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  1. Sturgeon warns Cameron over EU tactics
  2. 'Hundreds' of young in old people's homes
  3. Education reform needs 'open mind'
  4. Call to store more energy in water

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By Christopher Sleight and Paul McLaren

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  1. That's it from the Scotland Live team for today. Bye for now

    Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the country.

  2. Evening weather update: Band of rain to move across the country

    BBC Scotland Weather

    A band of rain will continue to spread into western Scotland this evening, becoming persistent and heavy especially across Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll and Lochaber.

    The rain will continue to move eastwards, eventually reaching all parts including the Northern Isles.

    During the early hours the main focus of the heavy rain will be across eastern Scotland. Temperatures will initially fall to 3C or 4C. However, as milder air moves in from the south they will rise to around 9C or 10C by tomorrow morning. Southerly winds will strengthen as the rain moves in.

  3. ANALYSIS: Does Brexit - Scotland = indyref2?

    By Brian Taylor, BBC Scotland political editor

    An intriguing argument advanced today by Nicola Sturgeon anent membership of the EU. Ms Sturgeon opened, for the avoidance of doubt, with a first principle.

    She confirmed to her London audience that she remained an advocate of Scottish independence. She repeated, further, that Brexit without Scottish consent might well lead to pressure for a second independence referendum.

    European parliament

    And so we have a constructed syllogism. Brexit - Scotland = indyref2. Hence, Ms Sturgeon is of course a supporter of Brexit? QED? Right? Fundamentally wrong?

    Indeed, Mr Sturgeon went so far as to say: "I do want Scotland to be independent but I don't want Scotland to become independent because the UK chooses to leave the European Union."

    Does that mean she is firmly rejecting a possible path to independence? It can sound that way but I believe the reality is rather different.

    Read more from Brian

  4. VIDEO: Richard Gere hopes film raises awareness of homelessness

    Richard Gere has said he hopes his new film raises awareness of and changes attitudes to homelessness.

    Cameras hidden from public view were used to film "Time Out of Mind" to capture the reality of life for a homeless man on the streets of New York.

    Video content

    Video caption: Richard Gere 'isolation of homelessness'

    The actor, who had shunned the Oscars to attend the film's UK premiere during the Glasgow Film Festival, told BBC Scotland arts correspondent Pauline McLean that he felt socially disconnected from those around him during the 21-day shoot.

    Time Out of Mind footage: Altitude Film Distribution

  5. Two European wolves to move in at wildlife centre

    Two European wolves will make Camperdown Wildlife Centre in Dundee their new home, the zoo has announced.

    Staff at the centre are hopeful that the wolves, which arrive on Tuesday, will contribute to the European breeding programme.

    European wolves

    The wolves will initially be screened from the public to allow them to settle into their enclosure.

    The female was born at the Highland Wildlife Park in 2013 and the male born in 2012 in the Netherlands.

    The centre will be closed to the public on Tuesday but reopens the following day.

  6. Put your questions to Scottish Tory Party leader Ruth Davidson

    The Scottish Conservative Party will be holding its spring conference in Edinburgh on Friday.

    As part of BBC Scotland's coverage, leader Ruth Davidson will take part in a half-hour webcast in which she will answer your questions.

    You might want to find out what she would do with Holyrood's new tax powers or how the Conservative's approach to education differs from other parties.

    Ruth Davidson

    This is also your opportunity to quiz her on Europe, health, policing, crime and the state of Scotland's economy.

    If you have something to ask Ms Davidson, email

    Please put "webchat questions" in the message field of your email.

    You will be able to watch the one-to-one interview, hosted by BBC Scotland political editor Brian Taylor, via BBC Scotland's politics website.

  7. Commonwealth Games judo champion Kimberley Renicks eyes Olympic qualifying after cash boost

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Commonwealth Games judo champion Kimberley Renicks has been given a major boost as she eyes this summer's Olympics in Rio.

    The 28-year-old has secured sponsorship that will enable her to compete at the remaining tournaments before Great Britain's judo team is named.

    Kimberley Renicks

    Renicks told BBC Scotland: "It's taken the pressure off, so now I don't have to focus on doing so many fund-raisers.

    "It makes me more focused on the training and getting to the events."

    Despite being the British number one in the under 48kg weight category, Renicks needs to be ranked in the top 16 in the world to gain selection but is at present lying 31st.

    Thanks to £6,000 donated by Exsel Group, a Glasgow-based information technology company, the Scot will now compete at World Cup and Grand Prix events around the world as well as hopefully qualifying for the European Championships in Russia in April.

  8. Joe Douglas appointed as Dundee Rep's new associate artistic director

    Dundee Rep Theatre has appointed Joe Douglas as its new associate artistic director.

    Mr Douglas will take up the post in April for 11 months while the theatre searches for a replacement for former artistic director Jemima Levick.

    Joe Douglas

    Mr Douglas directed the theatre's highly acclaimed 2015 production of John McGrath's The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil.

    He said he was "thrilled and excited" by the appointment.

  9. Ships advised not to anchor in part of Scapa Flow after a suspected torpedo was found

    The seven-metre (22ft) long object was discovered on the seabed during a routine sonar survey on Saturday.

    A remote operated vehicle (ROV) has also captured video footage of the weapon, which is lying 32m (104ft) below the water's surface.

    Scapa Flow

    The Orkney Harbour Master has asked shipping vessels not to anchor within 1,000m (1093 yards) of the torpedo.

    Royal Navy divers from the Northern Diving Group at Faslane are expected to view the video footage when they visit Orkney later this week.

    The Martime and Coastguard Agency said the it poses no immediate danger.   

  10. Visitor restrictions lifted at Raigmore Hospital following an outbreak of norovirus

    Nearly 50 people have taken ill with symptoms of the sickness bug at the hospital in Inverness. NHS Highland says three wards remain shut to new admissions.

    Hospital bosses asked visitors to stay away last week in an effort to prevent any further spread. 

    Raigmore Hospital
  11. Post update

    M74 closed in both directions between J8 and J9 south of Motherwell because of overturned lorry

    BBC Scotland Travel

    M74 - BOTH DIRECTIONS - SOUTH LANARKSHIRE (5 miles South of Motherwell) M74 in both directions closed, queueing traffic due to overturned lorry between J8 A71 (Canderside) and J9 B7078 / B7086 (Draffan). The lorry is on the Southbound carriageway. The Northbound carriageway has been closed to allow the air ambulance to land. A diversion is currently being set up.

  12. Edinburgh's 'dilapidated' closes to be transformed

    Twelve of Edinburgh's "dilapidated and neglected" closes are to be transformed as part of a major project to improve the Old Town.

    Bakehouse Close and Riddle's Close - once home to philosopher David Hume - are among those selected for a makeover by Edinburgh World Heritage.

    Edinburgh close

    Fleshmarket Close, which is famously a setting for an Inspector Rebus novel, has also made the final list.

    Lighting and artwork will be installed in the little-used closes.

  13. A sex offender who raped a schoolgirl and tried to rape another victim is jailed for 10 years

    The High Court in Edinburgh was told Derek Gall preyed on children during an eight-year catalogue of abuse in Tayside.

    A judge ordered Gall to be kept under supervision for a further period of five years upon his release.  

    High Court in Edinburgh

    Lord Bannatyne told the 36-year-old from Dundee that he would be placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

    Gall had originally faced a total of 23 charges but was convicted of eight offences committed between 2006 and 2014 following an earlier trial. He had denied the charges.   

  14. Row breaks out over a plan for a change to Gaelic education in Edinburgh

    Jamie McIvor

    BBC Scotland education correspondent

    Some children who leave the city's Gaelic school this year may not be going to the secondary school they had expected to go to.

    Their parents are angry, and have claimed that the move could undermine Gaelic education in the capital.

    Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce Gaelic school

    The plan will be discussed by the City of Edinburgh Council at a meeting on Tuesday.

    Children who attend Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce, the Gaelic primary school that opened in 2013, have been able to continue their education in Gaelic at James Gillespie's High School in previous years.

    However, parents were told recently that their children would not be automatically entitled to a place there because of the increasing size of the overall school roll.

  15. Man jailed after threatening shop worker with an axe because store did not stock Buckfast

    Sean McLoughlin admitted brandishing the weapon at the 19-year-old shop worker and stealing a bottle of vodka.

    Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that the 23-year-old was drinking for two days before the attack at Londis in Niddrie Mains Road, Edinburgh.  


    McLoughlin, who has previous convictions, was jailed for 16 months.

    The court was told that he expressed great remorse for his actions on 29 November last year.

  16. Police using dogs make new searches for a man who was seen falling from a bridge in Inverness

    The man from Poland, who has not been named by police, went into the River Ness at the Greig Street Bridge on 31 January.

    Police Scotland said officers and dogs made shoreline searches of the River Ness and Inner Moray Firth. A police helicopter was also involved.

    River Ness search

    The missing man is in his 40s and was wearing dark clothing.

    Police said officers were in contact with his family in Poland.

    RNLI Kessock and coastguard crews searched the river and Inverness' harbour and marina at the time of the incident.

  17. Glasgow City Council staff vote for industrial action in row over pay and conditions

    Hundreds of staff at Scotland's largest local authority have voted in favour of strike action in an on-going dispute over pay and conditions.

    The GMB union said it would ballot for strike action unless Glasgow City Council "immediately withdraw" proposed cuts affecting its members.

    Glasgow city chambers

    In a consultative ballot of 1,000 staff, more than 80% voted, with 95% backing industrial action.

    Those balloted work in areas such as refuse, street cleaning and parks.

  18. Health Secretary Shona Robison announces additional funding for NHS Highland and NHS Western Isles

    NHS Highland will receive an extra £27.5m in 2016-17 to take the health board's overall funding for that year to £577.5m.

    Last year, Audit Scotland raised concerns about the health board's finances. NHS Western Isles has been allocated an extra £2.9m to raise its overall funding for 2016-17 to £66.6m.

    A&E sign