State Aid For Newtown Stores That Lost Business After School Shootings

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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