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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.

Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is receiving the endorsement of former GOP Massachusetts Gov. William Weld.

Weld, who served as governor from 1991-1997, is scheduled to appear with Brown at Brown's campaign headquarters in South Boston on Friday.

The endorsement of Weld, a fiscal conservative who also embraced socially liberal issues, is critical for Brown as he continues to reach out to conservative and Democratic voters.

Friday's endorsement comes a day after black clergy in Boston gave their blessing to Brown's Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren.

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A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows Connecticut's U.S. Senate race remains a dead heat.

Forty-eight percent support Republican Linda McMahon while 47 percent back Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, according to the telephone survey of 1,696 likely voters released Thursday.

Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said both candidates have taken hits from the recent barrage of negative TV ads.

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Police have made an arrest in the mysterious disappearance of burls from trees in Boston parks.

Burls are the giant knots on the trunks of most tree species prized by woodworkers for their intricate grain.

Police went to a Dorchester apartment on Wednesday after a witness reported seeing the man shaving scrap pieces off a burl in a park, then leaving with a chainsaw and entering an apartment building.

The Boston Globe reports that 44-year-old Michael Scanlan is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on a charge of willful and malicious destruction of property.

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.

Mitchell College will lay off seven professors, or 20 percent of the full-time faculty, following an unexpected drop in enrolled students.

The Day of New London reports that the layoffs will take effect at the end of the semester. The reductions will cut deeply into the sport and fitness management and early childhood education departments, which will be cut in half with the loss of two professors in each area.

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Massachusetts faces a shortage of doctors in key specialties from family medicine to general surgery.

That's one of the findings of a new report by the Massachusetts Medical Society.

The study found the state is struggling to recruit enough physicians to work at community hospitals and in areas of the state outside Boston.

The study also found more doctors are willing to participate in the state's push to overhaul the health care payment system, including initiatives like "accountable care organizations" and "global payments."

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U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is scheduled to tour a dairy farm at Vermont Technical College in Randolph as part of a visit to the state designed to highlight a training program to support agricultural businesses.

Vermont Tech is getting a $3.4 million federal grant for training programs for state industries that support agriculture, food production, waste disposal and energy production.

Officials say the grant will allow Vermont Tech to improve its degree and college-level certificates and help meet trade employment needs throughout the state.

Mitt Romney is a part-time resident of tiny New Hampshire. His fiscally conservative, socially moderate tenure as governor of neighboring Massachusetts once seemed a good match for New Hampshire's independent and libertarian-leaning electorate.

Yet, Romney trails President Barack Obama in polls in New Hampshire, as he does in most other presidential battlegrounds, despite spending considerable time and money to lock up the state's four Electoral College votes.

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