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Central Maine News: Augusta Exploring Single-Stream Recycling

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These are some of the stories central Maine is talking about today.

Auburn police say a woman who was ticketed in a parking lot for theft early Thursday was run over by a truck less than an hour later in the same lot. Police say the tractor-trailer ran over 33-year-old Kassandra Lavoie of Mechanic Falls at 1:11 a.m. Officers had responded to the parking lot less than an hour before the accident after a report of a suspicious person. They found Lavoie, who was a suspect in a Lewiston theft. Police released her after issuing summonses for theft and unlawful use or possession of inhalants. Police identified the driver of the tractor trailer as 40-year-old Hasan Williams of Pennsylvania. The accident remains under investigation.(AP)

President Obama is offering federal support to New York as it responds to its first Ebola case. Obama spoke Thursday night to New York mayor and the governor. The White House says some officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were already on the ground, with another team expected to have arrived late Thursday. He’s pledging more help if needed to ensure proper care for the patient and safety for health workers and the public. A doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa tested positive Thursday. He’s the fourth Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S. (AP)

An analysis shows that two groups fighting over a contentious ballot measure in Maine that would could ban the use of dogs, bait and traps for bear hunting have spent $1.6 million so far to run television advertisements. The numbers released today by the Center for Public Integrity show that the pro-ban group Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting has spent $860,500. The Maine Wildlife Conservation Council, which is opposing the ballot question, has shelled out about $712,700. (AP)

Missouri police have been buying new gear and getting trained on constitutional rights as they prepare for a grand jury decision on whether to charge a white policeman in the shooting death of a black 18-year-old. A grand jury announcement could come within the next month, though no specific date is set. Law enforcement officials are hoping to avoid violent clashes between protesters and police similar to those that occurred after Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9. Police have adjusted tactics for interacting more peacefully with protesters while also honing procedures for quick, widespread arrests. They are planning to have a large contingent of officers ready, but also have been meeting with clergy, community leaders and students in hopes of building relationships that could ease tensions. (AP)

Belfast police said quick thinking and quick action by two men averted tragedy Thursday morning when they came to the aid of an elderly woman who had accidentally driven into the harbor at the city’s boat ramp. According to the Sun Journal the 92 year old woman said that she had thought she was driving on the road until she hit the water.  It was almost high tide, raining heavily, and both the pavement and the water were covered in a layer of autumn leaves. Two men working at the harbor saw what happened and were able to get to her quickly and get her out of the car. She is going to be ok.  (Sun Journal)

Stephen King appeared on an episode of “Finding Your Roots,” a PBS series that traces the genealogical roots of famous Americans. The episode was on last night. In it King discovers, among other things, that he is the descendent of Tennessee Methodists who were morally and religiously opposed to slavery, before the Civil War, and moved to Indiana in protest. (Bangor Daily News)

Augusta could offer residents single-stream recycling, in which users don’t have to separate different types of recyclables from each other, for as little as $10,400 a year. According to the KJ, Augusta city councilors agreed to have city staff contact Eco-Maine to explore the possibility.  In single-stream recycling, users don’t have to sort their various recyclables. Instead, they can put all recyclable items such as cardboard, glass and plastic together into one container. The container is then hauled off, for a fee, and its contents are sorted off-site to be recycled separately. (centralmaine.com)

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