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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved a 30-year-plan for the continued dumping of dredge material in the Long Island Sound. The Army Corps of Engineers dredges silt and sand from rivers and ports to keep them navigable. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) supports the plan. He says dredging is important to Connecticut’s economy. The dredging plan has support from Connecticut’s entire Congressional delegation, and the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, but it’s a different story across the Sound.

FDA Calls Powdered Caffeine Unsafe

The Food and Drug Administration has sent enforcement letters to five dietary supplement companies that sell pure powdered caffeine.

 

Cleanup Continues on LI After Heavy Rains Caused Record Flooding

Torrential rains across Long Island broke a New York state record on Wednesday with over thirteen inches in less than twenty four hours.  That's the highest amount of rainfall since Hurricane Irene in 2011.

 

Connecticut's Congressional Democrats Sweep Election

Despite his second loss against Himes, Debicella said he was proud of the race he ran.

 

Conn and Long Island WWII Veterans Honored on D-Day

The Suffolk County Police Department honored veterans Friday at their headquarters for the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  Six D-Day veterans were given proclamations for their service and heroism.

 

Watching the Planes but Not the Air Show

A record number of people attended this weekend's Bethpage air show at Jones Beach. But some skipped the crowds and went to Republic Airport instead. 

 

LI Businesses Pledge to Hire More Veterans

More than  a dozen Long Island businesses have signed a pledge to hire more veterans.  The New York Mets, the utility company National Grid and the medical supply company Henry Schein are some of those business. 

 

LI Tech Companies Having Trouble Finding Talent

Long Island technology companies gathered in Huntington on Tuesday at an event called Tech Day. The businesses were in search of talent and investors.

 

Suffolk Sheriff Re-Launches Tracking Program​

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office has re-launched a program that tracks people with disabilities who have a tendency to wander off.  The relaunch comes after two people in the region died after going missing. 

 

More Illegal Dumping Found in Babylon

The town of Babylon says it has learned of another illegal dumping site, this time in Deer Park. Officials are investigating to see if this latest site is connected to the 32,000 tons of toxic debris found at Roberto Clemente Park in Islip. 

 

Officials Propose New Helicopter Route

Elected officials on Long Island are urging the FAA to renew an “over-the-water” helicopter route that is set to expire in August. Officials also want to modify the route and make it permanent.  

 

Long Island Public Officials Want Federal Help to Eradicate Mosquito Borne Virus

Long Island public officials called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to spend more money and resources to help prevent the spread of the Asian Tiger mosquito on Monday. The tropical mosquito is a carrier of the deadly Dengue virus. The request to the C-D-C comes despite the fact that only one Long Islander has contracted the virus. That was last November. 

 

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