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31/08/2017

Morning news and current affairs. Including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

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Thu 31 Aug 2017 06:00

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0650

Today’s puzzle has been prepared by the School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester.

0655

The NHS is providing guidance to people who come across victims of acid attacks as the number of assaults with corrosive substances continues to rise. Professor Chris Moran is the national clinical director for trauma at NHS England.

0710

Theresa May has said she wants to lead the Conservatives into the next general election, telling the BBC she intends to remain in power "for the long term". Poppy Gustafsson is the chief executive of Darktrace.

0715

The government's Psychoactive Substances Act brought in last year to ban so-called legal is to be subject to a full review by prosecutors after the collapse of the first ever contested case under the new legislation. Oliver Sutcliffe is lecturer in Psycho-pharmaceutical Chemistry at Manchester Metropolitan University.

0720

The Scottish Labour party has to find yet another new leader after Kezia Dugdale surprised everyone by resigning yesterday. The BBC’s Scotland correspondent James Shaw reports.

0730

One way of judging the way our society has changed over 60 years is to look at the way we dress. Since the late fifties there have been huge changes. Alexandra Shulman was editor of Vogue for 25 years.

0740

A hard drive containing unfinished works by Terry Pratchett has been crushed by a steamroller as per instructions left by the fantasy novelist. Patrick Ness completed Siobhan Dowd’s novel A Monster Calls and Samantha Norman is the daughter of Ariana Franklin and completed Franklin’s novel The Siege Winter.

0750

Texas could need more than $125bn from the U.S. government as it recovers from Tropical Storm Harvey, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Dan Patrick is lieutenant governor of Texas.

0810

The decision by the Crown Prosecution Service to offer no evidence against a man accused of intending to supply nitrous oxide at a music festival raises questions over the efficacy of thegovernment's Psychoactive Substances Act. Kirstie Douse is head of legal services for Release and Mike Trace is a former deputy Drugs Tsar.

0820

The Cassini mission that’s exploring Saturn is nearing its end. The 13-year mission will transmit data until the final moment before it plunges into the ringed planet's atmosphere on September 15. Carolyn Porco is currently leading the imaging of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.

0830

The government promises 95% of British homes and businesses will have superfast broadband by the end of the year - but currently some people do not even get a basic internet service. Grant Shapps is chair of the British Infrastructure Group MPS.

0840

Twenty years on from Princess Diana’s death, has the way we grieve for public figures changed? Professor Adrian Kear is co-author of Mourning Diana.

0845

Theresa May has said her job is not just to deliver Brexit but to define the UK's place in the world and also to tackle domestic "injustices". Katie Perrior is the former director of communications at Number 10 and James Forsyth is political editor of The Spectator.

0850

How many traits do Japan and the UK share as developed island nations? Peter Popham is the former foreign correspondent with the Independent and Andrew Lambert is Professor of Naval History at KCL.

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