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  1. House hit by lightning during downpour
  2. 'No money' to pay for new Navy ships
  3. Hijab plan for Muslim police officers
  4. Government to review Scots NHS targets
  5. Railway guards vote for strike action
  6. Seven people 'could hold clue to murder'
  7. Swimmer Davis to face medical panel

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By Jo Perry and Laura Pettigrew

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We'll have the news, sport, travel and weather updates throughout the day.

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WATCH: Flash flooding in Penicuik as torrential downpours and hail hit parts of Scotland

Fire crews had to pump water from some properties and a house in Mayfield in Midlothian was struck by lightning.

The Leadburn Inn posted this video of flooding outside Penicuik High School on Facebook.

Video footage from The Leadburn Inn shows torrential downpour in Penicuik in Midlothian

Paul Paton signs a two-year deal with St Johnstone after leaving Dundee United

BBC Sport Scotland

The midfielder, who spent three years at Tannadice, left United by mutual agreement.

Paul Paton

"I would like to thank the supporters and everybody at Tannadice for my time at the club," Paton said.

"There will always be a tangerine spot in my heart and I wish Dundee United every success in returning to the Scottish Premiership next season."

Scottish government to review the way it uses targets to measure performance of the NHS

The change comes after medics argued that political targets can distort priorities.

That is despite reductions in the amount of time many people have to wait for treatment.

Staff working in busy hospital department

There are about 20 targets that the NHS aims to meet.

The Scottish government said an expert group would examine the current system and make recommendations by the end of next April.

RMT train guard strike action 'irresponsible' at this time of year, says Scottish Conservatives

Guards working for ScotRail have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over driver-only trains.  

Scottish Conservative transport spokesman Alex Johnstone said commuters rely on a decent rail service to get to and from work and, at this time of year, tourists use trains to get around Scotland.

Train guard

Instead of attempting to unmask upheaval, the union should instead be getting round the table to find a practical solution. That solution is certainly not strike action at this time of year. The RMT’s willingness to resort to strike action will only undermine any sympathy commuters may have had for their case

Alex Johnstone MSPScottish Conservatives

Your pictures and tweets: Flooding in Pencuik as torrential downpours hit parts of Scotland

Hail in Penicuik
Iwona Sobol
Hail in Penicuik
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Flooding affects homes, primary school and leisure centre in Midlothian

Firefighters have pumped water out of several properties and the local council said work was ongoing to clear water at Mauricewood Primary in the town.

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Flooding causing some signalling issues on rail network but line at Dalwhinnie now cleared

House in Midlothian struck by lightning and others flooded as torrential downpours hit Scotland

Firefighters were called to a property at Beveridge Avenue in Mayfield on Tuesday afternoon after it was hit by lightning. 

No-one was injured but the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said five appliances were sent to the scene to deal with roof damage. 

BBC weather map shows thunderstorms across the UK
BBC weather map shows thunderstorms across the UK

In Penicuik, flash flooding led to firefighters having to pump water out of several properties. 

Schools and a leisure centre were also affected.   

Flash flooding disrupts rail services with thunderstorms forecast across many parts of the UK

Warship delays, minimum alcohol pricing and a space observatory - all on Newsdrive at 16:00

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  • A committee of MPs has heard that any further delays in the Type 26 navy warship programme would be ''catastrophic'' for the Clyde's shipyards
  • Judges have been hearing fresh legal arguments about the Scottish government's plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol
  • And we find out how to build a space observatory three million miles wide

Tune in here from 16:00.

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Flash flooding causing problems on rail network - services disrupted between Inverness and Edinburgh

Health boards 'still struggling' to fill permanent posts, says Royal College of Nursing Scotland

Director Theresa Fyffe was responding to new official figures which indicated the number of staff working in NHS Scotland has reached a record high.

She said the vacancy rate for nursing and midwifery staff also went up over the same period.

nurses with patient

This clearly shows that health boards continue to struggle to fill permanent nursing posts and are having to resort to expensive agency nurses to fill the gaps. This is not sustainable. While some investment in agency nursing will always be needed to cover unexpected events such as sickness absence and make sure there are enough nurses to provide safe care for patients, health boards cannot continue to ratchet up spending on agency nurses, which increased by £7.5m in the last year.

Theresa FyffeRoyal College of Nursing Scotland

In Pictures: Hailstones pound Midlothian as Met Office warns of torrential rain and thunder storms

Hailstones in Penicuik
Iwonka Przybysz
Hails stones in Penicuik
Iwonka Przybysz

Hail showers and thundery downpours are affecting many parts of the country, with forecasters warning of the risk of flooding.

A yellow "be aware" alert covering a band up the middle of the country from the Borders to the Highlands has been issued by the Met Office.

Penicuik was among the places to be battered by hail as colder air displaced earlier high temperatures.

The warning is valid until 21:00.

Mother who went missing on way to work in Edinburgh is traced say police

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The alarm was raised after Hanna Sabic, who is 21, failed to arrive at work in Edinburgh on Monday or return home to her son that evening.

However, police in Falkirk said she had been traced in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

Scots swimmer Erraid Davies to face medical panel over eligibility for disability sport

BBC Sport Scotland

The teenager from Shetland became the youngest ever Commonwealth Games medallist by finishing third in the SB9 100m breaststroke aged 13 in 2014.

Errais Davies
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However, she was told in April that her impairment was not serious enough for her to compete. 

She will be examined in Berlin to see if the decision can be overturned. 

Davies has Perthes disease, a condition that affects her hip bones and joints.

From BBC Weather - thunder update

New air service between Glasgow and New York's JFK Airport is announced

Douglas Fraser

Scotland business & economy editor

Delta is to fly the route from May next year, daily and through the summer months. 

It already links Edinburgh Airport with the New York aviation hub.

JFK airport

Detectives investigating Kirkcaldy murder believe up to seven people could hold vital information

Darren Adie, 42, died in hospital after he was found unconscious in Tweed Avenue in the town last month. 

Police believe seven people saw or spoke to him before his death and they have released descriptions of them.

Darren Adie
Police Scotland

Det Ch Insp Raymond Brown said information they may consider "insignificant" could prove "vital" in identifying his killed.   

Hijab uniform move aimed at breaking down 'unnecessary barriers' says Police Scotland

Figures from the force showed that there were 127 applications from black, Asian and ethnic minority candidates in 2015 -16. That was just 2.6% of the total number applying.

In order to reflect the 4% figure across Scottish society, the force said it would need to recruit an additional 650 ethnic minority candidates.

Metropolitan Police officers wearing the hijab
The Metropolitan Police approved a uniform hijab more than 10 years ago

It is understood the new headscarf will be presented to a police working group for consideration as part of the uniform.

However the force warned there was no "quick fix" to recruiting more ethnic minority officers.

From BBC Scotland's Highlands reporter

Modern apprenticeships target exceeded with almost 26,000 starting training programmes last year

The total exceeds the Scottish government's aim of 25,500, but for 2016-17 it will rise to 26,000, with ministers committed to recruiting 30,000 apprenticeships a year by 2020. 

Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn said it was "fantastic news" that 25,818 people started a modern apprenticeship during 2015-16.

Apprentices being trained

The figures, released by training body Skills Development Scotland, showed there was still a gender gap in some areas. 

The number of females on apprenticeships increased by one percentage point in 2015-16, with women taking up 41% of the training places.

Shopping-centre bosses call in paranormal investigators after customers report seeing a ghost

Sightings of the apparition, said to be a woman dressed in all-black period clothing, have been reported four times in as many weeks at Silverburn shopping centre in Glasgow.

Silverburn Shopping Centre

Managers have now called in experts from Glasgow Paranormal Investigations to help establish the cause of the sightings.

A Silverburn spokesman said: "We are aware that a shadowy woman has been spotted around the centre and we are taking the sightings extremely seriously."

The shopping centre opened in 2007 and was built on the former Pollok shopping centre site.

From BBC Scotland political reporter

Alliance Trust merger talks with RIT Capital called off

Douglas Fraser

Scotland business & economy editor

The asset fund linked to the Rothschild banking dynasty has announced it will not make a formal bid, after confirming reports last week that it was in the early stages of informal talks about merger. 

Dundee-based Alliance Trust, investing nearly £3bn of shareholder assets, will continue to face a fundamental review of what it does, which could still lead to a sale. 

Alliance Trust in Dundee

'Very little appetite' for strike says ScotRail after RMT guards vote in favour of action

A ScotRail spokesman said: "Nearly half of our total number of conductors voted against strike action or abstained.

“This is now a clear signal for the RMT that our people in Scotland want to decide their own way forward.

"We have already guaranteed job security, pay and the futures of our conductors."

Edinburgh Waverley Station

The RMT announced earlier that 75% of those who took part in a ballot had guards had voted in favour of going on strike a dispute over driver-only trains.

The ScotRail spokesman added: “The RMT must now allow their local representatives in Scotland to consider ScotRail’s ideas that will make these guarantees possible.”

Councillors in Edinburgh agree to begin charging drivers to park in city centre on Sundays

They said it would reduce traffic "chaos" on some streets and encourage more people to use buses, trams or bicycles to get into the city.

Parking penalty notice

However, councillors heard warnings that the restrictions could affect footfall in the city centre and faith groups which meet on Sundays.

Parking controls will be implemented between 12:30 and 18:00 in zones 1-4.  

New figures suggest NHS waiting times for children with mental health problems have improved slightly

In the first three months of this year, about eight out of ten children and young people were seen within 18 weeks, compared to only seven out of ten before Christmas.

Young girl sitting by fence outside

The Scottish government has set a target that nine in ten children should be treated in that time frame.

The Scottish Children's Services Coalition has called for greater investment, pointing out that the target was set more than a year ago.

The performance of the NHS was similar for adult services.

Shipbuilding boss tells MPs he is 'confident' new Navy warships will be built on Clyde

From BBC's Scotland Westminster correspondent David Porter

Giving evidence to the Commons Defence Select committee on the procurement of the Type 26 programme, John Hudson, managing Director of BAE systems, said he anticipated there would be an order for eight of the ships, and they would be built on the Clyde, with the initial order for three vessels.

Royal Navy frigate

Mr Hudson said his company was in negotiations with the Ministry of Defence, but he was unwilling to say when he thought construction work on the ships would begin.  

RMT on ScotRail strike vote: 'Our members stand determined and united'

The RMT said 75% of those who took part in the ballot on industrial action were in favour of striking with an "even bigger majority" for action short of a strike.

The turn-out was 75%.

Scotrail trains

The union's General Secretary Mick Cash said the extension of driver only operation and driver controlled operation was a "clear attack" on members' "hard earned terms and conditions". 

RMT members should not have to face the risk of their role and responsibilities being reduced and undermined. The workforce also know only too well that there is a very real threat to passengers of watering down and wiping out the safety critical role of the guard on these ScotRail services.The union remains available for further talks.

Mike CashRMT General Secretary

Residential sales in Scotland in the past ten years hit nearly £150bn, according to new figures

A Registers of Scotland 10-year property market report showed the total value of residential sales between 2006 and 2016 was £148.2bn.

Key in front door

The research details trends in the land and property market over the decade's peak years and in the wake of the economic downturn.

The report also found an increase in average house prices of 19.7% from £139,207 to £166,624.

BreakingScotRail guards vote 'overwhelming' to go on strike in dispute over driver-only trains, says RMT

The union is opposed to plans to increase the number of driver-only services, arguing that guards should be in control of operating doors.

The ballot was announced in April after talks between ScotRail and the RMT failed to resolve the dispute.

Scotrail train

WATCH: Scotland's biggest solar farm formally opens

More than 3,500 homes will be powered by the 55,000 solar panel facility.

The 13MW scheme went live in May.

Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse formally launched the scheme at the Errol Estate, Perthshire.

Scotland's biggest solar farm formally opens

This very substantial and impressive project is proof that large scale solar photovoltaic systems work well on the east coast of Scotland and I am also greatly encouraged that a variety of organisations are continuing to source solar sites across the country, with a view to developing financially viable schemes.

Paul WheelhouseBusiness, Innovation and Energy Minister

Former head of Navy Admiral Lord West urges government to 'come clean' on warship order


A former head of the Navy has launched a scathing attack on UK government ministers for delays in the procurement of the next generation of warships due to be built on the Clyde.


Admiral Lord West, the former First Sea Lord, made his comments in evidence to the Commons Defence Committee.

He said the UK government should "come clean" and acknowledge that there was not enough money in the current defence budget to begin the work.

What we seem to keep doing is delaying the order, then delaying the order, and not only is that a problem for our defence capability and the security of our nation and our people, it is a problem for our ship building and our defence industries.

Admiral Lord West

From BBC Scotland political reporter

Number of nurses and hospital doctors in Scotland at all-time high, according to Scottish government

New figures suggest that the NHS workforce has increased by 9% in the past decade.

staff in busy A&E department

There are now more than 160,000 people employed by the NHS.

The figures exclude GPs' and dentists.

The NHS in the UK as a whole is the fifth largest employer in the world, behind McDonalds, Walmart, The People's Liberation Army of China, and the US Defence department.

It's hotting up - but thunderstorms and downpours are forecast across many parts

Scotland's A&E departments met a key waiting-times target in April, according to the latest figures

A total of 95.1% of all patients were seen and either admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours, hitting the Scottish government's interim target of 95%.

A&E performance against the target was up from 93.1% the previous month and 92.8% in the same month last year.

A&E sign

Official statistics show 568 patients (0.5%) waited for longer than eight hours while 158 (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.