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Today: Saturday 10th July

Police have confirmed that fugitive gunman Raoul Moat killed himself after a six-hour stand-off with armed officers. And the government is preparing to make next year's national census the last one, as it is looking at other ways of counting the population.

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Today reporter Nick Ravenscroft is in Rothbury where the Raoul Moat saga has come to an end after the suspected gunman shot himself.

The government is preparing to make next year's national census the last one. It is looking at other ways of counting the population. Political correspondent Louise Stuart examines the new plans.

The paper review.

The House of Lords has been debating a Private Member's bill aimed at reforming the libel laws. draft bill on new libel laws. Parliamentary correspondent, Mark Darcy, reports on a spirited discussion.

The government is planning to reform the NHS by giving GPs responsibility for buying services from hospitals. It is a significant change. But think tank Civitas thinks the restructuring would set the NHS back three years. Civitas' James Gubb outlines his concerns for the quality of NHS services.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Suspected gunman Raoul Moat has killed himself after six-hour stand-off with police. The BBC's Nick Ravenscroft reports from Rothbury in Northumbria.

The Church of England's General Synod will spend the weekend discussing the contentious question of women bishops. The Times' Ruth Gledhill and David Virtue, from Virtue Online, explain what Synod is.

The paper review.

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

The coalition government seems determined to dismantle security apparatus erected by Labour. They have announced a curb to police powers to stop and search under terror legislation in the week of the 5th anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings. Anti-terror chief, Bob Quick and Sir Malcolm Rifkind discuss the government's attitude to civil liberties.

Raoul Moat is dead. The man, whose name was unknown outside his family and close community a week ago, has apparently shot himself after a six-hour stand-off with of police. The BBC's Nick Ravenscroft reports on the suspected killer's last hours.

After a nightmare week for Education Secretary Michael Gove and his department, it has come to light that there may be further problems with the way the government has handled its decision to scrap the Building Schools for the Future scheme. Today reporter, Sanchia Berg, and Graham Stuart MP, chair of the Education Select Committee

Scientists have collaborated with the composers to produce a score in which singers are assigned notes that represents bits of their own genetic codes. So they are singing about themselves. The new piece, Allele, is performed by the New London Chamber Choir. Science correspondent Pallab Ghosh reports on this novel collaboration.
British speed cyclist Mark Cavendish has now won two consecutive legs of the Tour de France. Today presenter, Evan Davis, speaks to journalist Paul Fournel about the continuing fascination with the epic race.
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Raoul Moat is dead. He had been wanted for a week after shooting his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and killing her new partner, Chris Brown. He is also said to have shot PC David Rathband as he sat in his patrol car in East Denton, near Newcastle. Criminologist Professor David Wilson comments on Raoul Moat's mental state.

Newspapers have been full of the row over the decision to block the appointment of a gay cleric as Bishop of Southwark. This weekend the Synod will spend hours debating the issue of women bishops. Stonewall's Ben Summerskill and the Bishop of Croydon, Nick Baines, discuss whether the church should be falling in line with society's common beliefs.

The paper review.

British troops will be leaving the Sangin area of Helmand province to be replaced by US forces by the end of this year. Now a former Captain in the Royal Irish Regiment, Patrick Bury has written a vivid account of his experiences which is being published later this summer under the title Callsign Hades. Mr Bury speaks to Today presenter James Naughtie about his experience.

Is it necessarily a bad thing if, in an age of austerity and cuts in public spending, we have fewer choices? The author of a new book called The Art of Choosing thinks perhaps not. Sheena Iyengar tells Evan Davis about her views on the role played by choice in our lives.


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