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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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There's a new helpline for local seniors who need legal advice.

The Center for Elder Law and Justice started the service several months ago for residents of Monroe, Livingston, Steuben, and Allegany counties who are 60 and older.

Karen Nicolson, the chief executive director at the center, said people who call the helpline can speak directly to an attorney right away.  The center set up the service based on the inquiries they were getting.

Catholic Family Center

Far fewer refugees resettled in Rochester in 2017 compared to the previous year.

The Catholic Family Center says efforts by the Trump administration to restrict the number of refugees entering the country and confusion over which countries they're permitted from has had a cumulative effect.

From January 1 to November 30 of this year, 396 refugees have found a new home in Rochester. That's compared to 1,111 in the same period in 2016.

Time Magazine

Two University of Rochester professors are among Time Magazine's Persons of the Year.

Time calls them the "silence breakers," women who have voiced allegations of sexual assault and harassment by dozens of high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports.

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A local librarian is one of ten across the country who has been recognized for transforming his community.

Tim Ryan, who works at the Sully Branch of the Rochester Public Library, was nominated for the I Love My Librarian award by Trina Thompson.

Thompson was a teen mother when she and her three young children came to the Sully Branch on Webster Avenue two years ago looking for a safe place to stay.

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The New Year could bring an expansion of a program that allows professionals with graduate degrees in a number of other fields to transfer their real work experience to a New York State teaching certificate. 

Right now, the transitional G teaching certification is available only to those in the STEM fields, but the State Education Department wants to open it up to professionals in any other discipline where there is a teaching certificate title.

That could include English, foreign languages, social studies, and music.

Kraig Connor

A Rochester woman who was killed in a hit and run crash near the University of Rochester this week was an avid runner.

38-year old Jill Skivington Jackett had plans to meet Kraig Connor, a fellow member of the local running club Bagel Bunch, near Genesee Valley Park Thursday for an early morning run.

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Two local lawmakers want to block the sale of a herbal substance to minors.

State Senator Pam Helming and Assemblyman Joe Morelle say regulating the sale and usage of kratom (pronounced KRAY-tum) is critical in the effort to protect young people from addiction.

RIT Center for Public Safety Initiatives

Researchers say improvements in the collection of opioid overdose data could save lives.

Faculty from the RIT Center for Public Safety Initiatives examined data reported in Monroe County for opioid-related deaths, emergency department visits, and the administration of naloxone.

They found inconsistencies in the numbers.

For instance, the New York State Department of Health reported 118 opioid overdose deaths for Monroe County last year, while the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office reported 169 such deaths. 

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A former employee of a dog daycare in Gates has been charged with animal cruelty.

The Humane Society of Greater Rochester says 25-year old Alexis Malone of Churchville was seen on video from Dog E. Woggy's West kennel areas hitting a dog and dragging dogs by the neck and collar.

They say further investigation by Humane Law Enforcement officers turned up additional evidence that Malone had been abusing pets in the care of the facility.

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UPDATE- 7:30PM-Thursday-RPD says Douglas Spencer has been found & is ok. They released this statement:

Douglas Spencer was located by Goodman Section Officers at 188 Long Ridge Avenue in Greece.

Officers transported him to RGH with the assistance of AMR ambulance

The medical staff at RGH states that Mr. Spencer is in good health.  Upon discharge, Mr. Spencer will be released to The Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities for further care. Douglas Spencer’s brother, 51 year old Mark Spencer of Spencerport, was arrested for Custodial Interference 1st

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