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 founder of a community bicycle program says police are still investigating a break in last week that cost the group its entire fleet of bikes.

"The children that are in The Conkey Cruisers are children that I love. If it turns out that the persons or people responsible for this are part of our program, that love has not changed," said Theresa Bowick, a registered nurse who started the program three years ago to help city residents of all ages stay fit.

Krenzer Farms

A new measure would require the Public Service Commission to consider the rights of landowners when utilities want to install transmission lines on private property.

The bipartisan legislation passed in both houses of the state legislature and now awaits Governor Cuomo's signature.

Assemblyman Harry Bronson of Rochester co-sponsored the bill.  He said it requires the PSC to give landowners ample notice when a utility request permission to run gas or electric lines through their property.

President Obama believes too many Americans are working long hours for less pay than they deserve.

So, he is proposing an expansion of overtime pay eligibility to cover an additional 5 million employees who are currently excluded under federal law.

Right now, salaried workers earning more than $23,660 dollars are ineligible. In New York State, that applies to those earning more than $34,000. The president's plan would raise that threshold to cover people earning up to $50,440 per year.

Rochester Rotary

More than 2,500 local children and young adults with disabilities have a new place to explore at the Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush.

The camp has unveiled its fully accessible wooden tree house - the first of its kind in the Finger Lakes region.

Rotary president Tracy Armstrong said it was designed to give kids with physical disabilities the same kind of childhood memories other kids have.

"From the point when the get on the ramp to the tree house and come out onto the other side, they're actually 22 feet above the ground," Armstrong said.

People who handle the daily task of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia are attending a conference hosted by the Alzheimer's Association of Rochester & the Finger Lakes Region on Monday.

They’re learning about some coping strategies to deal with what can be a long and difficult journey.

Across New York an estimated million or more family members and friends are caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia.

Assemblyman Harry Bronson of Rochester says today's Supreme Court ruling affirming gay marriage is a big step in the LBGT community's long quest to be recognized as full citizens.

"I and many, many people in the LGBT community have been fighting to be full citizens for decades and this is another step in that quest that we are not treated as second-class citizens. We're treated as full citizens with all the rights and responsibilities everyone else has," Bronson said.

Bronson is the first openly gay elected member of the New York State Legislature outside of New York City.

A team of community members and local government representatives met this week with a consultant on Rochester's first proposed EcoDistrict.

Greentopia co-founder Michael Philipson, one of the leaders of the effort to create a city district devoted to sustainability, said a Portland, Oregon consultant on the project took a tour of the city this week.

Wegmans has donated $1.5 million to support a new 1,700 square foot children’s learning space at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

“Wegmans Wonderplace” will open December 9 in a new Innovation Wing at the museum devoted to inspire and educate children 6-years-old and younger.  The opening will help Wegmans usher in the company’s 100th anniversary in 2016.

Xerox Rochester Int'l Jazz Festival

The East End is never more alive than it is in June, when the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is in full swing.

That's why VisitRochester president Don Jeffries chose this week to escort a group of ten meeting planners who are scouting out a place for their next conference.

"We’re gonna take them to Jazz Fest tonight and when they see the streets just packed and just how fun this city is, and when they see the East End in full swing, we hope that's enough to convince them to come to Rochester,” he said.

Children from low-income families may face a big hurdle when they get ready to start school.

Some of them are exposed to stresses that have been linked to elevated or lower levels of the hormone cortisol – a change associated with impaired cognitive function.

Researchers at the University of Rochester recently published a 3-year study of 2, 3 and 4-year-old children and their mothers at Mount Hope Family Center.