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Connecticut at 2 a.m.

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TOP STORY:

MOTHER SLAIN-MENTAL ILLNESS

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut's mental health commissioner says she's satisfied with her agency's process for determining whether mentally ill young adults are healthy enough to leave state respite programs in the wake of the brutal Christmastime slaying of a Deep River mother. Pat Rehmer, who cannot discuss individual cases, said the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services' clinical staff members carefully evaluate patients before they leave for outings, such as home visits. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 900 words.

IN BRIEF:

HOCKEY REFEREE ARREST

CROMWELL, Conn. — A Connecticut youth hockey referee faces a breach-of-peace charge after he ejected a player from a game and personally escorted him off the ice, angering many parents and players.

INSPECTOR GENERAL

HARTFORD, Conn. — The minority leader of the Connecticut Senate is renewing his call for a state inspector general. Fairfield Republican John McKinney, who is running for governor, has advocated an inspector general's office for a decade to fight waste and fraud in state and municipal government.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-TRANSPARENCY

HARTFORD, Conn. — Two legislative committees are holding simultaneous public hearings on dueling bills that would implement recommendations of a task force, created after the Newtown school massacre to balance the privacy of crime victims with the public's right to know.

VETERANS FAIR

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A resource fair will be held to help veterans with education, jobs, training, health care and other issues. The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Gateway Community College in New Haven.

SPORTS:

T25-AAC-RUTGERS-UCONN

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Breanna Stewart scored 22 points and top-ranked UConn breezed into the finals of the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament with an 83-57 rout of No. 24 Rutgers on Sunday. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points, including hitting five 3-pointers, for the Huskies (33-0), who extended the school's third longest winning streak to 39 games. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 500 words, photos.

Also:

BKN--PISTONS-CELTICS

HKN--BRUINS-PANTHERS

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