Connections: Colon Cancer

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A first-of-its-kind study shows that achieving the goal of an 80% screening rate for people age 50 and older by 2018 would have a substantial impact against colorectal cancer – the third leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the U.S. We're looking at colon cancer and answering our listeners' questions with our guests:

  • Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein, gastroenterologist for Rochester Regional Health System
  • Jason Coleman, American Cancer Society
  • Dr. Alvaro Carrascal, Vice President of Health Systems in New York and New Jersey for the American Cancer Society

State English and math tests in grades 3-8 are coming in the next several weeks, and school districts across the state have debated how to handle them. Some districts are supplying parents with a ready-made form to opt their children out of the tests, if they choose to do so. But Brighton superintendent Kevin McGowan sent parents a different kind of letter. His letter indicated that tests can be helpful ways to compare student progress, and the tests should be taken as an opportunity for students to "tackle tasks that may be challenging" and to "show others their personal best." 

Reaction continues to the Indiana law which prohibits state laws that ``substantially burden'' a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs.

This as Indiana's governor is calling for legislation on his desk this week that will clarify that the new law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Executive Director of the Gay Alliance, Scott Fearing, says there are similar measures in other states, but experts consider this law to be the most dangerous for the LGBT community.

Matthew Nafus,  a reserve Colonel in the Marine Corps and a former Assistant District Attorney is announcing that he's a candidate for State Supreme Court in the 7th Judicial District.

Nafus is currently in private practice in Scottsville. The Democrat worked as an assistant D-A in Monroe County from 1997 to 2006.

He is also an Iraq War Veteran and his service includes being a legal advisor to the commanding general in 2011 during a NATO campaign to remove Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Nafus began his legal career as a Judge Advocate in the Marine Corps.

Officials with the City of Rochester say that an employee in the Emergency Communications Department was arrested early Tuesday morning. City Hall says the arrest was done by the FBI and the employee was on duty in the 911 Center at the time of the arrest.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York's top court says the state's moratorium on hydraulic fracturing does not allow energy companies to extend leases with landowners beyond the expiration date in their contracts. 

The Court of Appeals is answering that question for a federal appeals court reviewing the case. It follows a federal judge's 2012 ruling for the landowners, concluding the leases expired. 

The Court of Appeals says the contract clause triggering extensions due to an event beyond the parties' control would apply if drilling for oil and natural gas had begun. 

Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge
Monroe County DOT

The Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge  will close to vehicular traffic beginning Wednesday, April 1st at 9:00 a.m.

That's a seasonal event, which involves swinging the bridge into its storage space along the western shore of the outlet. It is required each year to provide for unobstructed boat traffic between Irondequoit Bay and Lake Ontario.  

The span is put back in place for vehicular traffic during the winter months. The outlet bridge will now be closed to traffic until November 2nd.

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

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter reportedly is running for re-election next year. That according to the Democrat and Chronicle, which says that the Fairport Democrat's intentions were included in an email sent to supporters on Sunday seeking campaign donations.