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Summary

  1. A teenager has admitted causing the death of his three friends in a crash in East Lothian
  2. Edinburgh Zoo has said it believes its panda Tian Tian is pregnant and may give birth at the end of the month
  3. An Edinburgh painter and decorator who won more than £7m on the National Lottery missed the moment his numbers came up after falling asleep

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Marianne Taylor

BBC Scotland news

Right, that's all from BBC Scotland Live for today. Hope you can join us at 08:00 tomorrow for more news, sport, weather and travel.

And don't forget, we'll have live text coverage of tonight's

referendum debate from Inverness on the
BBC News Scotland website.

'McMafia' gangs targeted

Environmental officers are looking to Italy to crack down on

"McMafia" crime gangs who profit from illegal waste disposal in Scotland, MSPs have heard.

Holyrood's justice committee was told the gangs use violence and intimidation to secure waste disposal contracts, cut corners and fiddle taxes.

Landfill site
BBC

Similar tactics are used by Mafia families in southern Italy.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is liaising with international police groups to combat the criminals.

Flooded residents return home

Most people evacuated from flood-hit areas amid torrential downpours have returned to their homes.

Houses were damaged in areas including Dallas, Moray, by heavy rain which reached over 125mm in a single day.

Flooding near Findhorn Bay
Simon Hansen

The power supply to about 1,700 homes in the north east were affected yesterday but they have now been reconnected.

The Scottish government has urged residents and travellers to remain vigilant.

Jazzed up

The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, which finished as the rest of the city's festival started, still managed to enjoy a bumper year, with a 40% increase on box office ticket sales from 2013.

edinburgh jazz
Simon Williams

More than 140 concerts were performed in 10 days to the 27 July.

Coming up on Scotland 2014

How do you solve a problem like West Lothian? Ian Davidson debates Malcolm Rifkind on Scotland 2014 at 10.30pm on BBC Two. And we interview Patrick Harvie.

M8 crash

Traffic Scotland

tweets: M8 Westbound Whitecart Viaduct now fully clear

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Traffic Scotland

BBC Scotland Weather

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Looking at some 48-hour rainfall totals in Scotland, it's easy to see why flood warnings remain

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Flood risk update

Police in Aberdeen say Riverside Drive remains open after the 4pm high tide, with no issues reported.

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

Many roads in Moray still affected by deep surface water - and stretches of the A96 and A98 are only passable with care.

The A836 Invershin CLOSED. The A832 at Gairloch CLOSED. Other stretches of the A832 open and passable with care.

Traffic Scotland

tweets: M8 Junction 26 Westbound Whitecart Viaduct, middle lane blocked following a two vehicle RTC

Driving without due care

Robbie Gemmell has admitted

causing the death of three of his friends by driving without due care and attention in East Lothian in November, when he was just 16.

Inspector Richard Latto, the police officer who investigated the case, said: "This single-vehicle road collision resulted in the deaths of three young people.

"All were from the Dunbar community and our thoughts are with the families affected by this tragic incident."

Insp Latto added: "This tragic incident reinforces the extensive risks of an inexperienced person not legally old enough to possess a driving licence, getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle."

Fatal crash

A man has died after a crash between a car and a lorry in Bo'ness.

Police and paramedics were called after the collision on Bridgeness Road at about 11:00.

The A904 remains closed at the scene while officers carry out investigations.

Leads sought

A pet shop chain has offered a £1,000 donation towards a reward for finding a guide dog missing for more than two weeks.

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Guide dogs scotland
Tess has not been seen since vanishing on a run near the River in Nairn

Tess, a black curly-coated cross Retriever, vanished in Nairn on 23 July.

Searches have been made along the banks of the River Nairn and surrounding areas.

Peter Pritchard, commercial director at Pets At Home, has offered the donation to Guide Dogs Scotland.

Rail resumption

Rail services in the Highlands which have been disrupted by flooding should be running again tomorrow, according to Network Rail.

David Dickson, the route managing director, said work was continuing on the line at Kingussie to clear 50 tonnes of debris.

And in Elgin, divers have been inspecting damage to the Inverness to Aberdeen line at the Lossie viaduct.

Art school footage

BBC Scotland are making a documentary about the restoration of Glasgow School of Art. Do you have footage of the day of the fire? Please get in touch. Email: artschoolrestoration@bbc.co.uk

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Traffic Scotland

tweets: A9 Dornoch Bridge, subject to strong winds, please take extra care crossing.

Edinburgh Evening News

A scrap has broken out between

two of the Capital's flagship hotels over ambitious plans for al fresco dining in the heart of the West End.

Edinburgh evening news
Edinburgh evening news

Bosses at the Rutland Hotel want to create a major new outdoor seating area - but saw original plans for a timber canopy enclosure savaged by the neighbouring Caledonian Hotel.

Mountain rescue

A mountain rescue is ongoing in Ross-shire.

Police say a woman fell in the Strathconon area this afternoon.

The Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team has been called out, and a helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth is assisting.

VIDEO:

A badly-burned baby from Pakistan recovers in Glasgow after life-saving surgery

pakistan
BBC

Mohammad Sudais arrived in Scotland six months ago as an orphan whose life hung in the balance.

After months of plastic surgery to his face, the thriving nine-month-old boy is ready to start his new life with his family who live in Glasgow.

Death crash guilty

A teenager

has admitted causing the death of his three friends in a car crash in East Lothian.

Robbie Gemmell was at the wheel of the Peugeot 206 when it left the road and hit a wall in Tyninghame in November.

18-year-old Jenna Barbour, 16-year-old Josh Stewart and 15-year-old David Armstrong were all killed.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court 17-year-old Gemmell pleaded guilty to causing death while driving without due care and attention. Sentence has been deferred until a later date.

Down to the waterfront

Dundee's £1bn waterfront regeneration project has been credited with a

surge of new businesses in the city.

Waterfront image
Dundee Waterfront

A record number of new companies were formed in the first quarter of 2014, with 227 firms founded.

A business report said firms are "flocking to set up in Dundee".

Crash girl

A 16-year-old girl has been taken to hospital after she was hit by a van in East Renfrewshire.

It happened just after 14:00 in Newton Mearns.

There is no word yet on her condition.

Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says he has "a lot" of money to spend on players but wages are the problem, not transfer fees.

He says he's very happy with Tonev and Denayer, two loan signings, and hopes to get another player in before Maribor in the Champions League Qualifier next week.

Ronny Deila also admits that January might be a more fruitful transfer window for him than this one, as assessed his squad and the "hard" market.

New loan signing, defender Jason Denayer, is straight into Celtic squad for Deila's first domestic match in charge at St Johnstone tomorrow.

Road debris

Fiona Barclay says the A832 at Ardessie in Ross-shire is passable with extreme care. River and boulders on road.

fiona barclay
Fiona Barclay

Evening Express

Today's Evening Express front page says that about 1,000 new affordable homes could be set to be built at eight sites in Aberdeen.

evening express
Evening express

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

No trains between Inverness and Aberdeen - there is replacement road transport. There are trains between Aberdeen and Huntly - and Dyce - and to Inverurie. With a limited service between Inverness and Aviemore / and Nairn.

There's still flooding at Kingussie - which will impact on services from Glasgow/Edinburgh to Inverness. BUSES can get you between Inverness to Perth - allow extra time for journeys.

The A835 south of Ullapool - a convoy system is in place following a landslip - so delays for traffic heading for the Stornoway ferry.

Many roads still affected by flood water including:

  • The A832 remains closed at Gairloch
  • A836 at Invershin closed
  • Aberdeenshire - the A980 Alford - Lumphanan road is closed at Perkhill

Lottery winner

An Edinburgh painter and decorator who won more than £7m on the National Lottery

missed the moment his numbers came up after falling asleep.

willie sibbald
BBC

Willie Sibbald, 48, from Moredun, scooped £7,084,472 in Saturday night's Lotto Rollover draw when he matched all six numbers on his Lucky Dip ticket.

He had missed the live draw and only saw the winning numbers during a TV advert break.

Network Rail Scot

tweets: Our helicopter has been out today helping engineers survey flooding across the route, including here at Elgin

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Network Rail Scot