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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 3 May 2016
  2. Man dies and five others are injured in crash
  3. Tributes are paid to artist Basil Blackshaw who has died
  4. Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness says it was mistake for Gerry Adams to use racist term on social media

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By Fiona Murray and Sharon Ferguson

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for your company today. Hope you can join us tomorrow for more news, sport, weather and travel updates.

Rain to dampen dry start tomorrow

Grab what you can of the sunshine tomorrow as it looks like it could fade as the day progresses. You can catch the latest BBC NI weather forecast here.

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Merger to create NI's largest housing association

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

Northern Ireland's largest housing association is to be created with the merger of Fold and Helm Housing Associations.  

Housing
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The new association would be responsible for managing 12,000 homes. The deal is subject to final approval and to be completed by early 2017.

Fines put brakes on pensioners' charity moped trip

A charity moped trip by a group of Liverpool pensioners has hit the skids after 17 of the group were given parking fines in Belfast.  

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BBC

The group from The Wirral found they had being fined for parking on a pavement in the Titanic Quarter. However, they are now back in the saddle after the fines were rescinded.

Noel and Tara prepare for Leaders' debate on BBC

From toe-tapping to touchdowns

American footballer Alex Collins has been keeping on his toes with a spot of Irish dancing.

Alex Collins
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Collins was originally dismissive of the idea of jigs and reels, but the daughter of his high school football coach convinced him to try it for himself, as Lee Costello reports.

Westlink reopens, but delays expected

Rehearsals begin for BBC NI's Leaders' Debate

Lord Chief Justice's five-year legacy plan on hold

Cost of growing vegetables in bad weather on BBC Newsline

Is Leicester's Premier League win the greatest sporting success?

Travel disruption due to west Belfast incident

Traffic is slow in Holywood

New chief executive announced at agri-food institute

Professor Elaine Watson has been appointed as the chief executive of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI). She was recently Vice President of DeVry Medical International and Dean of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) in Saint Kitts in the Caribbean.  

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Westlink is closed in both directions

Fold and Helm Housing Associations to merge

Westlink is closed towards M1

Kayakers are rescued in Lough Neagh mission

Two kayakers were rescued after getting into difficulty off Coney Island in Lough Neagh yesterday afternoon.

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Four arrested in Banbridge 'on suspicion of burglary'

Four teenagers, aged 19, 18, 17 and 16 years, have been arrested in Banbridge, County Down, on suspicion of burglary.

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BBC

Police said the 19-year-old man was arrested after a car was stopped in the Richmond Heights area today. Police subsequently received reports of burglaries in the Dromore Road and Laurel Heights areas and the other three were later arrested in Banbridge town.

Judge Brian Barker takes on NI security role

Judge Brian Barker has been appointed to the dual role of Chair of the Northern Ireland Committee on Protection and Independent Reviewer of National Security Arrangements in Northern Ireland.

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He served as the Recorder of London and senior judge at the Old Bailey from 2013 to 2015.

Taggart hopes Leicester triumph will change English football

Former Northern Ireland centre-half Gerry Taggart, who played almost 150 games for Leicester, says he hopes the club's triumph will change English football "for good, for the better".

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"I've watched a lot of this team this season and it's just mind-blowing the way they've got to where they are," he said. "The way they play football is good for the game."

Craigavon Area Hospital's new car park set to open

Rugby: Kelleher is Connacht bound

Double killer Stewart is denied funding for legal battle

Double killer Hazel Stewart has been denied funding for a legal battle over police pension benefits inherited from her murdered first husband, a court has heard.

Hazel Stewart
Pacemaker

The National Crime Agency is seeking an order that she must repay money gained following the death of Trevor Buchanan. But a trial due to start at the High Court in Belfast tomorrow has been adjourned due to the 53-year-old's failure to secure legal aid. 

Teenagers arrested over arson

Two 18-year-old men have been arrested in connection with an arson attack on a house in Wolfhill Avenue, Belfast, on Saturday 9 April.

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BBC

The men have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Get involved with tonight's debate

Get involved with the leader's debate by using the hashtag #BBCNIdebate. It's on BBC One tonight from 20:00.

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Firth's cancelled flight stands between her and Euros

Man admits killing his mother in their home

A man has admitted killing his 69-year-old mother in the home they shared on Knockancor Drive, Portstewart.

Alun Kinney Evans
Pacemaker

Alun Kinney Evans, 34, previously denied murdering Margaret Evans on June 4, 2014, but today he pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Collin Road re-opens

The Collin Road in Ballyclare has reopened following a collision there yesterday.

Colin Road
BBC

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts

Derry City claim place in cup semi-final

Derry City have booked their place in the EA Sports Cup semi-finals by coming from a goal down to beat Cork City 2-1 after extra-time at Turner's Cross last night.  

Dean Jarvis
Inpho

Dean Jarvis scored the winner for the Candystripes in the fifth minute of extra-time with a header from Nathan Boyle's cross.  

Belfast man pleads guilty to hoax bomb warnings

A man has admitted making a number of hoax bomb warnings in the Markets district of Belfast.

Laganside Courts Complex
BBC

Karl Patrick McCartan, 35, of Stewart Street in the Markets, pleaded guilty to a total of 12 offences today. The calls were made to 999 emergency operators over an 11-day period last October. 

Ospreys wing set to miss Ulster game

Ospreys are expected to be without wing Hanno Dirksen for their crucial Pro12 game against Ulster this Saturday.  

Hanno Dirksen
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Dirksen, 25, suffered a significant knee ligament injury in last Saturday's win over Cardiff Blues and faces a scan to determine the extent of the injury.  

Road near Dromore reopens after collision

Honey is buzzing after Leicester title success

A Leicester City fan living in Eglinton, near Londonderry, has said she is still in a "state of shock" after the formidable foxes clinched the Premier League title.

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Ann Honey, who has been a supporter for 20 years and used to be a season ticket holder, said it was a real buzz to claim the crown.

"I’m still in a state of shock and I haven't had much sleep," she added. "I'll be going back to see some friends and celebrate."

Major investment in Derry-based training firm

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

An investment fund has bought a major stake in Learning Pool, a Londonderry-based online training company.  

John Dolan of CCI, Paul McElvaney of Learning Pool and Jonathan Cosgrave of CCI
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John Dolan of CCI, Paul McElvaney of Learning Pool and Jonathan Cosgrave of CCI

The investor is Carlyle Cardinal Ireland (CCI) which is focused on small and medium Irish firms with strong growth potential, including Lily O'Brien's chocolates and Payzone.  

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Man arrested in connection with County Antrim murder

A 50-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of missing Carrickfergus man Mark Gourley. Mr Gourley was reported missing in March 2009.

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Zoe Salmon marries in Carribean

The News Letter reports that Former Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon has married in a secret ceremony in Barbados.

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