A rundown of stories from Wednesday 27 February including programme highlights and comment
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Wednesday 27 February
Profits at British Gas are up 6% after they increased their prices a few months ago. The most detailed picture of how the slave trade worked in Britain is available online from today. And what effect will the ban on smoking in public places have on Russia - where 40% of people smoke?
0855The last of the local TV licences is about to be awarded in the next few days - it's for Preston - and the new channels should be on air in the Autumn. What will they be showing? We speak to Chris Kerr, programme director of BAY TV in Liverpool, and Debra Davis - chief executive of City TV in Birmingham.
Scientists from Harvard University have successfully replicated the conditions of a diseased human lung outside the body using microchip technology. Professor Donald Ingber, of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering Harvard, explains that the "lung-on-a-chip" micro device has been awarded an international prize for its potential to revolutionise preclinical drug testing by offering a viable alternative to using animals.
0842The Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, Paul Tucker, told MPs yesterday he'd raised the idea of negative interest rates as a way of turning the economy around, but said "it would be an extraordinary thing to do and it needs to be thought through carefully." So how do negative interest rates work and who wins and who loses? We ask Erik Britton, Director of Fathom Financial Consulting, an economics consultancy.
Although the war in Sudan ended 20 years ago, people are still dying there and tens of thousands have been forced to flee from their homes and become refugees. Talia (not her real name), a Sudanese 17 year-old, tells her story to Today correspondent, Mike Thomson.