Railway lines in Tayside and Fife could be electrified to connect better with the West Coast mainline, rail chiefs have suggested.
Hard pressed councils' budgets could be thrown into disarray after the UK government hiked the rate of borrowing on local authority funding.
The Scottish Police Federation has warned a decision not to exempt emergency services from the so-called car park tax could endanger public safety.
The vice-chairman of Dundee's health and social care partnership will support an amendment calling for the decriminalisation of drugs at the SNP conference this weekend.
The SNP would put a "Marxist in Number 10" for independence, the Scottish Conservatives have claimed.
One of the country's leading social change groups has warned poverty in Scotland is rising from an already "unacceptably high level".
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she fully expects NHS Tayside to take on the recommendations of a mental health report which are currently being "ignored".
More needs to be done to protect communities from dangerous dog attacks, MSPs have said.
An English-born Conservative has said the "true mask of nationalism has slipped" after a political rival posted a video threatening to send him homeward.
Scotland's Brexit minister has said the path to an independent Scotland joining the EU is more open than it has ever been before, sentiments shared by former council president Herman Van Rompuy.