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Bill seeks felony status for wrong-way driving

ALBANY (AP) -- After another fatal crash involving a driver traveling the wrong way on a New York highway, a Republican state legislator from Long Island is pushing a bill that would make wrong-way travel a felony.

Sen. Charles Fuschillo urged the Assembly to pass his bill, just days after a fatal wrong-way crash in New Rochelle in Westchester County.

Authorities say a 26-year-old Queens woman was drunk when she drove the wrong way for six miles on Interstate 95 before slamming into another car, killing a New Jersey man.

Two years earlier, a fatal crash also blamed on wrong-way driving killed eight people on the Taconic Parkway, about 12 miles from Sunday's early morning crash.



Death penalty declined in fatal beating plot

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- A Florida woman accused of arranging the killings of her hotel-heir husband and mother-in-law will not face the death penalty, a federal prosecutor announced Wednesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elliott Jacobson said in court that he was directed by the Justice Department not to seek the execution of Narcy Novack, 54, of Fort Lauderdale, or her brother, Cristobal Veliz, 57, of Brooklyn.

They are accused of hiring killers who fatally beat Bernice Novack in her Florida home and Ben Novack in his Rye Brook hotel room in Westchester County. Ben Novack's father built the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach. He and his mother were killed in 2009 in what the government says was Narcy Novack's attempt to acquire the family's multimillion-dollar estate.



State task force eyes salaries at nonprofits

ALBANY (AP) -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that a task force will investigate salaries and other compensation at nonprofit agencies where he says about 2,000 workers are paid more than $100,000 a year.

The investigation comes as a separate task force created by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman meets to improve the efficiency and accountability of the hundreds of agencies.

Schneiderman said nonprofit agencies employ more than 17 percent of New York's work force, including 500,000 people in New York City.

Cuomo's task force will be led by state Inspector General Ellen Biben. Its creation comes a day after the New York Times reported high salaries at nonprofit organizations receiving Medicaid funding for the developmentally disabled. The newspaper reported that two brothers received nearly $1 million a year and billed their agency for their children's college education.

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