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Today: Thursday 6th May

Voters throughout the UK are taking to the polls in the general election today. And engineers working for BP have succeeded in blocking one of three leaks on the sunken drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Returning officers are facing new rules and checks in how they count electoral votes. John Turner, chief executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators, explains the counting process.

0712
A British woman accused of murder in the US is facing execution after a Supreme Court decision not to review her case. Linda Carty was sentenced to death for the murder of a 25 year-old woman but has always protested her innocence. Ms Carty's daughter, Jovelle Carty Joubert, comments on her mother's case.

0716
Business news with Adam Shaw.

0718
A new book looking at British morale during the Second World War is being published today for the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Dunkirk, and the opening stages of the Blitz. Paul Addison, co-editor of the book and Honorary Fellow at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, describes how Britons coped during the war.

0722
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

0729
Greece stands on the "edge of the abyss," according to its president Karolos Papoulias, following a day of violent protests which left three people dead. The BBC's Malcolm Brabant has the latest from Athens. And Germany is expected to pass legislation tomorrow to enable financial assistance for Greece. Jonny Dymond reports from Berlin on Germany's own debate about its European role.

0737
The paper review.

0740
Sir Paul McCartney is promoting his campaign Meat Free Mondays through a new mobile phone application that allows users to read books, short stories and essays. Today presenter Sarah Montague spoke to Sir Paul about the campaign and his works in recent years.

0749
Thought for the day with The Reverend Angela Tilby, Vicar of St Benet's Church in Cambridge.

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Pakistan's link to terrorism have been highlighted in the past week following the admission by Faisal Shahzad the failed Times Square bomber that he was trained in Waziristan in the north-west of the country. Security correspondent Gordon Correra outlines why Pakistan has become a breeding ground for potential terrorists.

0810
Energy giant BP are trying to reassure authorities and financial markets as it fights both the oil spill and the prospect of paying billions of dollars to fishermen and others affected by the spill. BP's chief executive Tony Hayward, outlines the company's responsibilities to the local area and the BBC's business editor Robert Peston analyses Mr Hayward's remarks.

0820
Throughout the election campaign, correspondent Kevin Connolly has travelled the length and breadth of the United Kingdom taking the pulse of the nation. For his final report, Kevin visited Skegness where there's hope that Europe's economic woes and Iceland's volcano may help boost tourism this summer.

0829
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

0835
It is 25 years ago this week that the ozone hole was discovered. Jonathan Shanklin of the British Antarctic Survey and one of the three scientists who discovered the hole, reflects on the discovery and its implications for climate change.

0840
Business news with Adam Shaw.

0845
Author David Mitchell is seen as a literary phenomenon, once toping Time Magazine's top twenty list of people whose "talent, powers, and moral example is transforming the world". Today presenter John Humphrys spoke to the author about his approach to writing and his new book The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

0850
The British Film Institute is looking back the the best of recent British TV in its season Second Coming: The Rebirth of TV Drama Pt 1. Mark Duguid, the BFI's senior curator, and TV critic for The Times Andrew Billen, give their opinion on Britain's "golden age" of TV.

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Chief economist of HSBC Stephen King has said that the West is losing control of its economic destiny and by the 2050s and 2060s will be a shadow of its former economic self. Mr King, and economics commentator for The Times Anatole Kaletsky, debate the prediction.


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