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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 8 June 2016
  2. School closed after father and two children struck by lightning
  3. Increase in manufacturing exports to outside the EU
  4. Independent panel recommends new decommissioning scheme
  5. Picture: White Rocks Beach, County Antrim (by James Gardiner)

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  1. That's all folks!

    That's it from us for this evening. Join us again tomorrow at 07:00 for more  news and views from across Northern Ireland ... and even un petit peu from France!

  2. Hockey player loses High Court gum shield claim

    A hockey player who suffered serious dental injuries in a first eleven match has lost a High Court negligence claim against her former school.

    Court

    Megan Murray, 22, sued Rainey Endowed in Magherafelt over damage inflicted when she was not wearing a mouth guard during a game nearly eight years ago. But a judge ruled that the school's policy of recommending pupils use gum shields met the appropriate standard of care.

  3. 'Why did it take so long?'

    Alliance leader David Ford has submitted an urgent question to the health minister asking what evidence came to light to allow the lifting of the gay blood ban.

    David Ford

    "I have always believed Northern Ireland should be brought into line with the rest of the UK when it comes to gay men donating blood. Therefore the lifting of the ban is a positive step. However, the minister needs to explain why it took so long to come to this decision."

  4. A plague 'of biblical proportions'

    Conor Macauley

    BBC News NI Agriculture and Environment Correspondent

    A plague of biblical proportions is munching its way through ash trees in an area of south Belfast.

    caterpillar

    Tens of thousands of larvae have stripped a number of trees almost bare in the Belvoir estate.  

  5. BreakingSearch for three missing divers

    A search is under way for three divers missing off the north Antrim coast near Whitehead. 

    Helicopter

    The Coastguard rescue helicopter, Bangor lifeboat, Portmuck and Larne Coastguard and a merchant vessel are all involved in the search.

  6. Groin and bear it - Lafferty ready for Poles

    Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty gave positive news on his groin injury following a scan today.  

    Lafferty

    Lafferty sustained the injury during training yesterday, five days before the Euro 2016 opener against Poland. He sent out a tweet earlier saying he was "now back on the pitch and bring on the Poles".

  7. First minister to go to Northern Ireland versus Poland match

    First Minster Arlene Foster plans to go to the Northern Ireland versus Poland match on Sunday.

    Arlene Foster

    But Deputy First Minster Martin McGuinness is staying at home as he will be answering questions in the assembly the following day.

  8. Is cutting corporation tax affordable?

    The Northern Ireland Executive has not yet agreed that cutting corporation tax is affordable, the finance minister has said.

    Corporation Tax

    Máirtín Ó Muilleoir was answering questions from members of the Assembly's finance committee.  Under the Fresh Start deal, the executive committed to cut the tax rate to 12.5% in 2018, on the basis that the measure is affordable.

  9. Talking to women facing fatal foetal abnormality

    The Public Health Agency is meeting women in Northern Ireland who have experienced a pregnancy where the baby was diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

    FFA

    The BBC understands that the agency wants to be able to help other women who are told their baby has a life-limiting condition, including what options may be available. 

  10. Kingsmills families' confidence 'shaken'

    The coroner at the Kingsmills inquest says the discovery of a palm print has "shaken the confidence of a number of families" whose loved ones died.

    Kingsmills

    But Judge Brian Sherrard said: "This is the first and best opportunity since 1976 to establish a verifiable link between the person who has been identified and the attack. That link may produce many more leads."