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.

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A new national study finds that cars sitting in the 50 worst traffic bottlenecks in the U.S. burn 35 million gallons of gas and produce 370,000 tons of carbon per year.

The study was released today by AAA.

Of the 50 worst bottlenecks, three of them are in the tri-state state area. They include the Cross Bronx, the Van Wyck, and the Long Island Expressways.

Associated Press

After months of secrecy, Suffolk County said they will make public documents and data about their controversial red light camera program.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating Exxon Mobil after allegations that the company funded misinformation about climate change.

Schneiderman is asking for financial records and emails in order to find out if Exxon lied about the link between hydrocarbons and climate change. Under New York law a company can be prosecuted for lying to investors even if the deceit was unintentional.

Charles Lane

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone won reelection last night. He defeated Republican candidate James O’Connor despite leaving most of his campaign war chest untouched.

Volkswagen admitted it intentionally cheated on federal emissions tests. The German automaker now faces billions of dollars in fines and litigation, plus the cost of fixing some 11 million diesel cars worldwide.

That's just the company. The scandal is costing owners, too — at least those who are trying to sell their VW diesels. Not surprisingly, resale prices for the affected cars have been falling.

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