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News Minute: Here is the latest Connecticut news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's senators are introducing new federal legislation to financially help homeowners with crumbing foundations. One bill would provide $100 million over five years for states like Connecticut with funds to help repair residential structures damaged by an iron sulfide. The second bill would create a similar grant program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Hundreds of homeowners in central and eastern Connecticut are dealing with the problem.

LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) - The chief of staff for a Native American tribe in Connecticut has been charged with drunken driving in connection with a crash in California that left his two teenage sons injured. Fifty-four-year-old Antonio Beltran was in court Tuesday and is being held by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office pending future court dates. The Day reports Beltran is the chief of staff for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe in Connecticut, which owns the Foxwoods Resort Casino.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State officials say a large amount of unclaimed life insurance benefits have been returned to Connecticut residents. Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade says that as of Wednesday, nearly $1.6 million in unclaimed benefits have been returned to people who used the Department's free online life insurance policy locator. The web tool has helped almost 600 people locate life insurance policies and annuity contracts of deceased family members. The tool was launched two years ago.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The governors of six northeastern states and Puerto Rico are forming the nation's first consortium to conduct gun violence research. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the group that includes his state wants to understand the root causes of violence and determine prevention strategies. Scholars and law enforcement officials will collect data and analyze gun violence information to pass on to policymakers. The states also include New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Delaware.

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