HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden and the parents of a student killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School are scheduled to speak at a conference on gun violence being held at Western Connecticut State University.
Adam Lanza, the man who killed his mother and 26 people inside the school on Dec. 14 before taking his own life, attended the college in Danbury, less than 15 miles from Newtown.
Chris and Lynn McDonnell, whose 7-year-old daughter, Grace, was among the first graders shot by Lanza, will take part in a discussion on guns. A second panel will discuss mental health and school safety initiatives.
Biden plans to address Thursday's conference on the president's gun-control proposals. Gun makers and lobbyists were not invited to participate in the conference.
The cleanup has begun in some parts of Long Island while others continue to deal with flooding from heavy rain fall that began late Tuesday and intensified on Wednesday. Cars remain stranded after rain pounded the area. More than 13 inches of rain fell in Islip. The National Weather Service said the rain was the largest event on record for New York State in a 24-hour period.