dijk 'should stay another year'

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Virgil van Dijk should stay at Celtic for another season at least and then he will be ready to play at the very top level, according to Celtic First team coach John Kennedy.

    Virgil van Dijk

    With speculation that top Premiership sides are keen to sign the Celtic defender, Kennedy says the defender has all the talent to play at the very top, but staying at Celtic a while longer can help him to achieve his aims.

    "We can't stop teams coming and watching him, but what he is, is he's our player."

    He added: "I think if Virgil stayed here for another season or whatever it might be, we can take him to another level before he's ready to take that big step."

  29. 'Tired body'

    @BBCSportScot

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    "My body is tired. I have to listen to that and respect that" - @andy_murray: http://bbc.in/1Hj0AAR

    Andy Murray
  30. Criticism over Scotland Office appointment

    The prime minister has appointed former adviser Andrew Dunlop to be the new junior minister at the Scotland Office.

    House of Lords generic

    Mr Dunlop was an adviser during the independence referendum and was in the Downing Street Policy unit when the poll tax was introduced under Margaret Thatcher.

    He has been given a peerage and will sit in the Lords.

    The SNP has described the appointment and the peerage as "scandalous" and have accused David Cameron of "resorting to House of Lords ennoblement to govern Scotland".

  31. MPs warned over chamber 'selfies'

    House of Commons authorities have fired a warning shot to the new intake of MPs about the rules surrounding so-called "selfies".

    It follows a series of tweets from new SNP members, including some from the Commons chamber - where photographs are forbidden.

    Selfie stick generic

    A spokesman for the Commons said that the Sergeant at Arms had been "lenient" so far as new MPs receiveed their "inductions" to the House.

    However, he added that "he would expect members to be aware of the rules" before parliament opens next week.

  32. Dunlop appointment 'scandalous'

    Tim Reid

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed former adviser Andrew Dunlop as new junior minister at Scotland Office.

    The SNP has described peerage and appointment of Mr Dunlop as "scandalous"

  33. Call for refundable bottle scheme

    A call to introduce refundable cash deposits for drink's bottles and cans has been dismissed by industry leaders.

    Fizzy drinks cans on shelf

    It follows the publication of a report by Zero Waste Scotland which said such a scheme, once common in Scotland, would increase recycling rates and reduce litter.

    The Scottish government has said it is keen to explore the option and learn from countries which still have deposit return schemes like Germany, Sweden and Norway.

    However, industry leaders said existing recycling facilities should be improved, rather than introducing a costly new system.

  34. Scotland Office appointment

    @TimReidBBC

    Tim Reid

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    PM appoints former adviser Andrew Dunlop as new junior minister at Scotland Office... but some confusion re how that works.

  35. Share trading company to be sold

    Alliance Trust Savings has announced plans to buy an Edinburgh-based share trading company from Brewin Dolphin.

    Stocktrade website

    Stocktrade is being transferred to the Dundee-headquartered firm for £14m in cash.

    Its most recent annual revenue was £9m, with £1.3m in pre-tax profit.

    Last September, Stocktrade had £4.3bn of assets under management. The buyer said it now stands at £4.6bn, bringing 48,000 new customers.

  36. Aberdeen homeless unit opens

    A new £5.5m Aberdeen homelessness unit has been officially opened.

    Homeless unit

    The Aberdeen City Council facility has been built on the city's West North Street.

  37. Rise of the SNP

    @BBCsarahsmith

    Sarah Smith

    BBC Scotland news

    How did the SNP capture Scotland so completely? If you are up late tonight you can watch my film on the Rise of the SNP - BBC2 at 00.20am.

  38. Call for Highland Council breakup

    A Scottish local authority that covers a land mass almost as big as Belgium could be broken up into smaller district councils.

    Highland Council represents a total area of 10,225 sq miles (26,484 sq km) - which represents 11.4% of Great Britain and is 20% larger than Wales.

    At a special meeting in Inverness, some councillors argued that smaller district councils should be set up.

    However, others said the council should go for stronger area committees.

  39. Mr Tumble set for honorary degree

    Children's television presenter Justin Fletcher, better known as Cbeebies star Mr Tumble, is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Dundee.

    Mr Tumble

    The BAFTA-winning entertainer is among ten leading figures from literature, cinema, science and media to be honoured by the university.

    Writer Roddy Doyle, film director Bill Forsyth and BBC Scotland political editor Brian Taylor also made the list.

    All will receive the degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) in June.

  40. GMB pursue 'blacklist' case

    A campaign by the GMB union to win compensation for workers blacklisted by construction firms is back at the High Court in London.

    Construction workers

    Across Scotland, almost 600 workers were affected by the practice, which first came to light in 2009.

    Then, it emerged that some building companies were using personal information to ensure trade unionists and other activists were not given work.

    The GMB's legal team is arguing that the same standards on data disclosure used in the phone hacking and Libor rigging cases be used in this case.

  41. VIDEO: Why Stirling Moss called Scot Susie Wolff

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Scottish Formula 1 driver, Susie Wolff, has been telling the BBC's Clare Balding how she received a call from Sir Stirling Moss after he said women do not have the mental skills to race competitively in the sport.

    Susie Wolff

    Former driver Moss, 83, told BBC Radio 5 live in April: "I think they have the strength, but I don't know if they've got the mental aptitude to race hard, wheel-to-wheel."

    The 32-year-old Scot says Moss told her: "I meant what I said, I just didn't mean you."

    Watch the full interview with Wolff here.

  42. Guidance on dog walkers issued

    Organisations managing national parks and open spaces have been offered guidance on how to encourage visits by dog walking businesses.

    Dog

    Scottish Natural Heritage has issued the information after holding a series of workshops for commercial dog walkers.

    The events gathered the walkers' views on the availability of open spaces. Almost 40% said there were fewer places to take dogs than 10 years ago.

    The guidance suggests benefits that can be drawn from dog walking businesses.

  43. What will the new Parliament look like?

    Mark D'Arcy

    Parliamentary correspondent

    It will seem very strange.

    David Cameron will deliver a Queen's Speech. Harriet Harman, as acting Leader of the Labour Party, will respond for the opposition. In due course the leader of the third party will rise - not a Lib Dem, but the SNP's Angus Robertson.

    The Houses of Parliament

    It will be a sight as jarring as the appearance of Lib Dems on the government front bench in 2010. And somewhere in a corner, pushed out of their previous front-bench perch, the remaining Liberal Democrats will gather.

    Eventually, some way into the debate, one of their number will be called to speak. And so the new shape of the new Commons will be made manifest.

    What will this new Parliament be like? For Commons-watchers, the basic question for the next few months is whether, with an outright majority government now in office, the House will default back to its factory settings, and abandon the habit of backbench power and rebellion that shaped the previous five years.

    Read more.

  44. House of Lords papers to be digitised

    The National Library of Scotland is to embark on a project to digitise its collection of 19th century papers from the House of Lords.

    National Library of Scotland

    The library hopes to make the content, numbering 3000 volumes, available online.

    As the working documents of government, the House of Lords parliamentary papers encompass wide areas of social, political, economic and foreign policy, providing evidence of committees and commissions during a time when the Lords in the United Kingdom wielded considerable power.

    Dr John Scally, Scotland's National Librarian, said: "More British Prime Ministers served in the Lords in the 19th century than in the House of Commons, despite the progressive dwindling of the influence of the upper chamber.

    "This is a fascinating period in our history and digitisation will make these important papers available to our users on any screen, anytime, anywhere."

  45. Diverse approach to biodiversity

    @BBCDavidMiller

    David Miller

    BBC Scotland environment correspondent

    Three big Scots institutions say they've agreed to work together more closely on biodiversity projects: @rzss @TheBotanics @NtlMuseumsScot

  46. BREAKING: Murray pulls out of Italian Open

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Andy Murray has pulled out of the Italian Open in Rome because of "fatigue".

    Andy Murray

    He was due to play David Goffin in the third round on Thursday.

  47. ...Sunshine or showers?

    @bbcweather

    Making plans this week? No two days the same, here's a snapshot up to Friday.

    Thursday

    BBC Weather graphic

    Friday

    BBC Weather graphic
  48. Booth and Elliott win Firhill deals

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Partick Thistle have completed the permanent signing of left-back Callum Booth from Hibernian and handed winger Christie Elliott a new contract.

    Callum Booth in action for Partick Thistle

    Booth moved to Firhill on loan in January, as Hibs signed Keith Watson from Dundee United.

    But, after 12 first-team appearances for Thistle, the 23-year-old has agreed a one-year contract.

    Englishman Elliott, 23, who signed in 2011 after leaving Whitley Bay, has agreed a new two-year deal.

  49. Plans to replace sports centre

    The team behind plans to overhaul school provision in Dumfries has recommended replacing a sports centre in the town.

    Schools

    The David Keswick Sports Centre has an athletics track, sports hall, gyms, fitness suite and multi-use games area.

    Under new plans, the development will become part of a £30m Dumfries High School campus, which includes a new Noblehill Primary.

    The centre was initially earmarked for refurbishment, however a survey of the building has revealed its entire roof needs to be replaced, together with all its windows.

  50. New deals at Partick Thistle

    @Kenny_Crawford

    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Partick Thistle begin to get players tied up on new contracts...

    • Christie Elliott signs until 2017
    • Callum Booth signs until 2016
  51. Barra makes global bonny airport list

    ‏@TheScotsman

    Tweet: Barra Airport named among world's most scenic in new survey.

    Read The Scotsman article here.

    The Scotsman Twitter post
  52. Custody death officer 'thought she was going to die'

    Sheku Bayoh investigation update

    The Scottish Police Federation has issued a statement in defence of the officers involved in an incident, which led to the death of a Kirkcaldy man in police custody.

    Sheku Bayoh, 31, died after after being detained on 3 May.

    At a press conference this morning, Mr Bayoh's family called for those involved to be suspended, pending the outcome of an ongoing independent investigation.

    Sheku Bayoh

    Brian Docherty, chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, which represents police personnel, said: "A petit female police officer responding to a call of a man brandishing a knife was subject to a violent and unprovoked attack by a large male.

    "The officer believed she was going to die as a result of this assault.

    "I very much regret that Mr Bayoh sadly lost his own life following this incident."

    Mr Docherty added: "We make no apology for standing up for the rights of police officers and we continue to extend to the family and friends of Mr Bayouh our sincere condolences."

  53. 'Men in ski masks fired guns'

    Kevin 'Gerbal' Carroll trial update

    The manager of Asda in Glasgow's Robroyston has told the Kevin 'Gerbil' Carroll murder trial that he dialled 999 as he watched events unfold in the car park of his store on 13 January 2010.

    Kevin Carroll

    Steven McKenna had been in a staff office which overlooked the car park.

    He said he saw two men in dark clothing wearing ski-masks fire guns at a black Audi.

    Mr McKenna said he was shocked and motionless, and watched as the men drove off. He then phoned the police, saying that shots were fired.

    William Paterson denies shooting Mr Carroll. The trial continues.

  54. Friday meet for Cameron and Sturgeon

    David Cameron is due to meet Nicola Sturgeon on Friday during a visit to Scotland, for their first face-to-face talks since the general election.

    David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon

    Mr Cameron and Ms Sturgeon spoke by phone within hours of the election results coming in on May 8.

    The prime minister restated his commitment to "governing with respect and implementing devolution" along the lines of the cross-party agreement.

    Following the brief call, Ms Sturgeon said she "made it clear" to Mr Cameron that "it cannot be business as usual" and that the Smith Commission proposals did not go far enough.

  55. Coming up...12:00

    First Minister's Questions

    BBC Democracy Live

    Follow all the twists and turns of FMQs here.

  56. Referendum campaigners spent £6.7m

    The two sides in the Scottish independence referendum spent £6.7m, the Electoral Commission has reported.

    Yes and No banners

    The UK regulator of elections said 42 organisations and individuals were officially registered as campaigners.

    The September 2014 poll resulted in voters rejecting Scottish independence by 55% to 45%.

    Campaigners spending more than £250,000 were required to submit an independently audited return to the commission by 18 March 2015.

    Pro-Union Better Together spent a total of £1,422,602 and pro-independence Yes Scotland spent £1,420,800.

  57. Shopper describes supermarket shooting

    A shopper has told a murder trial how she heard gun shots and became hysterical.

    Kevin 'Gerbil' Carroll

    Thirty-five-year-old year old Emma Busby was leaving the Asda store in Robroyston when she heard a car screech to a halt.

    She told the High Court in Glasgow she saw a man holding a gun and she went back into the shop holding on to her trolley.

    She then heard eight or 10 gun shots.

    Mrs Busby said: "I thought he was going to turn it on everyone in Asda."

    William Paterson denies shooting Kevin 'Gerbil' Carroll (pictured) who was in a black Audi outside Asda Robroyston on 13 January, 2010. The trial continues.

  58. PODCAST: Neil Doncaster

    @BBCSportsound

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    If you missed last night's #BBCSportsound with SPFL chief Neil Doncaster, you can listen to the podcast here.

    SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster
  59. 'No need for Scott Johnson'

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Former Scotland forward Iain Morrison has told BBC Scotland that the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) could do without Scott Johnson as Director of Rugby.

    Scotland sevens team

    Johnson, the former acting head coach, will be part of the discussions at Murrayfield later on to determine whether or not to scrap the Scotland Rugby 7s team in a bid to save money.

    Morrison, who now writes for the Scotland on Sunday newspaper, also believes the SRU were poised to axe the 7s side but have changed their mind due to the anger such a move may cause.

  60. Major funding for arts festival

    Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival has received £30,000 in funding from the local council.

    Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    Organisers said the "unprecedented investment" has allowed them to develop their most ambitious programme to date.

    The festival will run over 10 days from 22 May and it includes theatre, music, comedy, dance, literature and film.

    Programme director Peter Renwick said the grant, from Dumfries and Galloway Council's major events fund, is a "vote of confidence" in the festival.

  61. Custody death family speak out

    Relatives of a man who died in police custody have called for the officer involved in the incident to be suspended, while the inquiry into his death takes place.

    Sheku Bayoh

    Sheku Bayoh, 31, was detained following an incident in Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy on 3 May but died in custody a short time later.

    Mr Bayoh's family said they had been given five different versions about what happened to the father of two when he was detained.

    The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC, said the investigation into Mr Bayoh's death was making "good progress".

    His family are due to meet The Lord Advocate shortly.

  62. Man caused friend's death in crash

    A 22-year-old man has admitted causing the death of his friend by dangerous driving.

    Allister Douglas was speeding on the A803 Falkirk to Bonnybridge road when he lost control of his car and crashed head-on into oncoming traffic.

    Front-seat passenger Mark McMillan, 20, was killed in the November 2013 crash.

    Co-accused Aidan Kilty, who was driving the car in front, admitted careless driving and was banned from the road. Douglas will be sentenced next month.

  63. Police officers injured in crash

    Two police officers have been taken to hospital after being injured in a crash during a high-speed car chase in Edinburgh.

    The man and woman are being treated in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

    The crash happened in Drumbrae at about 04:00.

  64. Independence referendum spending

    Tim Reid

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    The pro-union Better Together campaign outspent the pro-independence Yes Scotland organisation by just £1,802, figures from the Electoral Commission reveal.

    On top of that, the SNP spent nearly £1.3m on their campaign - while Labour spent just over £700,000 and the Conservatives just over £350,000.

    The figures released today are from those campaigns which spent more than a quarter of a million pounds and total expenditure was £5,230,642. Voters in Scotland went to the polls in September and voted no to independence.

  65. Independence referendum spending

    The spending figures for the Scottish Independence Referendum have been published, with the Electoral Commission report concluding the total cost was over £6.6m.

  66. Holyrood powers plan 'falls short'

    Plans for new Holyrood powers "sell short" recommendations made by the cross-party backed Smith Commission, a report by MSPs has said.

    Smith Commission document

    The Devolution (Further Powers) Committee said the UK government's draft legislation did not meet the "spirit or substance" of Smith.

    It added that parts of the plan required "extensive redrafting".

    A Scotland Office spokesman responded by saying there would be a full parliamentary discussion to follow.

  67. First night of university protest

    Students have spent a night occupying an Edinburgh University building in protest at its "failure to commit" to divest from fossil fuels.

    Edinburgh student demo for divestment

    At least 30 students took part in the action at Charles Stewart House on Chambers Street, which is home to the university's finance department.

    The students said the university invested about £9m in fossil fuel companies including BP, Shell and BHP Billiton and insisted calls for divestment had received "overwhelming support".

    An Edinburgh University spokesman said it supported the right of all students to protest lawfully and peacefully.

  68. Stick to the day job?

    @BBCDouglasF

    Douglas Fraser

    Business/economy editor, Scotland

    The BBC

    In Pacific Quay

    Wants someone to do poetree

    In a residencee

    But can't they see

    they've already got me?

  69. Big jump in fish landings

    There has been a big rise in the quantity and value of fish landed by Scottish boats.

    Scottish fisherman

    Provisional figures released by the chief statistician for last year found that the number of fish landed increased by 31%.

    The figures also showed that the value of the fish caught went up by 19% to £513m - the biggest increase for 10 years.

    Mackerel remains the Scottish industry's most valuable catch.

  70. Curling champion to take on Bowls role

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Olympic curling gold medallist Rhona Howie MBE and former bowls world champion John Price have been appointed to lead Bowls Scotland's high performance programme.

    Rhona Howie

    The organisation says it has appointed two outstanding individuals who it believes will ensure Scotland leads the world in the sport.

  71. Solomons to stay in Edinburgh

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons has signed a 12-month extension to his contract, keeping the South African at the Pro12 club until June 2016.

    Alan Solomons

    The 64-year-old's side have struggled again in the Pro12 this season and sit eighth in the table.

    But Edinburgh also became the first Scottish team to reach the European cup final, losing to Gloucester.

    Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson praised that achievement and an improved league position.

  72. Langer to make final Open appearance

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    German golfer Bernhard Langer has confirmed he will join former winners Tom Watson and Nick Faldo in making his final Open Championship appearance at St Andrews this year.

    Bernhard Langer

    Fifty-seven-year-old Langer, twice the US masters champion, is preparing for his 30th Open Championship in July. It will be his seventh appearance at the event on the Old Course.

    Langer recorded his best Open finish at St Andrews in 1984, sharing second place with Watson behind Seve Ballesteros.

  73. Fatal crash plane 'was overweight'

    Picture update

    A plane that was involved in a fatal crash on Bute had been fitted with unrecorded modifications which meant it was likely to have been over its maximum weight, a report has found.

    G-EWZZ

    The accident happened shortly after the home-built SportCruiser took off from Bute air strip in August of last year.

    Thomas McGowan, 63, died in hospital after suffering 80% burns in the crash.

    crashed aircraft

    The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said the modifications meant the plane did not comply with its Permit to Fly.

  74. Your views: Refugee quotas

    Text using 80295

    BBC Radio Scotland

    The EU is suggesting a quota scheme to deal with an influx of refugees coming from North Africa but some countries, including the UK, are opposed to this.

    Alex Salmond has said the UK should take its "fair share" of refugees and that the current government's stance on the issue does not reflect the "basic human instinct" of the British people.

    Kaye Adams is asking the BBC Radio Scotland audience: Should the UK take its "Fair Share" of refugees from North Africa?

    Kaye Adams webpage

    Davey, Methil: Of course we should welcome these people, they are humans, let us show humanity.

    Ian, Glasgow: While I fully agree that we should take our share of those fleeing across the Med, where would we accommodate thousands of additional people when we are already failing to build enough homes to meet existing demand?

    John: The bombing and occupation of Iraq by UK and USA changed it from a powerful economy to a dangerous failed State and Camerons bombing of Lybia done the same there so we have a moral responsibility to take those refugees.

  75. On the back pages...

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Shearer rejected chance to be Celtic player, Robinson rules himself out of Rangers job, and the Scottish Professional Football League accused of being hypocritical over Ladbrokes sponsorship.

    Alan Shearer (right) and Oliver Tebily.

    Read what is making the back pages.

  76. Forfar beat Alloa in playoff first leg

    Forfar

    Forfar have a two-goal advantage to take to Recreation Park after Michael Travis' late goal in the first-leg of the Scottish Championship play-off final against Alloa.

    Omar Kader gave the home side a dream start when he took advantage of a goalkeeper error to net the opener.

    Chris Templeton headed in a second but on-loan Dundee man Kyle Benedictus pulled one back.

    Forfar were always the more dominant and Travis headed in a deserved third.

  77. 'Promised power'

    @GlennBBC

    Glenn Campbell

    Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

    Devo ctte says draft legislation to deliver Smith doesn't include promised power to top up UK benefits

    Holyrood's devolution ctte says UK govt's draft legislation to deliver Smith commission "falls short" in some "critical areas"

    Here's a link to devo ctte report: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk

  78. Appeal over speed camera blaze

    Police in Aberdeenshire are investigating an attempt to burn down a speed camera on the A90.

    Speed camera generic

    Officers said they believed the camera, on the northbound lane - near Rathen, was targeted at about 00:30 on Thursday.

    They are looking to speak to a lorry driver who flagged down a passing BEAR Scotland road maintenance vehicle to alert them to the blaze.

  79. Custody death family to speak out

    Relatives of a man who died in police custody are to voice their concerns as an inquiry into his death continues.

    Sheku Bayoh

    Sheku Bayoh, 31, was detained following an incident in Kirkcaldy on 3 May but died in custody a short time later.

    The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) is examining the circumstances.

    Mr Bayoh's partner Colette is expected to attend a media conference hosted by solicitor Aamer Anwar in Edinburgh.

  80. Queen's Park 0-1 Stenhousemuir

    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Stenhousemuir added another episode to Queen's Park's play-off woes with a narrow win in the first leg of their League One final at Hampden.

    Stenhousemuir's Jamie McCormack (left) celebrates after putting his side 1-0 up

    Jamie McCormack applied a well-directed header to Paul McMullan's free-kick to edge the Warriors ahead in the tie.

    Sean Burns, Bryan Wharton and John Carter had decent efforts for the hosts, but Stenny goalkeeper Greg Fleming repelled what came his way.

    The away side almost doubled the lead when Ross McMillan hit a post late on.

  81. Coming up...09:00

    Kaye Adams

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Join Kaye for today's phone-in, when she'll be discussing;

    • Should the UK take its "fair share" of refugees from North Africa?
    • David Cameron's plans to bring forward a series of measures designed to confront "poisonous Islamist extremist ideology"
    • Villagers in Kilbokie try out a new traffic calming scheme that involves the whole village monitoring the speed of cars

    Listen to the programme here

  82. Doncaster questions consulting clubs

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster has questioned whether clubs should be consulted over fixture changes.

    SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster announced the Scottish Professional Football League's new two-year sponsorship deal with bookmakers Ladbrokes

    The SPFL were accused of jeopardising "sporting integrity" when Rangers and Hibernian's final league fixtures were due to play 24 hours apart, before being reverted back to the same day.

    Doncaster said the problem was not over fixtures, but with communication.

    He said: "The fundamental issue is should there be a consultation?"

  83. 'Responsibility to others' in right to die debate

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    When questioned by Ms Duffy what he would say to the handful of people who have come to the decision that they simply can't take any more, Dr Hutchison said the fact our society is getting older is a major consideration.

    He told Good Morning Scotland: "I approach this with utmost compassion. There are increasing numbers of elderly people, like Gordon Ross, with chronic degenerative diseases.

    "We hear 'my life, my death, my choice'. I hear very little (from patients) about 'my responsibility to others'.

    "We have a responsibility towards wider society on considering such a serious issue and the reason I am against it is it is not safe.

    "Even Lord Falconer, who was championing a similar bill through the House of Lords, said that such a law can never be completely safe. I don't want to live in a society like that."

  84. Business roundup

    @BBCDouglasF

    Douglas Fraser

    Business/economy editor, Scotland

    • Alliance Trust Savings, Dundee, buys Edinburgh-based Stocktrade from Brewin Dolphin for £14m. Brings £4.3bn assets under admin.
    • Aggreko temp power co, Dumbarton + Glasgow: warns of difficult markets, security concerns in Libya + Yemen, profit down in 1st half
    • Productivity puzzle: Stephen Boyle of RBS economics tells GMS investment in skills + equipment now will take a lot of time to feed through.
  85. Human Rights Act debate

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Professor Alan Miller is chairman of the Scottish Commission on Human Rights. He has been discussing the impact on Scotland of the UK government's plans to scrap the Human Right's Act.

    He told Good Morning Scotland: "There's no room for complacency in Scotland.

    "On the one hand, Scotland would be able, in devolved areas like health and social care and justice to develop its own Human Rights Act, its own Bill of Rights to maintain, if not enhance, the current level of protection we have.

    "But there are big reserved areas that remain in the authority of Westminster that impact upon people of Scotland.

    "Areas of social security, of defence, of privacy of employment where a British Bill of Rights would have an impact in Scotland."

  86. 'They are easily influenced'

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Dr Steven Hutchison, a retired senior consultant at Highland Hospice, who is against assisted suicide, also spoke on Good Morning Scotland about the Gordon Ross case.

    He added: "I spent a professional lifetime looking after people in exactly these circumstances.

    "What I know, what I see, is these people in these sorts of situations are frail, they are vulnerable, they are frightened, they are very easily influenced.

    "We know that people in other societies can be coerced into considering assisted suicide in societies where assisted suicide is legal."

  87. 'Right to die' debate

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Sheila Duffy, from the My Life, My Death and My Choice campaign, has said Scots want the opportunity to have the right to die.

    Ms Duffy is a friend of Gordon Ross, a severely disabled grandfather who is to have his case for the right to die heard by the Court of Session.

    "I think he [Gordon] wants what most people want," said Ms Duffy, speaking on Good Morning Scotland.

    "The most recent YouGov poll said three quarters of disabled people would want the choice of assisted dying for adults and they look for a change of the law.

    "I think there is a sea change of opinion that people would like to see a change in the law, along the lines of Margo MacDonald's bill, with safeguards."

  88. CalMac staff face industrial action ballot

    The RMT union is to ballot Caledonian MacBrayne staff on industrial action.

    Ferry

    The union said the ferry company has failed to give its members assurances over job security, conditions of service, pensions and the continuity of lifeline ferry routes.

    CalMac said the RMT only raised the bulk of these issues with them this week. The RMT has denied that claim.

  89. Today's newspapers

    Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair, Jason Cummings and Alex Salmond are just three of the people to feature on the front pages of today's Scottish newspaper editions.

    The Herald/Scotsman

    Read our review.

  90. 'Right to die' debate

    @BBCGaryR

    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Disabled grandfather brings 'right to die' case to court. Both sides of the debate #bbcgms 0810 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-32726294 …

  91. Air accident report on doomed plane

    An Air Accident Investigation into a plane crash in Bute in which a man died has listed a series of issues that could have contributed to the crash.

    Thomas McGowan

    Thomas McGowan, 63, from Stonehouse in Lanarkshire was fatally injured after the light aircraft came down shortly after take-off from Bute air strip on 9 August last year.

    Witnesses said the plane caught fire on impact.

    Crash investigators have found that the plane had also undergone several modifications, which included an untested propeller being fitted.

  92. 'Political map'

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Kevin Lindsay from the union ASLEF told Good Morning Scotland the fact that Jim Murphy was no longer an MP made his position "untenable".

    He added: "We need to get back out on the streets again, not just knocking on Labour doors but knocking on all doors, listening and understanding what the issues are, so we can reconnect as a political party with the people of Scotland.

    "Failure to do that will see us wiped off the political map. The Scottish Labour Party is on the edge of a precipice and it could die."

    Listen to the programme live.

  93. Jim Murphy leadership

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Supporters of Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy have been asked to sign a letter giving him their backing.

    The BBC understands it will be presented to the Scottish Labour Party Executive on Saturday, where Mr Murphy faces a vote of no confidence.

    Lawrence Wayson, from the union USDAW, told Good Morning Scotland that it was unfair to put the scale of Labour's election defeat in Scotland at the leader's door.

    He said: "Jim's the right man for the job.

    "He's only been the leader for the past five months and given the fact that what's happened in the past week at the general election, I find it difficult to apportion all the blame of what happened there on Jim's shoulders."

  94. Bags of clothes block A1

    This is the scene on the A1 southbound just south of Grantshouse, according to Twitter user @GaryGodsell

    A1

    BBC Travel Scotland reports police are allowing traffic to pass on the northbound carriageway, but the road is partially blocked due to the bags of clothes between the A6112 Grantshouse and B6437 Auchencrow.

  95. Threatened butterfly numbers rise

    One of the UK's most threatened butterflies has seen a big increase in numbers in southern Scotland.

    Butterflies

    Butterfly Conservation revealed the rise in pearl-bordered fritillary numbers at Mabie Forest near Dumfries.

    Scientists from the wildlife charity said numbers were now six times higher than 10 years ago.

    Butterfly Conservation said this was "highly significant" since numbers had declined severely since the 1950s in other parts of the UK.

  96. 'Pre-election rise' in house prices

    Surveyors in Scotland have reported a rise in property prices in the run-up to the general election on 7 May.

    Estate agent window

    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) found 31% more members reporting house price increases in April.

    However, the survey also indicated that buyer activity has dampened since the start of the year.

    Rics said the trends, in part, may have been a result of uncertainty ahead of the election.

  97. Coming up before 09:00

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Join Hayley Millar and Gary Robertson for today's programme.

    Still to come;

    • Former Buckingham Palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter on the publication of Prince Charles' letters to ministers in Tony Blair's government.
    • The USDAW and ASLEF unions on the future of Jim Murphy as Scottish Labour leader.
    • The UK government's plan to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights.

    Listen live here.

  98. Murray eases past Chardy in Rome

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Britain's Andy Murray took his winning run on clay to 10 matches with victory over France's Jeremy Chardy at the Italian Open.

    Andy Murray
    Image caption: Andy Murray

    The third seed, who considered skipping Rome to rest for the French Open, came through 6-4 6-3 at the Foro Italico.

    He goes on to face Belgian David Goffin in the last 16, not before 13:30 (BST) on Thursday.

    However, fellow Briton Heather Watson was beaten 6-1 6-1 by Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in the second round.

  99. Holyrood concern at Smith draft plan

    Glenn Campbell

    Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

    A Holyrood committee is expected to raise serious concerns about the UK government's draft legislation to deliver further devolution.

    Lord Smith delivers his report

    The Smith commission reviewed Holyrood's powers after the independence referendum.

    The last UK government promised to deliver its recommendations and the new government is committed to legislation.

    A Scotland Office spokesman said: "There will be a full parliamentary discussion of these issues."

  100. Murphy's backers sign their support

    Supporters of Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy have been asked to sign a letter giving him their backing.

    Jim Murphy

    The BBC understands the letter will be presented to the Scottish Labour Party Executive on Saturday, where Mr Murphy faces a vote of no confidence.

    He has said he is confident of retaining the leadership, despite mounting calls for him to stand aside.

    Last week's poll saw the SNP win 56 Scottish seats, leaving Labour with just one - down 40 on the 2010 result.

  101. Lovely start

    @BBCScotWeather

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    JR here today. Lovely start to the day for most. Cloudier skies at the moment for the NE. Dry for all. Cool in the east 12C, 14/16 in west

  102. Court to hear 'right to die' case

    A severely disabled man is to have his case for the right to die heard by the Court of Session.

    Gordon Ross

    Gordon Ross, 66, said he hoped the hearing would clarify the legal position regarding assisted suicide.

    He has called on the Lord Advocate to issue guidance that makes clear whether any person who helps him end his life would be charged with an offence.

    The Director of Public Prosecutions has issued guidelines for England but these do not apply to Scotland.

  103. Good morning!

    Jo Perry

    BBC Scotland news website

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