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Driver killed by shot fired from another car

BOHEMIA (AP) -- A man driving on a Long Island roadway died after being shot by someone in another car.

Bennie Rouse was driving westbound on Sunrise Highway in Bohemia at about 4 a.m. Sunday. Police say another car came up beside his, and someone inside that car fired at Rouse.

Rouse, of Central Islip, pulled over. Police say an acquaintance following in another car took him to the hospital, where the 22-year-old was pronounced dead.

A woman was in Rouse's car but was not injured.

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Predicted big increase in moose not found

RAY BROOK (AP) -- A biologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation says the Adirondack moose population explosion predicted a few years ago hasn't happened yet.

The DEC's Ed Reed tells the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that biologists haven't seen a great increase in moose numbers since they started doing aerial surveys in 2007.

There were two aerial surveys this winter concentrating on a 77-square-mile area just south of Upper Chateaugay Lake. Reed said the area has probably the highest moose density in the state.

Biologists spotted seven moose there.

Reed noted that the aerial survey only captures a small snapshot of the moose population and that an intensive study of the population hasn't been done. The DEC estimates the population to be about 800 to 1,000 moose.

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Man pleads guilty to illegal dumping

ALBANY (AP) -- Federal authorities say an upstate New York man has admitted to conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act and lying to government agents about dumping debris in wetlands near the Mohawk River.

According to prosecutors, Julius DeSimone, of Rome, pleaded guilty this week in federal court to two felony counts and could face up to five years in prison for helping dump 8,100 tons of pulverized construction and demolition debris from New York and New Jersey at a farmer's property in Frankfort.

Court documents say he and others concealed the illegal dumping by fabricating a state permit.

Prosecutors say the 1.3-acre site in Frankfort, where DeSimone managed excavation and dumping, was shut down in 2006.

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Views sought on plan to modify fishing rules

ALBANY (AP) -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comments through April 2 on proposed changes to freshwater sport fishing regulations.

The agency modifies regulations every two years in response to assessment of fish populations and angler demand for more fishing opportunities.

Among the proposed changes:

Set a special walleye regulation of 18-inch minimum and three per day in Lake Pleasant and Sacandaga Lake to aid restoration of the population.

Eliminate the special black bass closed season for Oneida Lake because it's no longer needed.

Change minimum length for trout and salmon in the Upper Niagara River to "any size" because the current 12-inch minimum length is no longer necessary.

The full text of the draft regulation and instructions for comments are on the DEC's website, www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.html.