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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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Health
12:34 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

NYS Smoking Rates Highest Upstate According to Excellus Report

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A new report from Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield says the prevalence of smoking is higher for adults in Upstate New York than the state as a whole or nationally.

The report says almost 21-percent of Upstate adults smoke, compared to just over 16-percent statewide and 18-percent across the U.S.

New York smoking rates peak in the age group between 25 and 34. Smoking is more common in adults who don't have a high school diploma and who have incomes below $15,000.

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Local News
10:53 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Casino Developer Aims for Early 2016 Opening

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Gamblers could be lining up at the slot machines at a new Seneca County casino as early as January or February of 2016.

That's according to Jimmy Wilmot, principal officer on the project for Rochester developer Wilmorite.

Wilmot expects the license for the Lago resort to be granted within the next 30 to 60 days.  He said construction will start a week after that, and not much could stand in the way of an early 2016 grand opening.

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Local News
11:22 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Food Pantry Sees Increase in Demand This Season

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In the month of November, one of the area's most active food pantries saw an even greater demand for meals.

Dom Lucisano, director of the Hope Food Pantry in Greece, said they served about 30 percent more families than they did last November.

Lucisano says food insecurity can be a middle class, suburban problem as well as an inner city problem.  "There are fast food restaurants and coffee shops open anywhere. You can get a minimum wage job just about anywhere. Where are you going on minimum wage?"

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Education
11:12 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Regent Does Not Expect Changes to Common Core With King's Departure

Andrew Brown
Credit regents.nysed.gov

A local member of the State Board of Regents is not surprised by the news that State Education Commissioner John King, Jr. is leaving his job for a position at the White House.  

King will be stepping down from his role at the end of this year to serve as senior adviser to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

During his more than three years leading the State Education Department, Commissioner King faced intense criticism over implementation of the Common Core standards and teacher evaluations tied to Common Core-based tests.

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Local News
7:50 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Winter Storm Warning Continues until 6 Tonight

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The Rochester area had unofficial snowfall totals ranging from 8 to 12 inches in the last 24 hours.

The Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until this evening, but the National Weather Service says most of what will fall is already on the ground. We're expecting another inch or two by tonight.

Areas south of the Thruway had some of the higher amounts.  Even though the plows have been out, many of the roads are snow-covered and slippery and it's a slower than normal commute this morning, so you'll want a head start.

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Local News
12:49 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Local Expert Reacts to Senate Report on CIA Interrogation Techniques

RIT adjunct professor Robert Gerace
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A local terrorism expert says there is a gray area between what is necessary to protect American security and what is moral.

Robert Gerace, a retired captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve Intelligence program, is reacting to the recently released Senate report on harsh techniques used by the CIA to question terror suspects.

The adjunct professor at RIT said there is a fine line that government officials have to walk.                    

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Health
10:42 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Doctors Remind Snow Shovelers to Use Caution

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With the new snowfall in the area, doctors are reminding people to take some precautions if you pick up a shovel.               

"Avoid shoveling immediately after you wake,” said Dr. Zafar Shamoon of the Rochester General Hospital Emergency Department. “Most heart attacks occur in the morning when the blood is more prone to clotting. Don't eat a heavy meal.  If you eat a heavy meal, what happens is, the blood is diverted from the heart to the stomach."

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Education
11:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Charter Schools on the Minds of Local Education Leaders on Their Annual Albany Trip

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Rochester-area school leaders had a chance to meet with senior staff in the state legislature this week.

Monroe County School Boards Association executive director Jody Siegle joined the group of superintendents and school board members on their annual trip to Albany.

She said one subject that came up was the increasing popularity of charter schools and the call by some to expand those schools around the state.                              

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Economy
11:12 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Consumer Confidence at Highest Level Since 2007

New Yorkers are feeling better about the economy than they have in seven years, according to the latest survey by Siena College.

Pollster Doug Lonnstrom said a number of factors are behind the more upbeat mood for consumers.

"The stock market is hear record highs and the job reports have been good-over 300,00 last month-and gas prices are a big factor, way down, particularly upstate; and the housing market is looking better,” Lonnstrom said.

The consumer sentiment index stands at 84-points statewide, up more than five points from the last survey in June. 

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Health
11:23 am
Thu December 4, 2014

CDC: Flu Vaccine Less Effective This Year

Credit Joanne Silberner/NPR

The flu vaccine won't be as effective against some of the viruses making the rounds this season.

The CDC says that's because the virus has mutated or "drifted."

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Alexandra Yamshchikov of Rochester Regional Health System says you should still get a flu shot if you haven't already.

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