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  1. Judges to deliberate on Carmichael election case
  2. Two minutes silence to remember war dead
  3. Armed robbers target bank branch
  4. Scottish unemployment rises by 11,000
  5. Storm Abigail warning upgraded to 'amber'
  6. Chest injury caused pupil's death

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By Jo Perry and Paul McLaren

All times stated are UK

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  1. Bye for now

    That's it from the Scotland Live team for today. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the country.

  2. Task force 'making progress' on jobs

    More than half of the workers who were made redundant following the collapse of Fife-based paper firm Tullis Russell in April have found new jobs.

    The Fife Task Force, set up to minimise the potential impact of job losses, said 288 of 446 former staff had been supported into re-employment.

    Tullis Russell paper mill, Markinch

    It added that a number of others were also now in training or education.

    The Markinch-based firm folded after being hit by rising raw material costs and falls in European exports.

    The task force's remit includes supporting workers across the Fife economy, including Tullis Russell.

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney, who jointly chairs the task force, said: "Our aim has always been to work as closely as we are able with colleagues in the public and private sectors to help those communities affected by job losses in Glenrothes and central Fife."

  3. Warriors coach Townsend targets long Euro run

    BBC Sport


    Head coach Gregor Townsend is confident Glasgow Warriors can go far in this season's European Rugby Champions Cup.

    Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend

    The Pro12 champions open their European campaign away to French side Racing 92 on Saturday.

    Northampton Saints and Scarlets are also in Pool 3 and meet at Fanklin's Gardens later on Saturday.

    "We certainly have a playing group I believe can get to the latter stages of the Champions Cup," Townsend told BBC Scotland.

    "It has certainly got everyone excited. Champions Cup is the biggest club tournament in the world and we are playing a team we don't know much about."

  4. Watch out on the roads

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A band of heavy, squally showers will push eastwards across the country this evening, bringing some difficult conditions on the roads.

    There may be the odd rumble of thunder in the heaviest of them.

    Winds will be fresh to strong for most, with gales for the Hebrides and Skye during the first part of the night, then Orkney and the Banff and the Buchan coast later.

    The persistent rain will linger longest over Shetland, pulling away through the early hours, and leaving most places with clear spells and scattered showers for the remainder of the night.

    Temperatures will be 6C to 8C for most, with a chilly 2C or 3C in well sheltered parts of the North.

  5. Murray medal 'should be upgraded'

    BBC Sport


    Yvonne Murray's husband has called for her Olympic bronze medal to be upgraded after Russia was accused of running a "state-sponsored" doping programme.

    Yvonne Murray

    The Scot finished behind Tetyana Dorovskikh of Russia and Paula Ivan of Romania in the 3000m in Seoul in 1988.

    Dorovskikh was banned for a positive drug test in 1993.

    "She walked away from the sport after that and kept all of her medals," said Tom Mooney. "You just feel the time's right to make a move on it now."

    Murray's husband says they plan to write to IAAF president Lord Coe and IOC counterpart Thomas Bach in light of the World Anti-doping Agency commission report examining allegations of doping, cover-ups, and extortion in Russian athletics.

  6. Police cordon lifted after armed robbery at bank

    The area around a bank in Kirkcaldy is no longer under a police cordon following an armed robbery this afternoon.

    No-one has been injured but people in premises near the Bank of Scotland branch, including shops and schools, were initially kept inside as a precaution.

    Bomb disposal experts were also called to the scene to investigate suspect items which are not thought to be a risk to the public.

    Mitchelston Industrial Estate in Kirkcaldy

    Supt Derek McEwan, of Police Scotland, said: "This is an unusual incident for Kirkcaldy and a large number of officers are currently working to ensure the area is safe, speak to those who have witnessed this robbery and return the area to normal as quickly as possible. I'd like to thank people for their patience whilst we carry out our inquiries.

    "Our priority was to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all members of the public in the vicinity of this incident. A number of items were found and to ensure their safe removal, specialists from the military Explosive Ordnance Device Unit attended and examined them. These items are in the process of being removed but did not pose a risk to the public.

    "A decision was also made to prevent the public from leaving nearby shop premises and schools for a short period of time, however this was done to ensure their safety. There were no threats directed at these premises or the public within, and this was merely a precaution until we could satisfy ourselves the area was safe.

    "Officers will be in the area into the evening to provide further reassurance whilst continuing to investigate this incident."

  7. Bank robber 'fled with four-figure sum'

    A bank robber is believed to have escaped with a four-figure sum after a raid on a branch of the Bank of Scotland in Kirkcaldy.

    kirkcaldy bank

    A spokesman for the bank said: "We can confirm there was an incident earlier today at our Kirkcaldy branch. No one was injured, but the individual escaped with a sum of money.

    "If anyone has any information which could help the investigation, please contact the police immediately."

  8. Storm Abigail: Police say expect power cuts

    Police Scotland has said people in the areas worst affected by Storm Abigail should expect the likelihood of power cuts and disruption to travel.

    Met Office weather warning

    The force said: "In addition to the high winds and lightning, there are warnings of large waves which may lead to overtopping along costal routes and causeways.

    "There is a strong possibility of disruption to public transport and power utilities.

    "Members of the public, businesses and communities are advised to plan ahead and prepare for possible power outages ahead of the storm.

    "Where possible, secure outdoor items which could be dangerous in the wind. It is also asked that communities look out for vulnerable neighbours."

  9. Man due in court over cannabis haul

    A man has been charged after police in Edinburgh recovered 200 cannabis plants worth more than £30,000.

    Herbal cannabis and diamorphine was also found during the raid at an address in the city's Southhouse Square on Tuesday.

    The 48-year-old man was scheduled to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

  10. Pilot shut down engine before emergency landing

    Loganair say the captain of a plane which made an emergency landing at Aberdeen Airport had chosen to shut down the aircraft's right engine before diverting.

    The Loganair Saab 340 - which had 13 people on board - had been travelling from Glasgow to Sumburgh in Shetland. It landed safely shortly before 15:00.

    Aberdeen International Airport

    A Loganair spokesman said: "Flight BE6916 departed from Glasgow this afternoon heading for Sumburgh.

    "Following a cautionary indication the captain elected to shutdown the aircraft's right engine and diverted to Aberdeen Airport.

    "The aircraft, carrying 10 passengers and three crew, landed safely and was met by emergency services as is standard procedure.

    "Customers disembarked the aircraft as normal and have since been transferred on to the evening flight to Sumburgh."

  11. Post update

    LISTEN: The SFA team doctor on why youth players heading footballs will not be banned in Scotland, but that more should be done to prevent players suffering concussion

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  12. Debt scheme recovers £112m

    More than £100m has been repaid to creditors since a Scottish government scheme designed to help people with debt was overhauled four years ago, according to new figures.

    scottish and english bank notes

    A total of just over £112m has been repaid through the Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) since July 2011.

    DAS allows people with money troubles to pay back cash over an extended period of time.

    The Scottish government said the scheme had reached "an important milestone".

  13. Man's death treated as 'unexplained'

    The death of a man in the Borders is being treated as "unexplained", say police.

    Whitefield Crescent

    Officers responded to a call on Monday evening over concerns for the individual in Newtown St Boswells.

    They found the man's body within a property in the town's Whitefield Crescent.

    Police and forensic officers have remained in the village as investigations into the incident continue.

  14. Armed robbery: Schools on lockdown


    Two schools in Fife were put on temporary lockdown while police investigated reports of an armed robbery in Kirkcaldy.

    Pupils at St Andrew's High School and St Marie's primary had their home time delayed while officers attended the incident at the Bank of Scotland on the Mitchelston Industrial Estate.

    Bank of Scotland
    Image caption: Officers are attending an incident at the bank on the Mitchelston Industrial Estate

    A spokeswoman for Fife Council said pupils were now being allowed to leave the schools.

    Officers are still in attendance at the Mitchelston Estate.

  15. Carmichael hearing: "Leaking happens in politics"


    The lawyer representing Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael at a special election court has said leaking "happens in politics".

    Four constituents have raised the action against the Lib Dem under the Representation of the People Act 1983.

    They say he misled voters over the memo which was leaked before May's election.

    The contents of the memo, published in the Daily Telegraph at the start of the election campaign in April, claimed that SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon secretly preferred Tory leader David Cameron as prime minister over his Labour opponent Ed Miliband.

    Roddy Dunlop QC

    Roddy Dunlop QC, representing Mr Carmichael, said: "It is irrefutable that the leak was a political leak. That was very clearly Mr Carmichael's evidence.

    "Leaking is, on the evidence, something that happens in politics. This leak was political. That means a false denial about involvement in the leak would be a false statement about a political matter."

  16. Reports of armed robbery

    Police are investigating reports of an armed robbery at a bank in Fife.

    Officers were called to the Michelston Industrial Estate in Kirkcaldy this afternoon.

    A spokesman for Police Scotland said there were no reports of injuries. They remain at the scene.

  17. Technical problem for Loganair flight


    A plane travelling from Glasgow to Shetland has made an emergency landing at Aberdeen Airport after reporting a technical problem.

    Aircraft engine

    The Loganair craft had 13 people on board. A full emergency was declared at the airport.

    The Scottish fire and rescue service says it sent three appliances to the airport but they have since been stood down.

  18. 'Technical issue' on Loganair flight

    A Loganair flight from Glasgow to Sumburgh has landed safely at Aberdeen International Airport after diverting due to a technical problem.

    The aircraft landed at about 14:45.

    Aircraft engine

    There were 13 people on board.

  19. It's Lambert v McCall


    BBC Sport


    Former Scotland midfielders Paul Lambert and Stuart McCall talk to BBC Radio Scotland's Kenny Macintyre about their rivalry while at Celtic and Rangers and the highlights of their career.

    Paul Lambert and Stuart McCall

    Watch it here.

  20. Carmichael hearing: Petitioner case concludes

    The petitioners case against Alistair Carmichael has concluded.

    Four constituents have raised the action against the Liberal Democrat MP under the Representation of the People Act 1983.

    They say he misled voters over the memo, which was leaked before May's election.

    Alistair Carmichael
    Image caption: Four of Alistair Carmichael's constituents are challenging his election

    Jonathan Mitchell QC told the specially convened election court in Edinburgh that there could be no "coherent explanation" claiming an innocent purpose for leaking the memo, which stated that Nicola Sturgeon preferred David Cameron to remain in Downing Street over Ed Miliband.

    Mr Mitchell told the court that Mr Carmichael's main purpose in leaking the memo was to benefit his party in his constituency.

    He said: "There simply is no other dog in the race in his purpose other than affecting the return in his constituency."

  21. Tax Credit cuts 'fundamentally wrong'

    Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has joined calls for the UK government's proposed tax credit cuts to be abandoned.

    The changes - which were voted against by the House of Lords - have also been criticised by a committee of MPs today.

    Gordon Brown first introduced tax credits as Labour's Chancellor in 2003.

    In a speech today, he said the cuts would be "fundamentally wrong".

    George Osborne

    George Osborne announced plans to cut £4.4bn from the tax credits system in his summer Budget in June, as part of plans to save £12bn from the welfare bill.

  22. Carmichael hearing: Summing up resumes

    Jonathan Mitchell QC continues summing up for the petitioners in Alistair Carmichael case in Edinburgh.

    Jonathan Mitchell QC

    You can follow proceedings live here.

  23. Ferry warnings over Storm Abigail

    Ferry operators are warning of possible major disruption to services after the weather warning attached to Storm Abigail was upgraded to amber.

    Met Office weather warning

    Drew Collier, Calmac's operations director, said: "There is clear warning that major weather-related disruption to ferry services on the Clyde and Hebrides routes is likely later this week so I would urge people to factor this in when making travel plans.

    "The sea conditions we are expecting could well be too treacherous to sail in."

  24. Are job figures down to oil and gas woes?

    Douglas Fraser

    Business/economy editor, Scotland

    Is it only the trouble in the oil and gas sector that is weighing on the Scottish economy? Or do recent job figures suggest something else is going on?

    Falling unemployment rates in NI
    Image caption: NI unemployment claimants fell by 1,100 in September

    The data covering July to September repeats recent trends, of very strong job creation across most of the UK, but much weaker in Scotland.

    Read more from Douglas here.

  25. Heading ban in kids' football


    The SFA's team doctor says football's authorities should look at changing the rules of the game to prevent concussion.

    However, the Scottish FA won't follow the US authorities and ban heading the ball for players under the age of eleven.

    The US Soccer Federation brought in the ban - both in games and training - for young players because of concerns over head injuries.

    John McLean, the SFA national team doctor, told BBC Scotland's John Beattie show the current scientific evidence didn't justify a ban on heading the ball.

    When asked how concussion could be prevented in the game, he said: "I think that would need to be rule change.

    "So it would be trying to limit, as rugby has done, as American Football has, any non-contact injuries.

    "I think football is a contact game, we're not going to stop people clashing heads. But if we can limit the traumatic stuff outwith that, the illegal stuff in the game, then we'll move forward.

  26. SFA won't ban heading in kids' games

    The Scottish Football Association won't follow the US authorities and ban heading the ball for players under the age of 11.

    boys football

    But the SFA say they will tighten the rules for assessing head knocks.

    The US Soccer Federation brought in the ban for young players - both in games and training - because of concerns over concussion.

    John MacLean, the SFA national team doctor, told BBC Radio Scotland's John Beattie show that, while current scientific evidence didn't justify a ban on heading the ball, guidelines on concussion in sport could be put into practice more.

  27. Voting plea to teenagers

    More than half of the 15 to 17-year-olds in Dundee eligible to vote in next year's Holyrood election have failed to register, the council has said.

    Ballot box

    For many teenagers, the Scottish Parliament election in May 2015 will be the first opportunity they will have had to vote for an MSP.

    But Dundee City Council said only 46% of 15 to 17-year-olds had completed an electoral registration form.

    The remainder will receive a personal letter reminding them to register.

  28. Georgia hooker joins Glasgow Warriors

    BBC Sport


    Georgia hooker Shalva Mamukashvili has signed for Glasgow Warriors until the end of the season.

    Shalva Mamukashvili

    The 25-year-old, who played for his country at the recent World Cup, was with Sale Sharks last season.

    He could be used immediately by Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend, who has three hookers out injured.

  29. Carmichael: Case concerns man beneath politician


    The QC representing four constituents looking to overturn the election of Alistair Carmichael as Orkney and Shetland MP has said the Liberal Democrat's "lies" over the leaking of a memo could not be fully contradicted.

    Jonathan Mitchell said the case was concerned with "the man beneath the politician".

    The hearing in Edinburgh concerns the leaking by Mr Carmichael of a memo claiming Nicola Sturgeon preferred David Cameron to Ed Miliband as prime minister following May's election.

    Nicola Sturgeon and Alistair Carmichael

    Mr Carmichael initially denied he was behind the leaking of the memo.

    Mr Mitchell said: "We have a false statement that cannot be met by a denial. Nobody was in a position to deny what Mr Carmichael was saying. That's why it was critical to keep the ball in the air until 7 May."

    Mr Mitchell told the court that any lie struck at "personal integrity".

    He added: "If I make a false accusation against my opponent, yes, he can deny it but how can the public judge?

    "In Mr Carmichael's case as he does, lying about himself, no-one in the election can contradict this.

    "They can say he is obviously not telling the truth, but there is no position to put before the electorate until he admits it."

    Mr Carmichael admitted leaking the memo on 12 May, seven days after the general election.

  30. SFA to face Ashley in court over Rangers appointment

    The Scottish Football Association will defend itself after Mike Ashley lodged a court challenge to its decision to approve Dave King's appointment at Rangers.

    Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

    Rangers shareholder Ashley has asked for a judicial review of the decision to pass King as a fit and proper person to join the Championship club's board.

    The case is due to be heard on 4 February after an initial date of 11 December was postponed.

    Ashley's petition will challenge the SFA's decision-making process.

    The Newcastle United and Sports Direct owner holds just under 9% of Rangers shares and his company has a retail agreement with the Glasgow club.

  31. Armed robbery bid: Teenager is charged

    Police have charged a 16-year-old boy following an attempted robbery with a gun in Edinburgh.

    Middrie Mill Terrace

    The 67-year-old victim had been in his car in Niddrie Mill Terrace at about 18:20 last Thursday.

    He was about to drive off when a youth approached the car window and demanded money.

    Police said a teenager was being held in custody in connection with the incident. He is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court later.

  32. New EU region 'boost' for southern Scotland

    A new administrative region for southern Scotland could bring millions of pounds of extra European funding, it has been claimed.

    euro notes

    At the moment Scotland is divided into four areas but the Scottish government is consulting on creating a fifth.

    It would include Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders, South Lanarkshire and East, South and North Ayrshire.

    South of Scotland Alliance chairman Colin Smyth said the move could bring additional funding to the area.

    The alliance - made up of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Scottish Borders Council and Scottish Enterprise - is behind the proposal for the extra region.

  33. Carmichael hearing


    Jonathan Mitchell QC says that, because of Alistair Carmichael's initial denial about leaking the memo, half of his civil servant team in Scotland "have been put through the mill to save his skin".

  34. Man paid schoolgirl for sexually-explicit photos

    A man has been convicted of paying a 13-year-old schoolgirl to send him sexually-explicit photos of herself.

    Paul Gorman

    Paul Gorman, 46, offred the girl £40 to supply indecent images, which she took on a mobile phone in toilets at her school.

    Police were called after a family friend spotted suspicious Facebook messages between Gorman and the girl.

    Officers later found images of children being sexually abused on a computer at his home in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire.

    Midway through his trial at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, Gorman admitted taking or making indecent images at a house in Dalry in May 2014.

    A jury found him guilty of causing a child to engage in sexual activity by photographing herself and sending him pictures, and asking her to make an indecent video. Sentence was deferred.

  35. More Scots will leave Scottish rugby

    Phil Goodlad

    BBC Scotland

    Former Scotland captain Andy Nicol believes it is "inevitable" that some of Scotland's World Cup squad will join Dave Denton in moving from the country.

    Scotland forward Dave Denton

    Denton has joined Bath from Edinburgh after the English Premiership club paid a transfer fee for the 25-year-old.

    "That's what happens at a World Cup," said Nicol, the former scrum-half who captained Bath. "You perform well and the big cheque books may open for you.

    "That's what happens to the Georgians and the Japanese."

  36. Heroin courier hid drugs under car seat

    A drugs courier is facing jail after high-purity heroin worth up to £100,000 was found under a seat in his car.

    John McCormack was caught after police were tipped off that he would be arriving in Dundee with drugs being brought from Glasgow.

    The 30-year-old, from Glasgow, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs.

    Sentence was deferred until next month and McCormack was released on bail.

  37. Carmichael hearing: Memo was 'genuine reflection'

    The election court in Edinburgh has heard that the memo leaked by Alistair Carmichael to the Daily Telegraph was a "genuine reflection" by the civil servant who originally wrote it.

    The memo claimed Nicola Sturgeon preferred David Cameron to remain in Downing Street following the general election rather than Ed Miliband.

    Jonathan Mitchell QC

    Jonathan Mitchell QC, who is representing four constituents contesting the election of Mr Carmichael to the Orkney and Shetland seat for the Liberal Democrats in May, said: "It was a genuine reflection by a civil servant and of course he added to it his own health warning."

    Mr Mitchell also said Mr Carmichael was one of 28 people who had access to the memo.

    He was the only politician with access, while the other 27 people were civil servants.

    Watch proceedings here.

  38. Passenger boom for Scots airports

    More than a million passengers travelled through Edinburgh Airport last month, according to the latest figures.

    It marks the sixth successive month the airport has passed the million figure and represents a 9.7% increase on last year's October total.

    Edinburgh Airport terminal building

    The airport said 1,004,439 passengers came through its doors, a similar level recorded at its summer peak in July 2013.

    Meanwhile, Glasgow Airport has reported its busiest October in eight years after 836,798 passengers travelled through its doors, representing an annual increase of 14%.

  39. Carmichael hearing: 'Thou shalt not get found out'


    Jonathan Mitchell QC tells the Alistair Carmichael election hearing that the former Scottish Secretary obviously never believed he would be exposed over the leaked memo.

    Alistair Carmichael

    He says: "The image he perceives to the court is that he is putting his own repuation on the line for the good of his party.

    "It never occurs to him that he could get caught.

    "Clearly in the event he has broken the 11th Commandment, thou shalt not get found out."

    You can watch the hearing live here.

  40. Carmichael hearing


    Mr Mitchell says Alistair Carmichael giving details of the memo to a Conservative-supporting journalist and newspaper was "a very strange, naive...thing to do".

    Jonathan Mitchell QC

    He goes on: "It gives Mr Johnston control of exactly when the leak is to happen."

  41. Carmichael wielded 'unguided missile' over leak

    The QC representing four constituents contesting the election of Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has accused the politician of being in league with the Daily Telegraph and wielding an "unguided missile" during the election campaign.

    You can watch the hearing live here.

    Jonathan Mitchell QC was referring to Mr Carmichael's use of a memo claiming Nicola Sturgeon would prefer David Cameron to remain in Downing Street - claims which were published in the Daily Telegraph in the run up to May's general election.

    Mr Mitchell accused the newspaper of a "careful failure" to interview those named in the leak and told the court that Alistair Carmichael had entered an inquiry into its origins "dishonestly".

    Alistair Carmichael

    He told the hearing in Edinburgh: "He goes into the inquiry with three people knowing the truth of the matter - himself, Mr Roddin [Alistair Carmichael's adviser] and Mr Simon Johnston of the Daily Telegraph.

    "We have here a Liberal Democrat MP and a Liberal Democrat advisor who wish to launch this unguided missile into the blue.

    "And he goes for that purpose to a Conservative-supporting journalist at a Conservative-supporting newspaper."

  42. Bill Paterson honoured by Bafta Scotland

    Bafta Scotland is to honour actor Bill Paterson with outstanding contribution award.

    Bill Paterson

    Mr Paterson is best known for his work on Truly Madly Deeply, The Witches and Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

    Earlier this year, he performed on stage with Brian Cox in Waiting for Godot as part of the 50th anniversary of Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum.

    Channel 4 News' Dorothy Byrne and prop master David Balfour will also receive outstanding contribution awards.

    The awards ceremony will take pace in Glasgow on Sunday 15 November

  43. Dundee United's Justine Mitchell on love and grief

    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland

    The memories, naturally, are still painfully raw for Justine Mitchell. In the space of three days in 2008, she lost her husband Ken and her father, the Dundee United owner Eddie Thompson. "I don't know," she says quietly about how she coped.

    Dundee United director Justine Mitchell

    Ken Mitchell died in a motorbike accident while the family were travelling up to Dundee to visit Eddie Thompson in hospital to say a final goodbye. Justine Mitchell saw her husband's crash in the rearview mirror of her car.

    "That's quite ironic, because he used to always tell me that I should use my rearview mirror more," she says. "I did that day and saw the whole thing. He died instantly. Then my dad died three days later from cancer."

    Read the full interview here.

  44. Amber warning over Storm Abigail

    A weather warning attached to Storm Abigail, the first storm to be officially named by the Met Office, has been updated from yellow to amber.

    Met Office weather warning

    The amber "be prepared" warning covers the Western Isles, parts of Argyll and the north west Highlands and Orkney.

    The Met Office said winds could gust to up to 90mph and forecasters said large waves could affect coastal areas.

    A yellow "be aware" issued on Tuesday has also been updated and extended to cover the rest of Scotland.

    Earlier this year the Met Office asked the public for suggestions for names for storms.

    Abigail is the first storm to be officially named by the weather forecasting organisation.

  45. Kim Gordon to present Turner Prize

    Artist and musician Kim Gordon will present the award for the Turner Prize 2015 in Glasgow next month.

    kim gordon

    The winner will be announced by the Sonic Youth singer at an awards ceremony at the Tramway on Monday 7 December.

    The Turner Prize is presented annually to a British artist under 50 years old who has exhibited outstanding work in the UK the previous year. It is the first time the UK's most prestigious arts prize will have been presented in Scotland.

    The four nominated artists are Assemble, Bonnie Camplin, Janice Kerbel and Nicole Wermers.

  46. Company needs 120 care workers

    Care provider Mears says it needs 120 new staff to fill vacancies across Lothian.

    The company, which delivers home care and support services for local authorities, said it was expanding its service to cope with the growing aging population.

    Hands of elderly person and carer

    The jobs will be split between Edinburgh City, Midlothian, West Lothian and East Lothian.

  47. Carmichael election hearing

    WATCH LIVE: Coverage of the legal challenge to the election of former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael as MP for Orkney and Shetland in May's general election.

    Election court in Edinburgh

    The People versus Carmichael lodged the petition, financing it through a crowd-funding appeal, after Mr Carmichael and his special advisor Euan Roddin were found to have leaked a memo which suggested that Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain prime minister.

  48. Woman charged over serious assault

    A 25-year-old woman has been charged following a serious assault at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

    The woman was arrested after an incident at the venue on Friday 30 October.

    She is expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

  49. Mario is sad to go

    BBC Sport


    Striker Mario Bilate has expressed his "sadness" after he and the Scottish Premiership club agreed terms for his exit from Tannadice.

    Mario Bilate

    The Russian-born 24-year-old picked up a season-ending injury in September.

    "I wish I could have shown more to the supporters who have always been very supportive of me," said Bilate.

    "However, I know at this stage it is the right thing to do for the club and myself and I will now look to progress my career elsewhere."

  50. Pupil killed by 'sharp force' chest injury

    A school pupil died of a "penetrating sharp force injury" to his chest, his death certificate has revealed.

    Bailey Gwynne

    Bailey Gwynne, 16, died following the incident at Cults Academy in Aberdeen on 28 October.

    The time of death was recorded as 15:20 in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, about two hours after the alarm was raised at the school.

    A 16-year-old boy - who cannot be named for legal reasons - has been charged with murder.

    The accused, who was remanded after appearing in private at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, is also charged with having a blade or point on school premises.

    A private funeral is to be held.

  51. New £12m school plans get all clear

    Scottish Borders Council has given the go-ahead for a £12m replacement for Langlee Primary in Galashiels.

    Langlee Primary School

    The three-storey school will have 14 classrooms, a nursery, an adjoining special needs centre and a sports hall.

    There will also be a multi-games area created in the grounds. The current 1960s building will be demolished to make way for the new school.

    Work is scheduled to start early next year - and should be completed by summer 2017.

  52. Man in court over drugs find

    Cannabis worth £90,000 has been seized in Aberdeen.

    The discovery was made by police in the Guild Street area of the city yesterday.

    A 39 year old man is due at Aberdeen Sheriff Court later.

  53. Service to remember war hero nurses

    A service is due to take place in Edinburgh to remember a "forgotten group" of war hero nurses who died during military conflict.

    About 500 British, Irish and Commonwealth nurses, who died during the World War I, are recognised on a plaque which will be unveiled on Armistice Day.

    The memorial in Edinburgh's Central Library is the result of research carried out at the University of Edinburgh by historian Yvonne McEwen.

    WWI nurse generic

    She said: "The nurses were pioneering really rapid intervention work for things like abdominal trauma, and it was very unusual at the time for nurses to be placed in such exposed areas.

    "That is where the bulk of pioneering medicine, particularly emergency medicine had its roots."

  54. Wind prompts weather warning

    BBC Scotland Weather


    There is a Met Office Yellow "be aware" Early Warning for wind for Thursday night into Friday morning across the north west of Scotland.

    Gusts of 80mph are possible as a result of storm Abigail. It'll be windy elsewhere but the highest gusts will be in the north west.

    Otherwise, Wednesday will be a more settled day for most - generally drier and brighter with noticeably lighter winds.

    Temperatures will remain mild at 11 to 13 Celsius.

  55. Former SPL chief rejects Rangers title-stripping talk

    BBC Sport


    A former Scottish Premier League chief executive has described the fallout from last week's court ruling on oldco Rangers' tax affairs as nothing more than "fans' bragging rights".

    Former Scottish Premier League chief executive Roger Mitchell

    The Court of Session decision that the company running Rangers from 2001-10 had broken tax rules has ignited debate about stripping Rangers of five titles.

    "I'm a Celtic guy. I don't care whether they strip them from Rangers or not," Roger Mitchell told BBC Radio Scotland.

    "It is much ado about nothing."

  56. Concern over pedestrian casualty rates

    The north east of Scotland has some of the highest pedestrian casualty rates in Britain.

    Road closed sign on street

    Analysis from the Parliamentary Council for Transport Safety and Direct Line found November was among the worst months for road casualties, with pedestrians accounting for more than a quarter of serious injuries.

    Banff and Buchan, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, and Gordon all feature in the top ten worst areas in the UK.

    The group is urging motorists to be extra vigilant during the darker nights.

  57. Mundell dismisses Swinney warnings

    The Scottish Secretary David Mundell has brushed aside warnings that any welfare benefits topped up in Scotland might be clawed back by the UK government.

    The concern has been raised by Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney.

    Holyrood is to be given limited control over welfare - including the ability to top up benefits, which have been cut by Westminster.

    David Mundell said the bill delivered the Smith Commission recommendations

    The Scotland Office said it was "not in the business of removing top-up benefits".

  58. Coming up at 09:00

    Kaye Adams programme

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Could and should Scotland have its own distinct abortion legislation? Call Kaye Adams with your views from 09:00.

    Also on the programme; should we all be more honest when it comes to talking about appearances?

    You can contact the programme on 0500 9295 00 or text 80295.

    Kaye Adams

    Listen live here.

  59. Dugdale plea for more women in science

    Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is to call for further progress to address the gender imbalance in science, technology and engineering.

    Kezia Dugdale

    Ms Dugdale is due to speak at an event hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry in Edinburgh.

    She will highlight the lack of women studying so-called stem subjects and going on to pursue a career in the sector.

    Research shows just under a third of female stem graduates are using their qualifications to work in science, technology and engineering jobs compared with more than half of male graduates.

  60. Wet weather boosts SSE profit

    SSE made an adjusted pre tax profit of just under £549m in the six months to the end of September.

    The figure is up 48% on the same period last year.

    Electricity pylon with windfarm in the background

    The company said it was helped by wet and windy weather in Scotland and Ireland, which boosted renewable output.

  61. Concern for 100% renewable target

    There's a warning that Scotland will not hit a key green energy target if proposed wind projects fail to attract enough investment.

    Industry body Scottish Renewables estimate that without further support for offshore and onshore wind farms, the country would generate the equivalent of 87% of electricity demand from environmentally friendly sources by 2020.

    That is short of the 100% target set by the Scottish government.

    Scottiah wind farm

    Research by Scottish Renewables found the country is on course to generate 33,122 Gigawatt (GWh) hours from sources such as wind power, biomass and hydro electricity by 2020. But it put demand at 38,256 GWh.

  62. On the back pages

    BBC Sport


    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has spent the last few months holding secret brainstorming sessions with some of the biggest names in the history of Scottish football in a bid to pinpoint the reason for the slump in the nation's fortunes and find ways of turning it around, says the Daily Record.

    Screengrab of Gossip website

    See what else is making the back pages here.

  63. Mixed season for Scotland's seabirds

    Scotland has seen an increase in hatchings of seabirds this year despite exceptionally poor weather conditions.

    RSPB Scotland said it was an encouraging sign despite many of the country's seabird populations experiencing a chronic decline in recent years.

    There were increased numbers of guillemot in Tiree and more kittiwake nest sites in Aberdeenshire along with more puffin burrows on the Firth of Forth.

    Leucistic puffin

    The charity said concerns remained in Shetland and Orkney, where seabird numbers continued to struggle.

  64. Good morning

    Jo Perry

    BBC Scotland news website

    Welcome to Wednesday's Scotland Live. Click here for rolling coverage of all the latest news, sport, traffic and weather.

    We'll be here through until 18:00 bringing you regular updates.

    You can contact us via Twitter @BBCScotlandNews or by email.