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Summary

  1. Council tax alternatives set out
  2. Minister says critics 'twisting facts' over FRB closure
  3. Sturgeon-Cameron talks over fiscal framework
  4. Rethink call over London airports
  5. Economy shrinks as oil slump bites
  6. Footfall hit by internet switch

Live Reporting

By Paul McLaren

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all from Scotland Live for today. Bye for now

    Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, traffic and weather updates from around the country.

  2. Post update

    Weather update

    BBC Scotland Weather

    This evening and tonight, a little patchy rain will affect the south west, as well as the Lothians and Borders for a time.

    A few spots of drizzle on hills across Highland and Grampian too, but most places dry.

    There'll be a patchy frost in the north, with temperatures down to freezing or minus one. A few places will dip lower than that, most likely where there's snow cover. For central and southern Scotland, it'll be around 4 or 5 Celsius in town.

  3. Aaron Kuhl and Adam Taggart leave Dundee United after loans

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Loan duo Aaron Kuhl and Adam Taggart have left Dundee United.

    Australian international striker Adam Taggart, 22, arrived from Fulham, while 19-year-old midfielder Kuhl belongs to Reading.

    Aaron Kuhl and Adam Taggart

    Both men were summer deadline day arrivals, signed by former manager Jackie McNamara until January.

    Kuhl started seven matches but has not featured since early November, with Taggart making five starts and four more appearances as a substitute.

  4. Harlaw Academy in Aberdeen to reopen after fire damage

    A secondary school which was damaged by a deliberate fire is to be reopened on Tuesday.

    Harlaw Academy was closed on Monday after an incident at the weekend.

    Harlaw Academy

    Fire crews were called to the school on Albyn Place at about 01:30 on Saturday after a member of the public spotted smoke and heard the school's alarm.

    Aberdeen City Council said part of the school, including the library, was significantly damaged by the fire.

    It will be sealed off to pupils as cleaning and repair work continues.

    The school's annual concert and talent show have been cancelled as a result.

    No-one was hurt by the blaze.

  5. MSPs call on the BBC to set out how much money it raises and spends in Scotland

    A Holyrood committee has called on the BBC to set out how much money it raises and spends in Scotland.

    MSPs on the Education and Culture Committee are to question senior figures from the BBC as part of the charter renewal process.

    BBC Scotland

    Committee convener Stewart Maxwell said the committee wanted to find out how the broadcaster can "better reflect the diversity of the Scottish audience".

    The Scottish government has called for a greatly enhanced BBC Scotland.

    It wants a new BBC Scotland TV channel to be created alongside a second English-language radio station, and for BBC Scotland to be given more influence and a greater slice of the licence fee.

  6. Police helicopter search for missing woman in Fife as dog is found

    A police helicopter and dogs are searching for a missing woman in Fife.

    Maureen Bannister, 43, from Leuchars, has not been seen since about 14:00 on Sunday.

    Maureen Bannister

    It is understood that shortly after this Ms Bannister left a house on Pitcairn Park in a blue-coloured Ford Focus with her dog, a black/grey-coloured cross-breed Yorkshire Terrier.

    Ms Bannister is known to walk her dog in and around Tentsmuir Forest.

    The dog was found near the woman's car in the Tayport area shortly after Ms Bannister was reported missing.

    The missing woman was described as 5ft 4in tall, of slim build and has long dark hair.

  7. Nicola Sturgeon arrives at 10 Downing Street for devolution talks with David Cameron

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives at 10 Downing Street for devolution talks with David Cameron.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    The SNP leader has said Scotland may be hundreds of millions of pounds a year worse off if a deal on new tax powers and welfare is not right.

    But the UK prime minister has insisted the financial footing for Holyrood's new powers would be fair to Scotland.

  8. Cannabis worth £170,000 seized in disused building in Clydebank

    Police have seized cannabis with an estimated street value of nearly £170,000.

    Officers found the plants growing in a disused building on Dumbarton Road in Clydebank

    Police Scotland said inquiries are continuing, and they have appealed to local people for help. 

  9. Black Isle woman recognised for work helping people with dementia

    A woman has been recognised for her work with charities helping people with dementia.

    Nancy McAdam has been presented with a British Empire Medal after earlier in the year being named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

    Nancy McAdam

    Ms McAdam, who lives on a croft on the Black Isle, is a longstanding member of the Scottish Dementia Working Group.

    With others she founded Highland Dementia Working Group and Inverness Dementia Memory Group.

    Ms Bowen was diagnosed with vascular dementia 12 years ago.

  10. Buck stops with St Mirren players, says keeper Jamie Langfield

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Senior players must take the lead as managerless St Mirren bid to recover from a poor start to the season, says goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

    The 35-year-old will assist veteran coach Alex Miller, while the Paisley club seek a replacement for Ian Murray, who resigned on Saturday.

    Jamie Langfield

    "We need to dig ourselves out of this," Langfield told BBC Scotland.

    "The buck stops with us players. It's up to us to get the team going again, especially the experienced boys."

    Murray quit his post after just six months, leaving St Mirren eighth in the Championship, with two wins from 16 league matches.

  11. Man in court over attack on Taj Madina Mosque in Dundee

    A man has been accused of smashing glass in a Dundee mosque and struggling with members of the congregation.

    Donald Skene, from Dundee, is alleged to have burst into Taj Madina Mosque in Victoria Road on Friday afternoon.

    Dundee mosque

    The 38-year-old is said to have "conducted himself in a disorderly manner" by acting aggressively, shouting and swearing.

    The case was continued for further examination and Mr Skene was remanded in custody.

    Prosecutors allege that Mr Skene repeatedly punched and smashed the glass of framed prayers on the walls during the incident.

    He made no plea or declaration during the brief private hearing through his solicitor Ross Donnelly.

    He is expected to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court again next week.

  12. No comment on reports Aberdeen's most senior police officer is to step down

    Police Scotland is not commenting on reports Aberdeen's most senior police officer is to step down.

    A report to city councillors says Ch Supt Adrian Watson is to retire and his replacement has already been nominated.

    Ch Supt Adrian Watson

    The report to go before councillors includes a letter from former Ch Con Sir Stephen House announcing Ch Supt Campbell Thomson has been nominated.

    The post is commander of a newly-merged North East division.

    Ch Supt Watson has been the senior police officer in Aberdeen since the setting up of a single force in Scotland in 2013.

  13. Reaction to council tax report: STUC

    The STUC said it was in broad agreement with the commission's report looking at options for replacing the council tax, noting especially suggestions that any reform to local tax ‘has to continue to include a recurrent tax on domestic property’.

    Quote Message: Whilst supporting the Commission’s view that the local tax base should be broadened the STUC is less enthusiastic about any replacement for the Council Tax ultimately involving a further tax on wages. from Grahame Smith STUC general secretary
    Grahame SmithSTUC general secretary
  14. Reactor shut down at Torness nuclear power plant in first unplanned outage this year

    A reactor at the Torness nuclear power plant in East Lothian automatically shut down during routine testing earlier today.

    It was the first unplanned outage this year.

    EDF Energy said Reactor 2 shut down safely, cooling was maintained, and there were "no health or environmental impacts". 

    Torness nuclear plant
  15. Forth Road Bridge to reopen by 4 January, MSPs are told

    Engineers plan to have the Forth Road Bridge reopened by 4 January.

    Contractor Amey confirmed the news during a briefing with MSPs at Holyrood.

    The company said the deadline was weather-dependent, but that work was currently on track.  

    Forth Road Bridge
  16. Post update

    Council tax reform: Your views