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Wed 1 Apr 2015 06:00

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In Britain affluence and poverty sit side by side. Looking at child poverty for instance, the north-western constituency of Wyre and Preston North has relatively few poor children but  the neighbouring constituency of Blackpool South has -proportionately - five times as many.  Reporter Sanchia Berg has been to visit schoolchildren in both as part of our look at 100 constituencies in 100 days.


The Environment Agency paid £135,000 to rehome water voles (£2,454 per vole) when it dredged two rivers as part of its flood prevention measures in the Somerset Levels. A Freedom of Information request by BBC Somerset found that the agency had to pay for a survey of the affected sections of the Rivers Parret and Tone last year to check for protected wildlife species before the dredging began. Voles were trapped and kept in storage over the winter before being moved to new homes in Hampshire and Cornwall. Mike Dean is the director at MD Ecology and has been involved in projects rehoming water voles and drawing up guidance on the subject.


The public’s water supply in two northern Taiwan cities will be stopped two days each week from 8 April in order to relieve pressure on the shrinking reserves of the Shihmen Reservoir. Taiwan is suffering its worst drought in 10 years, and it's thought that the reservoir has only 40 days supply left. Jeremy Allouch is a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, specialising in water and conflict and Jessica Budd is director of the UEA Water Security Research Centre.


The result of the general election could be decided north of the border, with the SNP surge likely to significantly dent Labour's seat tally. The Scottish Labour Party has held the majority of seats in Scotland in every general election since the 1960s. Ruth Davidson MSP is leader of the Scottish Conservatives.


The German newspaper Bild and the French publication Paris Match claim to have jointly obtained cellphone video footage of the last few minutes of the Germanwings plane which crashed in the French Alps. The German airline, Lufthansa, has acknowledged that it was informed six years ago by the pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who is believed to have deliberately crashed an airliner in France, that he had suffered from depression. Jenny Hill is the BBC’s Berlin correspondent.


Paracetamol is no good at relieving back pain and provides negligible benefits for osteoarthritis, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal. Scientists in Australia reviewed data from 13 studies and concluded that patients would be better off being advised to exercise. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has said it will review clinical guidelines which recommend paracetamol to treat back pain and osteoarthritis. Philip Conaghan is Professor of Musculoskeletal Medicine at Leeds University.


Broken into parts, smashed, scraped and shredded, it’s not the way Apple products are usually shown off in design museums. The laptop the Guardian was ordered to destroy, containing the secret data leaked by the US security contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden, is going on display at the V&A today. Does it still have aesthetic value? Corinna Gardner is lead curator of rapid response collecting at the V&A and co-curator of their All of This Belongs to You exhibition, which opens today.


The result of the general election could be decided north of the border, with the SNP surge likely to significantly dent Labour's seat tally (see 0710). James Naughtie has been to two adjoining seats Paisley and Renfrewshire North and Paisley and Renfrewshire South, just to the West of Glasgow, he visited during the referendum.


The Election to become FIFA president takes place next month and Sepp Blatter is hoping to serve a fifth term. The programme has learned of radical plans to make football more exciting with an experiment that will be introduced next season. Garry Richardson reports.


What is the future for Nigeria now that the former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari has won the presidential election? Wole Soyinka is a Nobel prize winning Nigerian author.


The result of the general election could be decided north of the border, with the SNP surge likely to significantly dent Labour's seat tally (see 0710). Jim Murphy is leader of the Scottish Labour Party.


The former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf is calling for an inquiry into the state of Britain’s jails, 25 years after Strangeways prison riot. In a speech today Lord Woolf will say the conditions in prisons are now as bad as they were in 1990. Lord Woolf was appointed by the Government to lead an inquiry into the riot and conditions in British prisons. His report published in 1992 made more than 200 recommendations. They included an end to "slopping out", increased contact between prisoners and their families, and better rehabilitation of offenders. Strangeways was later rebuilt at a cost of £90m and renamed HMP Manchester. Lord Woolf is former Lord Chief Justice and is now chairman of the Prison Reform Trust.


The political leader of Hamas Khaled Meshaal has condemned the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for - as he puts it - killing the peace process. He also condemns the activities of jihadist groups, which he says were against the teachings of Islam. Khaled Meshaal has spoken to the BBC's Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen, in Doha, the capital of Qatar, where he lives in exile.


A new, alternative news service from the BBC World Service launches on Wednesday. 'BBC Minute' is a 60-second round-up of what's happening in the world, aimed at a young audience, and will be broadcast every half hour. Julia White is head of showbiz and social media at Yahoo UK and Dr Michelle Ellefson is a cognitive scientist from the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge.


A new law in the state of Indiana has caused outrage among human rights activists across the Untied States.  The "Religious Freedom Act", promoted by the governor of the state, is seen by critics as legislation that could be used to discriminate against gay people. Companies like Gap, Apple, Levi Strauss, and numerous celebrities and sports stars are among those supporting a campaign against it. Aleem Maqbool reports from Indianapolis


An exhibition dedicated to picture frames opens at the National Gallery today. 'Frames in Focus: Sansovino Frames' aims to challenge the way we see paintings by focusing on the picture frames that the works of art are displayed in. The display showcases 30 frames gathered in London from across Europe, but only two of them house paintings, marking one of the first times ever a UK gallery has created an exhibition dedicated to frames alone. How important is a frame in complementing a work of art? Caroline Campbell is co-curator of the exhibition and Mark Darbyshire is founder of Darbyshire frame-makers.


The result of the general election could be decided north of the border, with the SNP surge likely to significantly dent Labour's seat tally (see 0710). Alex Massie is a journalist for the Spectator amongst others and Ewan Crawford is a former SNP special advisor.

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