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
10:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

New At-Home Test Screens For Colon Cancer

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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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Education
5:54 am
Fri August 29, 2014

State Releases Teacher Evaluations

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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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Health
12:07 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Not Too Early to Get Flu Shot

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Because of increased demand, companies that manufacture the flu vaccine have started producing more of it. This year, the vaccine has been delivered a bit earlier than usual.  According to the chief of Infectious Diseases at the University of Rochester, that's because there weren't many changes in the formula this year.

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WXXI Local Stories
10:50 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Plastic Pollutants Found Throughout Great Lakes Food Chain

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Scientists have been spending the summer studying the impact of micro-plastic pollution in the Great Lakes.

Sherri Mason, professor of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences at SUNY Fredonia, led the team of researchers that first called attention to pollution from plastic microbeads found in personal care products - everything from facial scrubs to shampoo. 

Mason says these plastic beads are too small to be filtered by sewage plants, and they're making their way into all five of the Great Lakes and the fish and birds that swim in those waters.            

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Health
12:54 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Pediatrican Group Calls For Later School Start Time

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The organization representing pediatricians around the country has a suggestion for schools: start classes later for kids in middle and high schools.

The new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics comes after years of concern that teens aren't getting enough sleep.

More than 40 percent of the nation's public high schools begin classes before 8 a.m. The AAP is suggesting that be pushed back until at least 8:30.

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WXXI Top Stories
12:50 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Quake Could Have Been Worse for Napa Valley Wineries, says New York Wine Foundation President

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The head of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation says the loss from Sunday's earthquake could have been much worse for many Northern California wineries.

Jim Trezise says he's still waiting to hear from some of his vintner friends in Napa Valley about the damage their businesses suffered. But Trezise says the timing of the earthquake was fortunate.  That's because many of the wine barrels would have been emptied for the coming harvest.

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WXXI Local Stories
6:45 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Forum Will Address Questions About Medical Marijuana

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The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester is hosting a community forum on medical marijuana this week.

The organization's executive director, Holly Anderson, says the event on Wednesday is free for people who want to know more about what to expect as New York State gets ready to make marijuana available for those with specific illnesses.             

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Health
11:26 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Free Opioid Overdose Prevention Program Offered to Public

Credit yourblogondrugs.com

Police departments and safety officers on college campuses carry them.

And now, with the surge in heroin and opioid overdoses, members of the general public can be trained to use overdose reversal kits.

UR Medicine's Strong Recovery is beginning a monthly program for those who have friends and family members they know or suspect of using the drugs, or addicts who want to be able to help their friends.   

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WXXI Local Stories
10:36 am
Wed August 20, 2014

City Seeks Feedback on Food Trucks

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Rochester City Council is asking the public to weigh in on what they think of food trucks.  A public forum is scheduled tonight at City Hall.

Council member Elaine Spaull says the food truck program should be evaluated before it's expanded any further.  Vendors can now register with the city to operate at  twelve different locations.

Ronnie McClive of the Food Truck Alliance says food truck operators want more freedom and flexibility, especially outside of the center city.

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WXXI Local Stories
7:13 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Amish Family Draws From Community, Faith to Overcome Trauma Following Girls' Abduction

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A northern New York Amish community is relying on its faith to get through the crisis that struck last week when two young sisters were abducted from their family's roadside stand.

The 12 and 7-year old escaped their captors and returned home about 24 hours later.

Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey were charged with kidnapping with the intent to physically or sexually abuse the girls.

We were wondering how this incident has impacted the tightly knit Amish community in St. Lawrence County.

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