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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration says it backs the state police commander who discussed the Newtown school shootings at a law enforcement seminar and won't punish him. 

The Journal Inquirer reports that Mark Ojakian, Malloy's chief of staff, called Col. Daniel Stebbins to ask how information about what he discussed at the seminar in New Orleans was published in a column in the New York Daily News earlier this month.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Department of Labor says the state unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent in January.

The department says the state added 4,700 jobs in January -- a sign of considerable improvement in the state's labor market.

The agency's research director says the data shows the state's job market is continuing on a modest but positive recovery path established in 2011.

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Manchester police say the Manchester Community College campus has been cleared after officers searched campus buildings for several hours when a student reported seeing a man with what she believed to be a gun in his waistband.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bipartisan legislative working group is offering two lists of recommendations for addressing gun violence: one from the majority Democrats and another from the Republican members.

While some of the Democrats' gun control proposals unveiled Tuesday go further than the Republicans' ideas, such as expanding the definition of an assault weapon under Connecticut's current assault weapons ban, there were some overlaps. Democrats also called for a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A water company buying up smaller systems to consolidate service in Connecticut is seeking a nearly 17 percent rate increase.

Aquarion Water Co. of Connecticut said Wednesday.an increase would generate about $27 million in revenue and cost the average customer about $7 a month.

Aquarion serves 625,000 customers in 47 cities and towns in Connecticut. It says it has spent more than $143 million to improve its delivery and other systems.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Five Connecticut nursing homes have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization after the U.S. Supreme Court denied their management company's request to delay a court order to reinstate 600 striking workers.

HealthBridge Management LLC announced Monday that the homes filed Chapter 11 papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Newark, N.J., Sunday. Patient care won't be affected.

The Parsippany, N.J., company cited "unsustainable" pension and medical benefit costs for workers with District 1199 of the New England Health Care Employees Union.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the second suspicious letter in a week sent to Conn. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office.

Andrew Doba, Malloy's spokesman, said a staff person in the governor's office in the state Capitol opened a letter containing "a green granular substance" on Monday afternoon. State Capitol Police were notified and a hazardous materials crew from the state police and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection removed the letter from Malloy's policy office on the fourth floor.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities say a Connecticut woman has been charged with falsely threatening to carry out a suicidal mass shooting and bombing at Gateway Community College in New Haven.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Wednesday that 19-year-old Amanda C. Bowden of East Haven was charged with one count of false information and hoaxes. She was detained.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The federal health care overhaul law is providing both challenges and opportunities for Connecticut lawmakers as they try to reach a state budget compromise with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Malloy's two-year, $43.8 billion proposal includes millions of dollars in spending needed to comply with the federal health care law. But it also relies on millions of dollars in savings that the law generates.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's governor has ordered all roads closed until further notice, expanding a limited travel ban issued Friday afternoon, as officials deal with a storm that dumped more than 2 feet of snow on the state.

Governor Dan Malloy said this morning that stalled or abandoned vehicles will only slow the recovery process.

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