On Wednesday’s NewsHour…

BY newsdesk  June 16, 2010 at 4:18 PM EDT

BP AGREES TO VICTIM FUND | BP has agreed to set aside $20 billion dollars to pay damages caused by the Gulf oil spill, following tough talk from the Obama administration about quickly responding to claims from victims. Judy Woodruff talks to BP Managing Director Bob Dudley about those pay-outs and the company’s decision to suspend dividend payments to stockholders.

OBAMA’S SPILL RESPONSE | The President acknowledged discontent over his administration’s handling of the Gulf oil leak in his Oval Office address to the nation on Tuesday. Gwen Ifill talks to Ellen Fitzpatrick of the University of New Hampshire; Cynthia Tucker, columnist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson about whether that speech could help bolster confidence in the response to the disaster.

WIND POWER FROM BAJA | As President Barack Obama stresses the need for independence from fossil fuels, filmmaker Emma Cott examines one alternative energy project that is looking to harness wind power from Mexico to help meet California’s energy demands.

MEXICO’S DEADLY DRUG WAR | Mexican President Felipe Calderon appealed to the Mexican people for help as yet another spasm of drug gang violence erupted in Mexico this week. Ray Suarez talks with Allert Brown-Gort of Notre Dame University and Andrew Selee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

THEATER: SOPHISTICATED LADIES | Thirty years after his original turn in the Duke Ellington tribute “Sophisticated Ladies,” tap dance icon Maurice Hines returns the show as dancer, choreographer and mentor in the revival at Lincoln Theater. Jeffrey Brown talks with Hines about sharing his work with the next generation.

Wednesday’s anchors are Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top news stories and a look at features on the Web, including more of Jeffrey Brown’s interview with Maurice Hines on Art Beat and a blog post on another wind project in Baja.

Plus, our coverage of the oil spill’s political fallout continues with a video timeline of how Obama’s rhetoric has shifted on the crisis.

We hope you join us.