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A bomb threat has led to the evacuation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

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.

Newtown 911 Calls Show Calm Response To Shooting

Dec 5, 2013

Recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting show town dispatchers calmly responding to a janitor, a teacher and others and assuring them help is coming.

The operators urge the people inside the school to take cover as they reach out to town officials and state police for help. The operators also ask about the welfare of the children.

A gunman shot his way into the school on the morning of Dec. 14 and gunned down 20 children and six educators with a semi-automatic rifle. He committed suicide as police arrived.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A deadline is fast approaching for a Connecticut task force charged with finding ways to balance victim privacy with the public's right to know.

The group must report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly by Jan. 1. However, the legislation creating the Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public's Right to Know says the panel terminates on Jan. 1 or when it submits its report, whichever is later.

Report: Newtown Shooter Obsessed With Columbine

Nov 26, 2013
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A report on the Newtown school shooting in Connecticut says that the gunman had an obsession with mass murders but that investigators did not discover any evidence he had indicated to others an intention to carry out such a crime.

The summary of the investigation by Connecticut State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky says Adam Lanza was obsessed in particular with the April 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado.

The report on the Dec. 14 massacre of 20 children and six adults says the question of Lanza's motive may never be answered conclusively.

Report Due On Sandy Hook Shooting Investigation

Nov 25, 2013

Investigators are planning to release a long-awaited report on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.

The summary report by the lead investigator could provide some of the first official answers to questions about the history of the gunman and the police response to one of the worst school shootings in American history.

The Dec. 14 shooting plunged the small New England community into mourning and led states across the country to re-evaluate gun laws.

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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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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.

Newtown: No Events To Mark Shooting Anniversary

Oct 17, 2013

The leader of the board that governs Newtown, Connecticut says it won’t host any townwide events to mark the anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

First Selectman Pat Llodra says the community is choosing to remember and honor the victims in ways that are "quiet, personal and respectful."

A gunman killed 20 children and six women inside the school Dec. 14 before committing suicide.

Gov. Patrick To Press Lawmaker On Gun Control Bill

Sep 13, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is again appealing to lawmakers to approve his sweeping gun control bill.

Patrick is planning to testify before a hearing of the Public Safety Committee at the Statehouse today.

The committee has been holding hearings on nearly 60 gun-related bills across the state this summer.

Patrick's legislation would tighten access to high-powered rounds of ammunition, create four new types of firearms-related crimes and mandate that buyers undergo background checks before purchasing weapons at gun shows.

Texas Governor Woos Conn. Gun Makers

Jun 18, 2013
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is courting Connecticut gun manufacturers, extolling the tax policies and regulatory climate of his state.

Perry spent time Monday shooting at a firing range at Colt Manufacturing Co., touring plants and meeting privately with company owners and other businesses. Some gun makers have threatened to leave Connecticut since the state passed new gun-control laws this year in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Conn. Delegation To Speak On Newtown Anniversary

Jun 13, 2013
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Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation are commemorating the upcoming six-month anniversary of the school shooting in Newtown with speeches on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Reps. Elizabeth Esty, Rosa DeLauro, John Larson, Joe Courtney and Jim Himes, all Democrats, are scheduled to address their colleagues this morning.

They are expected to renew their call for federal action on enhanced background checks for gun purchases, a proposal that failed to receive enough support in the Senate back in April despite public support.

Report: Conn. town's schools seeks security boost

Feb 1, 2013
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WVIT-TV, an NBC affiliate, reported that school security was a chief topic at Thursday's Board of Education meeting. The board voted to ask the town to include in next year's budget one additional full-time police officer for each of the four elementary schools.

Board members plan to meet with state and federal officials Friday to discuss funding for security.

Conn. public hearing to be held on school security

Jan 25, 2013
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The first of four public hearings being held by a legislative task force on gun violence and children's safety is being held at Connecticut's Legislative Office Building.

Members of the school security working group are holding the hearing on Friday morning, starting at 9:30 a.m.

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Just two days after New York legislators passed first-in-the-nation gun law reforms in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, the state’s chief financial officer says pension fund investments in firearm companies have been frozen. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli spoke on WAMC’s Capitol Connection program.

New School-Safety Committee Seeks Public Comment

Jan 14, 2013
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In light of widespread concern surrounding school safety following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Ulster County officials are seeking comments from the public about how best to make the county’s schools safer places. School administrators are also in on the discussion.  

Pledging to do all they can "to encourage and support common sense solutions that make my community and our country safer from similar acts of violence," parents, family and friends of the 20 children and six educators killed in the Dec. 14 mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn., just launched Sandy Hook Promise.

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STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — A proposal to name a school after a teacher killed in the Newtown, Conn., school shootings is set to go before a town council.

Stratford Mayor John Harkins is recommending naming a new elementary school named after Victoria Soto, a 27-year-old Stratford resident who died trying to shield her students from the gunman inside Sandy Hook Elementary School. The shooter killed 20 children and six women at the school on Dec. 14 before committing suicide.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has named 16 people, a group that includes mental health and public safety experts, to a panel recommending changes to state laws and policies in the wake of the deadly elementary school shooting in Newtown.

Conn. lt. gov.'s office: Giffords meeting planned

Jan 4, 2013
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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A spokesman says Connecticut's lieutenant governor has been invited to attend a meeting between former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and families of the victims of the deadly Newtown elementary school shooting.

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Many observances are taking place today to mark one week since the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut.  A student initiated vigil was held at a high school in Springfield Massachusetts. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff filled the auditorium Friday morning at Springfield’s High School of Commerce to remember fellow students, friends and colleagues who were killed by a gunman at the Sandy Hook School.   The vigil included a song, and  several student authored poems read aloud by their teachers

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is renewing pressure on state lawmakers to pass a bill placing further restrictions on access to guns in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Patrick's bill would restrict licensed gun owners to purchasing one firearm a month.

The bill would also clamp down on so-called "straw purchasers" who buy guns legally and then resell them to convicted felons and others barred from owning guns.

School superintendents in Western Massachusetts worked in their districts to welcome students back in their first day of school since the deadly attacks at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, and some are calling for a review of school security. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

Superintendent of Pittsfield Public Schools Dr. Gordon Noseworthy said that for students returning to their classes this morning, their first full school day after the events in Newtown, CT; it was another day at school.

The mass-shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut is sparking more conversation about public safety, treatment of mental illness, and gun control, and the argument remains how state and federal will governments approach the issue.

John Rosenthal is Founder and Chairman of Newton, Massachusetts-based Stop Handgun Violence. He says that the common thread between the crimes in Newtown and others in recent history remains unregulated access to weapons.