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 3Gs in a stunt plane, ran the Tough Mudder, and dove 40 meters on a single breath.  Charles is extraordinarily friendly so don't hesitate to contact.

New York has become the first jurisdiction to finalize rules over Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. The new rules are aimed at protecting customers, but many say the state's new rules could stymie innovation.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is allowing more than 140,000 victims to review claims if they feel insurance companies shortchanged them.



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Supporters of the opt out movement won 52 seats in Tuesday's school board elections on Long Island. More than half of school districts on Long Island now have at least some board members emphatically against Common Core-aligned standardized tests and how they are weighted in teacher evaluations.

This  could allow them to influence whether entire school districts administer the tests.

Brad Horrigan/WNYC

Superstorm Sandy’s storm surge was so strong when it hit Long Island in October 2012 that it lifted up Dan Stapleton’s Long Beach home and then kicked in the corner of the foundation. It left a 30-foot hole around his house.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun revealing details on how it will reform the National Flood Insurance Program.

FEMA oversees the program, which allows people to buy flood insurance from the federal government.  The agency contracts private insurance companies to process claims and payouts through the program.

FEMA's talk of reform follows weeks of criticism that the private insurance companies who administer the program underpaid homeowners following Superstorm Sandy.