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Beth Adams

Morning Edition Host

Beth Adams joined WXXI as host of Morning Edition in 2012 after a more than two decade radio career. She was the longtime host of the WHAM Morning News in Rochester, where she was recognized for her work by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the New York State Humane Society. Her career also took her from radio stations in Elmira, New York to Miami, Florida.

Beth is active in the Rochester community, having volunteered for organizations including the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, the Heart of Gold Children's Foundation, the Rochester Press Radio Club Children’s Charities, and the Rochester Broadway Theater League Education Committee.  She is an avid reader of historical fiction and a devoted animal lover. Beth is married to award-winning writer and author Scott Pitoniak. 

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About 20 Rochester area disability rights activists were arrested in Washington, D.C. Thursday as they protested the U.S. Senate's health care bill.

The disability organization ADAPT staged a "die-in" at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office to protest proposed cuts to Medicaid.

Stephanie Woodward, director of advocacy for the Center for Disability Rights, said she and 19 other Rochester protesters were removed from the Senate Office Building and held by Capitol police for about nine hours.

Xerox Rochester Int'l Jazz Festival

Over the next few days, meeting planners and executives from professional associations around the country will be visiting Rochester to get a sense of whether they want to host a future meeting or conference here.

Don Jeffries, president and CEO of Visit Rochester, says the opening weekend of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is the perfect time to sell the city to out of town visitors.

"They hear the music, they see a couple of shows, and they see all the people having fun and that's what we sell them on. We say, 'this is a fun place to be.' "

Why is it that so often when we meet someone for the first time we ask, “What do you do?” Do our jobs really define us? What more can we learn about someone when we look beyond how they earn a paycheck?

These questions and more are the inspiration documentary play written and performed by two Spencerport natives. Kate Marple and Melissa Bergstrom’s “Big Work” examines our modern day relationship to our jobs and the ripple effect this has on our lives.

Kate and Melissa are co-founders of Perpetual Visitors Theater Company in Boston.

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Summer is here, and every year local police and humane investigators respond to hundreds of reports of pets left alone in hot vehicles.

The Humane Society of Greater Rochester is asking pet owners to pledge to never leave their animals unattended in a car.

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Throughout this afternoon and evening, music will be filling the streets around Rochester.

The first annual Make Music Rochester event is modeled after a Parisian tradition that began in 1982 as a tribute to the Summer Solstice.

Maria Furgiuele, interim executive director at the Community Design Center, is one of the organizers of the one day celebration. She recalls being in France 30 years ago and experiencing the original event that inspired it.

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Despite unusually high water levels on Lake Ontario, Ontario Beach Park is on track to open as scheduled on Friday.

"A couple of months ago, I would have really doubted that we would be able to do that,” said Larry Staub, director of the Monroe County parks department.  Crews spent the last two months cleaning debris that washed onto the beach as Lake Ontario swelled to record high levels.

"There were large trees, large limbs, a lot of debris,” Staub said. “We even had a typewriter show up (laughs). I don't know where it came from, but we saw it."

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Law enforcement officers, campus administrators, and victim advocates from across New York are at SUNY Geneseo today for a day-long training session on the response to and prevention of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.

The training is being provided by a special division of the New York State Police that deals with sexual assault on college and university campuses.

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On Sunday, residents from several Rochester neighborhoods brought their unused and unwanted items to a free-for-all yard sale and freecycle event at the nonprofit Rochester Greenovation on East Main Street.

The idea was to pass forward stuff people no longer want or need and discover new treasures without having to pay for them.

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It was 10 years ago this month, June 26, 2007, when five young women died in a tragic head-on crash in Ontario County five days after they graduated from Fairport High School.

Hannah Congdon, Bailey Goodman, Meredith McClure, Sara Monnat, and Katie Shirley were on their way to a Keuka Lake cottage belonging to one of their families at the time of the accident.

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Child protective workers in Monroe County continue to voice their concerns about heavy caseloads which they say have put the community's most vulnerable children at risk.

CPS workers and members of the faith community plan to speak during the public comment section of tonight's county legislature meeting.

John Rabish, a spokesman for the Monroe County Federation of Social Workers, says caseloads started to soar more than two years ago when the county discontinued its local child abuse hotline, transferring those duties to the state.

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