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Summary

  1. Scotland could add folic acid to flour
  2. Rangers chairman cleared of contempt
  3. SNP hold seat in council by-election
  4. Cars catch fire at Edinburgh Airport

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By Jo Perry and Calum Watson

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  1. Goodnight from Friday's Scotland Live team. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday

  2. Officers recognised at first Scottish Policing Excellence awards ceremony

    A police sergeant whose work helped tackle the sale of so-called legal highs and a special constable with 16 years' service in one of the country's most rural beats were among those honoured in a new awards ceremony. 

    Sgt Neil Wilson, of Edinburgh, and Neil Morrison, from Mull, were among the winners at the inaugural Scottish Policing Excellence Awards. 

    Award winners

    The force's youth volunteer team won Team of the Year and the  Chief Constable's award.

    The ceremony at the Police Scotland College in Tulliallan recognised achievement and innovation in 12 categories.

  3. 'I need that space for myself'

    #HonestAboutExercise

     In the last of this week's Honest About Exercise confessions, BBC Scotland weather presenter Judith Ralston says her fitness routine helps her clear her head.....  

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    Video caption: Get Inspired: Judith Ralston's Honest About Exercise confession

    You can see who else is being #HonestAboutExercise find us on Facebook and Twitter and why not inspire others by sharing your story?

    And if you've missed any of this week's confessions, catch up with them all here.

  4. Thousands expected for weekend parade to celebrate life and work of Robert Burns

    Sunday's parade will be a highlight of the Big Burns Supper music and arts festival, which is now underway

    performers at this years Big Burns Supper
    Parade publicity shot

    Artists appearing include Eddie Reader and The Bay City Rollers.

    The duration of this year's festival, which is now in its fifth year, has gone up from three days to nine.

  5. Dundee United face Kilmarnock D-day, says Mixu Paatelainen ahead of his club's Saturday clash

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Mixu Paatelainen admits Dundee United will face an immense task to avoid relegation if his side lose at home to Kilmarnock on Saturday.

    The Tannadice side are 14 points adrift of Killie, Hamilton and Partick Thistle at the bottom of the Premiership.

    Mixu Paatelainen
    Quote Message: Obviously, if we don't win tomorrow, it will be very difficult for us. Mathematically, it will still be possible, but we do realise the situation and how big the match is." from Mixu Paatelainen
    Mixu Paatelainen
  6. Ice warriors: Three chinook helicopters have been taking part in winter training exercises in the Cairngorms

    A detachment of three Chinook helicopters has been operating in freezing cold and snow in the Cairngorms.

    The helicopters and crews from RAF Odiham in Hampshire have been flying from RAF Lossiemouth for winter training.

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    The detachment from 27 Squadron involves 70 ground and air personnel.

    The training, which has also seen the helicopters flying over Inverness and Loch Ness, runs until 29 January.

  7. Woman sexually assaulted in Edinburgh's Greyfriars Kirkyard

    A woman has been sexually assaulted in Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh.

    Police said the woman was attacked in the graveyard on Thursday evening.

    Greyfriars Kirkyard

    Officers are urging anyone with information to contact them.

  8. Melting snow prompts flood warnings

    Flood warnings are in place across parts of Tayside as persistent and heavy rain sweeps across the region and warmer weather leads to melting snow.

    Flooding is expected from Carse of Lennoch to Lochlane, Glen Lyon, and in between Crieff and Bridge of Earn.

    Car in flood water

     Sepa warned that localised flooding of low-lying land and roads next to rivers was likely.

    Drier weather is forecast for Saturday. 

  9. Prosecutors fail to convince appeal judges to jail thief who stabbed shop worker

    Kenneth Graydon, who is 40 and from Prestwick, stabbed 61-year-old Frieda Young outside the Spa shop in the town's St Quivox Road, after stealing groceries and tobacco in November 2014.

    Spa

    He received a community payback order after a judge heard he was suffering from mental health issues at the time.

    Appeal judges have now rejected a bid by the Crown to have that sentence quashed and Graydon jailed.

  10. Education secretary pours scorn over Liberal Democrat pupil premium call

    A call from the Scottish Lib Dems to extend the pupil premium to Scotland has been rejected by Scottish Education Secretary Angela Constance.

    The policy, which operates in England, gives schools extra money to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

    Angela Constance
    Quote Message: "Willie Rennie is calling for a policy to be introduced to Scottish education that is neither costed nor proven to work. As numerous reports have made clear, the pupil premium has not yet been shown to deliver. from Angela Constance Scottish Education Secretary
    Angela ConstanceScottish Education Secretary
  11. One pound confiscation order granted against Glasgow robber

    A confiscation order for £1 has been granted against a man who robbed Glasgow's Savoy shopping centre. 

    Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Walter McRobbie, 55, had made more than £600,000 from past crimes but had no realisable assets at present.

    McRobbie, 55, was jailed for 30 months in December 2014 for his part in the raid in August 2011. Two other men also received prison terms.  

  12. Education to be "at heart" of Scottish Liberal Democrat Holyrood election campaign

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie has promised to make education the central policy in his party's campaign for the Scottish Parliament elections in May. 

    He plans to make a "major announcement" next week on how the party will tackle what he described as a crisis in the sector.

    Willie Rennie

    In a speech at Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce he said his party wanted to bring the "pupil premium" to Scotland, where schools are given extra funding to help pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds,

    He also called for an expansion of nursery education, investment in colleges and a halt to local authority cuts.

  13. Alasdair Dickinson and Ross Ford return from injury as Edinburgh name strong side for European Challenge Cup

    BBC Sport Scotland

    The duo are joined in the front row by Scotland team-mate WP Nel as head coach Alan Solomons makes 12 changes from the bonus-point win over Agen last weekend.

    Alasdair Dickinson

    Greig Tonks moves to full-back, with Phil Burleigh taking over at stand-off.

    Matt Scott and Michael Allen form the centre partnership and captain Mike Coman is back at blindside.

    He will be joined by John Hardie and Cornell Du Preez in an all-new back row.

  14. Man found with three kilos of heroin in car on M74 motorway is jailed

    Mark Hutchison was found guilty of being concerned in the supply of the Class-A drug at the High Court in Livingston after being stopped by police in April 2014. Further inquiries by officers also linked the 35-year-old to 500g of heroin, which was recovered in Whitburn. Hutchison was sentenced to six-years in prison. Det Inspr Graeme Naysmith said: “We have no doubt that Hutchison was deeply involved in organised criminal activity and as a result of extensive surveillance and intelligence-gathering by the OCCTU, he was detained, charged and subsequently convicted for his crimes."