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News Nearby: SBU Student Struck by Campus Police Car, Hospitalized

The top headlines from nearby towns this week.

Commack

Jackson's Takes the Lead on BPA-Free Receipts

Jackson’s restaurant in Commack is getting healthier, but the move has nothing to do with its menu.

The Commack business is taking the lead on a new Suffolk County law banning thermal-paper receipts, which contain BPA (Bisphenol A), a chemical known to be a risk factor for many illnesses, including cancer. The county already banned the chemical in baby bottles and sippy cups in 2009. That law will go national this summer.

Hauppauge

Police: Man Approaches 9-Year-Old Girl

Officials say a man in his 40s drove up to the child on Feb. 1 in the area of Spartan Lane and Pinedale Road.

Smithtown

Smithtown Schools Reveal 'Tier One' of Deficit Reduction Plan

The Smithtown Central School District presented "Tier One" of its proposal to eliminate the $4.1 million deficit its facing for the 2013-14 school year during Tuesday night's first budget hearing.

The $4.1 million deficit is the result of having $227.06 million in expenditures and $222.96 million in revenue, according to the district's latest estimations.

Kings Park

Charges Upgraded on Local Who Allegedly Killed Grandmother

Charges on a man who reportedly killed his grandmother just over a month ago have been upgraded from manslaughter to murder by the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

Three Village

A Stony Brook University student was sent to the hospital after being hit by a university police car en route to a 911 call Thursday night, campus officials confirmed on Friday morning. Robert J. Lenahan, chief of police and assistant vice president for campus safety at SBU, said in a statement that shortly after 10 p.m., eyewitnesses reported that a campus police officer was driving on Circle Road, west of Engineering Drive, with its emergency lights activated when the officer struck a sidewalk and veered in the opposite direction, causing the vehicle to hit the student.

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