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Summary

  1. Storm Gertrude sparks amber warning
  2. £504m to be invested in north east
  3. Non-white Scots 'face work prejudice'
  4. SNP call for Europe to probe Google deal
  5. Man dies after car and lorry collide

Live Reporting

By Jo Perry and Sandy Murray

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night from the Scotland Live team: We're back with Storm Gertrude updates on Friday

    Make your travel plans carefully and check regularly for the latest information.

    Man sailing on an umbrella through a storm
  2. Police say a body recovered near Rothes was missing 85-year-old Kathleen Edward

    Police have confirmed that the body recovered earlier today near to the Bridge of Sourden in the Rothes area has now been formally identified as that of 85-year-old Kathleen Edward. A second body has also now been recovered this afternoon in the area of Bridge of Sourden.

    Missing women
    Image caption: Two women had been reported missing in the area
  3. Police investigating serious assault outside the Jamhouse on Edinburgh's Queen Street issue CCTV image

    CCTV image

    Police want to trace this man captured on CCTV in the centre of Edinburgh.

    It follows a serious assault which took place at about 02:50 on Sunday 11 October 2015.

    Det Con Carole Sneddon said: “The victim suffered a painful injury which required stitches and is likely to result in a permanent scar."

  4. Summer hearing on minimum unit price plan for alcoholic drinks sold in Scotland

    A legal challenge to the Scottish Government's proposal to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol will be decided this summer. 

    The Scotch Whisky Association are opposing the plan and this morning at the Court of Session in Edinburgh a panel of three judges set aside two days in June to hear the arguments. 

    Very large gentleman's measure of whisky

    It follows a judgement by the European Court of Justice last year that ruled the policy is contrary to EU Law if other tax options exist.    

  5. Post update

    From BBC Aimsir

    Storm Gertrude threatens to be alarming in any language. 

    Regular updates throughout Friday on Scotland Live.

    Weather map with Gaelic captions
  6. Kirkcudbright's role in the history of car making and the woman who made it possible

    The Galloway car was a product of the 1930s, a designed for women and made by women in south-west Scotland.

    Dorothee Pullinger was the engineer who ensured the car was built - at a time when women engineers were considered a novelty.

    Read the BBC feature about Dorothee and her ground-breaking vehicle.

    Dorothee Pullinger at the wheel of her car
  7. Offshore union wants clearer plan from government on the way ahead for oil and gas

    The UK government has been asked to clarify its long-term North Sea oil and gas plan, by the biggest offshore union Unite.

    It said "over 65,000 jobs and rising" have been lost since January 2015. 

    Oil worker

    Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “We are pleased that our political leaders are recognising the severity of the situation and investing in the north east economy, which has been hammered by the oil price slump. “We’ve also heard calls from the Scottish government for further tax breaks for the offshore industry but workers now need clarity from the Prime Minster about how he intends to safeguard employment, skills and also occupational safety across the UKCS."    

  8. News not all black for red squirrel, as it is spotted again in grey areas

    A survey by the National Trust for Scotland has found red squirrels at properties in Perthshire and Fife, after years of absence.

    Red squirrel

    The trust is being described as "good news" for the red squirrel, which has been losing territory to non-native grey squirrels.

    Trust nature adviser Lindsay Mackinlay said: “The recent census of our properties has shown that red squirrels are holding their own, and even thriving in many cases."

  9. Scottish government's resilience team has met in preparation for Storm Gertrude hitting the country

    Transport Scotland has issued a comprehensive warning about weather conditions on Friday.

    It said the resilience (SGoR) team has alread met and is in regular contact to discuss prevention and response activity.

    Transport minister Derek Mackay added: "Everything possible is being done to try to mitigate the impact of the conditions with experts working alongside each other at our Traffic Scotland National Control Centre."

    Man losing umbrella in wind
  10. Police appeal after laser directed at cockpit of commercial flight heading into Edinburgh Airport

    Police said the green laser light was directed at the flight at about 21:00 yesterday and that the source of the laser was near to the north side of the racetrack in Musselburgh.

    Silhouette of aircraft

    Sgt Laura White said: "Thankfully, the laser didn't affect the captain's vision but this was an extremely reckless act which could have had very serious consequences."

    Police have appealed for witnesses.