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Summary

  1. Sturgeon to continue as first minister
  2. Former teacher jailed for abusing boys
  3. Liam Fee accused says toddler was 'self-harming'
  4. 'Mini explosion' and smoke in Glasgow

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By Jo Perry and Christopher Sleight

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That's it from Scotland Live for today. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00

We'll bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the country, as they happen. Bye for now.

Holyrood in pictures: Comparing the class of 1999 with the class of 2016

From BBC Scotland's online politics reporter

Family of hillwalker missing in Glen Coe area say they have 'every hope' he can be found alive

Edward Davies was last seen in the Clachaig Inn on the evening of Saturday 7 May.

Extensive searches have since been made for the 39-year-old involving the coastguard and mountain rescue teams.  

His family said he intended to climb on Sunday 8 May was "very likely" to have been in the Ben Finlay [Beinn Fhionnlaidh] area during the day, potentially early in the morning.

Edward Davies
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They said in a statement: "This is a critical time for Edward. He is very likely to have a small dark grey/green one-man tent with him for emergencies and supplies adequate to last several days.

"Edward is physically capable and an experienced hillwalker. He is also a wildlife enthusiast who may have been drawn to particular nature spots beyond the area.

"The weather on the Sunday and through the week has been excellent so we still have every hope we can find Edward alive."

Anyone who was in the area that weekend who may have seen Mr Davies is asked to contact the police.

Police appeal for witnesses after 'unprovoked' attack on teenager in Fife

The 16-year-old was walking along Birnam Road, Kirkcaldy, when he was approached and assaulted by a group of males at about 19:00 on Saturday.

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Sgt Jimmy Adamson said: "He was subjected to an unprovoked attack, which left him with a serious facial injury.

"We know that the area was busy with people visiting shops and attending an event at a local pub and we are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch with us."

Scotland Judo star showing 'early signs of improvement' after Vietnam accident

Commonwealth Games medallist Stephanie Inglis suffered critical head injuries after falling off a motorbike last week. 

The 27-year-old had been in the country for the past four months teaching English to underprivileged children.

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In a statement, her fellow Judo Scotland team member Kirstene Feenan said Ms Inglis's brain had shown "small signs of activity".

She added: "However, Stephanie is still in a critical condition and doctors have warned that any possible recovery will involve significant rehabilitation and time.

"The next 48 hours remain crucial in her survival as she continues to fight an infection in her lungs."

An appeal to raise money for the athlete's treatment has been launched.

Teenager suffers serious facial injuries after being targeted by group of men in 'unprovoked' street attack

The 16-year-old was assaulted as he walked along Birnam Road in Kirkcaldy on Saturday at about 19:00.

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Sgt Jimmy Adamson said: “The young man was walking on his own when he was approached by a group of males.

"He was subjected to an unprovoked attack, which left him with a serious facial injury."

Police have appealed for anyone with information about the attack to contact them.

People's satisfaction with GPs and social care continues to fall, patient survey finds

A survey of 100,000 people in Scotland found increasing dissatisfaction with the process for booking a doctors' appointment.

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However, nearly nine out of 10 patients said the care they received was "good" or "excellent".

Eight out of 10 people asked said the care they received from social services was "excellent" or "good", a slight fall on last year.

MSPs are to be allowed to Tweet from the Holyrood chamber

The new presiding officer Ken MacIntosh told Parliament he'd decided to change the rules to allow greater use of social media during debates.

However, he warned MSPs that they must respect proceedings and that playing candy crush was not allowed.

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City of Edinburgh Council confirms independent inquiry into schools crisis will begin after summer holidays

Recruitment is underway to find an independent chair to investigate why 17 schools were closed amid building safety fears.

The council leader, Andrew Burns, said it was important the chair commanded respect within the construction industry so lessons could be learnt in Edinburgh and across Scotland.

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The schools were all built or modernised under the controversial Public Private Partnership scheme.

Under the deal, a profit-making company - Edinburgh Schools Partnership - built the schools, runs the buildings and maintains them.

Nicola Sturgeon wins 63 votes to Willie Rennie's five to be nominated as first minister

From BBC Scotland's political reporter

Liam Fee accused 'upset at toddler's self-harm', court hears

One of the women accused of murdering two-year-old Liam Fee has told the court it was "very upsetting" to see the toddler self-harming and not knowing what it was or how to to stop it.

Nyomi Fee said she and her partner Rachel Fee were concerned about changes in Liam's behaviour and believed he might have autism.

The couple deny killing the toddler in March 2014.

Liam Fee
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From BBC Scotland Weather

Statins, usually prescribed to combat heart disease, may help protect babies in womb from mother's stress

Research on mice carried out at Edinburgh University suggested that statins could cut the chances of babies being born underweight and developing heart problems in later life.

Pregnant woman wearing black spotted dress against red background
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The scientists said more work was needed to measure whether or not such results translated safely to humans.

Watch: Maori skull handover ceremony

A Maori skull which has been held in a museum in Moray for more than 130 years is being returned to New Zealand.

Tribal leaders have been campaigning for decades to have artefacts returned to their homeland.

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Glasgow's West End Festival organisers want to raise £50,000 to reinstate Byres Road street parade

The Mardi-Gras-style celebration is one of the biggest draws and attracts up to 100,000 people.

It was previously dropped in 2012 after rising costs could not be met from sponsorship income.

Organisers say they need to raise the £50,000 by early next year if the parade is to return.

West End Festival
West End Festival

Nicola Sturgeon lodges first minister nomination papers

Moray Museum hands over Maori skull after 130 years

A Maori skull which has been part of a museum collection in Moray for more than 130 years has been handed over to the Museum of New Zealand.

The skull, which is from the Otago region of New Zealand's south island, was donated to the Falconer Museum in Forres in the 1880s.

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The skull was handed over at a special ceremony in Forres

The handover ceremony took place at the Falconer Museum in Forres.

Tribal leaders have been campaigning for decades to have artefacts returned to their homeland.  

The skull, which remained covered as a mark of respect, is not thought to have been on display since Victorian times but has been preserved in the museum store.

Survey suggests fewer than one in five victims of rape report it to police in Scotland

The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey for 2014/15 reported 2.7% of adults had experienced at least one form of serious sexual assault since the age of 16.

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The proportion was higher for women (4.6%) compared to men (0.6%), with 94.1% of victims identifying the offender as male and 87.4% saying they knew the perpetrator.

Only 16.8% of people who reported experiencing forced sexual intercourse had gone on to report it to police.

The most common reason given was fear that it would make matters worse, cited by 43.4%.

D-Day vets awarded France's highest honour at Aberdeen ceremony

From BBC Scotland's Kevin Keane

Figures for past decade show cancer in women in Scotland on the rise but falling for men

After accounting for the ageing population, the rate of cancer has increased by 6% for women and decreased by 3% for men.

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Lung cancer remains the most common cancer, followed by breast cancer.

The charity Breast Cancer Now said that the increase might be due to extended screening.

The also speculated that diet and alcohol were playing a part.

Former teacher jailed for sexually abusing five boys at a private school

William Bain, 62, abused the children at the Dunbartonshire school where he worked in the 1980s and 1990s.

He was caught when one victim contacted police after discovering Bain was teaching at the private boarding school, Glenalmond College, in Perthshire.

Bain was suspended and later retired before pleading guilty to five charges of abusing boys while he was a teacher.

He was jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Read the full story.

Charity shop dress donation sparks 'most successful week' for store in 20 years

Shelter Scotland said it had raised £4,000 in less than a week after selling 60 designer dresses donated to its Perth Road store in Dundee.

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The charity said the shop "went into an absolute frenzy, with customers waiting in line to enter the shop" after the dresses, worth up to £21,000, were handed in.

They have now appealed for more stock after customers not only bought the dresses but also snapped up other items in the shop too.

Cyanide warning over online marketing that urges people to east 'cancer-fighting' apricot kernals

Adverts online suggest cancer patients should eat between ten and 60 kernels a day.

Apricots with stone in middle
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However, the watchdog Food Standards Scotland said apricot kernels contained a toxin that converts to cyanide after eating, and consuming just half a kernel could be dangerous.

The fruit of the apricot is harmless as the kernel is inside the stone and has no contact with it.

Police appeal over fatal crash that claimed life of 24-year-old woman

The collision happened on Friday at about 10:10 on the A87, just north of Broadford, on the Isle of Skye.

A87 crash site
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The 24-year-old woman, who was driving a red Ford Fiesta, died at the scene.

Police have appealed for anyone who may have seen the car in the minutes before the crash to contact them.

Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie submits official nomination papers for first minister role

From BBC Scotland's political correspondent

Mr Rennie is standing against Ms Sturgeon in the vote despite the Liberal Democrats finishing fifth in the election after winning just five seats.

The Scottish Parliament will formally vote for the country's next first minister from about 14:00.

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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is expected to take over the role.

She won the party's third consecutive Holyrood election on 5 May, but finished two seats short of an overall majority.

Three Scottish health authorities report higher than average death rates for newborn babies

NHS Grampian, NHS Ayrshire and Arran and NHS Borders have death rates that are up to 10% higher than elsewhere.

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The figures have been adjusted to take into account the size of hospitals and levels of deprivation.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Tayside had lower than average death rates, according to the figures compiled by academics from Oxford University.

Scottish Power say 'standard cable fault' responsible for incident in Glasgow city centre

Update

A power surge on underground electrical cables resulted in 115 properties in Glasgow city centre being left without electricity and sparked reports of a "mini explosion".

Fire crews at Glasgow's St Vincent Place
Nick Kewney

Fire crews were called to the scene in Buchanan Street after reports of a "bang" from a drain.

An area at the junction with St Vincent Place was cordoned off.

ScottishPower later said all properties which had been affected - at about 08:00 - had been re-connected by 09:25 and there was "no evidence of any explosion".

The power outage also affected signalling on the Glasgow Subway system.

Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie to stand against Nicola Sturgeon in first minister election

From BBC Scotland's political correspondent

Supplies restored to customers affected by 'power surge' that caused explosion in Glasgow city centre

Kilmarnock's Kris Boyd in rallying call to fans against Falkirk

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Sport Scotland

Kris Boyd has urged Kilmarnock supporters to turn out in force and help the side see off Falkirk in the Scottish Premiership play-off final.

The former Scotland striker says fans can play their part - as they did in a recent 4-0 win over Hamilton.

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"There are usually empty seats everywhere," joked 32-year-old Boyd.

"But I think, when you see the support they gave us at Hamilton, what a difference it can make - and I am sure they will."

Chef Nairn questions BBC decision to 'archive' 11,000 recipes on website

Nick Nairn, who became the youngest Scottish chef to win a Michelin star in the 1990s, said removing the recipes, would take away a valuable resource.

His comments come after the BBC said its Food website, which carries more than 11,000 recipes, would close as part of a plan to cut £15m from the corporation's online budget.

Nick Nairn
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Those of us whose glory days were perhaps a year or two in the past - those recipes are going to disappear. What I don't really understand is how hard can it be to keep a few recipes up online? Perhaps there is someone curating it, but it doesn't feel like a massive cost saving.

Firefighters called after reports of 'mini explosion' in central Glasgow

Emergency services are attending an incident in Glasgow city centre following reports of a possible explosion and power cut.

Fire crews have cordoned off an area in Buchanan Street at its junction with St Vincent Place.

Police Scotland tweeted that there had been reports of a power cut in the area and smoke coming from a drain. Others in the area tweeted reports of a "mini explosion".

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Reports of power cut and 'smoke coming from drain' in Glasgow city centre

From Glasgow City Police

Scottish Gossip: Arsenal consider £10m move for Celtic left-back Kiernan Tierney

BBC Sport Scotland

Liverpool and Manchester City are also tracking the teenager, according to the Daily Record.

Scottish Gossip
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The Daily Express reports that Aberdeen and Hearts are chasing Miles Storey, with the striker set to reject a new contract offer from Swindon after a successful loan period at Inverness CT.

And Norwich manager Alex Neil tells Rangers they have no chance of luring Graham Dorrans back to Scotland, says The Sun.

Read the rest of today's Scottish Gossip.

M8 update from Traffic Scotland

Police confirm body found in Cairngorms last week was missing hillwalker Jim Robertson

The 61-year-old from Glasgow disappeared while walking on the Mar Lodge Estate in March.

Jim Robertson
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The body of a man, discovered in Glen Lui last Thursday, has now been formally identified as that of Mr Robertson.

Police said his family have been informed.