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Teacher shot in Newtown to attend Obama address

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty says a teacher who was shot but survived the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is planning to attend the president's State of the Union address.

Spokesman Jeb Fain says Natalie Hammond is planning to attend the speech Tuesday as the congresswoman's guest.

A gunman killed six staff members and 20 first-grade students inside the school in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14 before committing suicide. He also killed his mother at their home.

The brother of one of the slain teachers, Victoria Soto, is also planning to attend the speech as a guest of U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro.

President Barack Obama is expected to try to rally support for his calls to ban certain weapons and enact universal background checks for gun buyers.

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