18 August 2014
In Scotland's story, there is no icon more enduring than Arbroath Abbey. But, if the setting was historic, the accompanying offer was modern.
First Minister Alex Salmond announces trains will run on the Borders to Edinburgh railway from 6 September 2015.
Tributes are paid to a 24-year-old woman whose body was found in a stream in Inverness at the weekend.
A man who claimed in court he was a "competent driver" is jailed for three years for a hit-and-run death.
Anticipated savings from building the new bridge over the Firth of Forth are to be used to bring forward part of the A9 upgrade by six months.
Finance Secretary John Swinney makes a ministerial statement on Ferguson’s Shipyard.
Did you know Glasgow is home to six of the 12 remaining blue police boxes that inspired the Doctor's iconic Tardis?
This is the claim of the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau which has launched The Whovian Guide to Glasgow to mark the start of Scottish actor Peter Capaldi's stint as the famous Time Lord.
Numbers of harbour seals in Scotland have continued fall, according to a report.
Fewer animals were counted on Scotland's east coast and in Orkney in surveys by St Andrews University Sea Mammal Research Unit.
But the work commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), found an increase in harbour seals on the west coast.
Dens Park manager Paul Hartley says bringing better quality youth players through the Dens Park system is a key aim in restoring Dundee's fortunes.
"We're working hard, we understand we're a little bit behind because of the administrations and that the youth set-up went to pot."
First Minister Alex Salmond calls for the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) memo to be withdrawn and an apology. But Alistair Carmichael says "nothing inappropriate in the advice".
Restrictions on a third of Edinburgh's bus lanes are to be relaxed. Story here
Scots wheelchair racing sensation Sammi Kinghorn has been speaking about her golden day at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea.
At the age of 17, Sammi made her Team GB debut, triumphing in both the T53 100m and 400m events.
"The 100 and 400m are totally different races so to be on the podium is amazing but they were both tough events," the Borders racer told BBC Sport.
It'll be a mainly dry afternoon with some bright and sunny spells across southern Scotland.
It'll be cloudier in the north with outbreaks of rain across the Western Isles.
Temperatures will range from 14C in the far north to 17C in the south and east of the country.
You can watch a full weather forecast here.
It might be summer but on my show today we'll be finding out just how dangerous it is to climb Scotland's mountains in August.
We'll also be speaking to football coach Shelley Kerr, who has made the headlines by becoming the new boss of Lowland League club Stirling University. Her new job makes her the first female manager in Scottish senior football.
You can listen live from 12:00 on BBC Radio Scotland.
An Aberdeen company has invented a new communications system which allows divers to speak normally, even at extreme depths.
The digital system unscrambles helium-affected speech, allowing a vessel to clearly communicate with divers, at any depth.
Nautronix, the company behind the system, says it will improve diving safety.
Maribor midfielder Dare Vrsic says the Slovenians do not face weaker opposition because Celtic were reinstated to the Champions League.
The Scottish champions were beaten 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw, who were punished for fielding a banned player.
But Vrsic insists that Celtic are "an excellent European team".
"Maribor have been waiting to play in the Champions League for 15 years and I believe that we are capable of achieving our aim over the next 10 days," he said ahead of tonight's first leg.
Planning consent been granted for a new power station at Lerwick on Shetland.
The plant, which would run initially on light fuel oil, will generate up to 120MWe, almost double the existing power station at Gremista, which was built in 1953.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said the existing station, which contains generators up to 40 years old, would be decommissioned and that the new plant would improve electricity supplies for the Shetland islands.
The first trains will start to run on the Borders to Edinburgh railway from 6 September 2015, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.
Work is ongoing on the multi-million pound project to lay 30 miles of new track and build seven new stations.
Injured Scotland and Hull City midfielder Robert Snodgrass tweets: "Gutted ....!!! But I will work as hard as I can to come back fitter and stronger."
Volunteers are upgrading a path in Glenmore Forest Park in the Cairngorms near Aviemore. Here is the view.
Meet Velu, the first chimpanzee to be successfully reared in Scotland in 15 years.
Velu was born on 24 June and lives in the Budongo Trail at Edinburgh Zoo with 18 other chimpanzees.
Wi-Fi could be built into Aberdeen streetlights
Read the full story here.
The project to upgrade the A9 will be brought forward by six months by using anticipated savings from the construction of a new bridge over the Firth of Forth.
The Queensferry Crossing is expected to cost up to £1.45bn, while in 2011 the figure was up to £1.6bn.
Transport Scotland said the savings would be used to speed up the start of improvements to the A9 at Kincraig to Dalraddy.
The road between Inverness and Perth is to be made dual carriageway by 2025.
Scottish shop sales fell last month despite a strong rise in the number of shoppers hitting the high streets, retailers have reported.
In July total sales were down 1.8% year-on-year, with food sales showing the deepest decline since March.
Earlier this week, figures released by research agency Springboard suggested footfall in Scottish shops rose by 4.4% in July - the highest year-on-year increase seen in any area of the UK.
BBC Scotland's Morning Call programme asked: Should grandparents be given more recognition?
Fiona Mackay: I would have been a wreck if my mum and sister had not helped me with my two toddlers. I had two girls within two years and both in nappies at once. I was working full time and suffering sleep deprivation. I think grandparents should be paid the nursery grant if parents choose not to use nursery. Grandparents are the silent props of the economy and should be recognised for this.
Jai texts: I am sick to the back teeth hearing about parents abdicating their duties about their children. Look after your child or don't have it.
Muriel in Dumbarton: A wee medal for folk who not only mind their grandweans but are also saddled with their OWN parents who need help with household chores & shopping!
The family of a woman whose body was found at Inverness' Ness Islands on Sunday have paid tribute to her.
Charlotte Hornby's body was discovered in a burn at the Ness Islands near Island Bank Road at about 17:20 on Sunday.
Her parents Patricia and Harry Hornby and her brother Edward paid tribute to her in a statement released by Police Scotland.
Officers are treating the death as "unexplained" and have launched an appeal for information.
Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass could be out for up to six months with a dislocated knee cap.
The 26-year-old sustained the injury during his debut for Hull City against QPR at the weekend.
Scotland boss Gordon Strachan may be without Snodgrass for Scotland's four opening European Championship qualifying matches which begin against World champions Germany on 7 September.
Three plaques stolen from famous Orkney Italian Chapel are set to be replaced.
The daughter of the chapel's creator has offered to help in finding replacements that will match the remaining 11 wooden works depicting the "Stations of the Cross".
"Just interviewed David Monteith from Mountaineering Council of Scotland who says there's been some settling snow on Ben Nevis and it's cold."
Is travelling by train still value for money?
Sandy in Aberdeen: I travelled from Inverurie to Thurso return, and my wife went single journey - total cost £45. Great value and service with friendly helpful staff.
Jim from Greenock: I recently travelled 400 miles across Portugal, 1st class, £27. It's shocking here.
Beatrice in Dumfries: I would like to know how on earth the trains get away with NOT providing everyone with a seat. You wouldn't be allowed to stand on a bus, or in a car. Heck you'd even get prosecuted for not wearing the belt let alone standing!!
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Students studying for the qualifications that replaced Standard Grades faced too much assessment, according to an official report published today.
The report says more work needs to be done to help the new National 4 and 5 qualifications bed in.
Education Secretary Mike Russell said much had been achieved over the past year and it was important to continue to learn while the largest teachers' union the EIS said there was much to welcome in the report but expressed some reservations.
Wakaso Mubarak will not feature in Celtic's Champions League qualifier with Maribor.
The Monday night signing deadline for the third-round qualifier passed without Celtic announcing the completion of a proposed loan deal for the Ghana winger from Rubin Kazan.
Celtic had agreed terms with the Russian top-flight club over a one-year deal for the 24-year-old.
Wakaso, who was undergoing a medical in Moscow, has 19 caps for his country and appeared as a substitute in Ghana's 2-2 draw with Germany during this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.
He has been with Rubin Kazan in Russia's top flight since summer 2013, having previously played for Espanyol in Spain.
Is travelling by train still value for money?
Willie in Wick texts: Train journeys in this part of the far north are still good value, but I have to admit from Inverness South it's the Gold Bus for me and my wife Glynis. Great comfort, practically non-stop three hours and twenty minutes to Buchanan Street Glasgow with refreshments on board and concessions, you can't beat it.
Steve from Bathgate: In Berlin, I can travel from Schonefeld airport to the city centre (about 45 mins) for 2.50 euros. For the Bathgate to Edinburgh Haymarket trip (25 mins) it's £5. No, it's not value for money.
Dennis in Aberdeen texts: If you are over 60 in Scotland you get free travel throughout, even including the luxury Gold express service, including tea coffee and scones taking you city centre to city centre entirely free. Its a great way to travel and see Scotland's cities on a minimum budget.
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Here's the daily #indyref question - how does education and childcare fit into the debate? Read my answer here.
Nearly one million Scots cannot afford adequate housing according to the largest study of poverty ever conducted in the UK.
Researchers from universities across Britain, including Heriot-Watt and Glasgow, found that in Scotland more than 400,000 adults go without essential clothing while more than 200,000 children live in homes that are damp.
In Midlothian, roadworks mean the A6106 Millerhill Road is closed from The Wisp to the City Bypass.
The A736 Lochlibo Road is closed between Barrhead and Shillford with traffic being diverted through Neilston.
Elsewhere, Wellmeadow Street in Paisley is closed following a building fire at the weekend. This is also causing congestion on Castle Street and Well Street.
What happens to the BBC and broadcasting in general if there is an independence Yes vote?
Blair Jenkins, chief executive of the Yes campaign and a former head of news at BBC Scotland, told Good Morning Scotland: "What we would have for the first time is what every other normal European country has, which is a national television channel, or perhaps more than one, showing programme that are relevant to people here.
"There would be the full range of programmes. There would be certainly scope to commission drama and co-produce drama. I think there would be a lot of news and current affairs, journalism is very important, but also entertainment and everything else.
He added: "There is no credible scenario in which we will not be watching BBC programmes and services that we currently enjoy. The bonus is that like other normal European countries we'll have our own domestic production base, which means more Scottish content and definitely more jobs."
Police reduce number of away fans at Ibrox.
You can read the full story here.
Andy Murray has been seeded eighth for next week's US Open.
The 27-year-old, who won the tournament in 2012, has not won an ATP ranking event since Wimbledon in 2013.
British players Daniel Cox and Naomi Broady will not be joining Murray in the main draw after losing their first-round qualifiers in straight sets.
The seedings for the women's tournament will be announced on Wednesday, with the draw taking place the following day.
What happens to the BBC and broadcasting in general if there is an independence Yes vote?
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Margaret Curran, told Good Morning Scotland: "The proposals are to take Scotland out of the BBC and replace it with a new state broadcaster.
"I think that would be bad for viewers and I think that would be very bad for the industry in Scotland because ultimately it would lead to a higher licence fee or lower quality.
"Currently we put £300m in through our licence fee and we get £3bn back. I think the idea of a completely new separate state broadcaster wouldn't have support in Scotland."
Traffic is slow on the A90 Dundee Road with gas works causing congestion in both directions at Longforgan.
There are also delays on the M90 at Perth and Kinross with a lane closed at Junction 9 near Balmanno Hill.
In Edinburgh, a broken down car on A720 Edinburgh City Bypass is causing queues eastbound back to Hermiston Gait.
The B1936 through Glenlivet remains closed along with School Road in Hopeman following last week's heavy flooding.
The Scotsman has a front page picture of Shelley Kerr, the first female manager in Scottish senior football, but its main story is about the referendum.
It picks up on comments from Alex Salmond that he "would retire from politics tomorrow" if it would guarantee a Yes vote in the independence referendum.
Elsewhere, the Herald and the Scottish edition of The Times have have similar headlines, declaring the English are seeking a "heavy price" for the referendum.
And the Scottish Daily Mail carries a warning from former BBC director general Lord Birt that Scottish independence would result in cuts to BBC programmes and services.
See the front pages here in our paper review.
On today's Morning Call we want to know your views on Scotrail's decision to raise peak-time fares by 2.5% next year. The increase is based on the Retail Price Inflation (RPI) figure for July, at which level the Scottish government had said it would cap increases.
Louise White asks: Is travelling by train still value for money?
In a speech earlier this week, the Prime Minister highlighted that grandparents are getting a "raw deal" after stepping in to look after children whose parents have died or are unable to provide adequate care themselves. He signalled that thousands could be given parental rights to paid leave and greater financial support.
Louise asks: Should grandparents be given more recognition?
Tell us what you think by calling 0500 92 95 00, texting 80295 or emailing. The lines are open now.
You can listen live to the debate here.
It will be a cold start to the day but it will soon break to see some bright weather and only a few showers in the north. The rain will gradually spread into the northwest and the west Highlands.
Temperatures will range from 14C in the far north to 17C in parts of the south and east.
You can watch a full forecast here.
Traffic Scotland tweets: A9 both ways at Gleneagles Station Jct - Lane 1 on both carriageways will be closed *continuously* from 20th Aug to 10th Sept.
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