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Summary

  1. No change in Scottish income tax rate
  2. Forth Road Bridge inquiry to be held
  3. Donald Trump loses wind farm legal challenge
  4. Funeral for novelist William McIlvanney
  5. Gangland hit man loses smoking appeal

Live Reporting

By Jo Perry and Caroline Blair

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    We'll be back with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates across Scotland tomorrow between 08:00 and 18:00.

    John Swinney and Donald Trump

    Until then, follow the latest on the Scottish budget via the Holyrood Live page.

    Thanks for joining us on Wednesday 16 December.

  2. Scotland coaches Matt Taylor and Jonathan Humphreys extend deals

    Scotland assistant coaches Jonathan Humphreys and Matt Taylor have extended their contracts with Scottish Rugby.

    The pair follow head coach Vern Cotter in extending their deals until 2017, with the New Zealander having signed a new contract before the World Cup.

    Humphreys (left) and Taylor (right) have joined Cotter in extending their deals with Scotland

    Taylor joined the Scotland set-up in 2012, with Humphreys arriving in 2013.

    Cotter described Humphreys and Taylor's deals as "very good news for the national team and for the development of future Scotland players".

  3. Green light for flats at former home of Donaldson's School for the Deaf in Edinburgh

    Planning permission has been approved for the redevelopment of a former school for the deaf in Edinburgh.

    The Grade A listed former home of the Donaldson's School for the Deaf, by Sir William Playfair, is to be restored and converted into 115 flats.

    Donaldson's School for the Deaf

    The permission also allows for 84 newly built homes in the grounds.

    There will also be an underground car park with 364 residents spaces and 26 visitor spots. City & Country will convert the 1851 building.

  4. Picture of 'Scooby' issued over Edinburgh shop attack

    CCTV images of a man thought to be nicknamed "Scooby" have been released in connection with the assault of a 34-year-old man in an Edinburgh shop.

    The incident happened at about 19:00 on Friday, 4 September in Newsbox in South Clerk Street.

    CCTV images of a man thought to be nicknamed "Scooby"

    Detectives want to trace the man in the picture, as they believe he may be able to help with their inquiries.

    The man is white, 5ft 11ins to 6ft tall, in his late 20s, of medium build and has a shaved/bald head.

  5. Search for gang after attacks on Stirling homeless

    Police are hunting three men who broke into flats providing shelter for the homeless and carried out a series of assaults.

    The men - all in their 20s - "forcibly entered" the flats in Bannockburn Road at about 02:00 on Sunday.

    One of the men was about 6ft 3in tall with a muscular build and wearing a dark hooded top. Another also had a dark jumper or hooded top on.

    Officers said the assaults were unprovoked.

  6. NHS Highland apologises for failing dementia patient

    NHS Highland has made a public apology for a series of failings in its care of a patient with dementia whose health deteriorated after falling in hospital.

    The woman's treatment at New Craigs Hospital in Inverness in 2014 has been criticised by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO).

    It upheld complaints from her family about a lack of appropriate care after she suffered a pelvic fracture, which was later picked up when she was moved to Raigmore Hospital.

  7. RBS outlines plans to sell banking arm Williams & Glyn

    Royal Bank of Scotland has outlined plans to sell its Williams & Glyn banking arm after receiving approaches from potential buyers.

    The bank said it had received a number of informal approaches and would launch a sale in the first half of next year.

    RBS overlooking Canary Wharf in London

    It will run alongside preparations for a stock market listing, should it fail to sell the business.

    RBS, which is 73% owned by the UK taxpayer, must sell the 300-strong network of branches by the end of 2017.

  8. Legal challenge to Lews Castle apartments unsuccessful

    A hotel operator has been unsuccessful in its legal challenge to plans for part of Lews Castle in Stornoway to become self-catering apartments.

    Kenman Holdings, which has a number of properties in the Lewis town, claimed the privately-run apartments were being developed using public money.

    Lews Castle in Stornoway

    Western Isles Council - Comhairle nan Eilean Siar - is leading the redevelopment of Lews Castle.

    Kenman has failed to secure a judicial review of the apartments contract.

  9. Sean Lamont: Glasgow Warriors wing eyes new contract

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    Scotland international Sean Lamont is determined to earn a new contract at Glasgow Warriors.

    Lamont, who will be 34 next month, is keen to extend his stay at the Pro12 champions, with his current deal due to expire at the end of the season.

    Sean Lamont

    When asked about his future, Lamont said: "I've asked for another year.

    "I've got to earn and deserve another year, so I'll do whatever I need to do; if not then it will be boots up, but I'm sure there can be another year."

    Lamont is second only to Chris Paterson in the list of most-capped Scotland players, having represented his country in 101 Tests.

  10. Craig Ryan jailed for shining laser pen at police helicopter

    A man who targeted a Police Scotland helicopter with a laser pen has been jailed for 12 months.

    Craig Ryan, 23, shone the beam at the aircraft from his garden in Stevenston in September 2014, forcing the pilot to take evasive action.

    Helicopter and Craig Ryan

    Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard officers on board were investigating a possible firearms incident.

    They used thermal imaging equipment to locate Ryan who admitted a charge of culpable and reckless conduct.

  11. Police call for public to help end illegal hare coursing in north east Fife

    Police in north east Fife are appealing for the public's help to stop the illegal bloodsport of hare coursing.

    Hare coursing

    There have been five cases of dogs being used to chase and kill hares reported in the past three weeks near St Andrews and Kingsbarns.

    The police described it as a "savage practice" which is a national wildlife crime priority.

  12. Scottish Budget: New 3% levy for buying second homes

    Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney has announced an extra charge for people buying second homes and buy-to-let landlords.

    Delivering his budget, Mr Swinney said there would be an additional supplement of 3% of the purchase price of the property, on top of the existing Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT).

    Houses

    The move follows a similar announcement by the UK chancellor last month.

    The Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) replaced UK stamp duty in April.

  13. Grant to improve section of Antonine Wall in West Dunbartonshire

    A project to improve the Antonine Wall in West Dunbartonshire has been awarded a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

    The cash will be used to clean the wall and raise awareness of its historical importance.

    Antonine Wall at Goldenhill Park

    The ancient fortified wall was built in 142 AD by Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius. It runs west to east across the central belt of Scotland and formed the Roman Empire's north-west frontier.

    The wall is one of only six Unesco World Heritage Sites within Scotland.

  14. Post update

    Politicians reveal Christmas card designs

    The leaders of the UK's largest political parties have taken very different approaches to their official Christmas cards this year. 

    Prime Minister David Cameron turned the clock back to May's general election, while Jeremy Corbyn opted for a photo of a snowy bicycle for his first card as Labour leader.

    Samantha and David Cameron
    Image caption: David Cameron opted for a photo with his wife Samantha outside Downing Street in the aftermath of the Tories' election victory.
    Bicycle covered in snow
    Image caption: Labour's Jeremy Corbyn opted for this winter scene, a stock photo taken in London after heavy snowfall in 2009.
    Star Wars depiction of the members of the Home Affairs Select Committee
    Image caption: Admittedly, this is not a leader's card - but the Commons Home Affairs Committee has produced this eye-catching Star-Wars themed Christmas card, featuring chairman Keith Vaz as Obi-Wan Kanobe and Home Secretary Theresa May as Princess Leia.

    View the full selection here.

  15. Diageo invests in Australian whisky distillery Starward

    Diageo, the world's biggest Scotch whisky distiller, has invested in an Australian distillery to help it expand into new export markets.

    Distill Ventures, which is part of the Diageo group, said it was investing an unspecified sum in Melbourne-based Starward Whisky.

    Man distilling whisky

    This marks the second whisky investment for Distill, which was set up to back early-stage brands and help them grow.

    Last week, it announced investment in Denmark-based Stauning Whisky.

  16. A man is jailed after being filmed stealing two charity tins from a take-away and pub in Aberdeen

    A man who was filmed stealing two charity tins from a pub and a takeaway in Aberdeen has been jailed for five months.

    David Lander, of Montrose, was caught on CCTV at Wagley's bar in Exchange Street and Sizzlers in Guild Street at the end of November.

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    Video caption: CCTV shows thief steal charity tin

    Lander admitted the crimes at Aberdeen Sheriff Court. He was estimated to have taken about £160 in total.false

    The court heard he had lost his bus ticket home.

  17. Chew-Barra: Scotland's mobile cinema to screen Star Wars on isle

    Scotland's mobile cinema is to put on its first screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens next month.

    The publicly-funded Screen Machine is to visit Castlebay in Barra in the Western Isles on 22 January.

    Star Wars

    The nearest cinema in the isles to Castlebay is a seven hour drive away at Stornoway in Lewis. The trip involves taking two ferries

    Alternatively, film fans can take an hour-long flight to Glasgow from Barra's beach runway.

    The Force Awakens opens in UK cinemas on Thursday.

  18. Convicted murderer still missing after escaping from an open prison near Dundee

    A convicted murderer missing from an open prison has not yet been found.

    James Casey failed to return to HMP Castle Huntly, near Dundee, after day release and was reported missing at 21:00 on 10 December.

    James Casey

    He was jailed for life in 1990 for the murder of a social club manager during a robbery. He was released in 2002 but jailed again for armed robbery.

    Officers believe the 50-year-old may have travelled to the Highlands.