21 November 2014
Congratulations to the new ministerial team and commiserations to the departed.
The Liberal Democrats are set to back the transfer of powers over welfare to the Scottish Parliament, BBC Scotland has learned.
More than 3,000 people are expected to gather in Glasgow for the Radical Independence Campaign's annual conference.
Police will be stopping passers-by in the Meadows area of Edinburgh exactly a week after a 19-year-old woman was raped there.
A collection of artworks made by Syrian children in Beirut's Shatila refugee camp is put on display in Glasgow.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces the make-up of her new senior ministerial team, with an equal split of male and female members.
Wave power technology firm Pelamis is calling in administrators after failing to secure development funding.
Nicola Sturgeon is quizzed in her inaugural first minister's questions.
That's it for this week from the Scotland Live team. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates.
Scottish Renewables has said the news that wave power technology firm Pelamis is calling in administrators showed "the challenging conditions in which this sector operates".
The industry body said it also highlighted the risks "inherent in developing new technology".
Senior policy manager Lindsay Leask added: "Pelamis Wave Power's contribution to this emerging industry has helped cement Scotland's position as a global leader, and it is important to remember that the prize from the eventual commercialisation of wave energy remains hugely significant."
Seven senior councillors in Aberdeen are to face a Standards Commission investigation into a letter sent to residents ahead of the independence referendum.
The letter was sent with council tax bills urging people in the city to back a "No" vote.
The Commission will examine whether the seven councillors broke its code of conduct over the use of council facilities by sending out the letters in March - six months before the referendum.
Labour's Barney Crockett, who was council leader at the time, his successor Jenny Laing, finance convenor Willie Young and Labour colleagues Neil Cooney and Ross Grant all face the charge alongside then Conservative leader Fraser Forsyth and his successor Ross Thomson.
The Standards Commission has scheduled the hearing for next February.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon has completed her cabinet reshuffle by announcing her junior ministerial team. It is:
Meanwhile, Scotland's senior law officers, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland and Solicitor General Lesley Thompson, will continue in their current jobs.
The body of a man has been found in a fire-damaged caravan in Midlothian.
Emergency services were called to the fire at Hedge Row in Loanhead at 05:00.
Police Scotland say an investigation is now underway.
A nuclear reactor at the Torness power station in East Lothian has gone offline in an unplanned outage, its operator has said.
EDF Energy said the 640MW Torness 2 reactor went offline at 01:16 on Friday.
The unit was expected to remain unavailable for seven days, the firm said. It means nearly 5 gigawatts of British nuclear capacity is offline.
The reactor normally has a capacity of 640 megawatts.
The three girls missing from a residential school in Stirling have been located in the Raploch area of the city, police have confirmed.
Officers had said they were "very concerned" for the wellbeing of Annalise McMillan, 13, Nicole Scott, 14, and Samantha King, 15.
The three "vulnerable" girls were previously last seen at Snowdon Residential School on Thursday evening.
Police are warning visitors to Calton Hill in Edinburgh to take care following two attacks.
Two men were assaulted and robbed in separate incidents during the early hours of Wednesday and Friday.
One of the men, who was a tourist, was punched in the face and had his phone and wallet stolen.
The other man was knocked to the ground and robbed.
Plastic carrier bag use has been slashed by more than 90% in some Scottish stores after the introduction of a 5p charge.
The mandatory levy for single-use carrier bags was brought in by the Scottish government in an effort to tackle litter and a "throwaway" culture.
Supermarkets have reported a dramatic reduction in the use of the bags since the charge came into effect on 20 October.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "This is excellent news for the environment."
Celtic manager Ronny Deila plans to build his team around Scott Brown, after the club captain signed a new four-year deal.
Midfielder Brown, 29, has committed his future to the Scottish champions by extending his stay until 2018.
"It's fantastic. He's the captain and he has a lot of knowledge and skills that we need in this team," said Deila.
"We want to build the team around him. He is a leader and he has the values we want on the pitch."
Eve Muirhead says Scotland are in good shape to challenge for honours at the European Curling Championships.
Her rink line-up changed after winning Winter Olympic bronze for Great Britain in Sochi, with former nurse Sarah Reid replacing lead Claire Hamilton.
"We've had a solid start to the season and Sarah's fitted in really well," skip Muirhead told BBC Sport.
"It's a work in progress but we're still one of the best teams around and our chances in Switzerland are good."
BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive is getting under way. It will include the latest on Nicola Sturgeon's cabinet reshuffle.
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Wave power technology firm Pelamis is calling in administrators after failing to secure development funding.
The Edinburgh-based firm has been testing its wave energy converters at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney for a number of years.
But in a statement, Pelamis said it was "reluctantly" moving to appoint an administrator.
It added that the administrator would assess options for the future for the business and its 56 employees.
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Police say they are are "very concerned" about the welfare of three girls who have been reported missing by Snowdon Residential School in Stirling. They were last seen at the school on Thursday evening.
Annalise McMillan is aged 13, and described as having long dark/red hair and around 5ft in height. She has family and friends in the Cadder and Maryhill areas of Glasgow.
Nicole Scott is aged 14, and described as having long dark blonde hair, 5ft3in in height, blue eyes. She has family and friends in the Bathgate and Livingston areas.
Samantha King is aged 15, and described as having long red/auburn coloured hair, 5ft4in in height, blue eyes. She has family and friends in the Dundee area.
It is not clear what clothing they are wearing and they may be with each other.
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A woman caught with cocaine and heroin worth thousands of pounds in Aberdeen has been jailed.
Carol Dixon, 51, from Jamaica, was caught with drugs in Powis Place in March.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard she was given bail but was caught again in the city's Market Street in June.
Jailing Dixon for four-and-a-half years, judge Lady Rae said: "Illegal drugs bring so much misery into our communities."
Alex Neil tweets: Proud of my time at Health and looking forward to the new challenges ahead in my new portfolio. #reshuffle
Fiona Hyslop tweets: Delighted to be appointed to the new Cabinet and serve Scotland as Cab Sec for Culture, Europe and External Affairs
Roseanna Cunningham tweets: Thanks to all who have tweeted congrats on my appt to Cabinet. Big job & a lot to do. Will respond to all when I can!!
Two men are expected to appear in court after cocaine worth up to £53,000 was found in a van on the A7 in the Scottish Borders.
The vehicle was stopped and searched near the village of Heriot on Thursday.
Police Scotland said two men, aged 54 and 58, were due to appear in court in connection with drug supply offences.
They said drug search warrants had been enforced at addresses in Midlothian and West Lothian where other amounts of cocaine and drugs equipment were recovered.
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Scotland's first pro-independence daily newspaper is to be launched.
The National will be produced by Newsquest, the company behind The Herald and Sunday Herald newspapers.
BBC Scotland understands the new 32-page title will cost 50p, have an initial print run of about 50,000, and be edited by Richard Walker, the current editor of the Sunday Herald.
Gregor Townsend has backed the decision to play Scotland's final autumn Test on the artificial surface at Rugby Park.
The Scots take on Tonga on Saturday in what will be the first international Test on an artificial pitch.
Playing on a synthetic pitch has sparked debate but Glasgow head coach Townsend is all for it.
"It's a great concept, we've played a couple of times on Cardiff Arms Park, which created a really fast-paced game," he told BBC Scotland.
A son who attacked his mother and tried to strangle her in their Perthshire home has been jailed for six years.
Greg Smith, 23, punched and kicked Jill Smith at the property in Victoria Place, Blairgowrie, before telling her he was going to kill her.
At the High Court in Perth, Smith admitted endangering his mother's life and restricting her breathing on 27 January.
He was initially facing an attempted murder charge.
Alex Salmond's departure from his role as Scottish first minister has hit one man especially hard - his lookalike.
John MacLeod, from Blackburn in Aberdeenshire, has seen bookings dry up since Mr Salmond declared he was stepping down.
But he told BBC Radio Scotland he still hoped the work may return.
A teenager has admitted raping a 91-year-old woman at her home in North Lanarkshire.
Kriss Strachan, 17, assaulted the pensioner after forcing his way into her Bellshill home in July this year.
Strachan was held after his mother ordered he hand himself in. He later told police: "I cannot believe I done it. I am a scumbag."
At the High Court in Glasgow, sentence on Strachan was deferred and he was remanded in custody.
A European Marine Science Park has been opened in Argyll in a bid to encourage new businesses in Scotland's growing life sciences sector.
The development, at Dunstaffnage, near Oban, aims to build up a centre of excellence for new and expanding firms and support up to 125 jobs in future.
When complete, it will have 20,000 sq ft of office and laboratory space.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) owns the park and supported phase one of the build with a £7.5m grant.
An 86-year-old man has told a trial how he was stabbed and his partner murdered by an intruder in their Glasgow home.
Norman Busby told the High Court in Glasgow that he was stabbed three times in the chest by a man who barged his way in and demanded car keys.
He said the intruder stabbed Isabelle Sanders, 51, "several times" after she tried to stop him from stealing items.
Paul McManus, 22, denies murder and attempted murder at the couple's house in Crookston in April.
Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, said the new cabinet needed a new approach.
Mr Rennie attacked Mr MacAskill's handling of plans to end the requirement to corroborate evidence in criminal trials, as well as the "routine" arming of police and the carrying out of stop-and-search procedures on children.
"Nicola Sturgeon likes to talk liberal, but the real test is whether she'll walk liberal," he said.
"The SNP cabinet stood behind Kenny MacAskill's illiberal centralisation agenda at every twist and turn."
Edinburgh's Christmas celebrations have started with the opening of the festive market along Princes Street.
Police Scotland has used the opportunity to remind people how to stay safe during the party season.
Extra police patrols will be out on Friday and Saturday nights and people have been warned not to allow too much alcohol to ruin their evening.
On Sunday, Edinburgh's Christmas lights are officially switched on. Light Night runs from 13:30 to 17:00.
As part of the celebrations 60 local community groups, with more than 1,350 members from across the capital, will perform on seven stages along George Street.
T in the Park's proposed move to Strathallan Castle has won the backing of almost two-thirds of residents who attended public meetings.
Festival organisers DF Concerts held public meetings about the proposed move in Auchterarder and Crieff.
A survey of attendees found 49% of respondents strongly supportive of the move, while 20% were opposed.
Consultations continue and a full planning application will be submitted to Perth and Kinross Council.
A firm which has developed a way of using whisky residue for salmon feed has been awarded up to £575,000 from Scottish Enterprise.
Horizon Proteins' method involves recovering protein from pot ale - liquid residue left over from the whisky-making process.
The firm hopes it will replace traditional proteins used in salmon feed, such as soya bean meal.
It aims to achieve a £5m turnover within five years.
Celtic are to consult their staff about adopting the the living wage after calls from shareholders and fans to sign up to the scheme.
The club confirmed about 180 staff currently earn less than the £7.85 an hour but say they will hold discussions in an effort to change that.
Celtic chairman Ian Bankier said signing up to the living wage would hand control of their wage scheme to an external agency.
The new-look SNP cabinet.
Nicola Sturgeon says Kenny MacAskill and Mike Russell told her they wanted to quit.
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy - John Swinney MSP.
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities - Keith Brown MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training - Roseanna Cunningham MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning - Angela Constance MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport - Shona Robison MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights - Alex Neil MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Justice - Michael Matheson MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment - Richard Lochhead MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs - Fiona Hyslop MSP
Nicola Sturgeon has announced here new cabinet team.
Deputy First Minister - John Siwnney. Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure - Keith Brown. Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training - Roseanna Cunningham. Cabinet Secretary for Education - Angela Constance.
Cabinet Secretary for Health - Shona Robison. Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice - Alex Neil. Cabinet Secretary for Justice - Michael Matheson. Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs - Richard Lochhead. Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs - Fiona Hyslop.
Angela Constance is the new Scottish education secretary, Shona Robison gets health, and justice goes to Michael Matheson.
A woman caught with cocaine and heroin worth thousands of pounds has been jailed.
Jamaican Carol Dixon, 51, was caught with drugs in Powis Place, Aberdeen, in March.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard she was given bail but was caught again in the city's Market Street in June.
Jailing Dixon - who admitted the drugs offences last month - for four-and-a-half years, judge Lady Rae said: "Illegal drugs bring so much misery into our communities."
Derby County striker Johnny Russell has told BBC Radio Derby about his pride at winning his first international cap for Scotland.
Russell came on as a late substitute in the 3-1 friendly defeat against England and set up Scotland's goal, but says he was surprised to get the chance to play.
The 24-year-old said it was "special" to represent his country, but says his English club colleagues have been quick to tease him about the result.
Michael Russell has confirmed that he will be leaving the post of education secretary following Nicola Sturgeon's cabinet reshuffle.
Mr Russell tweeted that he has been "hugely privileged" to serve in the SNP cabinet and wishes his successor well.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon has been joined by nine MSPs at Bute House this morning as she prepares to announce the details of her cabinet reshuffle.
The first to arrive was John Swinney who has been confirmed as the new deputy first minister.
He was followed by Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Angela Constance, Roseanna Cunningham, Fiona Hyslop, Keith Brown and Michael Matheson.
Full details of the reshuffle are expected at a press conference at noon.
A woman has died following a crash earlier this morning on the A977 Kinross to Crook Of Devon road.
The crash involved a grey Citroen Xsara and a white Ford Transit flatbed truck.
The woman who died was the driver of the Citreon. The driver and passenger of the van suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
The A977 road will remain closed between Kinross and Rumbling Bridge while officers investigate the full circumstances and diversions are in place.
The Spring Fling arts and crafts festival is extending its role to become a "year-round operation".
The open studio event in Dumfries and Galloway in May is estimated to generate about £1.4m for the economy.
It now hopes to expand its operations to provide full-time support to artists and makers across the region.
Spring Fling director Leah Black said it was amazing how the event had become a "big success story for Dumfries and Galloway, and for Scotland as a whole".
Councillors in Edinburgh are considering proposals to reintroduce controversial statutory repair notices for shared private properties.
The system was suspended three years ago after mismanagement cost the city millions of pounds but the council insists it has learned lessons.
Almost half of all properties are shared tenements. A statutory repair notice allows the council to carry out building maintenance work on those properties and bill the owners afterwards.
The council says the new enforcement service will communicate more clearly, have a strict definition of essential work, and be a last resort rather than a first port of call for owners who can't agree.
William Brown: Let's hope that Nicola DOES get (rid of) of MacAskill before he does any more damage! Consider his intention to scrap corroboration of evidence against the opinion of the finest legal minds in Scotland. Then he assured us it would be the 'NOT PROVEN' verdict next. Bearing in mind regarding 'Rape' he wanted more convictions (N.B. not justice), will he want to abolish the 'NOT GUILTY' verdict next?
G Barr, Irvine: With great power comes greater responsibility, how can we trust SNP to keep their election promises?
Scottish Borders Council has agreed to reintroduce a scrutiny group with the ability to challenge decisions made by its executive committee.
It is part of wider moves to create a new committee structure.
The scrutiny committee will be able to use a "call-in procedure" to review executive committee decisions.
The executive committee is taking on greater powers as it is taking over the remit of the education and social work and housing committees.
Armistice Day is remembered as the day World War One ended. But for naval historians, Britain's greatest victory came 10 days later. Operation ZZ was the code name for the surrender of Germany's mighty navy.
In the Firth of Forth 96 years ago today, the mighty dreadnoughts of the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet began to raise steam and one by one let slip their moorings.
The mightiest fleet ever to sail from Britain's shores was heading for a final rendezvous with its mortal enemy - the German High Seas Fleet.
A woman has been injured while jumping from a window after fire broke out at flats in South Lanarkshire.
Emergency services were called to the three-storey block in Morgan Street, Hamilton, at about 03:30.
The woman was treated at the scene for leg injuries by paramedics before being taken to hospital as a precaution.
No-one else was injured. Firefighters in breathing apparatus searched the building and extinguish the fire. They left the scene just after 07:00.
Stuart McCall admits he misses management but has "nothing imminent" lined up following his recent departure from Motherwell.
The former Scotland midfielder, who has continued his coaching role with the national team, ended a near four-year spell at Fir Park earlier this month.
The 50-year-old told BBC Radio Scotland he had "enjoyed every minute" of his time at Fir Park.
"I love being on the coaching field," he said. "It's something I miss."
Nearly half of the governors at the national school for deaf children have quit it has emerged.
The resignations come after government ministers ordered Donaldson's School in Linlithgow to come up with a plan for urgent improvements within seven days.
Concerns have been expressed by inspectors about leadership at the school and a new principal has been appointed.
Meanwhile, police are still assessing claims that sexual offences may have been carried out at the school.
Gordon Brown will set out a programme for "jobs, economic growth and tackling poverty" using the new powers of the Scottish Parliament when he addresses business leaders in Glasgow today.
The former prime minister will detail specific proposals, including 17 new powers for Holyrood, which he is calling on the Smith Commission to endorse.
The commission is tasked with brokering further devolution in Scotland following the independence referendum.
The number of pupils having school meals in Dumfries and Galloway has reached a record high level.
The latest figures are outlined in a report to the local authority's education committee.
They show that uptake in both the primary and secondary sectors is continuing to increase.
According to the report, the number of school meals served up in schools across the region has risen in each of the past five years.
A fire in part of Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) facility last month led to an "unauthorised release" of radioactivity.
Dounreay Site Restoration Limited said "procedural non-compliances and behavioural practices" by staff led to the incident on 7 October.
The Caithness site's fire brigade extinguished the blaze in the PFR's sodium tank farm within 30 minutes.
DSRL said no-one was hurt in the incident.
The Aberdeen father of a woman murdered by her ex-boyfriend has said he hopes a new law to be piloted in Scotland will save women from a similar fate.
Clare Wood, 36, who was murdered in 2009 in Salford, was unaware of George Appleton's history of violence against women.
Clare's Law allows people to access information on the offending history of their new partner.
The law will be piloted from next week in Aberdeen and Ayrshire.
The victim's father, Michael Brown, said he was "absolutely delighted" that the scheme had come into force.
Childline say an increasing number of children are calling them for help on Christmas Day.
The charity has seen a year on year increase - with loneliness one of the most reported problems.
ChildLine Scotland area manager Elaine Chalmers said: "We've seen examples of children being left alone in a room whilst mum and dad were in another room and they hadn't been spoken to all day.
"They felt very isolated and although they don't like school very much, the Christmas holidays can be a difficult time for them."
Scots aged 16 and 17 who voted in the independence referendum have been asked to tell a Scottish Parliament committee about their experiences.
The Devolution (Further Powers) Committee has developed an online survey which asks young people their views on their experience of voting in the referendum and the extent to which the referendum has led them to be more engaged in politics.
They are also asking schools, colleges and youth groups to submit video clips so they can gather more information about the views of young people.
Committee Convener Bruce Crawford said: "We are particularly keen to hear from young people across Scotland about their experience of voting for the first time in this year's referendum.
"We saw an unprecedented level of interest and democratic engagement around the referendum and we are determined to ensure young people continue to be engaged in Scotland's democratic and political processes."
Researchers at Aberdeen University say women could hold the key to preserving regional dialects.
A six-year study of language in east coast fishing communities showed that the use of traditional words - such as scurrie for seagull - is in decline.
But it revealed young women have a stronger knowledge of them than men.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweets: Delighted to announce that @JohnSwinney is the new Deputy First Minister of @scotgov
Here's a test: go to 41 mins in its first take and live: who do you recognise?
Research at Abertay University in Dundee is applying computer games technology to the film industry.
The software is being used to help movie-makers cut the costs of planning action sequences.
The technique has already been used to "pre-visualise" scenes that were later filmed for the blockbuster Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
The team at Abertay believe it could significantly reduce the costs of preparatory work in the film business.
Scottish cabinet reshuffle by @NicolaSturgeon expected to begin at 9am. We should know new line up by about midday.
A project supporting victims of honour abuse in Edinburgh has been awarded almost £800,000 in lottery cash amid a rise in the number of reported cases.
It follows a survey that suggests the offence is accepted by a significant number of families in Edinburgh's black and ethnic minority communities.
So-called honour crime is when a family member abuses a relative they believe has shamed the family or community.
The Bright Choices project was given £786,814 from the Big Lottery Fund.
Celtic shareholders will vote later today at the club's AGM on whether its employees should be paid the living wage.
The proposal, which would see all staff earn a minimum of £7.85 and hour, was thrown out at last year's meeting.
But Hearts's adoption of the living wage puts pressure on the Glasgow club which has always prided itself on its charitable history.
A largely dry day to come with some bright spells, the best of the sunshine across the far north, the northwest and the Northern Isles.
One or two showers this morning over Angus, the northeast and the Northern Isles, they will become more isolated as the day progresses.
Outbreaks of rain will spread into the southwest by the end of the afternoon.
South-easterly winds will start to pick up, strengthening in coastal areas later this afternoon. Temperatures will reach around nine or 10C.
Celtic captain Scott Brown has expressed delight at signing a new four-year contract with the Scottish champions.
Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara says Scottish fooball will "end up like the league of Ireland" if more clubs lay synthetic pitches.
Ally McCoist insists his side's meeting with Championship leaders Hearts tomorrow is even bigger than the League Cup semi-final date with Celtic in the new year.
It's another day of Scottish football gossip and you can read it all here.
I think we're looking at promotion for Shona Robson within government - she's currently been in cabinet as Commonwealth Games Secretary - and doing other elements of governmental work.
I wouldn't be at all surprised to see her become health secretary in place of Alex Neil and wouldn't be at all surprised to see him moving back to an economic remit within cabinet.
Nicola Sturgeon has been named Scotland's Politician of the Year the day after becoming the country's first female leader.
First Minister Ms Sturgeon was awarded the honour by The Herald newspaper.
The new SNP leader played a high-profile and influential role during the independence referendum campaign.
She saw off competition from Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Green party co-convener Patrick Harvie to win the title for a third time.
The reshuffle is under way and it does appear that it's going to be a big reshuffle with big changes.
My information at this stage is that the Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and the Education Secretary Mike Russell will be leaving the government. Those in themselves are big changes and they've been ministers from the outset; in the case of Kenny MacAskill in the cabinet in that post from the outset.
Those are the two we have at this stage.
Labour had called for the departure of Kenny MacAskill, Mike Russell and Alex Neil.
It's my understanding that Alex Neil will be remaining in government. I believe, though, that he may be shifted to a new post.
One of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's earliest works has been recreated on the walls of the Glasgow Art Club.
In 1893, when the architect was 25, he stencilled the wall frieze.
As the years passed by, the work became unfashionable and was damaged by water so it was covered up by plaster.
The recreated mural will now be the showpiece of the club following a three-year refurbishment at a cost of £1.2m.
Fallen trees and branches from a woodland could be a cause for recent sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, a conservation charity suggests.
The Woodland Trust said deadfall washed out by rivers from Urquhart Bay Wood could explain a recent report of something emerging from the loch.
The trust said the lochside wood was a "Nessie spawning ground".
Previous explanations for the monster have included circus elephants being exercised in the waters.
Several reported sightings of Nessie have been made recently. Another image of an object in the loch was thought to be the wake of a boat.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is expected to be the most high-profile casualty when Nicola Sturgeon reshuffles her SNP cabinet, writes The Scotsman.
The Daily Record has a story about vandals who spray-painted on the car of a rape victim who waived her anonymity to criticise the justice system.
A poll reported in The Herald says more than 40 of Britain's top economic experts have come out against the full devolution of income tax to Scotland.
Scotland's new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce a ministerial reshuffle later.
Ms Sturgeon's post-Alex Salmond team is expected to have a strong female presence but opposition parties are calling for more drastic changes.
While there are no firm signs as to who may be in the cabinet, Ms Sturgeon's close ally Shona Robison, married to SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie, has been tipped for a senior post.
Humza Yousaf is also tipped for a role.
Meanwhile, Ms Sturgeon has been named Scotland's Politician of the Year the day after becoming the country's first female leader.
She was awarded the honour by The Herald newspaper.
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