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Summary

  1. Police seek clues in the community after murder
  2. Better Together campaign fined
  3. Mundell backs June for EU vote
  4. MSP's constituency office vandalised
  5. Lowest temperature recorded
  6. Tennis: Murray starts Australian Open with dominant victory

Live Reporting

By Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    That is all for today's Scotland Live. Join us again from 08:00 tomorrow.

  2. One lane of the southbound M74 is closed near Hamilton for emergency repairs to a large pothole

    Drivers are being warned of major delays while the work is ongoing at J5 Raith, on the bridge over the A725 Raith roundabout, in South Lanarkshire.

    The junction will close completely from 22:00 to allow repair of the hole, which developed during severe weather.

    Traffic will be diverted off the M74 at J5 Raith and returned via the southbound on-slip at J5.

    A seperate road traffic accident is adding to the disruption.

    M74 northbound traffic is unaffected.

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  3. MSPs pass new law to stop apologies being used as evidence in lawsuits

    Margaret Mitchell

    The Conservative MSP, Margaret Mitchell, who was behind the legislation, says there is a fear that saying sorry can lead to litigation. 

    The aim of her Bill is to make it easier for public bodies and health boards to express regret.

  4. Bowls star Darren Burnett enjoys double success at World Championships

    Darren Burnett

    Burnett has won the mixed pairs final along with England's Katherine Rednall after they beat the all-Scotland duo of Alex Marshall and Julie Forrest. 

    The win comes 24 hours after Burnett's victory in the men's pairs with fellow Scot Stewart Anderson. 

    Burnett is now chasing the treble, with the singles title in his sights.

  5. North Lanarkshire Council leader Jim McCabe to step down

    Jim McCabe

    One of Scotland's longest serving council leaders is set to step down at the end of February. 

    Labour's Jim McCabe has been leader of North Lanarkshire Council since 1998. 

    He will step down as leader at the Labour Group AGM next month and member for the Thorniewood ward before the local government elections in May 2017. 

    Councillor McCabe said he had enjoyed "a terrific run as council leader" and was "incredibly proud of the administration's achievements". 

  6. Scottish football clubs come to no agreement on league expansion

    Kilmarnock Company Secretary Michael Johnston pictured after the SPFL meeting
    Image caption: Kilmarnock Company Secretary Michael Johnston pictured after the SPFL meeting

    A meeting of all 42 league clubs in Scotland has ended with no agreement on league expansion proposals or how best to tackle a rise in unruly fan behaviour including sectarian singing. 

    Plans to expand the top league from 12 to 16 were discussed but representatives say no firm proposals were put forward. 

    The Scottish game also seems unlikely to adopt strict liability laws to deal with fans who break the rules, although Kilmarnock director Michael Johnson says he believes clubs should be docked league points if their fans can't behave. 

  7. Sports Direct drops £200,000 damages claim against Rangers

    Sports Direct

    Mike Ashely's firm previously failed in a bid to have the club's chairman Dave King jailed for allegedly breaching a gagging order in relation to the retail contract between both parties. 

    At the High Court in London, Mr Justice Peter Smith set a trial for February after which he will decide if any breach took place. 

    During the hearing, the judge also said that despite internet-based comments, he was not a Freemason, nor was his Scot-born wife a Rangers supporter.

  8. MSPs debate new law to stop apologies being used as evidence in law suits

    The Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell, who is proposing the legislation, says there is a fear that saying sorry can lead to litigation.

    Margaret Mitchell

    The aim of her bill is to make it easier for public bodies and health boards to express regret.

    She told the Scottish Parliament that people often ended up in court when all they wanted was an assurance that the situation would be improved.

  9. Woman awarded more than £260,000 compensation over food poisoning at restaurant

    Tracey Rae, from Reddingmuirhead, near Falkirk, was awarded £263,000 damages at the Court of Session in Edinburgh after she contracted Campylobacter from a chicken liver dish she had eaten at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's restaurant in Leith.

    The court heard that she sued James Freeman, trading as Saffron Private Catering, after suffering long-term bowel issues as a result.

  10. A82 closed south of Fort William after lorry spills barley over one-and-a-half mile stretch

    The Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene one mile north of Corran Ferry and say crews are working to clear the road.

    Motorists are being urged to use alternative routes.

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  11. Scottish football clubs 'unanimously against the introduction of strict liability rules'

    Celtic banned three fans ' connected with the use of pyrotechnics' after the game against Stranraer.
    Image caption: Celtic banned three fans ' connected with the use of pyrotechnics' after the game against Stranraer.

    The Alloa chairman Mike Mulraney says the clubs are against the introduction of the rules to combat sectarianism in football and the use of smoke bombs and flares inside Scottish grounds. 

    Mulraney, who is also on the SPFL board, says clubs should not be punished if they do all they can to prevent unruly behaviour. 

    He was speaking following a meeting of all 42 clubs at Hampden earlier today.

    Earlier this month, SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said strict liability - where clubs are held responsible for their fans' behaviour - could be back on the table after sectarian singing was reported at matches involving Celtic and Rangers, and smoke bombs were set off at Celtic's match against Stranraer. 

  12. Call to abolish Scotland's controversial 'not proven' verdict

    The Labour MSP Michael McMahon has been campaigning to have it abolished.

    Close-up of handcuffs

    MSPs on the justice committee heard that a not proven verdict can leave a stigma on those who walk out of court while victims' families are robbed of a sense of justice.

    Campaigner, Labour MSP Michael McMahon also wants a guilty verdict to require the support of at least two-thirds of a jury rather than the current eight members.

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said he was not unsympathetic but that more research on the issue was needed.