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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Suffolk Legislature is holding a public hearing

The Suffolk Legislature is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 to discuss a proposal to require gas stations to post credit card prices on large signs that now only have cash prices. These signs were in place at a Hauppauge station on March 13, 2012. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The live Long Island Now post has wrapped for Tuesday, July 29, 2014, but here's a look at some of the top stories Newsday has been covering throughout the day.

To see a daily round up of top tweets from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

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NICOTINE, GAS PRICES, DUNES. The Suffolk Legislature met Tuesday and had a packed agenda. The legislature held  public hearings on a bill to require sellers of liquid nicotine refills to disclose the amount of the substance in the product, another on a proposal to require gas stations to post credit card prices on large signs that now only have cash prices. Other items also included a deal with New York State to move forward with construction of barrier dunes on parts of Fire Island.

Look for coverage from Newsday's David Schwartz.

BEER AGREES TO PLEA DEAL Joseph Beer, the Queens teenager whom a jury convicted of manslaughter after his four friends died in the 2012 crash of a car he was driving pleaded guilty to a higher felony charge in a deal that will include the prosecution's sentence recommendation of 5 to 15 years in prison.

Scroll down -- or use the mobile link above -- to see the Twitter updates reporter Bridget Murphy provided from the courthouse in Mineola. For the full story, click here.

COLD CASE REOPENED. John Bittrolff, the man charged with strangling and bludgeoning Rita Tangredi, 31, of East Patchogue, in November 1993, and Colleen McNamee, 20, of Holbrook, in January 1994, was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday in Riverhead.

MURDER SUSPECT ARRAIGNMENT. A Bay Shore man was to be arraigned Tuesday on a murder charge in connection with the death of a Farmingville woman who was found stabbed in her home Sunday, Suffolk County police said.

ROCKVILLE CENTRE MURDER. Maxwell Sherman, the 18-year-old Long Beach man charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Lynbrook woman found strangled last August on a Rockville Centre footbridge, was  also due back in court Tuesday.


-- Six Long Beach police officers have refiled a lawsuit seeking at least $39 million from the city, alleging they were punished or demoted for backing the Republican Party in the 2011 election.

-- Wickers Restaurant in Hicksville will close Thursday after a dispute with Oyster Bay over alleged code violations.

-- The Huntington Town Board approved an agreement with Huntington Hospital-North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System to use a portion of the town’s parking facility at Mill Dam Park. More on this story and other towns news here.


NY 25A. The right eastbound lane will be closed until 3:30 p.m. from Bryant Avenue to Forest Drive in Roslyn for roadwork.

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Expect clear skies Tuesday night with a low of 70 degrees.


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