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Scotland's papers: Derek Mackay's budget day allegations

Image caption The Scottish Sun alleges that Derek Mackay has been sending messages to a 16-year-old boy. The claims came hours before Mr Mackay was due to present the Scottish government's budget at Holyrood. However, he has now resigned. The Scottish Sun alleges that he contacted the boy on social media over a six-month period, inviting him to dinner and to attend a rugby event.
Image caption A Holyrood committee heard on Wednesday that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the details of a ferry contract, including the cost of the vessels, before it had been agreed. The Telegraph reports comments by the former owner of Ferguson's, Jim McColl, who has called for a public inquiry into the fiasco.
Image caption The Herald also reports on the committee which heard evidence about the ferries. Its headline, "Sturgeon 'shafted us' over contract price for ferries", refers to comments made by Mr McColl. His Ferguson shipyard won the £97m contract to build two new ferries for Arran and the Hebrides in 2015.
Image caption The Scottish Daily Mail also reports on the Holyrood committee, and calls the situation a "£230m ocean-going shambles". The paper also says it has tracked down Anne Sacoolas, the American accused of killing Harry Dunn, 19, in a crash. The paper says it obtained photographs of her on the school run - images Harry's family are said to have found "sickening" and "galling". The US last month turned down an extradition request for her, made by the UK.
Image caption The Edinburgh Evening News reports that Liberton Primary School will be closed for the rest of the week after a fire broke out minutes after pupils left the building. It says the fire has caused "significant damage".
Image caption An inquiry has been ordered into the Curriculum for Excellence "amid sliding performance" in schools, The Scotsman reports. The front page also says that a "radical overhaul" of the care system will follow a "scathing report" that was published on Wednesday.
Image caption Plans for a flagship hospital in Aberdeen have been hit by a two-year delay, The Press and Journal reports. It adds that costs for the facility in Foresthill have "spiralled" by £60m.
Image caption The Angus and Dundee edition of The Courier reports that the closure of a mental health unit in Angus has had a "damaging impact" on services. Campaigners are calling for the unit to be reopened urgently.
Image caption Nearly 200 people have died on the streets - a rise of 20% in the past year - according to the Daily Record. The paper reports that the charity Shelter Scotland said the country had a "failed system".
Image caption A poll claims that 56% of Scots don't believe in democracy in the UK, according to The National. The paper attributes the lack of belief suggested by the poll to Boris Johnson's refusal to support another Scottish independence referendum.
Image caption The Daily Express reports that TV licences are "facing the axe in seven years". The claims come as the UK government's Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan launched a public consultation on whether non-payment of the TV licence fee should remain a criminal offence.
Image caption The i reports that Donald Trump has been acquitted in his impeachment trial after a dramatic Senate vote. The paper notes that Mitt Romney was the only Republican to cross the aisle and convict Mr Trump, on the first charge of abuse of power.
Image caption The Times says Mr Trump was acquitted in the "historic" trial with his chances of re-election at their highest levels since he took office. Its lead story is on a "landmark" study that found that cancers could be diagnosed and treated decades before symptoms first appear.
Image caption And finally, the military has been banned from university freshers' fairs in case the sight of soldiers triggers students' mental health issues, according to the Daily Star.

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