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Summary

  1. Bailey's mother speaks of 'beloved son'
  2. Legal aid for bin lorry prosecution
  3. Scots deficit up as oil revenues fall
  4. Man arrested over camping death
  5. SNP to oppose Sunday trading shake-up
  6. Call for Holyrood second chamber
  7. 'Outlander' film studio bids to expand

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By Jo Perry and Andrew Southwick

All times stated are UK

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    Andrew Southwick

    That is all from Scotland Live today.

    Join us again tomorrow from 7am for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around Scotland.

    Have a pleasant evening.

  2. Boy, 16, sentenced after holding machete to a taxi driver's neck

    The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked Mohammed Asghar in Dundee last November after the driver asked for the taxi fare.

    A court heard the teenager had served sentences for previous assaults committed when he was 14 and 15.

    His solicitor described his actions as "sheer and utter folly".

    The teenager will be supervised in the community for nine months after serving 292 days detention.

  3. Norovirus outbreaks forces continued closure of ward at Dumfries Infirmary

    NHS Dumfries and Galloway said a number of patients on ward 16 had experienced symptoms consistent with the winter sickness bug.

    Infection control manager Elaine Ross said the strain brought on "cramping abdominal pains and nausea".

    NHS Dumfries and Galloway

    She urged anyone with the virus to stay at home for at least 48 hours after their last symptoms.

  4. Single train failure could leave Scotrail daily service plan 'dead' during closure

    Scotrail Alliance has "no spare capacity" should their daily plan for extra rail services into Glasgow during works at Queen Street Station fail.

    The main tunnel serving the busy station is to be closed for 20 weeks, causing major disruption.

    Scotrail trains

    Services will divert to low-level platforms of Glasgow Central station between 20 March and 8 August.

    Scotrail Alliance boss Phil Verster said a single train failure could leave the daily service plan "dead".

  5. A9 driver killed after lorry braking system failed

    A driver died after a "sudden, multiple and catastrophic" failure of his lorry's braking system, a sheriff has said after a fatal accident inquiry.

    William Cormack, 41, died after his lorry crashed on the A9 near the Berriedale Braes in Caithness on 18 September 2014.

    Sheriff Andrew Berry said the braking system failed at a critical point on the descent of the braes.

    A9

    Mr Cormack, who was also known as Bruce, was from Durran near Thurso.

    Other motorists went to the lorry driver's aid after the late night accident, but he died shortly after midnight on 19 September.

  6. Murder squad detective accuses senior Police Scotland officer of 'outrageous and completely false' claims

    Det Insp David Moran said Deputy Chief Constable Neil Richardson was guilty of "misconduct", for "falsely" identifying him as the source of a newspaper leak

    MSPs are investigating after officers broke rules by intercepting communications without approval.

    Police Scotland has said it is reviewing Mr Moran's allegations.

    DCC Neil Richardson

    Holyrood's justice committee is investigating after officers broke a newly-introduced change in the rules while trying to determine a journalist's sources.

    Mr Richardson gave evidence to MSPs in December, saying the breach had resulted from a "misjudgement".

  7. Scottish Borders Council approve plans to spend £3.5m on school refurbishment

    Councillor Sandy Aitchison said it was work which often went "unnoticed and unpublicised".

    He said it was already making a huge difference around the region at schools such as St Ronan's in Innerleithen, adding that he believed it was making the educational experience "better for children in the classroom".

    School

    The spending is part of wider council expenditure across a range of areas in the financial year to come.

    The majority of the schools funding will be spent on early learning and childcare but health and safety, capacity upgrades, school kitchens and Equality Act adaptations are also included.

  8. 'Despicable' thief hunted after woman in her 90s targeted in her home in Stirling

    The pensioner was followed onto a bus by a woman and later discovered her handbag had been stolen from her house.

    Police described the incident, on the morning of 3 March, as "a truly despicable crime against a vulnerable woman".

    After disembarking on Easter Cornton Road, the pensioner walked home and was moving her recycling bins when she again became aware of the suspect, who then asked for directions before leaving along Dunster Road towards the town centre.

    The pensioner returned inside her home and discovered that her handbag and its contents had been stolen.

    The suspect is described as between 21 and 40 years of age, with long dark hair, and wearing a black and white jacket. Officers also want to trace a man who was seen in the area and described as an older male with a flat cap.

  9. Study shows businesses in Skye want more flights between the island and central Scotland

    Research commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise involved almost 200 businesses and other organisations.  

    Loganair ran services from Ashaig Airfield, near Broadford, to Glasgow until 1988. Loch Lomond Seaplanes still uses the strip for scheduled flights.

    Skye

    More than 70% said they would use new air services at least quarterly.

    They said regular services to Glasgow Airport would allow them to also make connections to Birmingham and London.

  10. Multi-million upgrade of Dalkeith Country Park in Midlothian to 'improve security'

    New public access arrangements have been announced, with a new adventure playground, cafes, restaurants and shops set to open this summer.

    The park's owner, Buccleuch, said it needed to improve security while ensuring as wide access as possible.

    It means that from 21 March the park's main gates will close to vehicles from 7pm through to 7am.

    Dalkeith Country Park

    A £1 charge for one-off visitors will be maintained alongside an annual Friends of Dalkeith Country Park pass card for regular users starting at £10.

    Pedestrian users will be able to gain access at all hours by purchasing the annual pass card.

  11. Man to stand trial for attempted murder of woman in Glasgow beauty salon

    Duc Van Tran, 26, is accused of attacking Mai Hoang Vu at the Elegance by Sisa salon in the city's Argyle Street last November 14.

    The allegation includes the claim Van Tran struck her repeatedly with a knife.

    Van Tran entered a not guilty plea to the attempted murder charge.

    Judge Lord Burns set a trial due to take place in August in Glasgow.

  12. Video: Scottish Paralympic sprinter Libby Clegg wanted to 'beat the boys' in races

    Libby Clegg tells three BBC News School Reporters from Copthall School in Barnet that one of her main motivations for getting into athletics as a child was being able to "beat the boys" in races.

    She also explains what competing at the Rio Games this summer would mean to her and why there is nothing about her personal life on her website. 

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    Video caption: 'I absolutely loved to beat the boys'

    School Report is a project helping secondary school students around the UK make their own news for a real audience. Follow more reports from students on the project's 10th annual News Dayon Thursday.   

  13. Pensioner admits raping two primary schoolgirls in Edinburgh and Bo'ness

    John McGrogan, 65, of Blackridge, began abusing the girls when they were aged six and 11.

    The offences were committed between 1981 and 2005 at addresses in Edinburgh.

    High Court Glasgow

    At the High Court in Glasgow, McGrogan, who worked as a cleaner, was placed on the sex offenders register. Sentence was deferred until next month.

    McGrogan admitted raping one girl between 1980 and 1982 and raping the second girl between 2000 and 2005.

  14. Mother of Bailey Gwynne pays emotional tribute to 'sweet boy with big dream'

    Statement in full

    The 16-year-old was stabbed to death at Cults Academy last October after a fight with a boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

    The 16-year-old was found guilty of culpable homicide at the High Court in Aberdeen on Monday.

    Bailey Gwynne

    In a statement issued through Police Scotland, Bailey's mother Kate Gwynne said: "Whatever the outcome was to be in this trial nothing will give us back what has been taken and the only thing that we truly want.

    "That is something that we as a family must try to live with. 

    "Our priority through the time of this trial was to be there for Bailey.

    "That remains our priority along with guiding our sons, his brothers, through this.

    Bailey Gwynne

    "That is inevitably a long road, but we will never lose sight of Bailey while walking it.

    "We have appreciated greatly the support of all those around us and those close to us, whether it has been practical or emotional.

    "We know that everyone around us has done their utmost for Bailey and we appreciate and greatly admire the fairness and integrity shown to all parties by the prosecuting counsel.

    "We cannot praise highly enough the police, our lovely family liaison officers and the fiscal staff.

    "We understand in these circumstances why there is press interest to hear a story. But Bailey is not a story. Bailey is our child. He is our son, and our heart, our brother, our grandson, our nephew, cousin and our friend and beloved master of Teddy the Pug.

    Bailey Gwynne

    "Our sweet boy with a big dream working hard to make it happen. A boy who was never happier than when chilling out with his friends and his dog after a session in the gym.

    "The boy who would carry his brothers to the top on a hill walk when their own legs failed them, who dutifully cut the grass for his Dad or rescued his Nonna's shopping and the boy who would come with me on an evening run just to keep me company in the dark even though he could finish it in half the time.

    "We will always be immensely proud that Bailey is our son. We now need time and space to come to terms with what has happened and to continue to care for our family and those dear to Bailey.

    "Lastly, it has always been a true blessing and a privilege to have Bailey and to share the honour of knowing, raising and loving him. That is not something that time or our parting will ever change. Bailey-Bazza, my true gent. With love we hold you in our hearts. Walk tall Bailey-Boy."

  15. Friend of camper Darryl Fitch appears in court charged with his murder

    William Cameron, who is 37, is charged with killing 43-year-old Mr Fitch at Locher Water, near Bridge of Weir, in July last year.

    Darryl Fitch

    Prosecutors allege he hit Mr Fitch on the head, causing him to drown.

    At Paisley Sheriff Court, Mr Cameron made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

  16. National Farmers Union joins Conservative calls for independent inquiry into late support payments

    The Scottish government has announced a scheme to get cash advances out before the end of April.

    Tractors moving hay bales

    However, the Conservatives will use a Holyrood debate to demand further scrutiny.

    Payments to farmers have been affected by major issues with a £178m IT system, set up in Scotland to administer the new Common Agricultural Policy payments.