An extra hundred million pounds is being put into the National Health Service to pay for cancer services. The government says it'll be used to pay for new diagnosis equipment and computers to help with radiotherapy. Its part of a pledge to reduce waiting times for cancer patients.
It's emerged this morning that the government is planning to extend tests for pupils aged 12 and 13 in secondary schools. That's despite claims from teaching unions that national tests for 14 year olds fail to motivate children or accurately measure their achievements. Studio interview with John Banks (National Union of Teachers).
At the start of this century we didn't have micro-computers, the means of flight or even the vote for women. Well, peering into the next century, advances may be a little easier to predict but certainly no less fascinating. Guy Smith offers his vision of what could soon be reality.
Now if you drive a car, you'll know how much petrol's gone up in the past year. But while it might have cost you more money, the petrol retailers say the price rises have cost some of them their jobs. They're accusing the oil barons of rigging the market - and they're warning prices will rise even more - making motoring even more expensive.
More than seventy per cent of company bosses claim they've encountered serious lying by job applicants. But all may soon be revealed thanks to a new hi-tech computer vetting system.
The Oasis pop star Noel Gallagher has experienced a lot of highs in his colourful life. But after watching his first child - a baby daughter - being born this afternoon, he said simply it was "the best thing ever".
It'll come as a shock to the millions of animal lovers in this country but today around 130 perfectly healthy dogs will be put down. It'll be the same tomorrow and the day after that. In fact around 50,000 dogs a year are destroyed just because they've strayed or have been abandoned. The National Canine Defence League is launching a new campaign to try to save some of those lives.
The European Union has granted Newcastle Brown Ale protection from imitators.
It's often said that in Britain we're a nation of pet lovers and since there are 50 million pets and 57 million people this goes some way to prove that point. All this week we're looking at the weird and wonderful hobbies and pets that make up eccentric Britain. In the first part Guy Smith meets one man and his superdog.
Peter Lane tests out the best chat up lines discovered by a group of psychologists.
The Emergency services are claiming that mobile phones are wreaking havoc across the country. Accidental 999 calls are up 75 percent on last year. Ambulance, police and fire chiefs are demanding the public take greater care of where they leave their phones.
Thousands of people in Britain suffer from Arachnaphopia - but now help is at hand courtesy of London Zoo. Experts there claim to be able to make even the biggest arachnophobe love a spider.