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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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University of Rochester

In a condemning letter to the University of Rochester, two professors announced their resignation this week in light of the university's handling of sexual misconduct complaints against professor Florian Jaeger.

Celeste Kidd and her husband Steven Piantadosi have accepted positions at the University of California at Berkeley.

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A 150 year old horse chestnut tree that witnessed some remarkable times in Rochester history and American history was cut down outside the Susan B. Anthony House on Madison Street this morning.

"I'm sure if it could talk it would have some interesting stories about an American icon," said  Anthony Orphe, director of environmental services for the city of Rochester.

Despite efforts to preserve it in recent years, the fifty-foot tree had died, and Orphe said it was a safety hazard in the neighborhood.

Opponents of a proposed Finger Lakes waste-to-energy facility are increasing pressure on the New York State Legislature to pass legislation to ban the operation before the end of the legislative session next week.

"In Albany time we have all the time in the world, but with each passing day, the urgency increases,” said Will Ouweleen, owner of O-Neh-Da and Eagle Crest Vineyards in Conesus. “If the bill is not passed, there is going to be a complete outcry in the Finger Lakes because this project is completely inappropriate to site in the Finger Lakes area."

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Some local beekeepers are concerned about a bill making its way through the New York Legislature. It would require all beekeepers both commercial and hobbyist, to register with the state.

The measure won the unanimous support of the State Senate's agriculture committee this week. 

Pat Bono operates a small scale beekeeping operation in Wayne County. She's worried about the potential implications of a mandatory state registry.

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New York is one of only 13 states where animal cruelty laws are not part of the penal code.

That would change under a bill being considered in the state legislature.

Bella's law is named for a German Shepard mix whose owner placed zip ties around the dog's neck, shoved her into a garbage bag and beat her with a shovel. Her injuries were so severe, Bella had to be euthanized.

Michael Gallagher, of Levittown on Long Island, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four months in county jail for the crime in Novermber 2017.

Champion Academy

A program founded by Rochester native and former pro football player Roland Williams to help teens living in poverty succeed, is extending its pilot phase.

The Champion Academy will continue for a fourth year, thanks to additional funding from the Polessini Foundation and the William and Mildred Levine Foundation.

Williams says supporters want to see tangible results, and that's what the past three years show.

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Organizers of the Rochester Women's Bike Festival say the goal of this coming weekend's event is to get more women to consider bikes as a means of transportation.

Susan Levin is part of the grassroots community coordinating the festival. She rides her bike to work every day after giving her car away several years ago.

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Increasing demand means another expansion for the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL). The Canandaigua-based facility is looking to hire another 30 to 50 people.

The job requires some specific skills. Responders take calls from veterans and active duty service members experiencing some of the most difficult struggles of their lives.

Washington Square Park Community Association

Thousands of people pass by Washington Square Park in Rochester every week, and community organizers say that exposure is the driving force behind their efforts to reimagine the space.

Patrons of Geva Theater, workday commuters, and parishoners of nearby churches may drive or walk by the historic park, but some say it’s under-utilized and forgotten, especially considering its significant past.

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Rochester area commuters who participated in National Bike to Work Day had sunshine and relatively mild temperatures for their ride on Friday.

Susan Levin of Corn Hill made the 20 to 25 minute ride to work at City Gate.  She gave up her car seven years ago when she lived in Chicago.

"It's much more relaxing," she said. "Being in a car is very stressful to me. I tell people when they say they're stuck in traffic, 'You're not in traffic, you are traffic.' "

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