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Scotland's papers: Rates 'hike' and probe over boy's death

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Police are working to piece together the final hours of a 13-year-old boy who died after collapsing on a bus in Edinburgh, the Daily Record reports.

The Scottish Daily Express also leads with the story of Blake Ross, who was in care and went missing without his diabetes medication.

Blake is also pictured on the front of The Scotsman, which leads with a report on the growing gap between the rich and poor in Scotland, saying some Scots face "a lifetime of low wealth".

The front page of The Herald is dominated by the paper's campaign to reverse planned increases in business taxes in Scotland, which it says will cost firms north of the border £12m more than their counterparts in the rest of the UK.

The Scottish Daily Mail reports that the SNP's headquarters will see its rates cut by 34% under the review, while Scottish businesses face "ruinous" increases.

The Times of Scotland also focuses on business rates, reporting that the UK and Scottish governments are facing a "revolt" from the high street over claims changes will boost online retailer Amazon.

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall features on the front of The National, after it emerged claims on his website that he lost "close friends" in the Hillsborough disaster were false.

The Sun reports that Soham murderer Ian Huntley has asked fellow prisoners to use a feminine version of his name, telling them to "call me Lian".

The i newspaper focuses on the new inequality report, noting that the richest 1% of Scots own more wealth than the bottom 50%.

The future of Montrose's MoFest music festival is called into question on the front of The Courier, which quotes organisers as saying rising costs are putting the event at risk.

The Press and Journal reports on an Aberdeen man whose home was "ransacked" by thieves while he was in hospital recovering from a heart attack, causing him further health problems.

The former partner of Karen Matthews has been attacked for the second time in a fortnight, says the Daily Star of Scotland, which claims the attack is part of a "backlash" to a recently screened programme about the abduction of Shannon Matthews

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