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Summary

  1. Department of Work and Pensions denies advising 'No' vote
  2. Borders railway to open in September 2015
  3. Bonington climbs Old Man of Hoy

Live Reporting

By Steven Brocklehurst, Bryan Quinn and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

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Bryan Quinn

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow morning to bring you the latest news, sport and travel news from across Scotland. See you then.

Tomorrow's weather

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It'll be a cloudy start to Thursday with outbreaks of rain across the country. Through the day, the rain becomes less widespread and more showery with bright spells of sunshine.

The west coast of Scotland should see the best of the day's weather, although temperatures will remain cool with highs of between 14C to 17C.

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel

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In Cowdenbeath, traffic is moving slowly on the A909 High Street with roadworks causing congestion both ways. There are temporary lights near the railway bridge.

Roadworks are also causing delays on the Erskine Bridge at the M8 approach at Junction 30.

Queensferry Road in Edinburgh is very busy northbound.

Murder attempt

Police are appealing for information following a "brutal" attempted murder in Rutherglen yesterday evening.

A 23-year-old man suffered serious injuries after being attacked by up to 10 people in Lochiel Lane at about 17:30.

The victim is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Old Man of Hoy

Sir Chris Bonington

has reached the top of the Old Man of Hoy, 48 years after his first ascent in 1966.

The UK's most famous mountaineer tackled the iconic sea stack off the north coast of Scotland to mark his 80th birthday.

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Testing Times

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland education correspondent

Official report into how the new National 4 and 5 qualifications have fared - and what needs to improve. Reporting Scotland, 1830, BBC1 Scotland.

Stiglitz backs currency union

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

A Nobel prize-winning economist, who advises the Scottish government, says he believes the rest of the United Kingdom would form a formal currency union with an independent Scotland.

Comments from pro-union politicians ruling out such a deal were "obviously" a bargaining position which would change after a Yes vote, Professor Joseph Stiglitz told Bloomberg.

Prof Stiglitz, who teaches at Columbia University in the United States, said he "strongly" believed that an independent Scotland could work.

Police move closer

More than 1,000 police officers and civilian staff will move to a new £24m administrative headquarters in Glasgow's Dalmarnock area next year.

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clyde gateway

The five-storey Riverside East site will service Police Scotland operations across the west of Scotland.

Prior to the creation of a national force in 2013, Dalmarnock had been earmarked as the new headquarters for the former Strathclyde Police.

The new site effectively replaces the old Strathclyde HQ at Pitt Street.

Clegg Illness Blow

Commonwealth champion Libby Clegg has pulled out of the IPC European Championships in Swansea.

She was due to run in the final of the T12 100 metres today, but is suffering from a viral infection.

The 24-year-old was aiming to

add to the gold she won at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Traffic Scotland

tweets: E/B at J1 (Hermiston Gait) - Broken down vehicle has now been *cleared* - traffic is heavy but this is standard congestion at this time.

Tagged rapist strikes again

A convicted rapist has been found guilty of

raping another woman while wearing an electronic tag.

Alexander Gallagher attacked his 34-year-old victim at her home in Glasgow in March last year.

The 41-year-old was released on licence from a 10-year jail term for rape the month before and tagged - but was back in court after breaching bail conditions during March.

He will be sentenced later this year and could face a lifelong restriction order.

Clegg in for gold

Commonwealth champion Libby Clegg will aim to add a second gold medal in the space of a month when she runs in the T12 para-sports 100m final at the IPC European Championships in Swansea just after 17:00 today.

Libby Clegg
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Clegg, alongside guide runner Mikail Huggins, was the only Team Scotland athlete to win gold inside Hampden Park during Glasgow 2014.

Get to Falkirk

Visitor numbers to the

Falkirk Wheel have topped 5.5m this summer.

Operators say it is the most successful April to July in eight years.

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Visits to the world's only rotating boat lift were up 30% compared to this time last year, with July being the busiest month since it opened in 2002.

Traffic Scotland

tweets: M8 update J1 Hermiston Gait Eastbound Breakdown Nearside lane of roundabout Gogar blocked. Road users are advised expect delays.

The Scottish Sun

Scottish music superstar Calvin Harris has topped the world DJ rich-list after

earning £39m in the past 12 months.

Calvin Harris
BBC

Shipyard bids

McGill's buses owners, James and Sandy Easdale, said they would be

submitting a bid for Ferguson's shipyard in Port Glasgow.

In a statement, the brothers said: "We note the exceptionally tight deadline.

"We have our valuation team in the yard today and will hopefully be in a position to make a conditional offer tomorrow."

Administrators have invited offers for the assets and business by 17:00 on Thursday.

Scotland 2014

On Scotland 2014 tonight at 22:30 on BBC Two Scotland - The future of broadcasting.

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran will debate with Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins about Scottish TV & the BBC in the independence debate.

Media guru Steve Hewlett will be on to analyse the Yes and No arguments when it comes to broadcasting.

The Courier

'Overwhelmed' Perth postman ditched more than 5,000 items.

Read the story here.

Closing date for shipyard bids

The deadline to save Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow has been set at 5pm on Thursday.

Administrators

have set a closing date for offers for the firm after significant interest from prospective buyers.

Blair Nimmo and Tony Friar of KPMG said they had spoken to several parties who enquired about the possibility of recommencing work at the yard.