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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The New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities has launched a multimedia campaign to encourage people to welcome individuals of all abilities.

Visitors to the agency's display in the Science and Industry Building at the State Fair near Syracuse will get a seed packet -- symbolism for planting the seeds of community inclusion.  They'll also be asked to write a welcoming message on a postcard that will be shared on social media.

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A Rochester man was killed Monday when he was trying to cross Lake Avenue.  Police say the pedestrian had stepped out in front of an approaching motorcycle in the 300 block of Lake Avenue when he was struck. 

This is just the latest in a series of deadly accidents on one of the most heavily traveled roads in the city.

Wednesday afternoon, elected leaders, Rochester police, neighbors and business owners walked a portion of Lake Avenue near Monday's accident and talked about pedestrian safety.

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Some members of Congress are demanding more information on why the price of a potentially lifesaving medical device has skyrocketed. 

EpiPens- injectable devices containing epinephrine- are used to ward off potentially fatal allergic reactions. The price has surged in recent years. A two-dose package cost less than $60 nine years ago.

Cyndi Gowan of Brighton has a 13-year old son with severe nut allergies. Her most recent refill for an EpiPen prescription cost more than $500 on her family's high deductible insurance plan. Fortunately, her family can afford it.

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As Conkey Cruisers celebrates the completion of its fifth season, the founder of the grassroots neighborhood bicycling program has big ideas for the future.

Registered nurse Theresa Bowick has inspired 845 people, young and old, to ride over 20,000 miles since 2012 on Rochester's El Camino Trail, other parts of the city and beyond.

"I think we have raised the awareness of cycling in Rochester beyond the traditional cyclist, and that we basically have made a statement that anybody can cycle,” she said. “This is not a middle-aged white man's sport."

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A 15,000-square-foot building on Rochester's northeast side will be the site of the city's newest homeless shelter.

The House of Mercy is renovating the space at 285 Ormond St. Sister Grace Miller, who leads the charity, says they hope to be done with construction by November, but the opening of the shelter could be delayed until December or even January.

"We're hoping for a sooner date, but it's important that the building get done and get done right so that once we open, we'll be open for good and our homeless will be taken care of," she said.

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Between May and August 11, humane law enforcement officers at Lollypop Farm say they received 122 calls reporting animals left outside with no food, water, or shelter and 54 calls from people who reported finding dogs left alone in cars.

That can be dangerous, and even deadly, and not just on hot days. When it's 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees within just 10 minutes. 

Gates Police officer Lance Duffy says people who leave their animals unattended in their vehicle really aren't considering the consequences.            

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McQuaid Jesuit High School in Brighton is getting ready to break ground on a $20 million STEM education center.

Principal Adam Baber said the two-story, 36,000-square-foot building will stand at the site of a residence that once housed Jesuit brothers and priests.

He said a facility dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math education makes sense.

"We're looking at the 21st century and how do we prepare our students with the skills and knowledge to succeed in college and then in career fields where they can really make a difference and be creative."

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Foodlink's Curbside Market has added a new wheelchair accessible truck to its fleet.  The Curbside Market visits multiple sites throughout the Rochester area each week in neighborhoods where people don't have easy access to healthy food.

Mitch Gruber, Foodlink's chief program officer, says unlike traditional food trucks, these vehicles are designed to welcome people on board to make their purchases.

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Planned Parenthood says a recent national survey shows persistent confusion among women about when and how often they should be screened for breast and cervical cancer.

Those screenings used to be recommended annually, but guidelines have changed depending upon a woman's age and risk factors.

The survey also shows that Black and Hispanic women have additional barriers to screening for breast and cervical cancer.

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Some trees are starting to change color and shed leaves, a sign that they have been stressed by the severe drought in the Rochester region.

Laurie Broccolo of Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care says it's important not to fertilize an older, existing tree, but there are some things you can do to help your trees survive the abnormally dry conditions.                

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