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  1. Gordon Brown leads Scotland debate at Westminster
  2. Garry Lockhart jailed for killing wife and son
  3. Glasgow and Aberdeen airports sold
  4. Scottish life expectancy rises
  5. Dog-dodging cyclist plunges into harbour

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By Marianne Taylor, Graham Fraser and Louise Sayers

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Graham Fraser

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That is all for today's Scotland Live blog. For more on the House of Commons debate on powers for Scotland,

read our latest report.

Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

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Kilmarnock players dispute 'resolved'

A player-bonus dispute at Kilmarnock has been resolved, according to chairman Michael Johnston (pictured left).

Michael Johnston (left)

The Rugby Park squad were reported to be dismayed at the money on offer as a potential reward for finishing 10th or better in the Premiership.

Councillor denies assault on referendum polling day

A former English council leader has appeared in court charged with assaulting a woman at a polling station on the day of the referendum.

A not guilty plea was entered on Mairi Rimmer's behalf when she appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

She is accused of kicking Patricia McLeish on the body at the Shettleston Community Centre in Glasgow on 18 September.

Ms Rimmer, 67, currently represents West Park Ward on St Helens Council. Her trial was set for March next year.

Cyclists dominate European qualifying

Great Britain's men and women have qualified fastest for Thursday's team pursuit semi-finals at the European Track Championships in Guadeloupe.

Katie Archibald (pictured left), who is from Milngavie, and teammates Elinor Barker (right), Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott finished 3.7 seconds quicker than Russia in four minutes, 40.289 seconds.

Katie Archibald and teammate Elinor Barker
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Ed Clancy, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull and Andy Tennant clocked 4:12.022, 1.9 seconds faster than Germany.

The event offers qualifying points for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Barnett Formula

SNP MP Pete Wishart asks Alistair Carmichael if the Barnett Formula will be safe?

"Yes" is the minister's response.

'Work in the interests of Scotland'

Mr Carmichael repeated his call for the nationalists to accept the outcome of the referendum.

He added: "The SNP has been given an answer by voters in Scotland. Now is the time to acknowledge and accept it and work in the interests of 100% of the people of Scotland."

Praise for Brown

In response to Gordon Brown's speech, Alistair Carmichael - the Scottish Secretary - praises Mr Brown for his role in the independence referendum.

'Distribution of power'

Mr Brown concluded: "What Scotland has shown is that it is possible to engage the public in a debate about the distribution of power in their own country. So as the debate about English cities and regions and the future of the British constitution gathers pace, the constitutional convention the Leader of the Opposition has proposed makes a great deal of sense."

Brown on Cameron's plan

Mr Brown says David Cameron's speech the morning after the referendum, when he promised English votes for English laws, is "a constitutional crisis in the making".

He said: "The proposal, in practice, turned out not to be any new English rights of representation, but a reduction in Scottish rights of representation in the House of Commons."

Mr Brown said Mr Cameron's speech has fuelled the demonstrations, petitions and allegations of betrayal since the referendum.

English votes for English laws?

Mr Brown calls for MPs from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to not be "downgraded".

Brown on income tax

Mr Brown rejects the idea of 100% devolution of income tax. Instead, he wants 75% of it being devolved to the Scottish Parliament alongside devolving 50% of VAT revenues.

This, the former Prime Minister argues, will mean the Scottish Parliament is responsible for raising at least 54% of its spending in 2016, the year of the new power's implementation.

'16 new powers'

Mr Brown proposes "16 new powers for the Scottish Parliament, from the devolution of attendance allowance and housing benefit to the conduct of elections".

Gordon Brown

Brown's petition

Gordon Brown presents his petition signed by more than 120,000 people to the House of Commons.

Mr Brown said those who signed it "are determined that the vow made by all the three main party leaders on the Tuesday before the referendum is kept."

Gordon Brown

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who set out the timetable for new powers for Scotland, is to lead a UK Parliament debate in the next few minutes.

The debate, on "the UK government's relationship with Scotland", will close the day in the Commons.

You can watch the debate on this page using the Live Coverage tab.

Baby rapist jailed again

A man who was jailed for raping a 13-month-old baby is back behind bars

after he was caught with thousands of indecent images of children.

James Taylor was first jailed in 2003 for sexually assaulting a baby girl, but was released early in 2008.

His son and daughter alerted police after discovering indecent images of children on the 53-year-old's laptop.

Taylor, from Falkirk, was sentenced to a year in prison, along with a further year from his original rape sentence.

McIntyre delighted with signings

New Ross County manager Jim McIntyre is delighted with the backing he is getting from the club's board after adding three new faces to his squad.

He could boost the County ranks further, with former Motherwell defender Paul Quinn currently on trial.

Jim McIntyre

Following the signing of Martin Woods, free agents Jamie Reckord and Terry Dunfield have joined the Staggies.

"The chairman has been fantastic and the board of directors have been great," McIntyre told BBC Scotland.

Dunleavy to remain at Carstairs

A man who beheaded his mother has been ordered to remain in a top security psychiatric hospital.

James Dunleavy, 41, buried his mother Philomena in a shallow grave on Edinburgh's Corstorphine Hill.

James Dunleavy
Police Scotland

Dunleavy believes he is fit to leave Carstairs State Hospital and should be sent to a mainstream Scottish prison.

Judge Lord Jones rejected his bid following a five-minute hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Greer 'honoured' with cap

Brighton & Hove Albion captain Gordon Greer says making his first competitive start for Scotland was an honour.

The 33-year-old played the full match as Scotland drew 2-2 with Poland in Euro 2016 qualifying on Tuesday.

Gordon Greer

"I didn't think it was that big a deal to get the actual cap," the

centre-back told BBC Sussex.

"I've played a few games before but it was a really proud moment. To get the actual cap home with me is a great honour for me and my family."

Glasgow and Aberdeen airports sold

Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports have been sold by owners Heathrow Airport Holdings (HAH) in a £1bn deal.

The three airports will now be owned by a consortium formed by two companies - Spanish firm Ferrovial and Australia-based Macquarie.

Glasgow Airport

The sale is expected to be completed in January of next year.

The three airports will be managed locally but supported by Ferrovial's and Macquarie's shared ownership.

Hamilton vs Aberdeen

Read our preview of the Scottish Premiership match between league leaders Hamilton and Aberdeen.

Hamilton midfielder Darian MacKinnon
Hamilton's MacKinnon is available to face Aberdeen after serving a ban

You can listen to the match, which kicks off at 19:45 on Friday, on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW and online. There is also live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Crofting census

The Crofting Commission has

sent out a census to more than 18,000 crofts.


The commission hopes that the survey will gather important information that will help to gauge the current state of crofting.

It will be used to guide the Scottish government and other agencies in their work to preserve the way of life.

Video - Garry Lockhart jailed

Aileen Clarke's report on the sentence of Garry Lockhart, who has been jailed for life after he strangled his 29-year-old wife Janet and smothered his son Michael at their home at Bonnyrigg in Midlothian.

Garry Lockhart
Police collect

Nicola Sturgeon - your views

Colin Millar in Glasgow: Like many others, I get fed up hearing that, as No voter, I was somehow hoodwinked into voting that way. I am intelligent enough to have made up my own mind and I reached an informed decision to vote No, which was completely unaffected by 'the vow'. My hope is that Nicola Surgeon can accept that a very clear majority rejected independence. She signed the Edinburgh Agreement and should stand by its terms.

Five changes for Edinburgh

Edinburgh have made five changes for Friday's European Rugby Challenge Cup opener in Bordeaux following victory over Newport Gwent Dragons last weekend.

With Cornell Du Preez recovering from leg surgery, captain Mike Coman moves from blindside flanker to number eight, with his place taken by Tomas Leonardi. In the front row, Willem Nel (pictured) steps up from the bench to start at tighthead prop.

Willem Nel
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Willem Nel replaces John Andress in the Edinburgh front row

And in the backs, Phil Burleigh and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne start at stand-off and scrum-half respectively for Alan Solomons' side.

Edinburgh picked up their first win in five games on Saturday with a 24-10 win over Pro12 rivals Newport.

Man seriously injured in car crash

A man has been seriously injured after the car he was travelling in came off a road and crashed into trees.

He was one of five people in the car when it crashed on the B862 at about 23:20 on Wednesday.

Police Scotland said the injured man was a passenger in the vehicle, which came to rest near Aldourie Primary School near Dores.

He was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness where police said he was in a stable condition.

Ebola risk remains low

The NHS is "well prepared" to deal with any possible cases of Ebola, despite the low risk of the virus being found in Scotland, the first minister has said.

Ebola warning
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Alex Salmond was speaking after a meeting last night of the Scottish government's resilience committee.

"We will continue to closely monitor the situation to ensure that all appropriate checks are in place to protect the people of Scotland," he said.

Ministers stood ready to help bring the outbreak in West Africa under control, he added.

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

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Lamb thief jailed

A man who escaped a shop in Glasgow with two legs of lamb after threatening to stab staff

has been jailed for three years.

Kenneth Wilson, 49, was browsing the aisles at a branch of Farmfoods in Maryhill when staff confronted him.

Wilson, from Glasgow, pulled out a knife and told employees: "I'm going to stab you", before fleeing the shop.

He was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Library visits down

A study of facilities in Dumfries and Galloway Council

shows one of the most marked declines in library visits of any Scots local authority.

Library in Dumfries and Galloway
Rose and Trev Clough

The report shows attendance at local libraries has dropped by 11.5% since 2009.

Of comparable local areas, only the Scottish Borders has a worse rate of decline. An improvement programme has been put in place in a bid to try to address the trend.

Islands to get birthing pool

Mothers-to-be in the Western Isles are to get a birthing pool for the first time.

A possible location for the pool had to be ruled out last year because due to electrical concerns at Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway.

Newborn baby

At the time there was an online campaign calling on the health board to provide the facility.

However, NHS Western Isles has now confirmed that a birthing pool will form part of the new birthing suite at the hospital.

'Not mission impossible'

Speaking about the prospect of brokering an agreement on further devolution for Scotland with the three Westminster parties and the SNP in a matter of weeks as part of

his commission, Lord Smith told the BBC: "I don't see it as mission impossible at all."

Lord Smith of Kelvin

"All the parties have been committing to an open process, a process where they are going to make concessions and so on. Timescales are handy things - if people give you two years, you'll take two years. Deadlines are actually good things - discipline.

"I'm looking across all five parties and I can see several themes that I know we'll be able to agree on, and you just build from there."

Watch the full interview here.

Drunken babysitter jailed

The Courier

A babysitter has been jailed for 11 months after a mother returned home to find him drunk.

Hearing the case at Perth Sheriff Court, Sheriff Lindsay Foulis described William Potter's behaviour as "frankly appalling".

Read the full story here.

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Phil from Ayrshire, in reply to Andrew from Ayrshire: The SNP will stop accusing No voters of being gullible when they actually stop being exactly that! Just take a look at the "debate" the other day and tell me you weren't all gullible.

Mark in Fife: I cannot believe the small mindedness of those complaining Westminster MPs are debating constitutional change across the UK. Is this just a lack of understanding of the impact of a one-sided separation of powers or just incredible selfishness? TeamScotland and nobody else matters

Policeman 'saw girls with two men'

A retired police constable has told how he saw two teenage girls

leave the World's End pub in Edinburgh in 1977 with two men.

Helen Scott and Christine Eadie

John Rafferty, 57, said one of the girls was quite drunk and had to be helped by her friend, who he now knows was Helen Scott.

The bodies of Helen and Christine Eadie were found dumped the next day.

Angus Sinclair, 69, has pleaded not guilty to assaulting, raping and murdering the 17-year-olds.

School admissions criticised

Falkirk Council has proposed a shake-up of its admission policy for Roman Catholic schools.

Denominational schools in the area are over-subscribed, and last summer nearly 40 pupils had to be refused enrolment.

school classroom

The authority recommends altering policy so only pupils with a baptismal certificate would be guaranteed entry to Roman Catholic schools.

The move has been criticised as "religious discrimination" by opponents including the Scottish Secular Society.

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On #ReportingScotland, BBC1 Scot, 1330: Hear from Scotland's Gary Innes ahead of the shinty/hurling International matches against Ireland.

Your views - further devolution

Stewart Connell: Mr Brown voted for legislative devolution. He was warned by Enoch Powell, Tam Dalyell and William Ross among others that it would break-up Britain.

Murray wins in Sweden

Jamie Murray and his Australian partner John Peers

have easily seen off Johan Brunstrom and Nicholas Monroe 6-2 6-3 in the first round of the Stockholm Open men's doubles.

John Peers and Jamie Murray

Nicola Sturgeon - your views

S Watt, Dunfermline, in reply to Linda on Scotland Live: How can you mention Nicola Sturgeon and Maggie Thatcher in the same breath? Nicola is a decent, honourable politician. A rarity these days. I have been sickened by the leaders of the opposition at Holyrood. They attack the person and not the policy. Perhaps they should take a leaf out of the late Margo MacDonald's book. By their constant sniping at the SNP they have achieved a grand exodus from their parties. Quite an achievement!

Drugs arrests in Glasgow

Three men have been arrested in Glasgow and six people in England as part of a co-ordinated police operation against organised crime.

Titan, the north west's regional organised crime unit, carried out the raids with help from Merseyside Police and Police Scotland.

police raid

The arrests follow an investigation into the supply of illegal drugs from the north west of England.

The men arrested in Glasgow were aged 27, 29 and 52.