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  1. Alex Salmond defends poll tax debt ban
  2. Disability benefits delay criticised
  3. Scottish borrowing costs assessed
  4. Andy Murray through to last four at China Open

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By Thomas McGuigan, Paul McLaren, Laura Cuthill and Louise Sayers

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland News

    That's all from the Scotland Live team today. We're back on Monday from 08:00 with a comprehensive round-up of news, sport, travel and weather. Hope you can join us then, enjoy your weekend.

  2. Tomorrow's weather

    Gillian Smart

    BBC Scotland Weather Presenter

    It'll be a cloudy start for most, with rain still affecting much of the country during the morning, heavy at times.

    Central and western parts will brighten up, with a mixture of sunshine and showers.

    The showers will be heaviest and most frequent across the north west and south west, with the chance of some hail and thunder, and falling as snow over the mountains. Highs of 11-14C, so a cool-feeling day.

  3. Longannet uncertainty

    Scotland's largest power station may be forced to close due to the huge sums its operator must pay to connect to the national grid, the BBC has learned.

    Scottish Power, which owns Longannet in Fife, said its location meant it was at a disadvantage when competing against English plants.

    Longannet Power Station

    The company has decided not to enter the contest to supply energy generating capacity in 2018/19.

    It said financial changes were needed to avert the threat of closure. Longannet is one of the biggest coal fired power stations in Europe.

  4. RBS 'robbery': Five in court

    Five men have appeared in court charged with assault and robbery after an alleged armed raid at a bank in Edinburgh.

    Aaron Brannan, 23, Jason Britton, 22, Gordon McLay, 31, and Jason Yendall, 29, from Manchester, and Alistair Oliver, 30, from Midlothian, made no plea or declaration and the case was continued.

    The alleged robbery took place at the Tollcross branch of Royal Bank of Scotland on Thursday afternoon.

  5. Clegg's devolution 'guarantee'

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has declared himself the "guarantor" in government over delivering more powers for Scotland.

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    SNP ministers have warned of a "backlash" if they are not delivered.

    Ahead of the UK Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow, Mr Clegg told BBC Scotland: "As the guarantor, if you like, in government, as the party which has the only Scottish people around the cabinet table, I can guarantee you that those powers will be delivered."

  6. Knife killer loses appeal

    A man who was jailed for life for a stabbing murder in Dunoon has failed in a bid to have his conviction quashed.

    Paul Deeney, 35, wore latex gloves and a hood while carrying out the attack on 33-year-old Mark McGaughie in May 2012.

    He was jailed in February 2013 and ordered to serve at least 20 years.

    Deeney claimed the judge in his trial had misdirected the jury but appeal court judges ruled there had not been a miscarriage of justice.

  7. Tonight's sporting action

    Tonight's Scottish Premiership fixture will see Kilmarnock take on Dundee United.

    Coverage from 18:10 on BBC Radio Scotland (MW) and online.

    Ulster rugby match

    And in rugby, Edinburgh will be at Ravenhill for their Pro-12 match against Ulster at 19:30.

    Follow coverage on BBC Alba and live updates on the BBC Sport website.

  8. Riding the Ridge

    BBC Sportsound

    Coming to BBC1 Scotland on Friday 10 October at 7:30pm: Danny MacAskill - Riding the Ridge

    The Ridge
  9. Today's weather

    Gillian Smart

    BBC Scotland Weather Presenter

    It'll be dry for many this evening, but wet weather will continue to affect southern and eastern parts, spreading to most places during the course of the night.

    The Met Office has a yellow "be aware" warning in force for heavy rain across the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, the Lothians, Fife and Angus.

    There'll be difficult conditions on the roads and potentially some localised flooding.

  10. Your Views

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    Steve, Edinburgh: Please let people know that the public can write to the Smith Commission on more powers for Scotland. The deadline is 31st October.

    Stuart: Welcome to Scotland: the land of make believe. Thank goodness we were saved by the No vote!

  11. Freedman leaves Bolton

    Former Scotland international Dougie Freedman has left the manager's job at Bolton Wanderers by mutual consent.

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    The 40-year-old joined the Championship side from Crystal Palace in October 2012 and they missed out on the play-offs on goal difference in his first season.

    Wanderers finished 14th last term, but have won just once in 10 league games so far and sit second bottom of the table.

  12. Food banks: Your reaction


    J Webster in Turriff: Why doesn't the SNP government, with its multi-billion pound budget, have any policies aimed at dealing with food banks? Why do some people and the press not challenge their negative performance? We are all the worse for it.

    Donald, Fife: In reply to Joan Stevenston - the countries you mention are all right wing and care mostly about big business.

  13. Only 82 days to go!


    The Press and Journal

    tweets: We may have only just entered October but one Christmas treat has already sold out!

    Read the full story here.

  14. Poll tax - Your Views

    John Hasler: If it's not possible to collect a debt over 20-years-old then why does the Scottish Parliament feel the need to take action to stop the collection of outstanding poll tax debts?

    W Blain: Why are these people getting let off with paying the poll tax arrears? We had to pay any arrears when threatened with eviction by debt collection companies used by our local authority.

  15. Poll tax - Your Views

    Anon: Re. Poll Tax. The suggestion that the new electoral roll be used to find poll tax defaulters is the lowest of the low. Many of us paid the tax. But sometimes life presents us with exceptional circumstances. This is such a time. Where is the common sense not to say decency? The uptake for indy ref is the best thing to have happened for disenfranchised or disillusioned people for a long time in our country and I, for one, celebrate it. There were those who couldn't and those who wouldn't pay. Principled people. Good on them. I don't hold any grudges for paying. Wish I'd had the guts back then. New voters: don't let anyone crush your newfound spirit.

  16. Human rights 'concern'

    The Scottish government has criticised Conservative plans to curb the power of the European Court of Human Rights in the UK.

    The Tories have said they want to give UK courts and parliament the "final say" on human rights issues rather than Strasbourg.

    Kenny MacAskill (left) and Alistair Carmichael

    Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said he was "deeply concerned" by the proposal.

    Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael stressed that the proposal to strip European judges of their power to enforce human rights in the UK "is the position of the Conservative Party, it is not government policy".

  17. Crimewatch attacker jailed

    A 47-year-old man has been jailed for 12 years after being convicted of robbing and sexually assaulting a woman at her home in North Lanarkshire.

    Thomas Feeney had a fake gun and wore a mask when he entered the victim's home, near Salsburgh, in September 2013.

    He tied up the 33-year-old before carrying out the sex attack.

    The case featured on BBC's Crimewatch programme but Feeney was caught after his DNA was found on discarded items recovered at a quarry and on the victim's clothing.

  18. The price is Spite

    The sale of one of Scotland's most spectacular youth hostels has attracted potential buyers.

    Carbisdale Castle, a former stately home dubbed Castle of Spite because of the part it played in a historic family feud, was shut three years ago.

    Carbisdale Castle

    The Scottish Youth Hostels Association (SYHA) had to close it as a hostel because of rising repair costs.

    The SYHA said the selling agents have received notes of interest in the castle, which overlooks the Kyle of Sutherland, and these were being considered.

  19. Possible sightings of Kelli

    New possible sightings of an Aberdeen woman missing for more than three weeks have emerged.

    Kelli Ferris, who is 40 and has a medical condition, has been missing since 10 September.

    Kelli Ferris

    Police Scotland said a woman matching her description was seen getting into a taxi on Golf Road at around 20:30 that evening.

    The woman was then seen getting out of the taxi on the Beach Esplanade near to Burger King at about 20:40.

  20. Attempted murder

    An attack on a man in Glasgow which left him in a critical condition is being treated as attempted murder.

    St George's Road

    The victim was attacked by another man near Prego Fish Bar, on St George's Road, at 17:50 on Thursday.

    At the time, the 27-year-old was with three male friends who later left the scene in a car. Police say there is nothing to suggest that they were involved.

  21. Friday night fixture

    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    tweets: Off to Kilmarnock v Dundee Utd for @BBCSportsound shortly. This looks like it could be a cracker. Predictions folks?

  22. Poll tax debts - Your Views

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    Gordon, Montrose: Like Derek from Coatbridge I paid every penny of my poll tax. Maybe it's time to start legal proceedings to have it refunded in full on the basis that we all got the same services but only some of us paid for them. Will Tommy Sheridan and his cohorts be so vociferous in fighting that campaign?

    Catherine, Aberdeen: Poll Tax, from the Bitter sweet Past. May sleeping dogs lie.

  23. Zoo welfare charges

    A former zoo owner has admitted to a string animal welfare charges.

    Peter Lockhart was the co-owner of the Fife Animal Park, Cupar, which closed in February after it could not be sold.

    Fife Animal Park

    He admitted to failing to ensure the welfare of the animals in his park and trading in endangered species without a licence.

    Shortly after its closure nine wallabies and an emu were adopted by the Five Sisters Zoo in West Calder.

  24. Deco-rating work

    One of Scotland's most significant surviving Art Deco buildings is to undergo emergency repair work ahead of a planned £8million renovation.

    Rothesay Pavilion

    Argyll and Bute Council is to spend £335,000 stabilising the Grade-A listed Rothesay Pavilion.

    Parts of the building were fenced off after stone facing became loose. The repairs are due to be completed by next year.

    The 18-month renovation project will start in 2016, with completion scheduled for mid-2017.

  25. Where time began

    A Scottish astronomer and scientist is thought to have laid the first meridian line, arguably making St Andrews "the place where time began".

    James Gregory laid the line across his lab in 1673, nearly 200 years before the Greenwich meridian was established.

    Gregory's meridian line in St Andrews

    Greenwich became the Prime Meridian in 1884, mainly because many already depended on it.

    A memorial has now been unveiled in St Andrews in recognition of Gregory's work.

  26. Plea over suspicious death

    Police probing the death of a man in Aberdeen have appealed for sightings of him on the day he died.

    Wieslaw Koziolek

    Polish national Wieslaw Koziolek, 49, was found dead in Balnagask Avenue on Monday in what have been described as "suspicious" circumstances.

    Police want to hear about sightings of him in the city centre that morning before he returned to Torry.

    There was a sighting of Mr Koziolek on Victoria Road, close to its junction with Grampian Road, at about 09:55.

  27. Zagreb fans arrested at Celtic game

    Police at Celtic's Europa League game arrested 17 Dinamo Zagreb fans for alcohol and disorder offences and possession of CS spray, flares and smoke bombs.

    Police with Croatia Zagreb fans in Duke Street

    Four Croatian fans were held inside the stadium while the other arrests were made outside and in the city centre.

    All 17 people are due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday.

    Celtic won Thursday night's match 1-0.

  28. Head for heights

    BBC Scotland News tweets: Ridge magnet: Stunt rider Danny Macaskill's venture on the Isle of Skye is an internet hit.

    Stunt rider Danny Macaskill
  29. Man charged over West Pilton assault

    Police have charged an 18-year-old man over the attempted murder of a Chinese restaurant worker in Edinburgh.

    Police were treating the incident, which happened in West Pilton Park at 21:35 on Wednesday, as a hate crime.

    The 37-year-old victim suffered multiple injuries, including stab wounds. He remained in a "serious but stable" condition in hospital.

    The arrested man is expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.

  30. Kerr relishes historic bow

    Jane Lewis

    BBC Scotland

    Shelley Kerr will make Scottish Cup history on Sunday - but she is more concerned with making the second round.

    Shelley Kerr

    When Kerr's Stirling University side host Albion Rovers in first round action, she will become the first female to lead out a team in the competition's 141-year history.

    "It should never be about gender, it should be about skill set and, thankfully for me, I've had nothing but positivity surrounding my career in football," she said.

    "Long may that continue, although you know when results don't go in your favour that can change."

  31. Parliament powers

    The commission responsible for agreeing new powers for the Scottish Parliament will hold its first full meeting later this month.

    Representatives of Holyrood's five political parties will gather in Edinburgh on 14 October.


    The commission, chaired by Lord Smith, aims to secure agreement on the way ahead by the end of November.

    Draft legislation on new powers for Scotland is due to be unveiled by 25 January.

  32. Prison attack sentence


    Edinburgh Evening News

    tweets: Two years for prisoner who slashed child killer Theresa Riggi.

    Read the full story here.

  33. Drink driver jailed

    A speeding drink driver who killed a teenage friend in a crash after downing drinks at a wedding has been jailed for four years and eight months.

    Lee Hamilton, 23, who held a provisional licence, admitted losing control and crashing into a wall, killing 19-year-old Kristoffer Brister.

    Lee Hamilton

    Hamilton was helped out of the damaged vehicle, but ran away when police arrived on the scene in Leven, Fife, on 30 November last year.

    A judge at the High Court in Edinburgh described the case as "tragic" and said there was nothing he could do that would undo "the terrible consequences" of Hamilton's decision to drive.

  34. Sir David Murray's empire

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    As Sir David Murray exits his HQ (h/t @heraldscotland): my blog on his empire's demise.

    Sir David Murray
  35. Rape conviction quashed

    A man who is serving a 10-year prison term for raping two women has had one of the convictions quashed on appeal.

    Gavin Livingstone, 30, was jailed for raping the women between May 2006 and September 2012 in Ayrshire.

    Appeal judges said that because jurors had deleted references of rape from one of the charges they convicted him of, there was reasonable doubt over whether they intended to convicted him of rape.

    Livingstone's appeal against his sentence will be heard at a later date.

  36. Oil or nothing?

    Andrew Neil

    Presenter, The Daily Politics

    @afneil tweets: North Sea oil revenues so de minimis for Treasury. I understand it's considering devolving them to Scot Parl, as part of tax power transfer.

  37. Poll tax debts - Your Views

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    Derek, Coatbridge: I paid my poll tax. Can someone send me the link to get my rebate please?

    Angry, Ibrox: In England, poll tax defaulters could not be pursued for their debt after 7 years. Ha ha; surprise, surprise, Scotland paid it first and last.

    Sean, Inverness: Legislation on the hoof. Bitterness from SNP. Illogical to starve needy councils.

  38. Man stabbed in 'hate crime'

    A Chinese man was attacked and seriously injured in Edinburgh in what police are describing as a "hate crime".

    Police collect evidence

    The 37-year-old restaurant worker suffered multiple injuries including stab wounds when he was assaulted by three men in the West Pilton area on Wednesday.

    He is in a "serious but stable" condition in hospital. The man's silver Volkwagen Polo was stolen from outside a business premises before the assault.

  39. Chillin' out...

    Former footballer Michael Ballack is well-prepared for the Scottish weather as he takes part in the Alfred Dunhill golf championship at Carnoustie.

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    The German legend was joined at the pro-celebrity event by stars including actors Bill Murray and Hugh Grant and singer Huey Lewis.

    hugh grant
  40. To shell and back

    Emma Young from Alexandria near Balloch got a bit of surprise when she was hanging out her washing and almost tripped over an exotic yellow-bellied slider turtle.

    The turtle is usually found in the Florida everglades and is suspected to have been deliberately abandoned. They can live to the ripe old age of 30 and even longer in captivity.

    Emma Young and Turtle

    "It was slap in the middle of the patio with its head and legs all tucked inside its shell," said Emma.

    Her daughter wanted to keep it, but realising it would need a huge tank, Emma instead contacted Sea Life.

    If nobody comes forward to claim her she will be transferred to the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary in Oban.

  41. 'Must be talking to an angel...'

    BBC Radio Scotland

    @AnnieLennox is in @BBCJFCulture discussing her first jazz album w/ @janiceforsyth from 1405

    Janice Forsyth (left) and Annie Lennox
  42. Surprise find in Ayrshire


    Daily Record

    tweets: Experts amazed as thriving cannabis plant found growing wild at Ayr beauty spot.

    Read the full article here.

  43. Osborne: Devolution plans imminent

    Chancellor George Osborne says the UK government will publish a paper on how further tax and spending powers could be devolved to Scotland within the next fortnight.

    George Osborne

    Mr Osborne made the announcement at the Institute of Directors' annual convention in London and indicated further devolution to UK city regions could follow.

    "There is the argument across the political parties that Scotland should have more devolution coming out of the Scottish referendum," he said.

    "I can tell you in just over a week's time, we will publish a command paper which will set out some of the ideas for further devolution for tax and spending to Scotland. But I don't think we should rest there..."

  44. Your Pictures

    Flying high near Loch Striven, Argyll.

    Alan Stewart's son Alan appeared to take flight in the garden - thanks to a trampoline. Photo taken near Loch Striven, Argyll.

    View the rest of the images featured in this week's gallery here.

  45. A96 Inverness to Nairn plans revealed

    Transport Scotland has published its preferred option for an upgraded stretch of the A96, which includes a bypass for Nairn, costing up to £475m.

    The project is part of a wider scheme to dual carriageway the road from Inverness to Aberdeen by 2030.

    Traffic cones

    Public views have been sought on the preferred option for the upgraded stretch of A96 between Inverness and Nairn.

    About 18 miles of (30km) road is involved in the project.

  46. Scot 'too unwell for jail'

    Doctors in Pakistan say a mentally-ill Edinburgh man who was shot by a police officer while on death row on blasphemy charges is too unwell to return to prison.

    Muhammad Asghar

    Mohammed Asghar, 70, was targeted in Adiala jail, Rawalpindi, last week. His family are campaigning for him to be brought home to Scotland.

    The Pakistani authorities have made several attempts to have Mr Ashgar returned to the same prison where he was attacked.

  47. Poll tax - Your Views

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    Rab, Glasgow: In answer to poll tax, I paid it, reluctantly. However, to pursue a 20-year-old debt is abhorrent, it smacks of trying to drive first-time voters back off the electoral register. This in itself should be a confidential list, only used for the purpose of voting, not sold off to debt companies or marketing ones, and Tories. They are even more toxic than before, but we expect their lies, unlike the red Tories of Labour.

  48. Final Flodden dig

    The final archaeological dig this year by the Flodden 1513 project will start near Duns this weekend.

    Whiteadder Water

    The site, at Ellemford, is thought to have been a mustering point for the ill-fated Scottish army prior to the Battle of Flodden.

    Excavation work has been carried out to find the remains of thousands of bodies buried on the battlefield in the hope the findings can be used to declare the burials as war graves.

  49. Row over human rights

    A political row is developing over Conservative proposals to limit the power of European judges ruling on human rights.

    The Tories say they are prepared to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.

    But the move is opposed by their coalition partners the Liberal Democrats as well as the Scottish government, which says it must be consulted.

  50. Man jailed for lane rape

    A man has been jailed for raping a woman in a lane in Glasgow.

    Herish Rostam, 26, attacked the 29-year-old woman in Robertson Lane, near Argyle Street, on 14 December 2012.

    Robertson Lane

    The victim, who had been working as a prostitute, agreed to have sex with Rostam for £25, but instead he attacked her once they went in to the lane.

    Failed asylum seeker Rostam, who is an Iranian Kurd, was convicted of raping the woman at an earlier hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

  51. Salmonella link to Celtic Park

    Eleven people have contracted Salmonella in cases linked to hospitality facilities at Celtic Park.

    Celtic Park

    All 11, from Glasgow and Lanarkshire. ate at the stadium on 21 September, the day Celtic played Motherwell.

    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) said they are now recovering in the community.

    Environmental health teams are content with food production within Celtic Park kitchens and the investigation is focusing on external suppliers.

  52. Business for Scotland

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: Business for Scotland announces it's staying in the pro-indy campaign business.

  53. Norovirus 'season' begins...

    Public health experts are warning that the 'Norovirus season' has begun.

    Hospital bed

    Seven wards in six hospitals across Scotland are already closed because of the diarrhoea and vomiting bug.

    Infection control specialists are asking anyone who has symptoms to stay at home for 48 hours after symptoms have stopped, to avoid passing on the infectious virus.

    Norovirus is usually harmless but can cause problems for people who are already ill.

  54. Cable: Tory ECHR threat 'backward step'

    Liberal Democrat minister Vince Cable has described Conservative proposals to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights - unless the UK is allowed to ignore decisions made in Strasbourg - as a "very backward step".

    Vince Cable

    Speaking on the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme, Mr Cable said he thought having the European court of Human Rights at the top of the justice system works well.

    Withdrawing from the ECHR would be a red line issue for the Liberal Democrats in any future negotiations with the Conservatives, he added.

  55. Toxic Tories? - Your Views

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    Ali, Inverlochy: The Tories are deluding themselves if they think they have lost the "Toxic" tag. However, they can get some succour from the fact that the Labour Party have now joined them in this club!

    Sid, Balloch: The toxic vote in Scotland is now SNP. Unionists who used SNP as a protest vote now know that a vote for SNP threatens the union and leads to the NEVERENDUM.

    Lynne, Lanarkshire: The Tories under Maggie Thatcher wrecked this country. Nothing on this earth could persuade me to ever vote for them! They have nothing, not one thing, in common with the working class.

    Joan, Stevenston: Why are the Tory Party always blamed for food banks when they are also in America, Germany etc which don't have the Tory Party?

  56. Five charged over bank robbery

    Police have charged five men in connection with an alleged armed robbery at a bank in Edinburgh.

    The men were arrested following an incident at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Tollcross on Thursday.

    They are expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court later today.

  57. Dundee drugs raids

    Three men have been charged after police seized heroin and cocaine in a series of Dundee drugs raids.

    Officers recovered drugs with a potential street value of £65,000.

    Three men aged 21, 31 and 33 are due to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court in connection with drugs offences.

  58. Hospital A&E staff to be hired

    More than £2m is to be spent recruiting staff to alleviate pressure on Aberdeen Royal Infirmary's emergency department.

    The health board is meeting to discuss proposals to create the equivalent of 27 full-time posts.

    These include consultants, nurses, physician associates and clerical staff.

  59. 'Talking through a hole in their hat'

    Alex Salmond says moves by some Scottish councils to collect poll tax arrears were made with the "cynical motive of putting the frighteners on people".

    Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's Morning Call, he added: "The first year of poll tax was illegal, it was a breach of international treaty.

    First Minister Alex Salmond

    "It's impossible, illegal in fact for a council to start pursuit of poll tax debt. There is a 20-year limit by the law. When Jim Gifford and other politicians from around Scotland said they were going to do this they were actually talking through a hole in their hat. They have no ability to do it what so ever."

    There remains £425m in outstanding poll tax debt in Scotland, according to local government body Cosla - but much of that is likely to stay uncollected.

  60. 'Hounded over debts'

    Local Government minister Derek MacKay has defended the Scottish government's poll tax proposal.

    Mr MacKay criticised local authorities, who he claims were considering using the expanded electoral roll to track down non-payers of the controversial charge.

    "Some local authorities, some politicians, were making it clear that almost as an act of retribution they wanted to set about those who they think would enter the electoral process and now they wanted to hound them for outstanding debts," he told BBC Scotland.

  61. Morning Call

    BBC Radio Scotland

    FM @AlexSalmond is on air now. @kayeadams asks: writing off the Poll Tax debt - the right thing to do, or 'a tax-dodgers' charter?

  62. Green photography

    The shortlist for the 2014 Scottish Green Energy Awards has been announced.

    Pic contest Tommy Docherty

    For the first time a photography competition, featuring images of renewable energy projects across Scotland, is part of the awards.

    The awards feature 14 categories recognising companies, community groups and individuals who have contributed to the renewable energy sector.

  63. Murray progresses

    Andy Murray is through to the last four at the China Open. The Scot made light work of Marin Cilic, securing a straight sets victory 6-1, 6-4.

    Andy Murray

    Murray will face world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals tomorrow. What a contest in prospect...

  64. Miller Homes scrap stock market plans

    Miller Homes has shelved plans to float on the London Stock Exchange, blaming market volatility.

    Last week, Miller announced its intention to raise £140m by selling off at least 40% of the company.

    Miller Homes staff on construction site

    Since then, almost £100bn has been wiped off the value of leading shares and on Thursday the FTSE 100 fell to its lowest level since December.

    In a statement, the Edinburgh-based company said: "In light of the recent financial markets volatility, the shareholders of Miller Group have elected not to proceed at this time with a public offering of Miller Homes."

  65. Poll tax pledge - Your views

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    Lorna, Stirling: We paid our poll tax but I totally agree with Alex Salmond. I also feel the poll tax should be classed as illegal as again an English Tory party trialled it in Scotland a year before England.

    Gary in Glasgow: Why are we missing the obvious issue here? After six years, a debt is non enforceable and non recoverable... unless acknowledged by the person owing the money. If this happens, the six-year time limit is reset. What's all this nonsense about recovering poll tax debts from over 20 years ago?!

  66. Morning corncrakes...

    One of Scotland's rarest breeding birds has had its most successful season in at least 45 years, RSPB Scotland says.

    Surveys for corncrakes recorded 1,289 males between May and July this year - the highest number since counts of the birds began.


    The RSPB had expected low numbers this year after the species declined by 23% in 2013.

    The biggest single island population is on Tiree, an island that had 396 calling males this year.

  67. Poll tax 'policy on the hoof'

    Local councils have branded Scottish government plans to scrap poll tax debts as "policy on the hoof".

    alex salmond

    First Minister Alex Salmond said new laws will prevent local authorities using the details of people who registered to vote in the independence referendum to recover money still outstanding.

    Mike Cook, vice-president of Cosla which represents councils, told BBC Scotland: "It's really unhelpful to do things on a half-baked basis.

    "I've been involved over the last few months in regular meetings with the Scottish government about the financial settlement and no one has breathed a word of this."

  68. Morning Call

    Hi, Kaye Adams here. Was Alex Salmond right to declare an end to chasing poll tax debt or has he created a 'tax dodger's charter,' as his critics suggest?

    If you paid up, are you happy for others to get off?

    Morning Call

    0500 929 500 is the number to call or text 80295 and have the Tories finally lost their toxic image in Scotland?

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson thinks so. Do you?

    Listen live to the programme here.

  69. Russian poet's Borders link

    He is widely regarded as Russia's second-greatest poet and was born 200 years ago this month.

    You would fully expect the bicentenary of Mikhail Lermontov to be celebrated in his Motherland.


    But why should a statue of him be unveiled at Earlston in the Borders today, or a weekend conference on his life and works be taking place in Moffat?

  70. Poll tax pledge - Your views

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    Anon: Westminster should refund a year's worth of poll tax to Scotland as we paid while England didn't. Cabinet millionaires could cough up.

  71. Deila praise following Celtic win

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila praised the "fantastic team spirit" which helped his side to a 1-0 Europa League victory over Dinamo Zagreb.

    Kris Commons

    Kris Commons scored an early goal before goalkeeper Craig Gordon made a string of outstanding saves to secure victory.

    "In the end it was fantastic team spirit. We have to take that with us but we need better passing," Deila said.

  72. Scottish borrowing costs

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Borrowing by the Scottish government could be expected to cost one percentage point more than UK debt, according to an economic consultancy.

    Oxford Economics has assessed the likely range that Scotland might have to pay, should Holyrood receive significant new borrowing powers.

    Scottish money

    It concluded that, in normal times, that might amount to £10m for every £1bn borrowed.

    But it warns that there could be spikes caused by external factors.

  73. Your views

    Fancy offering your opinion on any of our stories? Shoot from the hip via text to 80295, email or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

  74. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    #M8 Glasgow - an accident on the Kingston Bridge near Anderston blocking one lane eastbound - traffic slow back to J22 Kinning Park. Listen Up! This could affect you. The 09.56 Edinburgh to Glasgow Central train has been cancelled.

  75. Read all about it...

    The Scotsman reports on Alex Salmond's announcement that councils are to be banned from using the voting records of the millions of Scots who took part in the referendum to chase up historic poll tax debts.

    The first minister wrote off more than £400m in unpaid poll tax in a final act of "financial irresponsibility", according to the Scottish Daily Mail.


    The Scottish Sun reports that a father is fighting for his life after he was stabbed in a frenzied attack which may have been a hate crime.

    Read the rest of our newspaper round-up here.

  76. Disability benefit

    Delays in paying the new disability benefit are leaving many people without enough money to afford essential living costs, according to a report.

    Wheelchair user

    Citizens Advice Scotland said people are waiting an average of six months between claiming the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and receiving the payment.

    This can have a knock-on effect on other benefit claims, it said.

    PIP has been introduced in Scotland over the past year.

  77. Weather update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Hi, Kawser here. Wet & windy today as rain spreads across central & southern areas. Still windy but drier & brighter for NW. Highs of 12-16C. Rain spreads back across South this eve, bec heavier & persistent. MO Yellow 'Be Aware' warning in force from 2pm.

  78. Welcome

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a warm welcome from the Scotland Live team as we provide a comprehensive round-up of the latest news, sport, weather and travel from now until 18:00.