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Today: Tuesday 4th May

US investigators have arrested a suspect in connection with an attempted car bomb attack on Times Square, New York City. And flights to and from Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic are being suspended due to fresh risks from volcanic ash.

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Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are to criss-cross the country today as electioneering intensifies on the campaign's penultimate day. Political correspondents Martyn Oates, Richard Moss and Patrick Burns report on the final campaign surge.

NHS managers are preparing for a squeeze in budgets unprecedented in the history of the service, despite politicians' pledges to maintain frontline NHS services. Professor Chris Ham chief executive of the King's Fund, examines the health services' financial difficulties.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The owners of the O2 Arena, AEG, have emerged as contenders to take over the running of the London Olympic Stadium in East London after the 2012 games. Sports editor David Bond outlines the potential deal.

There has been plenty of speculation about who the Liberal Democrats will work with in the event of a hung parliament. Correspondent Mike Sergeant has been following Nick Clegg through the election campaign and reports on the party's own debate about a possible coalition.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

All flights into and out of the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland have been suspended due to fresh risks from volcanic ash. Haraldur Ólafsson, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Iceland and adviser to the Icelandic Met office, explains the new risk.

The paper review.

The "Battle for Barking" will be one of the most important election fights as the British National Party vies to take control of the council and replace Labour's Margaret Hodge as local MP. Reporter Andrew Hosken has been following the election campaign in East London.

You can find a full list of standing candidates in Barking using the BBC Election site.

Thought for the day with Abdal Hakim Murad, Muslim Chaplain at the University of Cambridge.

The German government has approved a loan worth more than £95bn as part of a rescue package for Greece's ailing economy. Nobel prize-winning economist and informal adviser to the Greek government Joseph Stiglitz, assesses whether the bail-out deal will work.

The political parties are making last-minute attempts to win over the electorate as campaigning enters its penultimate day. The Welsh Secretary, Peter Hain, clarifies his comments on tactical voting, and the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson reflects on the sort of scenarios which might be thrown up by a hung parliament.

NHS managers are preparing for a squeeze in budgets at a scale unprecedented in the history of the service. An increase in the costs of drugs and an ageing population mean that there will be little or no growth in NHS income. Dr Hamish Meldrum chairman of the British Medical Association Council, and Professor Karol Sikora a leading cancer specialist, examine the effect of large NHS spending cuts.

The Irish Aviation Authority has said it would reopen Irish airspace from 1200 GMT today but added that continued northerly winds forecast for the coming days could bring more volcanic ash clouds and disruption for passengers this week. Airspace over Scotland's Outer Hebrides is still closed and Jonathan Astill, head of operations for the National Air Traffic Services (Nats) analyses the threat.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Welsh Secretary, Peter Hain, has urged voters to vote tactically to keeping the Conservatives out. What do the Conservatives make of this call for tactical voting? Dr Liam Fox, the party's defence spokesman, comments.

The bail out deal for Greece agreed by the German government has been met with scepticism from both the financial markets and the German public who will have to finance the support. The Work Foundation's Will Hutton, and chief economist at Policy Exchange Andrew Lilico, examine the loan.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Oil giant BP has acknowledged it is "absolutely responsible" for cleaning up a huge oil spill but said it was not to blame for the accident which caused the slick. Dr Simon Boxall, lecturer in Oceanography at the University of Southampton assesses attempts to stop the leaks.

An Ipsos Mori poll of marginal seats suggests that a third of voters may yet change their minds about who to vote for. The Financial Times' Undercover Economist and the presenter of Radio 4's More or Less, Tim Harford, examines the facts behind tactical voting.

Lord Ashdown comments on Peter Hain's call for people to vote tactically to keep the Conservatives out of power.

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