9 October 2014
Never, goes the old theatre maxim, work with children or animals. Tricia Marwick, Holyrood's Presiding Officer, deals with childish behaviour on a daily basis. Today she coped admirably with an animal intervention.
A public awareness campaign is being launched to highlight the carrier bag charge which has come into force.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man tried to lure a 12-year-old boy into his car in Stirlingshire.
Finance Secretary John Swinney gives a statement on the 2015-16 budget.
Scotland's largest dementia conference is taking place in Glasgow today.
The four-day event aims to find ways of overcoming the stigma attached to the condition, which affects almost 90,000 people in Scotland.
Tonight, the Glasgow Declaration - a commitment to promoting the rights of people living with dementia across Europe - will be signed.
Not everyone is happy about the plastic bag charge.
Michael Laurier, director of plastics manufacturer Symphony Environmental, says the new law is wrong.
"It denies people, for no real valid reason, their basic human rights," he told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland.
"It's taking away an everyday product, that people don't use just once. They've already paid for within their shopping bill and getting them to pay for it again.
"It also forces them to buy more bin liners. When you refer to the Irish experience, the consumption of shopping bags dropped from 90-95% but the sale of bin liners went up 400%."
Derek Reilly, Pontypridd: Frustrating charge - when you purchase clothes, no one has large bags. Beware: people will buy knives and not be willing to buy a bag so carry the knives around.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is keeping tabs on Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, reports the Scottish Sun.
This morning's back pages also mark Dave King's anticipated meeting in Glasgow this week with Rangers shareholder Mike Ashley.
Read the rest of the sporting headlines in our newspaper round-up here.
Calum Duncan, Scottish Programme Manager at the Marine Conservation Society, has welcomed the new 5p charge for single use carrier bags as a "major step forward".
Speaking on Good Morning Scotland he said 750 million 'single use' carriers bags are used every year in Scotland.
"That's the highest per person than anywhere else in the UK; and that's 150 per person, per year," Mr Duncan added.
"They're used for only about 20 minutes but the average carrier bag can take over 1,000 years to break down and fragment."
What do you think about the charge? Text 80295, email us here or tweet using #ScotlandLive.
Scottish Labour has found itself in a state of flux following the referendum. There have been rumours of challenges to leader Johann Lamont and former First Ministers Jack McConnell and Henry McLeish have urged the party to rediscover its "sense of purpose".
On today's programme I'm asking: has Scottish Labour lost its way? Also, is charging 5p for a carrier bag a waste of time?
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The Scottish Daily Mail leads with suggestions that a collapse in support for Scottish Labour could cost it victory at next year's general election.
Meanwhile, The Scottish Sun features the results of an investigation by the paper into the commission paid to online comparison sites.
Read the rest of our newspaper round-up here.
Andy Murray came from a set down to beat David Ferrer 5-7 6-2 7-5 in the final of the Vienna Open.
The victory means the Scot moves ahead of Ferrer in the race to qualify for the World Tour Finals.
Murray, 27, broke his opponent three times in the final set before holding his nerve to serve out the match and win only his second title of the year.
"It was a good finish to the week," Murray told BBC Radio 5 live after a match that lasted two hours 42 minutes," said the Scot.
"It was a very long match and both of us were in the locker room struggling, limping around and very stiff and sore so it was a nice one to get through."
Starting pay for new recruits has been rising strongly, data on Scotland's labour market shows.
It found that the numbers available for work had been falling while employers took on more staff.
The Bank of Scotland survey for September saw weaker growth than in the previous three months.
The number of vacancies grew, but at the slowest pace for 11 months.
Glasgow had the highest growth in pay for permanent new recruits, and Dundee had the fastest rise in pay for those on temporary contracts.
Stop-start at times westbound #A720 Edinburgh City by-pass Gilmerton to Dreghorn - about 5 miles of queuing traffic.
PB, Glasgow: 5p a bag? About time. Next we want £500 a mile for every private car poisoning the air that we breathe!
Jimmy in Alloa: Come off it guys, a 5p charge on plastic bags means we'll be paying twice the cost. The bags are already costed into the price of the goods we purchase.
Morning all, Gillian here. Scattered showers today, mainly in the West; drier & brighter in the East. Temperature between 12-15C. Winds strengthening later.
A mandatory carrier bag charge has been introduced in Scotland for the first time.
Shoppers will now have to pay a minimum of 5p per bag, with net proceeds to be donated to good causes.
In May, MSPs voted to bring in the new regulations in an effort to tackle Scotland's litter problem.
In addition to plastic bags, the fee has also been imposed on single-use carriers made from eco-friendly materials.
The minimum charge applies to all retailers, not just supermarkets.
Wales became the first part of the UK to introduce a minimum charge for single-use carrier bags in 2011, followed by Northern Ireland last year.
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