Divorce rates have declined in Rochester, and if you dig deeper into the stats, you’ll see that men and women are waiting longer to get married. We’ll dig into the stats with Edward McClenathan of Tully Rinckey, PLLC.

Then we talk with Pam Sherman about the next event in the Jewish Book Festival featuring author Gail Sheehy. A former writer for the Democrat & Chronicle, Sheehy has published her memoir, Daring, which goes into her writing career, chronicling the sometimes dangerous situations she face while covering important stories. 

We start the hour talking with WXXI Morning Edition Host Beth Adams, who is also the host of Unleashed: The Pet Show, that airs tomorrow at Noon. We’ll preview the pilot episode and discuss how you can give feedback about the show.

Then we turn our focus to education. The Fairport School District is hosting a forum on education to bring awareness to the changes that have been made in the education curriculum and the effects it has on teachers and students. We’ll dive more into this with two teachers, John Banes from Fairport and Emmy Thevanesan from Spencerport.

Then we tackle the question, “Why Teach?”. That’s the title of a program that Warner School of Education will host on Saturday. Joanne Larson from the Warner School will give us a glimpse of what the program will cover on Saturday.

Speaker Heastie Makes Dream Act Top Priority

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Newly elected Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie made clear one of his top priorities in his first news conference, where he called for passage of the Dream Act, which would offer college aid to children of undocumented immigrants.

Speaker Heastie  says when it comes to helping young New Yorkers with paying for college, there’s a double standard.

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Governor Cuomo's office is out with a report that it says details the crisis of failing schools in New York State.

It appears to be  part of the Governor's efforts to get support for his reform agenda for education.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to visit Cuba this spring for a state trade mission to the communist nation. 

Cuomo and Jose Ramon Cabanas, chief of the Obama administration's Cuban Interests Section, say Thursday that the New York Democrat will lead a delegation to Cuba on April 20. 

Monroe County Deputies are looking for a missing Henrietta man. They say that 40 year old Hakan Yurdakul was last seen Sunday around 8:00 p.m. in the area of Winton and Jefferson Roads in Henrietta.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, black and white sneakers and a navy blue hoody. Yurdakul is 5'8" and about 200 pounds, with brown shoulder length hair and hazel eyes.

Call 911 if you have information about his whereabouts.

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The divorce rate in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region is down to its lowest level in at least 15 years.

That's according to an analysis of New York State Health Department statistics by a local law firm.

Attorney Edward McClenathan of Tully Rinckey, PLLC, says the number of divorces started to decline after peaking when New York State first allowed "no-fault" divorces in 2010.

The WXXI News staff checks newspapers and websites to help keep tabs on what's happening in communities across New York state.

Gates Police have charged a woman in that town with killing her fiance. On Thursday morning, police charged 49 year old Ronna Nary with second degree murder. She is accused of using a shotgun  to shoot 61 year old Dennis Perks of 109 Cole Avenue early on Wednesday evening.

Both Perks and Nary live at that address and they were engaged.  Another person at the house called police after the shooting. Perks later was pronounced dead at the hospital.