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Summary

  1. NHS staff get 1% pay rise for third year
  2. Rangers tax case heads to Supreme Court
  3. New peer inspired by Whitney song
  4. BBC Scotland to host TV leaders debates
  5. Scottish house prices rise by 3.6%

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By Jo Perry and Laura Pettigrew

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all from Scotland Live. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00.

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  2. Police release image of two men they want to trace in relation to serious assault in Glasgow

    The incident happened within a private dwelling in the Tradeston area of the city on Saturday 9 January.

    The first man is described as approximately 5'6" short dark unstyled hair, slim built, no marks scars or tattoos, with an Eastern European accent.

    Police image of two men they wish to trace

    Around the time of the incident, he was wearing white t-shirt, blue jeans, black superdry jacket. He is understood to be known as Besi.

    The second male is described as 6'0" slim white blond/light hair brushed back and gelled, green eyes with an Eastern European accent. 

    He was wearing a green jacket with furry hood, blue polo shirt and grey canvas shoes. He is understood to be known as Kastriot Droja or Otti.

  3. BreakingFarmers to get cash advance from Scottish government while CAP claims are processed

    Farmers and crofters are to get a cash advance from the Scottish government while they wait for their Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) claims to be processed.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed ministers will use up to £200m of national funds to provide the support.

    Tractor

    Speaking ahead of a meeting with NFU Scotland, Ms Sturgeon said: “The transition to a new, more complex CAP that is affecting payment schedules right across Europe is happening as farmers and crofters are dealing with poor market prices and challenging weather conditions.

    “I very much recognise the cash flow issues facing Scottish agriculture, which underpins our £14bn food and drink industry. 

    "That is why the Scottish Government has earmarked up to £200m of national funds so that any farmer or crofter who has not received an installment by the end of March receive a nationally-funded payment from the Scottish government in April.”

  4. Man admits firearm possession after gun found buried at farm in Haddington in East Lothian

    A man who was charged after Police Scotland recovered a handgun in East Lothian has admitted being in possession of a firearm without a licence.

    Lee Hunter, 30, was interviewed by police after inquiries into shootings in Edinburgh in September 2014 led to the discovery of a revolver buried at a farm in Haddington last February.

    Police tape and officer at scene of one of the shootings in Edinburgh

    Paisley High Court, heard Hunter, who was on remand at the time for an attempted murder,was questioned and reported to the procurator fiscal.  

    He will be sentenced next month.

    Det Ch Insp Kenny Gray from Police Scotland's Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit said: "While our inquiries so far do not link this gun to any reported offences, it demonstrates Hunter's involvement in criminal activity and his guilty plea is testament to the overwhelming evidence gathered against him by Police Scotland."  

  5. Minibus driver 'drifted off' ahead of crash on A74 near Beattock

    A minibus driver has admitted he "drifted off" or had a blackout in a crash in which a baby in a car seat was thrown out onto the hard shoulder.

    Ian Scrivener, 35, of Milton Keynes, admitted careless driving on the A74(M) near Beattock in June last year.

    Police accident sign

    Dumfries Sheriff Court heard the baby had to be taken to hospital in Glasgow with a head injury.

    Sheriff Brian Mohan said Scrivener had a record of driving offences and deferred sentence for a month.

    The minibus driver also admitted driving with only a provisional licence and no insurance.

  6. Funding of almost £200,000 announced to help survivors of domestic abuse back into work

    Almost £200,000 is being invested in helping women victims of domestic abuse. 

    Woman and man's fist

    The first minister says the funding will allow Scottish Women's Aid to help survivors back into the job market. 

    Nicola Sturgeon says no-one should live in fear at home or in the wider community and this money will help women who may have previously relied on their partner's income to become more financially independent.  

  7. Two men reported to procurator fiscal in connection with serious assault in Glasgow bar

    The incident happened in Firewater in Sauchiehall Street on 17 January.

    Last month police released CCTV images of two men they were keen to trace.

    Police jacket

    A spokesmen said: "Two men, aged 20 and 21, will be the subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with the incident."  

  8. Logistics group John Menzies blames loss in earnings on problems at Gatwick airport

    Contractual problems at London Gatwick Airport last year cost logistics group John Menzies £6m in lost earnings, according to the company.

     In its annual results statement, the firm said profits were hit by increased labour costs incurred in maintaining ground handling service levels.

    Menzies Aviation logo

    It added that the "contractual position" had now been resolved and it did not anticipate any further issues.

     Overall pre-tax profit for the year was down by about 30%, at £18.2m. The group's turnover for the year was flat at just under £2bn.  

  9. Inverness West Link road: Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd awarded £22.5m contract for stage 1

    Eight firms had been invited to submit tenders for the construction work.

    The first phase involves building a section of the new road from Dores Road to the A82.

    Inverness West Link road

    Highland Council said the awarding of the contract was an "important milestone" in the project's delivery.

    The works are scheduled to be completed in late 2017.

  10. More than 25% of GP practices in Scotland had at least one vacancy last month

    The British Medical Association Scotland said the findings were "extremely troubling" after it surveyed all of Scotland's 975 GP practices, receiving responses from 500.

    GP in consulting room

    It found that on 15 February, more than one in four practices had at least one vacancy.

    Of these practices, 41% indicated the post had been vacant for six months or longer.

    A similar BMA survey published in March 2015 found 17% of practices reported having at least one vacancy.

  11. Legal challenge against government plans for 'named person' for every child being heard at Supreme Court

    Radio Scotland

    The scheme is already running in parts of Scotland but will be a requirement across the country from August.

    Baby's hand holding woman's finger

    The Scottish government believes it will help protect children, but those who oppose it, say it breaches human rights legislation.

    Find out more on Newsdrive after 16:00.

  12. 'Administrative error' allowed children and vulnerable adults to be used to gather intelligence

    Public-sector middle managers were incorrectly handed surveillance powers and authorisation to deploy children and vulnerable people undercover due to an "administrative error" by the Scottish government.

    Child looking through key hole

    The error meant middle managers had the power to deploy juveniles and vulnerable people as "covert human intelligence sources" for over a year, Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has told MSPs.

    Juvenile sources could be deployed to "befriend" shopkeepers suspected of selling alcohol to children, for example.

    Graeme Waugh, of the the Scottish government's safer communities police division, has now written to 32 councils and six public bodies seeking an assurance that none of them have conducted covert activity using the incorrect codes of practice, issued in February 2015.

  13. Independence campaigners due in court tomorrow to fight eviction from Scottish Parliament land at Holyrood

    A procedural hearing will be held on the issue at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

    IndyCamp at Holyrood

    The Scottish Parliament wants to have the IndyCamp group removed from Holyrood, arguing they are taking up land others could be using.

    The campers argue they have a right to remain in place, and intend to stay until Scotland is declared independent.

  14. Having support of a partner could be key to stopping smoking, study suggests

    University of Aberdeen researcher Dr Gertraud Stadler tracked the behaviour of 100 couples with one smoker and one non-smoker.

    Close-up shot of man smoking cigatette

    Those with partners who offered emotional encouragement and practical support after quitting were found to be more likely to stop smoking than those with unsupportive or "nagging" partners.

    On days when partners helped out with practical tasks, such as shopping or looking after children, smokers were more likely to cut down on smoking.

  15. World's only rotating boat lift at Falkirk to undergo £1m restoration

    The investment comes after the Falkirk Wheel experienced its busiest year since opening in 2002, with more than 600,000 people visiting the structure last year.

    Falkirk Wheel boat lift

    It is the most popular tourist attraction in rural Scotland, with six million visitors passing through since its opening.

    The wheel lifts vessels from the Forth and Clyde Canal to the 115ft higher Union Canal and was voted one of the most important civil engineering projects of the past century.

  16. Church of Scotland to appoint first ever dedicated farming minister to help support agricultural community

    Member of the clergy carrying Bible

    The Pioneer Minister will visit farms to provide spiritual and family support, counselling and champion the industry, workers' rights and encourage people to buy local produce.

    The Kirk said the five-year pilot post, which will be based at Craig Wilson Livestock Mart in Ayr, could be rolled out across other parts of rural Scotland in the future. The job is expected to be advertised shortly.

  17. Stubbs says leading Hibernian to victory on Sunday would be greatest moment of career

    BBC Sport Scotland

    The 44-year-old won two Scottish League Cups and two Scottish Premiership titles with Celtic as a player.

    Alan Stubbs

    "After my short time in management, this will be the proudest moment to date," Alan Stubbs told BBC Scotland.

    "If we were to win it, I'd say it would probably cap off everything I have achieved. I have been very fortunate."

    Stubbs took over at Easter Road for his first managerial role in June 2014, and led Hibs to the Scottish Championship play-offs and the Scottish Cup semi-finals in his first season.