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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Despite growing pressure to resign, Henrietta Town Supervisor Jack Moore is remaining steadfast in his refusal to step down amid an ethics controversy.

Moore apologized for making comments that many find offensive. He was seen on a video recording making a racial reference to "city cousins" receiving "Obamacare" (coverage under the Affordable Care Act) while talking with a town employee. 

Timothy Kneeland, political professor at Nazareth College, says Moore has lost the confidence of his employees and his political supporters.

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At the end of this school year, students in the Rochester City School District will be sent home for the summer with an armload of books.

It's part of an annual effort to prevent what's known as "the summer slide" - the literacy loss that often occurs in between school years.

And now, researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center say they know how to make that program even more effective:  Let students pick out books they actually want to read.

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This summer, a new mode of transportation is coming to downtown Rochester.

"It's the body of a trolley with the insides of a bicycle. It fits fifteen people - 12 pedalers, 3 riders - and you go through the streets. You pick where you want to go,” said Philip Szal, who's starting a company called Rochester Pedal Tours.

This trolley-bicycle hybrid can be rented for pub and restaurant craws or architectural tours through the city.

A multi-million dollar master plan could bring some major changes to the Seneca Park Zoo.

The current proposal would require $37 million in funding from Monroe County taxpayers over several years.

The zoo was recently informed that it must upgrade or replace the 84-year old building that houses primates, reptiles, and birds or seriously risk losing its accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 

The current accreditation expires in 2018.

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The Seneca Park Zoo is commemorating Endangered Species Day Friday to highlight a new national effort by zoos and aquariums to save more animals from extinction.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has identified more than 100 species facing the greatest threats.

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A celebration in Canandaigua today marked the 75th anniversary of what is believed to be the oldest running volunteer ambulance service in Western New York.

Ken Beers, chief of the Canandaigua Emergency Squad, says much has changed in the past three quarters of a century.

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Wegmans has established a national brand with 85 stores in six states.

And now the Rochester-based grocery chain is making its debut in New York City.

Wegmans will build a 74,000 square foot store as part of the Admirals Row development project at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  That is slightly smaller than the East Avenue location in Rochester.

"One of the big draws is just the density of the population and the number of people who will shop at this store, and we believe we are bringing something so unique to the market," Wegmans spokesperson Jo Natale told WXXI News.

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A conference on lead poisoning will bring government, health, and education officials to Rochester this Friday.

Rochester has been recognized as a leader in reducing lead exposure in children, according to Dr. Stanley Schaffer, director of the Western New York Lead Poisoning Resource Center.

"We've made tremendous progress, but we're not completely there yet. I'm always afraid that we're going to declare victory too soon, because there are still children out there who continue to be exposed, unfortunately."

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 Members of Rochester's Anti-Poverty Task Force are meeting within various work groups starting this week.

They're trying to identify any systemic barriers that may be contributing to the city's high poverty rate.   The groups are divided into areas including housing, jobs, education, health, and the judicial system.

Fran Weisberg is CEO of the United Way of Greater Rochester, one of the lead agencies in the effort. She doesn't believe there is a magic bullet that will provide solutions to a decades-old problem.                        

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Local cycling enthusiasts have scheduled a number of events to commemorate National Bike Month.

On Monday morning, Hart's Local Grocers was recognized for installing the first bike corral in the City of Rochester.

Richard DeSarra, co-founder of the Rochester Cycling Alliance, said the bike movement is picking up momentum here.

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