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Senate panel will hear from Newtown father Wednesday


Neil Heslin says it's all about his slain son, Jesse.

   The 50-year-old construction worker is set to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday in support of legislation by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California to ban assault weapons.

   Heslin says he's gotten involved because of his boy, 6, who was one of 20 first-graders and six staffers who were fatally shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

   Other witnesses include William Begg, an emergency room doctor who treated Newtown victims that day.

   Across the Capitol, the House Education and Workforce Committee planned to hear from school safety experts and counselors about how to keep students safe. Witnesses before the Republican-controlled House panel were expected to emphasize the role of school resource officers, who are sometimes armed.

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