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 effects of a particularly brutal winter will be felt by some Rochester-area homeowners for months to come.

Rick Herman, CEO of the Rochester Home Builders' Association, says roof and wall damage caused by ice damming has created a backlog of work for home contractors.  If you need to hire a reputable repairman, you may have to wait.

An ambassador for the Urban-Suburban program is the local winner of the Princeton Prize in Race relations.

17-year old Chyna Stephens, a junior at Pittsford Sutherland High School, has received the award, which recognizes and encourages young people who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing race relations.

Click on the audio link above to hear Chyna talk about how the Urban-Suburban program has benefited her and how she is working to improve race relations at her school.

A new study from the American Cancer Society says 21,000 deaths could be prevented each year starting in 2030 if screening rates for colorectal cancer reached 80 percent by 2018.

Dr. Alvaro Carrascal,  vice president of health systems of the Eastern Division of the American Cancer Society, says there are some significant barriers to colonoscopy screening that need to be removed.

A sixth grade transgender student in the Sodus Central School District will be allowed to use the girls' restroom and locker room. The district says the student's request was granted in compliance with both state and federal law.

Some parents who attended a meeting of the Sodus board of education Tuesday night spoke out against the decision, expressing concerns about their own children's privacy.  

Laine DeLaney, president of the Trans Alliance of Greater Rochester, believes those fears are based on misconceptions.

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 A multidisciplinary team of SUNY researchers is hoping to learn more about what causes myopia, or nearsightedness, a condition that affects 42 percent of adults in the U.S.

Dr. Stewart Bloomfield is leading a research team at the SUNY College of Optometry, which is looking into possible treatments to treat myopia and keep it from progressing.

Click on the audio link above to hear an interview with Bloomfield.

Some dogs that escaped a three-alarm fire Sunday at the Add-En-On Kennel in Mendon have returned home today.

Eleanor Oi of Brighton picked up her two dogs this morning. She said her heart goes out to the owners of the dogs who did not make it out alive. "I feel horrible....I feel horrible for them."

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Burnout in the workplace appears to be more common than ever.

A 2013 survey by the Energy Project showed that 70 percent of workers felt they had no time for creative or strategic thinking.

A Gallup poll from that same year says just 30 percent of Americans feel engaged at work.  And yet, we're apparently working more. A recent survey showed that just one in five employees take an actual lunch break away from their desk.  

Rochester Regional Health System

A grand opening was held at Charlotte High Thursday morning for a school-based health clinic.

It's the ninth clinic of its kind at a Rochester school. Any student attending Charlotte High School can register to receive services at the health center.

The Charlotte High clinic will be operated and staffed by Rochester Regional Health System. Dr. LeKeyah Wilson is medical director of the school-based health centers. 

She says the value for students is evident both medically and academically.

 How will New York's medical marijuana law affect employees in the workplace? 

The new law, once it's implemented, will limit access to marijuana only to those who have one of 10 serious medical conditions including AIDS, ALS, and multiple sclerosis.  But how far do those legal rights extend into the workplace?

Local attorney Elizabeth Cordello of Pullano & Farrow, PLLC, specializes in employment law.  She says New York's medical marijuana law is unique because it contains a non-discrimination clause.

Tax season is here, and your 2014 tax return is due in about six weeks.

Local CPA David Young says the biggest change people need to be aware of this year is the requirement for proof of health insurance coverage due to the Affordable Care Act. If you did not have health insurance coverage in 2014, you could face a penalty amounting to one percent of your adjusted gross income.

Young says one common mistake he sees is taxpayers using the wrong filing status, which could be costly.