Things you need to know on January 8.

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  • Gun control remains a "hot button" topic. A majority of Americans support President Obama's executive actions on gun regulation. A new CNN/ORC poll shows 67-percent support the measures aimed at making it more difficult for criminals and the mentally ill to get guns.


  • A military hero from Brookfield will be Senator Blumenthal's guest at President Obama's final State of the Union address next week. U.S. Marines Lieutenant Colonel Michael Zacchea is now medically retired and works at the University of Connecticut, helping veterans establish and grow businesses. Blumenthal says he was selected to attend the speech because of his sacrifice to the country and ongoing efforts to help others.


  • The Labor Department says employers added 292-thousand jobs in December. The figure was much higher than economists expected. The monthly jobs report shows the biggest employment gains in professional and business services, construction and health care.


  • Another wrinkle in the "Making a Murderer" saga. The White House says it can't pardon the convicted murderer whose case is the subject of the popular Netflix series. Over 100-thousand people signed a petition demanding the release of Steven Avery. The petition was rejected because the President can't issue pardons in state cases.

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