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First Minister Alex Salmond and Better Together leader Alistair Darling will go head-to-head in a televised referendum debate on the BBC on Monday 25 August.
The debate, which will take place at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow between 20:30 and 22:00, will be shown live on BBC One in Scotland and on BBC Two in the rest of the UK.
It follows a debate between the two men on STV on Tuesday 5 August.
Don't forget, Jackie Bird will be interviewing First Minister Alex Salmond on this evening's Reporting Scotland.
You can watch the programme live online here.
Andy Murray beat Joao Sousa 6-3 6-3 to reach the last 16 of the Cincinnati Masters.
The eighth seed was well in control throughout against the world number 37 and will face either 11th seed John Isner or Australia's Marinko Matosevic in the next round.
Former referee Stuart Dougal has backed officials in their battle for higher wages in Championship games.
With Rangers, Hearts and Hibs all now in the second tier, referees insist the matches merit more than the current £195 paid. Premiership matches pay £840.
Dougal, below, told BBC Scotland: "What's brought it to a head is the anomaly of the Championship having Rangers Hibs and Hearts in it, making it arguably stronger and more interesting than the Premiership."
BBC Weather presenter
It'll be a bright start to Thursday with dry and bright spells across most of the country.
However, scattered showers will develop, some of them heavy with a risk of thunder, particularly across central and southern Scotland later in the day. Coastal areas should stay mainly dry.
Temperatures will reach 16C in the north and 18C in the south.
An Aberdeenshire farmer jailed for a VAT fraud of more than £650,000 has been made subject to a confiscation order for £20,000.
Ella Thom, 50, from Banchory, submitted fraudulent VAT repayment claims for more than six years.
She was jailed for two years and three months in December.
The confiscation order was made at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
A 26-year-old man killed in an Aberdeen car crash has been named.
Liam Thornton, from the city, died after the crash involving two cars on the A956 Charleston flyover on Tuesday evening. A four-year-old boy and a woman were also hurt in the crash.
Andy Murray has taken the first set 6-3 in his Cincinnati Open second round match against Portugal's Jaoa Sousa.
The Scot looks in good form and has played some impressive tennis against the world number 37 as he continues his preparations for the US Open.
Earlier we told how polling cards for September's referendum are being sent out to voters tomorrow and Friday.
Here's what the card will look like...
Former 400m world champion Amantle Montsho faces a two-year ban after her B Sample drugs test from the Commonwealth Games came back positive.
Montsho, 31, had been provisionally suspended after her A Sample failed a doping test following the 400m final.
The Botswana athlete, who finished fourth, has until 22 August to appeal to the Commonwealth Games Federation.
A new Scottish government fund will allow victims or their families to share in almost £1m a year of cash seized from criminals.
The fund is designed to pay for costs incurred by victims of crime, such as funeral costs or moving costs to help victims get away from abusers or their associates.
Launching the scheme, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: "The measures coming into force today mark a major milestone in improving the rights of, and support for, victims in our justice system."
Glasgow City manager Eddie Wolecki Black says his side can qualify for the last 32 of the Uefa Women's Champions League despite their injury problems.
The Scottish champions go head-to-head with Ukrainian club FC Zhilstroy-1 at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium.
With an inferior goal difference, only a win will be enough for City to top Group 4 and qualify.
BBC Business editor
So, now we know. After much speculation and oblique references, Mark Carney has made it clear. The Bank of England has contingency plans whatever the outcome of the Scottish referendum.
@BBCScot2014 tweets: What could Scotland learn from SanFrancisco? Special report by @collettasmith and the tech industry tonight on #Scotland2014
Edinburgh Zoo's panda enclosure is to close this weekend following the announcement of female bear Tian Tian's pregnancy.
The zoo said visitors with pre-booked tickets would be allowed in until Friday, after which the enclosure would shut "until further notice".
It added that those with tickets valid after 15 August would be contacted by email with details of how to rearrange their visit.
The zoo thanked the public for their understanding "during this exciting, but delicate, period".
If all goes well, Tian Tian could give birth at the end of the month.
BBC Scotland Travel
Drivers in Clackmannanshire should expect delays with the B934 being closed both ways after a lorry shed its load between Dunning and Yetts O'Muckhart.
There is still a convoy system in place on the A835 south of Ullapool at Leckmelm as a clear-up takes place following flood damage.
In Aberdeenshire, the A980 is still closed for repairs due to flood damage between Alford and Lumphanan. Drivers are being directed via a signed diversion.
A care home has been fined £8,000 after the death of an elderly resident who became trapped between her mattress and a bed rail.
Marjory Black, 85, had previously fallen out of her bed at Cairndhu House nursing home in Helensburgh, Argyll.
Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard a smaller air mattress was put on her bed but it left a gap which she slipped into.
Police have confirmed the identity of a man whose body was found in the water off the coast of Copinsay, Orkney, last week.
They said he was local man Michael Ritch, 33, who had been reported missing by his family on 24 July.
#Celtic say they're "extremely disappointed and concerned" that their proposal to bring in a 'safe standing' area at C Park's been rejected
Polling cards are being dispatched tomorrow and Friday to every registered voter in Scotland ahead of the independence referendum on September 18.
Chief counting officer Mary Pitcaithly urged eligible voters to make sure they are registered to vote.
She said: "Only people who are registered to vote and are aged 16 or over on the day of the referendum will be entitled to vote, so it is vital that those who want to take part ensure their details are on the electoral register.
"It may be worth taking the time to check your details are on the register and that they are up to date, particularly if you've changed address in recent months."
Are you eligible to vote? Read our guide here.
The Peterhead lifeboat has been to the aid of a vessel "without steerage".
The RNLI's 'The Misses Robertson of Kintail' launched on Tuesday to rescue a Peterhead vessel 'Fruitful Bough'.
Peterhead lifeboat coxswain Andy Brown said: "Without any means of steering the vessel it proved to be a very challenging tow."
There's a full card of action tonight in the Scottish Premiership with all of the top flight teams in action.
Dundee United v Motherwell Inverness Caley v Dundee
Kilmarnock v Aberdeen Partick Thistle v Ross County
St Johnstone v Celtic St Mirren v Hamilton
All of the games have a 19:45 kick-off time.
There will be live updates on the BBC Sport website plus live commentary from St Johnstone v Celtic on Radio Scotland 810MW and on digital.
BBC Scotland arts correspondent
@BBCPolliemac tweets: The Scottish/Swedish vampire drama which is proving to be the hottest hit with teenagers in London this summer. More on Reporting Scotland
Two men have been charged after police recovered cannabis with a street value of £30,000 in Dundee.
Officers also recovered cocaine with a potential street value of £2,500 during an intelligence-led operation in the Riverside area of the city.
Two men, aged 74 and 31, have been charged with drugs offences.
Rangers manager Ally McCoist says there's been no contact from Brighton and Hove Albion about defender Lee Wallace's availability, and stressed he doesn't want to lose the Scotland international.
Media speculation suggested the English Championship side were interested in the former Hearts full-back.
Nottingham Forest had two bids for Wallace turned down by Rangers in January.
The Falkirk Herald
Falkirk Herald reports:
Falkirk Council had its commitment to the environment recognised when it was named overall winner at a competition to find Scotland's greenest businesses and local authorities.
The council picked up two gongs at the Green Apple Environment Awards in Edinburgh on Monday for its delivery of The Helix project and the Falkirk Greenspace Initiative.
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BBC Scotland Weather
Gillian Smart: There'll be a scattering of showers across the North this afternoon, the odd one will be heavy, driven in on brisk northwesterly winds.
Elsewhere, it will be largely dry and bright with some good spells of sunshine and just an odd light shower.
Temperatures will hit high teens, peaking around 20C towards Fife and the Lothians.
You can watch a full forecast here.
A 20-year-old Scot has died on the holiday island of Ibiza.
Lewis Robertson was found dead in San Antonio on Monday. Police are investigating.
Mr Robertson, from Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, was thought to be on holiday on the Spanish island with friends.
A brain injuries expert has said that Scottish football needs to do more research into treating head injuries.
Dr Willie Stewart urged football clubs to be more responsible in looking after people with head injuries.
The English FA have released new guidelines for head injury management in the professional game.
"I think that Scottish football could possibly take a lead from the Football Association", he told BBC Scotland's John Beattie Show.
He added: ""I think any sports organisation should really be getting behind this kind of measure now."
BBC Scotland Travel
Sarah Cruickshank reports: Aberdeen - Countesswells Road closed in both directions due to a fallen tree between Craigton Road and Countesswells Avenue.
Scottish donations to the DEC Gaza Crisis Appeal continue to rise with £556,000 given so far.
The UK-wide appeal has raised £8m in the five days since it was launched.
Save the Children said: "These funds will help replenish urgently needed medical supplies, provide clean water and emergency shelter materials."
Jim Fairlie tweets: best way to control ticks is have sheep on the hills to help control them. Unfortunately more sheep going off hills.
Eric Witton, Aberdeen: Our cocker spaniel picks up a lot of ticks on her coat from the undergrowth and one or two have managed to anchor themselves to myself and my wife over the years.
The little green 'claw hammers' are widely available, come in a two size pack and are superb at removing ticks from animals and humans alike.
A £3.5m bid to buy out Hibs owner Sir Tom Farmer has been rejected, according to a statement by David Low.
The financial advisor was leading a consortium that reportedly included former Hibs chairman Malcolm McPherson.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has said the institution has drawn up currency contingency plans, whatever the outcome of the Scottish referendum.
Read more here.
An innovative project to save an endangered wildflower has been shortlisted for a nature award.
The efforts of staff at Cairngorms National Park using translocation to increase the numbers of twinflower was commended with a RSPB Nature of Scotland Award.
The conservation effort involves carefully moving selected plants closer together to facilitate cross pollination and seed production.
Cairngorms Nature Officer Justin Prigmore, said: "It is exciting that this project has been recognised in the Species Champion category because it has been so innovative in seeking a solution to the conservation issues in Scotland."
A "river of fire" is to be the centrepiece of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge.
Thousands of torch-bearers will form a kilometre long line across the bridge before a party in South Queensferry with music from Big Country and Bwani junction.
Tickets for the procession and party, on 13 September, go on sale on Friday.
A trucker who flipped a 44-tonne lorry on a Dundee roundabout after drinking half a litre of vodka has been jailed.
Darren Moorhouse drank three quarters of a bottle of spirits as his HGV was being loaded with 23 tonnes of peat in Peterhead.
The 40-year-old managed to negotiate 100 miles of the A90 road south, before overturning his lorry on the Myrekirk roundabout in Dundee.
He was jailed for a year and banned from driving for three years
Stagecoach boss Sir Brian Souter has donated £1m to the SNP.
The independence-supporting transport tycoon has previously given money to the party. More recently he has donated £100,000 each to Business for Scotland and Christians for Independence, organisations campaigning for a "Yes" vote in the referendum.
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Family doctors have agreed a new three-year contract with the Scottish government.
GPs will have less of their pay related to performance but will no longer automatically receive a "golden hello" bonus when they first join the NHS.
Earlier this year it was announced GPs would receive a 1% pay rise.
Key politicians and famous faces clashed on the referendum in last night's BBC TV debate from Inverness. Check out our round-up of how it went down and what you said about it (and learn a few interesting facts about the Highland capital at the same time.)
If you missed the debate, you can watch it online here.
BBC Scotland Travel
All trains through Kingussie are delayed by up to 30 mins due to a signalling fault. Engineers are working to fix the problem but there could be a backlog to clear before normal service resumes.
Also, safety checks being carried out on the line between Elgin and Forres means passengers are facing delays of up to 20 mins.
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Carla Boyce made her full-team debut for Glasgow City in their Champions League qualifier against Glentoran.
The team are preparing for a crucial tie against Ukrainian Champions FC Zhilstroy-1.
The game will kick off tomorrow at 16:00 at Airdrie Stadium.
The Bank of England has contingency plans in the event that September's independence referendum raises "financial stability issues".
Governor Mark Carney told a news conference the bank was ready to deal with any eventuality regardless of how Scots vote.
"Uncertainty about the currency arrangements could raise financial stability issues," Mr Carney said. "We have contingency plans."
First Minister Alex Salmond has said an independent Scotland would seek to enter a currency union with the rest of the UK, a move that has been ruled out by the UK government and Labour leader Ed Miliband.
@BBCKheredine tweets: Easing down in the last 50m, @LynseySharp still 2nd fastest qualifier for the Euro 800m semis tomo. Fellow Brits A Leonard and J Judd thru
Three teenagers are to be reported over a fire at Aberdeen's historic Bon Accord Baths.
Police Scotland said one boy of 14 and two aged 15 would be reported to the Children's Reporter.
The fire broke out at about 21:00 on Thursday 7 August.
Police are investigating reports that a man was assaulted in the Govan area of Glasgow this morning.
The victim, whose injuries aren't known, has been taken to the Southern General Hospital for treatment.
Police have cordoned off a lane near the Ibrox subway station. The incident took place at around 09:40.
More than 100,000 disabled Scots will lose benefits by 2018 as a result of Westminster welfare reforms, the deputy first minister has claimed.
Currently 190,000 people in Scotland receive Disability Living Allowance which is being replaced with the Personal Independent Payment as part of the UK government's welfare reforms.
Nicola Sturgeon said only a "Yes" vote in next month's referendum would prevent "truly horrifying cuts in support for disabled people".
Conservative welfare spokesman Alex Johnstone accused the Deputy First Minister of trying to frighten disabled people in the run up to next month's independence vote and said the new system would target help at those who needed it most.
There's live coverage of the European Championships online.
Lynsey Sharp runs in the 800m at 11:50.
Earlier this morning, Eilidh Child cruised through her 400m hurdles heat.
Are people these days less likely to help a stranger in need?
Andrea from Ayrshire texts: "I stopped to help a older lady who was sitting at edge of road. I could see she was out of breath - I stopped car and asked her if she was ok and where she was going. She said she was fine I drove away, but about-turned to go back and I convinced her to get in car and I dropped her off where she was going. At first I was bit reluctant to ask her to get in but when I saw she was breathless I couldn't not."
Anon texts: "Twice I have been in trouble out in the streets, and both times people went out of their way to come up to me and ask if I was OK. Then they stayed with me and offered all the help and support they could until 1) the ambulance came 2) I was recovered enough to limp off the scene. It was very comforting and reassuring to have that care from my fellow Scots who kindly took the bother when they could have so easily just hustled themselves away."
Annual house price growth in Scotland has hit a four-year high, according to a new report.
The average cost of a home in June was £164,105 - a 5.7% rise on the price for the same month in the previous year, said LSL Property Services.
There was also a 15% increase in the number of property transactions compared to May, with sales 26% above those in June 2013.
Edinburgh was the most expensive place to buy a property, with a monthly rise in prices of 4.2% taking the average cost to £239,659 while a house in Glasgow cost £130,872 after a 4.5% increase.
However, a fall in prices was recorded in areas including East Renfrewshire, Fife and Dundee.
Evening Express reports:
Community leaders in Aberdeen have raised concerns about a perceived increase in foxes - fearing the animals are snatching food left out for seagulls.
Residents - including one in the Springfield Road area - have been reprimanded for feeding seagulls and advised that their "antisocial behaviour" causes issues for neighbours.
BBC Scotland Travel
Roads in the Highlands are still being repaired after heavy rain earlier this week.
The A835 south of Ullapool is partially open with a convoy system while temporary traffic lights in place on the A938 between A95 at Dulnain and B9153 at Carrbridge.
In Aberdeenshire, the A980 remains closed due to flood damage between Alford and Lumphanan.
A video showing the moment a spider crawled across the lens of our roof camera during the early morning edition of Reporting Scotland has proved popular on social media, with more than 200 retweets in just over an hour.
You can watch the clip here.
Bomb disposal experts are to examine what may be an unexploded mine after it was picked up by a fishing boat in the Firth of Clyde.
The coastguard was alerted after the boat caught the small device in its nets and brought it in to Gourock Pier.
Rail and ferry services were disrupted for a time on Tuesday evening but Police Scotland said there was no danger to the public.
On tonight's Reporting Scotland, First Minister Alex Salmond will be interviewed live by Jackie Bird.
You can watch the show at 18:30 on BBC 1 Scotland.
The Daily Record reports:
Tributes were paid last night to a Scot who died while on holiday with his pals in Ibiza.
Lewis Robertson, 20, was pronounced dead in San Antonio on Monday. Police on the island have launched a probe but the cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
BBC Scotland Travel
Lochranza- A841 closed by an oil spill between Newton Rd Lochranza and Alma Road Brodick. Near Golf Course. No access to Ferry Port at Brodick.
A couple and their dog had to be rescued by lifeboat after being cut off by the fast incoming tide at Sandyhill beach on the Solway Firth.
The pair managed to scramble up cliffs at the beach and used their mobile phone to alert the emergency services.
Edinburgh Evening News
Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher has been named vice-captain at Manchester United, with manager Louis van Gaal giving the armband to Wayne Rooney.
Elsewhere, the domestic football season could be hit by another referee strike. Officials are reportedly unhappy at the fee of £195 to cover big Championship games involving Rangers and others such as the Edinburgh derby, and want closer to the £840 on offer in the Premiership.
You can ready more about the latest football gossip in our daily round-up page.
Devices for removing parasitic ticks should be more readily available for people to buy, a GP has said.
Fort William-based Dr Jim Douglas has called on shops in the Highlands to stock the aids.
Lyme disease, an infection that can cause arthritis and even death if untreated, can be transmitted to humans through a tick bite.
New figures show that employment in Scotland has reached a new record high.
The number of people in work increased by 9,000 between April and June, to stand at 2,594,000.
Figures from Employment in Scotland showed unemployment in Scotland fell by 2,000, to 176,000, over the same period.
Can Robin Williams' death help people open up about depression?
Willie from Wick texts: "High profile suicides and depression states will do little to help sufferers speak out for help. People require to have the courage to seek help and not feel disadvantaged they have to be nursed through their illness and gently cared for and slowly encouraged to ask for help."
James from the Highlands texts: "It's good to talk. I've dragged depression around for 20 years+. It's horrible. Robin Williams' laughter masked his pain. Many sufferers do this. I do that. Have a very good GP but talking about it 'on demand' is the best way to tackle it."
H. from Edinburgh texts: "Depression is an awfully bad illness but I think a lot of people suffering with depression take drugs or alcohol which both cause depression. Just try stopping, it does work."
Andy Murray begins his quest for a third Cincinnati Masters tennis title this afternoon.
The Scot faces Portuguese world number 37 Joao Sousa in the second round. Murray's route to a potential final is likely to feature Roger Federer in the last eight should he get that far.
You can keep to date with the latest from the tournament with coverage on the BBC Sports website.
BBC Scotland Weather
Gillian Smart writes:
Showers for the Northern and Western Isles, Northwest Highlands, Moray and Northern Aberdeenshire.
South of here, it'll be mainly dry with sunshine. Temperatures will reach 16 to 20 Celsius, and it'll be breezy.
Police in Orkney are investigating a theft from the iconic Italian Chapel.
Three of the hand-carved "Stations of the Cross" wooden plaques have been removed from the walls of the chapel. The 14 plaques were a gift from the chapel's creator Domenico Chioccetti and his wife in 1964.
The wartime chapel is the most popular tourist attraction in Orkney with more than 100,000 visitors a year.
Firefighters in Edinburgh are attending a blaze at a pub in the Lochend area of the city.
They were called to the Loch Inn just before 05:00.
Nobody has been injured but there's substantial damage to the property.
More than 100,000 people in Scotland will lose disability benefits under UK-wide welfare changes, according to the Scottish government.
Scottish ministers said the personal independence payment, which replaces disability living allowance, would result in thousands losing benefits.
The UK government has said the new system would target help at those who needed it most.
@ScottishSun tweets: Legia Warsaw's chairman tweeted to say their appeal has been heard and UEFA will outline their decision ''tonight or tomorrow morning"
Representatives from UEFA will listen to Legia Warsaw's appeal against the decision to kick them out of the Champions League this morning.
The club's 2-0 victory at Murrayfield against Celtic was declared a forfeit by UEFA after they admitted fielding an ineligible player, with a 3-0 victory then awarded to the Parkhead side.
The Polish champions feel that this is unfair and have asked UEFA to reconsider.
A verdict is expected on Thursday or Friday.
Graham Stewart kept calm as a spider crawled across the lens of our roof camera.
How are you with spiders? Have you taken a recent picture of a creepy-crawly? We would love to share it.
@BuchananPost tweets: A colleague asks a very good question for which I have no answer: what happens if there is a draw in #indyref vote?
The chief secretary to the Treasury has insisted he will continue to oppose a currency union even if Scotland votes for independence.
Danny Alexander told a BBC referendum debate in Inverness that such a deal would leave Scotland with less economic freedom than it has now.
But SNP MP Angus Robertson described a formal arrangement to share the pound as "eminently sensible".
BBC Radio Scotland
With more details emerging about Robin Williams' battle with depression, we want to know if his death can have an effect on others who are dealing with their own depression and encourage people to talk more about the illness?
Louise White wants to know: Can Robin Williams' death help us open up about depression?
A new survey suggests that people in Britain are more likely to come to the aid of a pet than a man or a teenager.
Louise asks: Are people these days less likely to help a stranger in need?
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.
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BBC Scotland Travel
Inverness trains to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow have returned to normal after some heavy weather earlier this week.
On the roads, there is some congestion in the Glasgow M8 westbound between Junction 12 Cumbernauld Road and Junction 13 Provan while eastbound a breakdown at Junction 11 is causing delays.
In Edinburgh, traffic lights are out on the A7 Dalkeith Road at Cameron Toll.
Alex Salmond is to promise the inclusion of a right to free healthcare in the proposed written constitution of an independent Scotland.
The first minister said the NHS in England was facing a programme of steady privatisation, but Scotland had a chance to choose a different path.
The death of Hollywood actor and comedian Robin Williams is still making the front pages of Scotland's newspapers this morning.
You can see them all here.
BBC Scotland Weather
A cloudy start for most, but Central and southern Scotland will soon brighten up with good sunny spells developing during the morning and just one or two light showers, most likely right on the West Coast.
Across the Northern and Western Isles, the Northwest Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire, it'll be cloudier, and showers will be more frequent and heavy at times.
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