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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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All this week, state and local law enforcement will increase patrols near high schools as part of a statewide campaign to limit the impacts of impaired and distracted driving as prom and graduation season approach.

Representatives of the governor's traffic safety committee kicked off the initiative at Brighton High School.

Student Hannah Newland said she was involved in a car crash while driving earlier this year.

A recent poll illustrates the stigma surrounding drug addiction.

More than three-quarters of New Yorkers who responded to a Siena College survey about the opioid crisis say the moral failings of those who are addicted is a contributing factor in the epidemic.

At the same time, people hold the opposing view that addiction is a disease.

More than 40 Rochester area nonprofit and social justice organizations are participating in an activism fair next month.

They're looking to recruit new activists who are interested in social justice and political change, but aren't sure how to make a difference.

The second annual event is organized by Athesia Benjamin, an art teacher at Monroe Community College.

She said it was inspired last year by fears and frustrations about policies and actions of the Trump administration.

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ACT Rochester has released its annual community report card, an overview of trends meant to measure the quality of life in the 9 county region.

Some of the data follow a continuing theme from previous reports which demonstrate the degree of racial disparities.

The four year, regional high school graduation rate of 85 percent was above the statewide average. But in the city of Rochester, 57 percent of students earned their diploma on time.

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Among those remembering former first lady Barbara Bush following her death Tuesday is Curt Smith, a senior lecturer in English at the University of Rochester.

Smith was a speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush. He remembers Barbara Bush's fierce protectiveness and loyalty to her husband, her frank conversational style, and her political independence. 

Bush died at her home in Houston Tuesday at the age of 92. 

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear a portion of an interview with Curt Smith.

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The new executive director of Willow Domestic Violence Center says her goal is to ensure that domestic violence is no longer a taboo subject.

Marisol Ramos-Lopez wants people to feel safe enough to report domestic or dating violence whether they themselves are the victim, or know someone who is.

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The National Institutes of Health says approximately 4 in 10 adults and 1 in 9 children use some form of complementary or alternative medicine in the U.S.

And that data is 10 years old. The use of alternative methods such as herbal supplements, acupuncture, meditation, and yoga could be more prevalent today.

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Drug and alcohol use among youth and young adults was the topic of a conference hosted by the Finger Lakes Collegiate Task Force at the RIT Inn & Conference Center on Thursday.

The event was attended by parents, school faculty and staff, coaches, and mental health and substance abuse counselors.

One of the speakers was John Underwood, president and founder of the American Athletic Institute, a sport consulting firm.

He said 83 percent of NCAA athletes regularly drink alcohol and close to 30 percent of them use marijuana.

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Kindergarten through fifth grade students at Allen Creek Elementary gathered at a school assembly this morning to cheer the news that the Pittsford School District is moving closer to full day kindergarten.

The district is getting three years of additional state funding to make the transition from half-day kindergarten.  Pittsford is one of only five districts in New York State that does not currently have full-day kindergarten.

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Wendyl Jones recalls an old James Brown song that delivers an apt warning about heroin.

“He said it would 'drive you to hell,' and that's exactly what it will do. I've lost multiple friends over the last couple of years due to this."

A tear runs down Jones’ cheek as he describes his trip to hell.  

The 42-year-old’s heroin addiction began about seven years ago when he started taking Percocet, an opioid pain medication, after he injured his neck and back in a car accident. 

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