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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Health
10:14 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Health Care Providers Look For Ways to Reduce Medicaid Costs

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A consortium of health care providers in Monroe and 13 other counties is looking for ways to reduce Medicaid costs and improve care for patients at the same time.

A local group of physicians and health care providers met in Rochester Wednesday for an update on these ongoing efforts.

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Health
12:48 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Cuomo: Children With Epilepsy Need Quicker Access to Medical Marijuana

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Governor Cuomo has asked Acting State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker if there's a way to speed up access to medical marijuana to children with epilepsy.

This follows the recent deaths of two Western New York girls who struggled with the neurological disorder. 

A local epilepsy service organization says it has had inquiries from clients about medical marijuana.

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WXXI Local Stories
12:32 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Voters Have Mixed Feelings About Expansion of Gambling Upstate According to New Poll

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Voters across New York have mixed feelings about the expansion of casino gambling Upstate.

A new Time Warner Cable/Siena College Poll surveyed voters in the three regions earmarked for new casinos.

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WXXI Local Stories
10:33 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Local Event Raises Awarness About Human Trafficking

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When you hear the term "human trafficking", you may think of victims in Asia or Africa.  But that's because of a lack of awareness about the scope of the problem, according to the head of a local group.

Renee Minarik is chair of the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking. She says there are local victims of this 32-billion dollar criminal industry. 

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WXXI Local Stories
11:26 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Flood Warning Triggers Wireless Emergency Alert System

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If you had an unexpected wake-up call around one this morning, you're not alone.

That's when many cell phones sent out an alert that the National Weather Service had just issued a Flash Flood Warning.

Fred Rion, head of the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management, says the Wireless Emergency Alert System is a useful tool.                   

"Let's say you're close to a stream or something that floods. The rain was coming down pretty heavy last night. I think it's good to have an additional warning system."

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WXXI Local Stories
11:13 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Local Swimmers Raise Funds for Victims of Violence

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Today is "Orange Day", a day dedicated by the United Nations to ending violence against girls and women.

Locally, an event called "Swimmin for Women" will help raise funds for programs that educate people about how to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Health
11:17 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Gay Alliance Leader Applauds State Effort to Track LGBT Demographics

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Governor Cuomo says New York State is the first state in the nation to launch a coordinated effort to collect demographic data for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people.

Eight state agencies either currently collect or will begin to collect LGBT demographic information in an effort to address health disparities that affect that community.

Scott Fearing, executive director of Rochester's Gay Alliance, says it's critical that the state is taking the lead on an initiative like this.              

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WXXI Top Stories
5:03 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Lessons From July '64 - A New Vision For Joseph Avenue

B'nai Israel Ahavas Achim synagogue on Joseph Avenue
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It was 50 years ago this week that Rochester was rocked by three-days of rioting that erupted in two predominantly African American neighborhoods.  A number of factors contributed to the violence, including a lack of job opportunities for African Americans, overcrowding and allegations of police brutality.

This week, WXXI News is airing a special series - “ Lessons from July ’64" -  not only to look back, but to also look forward at the issues still impacting that same community.

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Health
10:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Red Cross Issues Urgent Call For Blood Donors

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The Red Cross has issued an urgent call for blood and platelet donors in our area.

Spokesperson Cara Noble says donations are down about 8 percent over the last 11 weeks. "And that's resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations that expected. And you know, hospital patients, they don't take a summer vacation, so the blood supply can't take a summer vacation. We really want to get the word out there that we really need donors to come out so we can prevent an emergency situation in the coming weeks."

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WXXI Local Stories
11:15 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Wegmans Recalls Potentially Contaminated Fruit

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Wegmans has issued a voluntary recall of some fruit that may be contaminated with listeria.

The company is removing from its stores organic and non-organic peaches, nectarines and black plums distributed by a California-based packing company.

Routine testing showed that the fruit had potential listeria contamination, but no illnesses have been reported.  The fruit was sold under the brand name Sweet 2 Eat.

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