WSHU News Reports

Stony Brook University School of Journalism has partnered with WSHU Public Radio Group, an NPR member station, to provide internship opportunities for its students and deliver more local news to Long Island listeners as part of the station’s new Long Island News Bureau.

Here are their latest stories.

Catholic Diocese Creates Compensation Fund For Clergy Abuse Victims

Nicola Shannon | WSHU Public Radio
Victims who accept the compensation must agree not to pursue legal action against the diocese.

Schumer Pushes Hard Against Trump Tax Proposal

Ronny Reyes | WSHU Public Radio
Schumer said the President’s plan would hurt thousands of Long Islanders.

Suffolk County Approves Dredging Plan, Angering Environmentalists

Jay Shah | WSHU Public Radio
The EPA’s decision allows Connecticut to dump dredging waste into an eastern Long Island Sound site.

New York To Spend $10 Million On Shellfish Restoration

WSHU Public Radio
Cuomo’s plan would seed 179 million clams and oysters in five sanctuaries on both the North and South Shores of Long Island.

Brutal Gang Murders Draw Federal Attention

WSHU Public Radio
This is the latest in a series of gang-related deaths that began in September with the murder of two teenage girls. Four more bodies were discovered since – all suspected to be killed at the hands of MS-13.

Sessions Cites Long Island Gang Violence In Case For Immigration Reform

Alicia Bermudez | WSHU Public Radio
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions specifically cited gang violence on Long Island as he called for enhanced border security and immigration reform.

Riverhead Hopes To Revive Aerospace Industry

Ronny Reyes | WSHU Public Radio
The Town of Riverhead has struck a deal with Luminati Aerospace to sell the last acres of Enterprise Park at Calverton for $40 million.

Oyster Bay Approves Remediation Well To Combat Toxic Plume

Jay Shah | WSHU Public Radio
The plume of toxic chemicals from the former Northrop Grumman plant on Long Island has slowly seeped into the ground over the past 60 years.

MS-13 Gang Members Indicted In Long Island Murders

Jay Shah | WSHU Public Radio
Investigators found a connection between more than a dozen MS-13 gang members and seven murders, including those of three teenagers from Brentwood in Suffolk County last year.

Rep. Zeldin’s Tele-Town Hall Draws Thousands

Jessica Opatich | WSHU Public Radio
Callers asked about the Trump administration’s reversal of transgender protections, Zeldin’s votes on environmental issues, and Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Episcopal Church Sues Trump Administration Over Travel Ban

Will James | National Public Radio
School of Journalism alum Will James appeared on NPR's All Things Considered with his report on a Washington church that is suing the federal government.

Long Island Men Accused Of Stealing Millions In Fuel Cell Scam

Jay Shah | WSHU Public Radio
A Long Island man has been indicted for allegedly scamming $5 million from investors who thought they were getting in on the ground floor of a new fuel cell company.

States Activate Cold Weather Protocol After Massive Storm

Jessica Opatich | National Public Radio
Opatich, an undergrad who has been working in our affiliate program with WSHU, produced this piece for NPR.

On Long Island, Concern About Public Schools Under DeVos

Jessica Opatich | WSHU Public Radio
More than 24 New York State School Districts have publicly expressed their opposition to nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education.

L.I. Town Rejects Army Corps Shoreline Restoration Plan

JD Allen
The Asharoken Village Board on Long Island’s North Shore has rejected a proposed federal plan to restore a heavily eroded strip of beach that connects some residents to the mainland.

Melanoma Decreasing In Northeast

Jessica Opatich | WSHU Public Radio
The Northeast has seen a decline in melanoma cases and deaths, even as skin cancer rates have risen nationally.

Housing In Fairfield And Suffolk Getting More Affordable

JD Allen | WSHU Public Radio
A report last week says that home affordability across the U.S. has dropped to an eight-year low and in many counties, residents are struggling to pay for their homes as their mortgage outpaces their wages.

LI Food Bank Distributing Holiday Turkeys To Veterans In Need

Ronny Reyes | WSHU Public Radio
This Thanksgiving Island Harvest Food Bank will donate 350 turkeys to Long Island veterans as a part of its Project Hope program.

KKK Fliers Placed On Cars Overnight in Patchogue

Chris Leelum | WSHU Public Radio
Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini says that while these fliers are protected under the First Amendment, his department will still investigate the incident.

NY AG Gives Additional $21 Million To Address ‘Zombie Homes’

Ronny Reyes | WSHU Public Radio
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says there is $21 million in new funds to help land banks purchase vacant and abandoned properties, sometimes known as "zombie homes."

News Natives – October 17, 2017

Welcome to News Natives, our new news magazine show produced by our Intermediate News Broadcast Class (JRN 370) with Prof. Steven Reiner, Prof. Rick Ricioppo and Dini Diskin-Zimmerman. In this week's episode, we host a discussion about free speech on college campuses – as it relates to college sports and students’ First Amendment rights.