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  1. Ex education minister Sam Galbraith dies
  2. Referendum campaign enters final month
  3. School tribute to party death girl
  4. Judy Murray to appear on Strictly Come Dancing
  5. Clare's law pilots announced

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Catherine Lyst

BBC Scotland news website

Ok folks, That's all from Scotland Live today.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 to 18:00 with all the latest, news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

In the meantime, you can keep up to date with events on the

BBC News Scotland website.

Shale gas licence

Grangemouth plant owner

Ineos has bought a majority share in a licence for shale gas exploration and development in Scotland.

Iineos plant
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The petrochemical company's licence covers 329 square kilometres of the Midland Valley around its Stirlingshire site.

The British Geological Survey has estimated there are "modest" shale gas and oil resources in the area.

Grangemouth is being developed to import shale gas ethane from the US.

Clark starts for Gers

Nicky Clark is set to return to the Rangers starting line-up for tonight's game against Clyde in the Petrofac Training Cup second round.


Fellow striker Kenny Miller is nursing a hamstring injury after Friday night's league win at Falkirk.

Arnold Peralta and Jon Daly remain on the sidelines, while Richard Foster and Ian Black are doubts.

Clyde captain John Sweeney is available to return to midfield after suspension, but defenders Iain Gray and Fraser McGhee are still missing.

You can get a live text commentary from the game


Patient death fine

A health board has been fined £50,000 after

a vulnerable patient took her own life at a hospital in Kilmarnock.

Nicola Black
Campbell Thomas

NHS Ayrshire and Arran admitted health and safety breaches over the death of 33-year-old Nicola Black at Crosshouse Hospital on 31 August 2010.

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard she was put in a room where previously identified risk had not been addressed.

Sheriff Brian Murphy said Ms Black's death was "entirely avoidable", adding: "I regard these failures as serious."

Reporting Scotland

On Reporting Scotland at 18:30 tonight, political editor Brian Taylor reports live from Arbroath where First Minister Alex Salmond is launching the "Yes" campaign's latest "declaration".

There will also be details of a new development in the Ferguson Shipyard closure and the latest on two missing children.

You can watch the programme live online here.

Rainbow over ruins

This photo of a rainbow over Loch Ness was taken by Emily Tait, a junior doctor in Inverness.

Rainbow over Loch Ness
Emily Tait

She said she was sitting in a cafe with a friend watching the rain when the sun came out and the rainbow appeared over the ruins of Castle Urquhart.

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Legia Warsaw lose appeal

Celtic will meet Maribor in the Champions League play-off round after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas)

rejected Legia Warsaw's bid to be provisionally reinstated.

Legia Warsaw v Celtic

Cas has denied Legia's appeal for "provisional measures" to be taken, but will continue to arbitrate on the case.

It means Celtic manager Ronny Deila can now focus fully on the two-legged Champions League play-off against Slovenia's Maribor on Wednesday and next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Legia Warsaw drop into the Europa League, where they will play Aktobe in Kazakhstan on Thursday.


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Politician's death

Former Scottish education minister, Sam Galbraith, has died at the age of 68.

Sam Galbraith

Mr Galbraith was one of the world's longest surviving lung transplant patients who was not expected to live for more than two years after receiving a transplant in 1990.

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont said: "Sam was a wonderful man. A great doctor, an inspiring colleague and dedicated family man.

"Sam was a great champion of the NHS, and he himself was a great example of how it can transform lives.

"We will all miss his vigour, his support and his candour. Our thoughts are with his wife and family."

Driver unaware of cyclist's death

A driver thought she was the only person involved in a crash until police told her a cyclist had been killed and another injured, an inquiry has heard.

Les Harvey/Geograph

Elaine Dunne, 30, from Glenfield, died and her husband Christopher was seriously injured when a car allegedly drove on the wrong side of the road.

Two hours after the crash in Caithness, police told driver Alice Ross, 96, of Lybster, of the others involved.

The fatal accident inquiry (FAI) is being held at Wick Sheriff Court.

Weather Outlook

BBC Scotland Weather


It will be a dry evening and night although there will be blustery showers across northern Scotland. Temperatures will be about 7C or 8C, although they will fall to about 3C in some sheltered parts of the countryside.

Tomorrow will bring a lot of dry, bright weather across central and southern Scotland, with some good spells of sunshine. There will be showers in some parts of the north.

Temperatures will be between 15C and 17C in the town and cities, and 13C for the Western and Northern Isles.

More medal winners?

Eilidh Child
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Scottish Athletics chief executive Nigel Holl believes the country can look forward to

producing more European Championship medal winners like Eilidh Child, Lynsey Sharp and Chris O'Hare.

Child won 400m hurdles gold and 4x400m relay bronze, while Sharp won silver in the 800m and O'Hare took bronze in the 1,500m for Great Britain in Zurich.

Holl said: "There are many other young athletes - Laura Muir, Eilish McColgan, Beth Potter, Guy Learmonth. They stepped up in Glasgow 2014."

Cyclist seriously injured

Police have appealed for witnesses after

a cyclist suffered serious injuries in a collision with a car in Clackmannanshire.

The 39-year-old man was riding on the A908 road between Tillicoultry and Fishcross when he was involved in the collision with a Ford car.

The accident happened at about 05:35 at the junction with Blackfaulds Street.

The road was closed for about seven-and-a-half hours to allow investigation work to be carried out.

Scotland 2014

Looking ahead to

Scotland 2014 tonight, the programme will be sizing up the challenges for both referendum campaigns to win on 18 September and will be asking if disabled people are being ignored by the #indyref debate.

Tune in at 22:30 on BBC2 Scotland.

Blog post removed

Better Together has removed a blog post from its official website

amid allegations its author had expressed "unacceptable" views on Twitter.

Better Together page
Better Together

It came after social media users uncovered a tweet, apparently sent from Yvonne Hama's account, which compared the SNP to Nazis.

She also appeared to have retweeted former BNP leader Nick Griffin.

Better Together said: "Yvonne is not a politician. However, views like this are completely unacceptable."

Scots clubs learn player draft

Six Scottish Premiership clubs have been aligned with Edinburgh and four with Glasgow Warriors in the

professional draft for next season.

Currie opted to bracket themselves with Glasgow to enable a more equitable split of the 101 players.

Rugby players

Scotland 7s players are also aligned to the pro-clubs.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault in the Partick area of Glasgow.

The incident happened in the Beith Street area between 01:00 and 03:20 on Sunday.

Police want to trace a man and woman in their 20s who were seen in a nearby car at the time.

The hatchback car was dark in colour.

Green energy for distillery

The UK government is to guarantee bonds of almost £50m for a new green energy project which will help power more than 20,000 homes as well as one of Scotland's best-known distilleries.

The Macallan whisky distillery will benefit from the £74m Speyside Biomass Power project in Moray.

The Treasury has confirmed it will guarantee bonds worth up to £48.5m, making it the latest project to be supported by the UK Government Guarantees scheme.

Good news for Andy?

Interesting news for Andy Murray this afternoon... defending champion

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week's US Open.

Rafael Nadal
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The world number two suffered the injury in training on 29 July and missed two warm-up tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati.

Nadal has not competed since he was beaten by Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round at Wimbledon on 1 July.

Murray has struggled with his form this year and was beaten in straight sets last week by Roger Federer in the quarters of the Cincinnati Masters.

Business editor fined

The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday business editor has been fined £500 and given a three-year non-harassment order for stalking a female PR consultant.

Terry Murden, 57, from Edinburgh, was found guilty last month of stalking Nicki Sturzaker, 39, between 27 June and 4 October, 2013.

He had denied causing her fear and alarm by going to her flat uninvited, leaving unwanted gifts and notes.

Hearts fan charged

A 21-year-old has been charged with making an offensive gesture during Sunday's Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle.

The fan was arrested after the alleged "Nazi salute" was picked up by TV cameras covering the Hearts v Hibs match.

Tynecastle stadium

He is due to appear in court at a later date.

Plan B?

With just a month to go till the referendum, currency is still at the centre of the independence debate.

magnifying glass and Scottish notes
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First Minister Alex Salmond insists an independent Scotland would join a currency union with the rest of the UK. But what might a currency Plan B look like? BBC Scotland political correspondent

Glenn Campbell finds out.

Historic cinema to close

One of the oldest cinemas in Europe is to close at the end of this month with the loss of seven jobs.

The Picture House
The Picture House

The Picture House, on the the banks of Campbeltown Loch, celebrated its centenary in May 2013.

Campbeltown Community Business, which owns and runs the A-listed art deco cinema, said the amount of improvement work needed meant it was unsustainable.

M8 lane restriction

BBC Scotland Travel


M8 J25 - J24 Helen St - breakdown, one lane restricted Westbound for up to 15 minutes.

Paton stays at United

Dundee United have handed

extended contracts to Paul Paton and Aidan Connolly and signed another midfielder, Scott Lochhead, after the 17-year-old's release by Celtic.Paton, 27, has signed a new deal until summer 2017, while 18-year-old Connolly's deal last until 2016.

Paul Paton

Paisley-born Paton has been capped once by Northern Ireland.

Manager Jackie McNamara told his club website: "Paul has been the model of consistency since joining United."

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Ineos buys 'fracking' licence

Petrochemical company Ineos has bought a majority share in a licence for shale gas exploration and development - so-called fracking - in Scotland.

The company said it had purchased a 51% share in an onshore oil and gas licence surrounding its refining and petrochemical complex at Grangemouth.

The licence to "frack" covers 329 square kilometres of the Midland Valley in Scotland, where the British Geological Survey has estimated there are "modest" shale gas and oil resources.

Description of missing boys


appealing for information on the whereabouts of two missing boys have released descriptions.

Willie Boy O'Neill, 3, is described as being of slim build with fair hair, whilst his brother Tojo, 2, is stocky with fair hair.

They are believed to be in the company of their parents, Claire Watson, 32 and 39-year-old Robert O'Neill (39).

So far, there have been no positive sightings of the children, except for the whole family being seen together within the Rivergate Shopping Centre in Irvine at 14:45 on Sunday 3 August.

Child porn man avoids jail

A Galashiels man who downloaded indecent images of children on his home computer has avoided jail.

Jason Thomson, 40, admitted two charges of possessing child pornography between September 2012 and July 2013.

Selkirk Sheriff Court was told that 164 indecent images and 28 movies were found on his computer - the majority of them in the least serious category.

He was ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and placed on the sex offenders register for three years.

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Salmond says suggestion Scotland would become a republic after independence is a "silly scare story".

Ferry access fund

A £500,000 fund has been set up by the Scottish government in an effort to

improve disabled access on ferries and at harbours.

The Ferries Accessibility Fund will be open to bids from the public and private sector.

MV Isle of Lewis
Colin Smith/Geograph

Transport Minister Keith Brown said Scotland's ferry services "should be open and accessible to everyone".

Applications will be taken up until the end of November with successful bids announced in January next year.

Kayaker rescued

A kayaker who fell into the sea off the coast at North Berwick in East Lothian has been rescued by a lifeboat crew.

Kayak rescue

Staff at a nearby visitor attraction spotted the man in the water on Sunday and called the coastguard.

The North Berwick Lifeboat was launched and the man was pulled from the water.

A second man, who was found trying to paddle back to shore with both kayaks, was also rescued.

Easdales 'interested' in shipyard

Greenock based businessmen Sandy and James Easdale, owners of McGill's Buses, have expressed an interest in saving Ferguson Shipbuilders.

Ferguson Shipbuilders

Administrators from

KPMG were called into the Port Glasgow-based yard on Friday.

Sandy Easdale said: "This is a highly skilled workforce and it is a vital business for our area. With government assistance, both in Edinburgh and London, I am sure we can secure orders."

Missing boys

Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of two young children missing from the Irvine area since Sunday.

Willie Boy and Tojo O'Neill
Police scotland

Willie Boy O'Neill, 3, and Tojo O'Neill, 2, formerly of Caldon Road, Irvine, are believed to be in the company of their parents Claire Watson and Robert O'Neill.

North Ayrshire local authorities had been trying to engage with the family before they went missing.

Coming up...

Reporting Scotland is live from Arbroath at 13:30, where First Minister Alex Salmond is launching the Yes campaign's latest "declaration".

Elsewhere, we'll have the latest on the Ferguson shipyard closure.

You can

watch the programme live online here.

Tattie rival?

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Does Scots Commonwealth gold medal winner Tattie Marshall have rival? Here's First Minister Alex Salmond trying out the bowling greens in Arbroath before his speech...

Alex Salmond playing lawn bowls

It's nuts

This photo of squabbling sparrows on a bird feeder was sent to us by Peter Mclardy, from Largs.

Sparrows on feeder
Peter Mclardy

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Wing man

Celtic are working on a deal to secure Ghana winger Mubarak Wakaso on loan from Russian club Rubin Kazan.

Mubarak Wakaso
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The Scottish champions hope to complete the move in time to register the 24-year-old for Wednesday's Champions League play-off against Maribor.