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How do we prevent tragic school shootings? Some say it’s a matter of limiting access to guns, others say it’s increasing mental health services. Still, more say it’s impossible. Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Smith is here, and he has a great deal of experience exploring this issue and training law enforcement on how best to respond to it.

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Mental health suitability screenings for gun owners and sellers, and consolidating smaller emergency management dispatch centers are among the proposals being considered by members of a state commission crafting public policy recommendations in light of the 2012 Newtown school shooting.

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Some Newtown residents say in a new survey that they want the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter's home torn down and the property turned into a park or nature preserve.

The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation received more than 1,600 responses to the survey it released Monday on town residents' unmet needs in the wake of the December 2012 shootings. The foundation has been deciding how to distribute more than $11 million in donations made in response to the shootings, which left 20 first-graders and six educators dead.

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Officials in Newtown, Connecticut plan to ask the federal government next week for millions of dollars for mental health counseling for hundreds of people affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The Newtown school district is receiving an additional $1.9 million from the federal government to aid its recovery from the 2012 massacre.

The district previously received a $1.3 million grant through the program to help schools deal with traumatic events.

The money will go toward support services for students dealing with the aftermath of the shooting as well as additional security and other services.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Volunteers have archived thousands of letters, cards and children's artwork that flooded into Newtown, Conn., following last year's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The town kept everything. Some of it was preserved in its original form. Others were documented in photos or turned into recycled material that officials hope can be used in the foundation of a new school or to construct a permanent memorial for the 26 shooting victims.

    Letters From Sandy Hook-Newtown To The World is a deeply heartfelt collection of original letters written by members of the Sandy Hook-Newtown community, giving the world a simple and honest view into their lives.

Since the tragic events on December 14, 2012, the community has been shown a tremendous amount of love and compassion from all over the world in so many different forms. This book is a small offering from the people of Sandy Hook-Newtown, letting you know who they are and have always been.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is pledging more funding for mental health as the first anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting approaches.

The White House says $100 million will become available to increase access and quality of mental health services. Biden will announce the funds Tuesday when he meets with relatives of Newtown victims at the White House.

11/26/13 Panel

Nov 26, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Newtown Report
Obama Defends Iran Deal
Karzai Ultimatum
Heart Study Criticized
Katie Couric goes to Yahoo
Casinos
Albany Civic Center
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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — General Electric Co. has donated $15 million to Newtown, Conn., to build and operate a community center.

Town officials said Monday that following the shooting deaths last December of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it was clear the town lacked a central meeting space.

More than 150 employees of GE, which is headquartered in nearby Fairfield, live in Newtown.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An additional 435 schools across Connecticut are receiving state funding to improve school security in the wake of last year's deadly mass school shooting in Newtown.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday that $16 million will be spent to reimburse 75 local school districts for a portion of security improvements. Back in September, the state awarded $5 million to help pay for upgrades at 169 schools in 36 districts.

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge says he wants to hear the 911 recordings from the Newtown school shooting before ruling whether they can be released to the media.

The state's Freedom of Information Commission ruled in September that the recordings should be provided to The Associated Press, but a prosecutor has asked for a stay while he appeals that order.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Demolition crews have torn down about half of the elementary school in Connecticut where a gunman killed 26 people last year.

The town aims to finish razing the building by the anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown on Dec. 14.

Crews began the demolition work Thursday and photographs taken by air Monday show about half the school has been knocked down.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A union lawyer says the private charitable fund to help cover the mental health-related costs of first responders and other workers affected by the Connecticut elementary school mass shooting falls short.

Eric Brown is a staff attorney for the union representing Newtown police officers. He says one officer is too emotionally traumatized to return to work and faces possible termination.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is receiving $9 million in federal grant money to better address the mental health needs of youths.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday the state will use part of the funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to promote training, consultation and early identification of mental health problems in children and young adults.

The bulk of the funding will be spent on decreasing youth violence and promoting healthy child development.

Senate Gun Control Vote Angers Conn. Officials

Apr 18, 2013
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Connecticut officials are reacting with shock and anger after the U.S. Senate rejected gun control legislation inspired by the school shootings in Newtown.

State lawmakers recently passed a sweeping bipartisan package of measures including a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines and an expanded assault weapons ban.

State Republican House Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr. appeared stunned the U.S. Senate couldn't pass a background checks compromise. He says "I just don't understand how you could vote no."

Conn. governor signs sweeping gun limits into law

Apr 5, 2013
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Connecticut's governor has signed into law some of the country's tightest gun restrictions in response to December's shooting massacre at a Newtown school.

The measure adds more than 100 firearms to the state's assault weapons ban and outlaws the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines similar to the ones used by the gunman who killed 26 people inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Conn. lawmakers to vote on gun control package

Apr 3, 2013
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Connecticut lawmakers are expected to pass a package of gun control measures they believe are some of the most comprehensive in the country, following the Newtown school massacre.

Debate on the far-reaching legislation, negotiated by Democratic and Republican legislative leaders, is expected to begin later this morning.

It could last for hours. Both gun rights advocates and gun control supporters are expected to show up in large numbers.

Conn. bill provides immunity to security experts

Apr 1, 2013
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Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would provide immunity from civil liability for school security consultants. 

The legislature's Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear public testimony today on the proposal, co-sponsored by the Senate Minority Leader, whose district includes Newtown.

Many school districts have revisited their security plans following the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Several media outlets are opposing the continued sealing of search warrants related to the Newtown school shooting.

The outlets, including The Associated Press, filed a motion in Danbury Superior Court on Wednesday seeking to intervene to oppose any move to extend the sealing of the search warrants.

The gunman, Adam Lanza, killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.

Malloy signs law creating Newtown responders' fund

Mar 13, 2013

 

A measure to create a special fund to help people dealing with trauma from their work related to the Newtown school shooting has been signed into law by Connecticut's governor.

Lawmakers, the Newtown First Selectman and others joined Governor Dannel Malloy at the signing ceremony yesterday at the state Capitol.