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Summary

  1. MacAskill calls for drug policy rethink
  2. ScotRail unveils £475m improvement plan
  3. Madonna issues rebuke over encore power cut
  4. Holyrood should devolve more powers, says Mundell
  5. Man arrested over shooting and abduction
  6. Ministers appeal over turbines decision
  7. 'Dull' Andy invited to Worthing

Live Reporting

By Paul McLaren, Laura Pettigrew and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all for tonight. Join us tomorrow from 08:00

    That's it from the Scotland Live team for today but we'll be back again on Tuesday morning from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Remains found in West Lothian could be human

    Police are investigating remains found in West Lothian which could be human.

    Police tape

    They were found by a dogwalker near West Calder. 

    The area close to the B7015 has been cordoned off and officers are carrying out forensic investigations. 

  3. Police probe potential financial irregularities at Edinburgh University

    Police are investigating a complaint about financial management within a support department at Edinburgh University.

    The university contacted the police who are following a positive line of inquiry. 

    Edinburgh University

    A spokesman for the university said: "The University of Edinburgh alerted the police to an issue relating to potential financial irregularities within a support department. 

    "This is now the subject of an internal inquiry at the university and a Police Scotland investigation. 

    "The university will be assisting the police in every way possible with their inquiries. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time." 

  4. Talks to halt Caledonian Sleeper strike are ongoing

    Talks aimed at preventing a strike by workers on the Caledonian Sleeper service between Scotland and London are continuing. 

    Members of the RMT are due to walk out at 18:30 tomorrow for 48 hours halting services in the run up to Christmas.

    Caledonian Sleeper

    The dispute is over union claims of defects to trains which it says pose safety threats. 

    A spokesman for the union said although talks at the conciliation service ACAS are continuing this evening nobody should be under any illusions. 

    Train operating company Serco has reimbursed passengers who had booked berths on Tuesday and Wednesday nights' sleeper service.

  5. Body of man found floating in River Tay

    Police are trying to identify a man whose body was found floating in the River Tay in Fife.

    Newburgh

    Police Scotland confirmed the man was recovered from an area near East Shore Road in Newburgh after an operation involving the coastguard.

    The body was found at about 11:25 on Monday.

  6. Cash boost for children and family charities

    Charities that support children, families and local communities are among those that will share a £12m cash boost.

    A total of 116 voluntary organisations including Barnardo's, Children in Scotland, Children 1st and Save the Children will receive grants from the Scottish government.

    Adult with two children in street

    The funding was announced by children's minister Aileen Campbell as she visited the Quarriers Ruchazie family resource centre in Glasgow, one of the organisations that is set to benefit. 

    Groups which work to tackle poverty and inequality, provide support for carers and improve learning and skills are also in line for support.

    Ms Campbell said "I'm delighted we have been able to provide funding for so many organisations that provide vital support for families and communities across the country."

  7. 'Duller than Worthing' Andy Murray invited to visit town

    After Andy Murray revealed a newspaper article had said he was "duller than a weekend in Worthing" he has been invited to visit the seaside resort.

    The tennis player joked to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year audience on Sunday that the comparison was "a bit harsh on Worthing".

    Andy Murray

    He was speaking after being voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

    Now the official town crier, Bob Smytherman, has invited Murray to find out what the resort has to offer.

    He tweeted: "Very harsh on #Worthing but well done Andy Murray on becoming Sports Personality of the Year. You are always welcome in Worthing #SPOTY."

  8. Oil price hits lowest level since 2004

    Oil prices have fallen to levels not seen since 2004, surpassing the lows seen during the recession of 2008.

    Brent crude sank to $36.05 a barrel - its weakest since July 2004 - before recovering slightly to $36.56.

    Oil well

    A global oversupply has dramatically driven down the price of oil, with suppliers failing to reach agreements to address the glut.

    A year earlier, the price of Brent stood at about $60 a barrel. In June 2014, it stood at $115.

  9. Hare exposed due to mild conditions in Scotland's hills

    Snow-hare to hide in Cairngorms

    A hare photographed against a snowless, green hillside has highlighted the unseasonably mild conditions in Scotland's hills this December. 

    The image was captured in the Southern Cairngorms on Sunday by the Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS).

    hare in Cairngorms

    The service's latest season started last week amid some of the warmest conditions experienced by its teams.

    However, there was snow on Sunday above 1,000ft in the Northern Cairngorms.  

  10. Liz Lochhead to receive Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry

    The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry for 2015 is to be awarded to Liz Lochhead, Scotland's national poet.

    Lochhead, who was appointed the second Scots Makar early in 2011, wins the prize for her body of work.

    Liz Lochhead

    "Liz Lochhead has made a unique contribution to Scottish poetry," said Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who chaired the judging committee.

    The medal is awarded annually, for either many years' work or a collection published in the year of the award.

  11. Ex-police worker who downloaded 300,000 images of child abuse is jailed for five years

    A police support worker who downloaded more than 300,000 images of child abuse has been jailed for five years.

    IT officer Barry Rankine, 32, from Dumfries, also abused his position to obtain information on vulnerable children and crime files.

    He secretly copied photographs of youngsters in care, as well as their personal details, onto a USB drive.

    Judge Lord Boyd said police security of the material had been "lax" but it was a "very serious breach of trust".

  12. John Muir Trust 'disappointed' by Stronelairg turbines appeal

    Update: Wind turbines appeal

    The Scottish government and energy company SSE are to appeal against a legal ruling on a planned 67-turbine wind farm.

    Earlier this month, a judge said the government's decision to approve Stronelairg Wind Farm was "defective".

    The John Muir Trust (JMT) which had sought the judicial review, said it was disappointed by the news that ministers and SSE were to appeal.

    JMT's Helen McDade said the trust drew "tremendous support" to its "very costly judicial review".

    Wind turbine

    She said: "Lord Jones confirmed in his decision that the Trust was taking this action for the public good.

    "It is therefore, disappointing that the Scottish government is spending more public money to defend a planning decision which has been found to be illegal.

    "The government and SSE should show good faith with the public. If SSE wish to progress this scheme they should submit a new planning application and the correct process should be followed, rather than continuing the expensive legal process."

  13. Political parties react to former justice secretary's drug comments

    MSPs from Scotland's political parties have reacted to comments by former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill that he would be in favour of decriminalising some illegal drugs.

    The Scottish government said it had "no plans to support the legalisation or decriminalisation of drugs".

    Cannabis plant

    Scottish Conservative justice spokeswoman Margaret Mitchell said: "It's bad enough that police want to decriminalise cannabis by the back door, but now it seems some senior figures in the SNP want to go even further."  

    And Scottish Labour's Graeme Pearson said Mr MacAskill's proposals were "wrong and potentially dangerous".

    But the Scottish Greens justice spokesman John Finnie welcomed Mr MacAskill's comments saying that a changed approach would see drug-related deaths "drop significantly".