That's all from the Scotland Live team today. We're back tomorrow from 08:00. Hope you can join us then.
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That's all from the Scotland Live team today. We're back tomorrow from 08:00. Hope you can join us then.
BBC Scotland environment correspondent
Tourism bosses warn Scotland is losing out on millions of pounds in spending by visitors because of a lack of flights to London Heathrow Airport.
Senior executives from Heathrow and Gatwick have been in Glasgow in an effort to win Scottish support for their rival bids for a new runway.
They say an increase in capacity is vital to ease air traffic congestion in the south east of England and boost the UK economy.
But VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay warned the tourism industry north of the border was facing more immediate problems, due to a lack of connections to Heathrow.
BBC Radio 4
Scottish government minister for Commonwealth Games, sport, equalities and pensioners' rights Shona Robison has been confirmed as the fourth panel member for this week's edition of BBC Radio 4's "Any Questions".
It will be broadcast live from Abertay University on Friday evening.
Ms Robison will join shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran, former Scottish Secretary Lord Forsyth and Spectator columnist Alex Massie
NHS Greater Glasgow has rejected a report which said a parenting programme wasn't working
The health board said the information used to compile it was incomplete because many parents did not complete post-course assessment forms.
The academics study found half the parents enrolled on the Triple P programme had dropped and there was no improvement in the emotional wellbeing of children.
NHS Greater Glasgow director of public health Prof Linda de Caestecker said: "Our own evidence shows that Triple P is making a positive difference to the lives of thousands of families."
BBC Radio Scotland
The detective who led the inquiry in the murder of Madison Horn says killer Kevin Park carried out "despicable" acts.
Det Ch Insp Scott Cunningham said Park had been trusted to look after the toddler.
"He displayed a level of violence and caused significant injuries, some of which were the most horrific I've seen in 22 years in the police," he told Newsdrive.
Park was earlier sentenced to life with a minimum term of 22 years for killing the little girl at her home in Kelty, Fife.
Police have launched an investigation into a video showing a "dangerous" overtaking manoeuvre on the A90 road between Aberdeen and Peterhead.
The video, posted on social media, is said to have been filmed on Tuesday.
It shows a car overtaking a truck after cutting up a vehicle which was already in the process of overtaking the truck.
BBC Scotland Travel
Ralph Averbuch: I think tips should go in a tip jar and be shared amongst all staff - waiters, kitchen staff, etc... (excluding the owner).
Lesley Farrell: I don't tip as they are getting their wage regardless of how good the service is. I work very hard for my wages (no tips involved) and I am self employed. When I divide my wages by number of hours worked I am on less than the national rate. Why then when I get to go out to dinner do I have to tip the waiter/waitress who are more than likely earning more than me?
Billy Hamilton: I always tip.
Craig Chalmers: I always leave a tip and expect it to go to the staff. I never do the 'gratuity' on the card machine. Who gets that??
Academics have called for the withdrawal of funding for a parenting programme after a study found it had minimal impact.
Researchers found more than half the families who started the Positive Parenting Programme in Glasgow dropped out.
No improvements were found in the emotional well-being of 5,000 children.
The scheme, which involved training for 730 staff, was based on an Australian initiative.
Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing has outlined action being taken to attract visitors to the Borders.
He was asked by Conservative MSP John Lamont what the Scottish government's strategy was for promoting and developing tourism in the region.
Mr Ewing cited £112,000 spent on Homecoming 2014 events and nearly £790,000 from EventScotland in the last three years.
He added that Abbotsford House, mountain biking and the Borders railway could also help attract more visitors.
Prestwick Airport is in a "very good position" to become the UK's first spaceport, the deputy first minister says.
However, Nicola Sturgeon said ministers could not make the Ayrshire site - currently owned by the Scottish government - their preferred bidder at this early stage in the process.
She said eight UK sites had been shortlisted, six of them in Scotland.
Prestwick Airport bosses have said winning spaceport status "would be the catalyst for transformational change".
Ms Sturgeon said the airport was expected to make a loss of £5m when its 2013/14 accounts are published soon.
Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland, listen live here.
BBC Scotland Weather
It will stay windy overnight, still with some showers or longer spells of rain at first over the south west, the west Highlands, Aberdeenshire and the Northern Isles.
As the night goes on, it will become dry with cloud breaking to give a few clear spells.
Temperatures will hold up to 8C for most. One or two spots in the far north will get down to 5C. Tomorrow will be a windy day. Mostly dry and mild once again.
Scotland's incoming first minister says the Scottish Parliament should have the power to call any future independence referendum.
Holyrood gained temporary powers from Westminster for September's vote, but Nicola Sturgeon said it should have explicit responsibility to do so again.
However, she told the BBC she would still prefer to act by agreement between Scottish and UK ministers.
Ms Sturgeon will succeed Alex Salmond as first minister in the next week.
An otter has been photographed running into the waves on a beach on Sutherland's far north coast.
Gavin Ward captured the image while having a picnic with his wife Pam at Torrisdale Bay, near Bettyhill, on Saturday.
Several surfers were in the sea at the time.
Mrs Ward said: "I saw something running down the beach towards the sea. It was absolutely a surprise, and a brilliant one at that."
Glasgow City Council
Stirling Castle is to host a recreation of the 16th century equivalent of a rap battle - flyting.
The original war of words, flyting sees bards face off in a heated exchange of poetic simile, metaphor, learning and alliteration.
A re-enactment of a 1504 clash between two of James IV's makars, William Dunbar and Walter Kennedy, is to be held in the castle's Great Hall on Friday.
Experts from the Scottish Language Dictionaries will be on hand to analyse the battle of the bards.
Bob, Stirling: Why should there be tips in the first place? Are people not just doing their job ? If they do it badly can I take money from the total bill? Do not quote poor wages in the catering trade ! Not happy do something else !
Joan: Please remember that tips should be divided equally amongst the staff, chefs and waiting staff. As the Mum of a chef I know it's a team effort and if the chefs didn't do a good job waiting staff would have nothing to serve. The staff work long hours, have split shifts and antisocial hours and are paid buttons.
A man has been found guilty of the horrific murder of a two-year-old girl in her own home.
Kevin Park pulled Madison Horn's hair, lifting her up and repeatedly striking her head against a wall. He also bit and repeatedly hit the toddler.
Madison died after being taken to hospital with massive brain and internal injuries.
Park, 27, had denied murdering Madison at the family home in Kelty, Fife, on 20 April.
He was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 22 years before he is eligible for parole.
Police have released new CCTV footage of an Aberdeenshire man who went missing on Halloween.
Shaun Ritchie was last seen with friends at a remote woodland area near Strichen on the night of Friday 31 October into the Saturday morning.
Some of his clothing has since been found.
The CCTV image shows what he was wearing on the night of his disappearance.
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said he wants to "hit the reset button" on the relationship between the UK and Scottish governments.
He said it was time to heal the divisions caused by the independence referendum.
Mr Carmichael also called for a "sensible, responsible, professional" working relationship when Nicola Sturgeon takes over as first minister.
"For us all in politics, there's a job of work to be done now to move Scotland on from being divided between the 55 and the 45, to heal some of the deep and quite understandable divisions that there were in the course of the referendum," he said.
BBC Scotland news
Indy legend and stroke victim @EdwynCollins is on Rep Scot 2night talking about his return to reality and the croft.
More than 200 businesses are attending the launch of a new drive to promote Scottish produce across the tourism sector.
Food Secretary Richard Lochhead is launching the Year of Food and Drink in Edinburgh.
It is being supported by VisitScotland and will include a new TV advert which will be shown across the UK.
Scotland's food and drink tourism industry is estimated to be worth £2.5m a day to the economy.
BBC Scotland Weather
A cloudy afternoon with outbreaks of rain at times.
The wet weather will be most persistent across Tayside, Angus, Perthshire and southern Aberdeenshire where a Met office Yellow 'be aware' warning is in force.
Generally dry across the Central Belt and the North West coast.
Mild with highs of 12 to 14 C
The man on trial for the murders of teenagers Helen Scott and Christine Eadie has been accused of "treating them like meat".
Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland said Angus Sinclair had kicked, beaten and killed the 17-year-olds to ensure they "had no voice" after he and his brother-in-law raped them.
Mr Sinclair, 69, denies raping and murdering the girls after meeting them at Edinburgh's World's End Pub in October 1977.
He told the court he knew they were consenting to sex because they "never said no".
So, Scotland fans: are you feeling nervous about Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland?
Visit BBC Sport Scotland's Facebook page to give your prediction ahead of the qualifier at Celtic Park.
Emma Ruthven Hughes: I used to work at a popular casino chain behind the bar and waitressing and the tips could often be really good. We were not allowed to keep our own tips, though, and they were pooled and then split between all the staff, including the management. This felt wholly unfair as they were not the ones walking around the floor working and interacting with the customers. These tips were also taxed so we never saw the full amount.
Alisdair Menzies: My parents ran a hotel for 22 years and would always pass the tips onto the members of staff. These would be shared between the front of house (waiters, bar etc) and back of house (chefs, dish washer, cleaners etc) on a pro rata basis to ensure that the kindness of patrons could be shared. My parents never kept the tips themselves.
The jury in the murder trial of toddler Madison Horn is deliberating its verdict.
Kevin Park, 27, denies murdering Madison at the family home in Kelty, Fife, on 20 April. Madison died after being taken to hospital with massive brain and internal injuries.
It is alleged Mr Park pulled Madison's hair, lifted her up and repeatedly struck her head against a wall, bit her and repeatedly struck her.
Comments on our Facebook page...
Lynn Aoki: In Japan, they would actually refuse a tip if you offered them one!. No tips over here. You pay the price on the menu, and that's it. I may add...Japan has the best customer service in e world, IMO.
Derek Andrews: I think restaurants should publish their tip policy in their menu. I think it should be divvied up amongst the whole team. Quite frankly though I think everyone should be paid a fair wage and do away with tipping altogether.
David Rutland: Business taking gratuities via credit cards are disinclined to pass on the tip. That's because they pay tax on it such as NI thus higher employment costs. Some owner/managers view tips on cards as a useful customer contributions to offset staff costs. Others oblige staff to pool tips to pay back-of-house staff because they don't have customer contact. More enlightened employers pay back-of-house more to compensate.
I only tip and do it well for servers who serve me, do a great job and are persuaded to keep the cash I give them for themselves. Also, I regrettably find those Brits that tip, if at all, are often very cheap leaving nothing or insulting small amounts in copper no matter how outstanding the level of service.
Rachel Baddison: I have known people who have been forced to hand over personal tips to the owner and it's a disgrace. The owner of the business is paid for their service through the food bill. I only tip if the waiting staff have gone out of their way for me, or have been attentive outwith expected duties and therefore I expect them to receive this money.
BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter
A man is being taken to hospital after calling emergency services to say he has anthrax. The 32-year-old man called the emergency services to his home in Gideon Court in Bathgate, just before 07:00.
Gideon Court, Hopetoun Street and Rainbow Nursery were all closed for about five hours until the incident ended at about noon.
Police said three people inside the house have been checked and cleared. The roads are being reopened. Ambulance staff have dismantled what appeared to be some kind of decontamination equipment.
Alex Salmond says independence will happen within his lifetime despite the #indyref No vote
BBC Scotland reporter
Emergency services in West Lothian are standing down following an alert which closed several streets and a local nursery in the centre in Bathgate. There were six ambulances at the scene, and a number of police and fire service vehicles.
Ambulance staff have dismantled what appeared to be some kind of decontamination equipment.
Pictures from the scene:
Thanks for your comments on our Facebook page on the thorny issue of restaurant tips.
Sam Nelson: This is a total can of worms, and there's much more to it than just 'whether to tip or not'. Yes, I leave tips, but what happens to it? Try asking anyone that waits tables for a living.
Heather Chalmers: I have worked as a waitress; there were always the arguments: is the tip for the service and should go to the waitress or should it be split between all staff? I have worked where I have got to keep my own also when it's been split.
Sarah Allison: I always leave a tip, was a waitress for many years, never got to keep ours, though, was always split between everyone.
Margaret Ferrier: Depends if the service is good from the waitress/waiter and if the food is good enough.
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An image has been released of what archaeologists believe to be the remains of a prehistoric basket uncovered by the tide on North Uist.
The artefact was found in an area of shoreline where the sea has been eroding the land in the Western Isles.
It contains quartz stones and animal bones.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been working with the local community and Historic Scotland to excavate it.
David McKay, Portknockie: When I enter a restaurant I am given a menu - this tells me the prices, and by ordering I have entered a contract with the restaurant owners that they will provide me with a meal at the stated price, with all that entails, including service etc. To then be expected to pay extra directly to the staff as part of their wages is an outrage. This was never part of the contract and would appear to me to make the contact null and void.
Can you give a snake a home?
The Scottish SPCA is looking for reptile enthusiasts willing to take in one of the 34 snakes in its care in Aberdeenshire.
Staff at the charity's Drumoak centre looked after a record 80 snakes this year - a five-fold increase on recent years.
Senior Animal Care Assistant Jacki Bell said: "We have a large variety of snakes, from tiny baby corn snakes to a Taiwanese beauty rat snake, boas and pythons."
However, she urged anyone thinking of keeping a snake for the first time to do their research first.
The issue of restaurant tips is lighting up the metaphorical tills on our Facebook page.
David Murphy: When I tip I'm tipping the waiter/waitress, I want them to get the money. They were the ones that gave the good service, so have earned it.
Nicola Goodfellow Milton: My daughter works as a function waitress and has worked on several weddings where I know a tip has been left for the waiting staff, they haven't had a sniff of it. It really angers me.
Maureen Rennie: I never add a tip to a card payment but always give cash instead.
Lorna Stewart: Should go to staff.
Scotland's Education Secretary Michael Russell has welcomed the debate on whether children should start school at the age of six.
The debate on the issue began after John Stodter, general secretary of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland, told Holyrood's education committee that it was one of a number of "imaginative ideas" being considered over how to deliver schooling differently.
Pupils currently start school when they are aged four or five, depending on when their birthday falls.
Raising the starting age for school would involve three years of nursery education instead of two, and six years of primary education instead of seven.
Scotland avoided spending cuts of £600m between 2010 and 2013 because of a "flaw" in the central government funding formula, a report says.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies said the way the Barnett formula dealt with business rates unfairly benefited Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The IFS said the financial advantage was equivalent to about £113 for every man, woman and child in Scotland.
The Treasury said the Barnett formula was broadly fair.
Paul McKerrachertweets: There were 5 waitresses + one day 1 of them was tipped £35, but @ the end of their shift, they all only got £7 each.
I got a bit angry at the weekend finding out that some restaurateurs don't pass on tips to their lowly paid staff: they pocket them instead.
Is tipping an excuse for a society which doesn't pay lowly paid employees enough in salary? In France recently they didn't expect tips.
Any restaurateurs out there happy to talk to me about how the tipping system works in your place?
Any waiters or former waiters out there happy to come on the air and talk about how tipping and money sharing works/worked, or didn't?
BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter
Several streets in a West Lothian town have been closed amid concerns for a man's health, police say.
An area around a house in Gideon Court including Hopetoun Street and a nursery in Bathgate have been closed by emergency services since 06:53.
Police Scotland said a 32-year-old was refusing to be removed from his house, adding that it was not a chemical incident as initially reported.
A nursery has been shut as a precaution after a chemical incident nearby.
Fire crews were called to Gideon Court in Bathgate, West Lothian at 06:55.
Police said Rainbow Nursery in nearby Gideon Street had been closed as a precaution while emergency services dealt with the incident.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said that four engines were at the scene including two special appliances.
Unemployment has fallen again, both in Scotland and across the UK as a whole.
From July to September the number of Scots out of work and seeking employment fell by 10,000 to 164,000.
The Scottish unemployment rate now stands at 5.9% while the UK rate is 6.0%.
The number of people in work in Scotland rose again - by 22,000.
During World War One, famous Scottish entertainer Harry Lauder used his global success to recruit thousands of men for the war effort.
He also established the Harry Lauder Million Pound Fund to help the war injured and in 1919 he was awarded an honorary knighthood for his contribution.
However, Sir Harry experienced great personal tragedy when his only son, Captain John Lauder of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, was killed during the last months of the Battle of the Somme.
Read about how Harry Lauder's war tragedy spurred him on here.
To mark the SNP's national conference to be held in Perth this weekend, outgoing party leader and First Minister Alex Salmond will be answering your questions in a BBC webchat.
This year the conference, staged on Friday and Saturday, will include the election of Nicola Sturgeon as the SNP's new leader.
If you have something to ask Mr Salmond, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your question.
Remember to put "webchat questions" in the message field of your email.
You will be able to watch the half-hour interview on Friday via BBC Scotland's politics website.
Aberdeen have moved a step closer to becoming debt-free thanks to the backing of a Stonehaven-based civil engineering company.
As the Dons released their annual accounts, it was revealed their net debt of £14.49m will be wiped out if restructuring plans are approved.
Willie Donald and his wife Elaine, who own the engineering company, will become shareholders in the club.
Aberdeen hope to see the plans given the go-ahead at next month's AGM.
Light shows to mark the experiences of Glaswegians during the First World War, were projected onto Glasgow City Chambers in George Square last night, as part of the centenary commemorations for the First World War.
The entire frontage of the City Chambers acted as a massive screen while 24 high power projectors project the hundreds of images onto the building.
Film and audio - read by Glaswegians aged between 16 to 60-years-old - were played, while simultaneously, the names of every Glaswegian who fell during the conflict were beamed on to the Cenotaph.
The show titled "Glasgow's War" featured text taken from letters, diaries, newspaper and speeches from 1914-1918, with some texts having been specially transcribed for the event.
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An exhaustive piece of academic research looking at Scottish urbanisation in the 18th century has won the Saltire Book of the Year Award.
The Scottish Town in the Age of Enlightenment 1740-1820 was co-authored by history professors Bob Harris and the late Charles McKean.
Broadcasters Sally Magnusson and Kirsty Wark were among other writers shortlisted for the prestigious title.
Judges described it as "magisterial" and a "pioneering study".
I got a bit angry at the weekend finding out that some restaurateurs don't pass on tips to their lowly paid staff??? They pocket it instead?
Larry David once grappled with this issue during an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm...
BBC Radio Scotland
Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye says Heathrow expansion would benefit Scotland much more than alternative plans for increasing airport capacity around London.
"Only Heathrow can get Scottish business people to the growth markets of the world, places like China," he told Good Morning Scotland.
Heathrow expansion would also benefit Scottish exporters, he added.
Scotland's main airports are divided, with Edinburgh favouring Gatwick expansion but Glasgow backing Heathrow.
Representatives from both airports are attending a conference in Glasgow looking at how to improve Scotland's air links.
Flybe has announced it is to re-open its base at Aberdeen Airport from the start of next year's summer season.
Taking effect on 29 March 2015, it will result in the creation of up to 100 direct jobs including flight crew, engineers and ground handling staff.
Four 78-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft will be based at the airport to service and meet demand for key routes to and from Aberdeen.
This will include flights to London City, Manchester and the new Flybe Shuttle service to Jersey via Leeds Bradford and Southampton.
Earlier this week Flybe also announced it had entered into an agreement with Aer Lingus to fly to New York, Orlando, Chicago and Toronto from Inverness via a single stop in Dublin.
Presenter, Morning Call
On today's programme we're asking: as a cost-cutting measure, would you support children in Scotland starting school aged six?
Also, Chris Packham claims 'I'm a Celebrity's' Bushtucker Trials are "barbaric". Do you agree?
The lines are open: 0500 92 95 00. You can text your views using 80295 and listen live to the programme here.
Russell Eberst: What provision has been made for schoolchildren to observe the large partial eclipse of the Sun next March 20th? This is an opportunity to inspire youngsters with one of nature's greatest spectacles. There is a chance for them to make worthwhile observations and to record and publish them. Maybe we can inspire nearly a million Scottish children, but only if we are properly prepared.
Royal Bank of Scotland is among five banks fined a total of about £2bn for allegedly manipulating foreign exchange rates.
HSBC, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase and the Swiss bank UBS have also received penalties.
The fines follow a year-long investigation by regulators into claims that the foreign exchange market was being rigged.
RBS said it had placed six individuals into a disciplinary process and suspended three of them pending its own investigation.
The Herald leads with news that education chiefs are considering having pupils start school at the age of six as part of cost-cutting measures.
The Scotsman brings us the government's new strategy to fight child sex abuse: enlisting night workers including taxi drivers, nightclub bouncers and hotel staff to report suspicions of child sexual exploitation.
Meanwhile, the front pages of the Daily Record and the Scottish Sun focus on the domestic abuse trial involving DJ Suzie McGuire.
Anon: Due to inadequate funding I have had to spend my own money to resource my job. Having said that, there's always money for council bigwigs to have new technology and smart new premises.
Alison: It's not just science teachers who spend their own money on equipment for school. Primary teachers do too!
Ray: Not a surprise that science teachers buy own equipment. Nearly all teachers buy their own stationary for pupils. Quite a few have their own printers etc as well. Councils rely on this goodwill.
School pupils are not being given the science equipment they need, according to a group of professional bodies.
The group claimed the amount of money being spent on science teaching in Scotland is 25% less than in England.
Teachers in 85 primary and secondary schools took part in a study for the Learned Societies' Group (LSG) on Scottish Science Education.
The research also claims it was not uncommon for teachers to spend their own money on normal school activities.
BBC Scotland Travel
Mike Ashley is providing another loan to Rangers as the club continue to struggle off the field. The Newcastle owner, who owns 9% of the Championship outfit, will increase an initial £2m loan to £3m.
But Rangers say they will need even more cash before the end of the year because of lower-than-expected attendances.
Ashley has also given up the naming rights to Ibrox Stadium, which he bought as part of a retail deal two years ago.
BBC Radio Scotland
Would a third runway for @HeathrowAirport benefit Scotland? Yes says CEO John Holland-Kaye. He's on #bbcgms 0815
You can listen live to BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme here.
Proposals to create the UK's first spaceport and tackle a multi-million pound maintenance backlog at Prestwick Airport are expected to be addressed by the deputy first minister.
Nicola Sturgeon will appear before a Holyrood committee to answer questions on the Scottish government's plan for the airport's future.
The long-term vision, published in a business review document last month, came a year after Prestwick was taken into public ownership.
The report recommended the airport should maintain its status as a gateway to Glasgow and work towards becoming the UK's first spaceport.
BBC Scotland Weather
Cloudy with rain for many at first, becoming confined to Tayside, Angus & S Aberdeenshire later. There's a Met Office yellow 'be aware' warning. Very mild @13C & windy with gales developing over NI. Brighter in the south & north-west where it will be mainly dry. Heavy showers in the south later.
Andy Murray kept his ATP World Tour Finals hopes alive with a straight-sets win over Milos Raonic at the O2 Arena.
Murray would have been been eliminated with a defeat but won a tense match 6-3 7-5.
The Scot will face Roger Federer in his final Group B encounter on Thursday, with a semi-final place within his grasp.
"On Sunday [in the defeat by Kei Nishikori], there wasn't much magic," said Murray. "Today I came up with some good shots in the right moments. Milos didn't serve as well as he can and that helped.
"I hit the ball a lot cleaner than I did on Sunday from the beginning of the match, so that was pleasing.
"I was going in knowing that if I lost the match, I was out. It kind of didn't really feel like a round-robin anymore. It was more like a knock-out."
BBC Scotland News
Good morning and a warm welcome from the Scotland Live team as we bring you the latest news and sporting headlines throughout the country from now until 18:00.