16:10 UK time, Thursday, 5 December 2013
Childcare, extra cash in the chancellor's Autumn Statement and the developing White Paper front in the independence debate.
Official figures show a 14% fall in the number of racist incidents recorded by police in Scotland in 2012-13.
A Scottish botanist goes missing while on a plant-hunting trip to a mountainous region of Vietnam.
Prof Peter Higgs is among the Nobel laureates set to receive their medals on Tuesday at a ceremony in Stockholm.
More than 300 Scottish organisations are quizzing the Scottish government's cabinet over its blueprint for independence.
Comedians want your not-so-serious referendum questions
Susan Boyle is part of autism's 'invisible generation'
The cow that caused rioting on the streets of an Aberdeenshire town
Food prices in an independent Scotland
Pictures of shortlisted entries for top architecture competition
Newspaper review: Scotland's front pages
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A selection of your photographs taken across Scotland
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