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Today: Tuesday 8th November

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is facing a critical vote as investors grow increasingly wary of lending money to the country. And also on today's programme, we investigate the phenomenon of gallery rage as the latest blockbuster art exhibition opens in London.

Business news with Simon Jack on Italy's record borrowing costs as investor fears heighten over the state of the country's finances.

The government in Wales is to begin a consultation on moving towards a system of presumed consent for organ donation. Roy Thomas, Chairman of Kidney Wales Foundation and Glyn Davies, Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire, link text here debate the best way to increase the number of organ donors.

MPs on the transport select committee have raised concern about environmental and cost issues of the government's plans for high speed rail. Ian Williams, from Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chambers of commerce, explains why his organisation supports the proposal.

Theresa May is to face questions about whether a secret decision to relax passport checks on foreigners at ports and airports allowed extremists and criminals to enter the UK. MP and former home office minister Alun Michael is one of those questioning the home secretary.

A jury has found Michael Jackson's personal doctor Conrad Murray guilty of the singer's involuntary manslaughter after he died from an overdose of Propofol. Alistair Leathead reports from Los Angeles on reaction to the verdict.

The NHS in England is spending more than £440m each year on painkillers according to new research. Judy Aldred, managing director of S Sentif, who conducted the research, explains the figures.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A large asteroid is heading towards Earth, measuring half a kilometre wide, and is expected to come closer to us than the moon tonight. Alan Fitzsimmons, astronomer at Queen's University, explains how this close encounter will pose no danger.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

How much trouble is the Italy in? Business editor Robert Peston and Megan Greene, of economic analysts Roubini Global Economics, give their verdict.

A review of the papers.

Hogarth's House in Chiswick, the country home of one of Britain's most famous 18th century artists, reopens today three years after it closed for restoration. Nick Higham takes a look around.

Thought for The Day with Abdal Hakim Murad - Muslim Chaplain at the University of Cambridge.

MPs on the transport select committee have come out in support of the government's plans to build a high speed rail network between Manchester and London but are questioning its costs and environmental issues. The Today programme's Nicola Stanbridge is in Kenilworth in Warwickshire hearing the concerns of a farmer who lives near to where the proposed line would run. And the committee's chair, Louise Ellman, explains her mixed feelings about the plans.

Silvio Berlusconi is facing a crucial vote on budget reforms in the Italian Parliament today as the country's borrowing costs rocketed. Senator Lucio Malan, vice-president of the Italian Senate, explains why he believes that a Berlusconi resignation would not solve Italy's problems.

The gold-coloured coffin of Sir Jimmy Savile has been placed in the Queens Hotel in Leeds, so the public can go and pay their respects before its taken to St Anne's Cathedral. BBC reporter Daragh Corcoran reports on the "lying-in-state style arrangement" for the DJ and charity fundraiser.

A new Leonardo exhibition is opening at London's National Gallery tomorrow, promoted as a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to see nine of his greatest works together for the first time. With large crowds expected, arts editor Will Gompertz examines the growwth of the blockbuster exhibition as well as its attendant phenomenon, "gallery rage". 0824
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Four foreigners were recently kidnapped from areas close to the Somali border in Kenya and the capital Nairobi suffered two grenade attacks. Najib Balala, Kenyan Minister for Tourism, describes how he is working to make the country safer for tourists.
Business news with Simon Jack.

With the borrowing costs for the Italian government reaching a record level, how high do bond yields have to go, before a country has to be rescued? In Ireland that figure was 7%. David McWilliams, a respected Irish economic commentator, analyses the state of Italy's finances.

A jury in Los Angeles has found Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray guilty of his involuntary manslaughter. Jeanne Wolf, a Hollywood journalist who has covered the trial from the outset, describes the scenes when the verdict came through.

Will current and future austerity measures in Italy spell the end of "la dolce vita"? Tobias Jones, author of the Dark Heart of Italy, and James Walston, professor of politics at the American University of Rome, debate what lies ahead for the debt-ridden country.



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