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10:50 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Around the State 8-29-14

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

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Health
10:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

New At-Home Test Screens For Colon Cancer

Credit gastroendonews.com

About a third of Americans aren't up to date on their colon cancer screening.

A new at-home test may help detect cancer in people who aren't willing or able to get a colonoscopy.

The FDA recently approved the Cologuard test, which can detect blood and eleven different molecular markers in the stool that can indicate cancer or precancerous lesions in the colon.

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Arts & Culture
8:53 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Celebrating "Shark Girl" In Buffalo

Credit canalsidebuffalo.com

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  Shark Girl is on display in Buffalo and at least one official from the statue's old home of Cincinnati feels a slight bite of sorrow. 

The life-size statue of a girl in a Victorian dress and a shark head was installed at Buffalo's Canalside this week after a yearlong stint on Cincinnati's waterfront. 

Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery paid an undisclosed sum for artist Casey Riordan Millard's statue, which was funded with a $6,000 grant through Cincinnati's Arts Ambassador Fellowship. 

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Education
8:39 am
Fri August 29, 2014

WXXI Receives Grant To Help Rochester Improve Student Outcomes

WXXI has been awarded a $200,000 grant from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help Rochester improve youth outcomes for all students from preschool through college and onto careers.

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WXXI Local Stories
7:48 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Rochester Labor Day Parade Is Friday Evening

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

A longstanding Labor Day tradition in the Rochester area will have a different look this year. The parade, usually one of the largest Labor Day parades in the state, will not be on the actual holiday, but is scheduled for Friday evening.

That's because local officials want to be able to have participation of some of the marching bands who are in town for this weekend's Drum Corp Associates' World Championships. The 50th anniversary of that event is being held Saturday and Sunday at Sahlen's Stadium. More than 3,500 band corps members and their families will be in town.

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Education
5:54 am
Fri August 29, 2014

State Releases Teacher Evaluations

Credit wfuv.org

The long-awaited results of New York State's mandatory teacher evaluations are in. 

Data released by the State Education Department shows that 86 percent of teachers in Monroe County earned a rating of effective or highly effective for the 2012-13 school year.

Thirteen percent of teachers in districts across the county were rated developing, while 1 percent were labeled ineffective.

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Connections
11:10 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Friday, August 29th

Credit NPR

First hour: Organized labor roundtable

Second hour: Recording artist David Lanz

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Arts & Culture
11:04 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Bills Lose Preseason Finale To The Lions

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Lions third-string quarterback Kellen Moore threw two touchdown passes in making one last case to make the roster in a 23-0 win over the Buffalo Bills in their preseason finale on Thursday night.

The Bills might have lost more than the game because rookie receiver Sammy Watkins did not return after reinjuring his left ribs in the first quarter. The first-round pick was hurt on the Bills' second possession, when he was struck in the side by linebacker Ashlee Palmer while running a slant route.

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Economy
5:55 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Mapping Downtown Investment

Credit rochesterdowntown.com

There's a new interactive way to look at all the development activity in downtown Rochester.

It's an investment map found at rochesterdowntown.com, a joint venture of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation and Downtown Special Services, Inc.

RDDC president Heidi Zimmer-Meyer says the map has detailed information on the many projects, and links to the project webpages.

That includes the two major ones, Midtown and the Sibley Building, along with a number of other housing development projects.

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