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  1. 'Referendum not about SNP' - Salmond
  2. Forth Road Bridge turns 50
  3. Andy Murray exits US Open

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By Thomas McGuigan, Bryan Quinn and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Sport

    That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We're back tomorrow from 8am, hope you can join us then. Cheers.

  2. Titan Crane

    Don't look down.... Jamie McIvor and colleagues filming at the top of the iconic Titan Crane in Clydebank for tonight's Scotland 2014. BBC2 Scotland, 10.30pm.

    BBC Scotland's Jamie McIvor (right) and colleagues
  3. Murray tipped to shine again

    Andy Murray could be ranked in the top five by the end of this year and challenging for Grand Slams again in 2015, according to former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek.

    Andy Murray

    The Scot's world ranking has fallen from three to nine since back surgery.

    Murray, 27, lost in four sets to Novak Djokovic in the US Open quarter-finals.

    "If he finished top 10 [this year], and I think he can finish top five, it's an exceptional achievement," Dutchman Krajicek told BBC Sport.

    "It's a really bad surgery and it's unbelievable that he's in the top 10."

  4. BBC Scotland - Your Views

    What do you think of BBC Scotland Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

    We've introduced the rolling live text service to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

    Tell us what you think.

  5. RMT members back 'Yes' vote

    Scottish members of transport union the RMT have come out in favour of independence, according to one of the union's officials.

    Scottish organiser Michael Hogg said members had been asked whether they were for or against independence.

    The result came as Labour leader Ed Miliband was campaigning in Scotland for a "No" vote.

  6. Birdie Run

    Scotland's Richie Ramsey narrowly missed out on a magical opening round of 59 at the European Masters in Switzerland. Ramsey, eight under par through 15 holes, parred the last three holes to card a 62 and hold a two-stroke lead.

    Scotland's Richie Ramsay
  7. Referendum - Your Views

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    Andy: Elaine, RBS is not a Scottish owned bank, it never was even before the collapse.

    Anonymous: Of course the referendum is about the SNP. Was anyone else involved in writing the White Paper? NO! It only contains SNP policy and their wishes.

  8. Celtic get their man Guidetti

    Celtic have signed Manchester City striker John Guidetti on loan.

    John Guidetti

    The Scottish champions made the move on deadline day but it has been held up until now because of paperwork.

    "After checking the documentation received and the information contained in the international transfer matching system managed by FIFA TMS (, the Scottish Football Association was informed today that the envisaged loan deal may proceed," said a Fifa spokesperson.

  9. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    There is still heavy congestion in Inverness with the The Piping Competition at the Northern Meeting Park generating a lot of extra traffic.

    In Bowling in West Dunbartonshire, one lane is closed on the A82 Great Western Road westbound between Bowling Roundabout and the A814 Glasgow Road because of an accident.

  10. Rocky Mountain historic links

    American Indian tribesmen and Rocky mountain fur trappers are set to meet in Perthshire to commemorate links dating back to 1830.

    A US museum has sponsored a visit by tribal members from the Wind River Shoshone along with living history re-enactors and leading academics.

    Alfred Jacob Miller painted many of Sir William Drummond Stewart's Rocky mountain adventures

    Murthly Castle will host a number of events through the weekend.

  11. Leap Of Faith - Your Pictures

    @bbcscotlandnews using #ScotlandLive

    Gordon Rosstweets: Flying Lamb, you impress my with your acrobatic skills. Bunavoneader, Isle of Harris, Canon 60D, flash #ScotlandLive

    Lamb takes leap of faith
  12. Police officer on trial for assaulting teenager

    A police officer has gone on trial accused of assaulting and abducting a 16-year-old boy in an Aberdeen suburb.

    Ian Ivancic allegedly pushed Niall Corbett against a police van before repeatedly punching him on the head in Balmedie.

    He is further accused of abducting the teenager, now 17, by putting him into the back of the vehicle then driving off.

    The incident happened in Balmedie's Chapelwell Drive in February last year.

  13. Who Ewe Looking At? - Your Photos

    Jackie Smith from Inverkip captured this image of three sheep in fields next to Loch Thom looking out towards the River Clyde.

    Loch Thom sheep

    You can send us your own pictures via email and twitter using #ScotlandLive and we'll feature the best ones online.

  14. Referendum - Your Views

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    Elaine: One of the points that Yes voters keep saying is the state of debt that the UK is in and how it's the UK government that has got us into this position. What they seem to be conveniently forgetting is that it was a Scottish bank in RBS that caused a huge part of the debt that the UK now carries! They also seem more than happy to walk away from this debt .

    Tam, Dumbarton: Reply to Nathan from Forres: The Canadian PM is entitled to an opinion like everyone else in the world. Stop seeing 'conspiracy' in every opinion that differs from yours. I can almost welcome a Yes vote if it means there's nobody else to blame but I suspect our 'everybody's against us' mentality won't change.

    Anonymous: Surely people are the most important focus of a vibrant democracy?

  15. Edinburgh target top six

    Edinburgh Head Coach Alan Solomons says "a wind of change" has blown through the club and it's better for it.

    Ahead of his side's opener against Munster, Solomons believes his new look side can deliver a top-6 finish in the Pro 12.

    Alan Solomons

    "We have seen 23 players leave so their is definitely a freshness to us. The winds of change have been blowing and that's part of the building process and it's great to see."

    Ross Ford will captain the capital side in Munster tomorrow night with Mile Coman starting on the bench.

  16. Inverness gridlock

    Travel across Inverness has been badly hit by congestion with some motorists delayed for up to an hour.

    Highland Council said faulty traffic lights, the closure of Bank Street and traffic headed for a piping contest had caused problems today.

    Parts of Bank Street have been closed because of work building a flood prevention scheme.

  17. 'Referendum not about SNP' - Salmond

    The Scottish independence referendum is not about the SNP but rather the right "to have the government of our choice," Alex Salmond has said.

    The SNP leader said the party in power after independence would be "the choice of the people of Scotland".

    Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon

    He added that a "Yes" vote would also be a chance to build a fairer society.

    Labour leader Ed Miliband predicted "the Tories are on their way out" and a UK Labour government could deliver social justice.

  18. Man's death 'unexplained'

    A man who was found with serious head injuries on a North Lanarkshire street has died in hospital.

    The 48-year-old was discovered in Windsor Walk, Viewpark, at about 23:30 on Wednesday. He was taken to Monklands Hospital, where he died.

    Police Scotland said the man's death was being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination would be held.

  19. Otter death probe

    A police investigation has been launched after an otter and her two pups were found dead inside an illegal trapping net in an East Lothian river.

    Otter deaths

    It is believed that the net was being used illegally to catch eels or crayfish.

    The Scottish SPCA is helping police with the investigation.

  20. Strachan expects improved Germany

    Scotland coach Gordon Strachan expects Germany to be a different proposition from the team that lost 4-2 to Argentina.

    The Scots' European Championship qualifying campaign begins in Dortmund on Sunday and Strachan believes he learned nothing from Wednesday's match.

    "It will be a completely different team," predicted the Scotland boss.

    Gordon Strachan

    "It's a competitive game and the Germans come alive when it becomes competitive."

    World champions Germany were 4-0 down after 50 minutes against Argentina in a re-match of this summer's final in Brazil. Andre Schurrle and an own goal by Federico Fernandez reduced the Germans' deficit.

  21. Hunter and the Bear

    The band Hunter and the Bear started out as a duo that used to rehearse in a soundproofed shipping container in a London car park before becoming a four piece that supported Eric Clapton this summer.

    Hunter and the Bear

    Ahead of their appearance at Loopallu in Ullapool, lead vocalist Will Irvine tells the BBC's Steven McKenzie of growing up in Achiltibuie, listening to his parents' 1970s American rock music and the challenge of coming up with a good band name.

  22. Ban over neglect

    The Press and Journal

    @pressjournaltweets: Ban for neglectful Aberdeenshire horse owner

    Read the full story here.

  23. Referendum - Your views

    David, Glasgow: The only reason any UK politician such as Ed Milliband is paying attention to Scotland is because there is now a very high chance we may leave the UK. If we are silly enough to vote against our own country and return a No vote then no UK politician will pay attention to anything we say again, they wont have to as we would have voted ourselves as insignificant. Time to be brave Scotland and vote Yes.

  24. Miliband accuses SNP of social justice 'con'

    Ed Miliband has accused the SNP of attempting to "con" Scottish voters into believing independence was the only way to achieve social justice.

    The Labour leader described the Conservatives as "divided and demoralised" and predicted a Labour government "is on its way".

    Ed Miliband

    He also claimed the SNP would continue Tory policies after independence.

    Mr Miliband was speaking as First Minister Alex Salmond set out his own vision of a fairer Scotland.

  25. Reporting Scotland

    Coming up on Reporting Scotland, Sally Magnusson brings you the latest on Labour leader Ed Miliband's visit to Scotland as he tries to boost the Better Together campaign.

    Reporting Scotland studio

    There'll also be reaction to Andy Murray's US Open exit and a look back at 50 years of the Forth Road Bridge.

    You can watch the lunchtime edition of Reporting Scotland live on BBC 1 Scotland from 13:30.

  26. Man charged over rape

    A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with the rape of a woman who was attacked while walking to work in Edinburgh.

    The 20-year-old woman was attacked at about 04:30 on Saturday at the entrance to the Swanfield Industrial Estate, off Bonnington Road, in Leith.

    The man is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Friday.

  27. Ex-Celtic star on why he had to leave war-torn Ukraine

    Darren O'Dea won titles with Celtic and has represented the Republic of Ireland 20 times. But, as he told Richard Wilson, his recent time playing with Metalurh Donetsk was affected by the war between Ukraine and Russia.

    Darren O'Dea
  28. Referendum - Galloway and Sheridan

    George Galloway and Tommy Sheridan are two of the most colourful campaigners in the independence referendum debate.

    George Galloway

    Both men are touring town halls across Scotland and the BBC's Laura Bicker caught up with Galloway and Sheridan as they spoke to voters.

  29. Man held after pensioner is robbed

    A man has been arrested after an elderly woman was robbed in her home in South Ayrshire.

    The theft took place while the 82-year-old woman was in her house in South Beach in Troon on Monday.

    Police Scotland said a 28-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident and was in custody.

    He is expected to appear at Ayr Sheriff Court later.

  30. Referendum - Get Involved

    Jim: The main issue in the referendum is simple. Are we a nation or are we not? It's a Yes/No question with a Yes/No answer.

    Gerry, Kirkcaldy: A Yes vote means self determination for Scotland. If an independent country was proposed to join in union with a system like Westminster they'd run a mile!

  31. Craighouse housing plans approved

    A £90m development of the Craighouse site in Edinburgh has been approved by councillors.

    It will see 145 homes built on the site; 64 in the current listed buildings and 81 in new builds.

    Craighouse campus

    The vote was passed with nine in favour and six against. Plans to build housing on the old Edinburgh Napier University campus were first submitted in 2011.

    Since then the plans have been changed twice and some people have campaigned against the development.

  32. Are you up for a Big Burns supper?

    Acts are being invited to show an interest in being part of the fourth edition of the Big Burns Supper festival in Dumfries next year.

    The 2015 edition promises to be "bigger than ever" and will run from 23 to 31 January.

    Festival director Graham Main said the organisers were looking for acts of "every size, shape and art form" to take part.

    Classical musicians

    They are particularly keen to attract traditional and classical musicians.

    The Big Burns Supper has grown in size since its first edition and now attracts thousands of people to Dumfries.

  33. Referendum - Your Views

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    Tom from Ayr: The main issue is the currency. Yes, we can use the pound but without a currency union and a lender of last resort, a Yes vote is madness.

    Ann from Galloway: The most important thing is having control over all our affairs and resources right here in Scotland!

  34. Petrel crisis

    Conservationists have been weighing the chicks of one of the UK's rarest seabirds as part of an effort to better understand the species.

    Leach's storm petrels are found at only a handful of sites.


    On St Kilda, the National Trust for Scotland has been trying to monitor the survival rates of chicks and adult birds.

    The remote archipelago has 94% of the UK's breeding population of Leach's storm petrels.

  35. Referendum - Get Involved

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    Nathan, Forres: Would people like the PM of Canada stop voicing their opinion on our referendum followed by "but its for Scottish voters to decide". Yes it is so stay out of it. It is interesting to see who these people are seeing and being briefed by directly before making their comments.

  36. Referendum Debate

    @bbcscotlandnews using #ScotlandLive

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    What do you think is the main issue when it comes to #indyref? Is it really economics?

    Listen live to the John Beattie Show here.

  37. Murray reacts to US Open exit

    Watch Andy Murray's post match reaction following his loss to Novak Djokovic at the US Open.

    Andy Murray

    The Scot lost 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (1-7) 6-2 6-4 to the world number one.

  38. Oil rig production resumes

    Production on one of the North Sea's biggest oil fields has resumed.

    Operations in the Buzzard field, about 60 miles north east of Aberdeen, had been shut down on Saturday for a drilling rig to be decoupled.

    Buzzard oil field

    Operator Nexen said the work had now been completed and production had started again.

    A spokesman said it would "ramp up over the next week as planned".

  39. Edinburgh Rugby ambitions

    Phil Goodlad

    BBC Scotland

    Alan Solomons tells me the "winds of change" have blown through @EdinburghRugby and he's targeting a top 6 finish this season.

  40. Ryder Cup tour

    Lisa Summers

    Commonwealth Games reporter, BBC Scotland

    tweets: It's in Edinburgh all day not quite the baton relay but a tour of Scotland #rydercup @BBCSportScot

    Ryder Cup
  41. Travel Latest

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Inverness - The Piping Competion at Northern Meeting Park generating a lot of extra traffic - on A82 Glenurquhart Rd & Kenneth St.

  42. Weather update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It looks set to stay cloudy for the rest of the day, with the central belt and southern parts having the best chance of any sun breaking through.

    This afternoon could see temperatures reach 20 to 21C across central Scotland and the far north, rising to 22C for Moray and Elgin.

  43. Referendum - Get Involved

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    Billy, Edinburgh: With all the totally conflicting information re: the referendum, we should have saved all the time, cost and grief and just tossed a coin..... Or perhaps an oatcake with butter on one side, so as not to mention the currency. I can't see either losing side accepting the wrong result as too much has already been said.

  44. Dorrans out for Scotland

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    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland

    tweets: West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans is the third player to drop out of Scotland squad injured, joining Andy Robertson & Christophe Berra.

  45. BBC Scotland Live - Your Views

    What do you think of BBC Scotland Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

    We've introduced the rolling live text service to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

    Tell us what you think.

  46. Skye harbour plan opposed

    A plan to give more boats access to a harbour on Skye has been opposed by locals because they say it will spoil one of best views on the island.

    Highland Council proposes to install a pontoon at Elgol to give an additional eight berths for boats and relieve congestion at the popular spot.

    Elgol on Loch Scavaig

    Elgol on Loch Scavaig has a view of Skye's famous Cuillin mountain range.

    A petition started by residents opposing the pontoon has gathered about 250 signatures so far.

  47. Podolski's views on Scotland - Get Involved

    @bbcscotlandnews using #ScotlandLive

    Gaz Watsontweets: Says the guy whose first touch was a yellow card last night.

  48. Internet medicine addiction fears

    The founder of a support service for people addicted to over-the-counter medicines has said the internet has helped to fuel the problem.

    David Grieve, who set up the Dumfries-based Over-Count 21 years ago after beating his own addition to cough medicine, has provided help to about 55,000 people.


    Speaking on Radio 4 documentary Painful Medicine, he said the availability of online pharmacies was a major concern.

    About one third of his clients had used the internet to buy medicines, he added.

  49. Favourite Bridges - Get Involved

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    Paul from Newton Mearns: My favourite bridge is the Rialto Bridge in Venice. Not only is it a work of art, but I have to say that as it's where I proposed to my good lady.

    Margaret Campbell from Inverness: The Millau bridge in France is a fantastic structure.

    Alexandra in Thurso: My favourite bridge has to be the fabulously ornate Pont Alexandre III bridge which spans the Seine in Paris, connecting the Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides and Eiffel Tower quarter. With its gold statues at either end it is beautiful.

  50. Virus threat

    Edinburgh Evening News

    @edinburghpaper tweets: 'West Lothian Council' virus cripples UK computers.

    Read the full story here.

  51. Ibrox naming rights

    The naming rights for Ibrox stadium were sold to the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley for a pound two years ago. The deal was struck with the former Rangers chief executive Charles Green as part of commercial deal that left Ashley in control of the club's retail department.

    Ibrox Stadium

    Ashley has a stake of about 5% in the Ibrox club and is understood to be looking to increase his shareholding.

    In 2011 he changed the name of Newcastle's ground, St James's Park, to the Sports Direct Arena in a bid to show the branding potential of the club. However, he then changed the name back following a fans' backlash.

  52. Nato and the referendum

    In our latest Daily Question on the independence referendum, James Cook asks what is Nato and would an independent Scotland join it?

  53. Get involved - Your photos

    Helen Stewart from Airdrie sent in this picture of the stunning view over on the Mull of Kintyre.

    Mull of Kintyre

    You can send in your own photos via email or twitter using #ScotlandLive and we'll feature the best ones online.

  54. Germans expect 'dirty' Scots

    Germany and Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski says he expects Scotland to play "dirty" in Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier.

    Lukas Podolski

    Podolski, 29, came on as a first-half substitute in the 4-2 friendly loss to Argentina in Dusseldorf on Wednesday.

    "I think they will play a dirty game," said the World Cup-winner.

    "Teams like Scotland or Ireland, especially at home they are strong, but our focus is on winning the game on Sunday and this is important for us."

    What do you think of Podolski's prediction on Scotland's tactical approach?

    Text using 80295, email us here or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

  55. Murray stoic after US Open exit

    Andy Murray has been reflecting on his US Open exit at the hands of Novak Djokovic.

    "I played well," said Murray. "Especially the first couple of sets was some good tennis.

    Andy Murray

    "I played a poor tie-break in the first set definitely. I was down in the first set and I fought back. I was down in the second set and a break and I fought back.

    "So I fought hard, I played some good tennis, but it wasn't enough."

  56. Home is where the heart is...

    A refurbished black house on Tiree and a home cut into the cliffside on Skye have been shortlisted for a prestigious design award.

    Tiree House

    The homes are named in the Royal Institute of British Architects' shortlist for this year's RIBA Manser Medal.

    The winner will be announced on 16 October at the RIBA in London.

  57. Ibrox, Hibs & the Warriors

    There are some newspaper reports this morning which won't go down well with Rangers fans, while former Hibs player Paul Kane wants Sir Tom Farmer to hand over the reins at the Easter Road club.

    Ibrox stadium

    Meanwhile, Gregor Townsend is looking forward to the Pro 12 league kick off.

    Read all the latest gossip.

  58. Harper backs Union

    The prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, has voiced his support for Scotland remaining part of the UK.

    Stephen Harper on independence

    Mr Harper said "greater global interests" would not be served by a "Yes" vote on 18 September.

    However, he went on to say that the matter was one was for voters in Scotland to decide the outcome.

  59. Miliband campaign

    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    tweets: Labour leader @ed_miliband meets 2 first-time voters ahead of #bbcgms interview

    Labour leader Ed Milliband meets two first-time voters
  60. Tuition Fees - Your Views

    Marcus Wischik: So if the Universities can't raise money to pay for better staff, buildings, and facilities, how will it be paid for? Higher taxes?

  61. Morning Call

    Louise White

    Presenter, Morning Call

    On Morning Call, it's cycle to work day so a good time to ask: what would it take to encourage you to get back on the saddle?

    Morning Call

    Also, legislation is being considered at Westminster to stop circuses using wild animals, do you think should Scotland follow suit?

    Tell us what you think by calling 0500 92 95 00, texting 80295 or via email. The lines are open now.

    You can listen live to the debate here.

  62. Bridge Anniversary

    The Forth Road Bridge is celebrating 50 years since it was opened by the Queen on 4 September 1964.

    The bridge, which took six years to build, transformed connections along the entire east coast of the UK.

    Forth Road Bridge

    It now carries 25 million vehicles a year, far more than it was ever designed to take.

    Before the bridge opened in 1964, the only way for cars to cross the Forth to and from Fife was by ferry.

    Do you have any special memories of the bridge? Text 80295, email us here or tweet using #ScotlandLive

  63. Travel Update

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    Roadworks on the A739 at Crow Road are causing delays through the Clyde Tunnel.

    There is also a 20-minute delay onto the Forth Road Bridge for drivers heading from the M90 southbound.

    On the trains, expect delays between Glasgow and Langside because of a signalling fault.

  64. What the papers say

    Better Together leader Alistair Darling is the guest editor of today's Daily Record, with First Minister Alex Salmond taking the honours in tomorrow's edition.

    The Herald also leads with an independence story, claiming that the No camp are targeting undecided Labour voters ahead of the 18 September poll.

    Front pages 4 September

    Read more about the stories making the headlines in our daily review.

  65. Weather Update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Cloudy but dry & bright today, with some sunny spells - mainly for central belt & the south later. Light winds. Highs 17-22C.

  66. Referendum - Get Involved

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    Graham: Like many other life-long Labour supporters, I will vote Yes. I think we have the prospect of progressive political consensus around public services, taxation, foreign policy, etc in an independent Scotland and no chance of that in Westminster, even with a "Labour" government.

  67. Tuition Fees Pledge

    Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she will never support bringing in tuition fees for Scottish university students.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    The SNP politician said her party would "always protect free education because it is one of the most important things any government can ever protect".

    Labour MP Jim Murphy told the BBC's independence referendum debate education policy was already devolved.

    The current Scottish policy of free tuition in higher education applies to students from Scotland and from most of the European Union.

    But students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland do pay fees similar to those south of the border.

  68. Social Justice message

    Ed Miliband and Alex Salmond are to set out contrasting visions of social justice while campaigning in Scotland.

    The Labour leader will say his party would "build a fairer country" while independence would mean "an end to the social justice of the United Kingdom".

    The first minister will set out a vision of a Scotland "where opportunities are for the many not the few".

    Both leaders will be campaigning with two weeks to go until the referendum.

  69. Murray Bows Out In Big Apple

    Andy Murray has bowed out of the US Open at the quarter final stage.

    Andy Murray

    The Scot lost to Novak Djokovic in a gripping late-night contest in New York.

    The world number one came through 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (1-7) 6-2 6-4 in a match that lasted three hours and 32 minutes.

    Murray could take encouragement from his best performance since beating Djokovic to win Wimbledon last year, but the Serb proved relentless in their 21st meeting.

  70. Rise and shine...

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Sport

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