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Fitzgerald: Scott Walker would sign abortion bill without exemptions

Madison— As he prepares to launch a presidential bid, Gov. Scott Walker wants a 20-week abortion ban to come to his desk soon, and he doesn't want it to include exemptions for rape and incest, according to one legislative leader.

Another top lawmaker who met with Walker on the issue could not recall whether the governor specifically asked that the bill leave out such exceptions.

The state Senate passed the bill without exemptions this month and Assembly leaders are now determining when to pass it. Both houses are controlled by Walker's fellow Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) told The New York Times that in a meeting Walker had asked that the measure not include the exemptions. Fitzgerald spokeswoman Myranda Tanck confirmed Tuesday that Fitzgerald made those comments to the Times.

In an interview, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said he did not recall Walker specifically saying he wanted such exemptions left out of the bill, but Walker would sign the bill whether they were included or not. Vos said the meeting occurred a month or two ago.

"I think it's fair to say that he did not have to have exceptions for rape and incest," Vos said of Walker's comments.



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Bad News: Notorious Invasive Worm Just Found in U.S.

One of the world’s most invasive species, the New Guinea flatworm, is on the move and has just invaded six new locations, including the continental U.S. — Florida — according to a new study.

The worm (Platydemus manokwari) is on the “100 worst invasive alien species” list, and is now newly located in New Caledonia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, Puerto Rico and Florida, according to the study, which is published in PeerJ.

Although the worm lives on the ground, it is able to climb trees to follow and consume prey.

Jean-Lou Justine of the Sorbonne’s National Museum of Natural History and his international team of colleagues identified the dreaded worm at the various sites based on observations, DNA sequencing and other techniques.

Because the worm feasts heavily on native mollusks, threatening their populations, the researchers write that “the newly reported presence of the species in mainland U.S. in Florida should be considered a potential major threat to the whole U.S. and even the Americas.”


And here I was thinking they were discussing Ted Cruz….

Biotech’s Coming Cancer Cure

When Milton Wright III got his third cancer diagnosis, he cried until he laughed. He was 20 and had survived leukemia twice before, first when he was eight and again as a teen. Each time he’d suffered through years of punishing chemotherapy.

But now he had checked himself in to Seattle Children’s Hospital. An aspiring model, he had taken a fall before a photo shoot and found he couldn’t shake off the pain in his ribs. When the doctors started preparing him for a spinal tap, he knew the cancer was back. “I said, Oh, man, they are going to tell me I relapsed again,” he recalls. “They’re going to give me my six months.”

The third time wasn’t good, he knew. He’d seen enough sick kids at the Ronald McDonald House to know that when leukemia comes back like this, it’s usually resistant to chemotherapy. Hardly anyone survives.

But Wright did. In 2013 his cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was destroyed with a new type of treatment in which cells from his immune system, called T cells, were removed from his blood, genetically engineered to target his cancer, and then dripped back into his veins. Although Wright was only the second person at Seattle Children’s to receive the treatment, earlier results in Philadelphia and New York had been close to miraculous. In 90 percent of patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia that has returned and resists regular drugs, the cancer goes away. The chance of achieving remission in these circumstances is usually less than 10 percent.



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