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  • Legislature Adopts Package Of Changes To Post-Newtown Gun Control Law

    The General Assembly approved a measure June 3 making several technical changes to the gun control statute enacted this April in response to last December’s fatal shooting at a Newtown elementary school.

    While they enacted a statute two months ago that imposes numerous new restrictions on firearm purchases,  tightens school security and expands insurance coverage for mental health, lawmakers have since discovered numerous problems with that measure.

  • New Poll Finds Strong Support For Restricting Release Of 12/14 Crime Scene Information

    A statewide study conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research finds that an overwhelming majority of voters surveyed oppose the release of graphic photos and audio from emergency calls related to the December 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook School to the public.

    According to the poll, 68 percent of voters surveyed believe this information should be kept private. Opposition crosses party lines, with 69 percent of Democrats, 69 percent of Independents, and 65 percent of Republicans rejecting the release.

  • Visiting Ballfields To Get The Vote Out

    With the third round school budget referendum set for Tuesday, June 4, Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed and others ventured to ballfields around Newtown last Saturday and Sunday to speak with residents.

    The single polling location for Tuesday's referendum is at Newtown Middle School from 6 am until 8 pm.

    Residents Michelle Ku and Michelle Hankin along with Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche accompanied Dr Reed for part of the visits.

  • Authors Honor 12/14 Victim, Animal Advocate With Online Auction

    PARK CITY, UTAH – A former librarian has organized and launched an online auction in the memory of one of the 12/14 victims.

    Bobbie Pyron’s appeal to more than 30 authors — many who penned award-winning and New York Times best sellers — was answered as they joined to autograph their works in honor of Catherine Violet Hubbard, a little girl with a dream to provide a sanctuary for homeless animals.

  • Commission Weighs Challenge On Newtown's 911 Calls

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut's Freedom of Information Commission has ordered Newtown officials to provide the commission with 911 calls from the day of the shooting inside Sandy Hook Elementary School as it considers a request by The Associated Press.

    A hearing officer, Kathleen Ross, asked Monday for the town to provide her the copies within two weeks. She said she commission would weigh objections raised by investigators as it evaluates whether the material should be released publicly.

  • Provoked By Newtown, Obama Pushes For Mental Health Reforms

    WASHINGTON DC -– Having stumbled on gun control, President Barack Obama on Monday called for a national dialogue on mental illness – a campaign touched off by last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

    Speaking at the beginning of a day-long White House conference on the issue, Obama said the time has come to bring mental illness “out of the shadows.”

    “I want to make sure people aren’t suffering,” he said.

  • First Selectman Implores Lawmakers To Block Access To 12/14 Materials

    Urging state legislators to make a “compassionate choice,” First Selectman Pat Llodra has added her voice to that of grieving 12/14 parents and a group of lawmakers led by Senator and Minority Leader John McKinney working to excerpt certain public records, images and 911 recordings from public access.

  • Newtown Charity To Begin Distribution Of $11.4M To Families

     (AP) The president of the foundation overseeing about $11.4 million in funds donated to Newtown in the wake of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School said Monday his group hopes to begin distributing money to the families of victims within a month.

  • Newtown Families To Legislators: Stop Release Of Crime Scene Photos

    The families of those massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School are calling on legislators to amend state law so that photos and audio of the 911 phone calls from the December incident are not released to the public.

    “They are offensive and an invasion of my son’s right to dignity,” said Dean Pinto, whose 6-year-old son, Jack, was fatally shot along with 25 other students and educators at the Newtown school.