Local authorities across Courier Country wrote off almost £4 million in unpaid council tax last year, according to official figures.
Health chiefs have admitted they have no way of knowing how much unused medication is going to waste across Tayside.
TV favourite Crimewatch is to be dropped by the BBC after more than three decades on the air.
Hospitals in Tayside and Fife cancelled more than 70 operations in one month for reasons such as lack of space, equipment or staff.
Education chiefs have been urged to act over a "worrying" rise in the number of pupils being assigned to individual teachers in Courier Country schools.