The latest news and weather from around Scotland.
Browse content similar to 09/01/2017. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
The girlfriend of the missing RAF serviceman, Corrie McKaig,
has revealed she's pregnant with his child.
April Oliver discovered in October she was having a baby,
weeks after Corrie disappeared after a night out in the Suffolk
She's always wanted to be a mother, but looking at the scan of her and
Corrie's unborn child, she wishes circumstances could be different.
The personal trainer first met him on an online dating site last summer
and only discovered she was pregnant fortnight after the RAF gunner went
Being a mother is something I always wanted to be, right from
when I was younger, but it is just...
It is just a horrible time, isn't it, really?
Corrie's mother and April's parents have known about the
pregnancy since the outset and they are supporting her.
It's something I hoped he would be here to help me
make the decision with, but he isn't, so it's
Not the most pleasant thing to go through on your own,
especially when the person you love is not present.
Corrie was last caught on CCTV in the early hours of
Saturday the 24th of September in the centre of Bury St Edmunds.
The 23-year-old had been enjoying a night out
left this nightclub alone in the early hours.
After entering an area behind some shops, he disappeared.
As this home video shows, Corrie McKeague is an extrovert and happy
His family say he would talk to anyone.
Every week, his mother flies to Scotland to coordinate the search
It is difficult to balance the excitement of a new baby
to what we are trying to focus on now and that is finding Corrie,
We will get through this but just now I have
got to, for my own sanity, just try to concentrate on trying to find
Corrie and doing everything I can to find him.
Preparations are already in place for the birth
April now hopes to some personal privacy for her and her
Both families are now determined that efforts are focused
on finding Corrie, this unborn baby's father.
Scotland's tougher drink-drive limits are still failing to deter
motorists from drinking too much and getting behind the wheel.
This festive period there was a 38% rise in the number of drivers
Here's our home affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson.
The drink-drive limit is 50 mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres blood. It
was previously 80 mg. How much is that? The new limit is probably less
than a pint of beer or a glass of wine. But you should not take a
chance, although drivers did. From December until this year, six and in
25 motorists failed a breath test, an increase of 38.3% over the
previous festive period. Worryingly, only 57 of the drivers who failed
were only over the new limit, meaning 90.9% would have failed
before the new levy came into force. Police tested more motorists over
the festive period than in recent years, campaigners say that the only
way to deter drivers who deliberately chose to take
to the wheel after drinking The focus is on making sure
the majority of people get the Unfortunately, the people breaking
the limit now I fear don't take any They need to be caught
by the police to And there is apparent support
in this Edinburgh pub for the tougher limits and
tougher enforcement. I believe there should be zero
tolerance on drink-driving. I don't think you should get
in your car after drinking. You are out of control
when you've had a drink, so the answer should be quite simple,
you shouldn't allow a limit, you If you drive, you don't
drink and that's it. I think in their head they know
is wrong, and I don't know how we can change that.
Police say although drink-driving has had a
high profile during the festive period,
it will continue to be a
When not going to stop targeting drink-drivers
simply because the festive period is over.
There will still be a focus on it throughout the year because there
is a hard-core element of motorists disregarding the safety of other
people and we will continue to pursue those individuals.
My message is still the same, regardless of
whether it is Christmas or summer, don't do it.
The figures also showed an increase in the people caught the
morning after drinking, which police said was reckless.
Campaigners south of the border have been calling for
a reduction in the drink-driving limit there and have expressed
concern to that with so many Scottish drivers being over the old
limit, it may dissuade legislators from bringing England and Wales into
The driver of a lorry which crashed into a house killing a woman had
blacked out with what a court heard described as an
55-year-old Catherine Bonner died and her partner, Jim McColl,
was badly hurt in the crash in Fairlie in 2013.
A Fatal Accident Inquiry heard from a doctor who said
driver George Marshall had an underlying medical condition.
A charge of death by dangerous driving was dropped after details
The way skills are taught needs to be urgently overhauled to cope
That's according to a think tank which is warning more needs done
Here's our business correspondent, David Henderson.
They are here to retrain and keep pace with changes at work.
This class is popular with mature students who want to take on new
skills for a career in nursery education.
You learn to deal with people differently, your
communication changes as you develop different
working relationships with
your mentors and lecturer and other classmates.
I think it is vital that we keep learning and not give up at
the age of 37, you know, decide to change your life for the better.
Soon the owners classmates will take this training to where they work.
Most of the students here are under 25
but the average age is on the rise as more people look to renew their
The college principal told me those skills
are focused on the jobs that
Employers help shape and design the courses in the
programmes, in some cases helping deliver
those programmes with us and
They provide real live work experience and
projects for the students studying in college so they are tapping into
talent that exists in the College at the same time as preparing the
Technology is becoming ever present in the workplace, like this robot,
which was taught to sort clothes, and the gathering pace of change in
so many lines of work means skills training may have to adapt.
In Scotland there is an issue with people
medium-skilled into more highly skilled positions and we've also
found there is an issue around skills mismatch in Scotland, where
the skills are not meeting the needs of employers.
We feel the skills system needs to reform and become
more flexible to meet these needs and to be
able to be fit for the
One the things we have done to respond to that particular
challenge of helping people progress in their careers is extra funding to
So working patterns are being redrawn and very
Instead, change is the order for the day.
That presents challenges but opportunities too.
The centralisation of the control rooms of the Scottish Fire
and Rescue Service is being blamed for a series of call-out errors.
Critics claim a lack of local knowledge has led to the mistakes.
Fire brigade control centres in both Aberdeen and Inverness were closed
down at the end of last year with the new North operations hub in
Dundee part of a ?10 million reorganisation and investment in
The closures were always controversial and in recent
weeks it is alleged that emergency fire crews have been sent out when
there were other crews close at hand.
One crew was called out from Lairg to attend an incident on the
Another station was asked to go to an
address in Dundee and that defies belief, that in a life-threatening
situation and a life safety service, these things are happening.
Councillors in the Highlands have always been against the
centralisation and are now calling for the closure of the local call
Politicians are demanding answers to the current
We need to sure that fire engines go to the right place right
across the Highlands and Islands and that has
not happened recently so
Parliament should look into it and find out what went wrong
and make sure the Fire Service operate as it
Scottish Fire and rescue declined to be interviewed about the
allegations, but in a statement, they said
they had reviewed what were
unsubstantiated claims and was set aside that in all cases the correct
results have been sent to the incident involved.
They added that in any area local knowledge came not
just from control room staff, but also from
We've had some outbreaks of rain, merging into longer spells and
clearer spells to the east. That will be the case for the rest of the
night along with brisk winds. Gail Folsom the Western Isles along the
West course on for the Northern Isles. Through the night, fairly
mild. Clear spells towards the east. By morning, showers for the far
north, the Northern Isles and the North West. Temperatures, 4-5 C. Dry
in the central belt and across the borders. As we head through the day,
we will see improving conditions and this band of rain is continuing
across the west coast in particular. Sunny spells along the east coast.
The rain extends down south across towards north-western parts of
England and into Wales and the South West of England. Brian is along the
east coast all the way down into the south-east. Temperatures 9-10 C.
Tomorrow evening, further rain for a time, but as this moves through, we
get much colder air for tomorrow night into Wednesday. It is going to
turn a very windy indeed, with night into Wednesday. It is going to
severe gales for the North and gale force gusts across Scotland and
Northern Ireland. Showers become increasingly wintry. Wednesday,
those showers with sleet and snow in the North West. Brighter moments
between these showers, but bitterly cold and temperatures of 5 degrees.
But with the wind chill, it will feel extremely cold. The Met office
have issued several warnings for the strength of the wind and for snow
showers with snow falling readily to lower levels on Thursday. Those
warnings across most of Scotland in the West on for Northern Ireland,
too. Thursday, widespread across Scotland and extended to the coast.
Our next update is during Breakfast at 6.25am tomorrow morning.
But from everyone on the late team, goodnight.