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Reimbursements rate deemed too low
5:46 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Obamacare not yet accepted at Stony Brook

Stony Brook Hospital is one of two New York hospitals not accepting any insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act
Credit Charles Lane

Two New York hospitals say they still have not yet reached deals with insurance companies participating the state's new health insurance exchange.  But one of them, Stony Brook University Hospital, says a deal is imminent.  Much of the struggle is over low reimbursement rates.

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Olympian is also and Army Sergeant
10:28 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Long Island luger to slide at Sochi

Sgt. Matt Mortensen of Long Island will compete in luge doubles for Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Credit Courtesy Photo/U.S. Department of Defense

When the United States delegation marches into the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Sochi on Friday, one athlete representing the country in the sport of luge will be 28 year old Matthew Mortensen of Huntington Station, on Long Island. He spoke with WSHU’s Craig LeMoult Igls, Austria, where he’s training.

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Technology
4:44 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Westport, Conn. teen creates phone app that predicts school closings with 84% accuracy

Know Snow app creator Scott Pecoriello, 17, of Westport, Connecticut.
Credit Scott Pecoriello via wildaboutweather.com

A Westport, Connecticut teen has developed a mobile phone app that’s predicting school closings in Fairfield County with 84 percent accuracy.

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Switching to Natural Gas
9:59 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Gas conversion program in Norwich offers some lessons

Crew installing gas lines in Norwich, Conn.
SmartPower

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has given final approval to a program to convert 280,000 homes and businesses to natural gas heat over the next 10 years.

It’s part of the state’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy to lower costs and pollution by taking advantage of natural gas.

Natural gas is cleaner than other fossil fuels and cheaper at the moment due to increased production in North America. But the big question is how to get people to make the financial investment to switch.

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Book Review
9:42 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Superman: The High Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero

Author Larry Tye is not the first person to write about what the popularity of Superman means about our culture. But as arts critic Joan Baum says in this review of Tye’s book, there’s always more to learn about Superman’s abiding power.

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