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Beth Adams

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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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LGBT advocates are denouncing and conservatives are praising the Trump administration's decision to lift Obama-era federal guidelines concerning transgender students.

The guidelines allowed students to use school bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identities.

"It's on the forefront of people's minds, it happens often enough. I think people are generally questioning, is this going to change anything,” said Steve Carling, deputy general counsel for the Rochester City School District.

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The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley says there has been an increase in reports of bias-motivated incidents in the Rochester area in the last three months.

Rochester police are investigating the apparent theft of two gay pride flags and one Black Lives Matter flag on Garson Avenue over the weekend.

Gay Alliance executive director Scott Fearing said he was told by a board member who lives on that street that closer to ten LGBTQ flags are missing from residents' yards.

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Thousands of people took part in protests across the country Thursday in response to the immigration policies of the Trump administration.

Immigrants across the U.S. were planning to stay home from school and work to show how critical they are to the American economy and way of life.

Irene Sanchez of the Worker Justice Center in Rochester doesn't think any local migrant farm workers joined the protest, but she says their absence would be noticed if they did walk off the job.

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There were 35,092 traffic related deaths in the U.S. in 2015, representing the largest single year increase in five decades.

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that distracted driving and other dangerous behaviors are significant contributing factors to the rise in fatalities.

Lindsay Hawkins, from AAA of Western and Central New York, says 19 to 24 year-olds top the list of the worst behaved drivers in a recent survey.

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Computer users get daily warnings about the vulnerability of their personal data or their own identities if their device is not secure.

But for those who use a medical device such as an insulin pump, hacking threats could be a matter of life and death. 

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A growing number of students at RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf are entering careers in science and medicine.

But the deaf and hard of hearing population remains one of the most underrepresented groups in the biomedical fields.

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A plan to establish the city of Rochester's first off-leash dog park has taken a big leap forward.

After 18 months of planning and public meetings, city council's parks and public works committee unanimously approved a 6-month pilot project to set up a dog park at Cobbs Hill Park.

Councilman Matt Haag chairs that committee. He says the dog run would be located three-quarters of an acre site across from the Monroe County Water Authority.

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A baby born today in Pittsford can expect to live up to nine years longer than a child who grows up in the 14608 zip code of the city of Rochester.

That's one of the findings of a health profile of Monroe County, based on data from various sources between 2010 and 2016. It was prepared by Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

A local lawmaker wants New York State to compensate Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack for the revenue it might lose due to the recent opening of the del Lago Resort and Casino in Seneca County.

Senator Rich Funke says he's stepping up to do what the Governor's office and casino siting board should have done initially to protect thousands of jobs at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack and the nearby del Lago Resort and Casino.

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A grassroots effort started by a group of parents, teachers, and community members is resulting in a "Black Lives Matter at School" day in the Rochester school district.

Friday, February 17 has been designated as a day of understanding and affirmation in city schools that while all lives matter, black lives deserve special affirmation, attention and understanding right now.

Chris Widmaier, a science teacher at World of Inquiry School is one of the organizers of the event.

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