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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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July will be the earliest that Uber and Lyft will be allowed to operate in Rochester and other upstate cities.

Over the next 90 days, the Department of Motor Vehicles will be working out the details of the expansion of the ride-hailing services outside of New York City, after state lawmakers gave the green light for the expansion with passage of the state budget last week.

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Hundreds of government, business, and nonprofit leaders gathered at the Rochester Museum and Science Center Friday morning for the latest report on how our local communities are doing in a number of ways, from public safety and housing, to education, and arts and culture.

ACT Rochester has released its 2017 community report card, a snapshot of data measuring progress on everything from education and housing to community engagement in the nine-county region.

Most of the statistics compiled for the report reflect data gathered through 2015. 

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Starting last summer, law enforcement officers across Monroe County received special training to improve their communication and interactions with individuals who are on the autism spectrum.

Now, the Monroe County Association of Chiefs of Police is asking the public to help in this effort by making it easier for police to identify people who have autism.

Individuals with autism and families who have a member on the autism spectrum are asked to put an autism awareness magnet on the left rear side of their vehicle.

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New Yorkers are feeling better about the economy than they have in over 16 years, and one economist says you can thank President Trump for that, at least in part.

"His announcements about jobs coming back and investments coming back to this country...people are buying into that message and you gotta give Trump credit for that," said Doug Lonnstrom, Ph.D., founding director of the Siena College Research Institute.

Upstate residents are even more positive about the economy than people in New York City, which had a quicker recovery from the recession.

A Monroe Community College organization has joined more than a hundred others around the country in their call for stepped-up efforts to fight anti-Semitism.

They're responding to recent reports that the Trump administration was considering the elimination of a State Department envoy assigned to monitor and combat anti-Semitism.

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On Tuesday, the Little Theatre and about 90 other art house movie theaters around the country are screening the film 1984, based on the dystopian novel written by George Orwell.

The date of the national screening day -April 4- was not chosen at random. It's the date Orwell's protagonist Winston Smith starts to rebel against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. 

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Sister Grace Miller took on the mission of helping the homeless over 30 years ago when she saw a group of men on the streets of Rochester who appeared to be frightened.

On Monday, a long awaited new chapter opens for  Miller and her organization's clients as she welcomes the first residents into the House of Mercy's new shelter on Ormond Street.

"I never, ever imagined anything like this," she said.

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Officials in Irondequoit are still deciding where they will offer shelter tonight to residents who still don't have power.

About a dozen people stayed at Irondequoit High School Thursday night, one of four temporary shelters that were opened in Monroe County following Wednesday’s wind storm.

Irondequoit Supervisor Dave Seeley says about a third of the town's residents still had no heat or light as of this morning, and that's taking a toll on them.

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The hurricane-force winds that tore through the Rochester area Wednesday not only took down trees and power lines, they also left home and business owners with torn roofs, broken gutters, and in some cases, more serious damage to their property.

Rick Herman of the Rochester Home Builders' Association says you may have to be patient if you need to secure the services of a professional contractor.    

"In most cases, with the exception of a completely blown-in roof or something like that, minor repairs can wait a few days or even a few weeks."

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As women across the country take part in the national "Day Without a Woman" protest, a Conservative group has formed a counter demonstration.

Right2Speak is an online and social media movement encouraging women to "show up" to serve their communities instead of participating in a work strike.

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