Drilling companies beginning to explore the Utica Shale got a piece of good news Friday when the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the rock formation in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states holds enormous reserves of natural gas and oil.
Releasing its first estimate of the Utica, the USGS calculated the shale formation holds about 38 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, 940 million barrels of oil and 9 million barrels of natural gas liquids like ethane and propane.
Connecticut health officials say a company linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak sent steroids to one medical practice in the state, but no illnesses are reported.
The Department of Public Health on Thursday would not name the practice, citing state disclosure laws. Department spokesman William Gerrish says 39 patients at the practice may have received spinal injections of the steroid and most of them have been informed of the potential problem, but none has symptoms ofmeningitis.
Gerrish says staff members at the practice are trying to contact the remaining patients.
Connecticut's secretary of the state says that Hispanics account for nearly 9 percent of the people registered to vote in the state.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Tuesday that her study of registration data and U.S. Census information on Spanish surnames indicates there are more than 176,000 registered voters of Hispanic origin in Connecticut.
The majority of those voters — roughly 90,000 — are registered as Democrats, while about 14,500 are registered as Republicans.
A judge has refused to dismiss corruption charges against former Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill, who is accused of airing taxpayer-funded ads for the state lottery as a means of promoting his 2010 independent campaign for governor.
Superior Court Judge Christine Roach on Monday denied Cahill's request to throw out the charges, meaning his trial can go forward. The trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 29.