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Today: Wednesday 15 October 2008

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The US government has announced a $250bn (£143bn) plan to purchase stakes in a wide variety of banks in an effort to restore confidence in the sector. Correspondent Heather Alexander and Nick Bloom, of Stanford University discuss the reaction of Wall Street to the plan.

The EU's climate and energy package could be diluted as EU leaders meet in Brussels, environmental campaign groups fear. The European Commission will offer get-out clauses to governments preoccupied with the credit crisis and fears of recession. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin reports on whether the target of 20% greenhouse gas cuts by 2020 will still be hit.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Two of the most invasive aquatic species in this country, the American crayfish and the Chinese mitten crab, have caused havoc in UK waterways and are now set to meet. They eat everything in their paths and destroy local wildlife. A giant real-time experiment will test what will happen when the invaders cross paths. Environment correspondent Sarah Mukherjee explains the reasons for this experiment.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The relaxation of licensing laws has turned some market towns into outposts of the Wild West, the Police Federation in England and Wales says. It says it was common for police offices to be dealing with disturbances in small towns until the early hours of the morning. Simon Reed, of the Police Federation, and Gavin Partington, of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, discuss whether police resources are being "stretched to breaking point".

Today's papers.

A large collection of the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes' diaries and notebooks have been purchased by the British Library as the 10th anniversary of his death approaches. Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and Rachel Foss, curator of modern literary manuscripts at the British Library, discuss what the documents reveal about one of the great poets of the 20th Century.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.

National tests for 14-year-old school pupils in England are to be scrapped, following this summer's Sats marking "shambles". Tests taken at the end of primary school by 11-year-olds, and used for league tables, will remain. Children's Secretary Ed Balls says this these tests are no longer needed but the wider principle of the need for testing and accountability remained.

Unemployment is likely to rise in the UK. If the jobless total does go up, it will be for the eighth month in a row and there are fears that the total number of unemployed could reach two million by the end of the year. Andrew Hosken reports from Reading on how the business community is coping with the economic downturn - and Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, discusses what the effects of the crisis will be on UK businesses.

Aravind Adiga has won the Man Booker Prize. The 33-year-old is only the third debut novelist to claim the award in the Booker's 40-year history and one of its youngest winners. He says he is concerned about the India which the book reflects - one of segregation where the rich are beginning to live in gated communities.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Mobo Awards, the annual show celebrating music of black origin, is to take place at Wembley Arena. Correspondent Anna Holligan reports on allegations that the music industry is still unwilling to give black artists the same opportunities available to white acts.

A group of shareholders is seeking legal advice over the rights issues earlier this year by HBOS, RBS and Bradford and Bingley. Roger Lawson, from the UK Shareholders Association, and Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrats Treasury spokesman, discuss what this means for investors.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

How would prepare for an interview at an Oxbridge college? According to last year's applicants, questions such as "would you rather be a novel or a poem?" and "if I were a grapefruit would I rather be seedless or non-seedless?" appeared in interviews. Chloe Palfreman, of interview coaching firm Oxbridge Applications, and author Elfi Pallis discuss how you can prepare for the interrogation.

How has the financial crisis changed Gordon Brown and his fortunes? Lord Donoghue, who was a senior adviser to the prime minister in the era of another crisis - the meltdown of 1976 - and Steve Richards, of The Independent, discuss how the solutions of the 1970s have influenced the way this crisis is dealt with.



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