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Summary

  1. Boulder explosion on A83 takes place
  2. Salmond to host radio phone-in show
  3. New mother tested for Tuberculosis
  4. Sturgeon details school testing plans
  5. Missing man may have been swept away

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By Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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  2. US presidential hopeful Donald Trump threatens to withdraw £700m of planned business investment in Scotland

    Donald Trump

    The businessman and Republican politician provoked a row after saying there should be a halt on Muslims coming to the US. 

    MPs will this month debate calls to ban Mr Trump from the UK - in response a spokesman for the tycoon said that any action to "restrict travel" would force The Trump Organization to immediately end future investment plans.

  3. Rangers announce Gedion Zelalem has extended his loan spell at the club until the end of the season

    Rangers have announced Gedion Zelalem has extended his loan spell at the club until the end of the season. 

    The 18-year-old joined from Arsenal in the summer and has made 15 appearances so far this season.

  4. Scotland will travel to Prague to play the Czech Republic in an international friendly in March

    The game will take place on the 24th of March. 

    It will be Gordon Strachan's side's first match since the failure to qualify for Euro 2016. 

    It's understood the SFA are also keen to secure another friendly in early June.

  5. Old military road to reopen tomorrow after A83 boulder explosion

    A controlled explosion has been carried out in a bid to break up a huge boulder that is a threat to safety on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll.

    The 150-tonne rock was deemed unsafe by experts after being loosened on the hillside, 175m above the carriageway, during Storm Frank last week.

    A large section of the A83 remains closed around the Rest and Be Thankful. At 9am tomorrow, the old military road is set to reopen.

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  6. Amber "be prepared" warning has been issued for Thursday by the Met Office, with "heavy and prolonged rain" expected

    An amber "be prepared" warning has been issued for Thursday by the Met Office - meaning further "heavy and prolonged rain" is expected.

    The warning applies to the Grampian and Central,Tayside and Fife regions.

    Additional rainfall totals of 30-50mm are expected quite widely, with over 60mm on high ground, while it will continue to fall as snow on the hills.

    Residents should be prepared for further surface water and possible flooding.

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  7. Police seize 751 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £375,000 from address in Lanarkshire

    A 60-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody after the raid in Strathaven Road, Stonehouse.

    Detective Kevin Jamieson said: “Information from members of the public is absolutely vital to our efforts to address drugs crime and keep people safe across the Lanarkshire area.

    “We have teams of dedicated officers working in our communities every day, executing warrants and targeting drug dealers and this seizure reinforces our commitment to disrupting those criminals who engage in the supply of controlled drugs.

    “If you have information about drug activity in your area please contact police on 101 because we will listen to you and take action.”

  8. Midfielder Kenny Anderson leaves Hearts by mutual consent

    Kenny Anderson

    The 23-year-old joined the Tynecastle side from RKC Waalwijk in February on an 18-month deal but has not featured so far this season.

  9. Accrington Stanley pair undergo medicals ahead of moves to Rangers

    Josh Windass

    Josh Windass (pictured) and Matt Crooks have undergone medicals in Glasgow but it's understood they won't join Rangers until the summer.

    The Accrington Stanley midfielders agreed pre contract deals with the Ibrox club yesterday and should make the switch at the end of the season.

    It had been reported Rangers might be willing to pay around £400,000 to sign the players in this transfer window, but that now seems unlikely.

  10. A83 boulder explosion takes place

    A controlled explosion has been carried out in a bid to break up a huge boulder that is a threat to safety on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll. 

    The 150-tonne rock was deemed unsafe by experts after being loosened on the hillside, 175m above the carriageway, during Storm Frank last week. 

    Engineers drilled a series of small holes in the 4m by 4m rock and inserted small explosives into them. 

    The operation, originally planned for this morning, went ahead at about half past four.

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  11. Virgin Trains to implement hourly rail service between Glasgow and Carlisle from Saturday

    Virgin train

    The west coast main line has been closed since Storm Frank damaged the Lamington Viaduct in South Lanarkshire.

    Virgin said trains will run on a shuttle service via Dumfries, with passengers changing at Carlisle to complete their journey.

    Network Rail has indicated that the work at Lamington could take until the end of January.

  12. Ireland international Ruesha Littlejohn joins Glasgow City for the 2016 season

    Littlejohn has had three previous spells with City as well as stints at Arsenal, Liverpool and Norwegian side IL Sandviken.

     Last year, the 25-year-old played with Celtic.

  13. Killer whale found dead on Tiree identified as a member of Britain's only known resident population of the mammals

    killer whale

    The carcass was found on 3 January and later identified by specialists from the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust as "Lulu", a female member of the pod.

    The charity believes there now may be as few as eight individuals remaining in this killer whale group.

    Experts hope to examine the carcass to establish the cause of death.

  14. Man appears in court after an alleged armed incident at Aberdeen City Council's headquarters

    Officers were called to the reception area of Marischal College on Tuesday afternoon.

    Sebastian Wonsik, 38, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court where he denied an allegation of having a firearm in a public place.

    He was released on bail and court dates were set for later in the year. No-one was injured during the incident.

  15. Inverness extend loan of Miles Storey until the end of the season

    Miles Storey

    The 22-year-old striker has netted eight goals in 16 games since his arrival from Swindon in September.

    The last of those came in the derby win over Ross County on 2 January.

    Writing on Twitter, Storey said: "Delighted to get everything done and continue with @ICTFC until the end of the season. Need a big second half to the season now."

  16. Up to 25 jobs to be cut at the Glasgow-based Herald and Times

    The newspaper is to make cuts of around £1m.

    This is the fourth time Newsquest have made cuts at the newspapers in the past year.

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  17. Police 'encouraged' by potential sightings of missing camper, feared drowned in swollen river

    Divers have been searching the flooded river Dee after two bags containing the belongings of Terence Kilbride were washed up.

    The 48-year-old, who is originally from Warrington in Cheshire, was known to go camping in the Aberdeenshire area, which has suffered from severe flooding.

    Terence Kilbride

    Insp Christine Gordon said: "We have had a number of calls from members of the public who report that they have seen a person matching Terence's description in both the Bridge of Dee area in Aberdeen and also in the Deeside area in Aberdeenshire.

    "We are currently following up all of the sightings reported to us.

    "We are encouraged by the information we have received, however we are still anxious to trace Terence."

  18. Explosion to remove 150-tonne boulder from cliff above A83 delayed due to poor conditions

    Update

    The operation to remove the boulder, which measures 4mx4m and is perched 175m above the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful, was prompted by a landslip last week.

    boulder

    Geotechnical teams were due to drill a series of holes every half-metre along the rock face before a small explosive device was detonated to break the rock into smaller manageable pieces.  

    It is understood poor visibility and approaching darkness have caused the delays.

    Contractors hope to continue with the planned explosion tomorrow.