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Associated Press

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Connecticut at 2:50 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FIRST RESPONDERS

HARTFORD — Connecticut corporations are pledging money to a new fund that will help workers affected by the school massacre in Newtown.

Legislative leaders say both chambers of the General Assembly are voting to create the privately funded Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund. House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr. says several hundred thousand dollars has already been pledged from donors including wrestling giant WWE, AT&T and Northeast Utilities. By Susan Haigh.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-LEGISLATURE

HARTFORD — Legislative leaders begin the process of reviewing recommendations on laws affecting gun violence, school safety and mental health care, and crafting a bill that responds to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown. Democratic and Republican leaders were scheduled to meet on Wednesday afternoon for the first time since three subcommittees forwarded their suggestions. By Susan Haigh.

MALLOY-BUSINESS

HARTFORD — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has told the state's largest business group that he's pursuing a fiscally conservative budget that will put state finances on the right track. Malloy, speaking to about 200 members of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association with which he's sometimes clashed on spending, taxes and workplace legislation, again promised to not seek tax increases. By Business Writer Stephen Singer.

FIGHTER JET GROUNDED

EAST HARTFORD — Jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney says heat was the cause of a cracked blade on an engine outfitting the U.S. military's F-35 fighter jet. Bennett Croswell, president of the company's military engines division, said on a conference call that finding the cause was "very good news." He said heat is preferable to the effects of fatigue on the engine part because fatigue spreads, making the problem worse.

ALSO:

— GRANDMOTHER-CHILDREN DEATHS — The two Connecticut boys killed by their grandmother in a murder-suicide last week were remembered at a service featuring a slideshow of pictures from their short lives.

— WINTER STORM-CONN — Weather forecasters expect New London County to be the hardest-hit part of Connecticut as a winter storm approaches with heavy snow and high winds.

— TRAIN FATAL — Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials say it could take months to finish investigating the death of an investment banker who was struck by a Metro-North train in Darien this week.

— NIGHTCLUB FIRE-MEMORIAL— The Rhode Island foundation working to build a permanent memorial at the site of a 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people, including many from Connecticut and Massachusetts, says sales are picking up for its first major fundraiser Friday in Providence.

— HARTFORD FIRE — Hartford officials say four adults and a child are hospitalized with smoke inhalation after an early morning fire in their apartment building.

— CHILD SEX SLAVE-SUICIDE — A Connecticut man has been found dead in Vermont in an apparent suicide after being charged in an alleged child sex slave case.

SPORTS:

BKC--CONNECTICUT-SOUTH FLORIDA

TAMPA, Fla. — Struggling South Florida, which stopped a 10-game losing streak against DePaul, faces Connecticut in the Bulls' home finale. The Huskies won this season's other meeting between the Big East teams in overtime. 9 p.m. start.

NORTHEAST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT:

— CCSU at Wagner, 7 p.m.

— Quinnipiac at LIU Brooklyn, 7 p.m.

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