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News Minute: Here is the latest Connecticut news from The Associated Press

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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut labor officials say the state added 4,900 jobs in March, helping to restore the jobs lost in January due to extreme weather. The Department of Labor reported today that the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7 percent. Connecticut has added 9,400 jobs since March 2013.

BOSTON (AP) - An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has appeared in federal court in Orlando, Florida, on charges in a gun trafficking investigation related to Hernandez's Massachusetts murder case. Oscar Hernandez Jr. was indicted yesterday in Boston. He is not related to Aaron Hernandez, who is charged in the June shooting death of Odin Lloyd.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The legislature's minority Republicans are offering an alternative Connecticut budget that scraps the governor's proposed $55 tax rebate. Their plan unveiled today also ends the state's earned income tax credit for low-income-earners and eliminates what the GOP calls "budget gimmicks" proposed by the General Assembly's majority Democrats and Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - People who abused heroin and other drugs described how they quit as officials called for a comprehensive approach to deal with what they called an epidemic and scourge. Several people spoke at a forum in New Haven today about their recovery, describing challenges ranging from shame to insurance. But they say they eventually found effective programs that helped them stay clean and end a cycle that would have led to prison or death.

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