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Summary

  1. Police divers in missing woman search
  2. Leading forecaster in recession warning
  3. Row over Sturgeon's EU 'fear' campaign
  4. McKie fingerprint officer wins appeal
  5. Unemployment falls by 11,000 in Scotland
  6. Reward of £10,000 over man's murder

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By Jo Perry and Nichola Rutherford

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Nichola Rutherford

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Thanks for joining us - we'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow. 

'We miss her terribly' - mother of missing deaf woman Kirsty Aitchison

The 30-year-old has not been seen since early on Sunday morning when left Campus nightclub in Glasgow city centre. 

In a statement, Kirsty's mother Fay Aitchison thanked family, friends and the deaf community who have raised awareness of her "lovely daughter's" disappearance at a "very difficult time". 

Kirsty Aitchison
Police Scotland

"The sharing of information and searching areas for Kirsty is very much appreciated by us all," she said. 

"The police are speaking to us continually with updates on their search for Kirsty and we hope to have her returned to us safe and well as we miss her terribly." 

Man spared jail after chasing councillor down street with a chainsaw

Conrad Procter brandished the chainsaw at Labour councillor Paul O'Kane, who was campaigning for former party leader Jim Murphy ahead of last year's general election.

He also threatened to cut the man's head off during the incident in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, on 6 April last year.

Conrad Proctor
Stewart RObertson

Procter was sentenced to a Community Payback Order at Paisley Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Seith Ireland said 40-year-old Procter had "come very close" to going to prison.

Church member who sexually abused children over 10 years is jailed

Derek Smith was found guilty by a jury after forcing his victims to relive their ordeals by giving evidence during a trial.

He was jailed for four years and two months and placed on the sex offenders register for life.

Derek Smith
PPA

The 48-year-old repeatedly carried out lewd acts on a 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl.

Smith, of Anstruther, Fife, was made the subject of an 18-month extended sentence following his release from prison.

Full story here. 

Family pay tribute to 'much-loved' Aberdeenshire father killed in road accident

George Wiseman, from the Whitehills area, died at the scene of a two-vehicle collision on the A947 Newmacher to Oldmeldrum road on Tuesday. 

His family said the 49-year-old had worked as a fisherman with and father and brother before moving into the oil industry. 

George Wiseman
Police Scotland

In a statement, they said: "We are absolutely devastated at the tragic loss of George, a much loved husband to Jenny and father to son Gavin, 20, and daughter Olivia, 16.

They added: "He will be sorely missed by all who knew him."

Police have appealed for witnesses to the collision, which happened at 15:55, to come forward. 

Andy Murray to play fellow Brit at Queens Club - for the first time in a decade

Kheredine Idessane

BBC Sport Scotland at the Aegon Championships

Given the paucity of top British players, it's no surprise Andy Murray can barely remember the last time he played anyone from these shores.

It was back in September 2006, in Bangkok; a straight sets loss to his friend and mentor Tim Henman. 

In the 10 years since, Murray has risen to world number two while the rest of the country has struggled to make an impact on the top 100. 

Andy Murray at Queens
Getty Images

Until now. Aljaz Bedene, the naturalised Slovenian, is already inside the top 60 and tipped to rise further still. 

He and Murray have practised together several times, and the Scot is a fan of the new Brit's work ethic. 

He'll need more than endeavour to cause an upset today, however, as Murray hopes to stay on track for an historic fifth Queens club title. 

Bus firm Stagecoach fined £10,000 after wheel comes off bus in Caithness

No-one was injured in the incident on the company's A836 Castletown route on 4 February this year.

However, Scotland's Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken said the incident could have had "catastrophic" consequences.

Highland Country Buses Ltd, which trades as Stagecoach in the Highlands, has been ordered to pay the fine.

WATCH: Nicola Sturgeon accused of 'Tory-style scare tactics' over EU referendum

Nicola Sturgeon accused of 'Tory-style scare tactics' over EU

Weather: 'Persistent and heavy rain' in the north and north-east

Travel update: Road accident on the A9 at Pitlochry

Smoking room made famous by Sir Walter Scott to be opened to the public for first time

The 138-year-old room at Bowhill House, country home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, is being made public after undergoing a 21st-Century transformation by two renowned textile and tapestry studios - Glasgow's Timorous Beasties and Edinburgh's Dovecot Studios.

The Smoking Room was once regarded as the inner sanctum for gentlemen at the country estate near Selkirk in the Borders but later fell out of use and was used as a storeroom. 

Bowhill House
Walter Baxter/Geograph

It was added to the house - named Sweet Bowhill by frequent visitor Sir Walter Scott in his poem The Lay of the Last Minstrel - in the 1870s along with a dining room, billiard room and chapel. 

Paul Simmons of Timorous Beasties with the Duke of Buccleuch on the sofa depicting the south façade of Bowhill House.
BBC
Paul Simmons of Timorous Beasties with the Duke of Buccleuch on the sofa depicting the south façade of Bowhill House.

Coming up: The EU debate, tributes to Leopard man of Skye and Philip Green grilled

Newsdrive

BBC Radio Scotland

Join Mhairi Stuart for tonight's programme when she'll be bringing you all the latest national and international news, including the very latest on the EU debate.

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BBC

Also on the programme; Are children becoming desensitised to pornography?

Listen to the programme live here.

Travel: Road accident on the A9 at Ballinluig

World's smallest species of gull nesting in Scotland for the first time

RSPB Scotland believe photos of the birds' nest containing an egg may prove they are the first breeding pair of "Little Gulls" in Scotland. 

They have set up home on a tern nesting island at the Loch of Strathbeg nature reserve in Aberdeenshire. 

Little gull
Ian Francis
Aerial view of little gull on nest
RSPB Scotland

RSPB Scotland staff will mount a 24 hour watch and use cameras to protect the rare birds. 

The charity's Richard Humpidge said: “We’re really excited to have these smashing little birds nesting on the reserve."

Boy with rare medical condition attends Nicola Sturgeon meeting after 140,000 sign new drug petition

Michael Young, who is nine, and his family met the first minister after the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) refused to approve Translarna to treat the muscle-wasting condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Michael Young
BBC

The SMC said in April there was too much uncertainty about the overall benefits in relation to its cost.

The drug has been approved for use in England by Nice, the equivalent body south of the border.

Three seriously injured in two-car crash on the A7 in the Scottish Borders

A red Audi A3 and a burgundy Ford Focus were involved in the accident just south of the B6367 junction for Pathhead at 07:25.

The 21-year-old driver of the Focus and 56-year-old A3 driver were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

police accident sign
bbc

A 64-year-old passenger from the Audi was also badly hurt and was taken to Borders General Hospital. 

The road was closed until about 11:30

Man who jumped from moving car to avoid arrest, leaving woman and child inside, is jailed

Robert Laidlaw, 26, leapt from his Ford Focus as it travelled towards Uphall Primary School in West Lothian last Friday afternoon.

Uphall Primary School
Google

Livingston Sheriff Court heard that PC Alan Beattie ran towards the moving car, pressed the footbrake with his hand and pulled the handbrake - managing to stop it.

Laidlaw was banned from driving for 10 years and jailed for eight months after admitting driving while disqualified, having no insurance and reckless conduct.

School children, pedestrians and other road users could've easily been hurt due to his behaviour, and it’s down to the quick-thinking actions of PC Beattie and PC Ward that no one was injured.

Chief Inspector Stephen InnesPolice Scotland

Council says 1,000 more pupils returning to Edinburgh schools affected by structural faults

The City of Edinburgh Council said the pupils were returning to lessons after the repairs were completed a week early.

School building damaged
Scott Arthur

Four primary schools and Rowanfield special school will reopen to pupils next Monday. 

A further 3,000 pupils displaced in the Edinburgh school buildings crisis will be unable to return to their schools until after the summer holidays.

From BBC Scotland Weather - Afternoon forecast with Kirsteen

From BBC Weather - more rain

Judy Murray joins rugby stars Alastair Kellock and Gregor Townsend to receive honorary degrees

The mother of tennis stars Andy and Jamie Murray said she hoped to use her sons' success to build the sport across Scotland.

Judy Murray made the comments after being honoured by Glasgow University in recognition of her contribution to tennis at both grassroots and professional level.

Kellock and Townsend were given a joint doctorate of the university for their contribution to rugby and community engagement as the former captain and current head coach of Glasgow Warriors.

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New tax and welfare powers should improve Scots human rights, new report says

In a report to the United Nations, the Scottish Human Rights Commission said groups including women and the disabled continued to be disadvantaged in Scottish society.

Woman walking towards derelict house
PA

They cited health inequalities and the gender pay gaps and focused their efforts on the "adverse and disproportionate impact" of welfare reform and austerity on human rights

Judith Robertson, chair of the commission, said: "With new powers coming to the Scottish Parliament, the commission will be sharpening its focus on ensuring our governments and public authorities meet their human rights obligations."

Newly-weds fulfill ambition to stand atop one of Scotland's famous mountain features - in full wedding attire

Mel Morrell and Steve Hill, from Wales, went on a climbing trip to Skye shortly after first they started dating six years ago.

Mel Morrell and Steve Hill
CURON WYN DAVIES

The pair had hoped to tackle the Cioch, a block of rock on cliffs in the Cuillin, but could not complete the climb at that time.

They returned last Thursday and completed the ascent.

Glasgow man jailed for ordering 10 stun guns disguised as mobile phones from China

James Jefferson, 37, admitted purchasing the illegal items which arrived in the UK in February 2013. 

They were uncovered after packaging was x-rayed by UK Border Force officials at a Parcelforce depot in Coventry. 

High Court in Glasgow
BBC

The High Court in Glasgow heard that the items were addressed to Jefferson's partner at their then address in the Scotstounhill area of Glasgow.

He was jailed for 18 months. 

BBC Trending in Edinburgh hosting live Q&A on the EU Referendum

Laura Cram, professor of European politics at the University of Edinburgh and Press Association political reporter Mark McLaughlin are answering questions during the session, which is being broadcast on Facebook. 

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WATCH: The life of the 'Leopard Man of Skye', who has died in his 80s

The Leopard Man of Skye dies in Inverness

EU 'not perfect' but has replaced 'bombs with bureaucrats' says leading churchman

The Rev Dr Richard Frazer, convener of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland, accused Leave campaigners who claimed Brexit would solve the "immigration catastrophe" and erosion of sovereignty in Europe of "playing a dangerous game".

Rev Richard Frazer
Greyfriars

He said British actions had partly contributed to the migration crisis and it was "simply wrong" to deny history and claim refugees were someone else's problem.

Dr Frazer, minister at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, said: "The European project is far from perfect, but in as much as it has successfully replaced bombs with bureaucrats it has enabled European citizens to enjoy unprecedented peace, stability and opportunity since the Second World War."

Three degrees: Judy Murray, Gregor Townsend and Alastair Kellock honoured at Glasgow University

From BBC Scotland's Aileen Clarke

Police divers search River Clyde in hunt for deaf mother Kirsty Aitchison

STV

The 30-year-old, from Robroyston vanished after leaving Campus nightclub in Glasgow city centre in the early hours of Sunday. 

Kirsty Aitchison
Police Scotland

Police Scotland divers began scouring the River Clyde near the Riverboat Casino in Glasgow city centre at around 11am on Wednesday as the search for Ms Aitchison entered its fourth day.    

North-east Scotland in flood alert warning

The Scottish Environment Protection agency said Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen have been affected by persistent rain overnight and it is forecast for continue today

Flood alert map
Sepa

Localised flooding of low lying land and roads is possible from this afternoon and through the evening, they warned. 

It comes after The Met Office issued a yellow warning for rain in the region.

Former SNP deputy 'deeply regrets' Nicola Sturgeon 'fear tactics' over Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon has warned that the UK voting to leave the European Union could present the risk of a "right-wing Tory takeover".

Jim Sillars
BBC

The first minister and SNP leader said the referendum was "on a knife-edge", with some polls suggesting Leave leading.

Ms Sturgeon said following a Brexit, the UK could end up with Boris Johnson as prime minister.

But the former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars criticised her words.

I deeply regret that Nicola seems to have resorted to the tactic which she previously deplored and in doing so has fallen from her own high standard

Jim SillarsVote Leave

Scottish golfer joins 'chorus of concern' over Zika virus threat at Rio Olympics

The Scotsman

Catriona Matthew has herself ended up in hospital in Brazil after being bitten by mosquitoes. 

But she said the issue will not stop her from competing in the Games if, as now seems likely, she secures a place in Team GB as golf makes its return to the event after 
an absence of more than 
100 years.

Catriona Matthews
Getty Images

At 46 and with no plans to add to a family of two daughters – nine-year-old Katie and Sophie, who is seven – the North Berwick woman isn’t worried personally about the threat.

However, she sympathises with younger players who are thinking about starting families after US health officials concluded that infections by the mosquito-borne Zika virus in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies.

Full story here. 

Stuart McCall agrees in principle to become next Bradford City manager

BBC Sport Scotland

The former Scotland international has been out of managerial work since leaving Rangers last year. 

The move - which could be confirmed this weekend - would see McCall give up his coaching role with Scotland.

Stuart McCall
SNS

It will be a second spell for McCall as Bradford City boss. 

The former Bantams player was in charge in his first stint from 2007 to 2010. 

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WATCH: BBC Crimewatch appeal over murder of Brian McKandie in Rothienorman

Brian McKandie murder in Crimewatch Roadshow appeal

A £10,000 reward has been offered for information on the murder of the 67-year-old man at his Aberdeenshire home.

Mr McKandie was found beaten to death with a "heavy weapon" in his home in Rothienorman on 12 March.

Police believe he may have known his killer. Two men were seen speaking to him the day before, and a burgundy or maroon car was also seen at the time.

'Ivan Lendl is definitely more of a handshake than a hug kind of guy'

Andy Murray's column

BBC Sport

I think I've only ever had one or two hugs from Ivan - once after I lost my first Wimbledon final against Roger Federer, and maybe also when I won the US Open final.

I don't think there was any hugging when I won Wimbledon.

Andy Murray
BBC Sport

So it was it was with a straight handshake that we greeted each other at Queen's Club on Tuesday morning - the first time we'd seen each other since the US Open last September.  

Read more from Andy Murray here

Refugee crisis and Lego bricks form part of Festival of Politics programme

The Holyrood festival which takes place between 18-20 August, includes sessions on political speech writing, the American elections and whether opinion polls are good for democracy. 

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