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Today: Thursday 2 October 2008

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The US Senate has voted in favour of the Wall Street bail-out bill. Effects of the crisis on the UK economy continue to build. A landmark ruling on assisted suicide is expected. And should horses be brought back to our towns and cities?

The US Senate has voted for the bail-out bill, but the House of Representatives has still to approve the plan, and may not vote until Friday. Jim Naughtie is in Washington and explains how the bill has changed as it passes through Capital Hill. Stephen Roach chairman of Asia operations at Morgan Stanley, discusses the news.

Business news with Adam Shaw

A 500 prize is being offered to the young person who can best tell the Christmas story in under 30 seconds. Chas Bayfield, advertising director of the Churches Advertising Network, who are running the competition, explains his hopes for attracting young people to Christianity.

How do you get a generation of people who have become used to the idea that music is free to start paying for it? Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones looks at how the music industry is finding ways to make money in the digital age.

Sports news with Arlo White.

New figures from the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) show that only a tiny proportion of the people who sign up for drug treatment end up coming off drugs. Home affairs editor Mark Easton describes the problems in the current system and Paul Hayes, head of the NTA, reacts to the latest statistics.

John McCain's Republican Party running mate Sarah Palin is to face Democrat running mate Joe Biden in the US vice-presidential debate. North America editor Justin Webb reports on the toughest test yet for the hockey mom politician.

Thought for the day with Dom Antony Sutch.

"Mark to Market" is an accounting phrase that has been on politicians' lips a great deal in recent days. Nicolas Sarkozy, David Cameron and the US Senate have all been calling for the practice to be changed or suspended. Michael Izza, chief executive of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales explains what the term means and whether the practice should be reigned in.

The UK economy is facing a difficult future whether or not the bail-out bill is passed in the US. The services industry has stopped growing and retailers fear worse is to come. Marks and Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose and Richard Lambert, director general of the CBI, debate the growing economic gloom.

The US Senate has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a bail-out package that may end up costing $800bn. But will the House of Representatives reverse its earlier "No" vote on the bill? Jim Naughtie reports from Washington.

Sports news with Arlo White.

The high court is being asked to rule on whether a British woman can be helped to kill herself. Debbie Purdy, 45, discusses her campaign to allow her husband to help her end her life in a foreign country where assisted suicide is legal.

Should horses be brought back to our towns and cities? Reporter Nicola Stanbridge goes for a ride with writer Simon Barnes, who is campaigning for more urban horseplay.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

How does the sound of food affect your experience of eating? Charles Spence, professor of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, describes how he made people believe crisps were crisper and fresher by electronically modifying their sound.

Even if the House of Representatives do approve the Wall Street bail-out plan, the US is still facing a difficult time. North America business correspondent Greg Wood reports on the latest moves to shore up the US economy.

Endensor Technology College in Stoke-on-Trent has called off its four day conference to discuss the future of the school - due to be held in a four star resort in Marbella. Mark Meredith, the mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, responds to the decision.



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