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A crash Thursday morning, Jan. 30, 2014, near

A crash Thursday morning, Jan. 30, 2014, near Exit 31 of the Southern State Parkway slowed traffic in both ways. Credit: Tara Conry

Good afternoon Long Island.

Welcome to the LI Now Live post for Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.

As we wrap up today's live post, be sure to take a look at a roundup of the top stories Newsday reporters have been working on throughout the day.

Mobile users can access our full coverage via the link above.


Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of 30 degrees.

TRAFFIC (As of 3:15 p.m.)

LIE. Accident on the LIE eastbound west of Bagatelle Road (Exit 50). Stop-and-go traffic from Route 110 in Huntington.

CENTEREACH. Accident on Nicolls Road northbound south of South Coleman Road.

UNIONDALE. Water main break on Hempstead Turnpike eastbound at Meadowbrook Parkway and before Merrick Avenue.

For live traffic updates, take a look at Newsday's traffic app.


GROUNDHOG SHADOWS. Holtsville Hal and Malverne Mel on Sunday make their annual weather forecast. The Holtsville groundhog is scheduled to pop out of his lair at the Brookhaven Town Wildlife and Ecology Center Animal Preserve, 249 Buckley Rd. at 7:20 a.m. Malverne Mel looks for his shadow at 7:20 a.m. at the gazebo on Church Street in Malverne. Check Sarah Armaghan's coverage at and follow her Twitter updates @ArmaghanS.

REZONING IN OYSTER BAY. The Oyster Bay Town Board holds a public hearing Tuesday to consider rezoning for a proposed 143.5-acre residential development in Plainview that drew community opposition years ago. Follow Ted Phillips' Twitter updates @tedephillips

SOBER HOME IN RIVERHEAD. The Riverhead Town Board will hold a 2:10 p.m. public hearing Tuesday at town hall on a request for a special permit to allow Mainstream House LLC to convert a building on Main Street to a sober recovery home. Follow Mitchell Freedman's Twitter updates @eastwatch

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