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  1. Mother charged in connection with Fife toddler death
  2. 'Independent' Scotland should use pound, says think tank
  3. Glasgow 2014 athletics track heading for Grangemouth
  4. Andy Murray learns first-round US Open opponent

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Sport

    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.

  2. Mother in court

    The mother of a Fife toddler and her partner have appeared in court accused of his murder and child cruelty. Two-year-old Liam Fee died at his family's home in Thornton, near Glenrothes on 22 March.

    His mother, Rachael Fee, and her civil partner, Nyomi Fee, appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court. They are both expected back in court next week.

  3. Big Apple-tiser

    Eighth seed Andy Murray will play Holland's Robin Haase in the first round of the US Open tennis.

    Andy Murray

    The 27-year-old Scot, who won the tournament in 2012, has not won an ATP ranking event since Wimbledon in 2013.

  4. Get involved


    The Scotsman

    tweets: Edinburgh Waverley station to get 2 new platforms.

    You can read the full story here.

  5. Ferguson Shipbuilders

    McGill's buses owners Sandy and James Easedale have lodged a formal bid for Ferguson Shipbuilders which went bust last week.

    There's no word yet from joint administrators KPMG on whether any other bids were received for the Port Glasgow yard ahead of the 17:00 deadline.

    Ferguson Shipbuilders

    About 70 workers were made redundant last Friday.

  6. Get involved

    Your pictures

    Peter McLardy sent us this action shot of some sparrows squabbling in his back garden.

    Peter McLardy reader photograph

    You can send us your pictures via email or tweet them using #ScotlandLive

  7. Weather latest

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Dry in the west and south west this evening but showers in the east.

    Showers continue in the north overnight. Elsewhere dry with clear spells.

    Tomorrow dry and sunny in central and southern areas. Showers continue in the far north, and developing in the Outer Hebrides, central Highlands and north east during the day.

  8. Drink driver admits fatal crash

    A speeding drink driver has admitted causing the death of a teenager in a crash after spending hours downing pints and shots at a wedding reception in Fife.

    Lee Hamilton

    Lee Hamilton, 23, lost control of his car and hit a wall resulting in the death of 19-year-old passenger Kristoffer Brister on 30 November last year.

    The crash happened on the A915 at Windygates Road in Leven.

  9. Get involved

    Dunfermline Press

    @dunfermlinep tweets Inverkeithing pensioner calls for action from Fife Council after being attacked twice in same day by seagulls.

    Read the full story here.

  10. Get involved

    Your Pictures

    Milan Fras, who has been visiting Scotland from Maribor in Slovenia, sent us this wonderfully atmospheric shot of a rainbow over Sligachan on Skye.

    Rainbow over Sligachan

    You can email us your pictures here, or tweet them using #ScotlandLive.

  11. Travel Update

    @trafficscotland tweets M8 J14 - J13 Provan Rd - Accident, 2 lanes closed Eastbound for more than an hour

  12. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    In Moray the B9136 is closed due to flooding and carriageway repairs between the B9008 (Glenlivet) and A939 (Wester Fodderletter).

    Heavy rain is causing surface water across Tayside and Dumfries and Galloway.

    In Edinburgh, major disruption in the A89/M9/M8 area. A multiple vehicle accident on Edinburgh Road at the M9 junction is causing delays.

  13. Yes or No in Indyref?

    BBC Scotland's Beattie programme asked for your views based on the twitter hashtags #YesBecause#NoBecause. We've selected some of your responses.

    Neil, Aberdeen: #YesBecause we should have a more representative government and be able to determine our own affairs. The yes vote is like bringing home your wages and doing your own household budget, the 'No' vote is like giving your wages to a neighbour down the road and trusting them to do that for you!

    Lesley in Angus: #NoBecause small may once have been beautiful but given the state of our world today and the global unrest we must surely stand united. Apart from all the other points and unanswered questions can Scotland really afford to go solo?

  14. 'Encouragement' for shipyard

    There is reason for "substantial encouragement" that the Ferguson shipyard will be saved, according to First Minister Alex Salmond.

    Administrators have set a deadline of 17:00 today for interested parties to make an offer for the Port Glasgow business, which went into administration last week.

    Alex Salmond at Holyrood

    Mr Salmond, who is due to visit the yard tomorrow, told MSPs at Holyrood: "I think, although we are not there yet, although there will still be more anxious hours and anxious days for the workforce at Ferguson's, that we have reason for substantial encouragement.

    "There have been substantial orders placed with this yard and substantial opportunity to give them the new generation of environmentally-sensitive ferries, and we have great hopes that we'll arrive at a situation where that can continue under new ownership."

  15. Five road deaths in 24 hours

    Police have named a motorcyclist killed in a crash in Arbroath on Wednesday evening.

    James Bryson, 28, died when his motorbike was involved in a collision with a car.

    It was one of five deaths on Scotland's roads in a 24-hour period.

    Two crashes in Aberdeenshire claimed three lives on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Another driver died in a crash at Johnstonebridge, near Lockerbie.

  16. DWP changes indyref memo

    The Department of Work of Pensions has amended a controversial memo which some civil servants believed was encouraging them to vote against Scottish independence.

    The DWP denied that was the case - but the memo has been altered to avoid confusion.

    It now reads that while staff are at work it is "legitimate and necessary" for them to support the government's policy of keeping Scotland in the UK.

  17. Docherty to appeal

    Radio Clyde

    @RadioClydeNews tweets: John Docherty, 50, who murdered teenager Elaine Doyle almost three decades ago in Greenock is set to appeal against his conviction.

  18. £1m for heart and stroke care

    The Scottish government has published two action plans backed by more than £1m of funding to reduce deaths from heart attacks and strokes.

    Heart attack patient

    Heart disease will be tackled by modernising cardiac rehabilitation services, improving diagnosis and developing better ways to reach people in deprived communities who are at greater risk.

    The stroke improvement plan includes campaigns to raise public awareness of the symptoms, as well as improved rehabilitation services and long-term support.

  19. Coming up on Newsdrive

    • Lucy Adams reports on last first minister's questions before the referendum
    • Analysis of the latest twists in the debate over currency union
    • Former Muslim Council of Britain secretary general on the James Foley murder
    • And why "ear tickling" could be good for your heart
    Radio mixer desk

    Listen live to BBC Radio Scotland on 92-95 FM and 810 MW or online from 16:00

  20. Indyref - Get Involved

    Text 80295

    #NoBecause "Scotland and the rest of the UK are so financially, socially and culturally, similar and intertwined that independence would be an exercise which would take decades, and cost millions to fully implement. With no significant change in typical living standards likely to be generated as a result." William, Ayr.

  21. Indyref - Get Involved

    Text 80295

    #YesBecause "Over the last 60 years England's population has grown by nearly 40% whilst Scotland has grown by only 4%. Growth is generated by where the job opportunities are focused. Scots have consistently had to move south for work. These basic facts show that Better Together really means better for England and Westminster politicians." Eric from Wick.

  22. Yes or No in Indyref?

    Earlier, BBC Scotland's Beattie programme asked for your views based on the twitter hashtags #YesBecause#NoBecause. We've picked out some of your responses.

  23. Referendum Radio Debate

    A BBC Radio Scotland debate on the independence referendum recorded in Inverurie can be heard later at 17:05, on FM in the north east, and online.

    Radio Scotland debate
  24. Johnstonebridge crash death

    A man has been killed in a crash between a car and a lorry on the B7076 at Johnstonebridge near Lockerbie.

    Stephen Crawford, 44, of Lockerbie, died in the accident which took place at about 08:50.

    Traffic diversions have been put in place while the road remains closed.

  25. Govanhill alleged rape

    Two men have been reported to prosecutors over the alleged rape of a woman in the south side of Glasgow.

    The 24-year-old victim was subjected to a serious sexual assault by two men in Dixon Road, Govanhill, on 19 May.

    Police Scotland said two men, aged 28 and 29, had been reported to the procurator fiscal.

  26. Oil rig evacuated

    Nearly 150 workers were taken off a North Sea oil platform following a loss of power.

    Shell said the "power outage" incident happened on its Nelson installation, 124 miles off Aberdeen, on Tuesday morning.

    A total of 148 people were taken off, and 19 workers remained on board. Shell said no-one was injured.

  27. Flood's Dons Deal

    Aberdeen have agreed a new one-year contract extension with midfielder Willo Flood.

    Willo Flood in action for Aberdeen

    Manager Derek McInnes said: "Since his arrival, Willo has been a consistent and positive influence on our team and to our club as a whole."

    The 29-year-old Irishman is now contracted to the Scottish Premiership club until summer 2017.

  28. Scotland Live

    Marianne Taylor

    BBC Scotland news

    Don't forget, by clicking on the Scotland Live link you'll go through to our new-style live updates page which has improved video, audio and picture capabilities.

    Scotland Live screen shot

    We'd like to know what you think of Scotland Live - you can give us your thoughts here.

  29. Cats' bodies found

    An investigation has been launched after the bodies of three drowned cats were discovered in Edinburgh.

    A dog walker found the adult ginger cats in a small wood near Saughton Road on Sunday 3 August.

    The Scottish SPCA said a post-mortem examination showed all three female cats had been killed around the same time by drowning.

    Ch Supt Mike Flynn, of the Scottish SPCA, said it would have taken "considerable strength to kill them".

  30. Weather Outlook

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Brightening up especially for western parts. Largely cloudy in the north with some showers. Later some heavy, slow moving showers developing, mainly across eastern areas. Temperatures 13-16C.

    Some brightness to end the day on as it becomes drier, but heavy showers will linger for a time over the southeast.

  31. Currency Options - analysis

    Colletta Smith

    BBC Scotland Economics Correspondent

    The Adam Smith Institute report adds extra weight to the Yes campaign's claim that just using the pound anyway would be a viable option for a plan B on the currency.

    Previously the National Institute of Economic and Social Research said that 'sterlingization' should be bottom of the list of currency options because not having a lender of last resort would make the financial system vulnerable.

    Now the Institute have flipped that on its head by saying that not having a lender of last resort would actually create a more careful banking culture.

    What's not addressed is whether depositors could be convinced that a new system would be stable, or whether money would be pulled out of Scotland before the theory could be put to the test.

    What do you think? Get involved by text using 80295, via email or tweet using the hashtag #ScotlandLive.

  32. Games track moved

    The 2014 Commonwealth Games athletics track at Hampden Park is to be lifted and moved to Grangemouth Stadium.

    Hampden Stadium

    Falkirk Community Trust (FCT), which runs the venue, applied as part of the Games legacy programme to receive sports equipment after the event.

    FCT will also receive £30,000 worth of equipment including javelins, distance markers, hammers and boxing gloves.

  33. Do not disturb

    Pilots are being asked to avoid flying over Edinburgh Zoo so as not to disturb animals during their breeding season - including giant panda Tian Tian.

    Tian Tian relaxing at Edinburgh Zoo

    A Notice To Airmen, or NoTam, has been published by the Civil Aviation Authority asking pilots to not to fly in the area if possible to reduce noise from low-flying planes and helicopters.

    NoTams are usually issued to alert pilots to potential hazards such as cranes, closed runways or large public events.

  34. Post update

    Pauline McLean

    BBC Scotland

    tweets: BBC Scotland and Slate North to make TV version of Iain Banks novel Stonemouth. David Kane to write. Cast to be announced.

  35. A814 crash update

    Six people were taken to hospital after a three car collision on the A814 Clydeside Expressway in Glasgow.

    Four adults and two children were taken the Western Infirmary as a precaution.

    A814 crash
  36. Post update

    @trafficscotland tweets A90 between Perth and Dundee surface water both directions drivers are advised to exercise caution.

  37. Shipyard deadline 5pm

    Prospective buyers for the financially-stricken Ferguson Shipbuilder in Port Glasgow have until 17:00 to submit offers to joint administrators.

    Ferguson shipyard

    Blair Nimmo and Tony Friar of KPMG said several parties had expressed interest in acquiring the business and assets.

    McGill's Buses owners James and Sandy Easdale have said they hope to be in a position to submit an offer.

  38. B9105 Update

    Police Scotland say a man has died following a two-vehicle crash on the B9105 between Turriff and Fintry.

    The collision happened at about 10:55. The road is expected to remain closed for several hours for investigation work.

    Drivers are advised to seek an alternative route.

  39. Comedy Awards

    The nominees for this year's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards have been unveiled.

    The shortlisted acts are James Acaster, Alex Horne, Sara Pascoe, John Kearns, Liam Williams, Romesh Ranganathan and Sam Simmons.

    James Acaster

    The awards celebrate the best comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe. Winners will be announced on Saturday.

  40. Fatal accident on B9105

    Police Scotland say there has been a fatal accident on B9105 between Turriff and Fintry.

    Emergency services are at the scene. The road is expected to remain closed for some time.

    Local diversions are in place.

  41. FMQs

    The final first minister's questions before the 18 September independence referendum is kicking off at noon. You can follow it live here. Should be a cracker!

    Alex Salmond at the Scottish Parliament
  42. Council house sales up

    Sales of council housing rose by 26% following the decision to scrap tenants' right to buy, according to new figures.

    Council housing

    Official statistics show that after years of decline, the number of local authority homes sold in the year to March rose from 1,209 to 1,526.

    The Scottish government announced last year that right to buy, which was previously abolished for new tenants, was to end altogether.

  43. Deep pockets

    Aberdeen is the sixth most generous place in Britain, raising more than £1,8m last year, according to donation website JustGiving.

    The top 10 ranking was determined by dividing the total raised by the area's population.

    Aberdeen was the only Scottish location to make it into the top 10.

  44. Currency Debate - Your Views

    @Edinburgh Tom : "Whatever currency we end up with can we keep the unicorn? I enjoy its irreverent presence on the £ coin"

    unicorn on coin

    Get involved by text using 80295, via email or tweet using the hashtag #ScotlandLive.

  45. Get involved

    Text 80295

    David: "Indy debate for me is about democracy. Surely we face more uncertainty by giving up our sovereignty and hoping the majority of English people vote the same way we do?"

    Get involved via text, email or tweet using the hashtag #ScotlandLive.

  46. Accident blackspots

    Where do road accidents happen in your area? Check out the BBC's interactive map.

  47. Currency Debate - Your Views

    Richard: "Yesterday a survey showed overwhelming opposition from English voters to a formal currency union, yet still the SNP think they will sign up to it."

    Get involved by text using 80295, via email or tweet using the hashtag #ScotlandLive.

  48. Celtic Warning

    Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has warned against complacency as they seek to secure their place in the Champions League.

    The Scottish champions are favourites to progress after a 1-1 first-leg draw away to Maribor in Slovenia.

    Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon salutes the fans following the draw in Slovenia

    However, Gordon said: "[Tuesday's] away leg could suit them so we have to be very wary - it's not over and done with yet."

  49. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    One lane restricted eastbound after accident on A814 Glasgow Harbour - Finnieston.

    Finnieston accident

    What's your view on the currency debate?

    Text us using 80295, via email or tweet using the hashtag #ScotlandLive

  51. What do the politicians say?

    Stewart Hosie, SNP: "...formal currency option is the best one, not just for Scotland but for the rest of the UK as well. We know what would happen if £100bn of Scottish exports was receipted in a foreign currency. It would shred sterling overnight. We know the risk to hundreds of thousands of English jobs..."


    Labour's Iain Gray: Keeping the pound without a formal currency union would "bring about unprecedented spending cuts to schools and hospitals. It would push up the cost of credit. We have in Scotland a 21st century modern financial services industry that employs 200,000 people. What they are suggesting is that we let that go to the wall".

  52. Currency debate

    Free market think tank the Adam Smith Institute says, in the event of independence, Scotland should use the pound without a formal currency union - in the same way as Panama uses the dollar.

  53. Your Views

    Text 80295

    Anonymous: Thank God that Mums have choices and are no longer chained to the kitchen sink! Children need socialised with other children and prepared for school and nursery. The world moves on but sadly some folk don't.

    Anonymous: Why do non-working mothers expect the taxpayer to pay more and more to support the children that they produced and are their responsibility. Benefit culture?

    You can listen live to the debate on Morning Call here.

  54. Murray Watch

    Andy Murray has been seeded eighth for the 2014 US Open, which starts at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

    The 27-year-old, who won the tournament in 2012, has not won an ATP ranking event since Wimbledon in 2013.

    Andy Murray

    The draw will be made at 17:00 today.

  55. Paper review

    The Herald reports that Alex Salmond faces a "grilling" after oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood predicted North Sea oil would start to dwindle in 15 years' time.

    Scotland's newspapers

    Many papers lead with the "manhunt" for the suspected British jihadist filmed beheading American journalist James Foley.

    The Courier reports that a girl, aged seven, was used as a drugs mule by her mother.

    See the front pages here in our round-up.

  56. Firearms Policy

    The Scottish parliament's Justice Committee will examine Police Scotland's firearms policy later.

    MSPs are to question witnesses on the policy which allows armed officers to be deployed on routine duties.

    Police Scotland has 275 specialist firearms officers out of its total strength of more than 17,000.

  57. Post update

    Louise White

    Presenter, Morning Call

    On Morning Call, I'll be asking what would improve our childcare? Have your say on the launch of a national campaign to improve our childcare system in Scotland.

    From nursery, to after school, to holiday clubs, let's hear your ideas and suggestions.

    Morning Call

    Plus, should doctors and nurses get fit in order to set a good example to the rest of us?

    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.

  58. Travel update

    Traffic Scotland tweets: A898 Erskine Bridge N/B & S/B lane 2 closed on both sides between 9:30 & 3:30pm- Onslip to A82 E/B also closed with div

  59. Post update

    Lyle Shines

    Scottish teenager Maria Lyle marked her arrival on the international stage at the age of just 14 with gold in the T35 100m at the IPC Athletics European Championships.

    The world record holder won in 14.92 seconds - almost a second-and-a-half ahead of her nearest rival.

    Maria Lyle

    "I can't believe it but I have been working really hard and I'm so glad it has paid off," she told BBC Sport.

  60. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    The A96 at Moss Street in Keith has been partially blocked by an accident and drivers should expect delays.

    An accident on the A92 at Lochgelly has blocked one lane eastbound. The A725 East Kilbride Expressway is moving slowly with heavy congestion at the Raith interchange.

    Heavy rain and surface water is causing congestion on the Forth Road Bridge.

  61. Celtic on track

    Celtic netted an away goal in their Champions League play-off first leg against Maribor. Callum McGregor was on target in the 1-1 draw, giving Ronny Deila's side a boost ahead of the return leg in Glasgow next Tuesday.

    Callum McGregor celebrates his goal against Maribor

    Deila praised his players but warned that the Slovenians would prove dangerous on the counter attack when the sides meet again.

    "The away goal is vital, 1-1 is a much better result than 0-0," he said.

  62. Two dead in A980 crash

    A man and a woman have died in crash involving a Land Rover and a van in Aberdeenshire.

    The accident happened on the A980 Torphins to Banchory road at about 19:15 on Wednesday night. The road has now reopened.

  63. Keeping the pound

    An independent Scotland should keep using the pound without a formal currency union with the rest of the UK, according to the Adam Smith Institute.

    The free market think tank says not having the Bank of England as a safety net would force banks to take fewer risks.

  64. Post update

    Judith Ralston

    BBC Weather presenter

    Morning folks. A wet start but it will improve for most. Brightening up with showers developing this afternoon. Cool 13 to 16C.

  65. Post update

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Sport

    Good morning and a warm welcome from the Scotland Live team and our rolling live text service of news, sport, weather and travel from across the country between now and 6pm.