29 August 2014
What happened to David Cameron at the Glasgow CBI dinner?
The Scottish first minister claims the "politics of Euroscepticism" at Westminster are "deeply damaging" for Scotland.
Two people are taken to hospital, one by air ambulance, after separate serious crashes in the north east of Scotland.
A bus and a tram have collided as they travelled east towards Princes Street during the rush hour in Edinburgh.
Whisky that was sent into space three years ago as part of a scientific experiment is to return to Earth next month.
Rangers make new shares available for purchase to existing shareholders in an attempt to raise £4m. BBC Sport
Alex Salmond is quizzed on claims his predictions for North Sea oil recovery are too high.
The programme for the biggest fringe event in the Royal National Mod's 122-year history has been announced.
The event aims to showcase the best of Gaelic culture and will be held in Inverness for the first time since 1997.
It will run from 10 to 18 October and will include Gaelic songs, Highland dancing and a torchlight procession.
The first minister has claimed the "politics of Euroscepticism" at Westminster are "deeply damaging" for Scotland.
Alex Salmond said the prospect of an in/out referendum risked Scotland being "dragged out" of the EU.
On Thursday, CBI director Sir Mike Rake warned that businesses across the UK were concerned about an EU referendum.
But Prime Minister David Cameron said it was "important to confront the big issues".
Lee Wootton, in response to James Martin on Scotland Live: The thing you are missing, James, is that Scotland does want a share of the assets and if they don't get the pound in a currency union they are getting the following assets: military bases, governmental buildings and facilities that are built and maintained by the UK government. To use your analogy that's like getting divorced, splitting the house, the car and the savings but because you don't get the CDs as well, giving all the debt to your ex.
Chic legend Nile Rodgers is among the big names performing at a one-off concert to mark the staging of golf's Ryder Cup in Scotland.
The concert, to be staged at The Hydro venue in Glasgow on 24 September, will also feature Midge Ure, Texas, Amy Macdonald.
The four-day Ryder Cup between Europe and the US begins at Gleneagles, Perthshire, on 26 September.
Police are making a fresh appeal for information, exactly one week after a man was murdered in Wester Hailes in Edinburgh.
Robbie Morrison, 31, was the victim of a serious assault in Dumbryden Gardens at 4.30pm on Friday 22 August.
He died from his injuries in the early hours of Monday morning.
Det Ch Insp Gary Cunningham said: "A week has passed now since this horrific attack on Mr Morrison, and while our officers are making progress with the investigation, we would urge anyone with any information to come forward. It is clear from our ongoing enquiries that the community holds vital information that would assist us."
A man has been taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after a car crashed on the A92 near Stonehaven and hit a house.
In a separate incident, a man was flown to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness by air ambulance after an accident on the B9025 at the Ord crossroads between Aberchirder and Portsoy.
James Martin from Glasgow emailed Scotland Live: A few people are up in arms that Scotland would refuse a share of the debt. It is simple really: Scotland is happy to take a share but if Scotland doesn't get its fair share of assets, why should it take its share of liabilities?!? You wouldn't leave a marriage and give your partner the house, the car, the savings but be happy to walk away with the debt.
Noel Faires: How will a yes vote affect tourists from England who feel they are unwanted, and how will it affect tourism?
Celtic have agreed a four-year deal with Serbia striker Stefan Scepovic after a fee was agreed with Spanish club Sporting Gijon.
The 24-year-old will join the Scottish champions subject to a successful medical and work permit being granted.
Celtic will pay £2.3m for the player, with a sell-on clause for the Spanish club included as part of the deal.
Scepovic, capped eight times, signed a three-year deal with Sporting in July 2013 and scored 22 goals last season.
Alex Salmond has been on Radio Scotland's Morning Call answering your questions on independence, covering issues such as the EU, negotiations following a "Yes" vote and the currency.
What did you think of his answers? Did he convince you to vote for independence?
Bill Kirkpatrick emails Scotland Live with a question for Alex Salmond.
He says: "The UK national debt has been built up providing goods and services over years. If circumstances develop such that you have to fulfil your threat to renege on Scotland's share then surely the rest of the UK could refuse to give you Scotland's share of these goods and services. Say for example the share of the say Navy, Army, foreign embassies and many other things that we might need to establish this new freedom to the tune of 10% of the £1.3 trillion that you so often quote?"
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The tram and the bus that collided in the west of Edinburgh at 07:45 have been separated. There does not seem to be too much damage. No-one was injured but traffic has been badly affected.
Whisky that was launched into space three years ago to return is to Earth next month.
A vial of unmatured malt from the Ardbeg Distillery on Islay was blasted up to the International Space Station in a cargo spacecraft in October 2011, along with particles of charred oak.
Scientists hope to understand how they interact at close-to-zero gravity.
Ardbeg's director Bill Lumsden said: "This is one small step for man but one giant leap for whisky."
A 34-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a serious assault in Inverness.
A man was injured in the incident outside a block of flats in Old Town Road, in the Hilton area of the city, on Saturday afternoon.
Following the attack, Police Scotland increased patrols in the area in a move to reassure the public.
First Minister Alex Salmond is on BBC Scotland's Morning Call programme with Kaye Adams.
Andy Murray says he would play for Scotland at the Rio Olympics in 2016 if there was a "Yes" vote, but admits he hasn't thought about that too much as he feels independence "isn't looking too likely that it's going to happen".
The British number one says he's been following the campaign "very closely" and watched 45 minutes of the BBC debate between Alex Salmond and Alasdair Darling. He declined to say what he thought of it, preferring just to worry about his tennis.
On that front, no problems. Murray is safely through to the third round of the US Open tennis to face Andrey Kusnetsov of Russia on Saturday. He had a straight sets 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over German qualifier Mattias Bachinger, in which he played well and suffered no ill-effects from the cramps he experienced on Monday in his first round match.
Polling expert Prof John Curtice told BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme the latest opinion poll on independence, the first since the BBC debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling, was "difficult to read".
Prof Curtice said: "On face value it says a big swing to Yes, from 43% when this poll was conducted after the first debate to 47%, once we leave aside the Don't Knows, now.
"However, that poll, that was conducted by Survation immediately after the first debate, actually showed a four-point decline in Yes support. A decline that subsequent polls did not replicate.
"In fact today's 47% for Yes is the same as in Survation's poll before the leaders' debate and in two polls before that."
The questions are flooding in for the first minister.
Bernard Cassley: During the televised debate, Alec Salmond was delighted to hear Alistair Darling say an independent Scotland cannot be stopped from using the pound whatever the rest of the UK says. As this is obviously the case, why does AS want a currency union if we can use the pound anyway?
John Williams, Edinburgh: If the final shape of an independent Scotland is radically different from the white paper after discussions, will the people of Scotland have a second vote to ratify it?
Fiona from Lanarkshire: What will he do to combat the wave of anti-English racism that English people living in Scotland have been subjected to? Does he condone the racist comments made by his own MSPs and activists whilst on the campaign trail and on social media set up and moderated by the Yes campaign?
You can ask a question by calling 0500 92 95 00, texting 80295 or emailing here. The lines are open now.
You can listen live to the debate here.
With less than three weeks to go until the big vote, the referendum continues to dominate most of this morning's papers.
The Herald reports that David Cameron's visit to Scotland to rally the "No" campaign has backfired after business leaders delivered a public rebuke over his plan to hold a referendum on EU membership.
The Scottish Daily Mail, meanwhile, highlights the results of a poll indicating an increase in support for the "Yes" campaign.
Elsewhere, the Scottish Sun leads on Alex Salmond calling in police after a road rage "maniac" chased his official car, while waving a homemade "No" sign.
You can see all the front pages. here.
In Aberdeenshire, a car has hit a house on the A92 near Stonehaven. The road is closed at the URAS crossroads with police directing traffic.
There are still significant delays in and around Haymarket after a bus and tram collided. Commuters are advised to avoid the area if possible.
Rangers have announced plans to try to raise £4m via an "open offer" with new shares being made available for purchase to existing shareholders.
The club told the Stock Exchange they hope the funding will help "re-build and re-establish Rangers as a stable, sustainable and successful business".
An attempt to raise £10m from city investors proved unsuccessful.
Rangers say more money will need to be raised "in order to meet working capital requirements".
Renfrewshire Council tweets: Mary Russell school is now going to be open today. Apologies to parents for any confusion
A cloudy and dull day to come. There will be showers throughout the day and these will band together for more prolonged periods of rain through the central belt and Tayside.
The south of the country will see the best of the weather with some sunny spells.
Temperatures will hit around 19C in the south and between 15C and 17C elsewhere.
You can watch a full forecast here.
On today's Morning Call, Kaye Adams will be joined by First Minister Alex Salmond as he answers your questions on Scottish independence ahead of the 18 September poll.
You can ask your question by calling 0500 92 95 00, texting 80295 or emailing here. The lines are open now.
You can listen live to the debate here.
Jen McKay tweets: Tram and bus collision shandwick place #Edinburgh. Surprised it hadn't happened sooner!!
Simon Cunnick sent this photo of the collision in West Maitland Street in Edinburgh between a tram and a bus this morning at 07:44. No-one was injured. Arrangements are under way to move the tram. There are delays around Haymarket.
Renfrewshire Council (@RenCouncilNews) tweets: Mary Russell School is closed today (Friday) while a suspected gas leak is being investigated.
First Minister Alex Salmond told BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme the Scottish referendum on independence was very different to the referendum on European Union membership promised by Prime Minister David Cameron. if he wins the next general election.
Mr Salmond said: "Generally speaking, and I'm not saying this is a universal law, you hold a referendum if you are looking for the wishes of the people, the assent of something you want to do.
"You don't hold a referendum normally for something you don't want to do. That's the ridiculous position that David Cameron has now got himself into.
"Whether you regard that as a humiliation, as the front page of the Herald says today, or just deeply misguided, from a Scottish perspective is neither here nor there. Because the debate in Scotland is that we should not place ourselves in the situation of potentially being dragged out of the European Union against our wishes, against our will, which might be the position if we are foolish enough to have a No vote in this referendum."
Police in Edinburgh say no-one was hurt in the collision between a tram and a bus in West Maitland Street in Edinburgh at about 07:45. The tram was not derailed and arrangements are being made to move it, police said. They were both travelling citybound towards Princes Street. Expect delays.
EdinburghTravelNews @edintravel tweets: Haymarket RTC - citybound delays Dalry Road and Haymarket Terrace. Southbound Palmerston Place blocked at W Maitland Street #edintravel
EdinburghTravelNews (@edintravel) tweets: Haymarket - tram / bus collision at Palmerston Place junction. Citybound traffic affected, expect delays. More info as we get it #edintravel
An accident has closed one lane on the M876 northbound between Junction 7 at Kinnaird House and Junction 3 at the Bowtrees roundabout.
There's also been an accident on the M77 at Junction 4 at Crookfur Road up to the Glasgow M8 fork which is causing congestion.
In Glasgow, lights are out at Sauchiehall Street which is causing major delays.
Overnight Andy Murray made short work of German qualifier Matthias Bachinger in a windy night session at the US Open.
He had too much class for the world number 235, winning 6-3 6-3 6-4 to reach the third round.
Good morning. A cloudy, wet & breezy start for many. Staying unsettled through the day with rain at times. Brightest in the south east and north west.
Slow to steady on the M80 junctions 4-7 both ways - wet conditions adding to that. In fact, the M80 generally looks a bit murky
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