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Today: Wednesday 11 March 2009

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Silent protests are to take place in four Northern Ireland cities following the three murders by dissident republicans. And at least 10 people have been killed in a series of shootings across two towns in the southern US state of Alabama.

Two people were arrested during angry scenes as 200 soldiers marched through a Bedfordshire town centre to mark their return from Iraq. Abdul Malik, a member of Luton town's Race Advisory Forum, discuss the anti war protests - including the use of placards saying "butchers of Basra".

Shropshire-based Wrekin Construction Group has gone into administration, threatening up to 600 jobs. John Slaughter, director of policy at the Home Builders Federation, discusses the firm's claims that the Royal Bank of Scotland is to blame.

Ofsted have failed to detect a culture of "bullying" and "abuse" at the Gatehouse School, a special school for secondary age boys in Buckinghamshire, an inquiry alleges. Reporter Andrew Hosken investigates the claims that pupils had been the victims of excessive restraint by teachers and even locked in their classrooms.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Two men, aged 17 and 37, have been arrested in connection with the murder of a policeman in Northern Ireland. Correspondent Chris Buckler reports from Craigavon on how people have been reacting to the attacks. Dr Martyn Frampton, of Peterhouse College, Cambridge, discusses the likelihood of further disturbances.

A former Woolworths manager, Claire Robertson, has managed to re-open the store she used to run in Dorchester after it closed down when the chain went bust. She discusses why she has decided to open her store - under the new name of Wellworths.

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

A mother has been jailed for eight years for inflicting a "horrific" series of injuries on her two-month-old son, who died hours later. Kim Bromley-Derry, executive director for children and young people at Newham Council, and Ray Jones, professor of social work at Kingston University, discuss how well social service departments are operating.

Carbon dioxide emissions from human activities are acidifying the oceans and threaten a mass extinction of sea life, a top ocean scientist warns. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin and Dr Vicky Pope, of the Hadley Centre at the Met Office, discuss the fears for ocean ecosystems.

Labour MP Chris Mullin is to release his political diaries - titled The View from the Foothills. He discusses if that is the best vantage point from which to survey the political scene with author Giles Brandreth.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Russia says it has become the world's biggest consumer of heroin. Mike Reid, Americas editor for the Economist, and Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, discuss calls for the UN to do more to fight the problems as a meeting in Vienna of the United Nations Commission on narcotic drugs is set to begin.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The period between the Glorious Revolution in 1688 and the Jacobite Uprising in 1745 is a badly neglected part of history both in teaching and writing, Conservative education spokesman Michael Gove says. He discusses his view with Tristram Hunt, of Queen Mary, University of London, who also remembers other forgotten periods of history.

Anti-war protesters have held up placards saying "Anglian Soldiers Go To Hell" and "Butchers of Basra" as 200 soldiers marched through a Bedfordshire town centre to mark their return from Iraq. Margaret Moran, Labour MP for Luton South, says while freedom of speech must be upheld, she is disgusted by the protests.

Should the United States talk to the Taliban? Security correspondent Gordon Corera reports from Kabul on the possibility of President Obama entering diplomatic negotiations as the US undertakes its major policy review.

Ofsted has come under fire for failing to spot the way teachers were treating pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties at a special school run by Milton Keynes council. Sheila Brown, Ofsted's regional director for south England, discusses accusations that pupils were bruised when restrained by staff and sometimes locked into classrooms.



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