Connections: Second Opinion LIVE! - Life After Cancer

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Long after the shock of the diagnosis and the treatment has ended, cancer is still very much a part of a person's life. This hour, we discuss what "Life After Cancer" looks like--the physical, emotional, psychological and psychosocial aspects of life with a couple experiencing this right now: Tiffany and Rick Staropoli. Tiffany created a blog of her cancer journey, and will talk about her dancing - one thing that raised her spirits through treatment - and the videos that became a YouTube sensation.

On Innovation Friday, we’ll sit in on a two-day healthcare innovation challenge where design students from RIT come up with solutions for real world medical dilemma.

Then, we look at why 25 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act laid out federal guidelines for accessible housing, new reporting from upstate suggests that much of that designated housing is expensive and segregated.

We’ll also pay tribute to one of the pioneers of bird conservation – Roland Clement – who died this week aged 102, he was a contemporary of Rachel Carson of Silent Spring fame and also worked on alerting Americans to the dangers of DDT exposure.

We finish the hour with our colleague Kara Miller from the Innovation Hub in Boston who have been thinking about what the cultural differences between West and East could mean for innovation.

Budget Sticking Points Remain Ethics and Education

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State lawmakers planned to hold some meetings throughout the weekend as they put the finishing touches on the state budget. A couple of big issues remain unresolved.

Senate Republicans are trying to modify Governor Cuomo’s proposal to require full disclosure of law clients in legislators’ outside business.

Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos, who works part time at a private law firm, says he expects to agree on a “robust” new disclosure law, but concedes that it may only apply to new law clients, not existing business arrangements.

Verizon Wireless is planning to add hundreds of jobs at its Henrietta-based call center.

Spokesman John O'Malley says they already have added more than 300 full time customer service and technical support positions at that location last year, and he says more are on the way.

"As our customer base grows we need more customer support and technical support people to serve those customers and we're actively looking to hire more than 300 reps here at our Rochester call center this year and this career fair this weekend is part of that ongoing effort."

ACT Rochester Community Report Card 2015

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ACT Rochester delivered its annual Community Report Card today, and it shows the nine-county region trailing the state by 10 percent or more in three key areas: Financial Self-Sufficiency, the Arts, and Public Safety.

Director Ann Johnson says childhood poverty rates, which have risen four percentage points the last two years, is a culmination of many different issues.

She says ACT Rochester is working to change the culture of how our community uses data to solve that and other problems.

WASHINGTON (AP)  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is backing New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as Democratic leader. Reid issued his endorsement Friday morning, shortly after announcing he would be retiring next year instead of running for re-election.

Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson says that the choice is up to Senate Democrats,``but Sen. Reid thinks Sen. Schumer has earned it.''

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Layoff notices went out to nearly 350 local employees at JP Morgan Chase in Rochester this week.

The company confirms the actual notices went out on Thursday, although the employees had initially been told in January that the cuts were coming. The employees work in the mortgage banking business at the Chase Tower.

Chase says that as the U.S. economy improves, it has meant fewer people have needed refinancing and other mortgage services, and that's meant less demand for that business unit

PathStone, a Rochester organization which provides services to low-income families and economically distressed communities throughout the state, has hired Alex Castro as its new Senior Vice President of Operations.

Castro had been the executive director of the Rochester Housing Authority for several years until he was removed from that position last fall. His resume also includes serving as executive director of The Housing Council from 2005 to 2011, which affiliated with PathStone last year.

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