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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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Local News
11:17 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Buffalo Storm Leads to Delay in Inner Loop Project

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If you're one of those who will miss driving on the Inner Loop when a section of it closes for construction, you can thank the Buffalo snowstorm for a delay in the project.

Just over a quarter-mile portion of the Inner Loop was originally scheduled to close tomorrow (Friday).  But city engineer Jim McIntosh tells WXXI News that some of the contractor's equipment is buried under feet of snow in Buffalo.

Construction is now scheduled to start on Wednesday. McIntosh isn't sure if the Inner Loop will be closed before or after the morning rush hour.

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Arts & Culture
6:55 am
Thu November 20, 2014

First Digital Camera On Display at Eastman House

Steve Sasson with first digital camera
George Eastman House

  

Former Kodak electrical engineer Steve Sasson invented the first digital camera in 1975.

It was part of an assignment from his supervisor, Gareth A. Lloyd to attempt to build an electronic camera using a charge coupled device (CCD). 

The 8-pound camera is on display for the first time as part of the Innovation in the Imaging Capital exhibit at the George Eastman House.

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Weather
11:29 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Motorists Stranded in Buffalo Snowstorm, Police Trying To Help

Motorists stuck on Transit Road in Cheektowaga shovel their vehicles free.
Phillip Osieja

At least one motorist stranded on the New York State Thruway south of Buffalo in Tuesday’s snow storm has a positive attitude.

"I gotta say, it's the best way to learn patience that I could have ever dreamed up," said David Carr.

Carr was traveling from his home near Washington, D.C. to Toronto when he got stuck in the blowing and drifting snow.

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Local News
11:20 am
Mon November 17, 2014

New Media Center Combines Traditional and New Technology

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Patrons have been using it for more than a month, but the new Reynolds Media Center in the Bausch and Lomb building at the Rochester Central Library on South Avenue officially opens this afternoon.

Library director Patricia Uttaro said they've combined traditional media and new technology in one space on the first floor.

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Arts & Culture
12:15 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

JCC to Expand Holocaust Memorial

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The Jewish Community Center is collecting the names of local Holocaust survivors who built new lives in the Rochester area.

Rose Bernstein is chairing committee which is gathering names for plaques that will be added to an existing JCC memorial for those who perished under Nazi persecution.

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Health
6:03 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Rochester's High Infant Mortality Rate Focus of PBS Report

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, more babies are dying before they turn 1 year old in the United States than in most of Europe and several other developed countries. 

And in the City of Rochester, the numbers are even more alarming. This is the focus of a PBS America by the Numbers report airing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, November 15 on WXXI-TV.

Reporter Maria Hinojosa said, in a list of infant mortality rates worldwide, where number one represents the fewest number of deaths, the U.S. ranks 56th.  If Rochester were a country, it would rank 95th.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Pittsford Considers Temporary Moratorium on Tattoo, Pawn & Smoke Shops

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Do adult businesses like tattoo studios, and pawn and smoke shops have a place in the Village of Pittsford?

Mayor Robert Corby says it's up to residents and village trustees to decide. A public hearing is scheduled for tonight.

The village is considering a six-month moratorium on any applications or approvals for so-called adult businesses.  Corby said that will give trustees time to update the village zoning code, which was written in the 1950s.

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Arts & Culture
12:45 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Concert Will Benefit Pierson Family

Lou Gramm
Credit ultimateclassicrock.com

Several musicians and groups will be performing at a benefit concert for the family of slain Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson next month.

The December 6th concert will be held at the Main Street Armory.  One of the headliners is Rochester native Lou Gramm, former lead singer of the group Foreigner.

Gramm was touched by the shooting death of Pierson while the young officer was in pursuit of a suspect in September.                            

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WXXI Local Stories
12:40 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Foodlink Will Expand Kitchen, Meal Programs, With Grant

Foodlink is getting a $650,000 grant from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.

As a result, Foodlink will be moving its kitchen from Joseph Avenue to the organization's main facility on Mt. Read Boulevard, with double the space. Co-executive director Julia Tedesco said that will enable Foodlink to more than double the amount of meals it prepares.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:56 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Lessons For Voters, Party Leaders in Tight Congressional Race

Credit Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

It could be several days before we know whether longtime Congresswoman Louise Slaughter will return to Washington for a 15th term.

The veteran Democrat and many others were surprised by the early vote count in her race with Republican challenger Mark Assini.  Slaughter was leading by only about 600 votes, with 2,800 absentee ballots still uncounted.

Timothy Kneeland, history professor at Nazareth College, says he is not expecting Slaughter to lose the race once the official tally is in.

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