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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Peanuts and Cracker Jack are part of the menu at any American baseball park, but that can be a problem for fans who have nut allergies.

The Rochester Red Wings say that's why the team is now offering a peanut and tree nut-free seating section at Frontier Field.

"We do believe this is the only allergy-free seating section in minor league baseball and in major league baseball, so we're very proud of the fact,” said Wings general manager Dan Mason. “We've gotten a lot of positive feedback from our friends in the allergy community."

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Some say because Hillary Clinton has been a political figure for decades, it's not that big of a deal that her name will appear on the top of the Democratic ticket in November.

But Deborah Hughes, executive director of the Susan B. Anthony House and Museum in Rochester, couldn't disagree more. "It's a huge deal. It's something we've been waiting for, for almost 100 years."        

Actually, 96 years this August, since the 19th amendment was ratified, ending the suffrage movement Anthony led, and giving women the right to vote.

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A 3D virtual reality simulator is set up at the Port of Rochester today to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

It's part of a national campaign by AT&T. Users put on goggles and headphones and are fully immersed in a two-minute driving experience as they encounter close calls with pedestrians, bikers and other cars while they are distracted by their smartphones.

A recent survey by AT&T found that 7 in 10 people use their phones while driving.            

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Elected officials and representatives of the Avon School District got together this afternoon to show off what they're calling the largest public school solar array project in New York State.

Avon School Superintendent Aaron Johnson says the array, which is located on 7.5 acres of land just east of the high school, will mean a fixed energy rate for the district for the next 25 years.

"Over the course of the 25 years, we're going to accrue about $1.2 million in credit that we can use once our electricity use overtakes the production," he said.

The Town of Henrietta says it's not ready to move forward with plans to consider the rezoning of some residential and agricultural land for industrial use.  

While a citizens group opposed to the plan is pleased with the latest developments, some members say they will be at tonight's town board meeting.

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Parts of Western New York are now experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions.

Meteorologist Bill Hibbert of the National Weather Service says there is a 3 to 6-inch rain deficit across the Genesee River Basin and 2 to 5-inch deficit in the Finger Lakes Region.            

"We've had some storms move through that have delivered some rain sporadically in some smaller areas, but what we really need is a real soaking rain; maybe for a couple of days."

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Local law enforcement leaders are reacting to the recent attacks on police, first in Dallas on July 7, and Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where three officers were shot and killed and three others were injured.

"There's just a concern, actually, a loss of words” said Mike Mazzeo, president of the Rochester Police Locust Club. He said city police officers can only ask, “Where are we going next? What are we doing? There is almost a level of shock, I guess, that I would hope that everybody in this country would feel,"

After a one-year hiatus in 2015 due to an unusually cold winter, Homearama is returning this weekend.

The nine-day event features seven newly constructed homes at Wilshire Hill in Pittsford.

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Thousands of people visit the Susan B Anthony House and Museum in Rochester each year. They come from all across the U.S. and around the world.

But starting this week for the first time, anyone with access to a computer or a smartphone can view more than 30 artifacts from Susan B Anthony's life and the women's suffrage movement, thanks to a partnership between the Anthony Museum and the Google Cultural Institute.                      

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The nearly 2,000 families that  are parishioners at St. Pius Tenth in Chili got an update today on preliminary plans for a new church building, after a fire of undetermined cause heavily damaged the existing church in January 2015.

A design has been completed for a 57-foot structure, which Brian Porter, chairman of the rebuild committee, describes as Romanesque and traditional.

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