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March 3, 2013

Around the Region

Fenway Park to host fundraiser for Newtown museum

BOSTON (AP) — A group of Boston residents with ties to Newtown, Conn., is set to gather at Fenway Park to raise funds for a children’s museum in the town where a gunman shot and killed 26 elementary school children and educators in December.

Organizers say proceeds from the March 23rd fundraiser will go to the EverWonder Children’s Museum, an initiative launched in 2011 to establish a children’s museum to Newtown.

Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung, who died in the shooting, was one of the earliest supporters of museum plans.

The museum will operate in a recently donated temporary space while officials raise money for a permanent location.

Future plans for museum exhibits include a tribute to the shooting victims.

The fundraiser at a Fenway Park pavilion will include live music, special guests, food and drinks.

NH collects $1.2 M in undeserved unemployment $

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials say they collected $1.2 million in unemployment benefits in February that had been paid to people who didn’t report their real earnings.

New Hampshire Employment Security said Friday that the money was taken from federal income tax refunds. The agency started participating in the U.S. Treasury’s program to offset federal income tax refunds on Oct. 1.

The Nashua Telegraph says New Hampshire has submitted $10.6 million in overpayment debt to the U.S. Treasury for offsets and expects to submit a total of $11.6 million during the current tax filing season.

State Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis says that should serve as an example and deterrent to those considering unemployment fraud.

New England groups push for immigration reforms

BOSTON (AP) — A coalition of New England immigrant advocates has launched a bus tour in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to highlight the impact of deportation on families.

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