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Today: Tuesday 10th August

Private companies could play a bigger part in a crack down on benefit cheats. The pensions industry is warning that linking private schemes to a different measure of inflation will leave many people worse off. And why, if Nasa can not go to the Moon or Mars, it wants to send astronauts to asteroids instead.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Jeremy Leaf, of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, analyses housing prices.

Despite of high unemployment in the US, many of the big-name city orchestras are reporting record numbers of vacancies. Matt Wells reports from Massachusetts on how the classical concert halls of the US have managed to escaped the ravages of recession.

The number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan is rising, according to latest figures. Quentin Sommerville reports on the situation in the country.

The number of people dying daily in Moscow has doubled as a heat wave combines with smoke and dust from forest fires surrounding the city. Dr Doug Stevens of International SOS describes the danger of the wildfires for the population.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

NASA is not planning to send space ships to the Moon or Mars for the time being, but they are thinking of sending astronauts to asteroids. Astronomer Dr Heather Couper explains what they could hope to find.

Police in the US are involved in a Bonnie and Clyde-style manhunt for a man and a woman who have been on the run for 11 days across five US states. BBC correspondent Rajesh Mirchandani reports on the crime spree that has gripped the US.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

The United Nations has appealed for more money to help the victims of the flooding in Pakistan. Anjum Tahirkheli, from charity Basic Human Rights, discusses the difficulties of getting aid to people on the ground.

The paper review.

What can listening to birds teach you about music? Reporter Tom Bateman talks to former Beautiful South guitarist Dave Rotheray, whose latest album is inspired by birdsong.

Former teacher Sion Jenkins has been refused compensation for the six years he spent in prison before being acquitted of his foster daughter's murder. Civil liberties specialist Susie Labinjoh explains the difficulties in claiming compensation for a miscarriage of justice.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Dr Michael Banner, Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

The US House of Representatives is being called back to Washington to debate a $26bn package of legislation to bail out individual states which need the money to pay the wages of teachers, police officers and fire fighters. Kevin Connolly reports from Washington on the Congressmen and women being recalled from beach and BBQ. Economist Irwin Stelzer reflects on the success of Obama's economic policy.

Private companies could play a bigger role in the government's plans to reduce the £5bn a year lost through fraud and error in the welfare and tax credit system. Employment minister Chris Grayling and Max Wind-Cowie, of the think tank Demos, outline ways in which the government could crack down on benefit cheats.

You can now search the Domesday Book online. Dr Stephen Baxter, presenter of the BBC Domesday programme, explains the importance of the project.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of civilians being killed in Afghanistan according to the UN. BBC correspondent Ian Pannell explains why more people are being killed.

Carole White, Naomi Campbell's former agent, is to continue giving evidence to the trial that is trying to determine whether or not Charles Taylor gave Naomi Campbell a blood diamond. Peter Biles reports from The Hague on the latest development in the trial.

A group of pensions experts has criticised the government for proposing a change in the way private pensions are calculated - on the basis of the Consumer Prices Index instead of the Retail Prices Index. Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, of a pensions consultancies Mallowstreet and Redington, looks at what difference the change would make.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

More than a million public sector workers are on strike in South Africa, after rejecting the government's latest wage deal. South Africa correspondent Karen Allen reports on a big test for President Jacob Zuma.

Taxi drivers in Bristol are taking the City Council to court for forcing them to paint their cabs blue by May 2011. Councillor Gary Hopkins and Shafik Hamid, of the National Taxi Association, discuss whether the council has the right to force the drivers to change the colour of their cabs.

The chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners says that people should be encouraged to take more responsibility for their own health. GP Dr Martyn Lobley and writer and comedian Timandra Harkness debate how doctors could help people to look after their health.



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