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Summary

  1. Parties campaign on education and tax
  2. Pensions crisis and care home closures
  3. Libraries lose a quarter of staff as hundreds close

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By Paul McLaren, Andrew Southwick and Katherine Sutherland

All times stated are UK

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A motorist has admitted causing the death of a pensioner

Mother of three Emily Arbuthnott, 37, struck pedestrian James Lyall, 82, at a zebra crossing in November 2014. 

Emily Arbuthnott
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Arbuthnott, of Laurencekirk, admitted the charge at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Sentence has been deferred for background reports.

Man freed amid Aberdeen sexual assault probe

An incident was reported to have happened at Aberdeen's Union Terrace Gardens during the early hours of Sunday.

Police Scotland had said a 26-year-old man had been charged and was expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

Union Terrace Gardens
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However the Crown Office said the accused had been liberated from custody.

 A spokesperson said: "The case against him remains live and under consideration."

Scotland U21s bounce back to beat Northern Ireland in Paisley

Scotland recovered from going a goal down and seeing a Jason Cummings penalty saved to beat Northern Ireland 3-1 and keep their hopes of qualifying for the European Championships on track.

Oli McBurnie pulled the Scots level in the second half, before Hibs striker Cummings made up for his penalty miss with two goals.

Jason Cummings (centre)
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Ricky Sbragia's side remain fourth in group 3, but move to within four points of second place Iceland, with leaders France a further two points ahead. 

Pic: car crashes through bus stop and into post box

Emergency crews were called to the one-vehicle accident in Aberdeen. 

A black Audi TT crashed through a bus stop and knocked over a post box.

Audi crash
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The accident happened on Countesswells Road just after 16:00 on Tuesday.

Prices for Audi TT cars similar to the one in the incident start at around £27,000. No serious injuries were reported.

Kieran Tierney and John McGinn set to win first Scotland caps against Denmark tonight

Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, 18, and Hibernian midfielder John McGinn, 21, are expected to start against Denmark at Hampden.

Tierney has recovered from an ankle injury picked up against Kilmarnock.

How to follow: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online; updates on BBC Sport website

Strachan confident in Scots debutants

Safety inspections to be carried out at schools following collapse of wall at Edinburgh primary

Four buildings had to be temporarily closed in the capital after defects were discovered in schools built by Miller Construction a decade ago.

The new surveys centre on schools built by the same company in Glasgow, Fife and Inverclyde.

The contractor said inspections were "a precautionary measure".

School wall collapse
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Hundreds of bricks were blown from the wall of Oxgangs primary school during Storm Gertrude in January.

A safety inspection revealed issues with how the external wall was erected when the school was built in 2005, as part of the Public Private Partnership 1 project.

Trains disrupted on Edinburgh via Carstairs route

Police officer and dog injured in stolen car incident

The pair were hurt as the vehicle made off on Arcadia Street, in Glasgow's Bridgeton area, at about 03:00 on Tuesday.

Both the officer and the dog were treated for non-serious injuries.  

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The street was closed off by police following the incident. 

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said inquiries were ongoing.

Man appears in court charged with murder of shopkeeper

Tanveer Ahmed, 32, from Bradford in Yorkshire, is accused of killing 40-year-old Asad Shah outside his shop in Glasgow's Shawlands area on Thursday.

Police Scotland had previously described the incident as a religiously prejudiced attack and said both men were Muslims.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Mr Ahmed made no plea and was remanded in custody.

Mr Shah was found with serious injuries outside his shop, Shah's Newsagents and Convenience Store, in Minard Road, on 24 March.

Asah Shah
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The incident happened just hours after he had posted an Easter message on Facebook to his customers. This message said: "Good Friday and a very happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation x"

Mr Shah was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Secondary teachers to resume strike action

All secondary schools in West Dunbartonshire will be disrupted by a two-day strike which will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) have already carried out two one-day strikes.

Teacher's strike
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The dispute centres on a plan to cut the number of principal teachers and run departments together as faculties.

Some teachers fear the move will add to their workloads and are concerned about what could happen in the long term to the pay of principal teachers who do not get one of the new posts.

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Scotland v Denmark this evening

Incident in Edinburgh lane is now being treated as a sexual assault

Police were called to Bread Street Lane at about 05:00 following reports of concern for a woman. 

The lane was later closed off and detectives are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact them immediately.  

Bread Street Lane
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A Police Scotland spokesman said inquiries were ongoing to establish the full circumstances.   

Watch: Scotland U21s v Northern Ireland U21s

Scotland U21s face a must win game at St Mirren Park at 16:00 in their European Championship qualifier.

Defeat by France has left Ricky Sbragia's side fourth in Group 3 with five points from five games, eight points behind second place Iceland who occupy the play-off spots, having played a game less.

You can watch the match live on BBC Alba and on the BBC website here.

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Mothballed manufacturing unit at Ineos Grangemouth to be revived

A second manufacturing unit at the Ineos KG ethylene plant in Grangemouth will be brought back to life eight years after it was mothballed.

The firm successfully completed operational trials of the Train 2 unit ahead of it receiving shale gas ethane from the US this autumn.

Grangemouth
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New docks and a new pipeline network have been built to receive the gas.

The company said the move means it is now in "great shape" to run the plant at full capacity.

Fatherhood has affected Andy Murray's form, says former British number one Annabel Croft

BBC Sport Scotland

The world number two lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the third round of the Miami Open.

Murray, 28, returned to playing earlier in March after becoming a father and made an early exit from Indian Wells.

Andy Murray
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"Life has just changed for him and he's just trying to regain momentum but at the moment, it's a bit of struggle," Croft told BBC Scotland.

"He [Murray] hasn't played a lot of tennis this year. He took time off when his wife had their first baby," she added.

Travel update: Breakdown forces lane closure on M73

Hidden camera sex offender has his prison sentence reduced

Kevin Entickna set up a hidden camera and filmed himself sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl.

He modified shower gel containers and a washbag to conceal recording equipment and made videos of women and children using his bathroom.

The 42-year-old was jailed in December 2015 after admitting the offences.

Appeal judges ruled Sheriff Elizabeth Munro's four-year sentence was excessive and that Enticknap should serve 32 months.

Enticknap, of Forres, Moray, was convicted after pleading guilty to repeatedly breaching the Sexual Offences Scotland Act.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard he had drilled holes in the walls of the bathroom and his bedroom and run cables between them to make the films.

Afternoon weather update from the BBC Scotland team

BBC Scotland Weather

It will be an afternoon of sunshine and scattered showers, the showers slow-moving, heavy at times and with a risk of hail and thunder, especially for areas north of the central belt. There will be some snow for the hills.The Northern Isles will see the best of the sunshine, though, with a fresh northwesterly breeze and highs of just 7C. Winds elsewhere will be light. Temperatures will reach 8C or 9C for most, peaking at 10C or 11C in the brightest parts of the east.  

'Freak hail showers' cause multi-vehicle crashes on the A74(M)

A multi-vehicle crash has taken place during a heavy hail shower on the A74(M) after a spate of incidents in similar conditions on Sunday.

The incident was reported near junction 16 at Johnstonebridge at about 14:20.

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Police said that six vehicles had been involved and lanes on the southbound carriageway were blocked for a time but the route was subsequently cleared.

In another incident a car was reported to have ended up on its roof on the northbound carriageway.

It follows a string of incidents on the motorway on Sunday in similar weather conditions. Policing units attended about 40 crashes - primarily on the A74(M) - throughout the day.  

Travel update: A74(M) restrictions cleared

The Holyrood election campaign: Party leaders in Edinburgh

Five party leaders will campaign in and around Edinburgh before their second televised debate.

The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats will concentrate on education, while SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled her plans to help more young people into work.  

Education
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The Scottish Greens announced plans to overhaul income tax and replace council tax.

The five party leaders are due to go head-to-head in a second televised debate broadcast on STV later.

Travel update: A74 (M) lane restrictions

Police investigate potential link between three store raids

Police have said they are "keeping an open mind" about potential links between store raids in Lockerbie and Moffat and a similar theft in Innerleithen last week.

Cigarettes were among the items stolen from the Co-op supermarket on Peebles Road, Innerleithen, at about 02:30 on Friday.

Co-op raid
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In that incident the front window was smashed and two men wearing white boiler suits were seen leaving the property carrying black bags.

The Lockerbie incident happened at about 03:45 on Sunday at a petrol station on Carlisle Road. The other raid took place at a food store on Holme Street in Moffat at about 03:15 on Monday.

Scottish Olympic curlers help Dundee University student with research project

Iona Robertson has been collecting data for a project examining the stresses placed on the knees of people playing the sport, and has been working with members of the men's British curling team from the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Research sessions have taken place at the ice rink at The Peak sports village in Stirling.

Iona Robertson (second right) with the curlers
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Olympians David Murdoch, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow are among those taking part.

Miss Robertson asked the team members to deliver 12 stones, six from a flat foot slide position and six from a toe slide whilst wearing in-shoe pressure measurement insoles.

Lorry driver sentenced for A9 lay-by crash death

A lorry driver who killed another motorist by drifting off the A9 and smashing into his parked car in a lay-by has avoided a prison sentence.

Frank Simpson, from Edinburgh, veered off the road at 50mph in an 18-tonne lorry and failed to slow down before crashing into John Trimble's parked Vauxhall Corsa.

Frank Simpson
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Simpson, who admitted causing death by careless driving, only hit the brakes after smashing into Mr Simpson's car.

The 35-year-old was sentenced to 300 hours of unpaid work and a six-month curfew.  

The A1 accident has now been cleared

An accident has closed part of the A1

The collision happened between the A696 and A1056 junctions northbound.

One of two lanes is currently closed.

Traffic is expected to be back to normal between 14:15 and 14:30.

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Body found on beach by member of public

A body has been found on the shoreline at Nairn beach in the Highlands.

Nairn beach
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Police said the body was discovered by a member of the public.

Officers are contacting next of kin for all current missing people but no further information is being released.  

Weather: sunshine and more showers expected this afternoon

From BBC Scotland Weather

Scottish Greens set out plan to overhaul income tax and replace the council tax

The party wants to reduce the income tax paid by those earning less than £26,500 a year, but they would raise more from the better paid with a new 43p rate on earnings over £43,000. 

They would also introduce a 60p top rate on earnings over £150,000. 

Scottish Green Party leader Patrick Harvie
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On local tax, they want to replace the council tax over five years with new property tax based on up to date values. 

The Greens say the new system would reduce what's paid by those in bands A-C and increase the contribution from those in bands D-H. 

LISTEN: Nicola Sturgeon on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme

'Catastrophic failure' of pipework caused North Sea gas leak

The pipework - on Marathon Oil's Brae Alpha platform - had not been properly inspected for more than 30 years, the Health and Safety Executive has said. 

Brae Alpha, 155 miles north east of Aberdeen, was shut down after a gas leak on Boxing Day.

Brae Alpha
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"Significant damage" was caused, but no-one was injured. 

The HSE said Marathon failed to remove insulation of pipework for inspection since its commissioning in 1983.

Marathon Oil's own corrosion strategy recommended it was done at least every 12 years, the report said.

Government contract secures hundreds of jobs at Rolls -Royce plant in Renfrewshire

Hundreds of jobs have been safeguarded at the Rolls-Royce plant in Renfrewshire after it won a major contract from the UK government.

The company is to invest £60m at its Inchinnan site, manufacturing parts for its Ardour engines - the same type used by the Red Arrow display team.

The move is expected to reduce the risk of jobs being lost through Rolls-Royce's restructuring plans.

Rolls Royce plant
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Protection pledge for Scottish Borders cultural services

Scottish Borders Council has said its cultural services like libraries and museums will be protected when they are transferred to a charitable trust.

They are being merged with the Borders Sport and Leisure Trust on 1 April.

Library
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The new expanded trust will be called Live Borders and have a turnover approaching £12m-a-year.

The local authority said the services would all remain free but that they were looking at different ways of delivering "more for less".

Coming up: Ten years of free bus travel

Nicola Sturgeon says raising the top rate of income tax to 50p would see Scotland lose up to £30m a year

From BBC Scotland political reporter Philip Sim

Thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes and tobacco taken from Lockerbie and Moffat Co-op sites

The first incident happened at about 03:45 on Sunday at a petrol station on Carlisle Road in Lockerbie.

The second was at a food store on Holme Street in Moffat at about 03:15 on Monday.

In both break-ins two men were seen dressed entirely in black and wearing balaclavas and gloves.

Moffat Co-op
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Det Insp Scott Young said "Our inquiry is at an early stage in what we believe are linked incidents. Officers are analysing available CCTV and conducting local enquiries. We are confident that information we require to trace the persons responsible may rest with the local community."

He also urged anyone offered cut-price cigarettes to contact them.