9am Briefing: Flights return to normal after ash cloud chaos

FLIGHTS out of Edinburgh airport were getting back to normal today after volcanic ash yesterday forced the cancellation of nearly all services.

Up to 70 stranded passengers spent the night at the terminal.

Six Air France and KLM morning flights were cancelled because planes were in the wrong place after yesterday's disruption.

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And with the ash cloud now over northern Germany, flights to destinations there looked likely to be cancelled.

However, the airport said it expected to operate an almost full schedule today.

• THE last inspection of a city care home at the centre of a police investigation was so poor its manager "resigned with immediate effect", it was reported today.

Elsie Inglis Nursing Home in Abbeyhill has re-housed all of its residents since detectives started investigating the death of 59-year-old Lynn Beveridge.

The company that owns the 70-bed facility reportedly said it had brought in a new management team after watchdogs carried out an unannounced inspection in April.

Regulator Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS) has given the nursing home until Friday to make improvements or lose its licence.

• THE National Gallery and its Scottish art collection is to be revamped and modernised, it was reported today.

The National Galleries Scotland director-general John Leighton said that the next major project to follow the redevelopment of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery would be an upgrade of the buildings on The Mound.

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Work on the Portrait Gallery is nearing completion with public and exhibition space increased by more than 60 per cent, new galleries and a larger cafe and shop.

• THE Church of Scotland is to prepare a report on independence and what it would mean for the Kirk.

The General Assembly backed a call for the study, which will include a look at what the church's position would be if the 1707 Treaty of Union is superseded.

The Rev Ian Galloway, convener of the church and society council, said the Kirk did not have a policy on independence, but had a distinctive contribution to make to the debate.