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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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants free college tuition for students in families making less than $125,000 a year. At an estimated cost of $163 million a year, the program would triple state funding for higher education. But the plan may not reach as many students as the governor claims.

Julio Cortez / AP

Attorneys general in eight states and the District of Columbia have settled an inquiry into the on-call scheduling policies of several major retailers, resulting in more predictable work schedules for some 50,000 workers.

Bebeto Matthews / AP

Federal prosecutors have charged seven money managers from the hedge fund Platinum Partners with defrauding investors of $1 billion. The fund made risky loans but told clients their money was safe.

Mark Lennihan / AP

In the Russian-American neighborhood of Brighton Beach, N.Y., many people support the GOP, but they're concerned about Vladimir Putin having too much influence in the Trump administration.

WSHU’s Charles Lane spent some time in Brighton Beach and found a different take on U.S.-Russia relations from the Russian-American enclave.

Below is a transcript of his interviews with residents:

CHRISTINA BONILLA: This is not America. This is Odessa.

Richard Drew / AP

New York regulators fined errant banks a total of $650 million in 2016, but that number could increase in the new year when new rules take effect.

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