MORE than 13,000 children will take part in Scotland's first major book festival dedicated to young readers next month.
THOUSANDS of young people are risking irreversible hearing damage on a daily basis by failing to turn down the volume on their iPods and MP3 players to safe levels, a Scottish charity has warned.
LLOYDS Banking Group has pledged 40% of its top 5000 jobs will be occupied by women within six years as part of an attempt to rebuild its reputation.
OPPONENTS in the minimum price for alcohol debate have cranked up the rhetoric as a legal challenge to the Scottish Government's plans looms at the Court of Session.
Adventurer Mark Beaumont has reached the halfway point of his 288-day journey across the nations and the Commonwealth in the run-up to the 2014 Games in Glasgow.
CHILD poverty in Scotland fell by almost twice the level in England over a decade, new analysis by a leading social policy think- tank has found.
A SCHOOLGIRL who dreamed of returning to work in Africa has died following a suspected drug incident at a Glasgow nightclub.
TEACHERS heading to Scotland to promote the Chinese language will be given leave to remain in the UK for a further year after five staff were at the centre of a row.
SCOTTISH scientists have launched a £2.5 million project to design new drugs for sleeping sickness, which threatens almost 70 million people in Africa.
MSPS are to examine proposals to tackle the misuse of parking badges for the disabled.
The mystery of a cat thought to have found its way from the Canary Islands to the north-east of Scotland has been solved.
A former police chief constable who was cleared of misconduct following a £400,000 inquiry has criticised the process as unfair and one-sided.
Nick Clegg heads a business delegation to Colombia and Mexico today in a bid to forge stronger trade links with the two countries, after saying the UK "took its eye off the Latin American ball".
A MEMBER of the Christian Salvesen shipping empire has won a controversial dispute to expand his fish farm operations on a loch.
RELATIVES of a missing pensioner have thanked people for their help in the search.
A COMMUNITY group has launched a campaign to save an historic church in Edinburgh New Town as a hub for local people.
EQUAL rights campaigners have been boosted by reports that gay couples may be tying the knot in Scotland by the end of the year.
DETECTIVES have appealed for information after a man was found lying in a street seriously injured.
A shopkeeper has undergone surgery after suffering a brutal assault during an attempted robbery.
Hundreds of firms across Scotland have been helped to set up recycling schemes to comply with new regulations.
SOCIAL media has boosted the global reach of this year's Celtic Connections music festival to record levels as it attracted more than 110,000 people and sold more than £1.15 million worth of tickets.
FOR a man planning to lead Britain, being left off the list of the 100 best-connected men in the country is not great.
TV chef Heston Blumenthal has shut his gourmet London restaurant after it was hit by an outbreak of the same vomiting virus which forced him to close the Fat Duck five years ago.
A NEW fund to help support the next generation of business people turn their ideas into successful companies has been launched.
He is best known for his gritty roles in Trainspotting and as a recovering alcoholic in My Name is Joe.
SCOTLAND'S outgoing chief medical officer has warned a lack of exercise is as damaging to health as smoking, alcohol abuse and diabetes combined.
A 77 year-old pedestrian is in a serious condition in hospital after he was knocked down by a car.
THE NHS is coping much better with winter pressures than it did last year, but the worst of the winter may yet be ahead, Health Secretary Alex Neil has warned.
A bank has bowed to pressure over the high cost of phone calls from customers by introducing new lower rate numbers.
TRIAL results described as a "milestone" in prostate cancer treatment are set to spark a fresh row over NHS access to new drugs.