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Scotland's papers: Taxpayers' Salmond bill and school asthma threat

Image caption Several papers lead with last night's revelation that former First Minister Alex Salmond has been paid more than £500,000 in legal costs by the Scottish government. The Scotsman's story says the payout was in connection with a "collapsed internal probe" linked to allegations against Mr Salmond when he was first minister. The paper reports that opposition MSPs have now stepped up calls for Holyrood to "get to the bottom" of the failed inquiry.
Image caption The Scottish Daily Mail calls the fee a "staggering sum" and reports Mr Salmond as saying the bill could exceed £750,000 once fees for internal legal staff are included.
Image caption The i newspaper also leads with the settlement of the former first minister's legal bill for costs incurred in his judicial review against the Scottish government. It says a spokesman for the government confirmed that the final bill for Mr Salmond's costs came to £512,250 and had now been paid.
Image caption On the same story, the Scottish Daily Express says opposition parties are angered at the final bill. The Express also pictures teenager Nora Quoirin, whose body was found in Malaysia after she went missing.
Image caption The Daily Record's top story claims prison officers at a Scottish jail lined up "like a penalty shoot-out" to watch an inmate die. It reports on a fatal accident inquiry into the death of Allan Marshall. The inquiry heard evidence from a nurse who said officers ignored her protests to stop restraining him as he lay unconscious.
Image caption The Herald warns that children returning to school after the summer holidays face an increased risk from potentially deadly asthma attacks. The report says figures show a sudden spike in hospital admissions during August and September. Last year there was a 67% increase in the number of children in Scotland hospitalised with asthma attacks in August.
Image caption The Daily Telegraph brings its front page back to Brexit, claiming Commons speaker John Bercow says he will refuse to let Boris Johnson shut down Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit. In the story Mr Bercow says he will fight any attempt to suspend Parliament "with every bone in my body".
Image caption In The Times, former chancellor Phillip Hammond warns that Downing Street risks betraying people in the UK by forcing through a no-deal Brexit. The MP says Boris Johnson risks "betraying" the EU referendum result if he allows "unelected people" to pull the strings of his government.
Image caption The National's front page claims Tory minister Liz Truss was "caught red-handed" lying in an attack on the SNP. The article says the Brexit trade minister has been "slapped down" by Westminster's own statistics watchdog over "incorrect" claims about the UK government's generosity to Scotland made last month when she was Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Image caption An armed robbery at an M&S food store in Oban makes the lead in the P&J. A suspect threatened a teenage shop assistant with a firearm before fleeing with a three-figure sum from the branch in Lochavullin Drive.
Image caption "Water Zoomer" is the Scottish Sun's main headline. It tells the story of an Ayrshire man who took a speedboat for a run in floodwater in Kilmarnock after the weekend's heavy rain left local rugby pitches waterlogged.
Image caption The Daily Star of Scotland's headline reads "My pussy made me £1million" and refers to the story behind a couple's lottery win. Andrew Hancock bought the winning scratchcard when he took his wife Paula's car to a local petrol station to buy food for their six-year-old cat Shortcake.
Image caption Today's Edinburgh Evening news leads with a statement: "Welcome to Edinburgh... mind the broken pavements" and describes an elderly tourist's plight after a fall in Rose Street resulted in surgery on her shattered hip. Tricia Wilding was looking forward to the Tattoo when she took a tumble on "atrocious" paving.
Image caption And The Courier's Dundee edition is worried about the closure of a golf course. Camperdown may close after council chiefs decided they could not sustain two courses.

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