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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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As camping and cookout season comes to an end, Monroe County officials are reminding residents to safely dispose of their empty propane tanks.

They should not be hauled to the curb for pickup, or placed in recycling bins or garbage totes.

Environmental services director Mike Garland said even a small, residual amount of propane can present an explosion or fire hazard.

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It was nine years ago today that a Rochester woman was beaten by a mob and stabbed to death in broad daylight at the intersection of Dewey Avenue and Driving Park.

Latasha Shaw was a food service worker at the University of Rochester and the mother of four. Shaw was coming to the aid of her 12-year old daughter who was involved in a fight when she was attacked.

"This happened nine years ago and I feel we have not made any headway with violence in our community," said Dawn Marshall-Hosier, executive vice president of SEIU Local 200 United.

Monroe County Board of Elections

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, but  in Monroe County, residents have been registering steadily each month since the beginning of the year.

Monroe County Elections Commissioner Tom Ferrarese says 26,700 new voters have registered since January.  The biggest spike came in March, leading up to the April New York Primary Election, when more than 7,000 registrations were processed. 

There were over 4,000 new registrations in August and nearly 3,000 so far in September. 

A student leader at Monroe Community College says the upcoming presidential election is a big topic of discussion on campus this year.

Blake Moore, president of MCC's Student Government Association, says he and some of his classmates, faculty, and staff will get together tonight to watch the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

"Typically students usually kind of lean on the left side of the fence, but this time, it seems like there's a good mix-up and students are interested in what both candidates have to say,"  he said.

Geva Theatre

A close to $9 million, seven-year renovation project has been completed at Geva Theatre.

Everything from the roof to the lobby has been updated.  Artistic director Mark Cuddy says the 148-year old  building has kept some of the traditional Geva feel with a whole new look.

"It feels bigger; you see more brick and steel girders, and yet all the furnishings are modern and sleek, but yet warm colors, so it still feels like Geva."

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Compared to cities the same size, Rochester ranks second in overall poverty, first in child poverty, extreme poverty, and the rate of poverty for female-headed families.

Those are some of the findings in a report released Tuesday by ACT Rochester and the Rochester Community Foundation showing that poverty continues to be a growing problem in the region.

ACT Rochester senior director Ann Johnson it’s a crisis that has been decades in the making.

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The Open Door Mission is another step closer to its goal of providing transitional housing to Rochester's homeless women and children.

The Christian faith-based organization has closed on the purchase of a 5,000 square foot building, a former convent on the Holy Ghost Church campus at 250 Coldwater Road in Gates. It will house up to five to six families, or a total of 20 people, when it's expected to open sometime in the next 12 months.

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A delegation of five Ukrainian professionals is in Rochester this week studying public health policy and veterans affairs.

Cecilia Hencke, executive director of the Rochester Global Connections, says the nonprofit is hosting the group through a nonpartisan Congressional initiative that matches emerging Eurasian political and civil leaders with their U.S. counterparts.

The Ukrainian health professionals want to learn how nonprofits, the health care industry, and government work together to treat veterans and people with disabilities.

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A Rochester native and world renowned choreographer has returned home for opening weekend of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival.

Elizabeth Streb is founder of the STREB EXTREME ACTION COMPANY. Her performers combine dance and athletics in a series of daring feats.

"We have a mantra - kind of a battle cry, excuse the expression, 'higher, stronger, harder, faster.' And that's what we try to do with every second,” she said. “The pieces are short; there are six of them, and they fly and the beautiful thing is, then they crash."

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The typically brilliant colors of fall may soon become the latest casualty of the severe drought affecting Rochester and other parts of Western and Central New York.

Plants cool when water evaporates from their leaves. When there is little or no rain, that process shuts down.

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