The public health minister has said he does not have the power to declare a national emergency in response to Scotland's drugs death crisis.
Blunted kitchen knives could become the norm in Scottish shops as part of efforts to reduce knife-crime, it has been suggested.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said attacks on Scottish judges were "shocking" and "dangerous" and documents relating to Brexit chaos had been given to her as a "base level".
Fife and Tayside mental health units recorded the highest number of inpatient stays last year, latest figures have shown.
Police Scotland has denied any wrongdoing after links between a tweet it sent out and a private company selling ready-made "grab and go" emergency bags were uncovered.
The agency responsible for the roll-out of Scotland's new benefits system has admitted it still does not know where in the Dundee it will be permanently situated.
The police and Scottish Government have been accused scaring a tense public after recommending the public pack a "grab-and-go" bag of essentials this month.
Scotland's First Minister said she would be unable to comment on the discussion on whether the Stone of Destiny should be returned to Perth due to her responsibilities as a "commissioner for safeguarding the Regalia".
The UK government has ignored calls to engage with Scotland's drugs death task-force, the public health minister has said.
Shadow education secretary Liz Smith MSP asked if the additional Barnett consequential would be put toward recruiting teachers in primary, secondary and additional support schools.