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Budget expected to whipsaw back to negative
5:37 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Suffolk sheds deficit (but not for long)

Lou D'Amaro (D-Babylon) says Suffolk closed previous budget gaps and can do so again.
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County budget officials say there’s a slowly improving fiscal picture for the county and that Suffolk actually had its first budget surplus since 2006.  

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The magical septical tour
7:29 am
Tue April 22, 2014

After 4-state tour, here's what Suffolk knows of septic systems

Credit Charles Lane

After a four-state tour, Suffolk County planners updated lawmakers Monday on what they knew about mitigateing what officials call Long Island's greatest crisis in generations: nitrogen contaminating regional estuaries. 

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Environmental advocates push for rule change
9:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

EPA seeks regulatory authority over streams & wetlands

Credit Craig LeMoult

Tuesday is Earth Day, and once again, one of the key issues that people will be talking about is protecting our clean water. Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule change that would give the federal government regulatory authority over wetlands and streams. The advocacy group Environment Connecticut is about to kick off a door-to-door canvassing campaign to encourage people to support the rule change.

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Millstone 2 allowed 80 degree cooling water temp
7:37 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

US allows Conn nuclear power plant to use warmer Long Island Sound water for cooling

The top US energy official says global warming is what compelled federal regulators to grant permission to a nuclear power plant in Connecticut to use warmer sea water for cooling. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced today (on Monday) Connecticut’s Millstone 2 power plant in Waterford has permission to use Long Island Sound water that’s as warm as 80-degrees Fahrenheit. 

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Program is "fundamentally flawed"
6:12 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Schools sharing services...an idea whose time hasn't come?

New York Governor  Andrew Cuomo and the legislature approved a plan in the state budget to hold the line on taxes and encourage local governments and schools to merge and share services over the next few years. But according to a report by school administrators, attempts at school district mergers in recent years have failed, partly because the public doesn’t want them. 

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