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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 5 July 2016
  2. Renewable energy scheme 'overspent by millions'
  3. NI man found dead in Cambodia
  4. Education chiefs deny misleading MLAs
  5. Picture: Ballintoy Beach, County Antrim (by Alan Porter)

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Goodnight

That's all from BBC News NI Live. We'll be back tomorrow with more updates on news, sport, weather and travel at 07:00. The rain mostly managed to stay away today, and we'll leave you with Morris Duncan's picture of beautiful Ballyholme beach.

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A snapshot of tomorrow's weather

Housing Executive staff 'threatened in New Lodge'

The Housing Executive says some staff members as well as a contractor have been threatened in north Belfast's New Lodge area.

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"The Housing Executive takes these matters very seriously and the safety of people who work for us is paramount and we are now reviewing the provision of services to the blocks," a spokesperson said. 

Opposition leaders 'should get £68k salaries'

Leaders of the opposition at Stormont should receive a salary of £68,000 and should get support staff, the panel tasked with setting MLAs' expenses and salaries has recommended. 

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The Final Review Panel has written to Stormont Speaker Robin Newton to say pay rates must reflect the political reality of opposition. 

Staying dry for Beyonce

North Belfast man sentenced over racist comments

A north Belfast man convicted of incitement to hatred towards two Pakistani men living on his street has been ordered to carry out 150 hours community service.

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John Montgomery, 59, was handed the sentence for verbal abuse of the men following an earlier attack on their Parkmount Street home in June 2014.

NI medal winners named in Paralympic team

Defending Paralympic champions Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop have been named in a 44-strong Ireland team for this year's Games in Rio.  

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Appeal over north Belfast arson attack

Police are appealing for information over an arson attack on a derelict building on the Antrim Road in north Belfast yesterday afternoon.

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Adjoining premises had to be evacuated and there was significant traffic disruption for several hours as firefighters dealt with the blaze. 

Tomorrow's weather: A little warmer in places

Parked car causes delays on Ormeau Road

Cambodia drugs death man was 'a good son'

The mother of Lisburn man Martin Hale, who died after taking drugs in Cambodia, says he was a good son who loved travelling. 

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"I used to say to him 'please son, don't be taking anything' and he'd always say I'm all right mummy, I'm all right, don’t be worrying about me. But I did, as any mother does," Theresa Temple said.

Scottish man jailed over parade rioting

A Scottish man who travelled to Belfast last July to watch loyalist bands, but who got drunk and involved in rioting in the Woodvale area, has been sentenced to 18 months.

Woodvale trouble
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Gordon Pringle, 43, of Glasgow Road, Paisley, was told he will serve half the sentence in prison and half on supervised licence.

Evening Extra: 20 years since Dolly the sheep

Gun attack on house in Coleraine

There has been a gun attack on a house in Coleraine.

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After loud bangs were heard outside the Elms Park house shortly after midnight, its occupant found a number of bullet holes in a glass panel of the front door. There were no injuries.

Belfast to get 'Europe's largest fresh water pool'

Pallet with xenophobic slogan removed from bonfire

A pallet on an east Belfast bonfire with the slogan "foreigners out" daubed on it has been removed, police have said.

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It is believed to have been removed by the bonfire builders. Police say inquiries are continuing.

Small businesses welcome corporation tax plan

The Federation of Small Businesses has welcomed news that Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is considering reducing the planned rate of corporation tax to lower than 12.5%.

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir
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"A reduction in corporation tax, more than any other single economic measure, will serve to increase this confidence and demonstrate fiscal responsibility post-EU referendum," the federation's Wilfred Mitchell said.

Wet weather to welcome Clippers

Second arson attack at Hilden Mill in Lisburn

Firefighters have been called to a second arson attack at the Old Hilden Mill in Lisburn.

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The blaze was put out at about 14:30. There was another arson attack at the same premises on Sunday,

Twelfth is 'not about getting drunk' says Orange Order

'It's about the battle, not the bottle'' says Orange Order campaign, appealing for "responsible consumption of alcohol" during this year's Battle of the Boyne commemorations.

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Call for UK to match Republic tax rate

PSNI march through streets of Dublin

Sinn Féin MEP talks to Tusk about Brexit impact

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has met the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to discuss the impact of the EU referendum on Ireland. 

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"In our conversation I told him we cannot have a situation where one part of our island is a member of the EU and the other is not," Ms Anderson said.

Racist slogan 'should be removed immediately'

Alliance MLA condemns racist slogan on east Belfast bonfire pallet.

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Ministers launch farm safety initiative

Body removed from lough

A body has been removed from Black Lough in Dungannon, police confirm.

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They have not released any further details.

MP in talks over 'foreigners out' bonfire slogan

East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson says he's talking to community representatives after a pallet daubed with the "foreigners out" was seen at a bonfire site.

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The bonfire is on Ravenscroft Avenue, off the Upper Newtownards Road. 

Friends in unusual places

SDLP man condemns 'sectarian attack' on his relative's car

SDLP leader in Brexit talks with European Parliament president

Car blocking Westlink traffic is removed

Brexit: Irish ancestry searches soar after vote

Community worker reacts to 'foreigners out' bonfire slogan

UU honour for veteran civil rights campaigner

Ay caramba! Simpsons theme gets cathedral treatment

Foster calls for Drumcree solution

Make the most of the break in the rain today

Broken down car causing Westlink delays

Temperatures rising at weekend