Finance Secretary Derek Mackay insisted his tax and spending plans will give Scots the ''best deal'' in the UK as Holyrood approved his Budget for the coming year.
ScotRail Boss Verster 'Resigns From Post'
The head of under-fire ScotRail has quit after just 18 months, according to reports.
It is understood Phil Verster has stood down as managing director of the train operator.
His departure follows a turbulent period for the firm, which has faced calls to be stripped of its £7 billion 10-year franchise to run Scotland's railways for poor performance.
The Scottish Government's arm's-length organisation Transport Scotland ordered ScotRail to put in place an improvement plan after performance slipped below contracted standards last year.
Mr Verster appeared before a Holyrood committee on Wednesday and revealed Scottish Government plans to give a week's free train travel to ScotRail yearly and monthly season ticket holders could collapse as it relies on £1.8 million from a fund controlled by his firm which was earmarked for other initiatives.
He gave no hint of his departure and highlighted a 0.5% rise in yearly performance as ''significant'', and said performance should reach the contracted threshold in March.
A formal announcement is expected this afternoon.
A Flybe plane has been evacuated after its gear collapsed after landing.
Detectives investigating the rape of a woman in Renfrewshire have asked for help in tracing discarded clothing.
Roads and schools have been closed as Storm Doris sweeps in, bringing snow and high winds to parts of Scotland.
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