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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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George Eastman Museum

There was a community forum at the George Eastman Museum Wednesday night to provide local residents more details about the latest restoration efforts at the historic East Avenue mansion.

The next phase of the project involves the completion of the colonnade restoration that began in 2014. The colonnade is the glass enclosed pathway that runs along the west garden. Museum director Bruce Barnes says this is the most important and most expensive part of the project to date.

Julie Wittig

It's lunch time at Pittsford Sutherland High School.

Senior Joame Lissad is chatting about classes with Taliah Williams and Danariean Giles of PUC Achieve Charter School. They share laughs and compare notes about science, math, and what they think their careers will be.

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Robin McIntyre has a genetic mutation that means she will almost certainly develop early onset Alzheimer's disease.

It happened to her grandfather, who was diagnosed in his late 40s. Robin's mother developed Alzheimer's when she was 50.

Robin is now 35, and she is involved in a clinical trial and hopes a drug can be developed to stop the disease.

But she has had to make some serious life decisions given what she knows.

Tyler Krupicka

A team of students at RIT has come up with a new way to send out mass notifications on campus in the event of an emergency.

Their digital clock can receive digital alerts to display on the screen when emergency coordinators have to reach students, staff, and campus visitors in a hurry.

Tyler Krupicka is one of the computer engineering students who developed the prototype. He says the device, called Clockwyse, can be made using consumer tablets and PCs.  Mounted on the wall in a classroom or common area, it simply displays the time, until there's an emergency.

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A single family home on Rosewood Terrace in Rochester's Beechwood neighborhood is filled with toys, cribs, youth beds, and baby swings. Diapers are stacked to the rafters in the attic. All of these items were donated by community members.

“This is a tangible reflection of what Rochester stands for,” said Elaine Spaull, executive director of the Center for Youth.

The organization just opened its second Crisis Nursery location. It’s called Owen's House, named in memory of Owen Thomas, the son of Crisis Nursery co-founder Catherine Cerulli and Chris Thomas.

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Most of the animals at the Seneca Park Zoo were spending the day indoors Thursday as their exhibits got some spring cleaning.

More than two hundred volunteers spread out across the zoo with rakes, shovels, and wheelbarrows.

"Right now we're getting up old weeds and weeding and mulching in the turtle's exhibit,” said Starr Hurst, an employee of Harris Communications. “We did the flower beds already."

Andrea Francis

A 24-hour helpline for Rochester-area families with children on the autism spectrum will be place by July 1. It's one of the responses advocates say is needed after the death of Trevyan Rowe.

The 14-year-old, whose family said he had autism, died in the Genesee River after walking away from School 12 in March.

“As the parent of children with autism, that story really hit home hard,” said Andrea Francis of Farmington. “I think the community is still shaken up over it.”

One of the candidates for the Greece School Board is a recent graduate of the district himself.

19 year old Derek Schrank is a member of the Greece Arcadia High School Class of 2017. Now, he's majoring in communications and journalism at SUNY Geneseo.

Schrank says most people he talks to have positive things to say about his candidacy.

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University of Rochester researchers say a new study offers some clues about the potential affects of groundwater contaminated by fracking chemicals on the immune system.

In the study published in Toxicological Sciences, researchers exposed pregnant mice to 23 of the hundreds of chemicals that are used to extract oil and gas from deep underground.  The mice drank water laced with chemicals at levels similar to those found in groundwater near fracking sites.

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Current U.S. immigration policies pose an economic threat to New York's struggling dairy industry, according to the director of a farmworker program at Cornell University.

Mary Jo Dudley made that observation following the recent arrest of an undocumented immigrant worker on a central New York dairy farm. 

Dudley says the gridlock over immigration reform in Washington puts further stresses on New York dairy farmers whose milk production costs are higher than the federally controlled price.

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