COUNCILS across Scotland have reduced spending on nurseries and schools, care for the elderly, street cleaning and road maintenance, with some costs slashed by up to 15% in just one year.
UNTIL now, it has been impossible to know how spending on schools, roads, care for the elderly and museums in each of Scotland's vastly differing 32 local authorities compares.
HIS novels may be full of fictional tartan-clad swashing and buckling, but a very real verbal duel has broken out over what Sir Walter Scott really thought of Highlanders.
BONNIE Tyler's attempt to win Europe's pop crown for Britain came to a shuddering halt at the Eurovision Song Contest last night, but at least she avoided the ignominy of the dreaded nul points tally.
THE new Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has described her appointment as an "enormous privilege and honour".
THE family of a five-year-old British girl who drowned in a hotel pool in Egypt have spoken of their anger that more was not done to save her.
l The rules surrounding nationality are fairly loose, with the singers allowed to come from anywhere and the songwriter normally native, but not always.
Olympic champion Jessica Ennis wore a winning smile today - as she married her long-term partner at a church in Derbyshire's Peak District.
SCOTLAND'S Chief Medical Officer has called for children aged between 10 and 17 to be vaccinated against measles.
SCOTLAND'S major new music venue under construction on the River Clyde is up to two months behind schedule and faces the prospect of headline concerts by some of the world's top rock and pop acts being cancelled.
A HISTORIAN is claiming to have found the site of one of Scotland's most significant battles.
A SOLICITOR whose 30-year legal career lay in tatters after he was caught trying to smuggle mobile phones and drugs into Edinburgh's Saughton Prison was jailed for four years yesterday.
THOUSANDS of pounds are being stolen from charities by thieves targeting clothing banks.
The RAF's Red Arrows air display team has been cleared by the Chief of the Air Staff to fly in displays this year, the RAF said.
Scots campaigners have lent their support to EU proposals that would allow all musicians to take their instruments on board aeroplanes.
A SHARED equity scheme designed to help home-buyers shows the Scottish Government helps people in tough times, claims Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.