The drug-related death count in Dundee jumped from 57 to 73 in 2017, and is almost double the national average.
Scottish ministers have been accused of rewriting the rules and weakening legal protection for precious wildlife sites to pave the way for a controversial golf development on the north east coast.
Human rights campaigners have expressed concern over the safety of vulnerable people held at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre after a sharp rise in crime complaints over the past five years.
Holyrood's £82m pension fund is to be reviewed after campaigners questioned investments in arms, fossil fuels, tobacco and iPhone factories linked to mass suicides.
Scottish universities and police refuse to sever links with Chinese technology giant Huawei, despite fears their devices may be used for spying.
The mental health crisis at Scottish universities: stories from students
A wealthy US arms multinational in Fife linked to alleged war crimes gets free management advice from the Scottish Enterprise.
At least 20 homeless people in Glasgow have died in the last six weeks, The Ferret has learned.
Busy streets in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee are being polluted by exhaust fumes in breach of legal safety limits introduced in 2010, according to the latest government monitoring.