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Today: Wednesday 4th January

The two men found guilty of murdering Stephen Lawrence are to be sentenced. The first results in the race for the Republican US presidential nominee are in. And can sitting silently be good for your health?

Business news with Simon Jack, on a big test for the bond markets as many of the debts taken up over the credit boom come up for renewal.

What is the official advice for women with breast implants from the French company PIP? Health Secretary Andrew Lansley explains.

One of the two men convicted of the murder of Stephen Lawrence - Gary Dobson - only appeared at the Old Bailey because of the removal of the double jeopardy rule. Lord Goldsmith, who was Attorney General when the change was made, and Paul Mendelle QC debate the importance of the change in the law.

The business news with Simon Jack.

Blizzards and strong winds have battered Scotland, where tens of thousands of households have lost electricity. Read more: Scotland counting cost of storms

The sport news with Garry Richardson.

Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have finished the Iowa caucuses in a virtual tie as the race for the Republican nomination begins. North American editor Mark Mardell watched the results.

The newspaper review.

With special traffic lanes for competitors, VIPs and sponsors, rules to stop some traders cashing in, and disruption across London, are the 2012 Olympics for everyone or just the privileged few? Former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell and Matthew Beard, Olympics editor of the London Evening Standard, discuss.

Thought for the day with Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly.

The British Medical Journal has printed an editorial attacking the pharmaceutical and science community for the long-existing habit of only selectively publishing the results of clinical trials. BMJ editor-in-chief Fiona Godlee and neuroscientist Professor Colin Blakemore discuss whether a false picture is being put forward.

The brutal murder of Stephen Lawrence has led to profound changes in law, policing and culture. Matthew Ryder QC, who represented the Lawrence Family in its civil claim against the police, explains the legal repercussions. Nicola Stanbridge reports from Brixton in South London about how the killing has affected their lives. And Lord Blair, former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police who ordered a new inquiry into the case in 2006, explains the change in policing.

Can sitting silently be good for your health? Meditation was until recently viewed in the west as a religious practice that had little to do with science. Culture correspondent David Sillito investigates why that has changed.

The sport news with Garry Richardson.

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts is to set out a proposal for a new kind of university institution for science. Mr Willetts explains why privately funded institutions, with a focus on post-graduates, could help the field.

Buying and selling the rights to use a song or picture is a complicated business and a process to make it easier starts with a call for evidence for a feasibility study into whether there should be a Digital Copyright Exchange for the UK. Richard Hooper, the former deputy chairman of Ofcom, is leading the feasibility study and speaks to the Today programme's business presenter, Simon Jack, about what they are aiming to do.

In Hungary, the New Year has begun with controversy, as tens of thousands protest against the new Hungarian constitution, and the European Union contemplates sanctions against Budapest. But the government insists that it risks falling victim to a political campaign. Nick Thorpe reports.

What do you do if someone has a heart attack? Peter Hollins, chief executive of the British Heart foundation, sets out the advice.

How far has the aftermath of the murder of Stephen Lawrence changed British attitudes about race? Home editor Mark Easton, former home secretary Jack Straw and Lord Ousley, former chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, debate our attitudes to racism.


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