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  1. Parties campaign on education and tax
  2. Pensions crisis and care home closures
  3. Libraries lose a quarter of staff as hundreds close

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By Paul McLaren, Andrew Southwick and Katherine Sutherland

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  1. That is all for today

    That is all from Scotland Live today.

    Join us again from 8am tomorrow morning for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around Scotland.

    Have a good evening.

  2. A motorist has admitted causing the death of a pensioner

    Mother of three Emily Arbuthnott, 37, struck pedestrian James Lyall, 82, at a zebra crossing in November 2014. 

    Emily Arbuthnott

    Arbuthnott, of Laurencekirk, admitted the charge at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

    Sentence has been deferred for background reports.

  3. Man freed amid Aberdeen sexual assault probe

    An incident was reported to have happened at Aberdeen's Union Terrace Gardens during the early hours of Sunday.

    Police Scotland had said a 26-year-old man had been charged and was expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

    Union Terrace Gardens

    However the Crown Office said the accused had been liberated from custody.

     A spokesperson said: "The case against him remains live and under consideration."

  4. Scotland U21s bounce back to beat Northern Ireland in Paisley

    Scotland recovered from going a goal down and seeing a Jason Cummings penalty saved to beat Northern Ireland 3-1 and keep their hopes of qualifying for the European Championships on track.

    Oli McBurnie pulled the Scots level in the second half, before Hibs striker Cummings made up for his penalty miss with two goals.

    Jason Cummings (centre)

    Ricky Sbragia's side remain fourth in group 3, but move to within four points of second place Iceland, with leaders France a further two points ahead. 

  5. Pic: car crashes through bus stop and into post box

    Emergency crews were called to the one-vehicle accident in Aberdeen. 

    A black Audi TT crashed through a bus stop and knocked over a post box.

    Audi crash

    The accident happened on Countesswells Road just after 16:00 on Tuesday.

    Prices for Audi TT cars similar to the one in the incident start at around £27,000. No serious injuries were reported.

  6. Kieran Tierney and John McGinn set to win first Scotland caps against Denmark tonight

    Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, 18, and Hibernian midfielder John McGinn, 21, are expected to start against Denmark at Hampden.

    Tierney has recovered from an ankle injury picked up against Kilmarnock.

    How to follow: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online; updates on BBC Sport website

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    Video caption: Strachan confident in Scots debutants
  7. Safety inspections to be carried out at schools following collapse of wall at Edinburgh primary

    Four buildings had to be temporarily closed in the capital after defects were discovered in schools built by Miller Construction a decade ago.

    The new surveys centre on schools built by the same company in Glasgow, Fife and Inverclyde.

    The contractor said inspections were "a precautionary measure".

    School wall collapse

    Hundreds of bricks were blown from the wall of Oxgangs primary school during Storm Gertrude in January.

    A safety inspection revealed issues with how the external wall was erected when the school was built in 2005, as part of the Public Private Partnership 1 project.

  8. Police officer and dog injured in stolen car incident

    The pair were hurt as the vehicle made off on Arcadia Street, in Glasgow's Bridgeton area, at about 03:00 on Tuesday.

    Both the officer and the dog were treated for non-serious injuries.  


    The street was closed off by police following the incident. 

    A Police Scotland spokeswoman said inquiries were ongoing.

  9. Man appears in court charged with murder of shopkeeper

    Tanveer Ahmed, 32, from Bradford in Yorkshire, is accused of killing 40-year-old Asad Shah outside his shop in Glasgow's Shawlands area on Thursday.

    Police Scotland had previously described the incident as a religiously prejudiced attack and said both men were Muslims.

    At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Mr Ahmed made no plea and was remanded in custody.

    Mr Shah was found with serious injuries outside his shop, Shah's Newsagents and Convenience Store, in Minard Road, on 24 March.

    Asah Shah

    The incident happened just hours after he had posted an Easter message on Facebook to his customers. This message said: "Good Friday and a very happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation x"

    Mr Shah was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

  10. Secondary teachers to resume strike action

    All secondary schools in West Dunbartonshire will be disrupted by a two-day strike which will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) have already carried out two one-day strikes.

    Teacher's strike

    The dispute centres on a plan to cut the number of principal teachers and run departments together as faculties.

    Some teachers fear the move will add to their workloads and are concerned about what could happen in the long term to the pay of principal teachers who do not get one of the new posts.

  11. Incident in Edinburgh lane is now being treated as a sexual assault

    Police were called to Bread Street Lane at about 05:00 following reports of concern for a woman. 

    The lane was later closed off and detectives are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact them immediately.  

    Bread Street Lane

    A Police Scotland spokesman said inquiries were ongoing to establish the full circumstances.   

  12. Watch: Scotland U21s v Northern Ireland U21s

    Scotland U21s face a must win game at St Mirren Park at 16:00 in their European Championship qualifier.

    Defeat by France has left Ricky Sbragia's side fourth in Group 3 with five points from five games, eight points behind second place Iceland who occupy the play-off spots, having played a game less.

    You can watch the match live on BBC Alba and on the BBC website here.

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  13. Mothballed manufacturing unit at Ineos Grangemouth to be revived

    A second manufacturing unit at the Ineos KG ethylene plant in Grangemouth will be brought back to life eight years after it was mothballed.

    The firm successfully completed operational trials of the Train 2 unit ahead of it receiving shale gas ethane from the US this autumn.


    New docks and a new pipeline network have been built to receive the gas.

    The company said the move means it is now in "great shape" to run the plant at full capacity.

  14. Fatherhood has affected Andy Murray's form, says former British number one Annabel Croft

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    The world number two lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the third round of the Miami Open.

    Murray, 28, returned to playing earlier in March after becoming a father and made an early exit from Indian Wells.

    Andy Murray

    "Life has just changed for him and he's just trying to regain momentum but at the moment, it's a bit of struggle," Croft told BBC Scotland.

    "He [Murray] hasn't played a lot of tennis this year. He took time off when his wife had their first baby," she added.

  15. Hidden camera sex offender has his prison sentence reduced

    Kevin Entickna set up a hidden camera and filmed himself sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl.

    He modified shower gel containers and a washbag to conceal recording equipment and made videos of women and children using his bathroom.

    The 42-year-old was jailed in December 2015 after admitting the offences.

    Appeal judges ruled Sheriff Elizabeth Munro's four-year sentence was excessive and that Enticknap should serve 32 months.

    Enticknap, of Forres, Moray, was convicted after pleading guilty to repeatedly breaching the Sexual Offences Scotland Act.

    Dundee Sheriff Court heard he had drilled holes in the walls of the bathroom and his bedroom and run cables between them to make the films.