Charles Lane

Senior reporter for Long Island

Charles is a radio reporter, story teller, Excel ninja, database grasshopper and loves to FOIL records. He's worked for NPR, Deutche Welle, Radio Netherlands, Soundprint, Penthouse, the Religion News Service and the Catholic World Report. He's won three SPJ Public Service Awards, a National Murrow and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. He once did 8Gs in a stunt plane, caught a 10-foot wave (briefly) and dove 40 meters on a single breath. Charles is extraordinarily friendly so don't hesitate to contact.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The tax plan unveiled by Republicans in the House of Representatives will disproportionately raise taxes on those living in Northeast states like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Many lawmakers from the region, including Republicans, are against the plan.

Bebeto Matthews / AP

Federal prosecutors charged four college basketball coaches with bribery, fraud, and corruption on Monday. Authorities say the coaches accepted tens of thousands of dollars to steer college basketball players toward specific clothing companies and managing agents.

Charles Lane / WSHU

In a gutted house in Bellaire, Texas, Sean Westerling and his helper measure everything –  closets, doorways, windows.

“You need to get the serial number off this freezer,” Westerling says.

FEMA wants serial numbers to make sure taxpayers didn't already pay for appliances in the last storm.

Property owners started filing insurance claims before the rain even stopped. They wanted to get to the front of what's expected to be a long line of flood claims, according to Joel Moore, an independent insurance adjuster for Gulf Coast Claims in Houston.

"They filed claims before they evacuated," he says. "So they actually have no idea if there's damage or not. They just wanted to be at the front end of the curve."

Evan Vucci / AP

A fourth business executive has abandoned President Trump’s business advisory council following criticism that the president moved too slowly in condemning race-fueled violence in Charlottesville.

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