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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 realtors are paying close attention to the tax reform debate in Congress.

A House GOP plan would limit the deduction for property taxes to $10,000. Another part of the proposal would also affect homeowners: the popular mortgage interest deduction would be capped at $500,000, down from the current $1 million.

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In a rare legal victory in the battle against the opioid epidemic, a local drug dealer is going to prison for the overdose death of a Gates woman.

"We're hoping this sends a signal to all of those drug dealers that if you're selling this deadly stuff to our community and people are dying, you're going to be held accountable and you're going to be held accountable for homicide charges," said Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley.

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Big changes are coming to a portion of East Avenue between Brighton and Pittsford.

The State Department of Transportation has plans to reconfigure a two and a half mile section of the road between East Highland Drive and Route 31F from four lanes to two lanes.

DOT spokesperson Lori Maher says the amount of traffic that passes through there – an estimated 8,000 to 15,000 vehicles a day - doesn't warrant four lanes.

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The city of Rochester is declaring its one-year vanpool pilot project a success.

The program allows groups of commuters in high poverty city neighborhoods to share rides in a vehicle driven by one of them. The cost of the leased vehicle, which ranges from $850 to $1200, is split among the riders, their employers, and the city of Rochester via a state grant. The city said with the subsidy, the monthly fee is comparable to the cost of a monthly bus pass, but the route is tailored to the routes and schedules of specific groups of riders.

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Organizers of a proposed “recovery” high school in Rochester say they're making progress in their goal of establishing a school dedicated to students who are trying to overcome addiction.  

The grassroots organization Recovery Now NY has been leading the effort for the past three years. Executive director David Attridge said they have just completed a request for information from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and Governor Cuomo's office.

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As wind gusts of 40 miles per hour ripped through her back yard and wind chills dipped into the thirties Monday morning, Joyce Vereecke didn’t seem to be bothered by the cold.

The northeast Rochester resident was smiling as she watched workers install new windows on her two-story home. Earlier this year, a new furnace and water heater were put in and the home's sewer was replaced after the original one collapsed last spring.

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Hours after President Trump declared the national opioid addiction crisis a public health emergency Thursday, WXXI-TV aired a series of programs exploring the issue.

On a special edition of "Second Opinion", a middle class mother and grandmother shared her story of addiction.

Cynthia Scudo was prescribed the narcotic OxyContin for hip pain. She accidentally took a double dose one day and said she experienced a feeling of euphoria and quickly became dependent on the drug. When her doctor lowered the dosage, Scudo did something she had never done before.

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Now that the Kodak Center on West Ridge Road has been renovated, Eastman Business Park is looking to bring a restaurant, retail, and possible office space to a lot across the street.

Eastman Business Park president Dolores Kruchten said the 1.1 acre parcel is in a great location with potential customers within walking distance from the theater center and business park, and 35,000 to 40,000 vehicles passing by each day.

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An event this weekend will give Monroe County residents a chance to hear directly from location organizations and service providers about the resources that are available to help them keep, maintain, or buy a home.

The first annual Home Fair is sponsored by the Monroe County Vacant and Abandoned Property Task Force.

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A grassroots community organization is reporting success with a program designed to help people trying to overcome addiction to opioids.

Over the past eight weeks, 47 individuals have been enrolled in addiction treatment programs after they attended a drop-in center in the town of Gates.

"Gates to Recovery" is a program that runs every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gates recreation center meeting room.  It's open to anyone looking for support or information. 

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