This week's rise in VAT on alcoholic drinks could sound the death knell for many pubs, it has been claimed.
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Public sector workers across Scotland would be required to call a medical hotline before taking a sick day under new Tory plans to reduce absenteeism.
The Scottish Government has been accused of failing the poor after a new survey revealed the recession has hit Scots harder than people elsewhere in the UK.
Scottish Water has apologised to customers left waiting for help with burst and frozen pipes.
Scotland's education secretary is facing an official investigation into allegations that he intervened in school closures for political gain.
Last month was the coldest December in Scotland since records began, the Met office has confirmed.
The Church of Scotland faces its biggest challenge in decades this year as a two-year ban on the ordination of gay ministers comes to an end.
Smaller retailers will be among the worst hit by the UK Government's controversial move to increase VAT to a record high.
Scotland's education secretary is under pressure after he was accused of meddling in a council decision to close schools to aid his "personal election prospects."
Courier readers managed to capture pictures of Tuesday's partial solar eclipse, the first since August 2008.