The long-term benefits of City Deals like the one arranged for Dundee, Perth, Angus and Fife will be difficult to monitor, according to Audit Scotland.
The SNP could take the UK government to court following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's refusal to grant a second independence referendum.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has promised investment to protect wild salmon fishing stocks as anglers on the River Tay prepare for another fishing season.
The Secretary of State for Scotland said it would be "unacceptable" to allow the Scottish Parliament the right to decide on referendums.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has announced the Scottish Government will set its budget on February 6.
The Scottish Government has been forced to accept there are "key weaknesses" in parts of its education and qualifications structure following a debate in Holyrood.
Ninewells' emergency department has been named the top performing A&E in the UK.