Long Island

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A theme in this year’s midterm elections is progressive women challenging entrenched Republicans. That’s what’s happening in Long Island’s 2nd Congressional District. Liuba Grechen Shirley is taking on thirteen-term incumbent Peter King. 

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The federal government has ordered a new environmental impact study of Plum Island. The government says the study will postpone the planned sale of the island by several years.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is blocking research trips and other public visits to Plum Island, according to the environmental advocacy group Save the Sound.

The federal government owns the island off Long Island’s North Fork -- it’s been used for an animal disease research lab for 60 years. In 2008, they decided to move the lab to Kansas and sell Plum Island.

Karen DeWitt

Tempers flared at the New York State Board of Elections Wednesday, as commissioners voted to limit the subpoena powers of the investigator in charge of enforcing campaign finance violations. The investigator, Risa Sugarman says it’s a case of blatant “political interference”, while board commissioners accused Sugarman of being secretive and playing the “victim.”

Sag Harbor Village Police Department via AP

 NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France announced on Monday he was taking an indefinite leave of absence following his arrest in the Hamptons on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone.