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  1. Edinburgh Zoo fears panda has miscarried
  2. Voters urged to register as deadline looms
  3. Weight Watchers sessions to be prescribed on NHS
  4. Fireworks mark end of Edinburgh festival

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BBC Scotland news

Right, that's all from BBC Scotland Live for today. Join us again at 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

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New Katie Morag book

The first new Katie Morag book for seven years has been released.

Author and illustrator Dr Mairi C Hedderwick unveiled the new collection of children's stories as she opened a £1m nursery in Dundee.

Katie Morag

She read excerpts from stories to children at the new Mary Lily Walker Nursery at the High School of Dundee.

The Katie Morag Treasury is the 15th book in the Katie Morag series, which has also been adapted as a CBeebies TV programme.

Anderson out for over a month

Aberdeen captain Russell Anderson will be missing for between four and six weeks after having a knee operation.

Russell Anderson

Woman's body in loch

A woman's body has been recovered from the water at Loch Morlich near Aviemore.

Police were called to the scene by a member of the public at 11:22 this morning.

The woman's death is being treated as unexplained.

Third time lucky

Michael Gardyne has signed up for a

third spell at Ross County.

Michael Gardyne
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The 28-year-old forward has agreed to join on loan from Dundee United until January.

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Bert Hunter in reply to Theresa on Scotland Live: Have you seen the quality of living over there? Quality of living is what this referendum is about, not the cost.

Duncan Stirling in reply to Martin: How can we trust the Yes campaign? How can you make a promise to the Scottish people that you don't have the power to deliver? It's a bit like saying I guarantee that you will win the Euromillions tomorrow but it will depend on what numbers you have! Ask yourself - would you buy a used car from Alex Salmond?

Reynolds called up for Scotland

Scotland have called up Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds for the European Championship qualifier against Germany.

The uncapped 27-year-old was added to the squad by manager Gordon Strachan after Christophe Berra remained at Ipswich for treatment on an injury.

Mark Reynolds
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The match takes place in Dortmund on Sunday.

Weather outlook

Christopher Blanchett

BBC Weather presenter

Dry for most to end the day. Tonight, it'll stay mainly dry with clear spells with patchy mist and fog. The north west will stay cloudier and breezier at times.

Temperatures will dip to 9C or 10C in the towns and cities - a chillier 5C or 6C in rural parts of the Southern Uplands and inland Aberdeenshire.

Woman raped in Leith

Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses after a 20-year-old woman was raped in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The woman was attacked at about 04:30 at the entrance to the Swanfield Industrial Estate, off Bonnington Road, Leith.

Her attacker is described as white, mid to late 20s, of slim build and 5ft 7in to 6ft tall. He had a gaunt appearance, pock-marked complexion, short blonde receding hair combed forward and spoke with an eastern European accent.

He was wearing light-coloured jeans and a black long sleeved jacket with a hood.

Crash victim named

A scooter rider who died following a crash on King's Gate in Aberdeen on Sunday has been named.

Adam Small, 29, of Aberdeen, crashed near to the junction with Forest Road at about 05:50.

Edinburgh Zoo reaction

Following the news that

Edinburgh Zoo's female giant panda Tian Tian may have miscarried, the zoo's director of giant pandas Iain Valentine said: "She is still displaying some of the behaviours of a pregnant panda, but the scientific data from the urine analysis of her hormones is becoming more atypical.

"There is still a chance she will give birth to a live cub as her progesterone levels have not yet returned to base."

Tian Tian

Mr Valentine added: "I must stress, as there has been a lot in the news recently about pandas 'faking' it, that this was definitely not a pseudo or phantom pregnancy.

"We are working with the of the very best panda experts in the world and they were all in agreement."

Poverty - your views

Craig McDonald: Quick shout out to all the Labour supporters who want a "No" vote including a Mr A Darling. Why can't they except that the old Labour values are dead, as indicated by Ed Balls and Ed Milliband "we'll continue the Tories spending cuts if we get in".

Theresa: The Yes lobby seem to think it's all going to be milk and honey in Scotland if we do get independence, which is not the truth. They compare us to Norway & Denmark - have you seen the tax rates & cost of living over there?

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Panda 'may have miscarried'

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Edinburgh Zoo say they fear that the UK's only female giant panda has suffered a miscarriage.

Tian Tian
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Keepers say Tian Tian is now past her due date and hormone analysis from last week suggests that "something might be amiss".

They say there is still a remote chance the panda might give birth this year but the evidence suggests it is more likely to be "bad news."

Tian Tian was artificially inseminated in April using a sample from the zoo's male Yang Guang, after attempts to persuade the pair to mate failed.

Man denies assaulting MP

A 39-year-old man has

pleaded not guilty to assaulting MP George Galloway in a London street.

George Galloway

Neil Masterson, of Campden Hill, Notting Hill, denies assaulting the Respect MP for Bradford West while Mr Galloway was posing for pictures in nearby Golborne Road on Friday.

The MP is believed to have sustained broken ribs and bruises to his head.

Mr Masterson appeared at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court and denied religiously aggravated assault.

Eccleston joins Thistle

Partick Thistle

have signed former Liverpool and Blackpool striker Nathan Eccleston.

Nathan Eccleston

The 23-year-old made a handful of substitute appearances for the Anfield club as a youngster but spent much of his time on loan before joining Blackpool in August 2012.

Priceless advice

@ScotRail tweets: We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with MasterCard payment authorisations. If possible, please use cash or another card.

McGeouch signs for Hibs

Hibernian have signed Celtic winger Dylan McGeouch on a season-long loan.

The midfielder spent time on loan with Coventry City last season, making eight appearances as a substitute.

Dylan McGeouch

The 21-year-old made his Celtic first team debut in 2011 and featured in the champion's Premiership defeat by Inverness CT earlier this month.

Salmond and Darling meet voters

With just over a fortnight to go until the referendum,

the leaders of both campaigns have been out and about meeting voters.

Darling and Salmond

Speaking in Dundee today, First Minister Alex Salmond said the campaign was about "hearts and minds".

"Increasing numbers of people who had previously said they would be voting No are now saying Yes," he said.

"This campaign is about winning the hearts and minds of people across Scotland - and it is the Yes campaign which is succeeding in doing that."

Better Together leader Alistair Darling said the referendum was a test of "judgement over patriotism".

Unveiled new campaign posters in Greenock, he added: "Our case to those who are undecided is that we believe the best future, for the love of our families, for the love of our children, for the love of our country, is as a proud and prosperous part of the United Kingdom."

Poverty - your views


Geoff Earl tweets:
#ScotlandLive we have tried 2 bring change through the existing UK but our views are ignored by Westminster, time for a new approach YES.

Hugh Livingston emails: Martin's point about a caring Scottish government is a worthy one. However, we cannot bring about reform of any kind if we don't have a solid financial and economic foundation to build on. Do you really think that the rest of the UK will agree to a currency union that burdens the English, Irish and Welsh with bailing out the Scots if another financial crisis looms?

James Martin in Glasgow, via email: We cannot work for better across Scotland if we do not have the powers to do so, or the financial levers to direct our money to achieve those goals for people. We do not have the powers to stop such nonsense as the bedroom tax, or those welfare cuts that are unjust. The UK has been the cause of the problems to date, how is it possibly the solution?

McArthur to Palace?

One of the big talking points from transfer deadline day in the English Premiership is James McArthur.

Could the Scotland international be about to join Crystal Palace from Wigan?

James McArthur
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Referendum library

Andrew Black

Political reporter, BBC Scotland

Want to read what the opposing sides of the referendum debate have to say on a range of issues related to independence? We've collected some of the key papers together in our referendum library.

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Read the papers here.

Poverty - your views


George Current from Edinburgh in reply to Hugh from Linlithgow on Scotland Live: Agree entirely. We are well up the ladder of devolution, which is a work in progress and has already more powers coming. It doesn't make sense to kick the ladder away and start again.

David in Glasgow: Hugh from Linlithgow is deluded if he is seriously thinks radical change will ever happen with Westminster. Once we vote No, we have voted against our nationhood, why then should anyone anywhere take Scotland seriously? We will be the laughing stock of the world. Be brave people and vote Yes.

Dad jailed for killing son's mugger

A man who admitted killing a knife-wielding robber who took his son's iPhone has been jailed for six years.

Derek Grant, 38, confronted Patrick Bradley after the 29-year-old had held up his son Jordan in Greenock on 30 August last year.

During the confrontation, Bradley stabbed Grant in the eye, after which Grant then fatally stabbed him.

Grant was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty at the High Court in Livingston to the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

The Scotsman

@TheScotsman tweets: An image of gannets nesting in the Shetland Isles has been revealed as one of the winning pictures in the 2014 British Wildlife Photography Awards.

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Garry Sneddon tweets:
#ScotlandLive Hugh's right that we should be thinking of a clear plan post potential no vote. Once UKIP are in Scotland will be punished.

Martin in Glasgow emails: Seriously, how can we trust the Westminster government to listen to the people of Scotland now, when they haven't done this for the past 200 years. The only way we can control what happens in Scotland is by having a Scottish government who are more socially conscious and care about all of the society rather than only part of it.

Driver jailed over cyclists' deaths

A lorry driver who killed

two cyclists taking part in a charity ride from Land's End to John O'Groats has been jailed for eight and a half years.

Toby Wallace (left) and Andrew McMenigall
Families, via lawyers Leigh Day

Robert Palmer, 32, from Grimscott near Bude in Cornwall, pleaded guilty at Truro Crown Court to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Palmer also admitted injuring another driver in a crash two months later, while he was on bail over the deaths.

Andrew McMenigall and Toby Wallace, who both worked for Aberdeen Asset Management, were killed near Newquay in July 2013.

Poverty - your views

Alistair Murdoch in Kilbarchan, in reply to Hugh from Linlithgow: I am not SNP voter but I will vote Yes in the forthcoming referendum. I genuinely don't believe the majority of Yes voters believe that "becoming independent the ruling power will suddenly give them everything they want". There will no doubt be many challenges ahead to establishing a successful independent Scotland but this change will be best done through fair and democratic process from within Scotland. As long as Westminster remains the governing body there will be no appetite to significantly change anything for the better in Scotland. History has clearly demonstrated that being part of something bigger just isn't working for many Scots.

NHS send obese to Weight Watchers

Scotland's largest health board has announced that people who are severely obese will be referred to a commercial weight-loss company.

The NHS will pay Weight Watchers' membership costs as part of a two-year pilot scheme.

overweight couple

Some working in weight-loss management within the NHS have criticised the move as an example of privatisation.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said the Weight Watchers model was "one which works".

Rosyth shipyard visit

Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary Vernon Coaker and Scottish Labour Deputy Leader Anas Sarwar will today meet staff at Rosyth shipyard who are working on the UK's new aircraft carriers.

The visit is aimed at highlighting what Labour claim is the uncertain future of shipyard work if Scotland decides to leave the UK. Labour say the carrier sub-contracts alone are worth £300m to Scottish based companies.

rosyth docks

Mr Coaker MP said: "The jobs of thousands of Scots in our defence industry are secured by being part of the UK. They play a critical role in supporting our armed forces and helping to keep us all safe and secure."

Mr Sarwar added: "We know the SNP will say and do anything to win the vote, setting aside the reality of life in an independent Scotland. The truth is that being part of the UK is good for Scottish jobs but a Yes vote puts those jobs at risk."

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This was the sight which greeted Keith Proven when he ventured up Maspie Den near Falkland for the first time.

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Oil predictions

The government's Energy Secretary Fergus Ewing has welcomed comments from an expert who said the oil and gas industry will "contribute significantly to the national economy" well beyond 2050.

Professor Alex Kemp, of the University of Aberdeen, made the observation in the Press and Journal newspaper.

North sea oil

Mr Ewing said: "Professor Alex Kemp is one of the world's leading oil economists, wrote the official history of North Sea oil and has detailed modelling on the future of Scotland's oil and gas industry.

"I thus warmly welcome his prediction that Scotland's oil and gas industry will make a significant contribution well beyond 2050."

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Earlier, we asked whether independence or the Union provided a better opportunity for tackling poverty.

Hugh from Linlithgow emailed: It's amazing that so many "Yes" voters think that by becoming independent the ruling power will suddenly give them everything they want. We make things better by bringing about change for the better. We can better bring about change by driving it from our existing stable union within the UK. Let's channel everyone's energy from this "invigorating, scintillating and exciting debate" into working for common goals for Scotland and the Scottish people. Not by starting again, but by voting to stay part of something bigger, and working with as much vigour post-18 September as pre, to bring about the changes we want and need.

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'Cowardly' attack on pensioner

Police in Stranraer have launched an investigation after

a pensioner was attacked and robbed in his home.

The attack happened at about 23:15 on Saturday in Belmont Road after the 71-year-old answered the door.

He was confronted by two people who overpowered him, knocked him to the ground and took more than £200.

Police said the victim was not injured but had been left "shaken and distressed" by what they described as a "cowardly attack".

Deadline day deal for Boyd

Scotland international winger George Boyd has left Hull and joined English Premier League rivals Burnley for an undisclosed fee.

George Boyd
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Council chief retiring

The chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council has announced his retirement.

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Colin Mackenzie was appointed to the post in 2008, from his former role as director of housing and social work.

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tweets: Celtic have legitimate gripes with Scepovic U-turn, but players pulling out of deals is not unusual. They'll have contingency plans, right?

Medical advice - your views


Alan Cameron, Aberdeen: The male parent said quite clearly in the released video that he was concerned that seeking other treatment would result in a Protection Order. So that was why he and his family went abroad. The police are damned if they do, and damned if they don't do anything. The police are not medical experts and simply act (or not) on what they are told. The question for the hospital is why there was a six hour gap in the child going missing and the report to police. One could then argue that had there been adequate staff resources to notice the empty bed, then maybe this situation would not have been reached in the first place.