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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Corning Museum of Glass

Rochester sculptor Albert Paley is working with scientists and glassmakers at Corning Incorporated, to create objects by fusing glass and metal.

Before Corning developed a type of glass that has the same properties as the metal alloy Kovar, this would not have been possible because the two materials have vastly different cooling rates.

Paley will be publicly demonstrating his glass and metal work for the first time at Corning's new Amphitheater Hot Shop today and Saturday.

Tom Gasek

The Fast Forward Film Festival debuts tonight at the Little Theater.

The event features two nights of screenings of short films made by local professional and aspiring film makers that raise awareness about environmental issues.

One of those films is called "Ain't No Fish", co-directed by professional animator and RIT professor Tom Gasek.  It's a short stop motion animated film featuring singing seals, but it delivers a powerful message about the plight of our oceans.

Tom tells says he actually started working on this short film in the early 1990s.

Another local school district says it is making accommodations for a transgender student who wants to use the restroom and locker room that align with her gender identity.

This issue recently came up in the Sodus School District.

On April 2, parents of Brockport High School students were notified that a transgender student had asked for access to the girls' locker room and restroom.

School superintendent Lesli Myers says the student's classmates have been supportive.

Not everyone will be ready to file their tax return by today’s deadline.

That's when accountants recommend filing a six-month extension.

Local CPA David Young says fewer than ten percent of his clients typically need that extra time, but there are several reasons some do.

"People may not be receiving all their tax returns from all of their investments. They might be late with K1s coming in or 1099s,” Young said. “Or possibly they own a business and they have to prepare their business tax return before they can prepare their personal tax return."

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Local protesters are holding a rally today, on what is known as Equal Pay Day, the day they say women have worked the four extra months needed to match what their male counterparts earned.

Jaclyn Richard, the incoming president of the Rochester chapter of the National Organization for Women, believes pay equity will happen, but it requires action now.

 Last week marked the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

The University of Rochester is commemorating that event through the month of April.

Tonight at the Rush Rhees Library on the River Campus at 7 p.m., Bob Marcotte will help lead a discussion about Rochester's vital role in the conflict. Marcotte, a former Democrat and Chronicle columnist, is the author of Where They Fell: Stories of Rochester Area Soldiers in the Civil War.

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A Rochester official is offering his reaction to a video showing a South Carolina police officer fatally shooting an apparently unarmed black man.

Adam McFadden, head of Rochester City Council's public safety committee, says he watched the video a half dozen times.

Siena College regularly surveys New York consumers to measure their level of confidence about the economy.

For March, those numbers were higher than since before the recession began eight years ago.

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Bivona Child Advocacy Center is recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month with an annual memorandum of understanding.

Sean McGinnis Scanlon

Ryan Shepard, a 40-year old bartender and audio visual technician, is one of the more than 200 Americans registered as a 2016 presidential candidate with the Federal Elections Commission.

Click on the audio link above to hear Shepard explain why he decided to put his name in the running.