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FILE - Students in a classroom (credit: CBS 2)

NY Students Begin 3-Day Common Core English Assessments

Students in grades 3 through 8 started on the tests on Tuesday. They’ll begin with the English language arts assessments and spend a little under 1 1/2 hours a day for three consecutive days, finishing Thursday.

04/01/2014

Emergency crews on the scene of a bus crash in Albertson, L.I. on April 1, 2014. (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

1 Dead, 2 Hurt After Coach USA Bus, Pickup Truck Collide On Long Island

The accident, which involved a Coach USA bus and a pick-up truck, occurred on Roslyn Road near Heathcote Drive in Albertson around 9 a.m. Tuesday.

04/01/2014

Juan Oscar Argueta (in white shirt), father of  murder victim Vanessa Argueta,, and about two dozen relatives and friends attended Monday's arraignment of alleged killer Jose Elias Garcia in Central Islip. (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

‘Most Wanted’ Reputed L.I. Gang Member Pleads Not Guilty To Murders Of Girlfriend, Toddler

A reputed Long Island gang member who was added to the FBI’s most-wanted list last week pleaded not guilty Monday to the 2010 execution-style killings of his girlfriend and her toddler son.

03/31/2014

Entenmann's

Entenmann’s To Close Plant In Bay Shore, Long Island

Long Island is poised to lose a landmark, as Entenmann’s closes its Bay Shore plant this summer and shifts production to other facilities.

03/27/2014

Stony Brook University Hospital (credit: Google Street View)

LI Hospital Merger Could Be Announced In May

Stony Brook University Hospital and Southampton Hospital have signed a letter of intent to merge and build a new medical center at the university’s Southampton campus.

03/27/2014

Windy Weather (file/credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Snow Held Off But Wind Advisory In Effect Across Region

Winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts between 45 and 50 mph are possible, according to the National Weather Service.

03/26/2014

Gas Pump (file / credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

Suffolk Lawmaker Wants More Notification Of Price Discrepancies At Gas Pumps

The proposal would require the price difference be clearly displayed on every automated pump screen and give motorists the opportunity to opt out of the higher credit/debit price.

03/25/2014

Suffolk County Police Sgt. Scott Greene was arrested following an undercover sting showing him stealing from a driver after pulling him over. (credit: Suffolk DA surveillance video)

Suffolk Police Sergeant Accused Of Stealing From Drivers During Traffic Stops Pleads Not Guilty

Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota said while on patrol, Suffolk County Police Sgt. Scott Greene, 50, of Shirley, would target Hispanic drivers, pull them over, search their cars and steal whatever cash he could find.

03/24/2014

Suffolk County Police Cruiser

Plan Afoot In Suffolk To Merge County, Parks Police

A plan has been launched to merge parks police with county police departments in Suffolk County.

03/22/2014

Southampton will use goats to clear invasive plants. (credit: CBS 2)

Long Island Town To Rent Goats To Eat Pesky Weeds

The Nubian dairy goats will be rented from farmers in upstate Rhinebeck. Their job will be to rid fields of autumn olive, a non-native plant that chokes out native species.

03/21/2014

Jones Beach (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Jones Beach To Get $65 Million Overhaul

The five-year project includes restoration of historic structures and the fountain at the Central Mall, new picnic areas and recreation fields, and an adventure play area with rock climbing walls.

03/20/2014

A man smokes a cigarette. (credit: Getty Images)

Suffolk County Lawmakers Vote To Raise Tobacco Purchase Age To 21

Last year, New York City became the first large city or state in the country to prohibit sales to young adults.

03/19/2014

Nassau County police cruiser (file/credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

‘Predictive Policing’ Proving Effective On Long Island

Both Nassau and Suffolk counties credit the new method for some of the lowest crime stats on record. The programs were modeled after the NYPD’s CompStat efforts.

03/18/2014

Classroom (file/credit: clipart.com)

NYC, Suffolk, Nassau Top 3 For Student Homelessness In New York State

There are nearly 5,000 homeless students in Suffolk County, according to state data from the 2012-13 school year. Nassau County is close behind with about 3,200 homeless students enrolled.

03/17/2014

A new, taller utility pole in East Hampton, N.Y., stands next to an existing pole about half the size. (credit: CBS 2)

Extra Large Utility Poles Spark Anger On Long Island

About 900 Port Washington residents have signed a petition demanding their removal. The petition claims the taller poles are dangerous and an eyesore.

03/14/2014

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