The most recent figures for GDP in Scotland showed a fall of 0.2% over the period of October to December at the same time as the UK economy grew by 0.7%.
Three charged after £250k worth of heroin found in Falkirk
A woman and two men have been charged after heroin valued at £250,000 was recovered by police.
The drugs were found on Monday in the Church Place area of Falkirk.
Detective Inspector Kenneth McAndrew, of Forth Valley proactive CID, said: "Tackling the sale and supply of drugs is a top priority for police in Forth Valley.
"We would also appeal to the public to keep providing us with information.''
The men, aged 25 and 28, and the woman, aged 39, have been charged and appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court earlier.
The second meeting of a Ministerial Working Group to examine building and fire safety regulatory frameworks was held on Wednesday.
Research commissioned by the Trussell Trust showed that half of people using foodbanks said their incomes were "unsteady'' from week to week.
Frank's Law aims to end the situation where people under 65 who have conditions such as dementia, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and cancer have to pay for the care they need.
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