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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 11 May 2016
  2. Murder victim lured by phone-box caller
  3. Drunk driver jailed for fatal crash
  4. Balmoral Show begins
  5. Picture: Balmoral Show (by Pacemaker)

Live Reporting

By Eimear Flanagan and Eunan McConville

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Ciaran McCauley

BBC News NI

That's it from us at BBC News NI live - we'll have more news, sport, weather and travel (and updates from the Balmoral Show) tomorrow from 07:00. Have a good night!

Weather: Another good day on the way

Could be the odd scattered shower tomorrow morning, but after that it's a mainly dry day with temperatures reaching up towards 20C. 

Weather collage
BBC

Expect a cooler time on Friday, but until then keep the sun cream handy.

Rugby: Van der Flier ruled out of South Africa tour

BBC Sport NI

Leinster flanker Josh van der Flier is out of Ireland's tour to South Africa after picking up an ankle injury.

Josh van der Flier
BBC

The 23-year-old is out for eight weeks. He will also miss the Pro12 semi-final against Ulster.

Jobs announced in 2010 'never materialised'

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

A project that the executive said would create around 100 well-paying jobs in Belfast never materialised, it has emerged.

Parity Solutions
BBC

Arlene Foster made the announcement for IT firm Parity Solutions in 2010, when she was enterprise minister. However, six years later just under 20 staff are employed locally and yesterday half of them were told they were likely to lose their jobs.

Man held over Gourley murder released

Queen's: Review plans 'unanimously approved'

Around 100 students and staff are holding a sit-in protest at Queen's University over it's size and shape review - in a statement, the university says the review has been "unanimously approved by Senate, the university' governing body".

Queens University
BBC

"The review was wide ranging and complex, impacting the entire university and was developed through extensive debate and consultation," it said. 

Cake 'would have been made without the word gay'

A cake bearing the slogan 'Support Gay Marriage' would have been made if it was not for the word 'gay', a Belfast court has heard.  

Ashers Bakery
BBC

Ashers Bakery are appealing after being found to have discriminated against a customer for refusing to make a cake promoting same-sex marriage. 

Sun's out, sunglasses on!

BBC Newsline: Coming up at 18:30

Sit-in at Queen's University over future plans

Robbie Meredith

BBC News NI Education Correspondent

Around 100 students and university staff are holding a sit-in protest at Queen's in protest at the outcomes of the university's "size and shape" review.

Gerry Carroll
BBC

The plans include A-Level entry grades for many degree courses rising to an A and two Bs and as well as proposals for school and subject mergers. Among those at the sit-in is People Before Profit MLA Gerry Carroll (pictured).

Troubles weapon 'now used by German police'

The brother of a murdered policeman says one of the weapons used in the same attack is now being used by police in Germany as a training weapon. 

George Larmour
BBC

George Larmour told the Belfast Telegraph that the gun was used in the attack in an ice-cream shop in the Lisburn Road in Belfast after previously being used in the killing of two corporals at a funeral in west Belfast in 1988.

The PSNI says it "is amenable to consider whether there is an avenue to bring the weapon back to the UK".

Balmoral Show: Soon-to-be mare from County Clare

The Secret: ITV defend drama after concerns raised

ITV says that it conducted the making of The Secret, a television dramatisation of a double murder in County Londonderry, "responsibly" and that it sought to "minimise distress for family members, in so far as we were able to do so".

The Secret
ITV

Earlier, David Cameron said he would speak to the culture secretary about concerns expressed by Lauren Bradford, the daughter of Lesley and Colin Howell. She said that victims' families needed to have more rights "over their story".

Man arrested over in Mark Gourley murder inquiry

Police have arrested a 38-year-old man in connection with the murder of Mark Gourley.

Mark Gourley
BBC

Mr Gourley, from Carrickfergus, was last seen in March 2009. In 2013, police investigating his disappearance began a murder inquiry

Bikes not the only fast-movers at NW200

Coming up on Evening Extra at 17:00

Sheffield MP Louise Haigh says the victims of a double murder in Londonderry 18 years ago were reliving the pain of their loved ones' killings as a result of ITV drama The Secret.  

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Traffic : Warning over busy roads at Balmoral Show

Traffic : Collision on Belmont Road in east Belfast

Balmoral Show: Razor sharp skills from BBC reporter

BBC News NI's Claire Graham had her hands full at the Balmoral Show, as this video can attest...

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Sit-in protest at Queen's University

Balmoral Show: The kids are on site

Jobseekers' human rights 'breached' by minor convictions declaration

Jobs in Northern Ireland which require people with more than one minor conviction to disclose them to employers violates article eight of the European Convention on Human Rights, the High Court has ruled.

High Court in Belfast
BBC

The case was brought by a woman who was convicted of six seat belt offences in the 1990s. The judge said there was no rational connection between applicants having to declare minor offences committed 20 years ago with the objective of safeguarding vulnerable people.

Traffic: Broken-down lorry cleared near Hillsborough

Traffic: Road closed after motorcycle crash

Traffic: Delays between Hillsborough and Sprucefield

Traffic: Traffic now moving well near Bangor

PSNI react to rise in GB threat level from dissidents

A senior Northern Ireland police officer has issued a statement after the UK government raised the threat level in Great Britain from Northern Ireland-related terrorism from moderate to substantial.

Will Kerr
BBC

ACC Will Kerr said: "Threat levels are kept under constant review and today's announcement by the Home Secretary is about increasing awareness and encouraging vigilance."

Shear class at the Balmoral Show

Tasty treats on display at the Balmoral Show

The 2016 Balmoral Show co-incides with Northern Ireland's Year of Food and Drink

Cake stand at Balmoral Show
BBC

There were plenty of tasty treats on display on the first day of the three-day event.  The show also features an "edible garden". 

Spectacular slow-mo of Balmoral bikers' stunt show

'Major tailbacks' after A2 crash

Officers enjoy a rare day in the sun at the North West 200

Crash on Bangor to Belfast road

The Secret: PM to meet culture secretary over NI murders drama

David Cameron says he will speak to Culture Secretary John Whittingdale about concerns over TV series The Secret, a dramatisation of the killings of Lesley Howell and Trevor Buchanan by Colin Howell and Hazel Stewart. 

James Nesbitt in The Secret
ITV

Louise Haigh, an MP for Sheffield Heeley, said that her constituent, the daughter of Colin and Lesley Howell, is having to "relive" the pain of what happened because of the TV series which is "completely against her wishes".

Second brother pleads guilty to Belfast

A Belfast man has joined his older brother in prison to await sentencing for his part in the murder of a 41-year-old man in 2014.

The house where Matthew Goddard was murdered
BBC

Matthew Goddard was found dead in his home in Chobham Street, east Belfast, on Christmas Eve of 2014. On Wednesday, James Henry Turner of Dunraven Court in Belfast pleaded guilty to his murder. Today, his brother William Turner, from Glenlea Grove in Belfast, also admitted the murder.

The unsung life-savers of the NW200

BBC Sport NI

Every year, over 60 flag marshals take their position track-side at the NW200. Their crucial job is to warn riders of conditions ahead, so helping to stop crashes and save lives.

Flag marshals
BBC

As BBC News NI's Keith Burnside writes volunteering to be a flag marshal can often be a family affair.

NI terror threat level raised in Britain

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BBC

Threat level from Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Britain raised from moderate to substantial - Home Office.  More to follow

MP calls for NI question time change

East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson was speaking at Westminster's Northern Ireland Affairs Committee.

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Security threat in Northern Ireland remains unchanged at "severe"