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State Aid For Newtown Stores That Lost Business After School Shootings

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A man hangs a sign on the front of his home near Sandy Hook Elementary School December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. The residents of an idyllic Connecticut town were reeling in horror from the massacre of 20 small children and six adults in one of the worst school shootings in US history. The heavily armed gunman shot dead 18 children inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, said Connecticut State Police spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vance. Two more died of their wounds in hospital.    AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT        (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

A man hangs a sign on the front of his home near Sandy Hook Elementary School December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. The residents of an idyllic Connecticut town were reeling in horror from the massacre of 20 small children and six adults in one of the worst school shootings in US history. The heavily armed gunman shot dead 18 children inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, said Connecticut State Police spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vance. Two more died of their wounds in hospital. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Newtown is receiving $500,000 in state economic development aid for stores and other companies that lost business due to the arrival of hundreds of news reporters and others immediately after the Dec. 14 school shootings that killed 20 children and six educators.

Governor Dannel Malloy said today that the Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant will help businesses that were hurt by road closings and entrances blocked by excessive traffic and parked vehicles.

The money will be administered by Newtown.

Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra said businesses were essentially shut by traffic and a crush of reporters and photographers she said prevented customers from getting to stores, services and restaurants during the busiest shopping days of the year.

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