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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 How will New York's medical marijuana law affect employees in the workplace? 

The new law, once it's implemented, will limit access to marijuana only to those who have one of 10 serious medical conditions including AIDS, ALS, and multiple sclerosis.  But how far do those legal rights extend into the workplace?

Local attorney Elizabeth Cordello of Pullano & Farrow, PLLC, specializes in employment law.  She says New York's medical marijuana law is unique because it contains a non-discrimination clause.

Tax season is here, and your 2014 tax return is due in about six weeks.

Local CPA David Young says the biggest change people need to be aware of this year is the requirement for proof of health insurance coverage due to the Affordable Care Act. If you did not have health insurance coverage in 2014, you could face a penalty amounting to one percent of your adjusted gross income.

Young says one common mistake he sees is taxpayers using the wrong filing status, which could be costly.

Rochester is on pace to break the record for the coldest month since record keeping began in 1871. 

Climatologist Jessica Spaccio of the Northeast Regional Climate Center says the current record was an average reading of 12.6 degrees, set back in February, 1934.                         

"If we're able to beat that, we'll take not just the record for February, but all-time coldest month," Spaccio said.

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The divorce rate in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region is down to its lowest level in at least 15 years.

That's according to an analysis of New York State Health Department statistics by a local law firm.

Attorney Edward McClenathan of Tully Rinckey, PLLC, says the number of divorces started to decline after peaking when New York State first allowed "no-fault" divorces in 2010.

In what one local expert calls a landmark study, researchers say infants and toddlers who were randomly assigned to consume peanuts in their first years of life were far less likely to develop peanut allergies than children who avoided peanuts altogether.

And the difference between the two groups was not a small one.

The infants who avoided peanuts were seven times more likely to develop allergies than those who ate peanuts.

Local restaurant owners are responding to the news that servers will soon be earning $7.50 an hour before tips.

Governor Cuomo's labor commissioner will make that change at the end of this year upon a recommendation from a state Wage Board.

Peter Jines, owner of Jines Restaurant on Park Avenue, says this increase will add a nearly six-figure cost to his business on an annual basis.

After much heated public debate, the Spencerport school board decides tonight whether that district will adopt the Urban-Suburban program and allow city students to attend classes there.

Spencerport school superintendent Mike Crumb isn't predicting the outcome. 

He's hoping the answer is "yes."  Crumb was a teacher in the West Irondequoit district for years and he said Urban-Suburban worked seamlessly there.

UPDATE: On Sunday night, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, an HBO film based on the Canandaigua-based Veterans Crisis Hotline, won the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject.

The Little Theatre in Rochester has been showing this documentary in its Documentary Program A screening. Showtimes are as follows:

Tuesday, February 24: 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 25: 9:30 p.m.

Click on the audio link above to hear employees of at the call center talk about their work and the film.

This is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and local organizers have several events planned.

On Friday, internationally known psychotherapist and author Kathy Kater, LICSW,  is scheduled to talk at the University of Rochester School of Nursing Auditorium from noon to 1:15 p.m. about the need to start thinking about the health of your body as opposed to its size. 

Kater is the author of Healthy Bodies; Teaching Kids What They Need to Know

To hear an excerpt of an interview with Kathy Kater, click the audio link above.

Satellite images are showing that more than 82 percent of Lake Ontario is now frozen over.

By comparison, 61 percent of the lake's surface was frozen in the first week of March last year.

"I think possibly what is happening is that the lake lost a lot of heat last year because it was a severe winter and, of course, we had a long duration of the ice season in the spring for all the lakes. So, perhaps the lake didn't get a chance to regain its heat content," said George Leshkevich, a physical scientist at the Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory in Michigan.