News Round-up

Beavers’ impact on habitat studied
Beavers released into the wild as part of a trial reintroduction programme have had “minimal effect” on rivers and streams, a new report has found. more

£20m bridge sub-contracts awarded
About £20 million of sub-contracts have been awarded to 118 Scottish firms as part of work to build the new Forth crossing, Infrastructure Minister Alex Neil said. more

Man’s ‘throat slashed’ in incident
A man has been taken to hospital after being injured during a disturbance in Lanarkshire. more

Pair reported over train incident
A man and a teenager have been reported to prosecutors after a complaint was made about an alleged assault on board a train, police have confirmed. more

Two women raped on same street
Two women have been raped in separate attacks on the same city centre street during the early hours of the morning. more

Government matches sleeper funding
The Scottish Government has agreed to match a £50 million offer to safeguard and improve the cross-border sleeper train service. more

Elderly woman duped over £1,000 cat
An elderly woman was duped into paying almost £1,000 for a cat online, police have said. more

Tennant voices Chitty Chitty book
David Tennant is the voice of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in a new sequel to the story of the flying car. more

Report: 105,000 homes lie empty
The number of homes lying empty fell by almost 600 last year, a report has found. more

26,000 jobless for last two years
Around 26,000 people in Scotland will spend their second consecutive Christmas on the dole this year, according to a study. more

Committee on West Lothian Question
A commission to resolve the so-called West Lothian Question will start work in February, the Government has confirmed. more

Panda fans hit by penguin droppings
Queues of people waiting to see the UK’s only pair of giant pandas are being hit by penguin droppings. more

Judge ‘prejudice influences jury’
The head of an anti-domestic abuse charity has suggested juries could be influenced by the “prejudices” of judges and sheriffs. more

Child-killing mother in jail move
A mother who stabbed her three young children to death is being moved out of a prison following a string of alleged attacks on her. more

Fewer young teenagers are smoking
Smoking among young teenagers has fallen to its lowest level since records began almost 30 years ago. more

Sophie and Jack most popular names
Jack and Sophie are the most popular baby names in Scotland for the fourth year in a row. more

Emergency tugs replacement revealed
Emergency tugs around Scotland’s Northern and Western Isles are set to be replaced by a “call-off” system organised by oil and gas companies, the Scottish Government said. more

Cancer referral target reached
Almost 97% of cancer patients started treatment within two months of an urgent referral, official figures showed. more

Independent living ‘important’
A strategy has been launched to help elderly people live in their own homes for longer. more

Rail charges to increase by 6%
Train passengers will be paying more for their journeys from next month as fares are set to increase by almost 6% in Scotland. more

T in the ParkOfficial Line-up for T in the Park
THE official line-up for T in The Park 2008 is possibly the best yet, with scores of massive acts announced more

Martin GordonPolice hunt for missing Cabaret Voltaire boss Martin Gordon
FRIENDS and family of a missing Edinburgh nightclub boss are becoming increasingly worried. more

The Met office reports that persistent, heavy rain along with strong gale force winds are a likely probability for the country tonight (Tuesday) and potential flooding could cause major disruption tomorrow morning (Wednesday) throughout transport networks. more

MarioHey Mario, Wii broke the TV!
AN INSURANCE company warned today that the Nintendo Wii can potentially cause serious damage to your TV and various other household goods. more