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TOP STORIES:

VIETNAM VETERANS-PTSD LAWSUIT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The U.S. military has failed to upgrade the discharges of Vietnam veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder, resulting in stigma and loss of benefits, according to a federal lawsuit. Five Vietnam veterans and three veterans organizations are suing the Army, the Navy and the Air Force in Connecticut. The veterans say they suffered PTSD before it was recognized and were discharged under other-than-honorable conditions that made them ineligible for benefits. By John Christoffersen. SENT: 535 words.

PHILADELPHIA GAS WORKS-SALE

PHILADELPHIA — The city's distressed pension fund would get an injection of $424 million under a proposal for UIL Holdings Corp. to buy the city-owned gas utility for $1.86 billion, the mayor announced Monday. Mayor Michael Nutter said the deal, which requires the approval of City Council and state utility regulators, would keep rates frozen for three years, maintain discount programs for low-income families and seniors, and safeguard employee and retiree pensions. By Ron Todt. SENT: 670 words.

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OBAMA-MASS — President Barack Obama planned a trip to Boston on Wednesday to help raise money for the Democratic Party. Obama's visit follows a stop at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain to renew his push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

TRANSPORTATION FUND — State lawmakers, facing numerous and costly transportation projects, are considering a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November forbidding the legislature from raiding the state's Special Transportation Fund.

IN BRIEF:

SEX TRAFFICKING-CONN — Two people arrested in Connecticut last week have been indicted by a federal grand jury on sex trafficking charges.

COLLEGE THREAT — An East Haven woman has been sentenced to time already served of about 10 months for threatening to bomb and shoot up Gateway Community College.

KENO-CONNECTICUT — The state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is urging lawmakers to continue with plans to allow the gambling game Keno in Connecticut.

DAILY RECORD-EDITOR — Thomas Baden Jr., editor of The News-Times in Danbury, Conn., has been named editor of The Daily Record in Baltimore.

NEW AREA CODE — Connecticut is adding a new area code to keep up with growing demand for telephone numbers.

DOG SHOOTING — A man who allegedly shot and killed his pet dog after it attacked his son has been charged with animal cruelty.

THRUWAY ACCIDENT— A Connecticut man is facing a DWI charge in connection with a fatal crash last week in New York that tied up the New England Thruway for hours.

SECRETARY OF THE STATE-DATABASE — Connecticut's Democratic and Republican auditors say Secretary of the State Denise Merrill's office did not violate any state laws by emailing a monthly newsletter highlighting activities from her office.

CHILD IN CAR-CRASH — A Connecticut man is in custody after police say he left his 2-year-old daughter alone in his idling car and she put the vehicle into drive, smashing it into parked cars.

STUDENT SURVEY — Litchfield schools are surveying students in an effort to better understand youngsters.

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