9 October 2014
Never, goes the old theatre maxim, work with children or animals. Tricia Marwick, Holyrood's Presiding Officer, deals with childish behaviour on a daily basis. Today she coped admirably with an animal intervention.
A commission to consider more powers for the Scottish Parliament is to hold its first full meeting later.
Statistics show the number of people killed and injured on Scotland's roads fell by 10% last year.
A soldier who braved a hail of bullets to rescue wounded comrades during a WW1 battle in France is being honoured in his home city of Glasgow.
The volume of Scottish manufactured export sales grew by 2.8% during the second quarter of 2014, according to new statistics.
Finance Secretary John Swinney gives a statement on the 2015-16 budget.
The number of people in work in Dundee has dropped more than 11% in two years.
A report to the city council stated that 58,100 people of working age were in employment through the 2013/14 year, a fall of 7,400 compared to the 65,500 recorded in 2011/12.
The authority has targeted having a further 10,000 people in work by 2017.
Chief executive David Dorward, who is to retire next month, said a "new economic development strategy" would be deployed to target employment growth.
The number of people killed and injured on Scotland's roads fell by 10% last year, according to official statistics.
With 11,498 road casualties reported to police in 2013, this was the lowest level since records began.
The figures released by Transport Scotland showed an increase in recorded fatalities for car drivers, cyclists and motorcyclists.
However the number of fatalities across all modes of transport fell by 3% to 172.
Gordon from Dundee: Acting as an agent for the 3 UK parties, Gordon Brown promised Home Rule, as near to federalism as could be, where one party comprises 85% of the population. Anything less is a betrayal.
Brian McPherson, Wemyss Bay: Why do all the No voters want extra power for Scotland when they voted to say Scotland couldn't survive without Westminster? If they didn't believe in Scotland on September 18th why do they believe now that we are capable of running our own affairs without Westminster? You voted No so you have to live with what Westminster decided and remember you No voters chose it.
Graeme in Argyll: The SNP are the majority party in the Scottish Parliament so should have the most say in the smith commission. They also form the Scottish government voted in democratically and therefore represent the people of Scotland.
John, Aberdeen: I eventually voted after being a Yes all the way through. My No doesn't mean no, it means yes to Devo Max and Home Rule. It also means yes to all the vows promised by the three leaders.
A cat has lost almost half his body weight at the Scottish SPCA's Aberdeenshire centre.
Stray Mr Pickles was 12kgs when he arrived in July last year.
Staff at the Drumoak centre put the cat on a strict diet and exercise regime and he has now reached 6.5kgs.
"Mr Pickles has been at the centre for over a year now and has become something of a local celebrity," said assistant manager Debbie Innes said.
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Richard, Edinburgh: Scotland should get what it was promised. Gordon Brown pledged a federal Scotland with everything devolved except defence and foreign affairs.
Pete, Inverness: There is no mandate for devo max, just a No to independence. There was only one question on the ballot and that should be respected. For further devolution, the parties should outline this in their manifestos and let us vote. It seems that to protect their positions the unionist parties panicked and tried to fiddle the effective question in the independence ballot.
Sabes este perro? Do you know this dog with a Spanish microchip found in Airdrie?
The Scottish SPCA said the female, thought to be a two to three-year-old Estrela mountain dog, was discovered in Deedes Street on 17 October.
The animal is being cared for at the charity's rescue centre in Hamilton, where staff have named her Carmen.
Centre manager Peter Fleming said: "Unfortunately Carmen's microchip hasn't been registered in this country and we've been unable to find any contact details for her owner."
A decline in oil revenues could lead to a £5bn deficit if Scotland gets fiscal autonomy, a think tank says.
Fiscal Affairs Scotland claimed a move to full responsibility for taxation would mean an increased reliance on oil revenues.
It published figures showing oil revenues in the first half of the financial year were £1bn lower than in the same period last year.
Scottish ministers said tax revenues without oil were on a par with the UK.
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Mary Mathieson has sent in this picture of her son Adam finding a conker in Pollok estate in Glasgow.
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A project aimed at helping young blind and partially sighted people into work has received £500,000 funding from the Big Lottery.
Kate Storrow, from RNIB Scotland, spoke to Good Morning Scotland about the importance of employers changing their attitudes towards employing people who are blind or partially sighted.
The RNIB Scotland's Looking to the Future project will help 140 blind and partially sighted young people in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeenshire.
The World's End murder trial has heard that one of the teenage victims may have walked into the field where her body was found.
A soil expert examined debris taken from the feet of Helen Scott, found dead in a wheat field in East Lothian in 1977.
Professor Lorna Dawson told the High Court there was strong evidence that Helen Scott had likely stood or walked in the field where her body was discovered.
Angus Sinclair is charged with raping and murdering Helen and her friend Christine Eadie 37 years ago. He denies all the charges. The trial at the high court in Livingston continues.
The volume of Scottish manufactured export sales grew by 2.8% during the second quarter of 2014, statistics show.
The figures were lifted by strong performances from the chemicals and engineering sectors.
However, there was a slight quarterly fall in figures for the food and drink sector.
On an annual basis, the overall volume of exports from Scotland increased by 0.5%.
BBC Sport's Kenny Macintyre has all the latest on Mark Wotte, following his decision to stand down as the SFA's Performance Director.
Over a series of tweets, Kenny said: "Spoken to Mark Wotte 'I am very disappointed with the untrue statements that have been made about me, and the things I have done during my time as Performance Director.
"'Some people in Scotland are reluctant to change. I have things to say but will take my time to think about my response.'"
Find out more about the story on Sportsound tonight on Radio Scotland at 18:10.
The Scottish government has allocated £3.7m towards the cost of buying another 83 low carbon emission buses.
Nine bus operators have been awarded funding through round five of the Scottish Green Bus Fund.
Fund managers have said performance returns from operators confirm the buses are delivering "significant fuel savings and reduced emissions".
It will bring the total number of low carbon buses in Scotland's fleet to 209.
James Martin, Glasgow: The most basic power Scotland needs is the power for Holyrood to veto legislation and policies from Westminster which is not favourable to the Scottish people; no matter if a reserved power or not. That lack of control got us into all sorts of messes through Thatcher, poll tax, illegal wars, Bedroom tax, fracking etc.
The BBC's Tom English looks ahead to the Autumn internationals, and how the spotlight will be on new Scotland rugby coach Vern Cotter.
Duncan Hothersall, an activist for the Better Together campaign, has outlined what he wants from the Smith Commission.
"Scotland has just voted to retain the strength of the United Kingdom and what that means is Scots want a devolution settlement that retains Westminster's power and strength to deliver things like the Barnett formula," he said.
"What we need to do is stop talking in phrases like devo max and start talking about empowering people to get input into the decisions and to look at the detail."
Right, here is today's question; What additional powers should be given to the Scottish government?
Andrew Scharf, after reading our 10:02 entry, tweets: Mull of Kintyre. Of course, you could always choose "As The Saints Come Marching In".
Newspaper speculation abounds over the departure of Mark Wotte as the SFA's Performance Director.
Celtic's Europa League opponents Astra Giurgiu seem to be having some issues ahead of Thursday's match, while Kieron Dyer has revealed Graeme Souness's novel offer to sort out a spat between the England midfielder and Lee Bowyer.
Read the rest of the stories making the back pages here.
A new law to tackle revenge pornography is to be introduced in Scotland.
The BBC understands the Scottish government intends to make it a specific criminal offence to publish explicit images of someone without their consent.
New legislation has already been drawn up for England and Wales.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have written to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill urging him to follow suit.
A student at Glasgow Kelvin College is being treated in hospital for a suspected case of meningitis.
The student, who attended the Springburn campus, is said to be responding well to treatment.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said close contacts of the student have received health advice and treated with antibiotics where appropriate.
The case comes after two students at Strathclyde University in Glasgow were diagnosed with meningitis last week.
Andy Murray is stepping up his efforts to qualify for next month's tennis end of season tour finals in London.
Fresh from his win in Vienna, the Scot faces Jurgen Melzer in the first round of the Valencia Open later today and admits competition is fierce at the top of men's tennis.
"I've been a bit inconsistent, especially at the beginning of the year," said Murray. "Also, the rest of the guys around the top of the game have improved, with some big results like Marin Cilic winning the US Open and and Kei Nishikori making his first final.
"I need to get back to winning more and being more consistent if I want to stay at the top of the game."
The St Andrews Voices Festival, the only festival in the country devoted to vocal and choral music, begins tomorrow.
The festival offers something for everyone with singing workshops and open air performances with music from Bach to Beyonce.
One of the groups involved in the festival are the award-winning acapella group from the University of St Andrews, The Alleycats.
Artistic director Sonia Stevenson says St Andrews is the perfect location to test the vocal chords.
"It's a very cultural place," she added. "St Andrews is a small town but it punches way above its weight in terms of culture."
Given the chance, which song would you choose at the sing-a-long?
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A new book has been published exploring Edinburgh's history through maps, some of which have never before appeared in print.
Edinburgh: Mapping the City brings together 71 maps, including the earliest known map of Edinburgh which was drafted about 1530 by exiled Scottish Lutheran theologian Alexander Allane.
A cargo ship which was drifting off Fair Isle overnight is being towed to safety at Lerwick Harbour.
The Dutch registered freighter Myrte which has nine crew suffered engine failure following a small fire on board.
A tug from the port of Sullom Voe attached a line to the vessel this morning.
The Myrte was travelling from Invergordon to Lerwick with a cargo of pipes for the oil industry when she ran into trouble 12 miles south east of Fair Isle.
Speaking on Morning Call about the Smith Commission, Lesley Riddoch said she wanted devo max from the process.
Ms Riddoch added: "Devolution is not like a bit more milk, or a bit more cream. You don't just get a bit more, a bit less, and it is much the same. There is quite a step change of what gets handed back to Scotland.
"The proposals currently on the table, particularly from the Tories and Lib Dems to devolve the income tax without oil revenues, that could be a recipe for disaster for Scotland."
Scottish oil revenue is down to £1.1bn for the first six months of the year.
The RSPB has launched a cross-border five-year programme to protect the future of an endangered bird of prey, the hen harrier.
Most of the UK breeding population of the birds are found in Orkney, the Hebrides and parts of the western mainland.
Between 2004 and 2010, Scotland's hen harrier population declined by 20%.
The birds were previously a common sight in the UK's uplands, but persecution by game preservers and skin and egg collectors meant that by 1900 they were almost extinct in the UK.
In a professional career spanning five decades, Glenn Gibbons forged a reputation as one of Scotland's most independently minded and insightful sports journalists.
Primarily a football correspondent, he utilised his pugnacious and often acerbic style of writing to telling effect throughout the dramatically different eras of the sport in this country of which he was a colourful chronicler and sharp observer.
Jon, East Kilbride: The best thing for Scotland would be get rid of the Scottish Parliament and all the defeated SNP never-ever-has-been's and never-ever-will-be's.
Martin, Bishopton: It has to be maximum devolution. (Devo Max) with 45% voting Yes and at least 10% voting No on the basis of the vow. Federalism, home rule, devo max were terms used by Brown, Alexander, Galloway to persuade people to vote No. Anything less would be an epic let down.
George in Elgin: Smith Commission - Let's call a halt to any more wind farms trashing our finest landscapes!
Proposals to legalise assisted suicide are "unnecessary, unethical and uncontrollable", according to campaigners opposed to the move.
Care Not Killing (CNK) has launched an online petition calling on MSPs to reject a bill that would allow people to obtain help in ending their life.
The Assisted Suicide Bill is backed by Green MSP Patrick Harvie on behalf of former independent MSP Margo MacDonald.
Ms MacDonald died in April following a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
The Scottish Sun and The Daily Record devote their front pages to Celtic keeper Lukasz Zaluska's black eye.
Meanwhile, the Scottish Daily Mail leads with a story on the poor meals being provided on a tiny budget to Scottish hospital patients.
Fancy a full-blown account of what the papers are saying? Read our round-up here.
In Dundee, the A972 Kingsway East is clear of that accident at Old Craigie Road.
In Glasgow, it is very slow at Junction 2A - the Cambuslang Road junction of the Glasgow-bound M74 extension.
For drivers in Dumbarton, delays of 20 minutes through the roadworks on A82 Stirling Road. At the Whitburn junction of the M8, it's looking stop/start eastbound.
Ferries are looking much better than yesterday, but Stena Line has cancelled its 11:30 sailing from Cairnryan to Belfast.
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A global health expert is warning that the Ebola virus is "very likely" to come to Scotland.
Dr Devi Sridhar said isolated cases are possible, with Aberdeen one of the places most at risk because of its prominence in the oil and gas industry.
Aberdeen councillor Barney Crockett told Good Morning Scotland: "I think we have to be appropriately concerned, but I don't think we have to make it a pressing worry to us.
"The health service has made preparations. Our industries are used to having a worldwide approach into looking at a very careful analysis of risk. The two together, people in Scotland should take great heart from that."
As the Smith Commission meets to consider more powers for the Scottish Parliament, we're asking what do you want for Scotland?
Also, with respect to the challenges and dilemmas of looking after someone with dementia: what comes first, care or dignity?
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Scotland's high streets have suffered their poorest sales figures for September since records began.
Official statistics show total sales dropped by 2.9% compared with September 2013.
Food sales were down 2.4%, while non-food sales decreased by 3.3% on the previous year.
Analysts blamed uncertainty over the independence referendum and unseasonably warm weather for people staying away from the shops.
David Martin, of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said: "September was a challenging month for retailers with a combination of factors contributing to the weakest sales performance since January 1999, excluding Easter distortions."
A soldier who braved a hail of bullets to rescue wounded comrades during a World War One battle in France is being honoured in his home city of Glasgow.
Pte Henry May received the Victoria Cross (VC) - the highest award for gallantry - for actions at La Boutillerie on 22 October 1914.
A paving stone in his memory will be unveiled outside the People's Palace.
Stones are being laid in the home town of every UK soldier awarded the VC as part of World War One centenary events.
The paving stone in memory of Bridgeton soldier Pte May will be unveiled on Wednesday by the city's Depute Lord Provost Gerry Leonard.
Global health expert says Scottish cases of Ebola "very likely" with Aberdeen one of the places most at risk. #bbcgms 0815
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Glasgow M8: One lane blocked RTC Westbound at J13 M80 (Provan). Lane three (Of three) blocked just before the entry slip. Police en route.
In Dundee, the A972 Kingsway East partially blocked; accident at Old Craigie Road/Pitkerro Road/Pitkerro Drive/Kingsway East. Police are in attendance.
The Smith Commission, set up to consider more powers for the Scottish Parliament, is to hold its first full meeting later.
Chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin will meet representatives of Scotland's main political parties at the Green Investment Bank in Edinburgh.
The SNP, Labour, the Conservatives, the Lib Dems and the Scottish Green Party have all made devolution proposals.
The five parties represented in the Scottish Parliament each have two representatives on the commission, which is expected to reach an agreement by 30 November.
Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, who campaigned against independence, have all promised further powers for Scotland in areas including taxation, the economy and employment.
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