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Thu 17 Mar 2016 06:00

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European Union leaders are meeting in Brussels today amid signs that a proposed deal with Turkey, to end irregular migration to the Greek islands, is running into serious difficulties. The BBC’s Danny Savage reports.


A large Iron Age settlement's been uncovered in Pocklington in North Yorkshire. It’s hoped the findings at the site can answer questions that have long gone unanswered about the era which means it could hold national and even international significance. Speaking live in the studio is Paula Ware, one of the archaeologists who have been excavating the site.


Small businesses have welcomed what they said were long overdue reforms to tax policy as the chancellor doubled business rate relief.  The BBC’s Siobhann Tighe reports from Dunstable high street.


A big care company MiHomecare could be facing a bill for hundreds of thousands of pounds for not paying the minimum wage. Speaking on the programme is BBC reporter Zoe Conway and Caroline Barlow, who worked for MiHomecare in Devon.


Owners of killer dogs will face harsher sentences if the animals have been deliberately trained to be aggressive under new guidelines for judges. Speaking on the programme is Richard Williams, member of the Sentencing Council, and Martin Ralph, whose guide dog Otto has been attacked five times by other dogs.


How realistic is Labour's commitment to balancing the books and reducing debt? Speaking live in the studio is John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor.


TV broadcaster Cliff Michelmore has died at the age of 96. In a career spanning more than four decades, he anchored coverage of events including the Apollo moon landings and two general elections. Speaking on the programme is Cliff Michelmore’s son, Guy Michelmore.


European Union leaders are meeting in Brussels today amid signs that a proposed deal with Turkey, to end irregular migration to the Greek islands, is running into serious difficulties. Speaking on the programme is Dr Cathryn Costello, professor of International Human Rights and Refugee Law at Oxford University and Tanya Steele, interim chief executive at Save the Children.


Yesterday George Osborne delivered his eighth Budget as chancellor. The chancellor is live on the programme this morning.


The SNP has criticised George Osborne for failing to meet his own targets and instead called for him to increase public spending by 0.5% in order to help grow the economy. Sarah Smith is the BBC’s Scotland Editor. 


It's now five years since the start of the Arab Spring. But what are Arab societies doing to push back against the violent and extremist ideas which have fuelled the rise of the so-called Islamic State? The BBC’s Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly has been trying to find some answers and his series of reports begins at a school in Tunisia.


Researchers have managed to restore memories in mice bred to have features of the early stages of Alzheimer’s. This study indicates it’s the brain’s ability to retrieve memories that’s impaired, not the creation of memories. It means that one day, treatments to reverse memory loss in early onset Alzheimer’s could be possible. Dr Simon Ridley is director of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK.


Jack Sutherland, a confirmed alcoholic in his teens, was a PA and bodyguard to Hollywood stars during which time he developed addictions including marijuana, crystal meth and the crazed chemsex that characterises its use. By the time Jack was saved by his father, he had whittled down to 9 stone. He has now written a memoir about his experiences, with the help of his father, John Sutherland, who joins us live in the studio.


All subject to change.


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