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  1. Higher rate tax cut plan rejected
  2. Warning over high pollution levels
  3. Fire breaks out in top floor flat
  4. Man seriously injured in hit-and-run
  5. College lecturers begin strike
  6. Rights row hits Ghana president's visit

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By Jo Perry and Paul McLaren

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  1. That's it from the Scotland Live team for today. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00

    We'll bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the country.

  2. Evening weather update from the BBC Scotland team

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Some late spells of sunshine for many across the country to end the day.

    However, stubborn cloud around some of the coasts and inland will continue this evening, slowly becoming widespread.

    Tonight we'll see mist and low cloud seeping back in from the coast and we can't rule out the odd patch of drizzle, most likely over the coasts and hills.

    There'll be some clear spells holding on in the west with the odd pocket of frost where temperatures dip to freezing or 1Cs, but for most it will be frost-free at 4C or 5C.

  3. 'World's oldest comic' going on show in Glasgow

    What could be the world's oldest comic is going on show as part of a celebration of the "birth" of the art form in Scotland.

    Glasgow Looking Glass, first published in 1825, is at the centre of the Comic Invention exhibition at the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Gallery.

    world's oldest comic

    Among other exhibits is The Adventures Of Obadiah Oldbuck, which is the earliest US comic, dating from 1842.

    And the more recent titles on show include Scooby Doo and Batman.

    The comics sit along side work by Glasgow artist Frank Quitely, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein - to highlight their wider influence on art.

  4. Businessmen guilty of abduction and extortion bid

    A venture capital firm owner and a director in a security and surveillance business have been found guilty after a former stockbroker was abducted and assaulted in an extortion bid.

    Former bank manager Steven Green, 43, and his co-accused Alan Dambrosio, 51, were warned to expect "significant prison sentences" next month.

    Green, from Kirkliston on the outskirts of Edinburgh, and Dambrosio, from Edinburgh had denied assaulting the victim on 25 April 2014.

    The 55-year-old was attacked at West Philpstoun Steadings in West Lothian.

    Green ran Pentland Capital and held an interest in Glencairn Risk Solutions, which was co-owned by Dambrosio.

  5. Six Nations 2016: Duncan Weir ready to repay Scotland faith in clash with Ireland

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Fly-half Duncan Weir says he is ready to repay the confidence of the Scotland coaches as he prepares for a first Six Nations start of the year in Ireland.

    The Glasgow number 10 has played just 12 minutes of the championship, coming off the bench in the defeat by Wales.

    Duncan Weir

    But in the absence of the injured Finn Russell, he has been preferred to Peter Horne, who impressed against France.

    "It's tough on him not being selected but it's an opportunity for me," said Weir, who wins his 23rd cap in Dublin.

  6. Nicola Sturgeon in 'exasperated' mood at First Minister's Questions

    Brian Taylor

    BBC Scotland Political Editor

    Perhaps it was the proximity of the Holyrood elections - 49 days to polling and counting.

    Perhaps it was the iterative nature of Kezia Dugdale's questions, repeated not once, not twice, not thrice but….what comes next? Quice?


    Whatever the provocation, Nicola Sturgeon seemed just a mite exasperated during questions at Holyrood today.

    Read Brian's full blog here.

  7. Glasgow bin lorry crash driver Harry Clarke in court charged with dangerous driving

    The driver of the bin lorry that crashed in Glasgow in December 2014 killing six people has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving and insurance fraud.

    Harry Clarke, 59, allegedly drove a car dangerously on 20 September 2015 knowing he had had two previous medical incidents.

    Harry Clarke

    He appeared in private in Glasgow Sheriff Court this afternoon and made no plea or declaration and has been released on bail.

    The offences are alleged to have been committed between May and September 2015.

  8. A 37-year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital following a murder bid

    Police were called to reports of a man being attacked in a flat in Houston Street, Renfrew, at 19:20 on Wednesday.

    Emergency services attended and the man was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

    Police Scotland

    Police said the man may have been targeted by two men who were known to him. They have appealed for witnesses.

    The suspects are described as white, with one being over 6ft tall and thin.

    The other man is described as being of average height and build.

    The men may have been in the company of a woman, also white and aged between 25 and 30 years old.

  9. Oil firm EnQuest saw its pre-tax losses more than double last year

    The Aberdeen-based company, which is one of the largest independent producers operating in the UK North Sea, reported a loss of about $1.3bn (£930m), compared with a loss of $579m in 2014.

    Its results for 2015 included $626.2m of impairments to oil and gas assets.

    Enquest platform

    Revenue was down by more than 10% to $906.6m.

    EnQuest said the decrease was due to the lower oil price.

  10. Woman cleared of causing boyfriend's death by driving carelessly on a slip road in Aberdeen

    Vicki Williamson, 36, of Dundee, was giving 26-year-old Liam Thornton a lift to his work in the city when she was involved in a collision with another car near the Charlestown flyover.

    During the trial, Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that the slip road leading off the A90 was in a "poor" state of repair.

    It was worn in places and had a noticeable dent in the road which was often greasy in wet conditions.

    A jury of nine men and six women found the charge against Ms Williamson not proven by a majority verdict.

    Outside court, Mr Thornton's family said they were shocked by the verdict.

  11. Motherwell could officially become the first fan-owned club in Scotland's top flight by the end of April

    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland

    The Scottish Premiership club's current owner, Les Hutchison, has agreed to sell his 76% shareholding to the fans group for £1.

    Douglas Dickie, chairman of the Well Scoiety, told BBC Scotland: "We're looking at a period of between six and eight weeks.

    "We're heading towards the 30th of April if all the legals can be done."

    Fir Park

    John Boyle's controlling interest in the Fir Park club was transferred to retired businessman Hutchison in January 2015.

    But Hutchison has now stepped down from his roles as director and vice-chairman, with Jim McMahon assuming the role of chairman and Dickie the role of vice-chairman.

  12. The warmest temperature of the year so far has been recorded in Braemar in Aberdeenshire

    The temperature reached 18.6C, according to BBC Weather.

    Large parts of Scotland have had dry and sunny weather over the past few days.

    Some of the best spells of sunshine on Thursday were experienced in Aberdeenshire, Moray and the Highlands.

  13. A Premiership player has been charged with a breach of the peace aggravated by sexual orientation prejudice

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender Josh Meekings did not appear in person for the hearing at the city's Sheriff Court today.

    No plea was entered by his lawyer and the case was continued until next month.

    Inverness Caley Thistle stadioum

    Meekings was charged by police after he was alleged to have behaved in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm in Inverness city centre in December last year.

    The incident followed Inverness's game against Dundee United which ended in a draw.

  14. Secondary teachers in West Dunbartonshire reject council offer in row over restructuring plans

    The dispute is over a planned shake-up which would cut the number of principal teachers of individual subjects.

    Instead there would be so-called "faculty heads", whose roles would cover a number of subjects.

    EIS members in West Dunbartonshire

    Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland have already taken part in two one-day strikes.

  15. A former music teacher with an Orange band is jailed for five years for historical sex abuse

    Ivie Callison, 63, from Stranraer, was convicted of indecently assaulting five boys between the age of nine and 15 in Lanarkshire from 1979 until 1988.

    The High Court in Glasgow heard that he abused some of the boys he taught in the band - as well as other victims.

    Judge Sean Murphy QC told Callison: "The consequences for many of your victims will be life long."

    The High Court in Glasgow
  16. Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths says talk of possible replacements for manager Ronny Deila is disrespectful

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Griffiths says some of the criticism directed at the club this season has been understandable.

    But he insists the players must shoulder the blame.

    Leigh Griffiths and Ronnie Deila

    Names such as David Moyes, Malky Mackay and even Neil Lennon have been put forward as possible successors to Deila.

    Reigning champions Celtic are only a point ahead of Aberdeen at the top of the Premiership.