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Public Forum to Discuss Newtown Fund Distribution

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File photo of a makeshift memorial in memory of those people lost in the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a makeshift memorial in memory of those people lost in the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) _ The public is invited to provide input on the distribution of some of the millions of dollars in donations collected in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The public forum is set for Thursday evening at Newtown’s Edmond Town Hall.

A community foundation has been tasked with dividing up $11.4 million that was raised with the help of the United Way. At Thursday’s meeting, people can comment on the disbursement of $7.7 million that has been set aside for the families of the 26 people who were killed, two wounded teachers and the families of 12 children who escaped.

Some victims’ families have complained the process has lacked transparency and caused them anguish by giving them a difficult place in deciding how to allocate the money.

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