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  1. Egged MP suspends campaign tour
  2. Salmond: Euro sceptics 'damaging' to Scotland
  3. Fresh appeal over Edinburgh murder
  4. Ardbeg 'space whisky' set for return to Earth

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  1. Bye for now

    Marianne Taylor

    BBC Scotland news

    Right, that's all from the Scotland Live team for this week. Join us again at 08:00 on Monday when we'll have all the latest news, sport, weather and travel throughout the day.

    Meantime, you can keep up to date with developments on the BBC News Scotland website.

  2. Post update

    The Scotsman

    2.5 million PPI complaints to be reopened after unfair rejections and incomplete compensation packages by firms.

    Read the full story here.

  3. Your views - independence

    Kyle Robertson: Personally I don't think either side of the indy referendum has made a good enough job of providing us with the right level of information to make a fully informed choice. On the back of information vacuum, there are a lot of people stating their opinion as fact, on both the Yes and No side.

    Stefan Paetow: I have to agree with Tom Kelly here. If the vote is Yes, the politics of it will turn nasty between Westminster and Holyrood. I live in Oxford, so I will have an opinion on the aftermath if it turns Westminster into a bigger petty and childish circus than it is already.

  4. Man guilty of Salmond Twitter abuse

    A man has been convicted of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards First Minister Alex Salmond on Twitter.

    Christopher Stevenson, 26, posted: "I think I might assassinate Alex Salmond" while watching a television programme about him.

    Smart phone

    Glasgow Sheriff Court heard he was reported to police by an American tourist who had seen the post online.

    Stevenson, from Glasgow, claimed it had been a joke. Sentence was deferred for a year for good behaviour.

  5. Edinburgh fires linked

    Police are investigating three suspicious fires in Edinburgh which appear to be linked.

    PC Joanne Robertson said: "We are linking these three suspicious fires and are looking to trace the suspect who we have a more detailed description of during the incident on Crewe Road West on Monday evening."

  6. Weather update

    Christopher Blanchett

    BBC Weather presenter

    A cloudy end to the day for most with outbreaks of showery rain continuing well into this evening.

    Areas in the north west that escaped largely dry today will also see some wet weather. Overnight, the rain slowly eases and winds veer north-westerly.

    It will be a mild night with lows of around 12C across the country.

    You can watch a full forecast here.

  7. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    The A9 at Ardullie, north of Dingwall, is partially blocked in both directions following an accident. The road had been closed but traffic is now able to pass

    In Aberdeen, Rosemount Place is still is closed due to a fire earlier.

    The M8 in Glasgow is slow westbound between Junction 13 Provan and Junction 19 Anderston.

  8. Get involved


    Sue Anstis: If the result mirrors what the polls are telling us, the result is going to be so close that whichever way the vote goes, almost half the population of Scotland is going to be disappointed. How are we going to build on that and go forward?

    Alastair B Milne in reply to Scott MacDonald on Scotland Live: Are you really suggesting that the Commonwealth Games are a reason to vote yes? Ask wee Eck about Iceland! He told us we should be like them! A country without a Central Bank? Its called a Banana Republic!

  9. Post update

    The Press and Journal

    Potential £5m bill for free school meals in Highland

    Read the full story here.

  10. Get involved


    Following our story about Ardbeg's "space whisky" returning to Earth @EmilyLHuillier tweets: Science AND whisky?! Sounds like a match made in heaven... or my senior year of college.

    @slwlygoingcrzy tweets: It's good to know that when we have to colonize somewhere in space, hopefully we will still have whiskey!

  11. Your views - independence


    Peter from Devon: As the debate gets more fractious and the old divides become more apparent it would seem that a Yes vote will create two neighbours who will get increasingly belligerent towards each other. The English are as proud as the Scots and equally stubborn, so please don't expect everything to carry on as before if you leave the Union. Some of the comments coming from north of the border are very offensive to many English, and will not be forgotten. It should not be necessary to point out that we do not all live in Westminster and we are not all Tories.

    Keith Grant: If political unions are so great, why are so many in England determined to get us out of Europe? The reality is, they have not readjusted properly from the age of empire even now. I am voting yes for this reason alone - the interests and priorities and needs of the average Scot are radically different to the average chap in south east England. Yet it's they who make all the decisions, because that's where the power lies demographically. A smaller country can be more responsive to the aspirations of us all. University fees. Elderly care. Our priorities. Our Democracy.

  12. Scotland Live

    Marianne Taylor

    BBC Scotland news

    By clicking the Scotland Live link you'll go to our full live format, with its improved video, audio and picture capabilities.

    Scotland Live

    We're also keen to hear your views on Scotland Live - you can tell us what you think here.

  13. Avalanche increase

    The Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service recorded a total of 350 avalanches last year.

    The figure was one of the highest totals in recent years.

    Despite the numbers there were no avalanche-related fatalities, whereas avalanches caused the deaths of eight people during the 2012-13 season - the highest figure in years.


    The figures were released as it was confirmed that Aviemore in the Cairngorms will host the UK and Ireland Mountain Rescue Conference next month.

  14. Get involved


    Scott MacDonald in reply Fiona (nee Fraser): C'mon Fiona the whole world saw how friendly we Glaswegians and Scots could be during the recent Commonwealth Games, although I am sure that even the great Robert Burns himself would have come across some uncouth types in his time. I would be even more interested to find out what he would make of the Tory toffs in Westminster today? To quote Nelson Mandela "May your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears". So, let us focus on the positive eh?

  15. Post update

    Catriona Renton

    BBC Scotland

    Game on for Ross v Brian. Who will win? Watch Reporting Scotland tonight at 18:30.

    ross and brian
  16. Post update

    Catriona Renton

    BBC Scotland

    A five-year-old Dumbarton boy who wrote to Commonwealth Gold medal winner Ross Murdoch has met his sporting hero face to face today.

    Brian Fitzpatrick wrote to the swimmer saying he was his biggest fan, but omitted to mention how or where Ross could contact him.

    ross murdoch and brian

    A twitter appeal by Ross, retweeted more than 1,300 times, was spotted by the boy's father - and led to today's meeting.

  17. Your views - independence

    Ian Duncan in Stirling: I find it surprising that some people think that we can pick and choose what assets we will have if we default on the debt. The first minister has already picked out a couple of frigates and a squadron of Typhoon fighters but these are all assets that we would not get in the event of a default. Perhaps we should have Calmac standing by as our navy, Logan Air as the airforce and we always have the good old Salvation Army...

    David Francis: The voices of the No supporters are getting shriller and shriller. Everything is doom, gloom, "can't", "won't", "not possible", "disaster", "off a cliff". There have been, and will continue to be, negotiated settlements to all types of political change all around the globe - most of which are nowhere near as peaceful and democratic in nature as Scottish independence. As just about every neutral international commentator has clearly stated, the future for an independent Scotland is very bright indeed. Time to ignore the naysayers and start believing in our own people and their ability to overcome whatever challenges lie ahead.

  18. Your photos

    Stuart Miller's image from a climb on Liathach in today's Your pictures gallery.

    stuart miller
  19. Chhokar retrial date

    A date has been set for a hearing in which the Crown will apply for a fresh trial of three men over the murder of an Asian man in Lanarkshire in 1998.

    Surjit Singh Chhokar

    David Montgomery, Ronnie Coulter and Andrew Coulter were all cleared of murdering 32-year-old Surjit Singh Chhokar in Overtown.

    Prosecutors want to use changes in the law of double jeopardy which opens the way for a possible re-trial. Lord Carloway will begin a five-day hearing of the case for a re-trial on 10 November.

  20. Post update

    Scottish Fire - North tweets: Crews bring large fire in Rosemount Place, Aberdeen under control.

  21. On TV this weekend

    A unique amateur film provides the centrepiece of a documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of Scotland's great landmarks, the Forth Road Bridge.

    The documentary traces the memories of the people who built the bridge, the biggest of its kind in Europe at the time, as well as those who ran the Forth ferries that stopped running when it opened in 1964.

    The programme is on Sunday at 19:00 on BBC One Scotland.

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    forth road bridge
  22. Post update

    Darling heckled

    Reevel Alderson

    Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

    Alistair Darling has been heckled by a pro-Palestinian demonstrator at Glasgow's Central Mosque.

    The man, who was emerging from Friday prayers, called on other worshippers not to shake the hands of the former Chancellor, which he said were "covered in blood".

    Mr Darling was at the mosque to try to persuade Muslims to vote No in next month's referendum. Other worshippers attempted to argue with the man.

  23. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    In the Borders, the A6088 in Kirkton is closed between Main Road and School Road following an accident. Police are directing traffic.

    In Aberdeenshire, accident investigations and emergency repairs to the A92 at Inverbervie are ongoing. The road, and the offslip to it from the A90 remain closed.

  24. Post update

    Traffic Scotland tweets: A720 Straiton Jct - Lasswade Jct - Accident, All lanes restricted Eastbound for more than an hour

  25. Post update

    Fiona Stalker

    BBC Scotland reporter

    Residents and shop owners evacuated from buildings on Rosemount Place say fire appears to have started in dry cleaners.

    rosemount place
  26. Post update

    Scottish Fire - North tweets: Eight pumps & height vehicle now dealing with fire in Rosemount Place, Aberdeen. Fire affecting dry cleaners, flats and neighbouring shop.

    aberdeen fire
  27. Post update

    Traffic Scotland tweets: M9 J6 (Earlsgate) - J5 (Beancross) - Accident, All lanes restricted Eastbound for more than an hour

  28. Bank robbery

    Police have cordoned off part of a road in Glasgow following reports of a bank robbery.

    Officers received a call about a suspected incident at the Bank of Scotland branch on Clarkston Road, Muirend, at about 12:45.

  29. Post update

    Evening Express

    Aberdeen woman receives letter saying she had died

    Read the full story here.

  30. Lawwell backs Deila

    Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has backed manager Ronny Deila to be a success despite a difficult start to the Norwegian's Parkhead reign.

    Peter Lawwell

    The Scottish champions crashed out of the Champion's League qualifiers this week following a 1-0 home defeat to Maribor.

    However, Lawwell says the new manager will be given time to build his own team.

    He said: "You need time in a period of transition and you've got to make allowances for a new manager. Nothing prepares you for the Celtic job."

  31. Aberdeen fire

    Emergency services have been called to a fire at Wallfield Place in Aberdeen.

    Fire, police and ambulance crews were all called to the scene shortly before 14:00.

    Wallfred Place Aberdeen
  32. Your views - independence


    Keith Grant in reply to Lee Wootton on Scotland Live: Lee, the bases are on our turf, and we built them with our taxes. The assets that we are really talking about are the gold and currency reserves of the Bank of England etc. If they want us to pay the debt, we need to have our share. That's really simple. I'm a Labour voter, but the SNP have my complete support. Anyone with a brain knows that rUK will be begging us to join a currency union if we vote yes. They'd lose 6% of the value of their currency overnight just with the oil removed from GDP. Do you really believe they could deal with that?

    Richard Davies: I would be ashamed to call Scotland my home if we were not to pay our fair share of debt. If we do not, imagine what rUK would rightly demand as a result. Public buildings, hospitals, pension funds of public sector workers etc. It would also concrete the cliché of Scots being miserly for the world and would be morally wrong.

  33. Coach jailed over child images

    A kids' karate instructor caught with nearly 3,000 images of child abuse has been jailed for two years and four months.

    David McAusland, 50, of Dundee, will also be supervised for four years after his release.

    He had pleaded guilty at Dundee Sheriff Court to distributing the pictures to other paedophiles using special file-sharing software.

    Images and videos found at McAusland's home featured children as young as six being abused.

  34. Post update


    Fiona (nee Fraser): Smiling wryly at the post assuring all tourists to Scotland a warm embrace and welcome. So many occasions in the past, whilst visiting close family in Scotland and during a two-year spell working in Glasgow, I have been greeted confrontationally with "You English?" and have felt the only welcome I might get would be a Glasgow Kiss, not the fond kiss of Mr Burns.

  35. Murphy: 'Call off your mobs'

    Lorna Gordon

    BBC News Scotland correspondent

    Labour MP Jim Murphy is to suspend his pre-referendum tour of Scotland after experiencing what he refers to as increasingly co-ordinated abuse by pro-independence campaigners.

    Jim Murphy

    Mr Murphy, who is campaigning for a "No" vote on 18 September, says he will halt the tour for 72 hours to take police advice about security after being hit by an egg in Kirkcaldy yesterday.

    He has called on "Yes" supporters to "call off their mobs".

  36. Airport ups drop off charges

    Edinburgh Airport is to increase charges for drivers who take more than five minutes to drop off passengers at the terminal building.

    The £1 charge will increase to £3 for stays of between five and 10 minutes, and rise to £7 for stays of between 20 minutes and an hour.

    Edinburgh airport

    The drop-off charges proved controversial when they were first introduced in 2010.

    Edinburgh Airport said the rise is part of changes to improve traffic flow.

  37. Get involved


    Following our story about Ardbeg's "space whisky" returning to Earth, @EdieSavoy tweeted: Surprised it lasted long enough to make it back to Earth. Those astronauts must have been sorely tempted.

    @Ali_Indeed tweeted: So no Scottish astronauts then?

  38. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Drivers in Fife are advised to exercise caution due to surface water causing difficult driving conditions.

  39. Your views - independence

    David Garbutt in Glasgow: A problem facing an independent Scotland will be collection of its share of corporation tax. We have already seen how easy it is for the likes of Amazon to declare profits outside the UK, paying minimal tax within the UK and Starbucks exporting income as chargeable fees payable overseas. In a similar vein, how will companies registered in the UK but outside of Scotland be assessed for the proportion of their profits earned through trade in Scotland?

    David Gray in Springburn, Glasgow: Listening to the various referendum debates, the village drama classes have a lot to answer for. Yes!

    Tom Kelly in reply to David Burns on Scotland Live: What rubbish to imagine that all will be sweetness and light after a "Yes" vote. No one has asked Westminster or voters in the rest of the UK what they think about terms for independence. The prospect for Salmond's Scotland is five to 10 years of natspats and continued jeering at England while rUK sorts out first the issue of its EU membership and then what to offer Salmond.

    Do you agree? Tweet us using #ScotlandLive, email us here or text using 80295.

  40. Glasgow rape suspect held in Spain

    A man has been arrested in Spain in connection with an alleged kidnapping and rape in Glasgow.

    It has been reported that the Pakistani national was detained in Barcelona on an international warrant issued in Scotland.

    The alleged offence is believed to have happened on 28 August 2005.

    Police Scotland said they were aware a 34-year-old man had been arrested in Spain following co-operation between the force and the Crown Office.

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    Lee Wootton in reply to K grant on Scotland Live: The military bases ARE part of the deal. In the white paper it talks of using the bases at Faslane, Lossie, Kinross and the others dotted across Scotland. I agree it's our money that built the buildings but they are registered to the UK government, not the Scottish government or Scotland. If independence goes through they are some of the assets we will require and therefore will need to get from the rUK. If Scotland wishes to keep them then they will have to accept some of the debt. John Swinney stated that if we don't get the pound then we walk away from all debt. If we walk away from all debt then the rUK may, by the original post's logic, keep all assets.

  42. A crafty pint

    A new two-day craft beer festival takes place in Inverness this weekend.

    North Hop beer festival

    North Hop, which runs on Friday and Saturday, will feature craft beers, artisan gins, cocktails and 30 live music acts.

    More than 20 exhibitors from across Scotland are expected to attend the festival at Eden Court.

  43. Celtic Europa League draw

    Celtic have been drawn to face Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb and FC Astra in the Europa League.

    The Scottish champions were seeded second in the draw and play their first game on 18 September - the same day as the referendum.

  44. Post update

    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    Off to see Mr P Hartley Esq at Dens for @BBCSportsound, to find out his master plan for Sunday v Celtic.

  45. Your views - independence

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    Anonymous in reply to James Martin on Scotland Live: I think James you are confused as to what constitutes 'assets'. Your example of a house, car and savings are all assets that are or can be realised into cash that can be split between parties. A currency is a system of money in general use in a particular country and is in no way similar to your understanding of 'assets'.

    David Burns: The political union isn't a marriage - it's a partners in business arrangement that has failed Scottish citizens. Westminster Tories are only interested in maintaining the historical social order and have bullied and/or stifled and/or seduced the rebellious Scottish dissenters for generations. Those who have conformed to their elitist agenda have been rewarded with 'status' in Englandshire. Those who haven't have been trashed. Northern England should defect to Scotland when they feel inspired by our warm embrace as the Scottish Border moves towards Yorkshire.

    Tell us what you think via Twitter using #ScotlandLive, email us here or text using 80295.

  46. Listen to The Big Debate

    Radio Scotland's Big Debate show is broadcasting live now from Stirling, where Gordon Brewer and a panel of guests are debating the referendum, with a specific focus on Scotland's place in the world.

    You can listen live here.

  47. Your views - independence


    K Grant in Aberdeen responds to Lee Wooton on Scotland Live: Actually, it's you who doesn't quite grasp this. The debt is absolutely massive, and the assets you mention are nowhere near enough to cover it. Besides that, do you really think military bases etc on our own land are part of the deal? It's the land that is worth money, not the buildings. The land is ours, not any government's. In any case, it's our money that built all the stuff, not some foreign government.

    From Scott MacDonald in reply to Noel Faires on Scotland Live: Noel, please do not worry! Voting Yes is a vote for self belief and choosing to empower ourselves. We will still give a warm welcome to tourists from all over the world, and in particular those from the rest of the UK to our shores. I believe a Yes vote will only serve to reinvigorate our tourist industry as people come to experience our newly independent nation and all that it has to offer."

    What do you think? Tweet us using #ScotlandLive, email us here or text using 80295.

  48. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Next batch of rain just arriving into Edinburgh. Brollies at the ready!

  49. Post update

    Celts tie up McGregor

    Celtic's Callum McGregor has signed a new five-year contract with the Scottish champions.

    The attacking midfielder has been a regular since the start of the season, scoring four goals so far.

    Mcgregor Celtic

    McGregor returned to Celtic this summer after spending last season on loan at Notts County, where he scored 14 goals.

    The 21-year-old marked his debut in the Celtic first team by scoring the winner against KR Reykjavik in July.

  50. Canvassing politicians

    Portraits of Scotland's leading female politicians have been captured on canvas ahead of the 18 September Scottish independence referendum by Glasgow-based artist ID Campbell.

    Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon, as well as Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont and Ruth Davidson, who leads the Scottish Conservatives, posed for hundreds of photos so he could capture their images in paint.

  51. Mod fringe line-up

    The programme for the biggest fringe event in the Royal National Mod's 122-year history has been announced.

    Mod Fringe festival

    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.

  52. Eurosceptocism 'damaging' for Scotland

    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.

    Alex Salmond

    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".

  53. Get involved


    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.

  54. A chic night out

    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.

    Nile Rogers

    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.

  55. 'Horrific attack'

    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.

    robbie morrison

    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."

  56. Car crashes

    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.

  57. Your views - independence


    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?

    Tell us what you think using #ScotlandLive, via email or by text at 80295.

  58. Post update

    Scepovic deal agreed

    Celtic have agreed a four-year deal with Serbia striker Stefan Scepovic after a fee was agreed with Spanish club Sporting Gijon.

    Stefan Scepovic

    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.

  59. Get involved


    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?

    Give us your views on Twitter using #ScotlandLive, by email or by text on 80295.

  60. Post update

    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?"

    You can email us or tweet or @BBCScotlandNews

  61. Moonshine

    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.

    International Space Station

    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."

  62. Post update

    Inverness assault

    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.

  63. Post update

    Tim Reid

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    First Minister Alex Salmond is on BBC Scotland's Morning Call programme with Kaye Adams.

    • FM suggests it would be "foolish" of Scotland to vote No in referendum because it could result in EU withdrawal
    • FM asked if he will resign if there's no vote: "No" he says, he will discharge his responsibilities
    • FM welcomes as "very important" reports that Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael would quit UK cabinet to join Salmond's 'Team Scotland' if there was a Yes vote
  64. Murray 'would play for Indy Scotland'

    Kheredine Idessane

    BBC Scotland

    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".

    Andy Murray

    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.

  65. Referendum poll

    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."

  66. Get involved - questions for Alex Salmond

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    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.

  67. The morning papers

    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.

  68. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    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.

  69. Rangers share issue

    Rangers have announced plans to try to raise £4m via an "open offer" with new shares being made available for purchase to existing shareholders.

    Ibrox stadium

    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".

  70. Post update

    Renfrewshire Council tweets: Mary Russell school is now going to be open today. Apologies to parents for any confusion

  71. Weather forecast

    Christopher Blanchett

    BBC Weather presenter

    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.

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    Morning Call

    BBC Radio Scotland

    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.

    Alex Salmond on Morning Call

    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.

  73. Post update

    Jen McKaytweets: Tram and bus collision shandwick place #Edinburgh. Surprised it hadn't happened sooner!!

    tram bus collision
  74. Tram/bus collision

    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.

    Edinburgh crash
  75. Post update

    Renfrewshire Council (@RenCouncilNews) tweets: Mary Russell School is closed today (Friday) while a suspected gas leak is being investigated.

  76. Salmond on Europe

    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."

  77. Tram/bus collision

    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.

  78. Tram/bus collision

    EdinburghTravelNews @edintravel tweets: Haymarket RTC - citybound delays Dalry Road and Haymarket Terrace. Southbound Palmerston Place blocked at W Maitland Street #edintravel

  79. Tram/bus collision

    EdinburghTravelNews (@edintravel) tweets: Haymarket - tram / bus collision at Palmerston Place junction. Citybound traffic affected, expect delays. More info as we get it #edintravel

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    Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    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.

  81. Murray through

    Overnight Andy Murray made short work of German qualifier Matthias Bachinger in a windy night session at the US Open.

    andy murray

    He had too much class for the world number 235, winning 6-3 6-3 6-4 to reach the third round.

  82. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    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

  83. Post update

    Steven Brocklehurst

    BBC Scotland news website

    Morning. It's a bit dreich in Glasgow this morning. We'll be bringing you all the news from across Scotland, along with travel, weather and sport throughout the day.