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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Rosalie Winard

A woman who helped shine the light on the unique abilities of an autistic mind will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls next week.

Temple Grandin, an author, speaker, and champion of farm animal welfare said the honor means a lot to her.

"Because when I first started in the seventies,” she said, “being a woman in a man's industry - the cattle industry - that was hard and I had to prove that I could do it. I was really motivated to make sure that my stuff was really good and that I wasn't stupid." 

Siena College Research Institute

There is good news and bad news for Governor Andrew Cuomo in the most recent Siena College poll.

While the Democrat’s favorability rating rebounded with Republicans and downstate voters this month, his downward slide continues in the eyes of upstate voters.

"Right now 56 percent of upstate voters view Cuomo unfavorably compared to only 38 percent who view him favorably," said Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg. The governor's overall favorability rating with registered voters across the state is up from July when it hit a low for the year.

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A recent study is adding more fuel to the argument that excess carbohydrates, not total and saturated fats, are more harmful to our health.

Researchers who worked on the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study followed over 135,000 people from 18 different countries for ten years. They found that those who were on lower fat diets had an increased risk of death and the group with a higher fat intake had a lower risk of stroke.

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The organization representing more than 600 public school boards across the state says how science is taught in the classroom will influence how a generation of students think about climate change.

Starting this fall, new standards for teaching science go into effect in New York.  They put a much more specific emphasis on the role of human activity in global warming.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear an interview with Dave Albert, spokesman for the New York State School Boards Association.

Alex Lehmann

A group billing itself as the first comedy troupe consisting of people with Asperger's syndrome - a high-functioning form of autism - is performing in Rochester tonight.

"Asperger's Are Us" is playing at Photo City Improv at 8 p.m.  

The four members of the troupe, Ethan Finlan, New Michael Ingemi, Jack Hanke, and Noah Britton started doing their quirky comedy sketches in small venues around Boston.

They've since appeared in a Netflix documentary and have been touring throughout North America and Europe this summer.

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There is mixed reaction locally to new state scrutiny of non-profit animal rescue groups. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law this month subjecting organizations that sell more than nine animals a year to annual registration and health record keeping, among other requirements.

Supporters of the new law say it closes a loophole that put the health of pets at risk in the name of profits. Some Rochester area pet rescue volunteers say the regulations miss the mark.             

Lisa Cholnoky

After she overheard a decidedly civil conversation between her 14-year old son, Alexander, and his friend with an opposing political philosophy, a New York woman decided we can all bring more decency to our political discourse.

Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester

A dream that has been years in the making will become a reality Saturday for hundreds of local children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities as the ribbon is cut on the Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester.

The Webster athletic and multi-use facility has wheelchair accessible dugouts and a rubberized field surface to prevent injuries. 

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Adults are more likely than children to die in a collision between a bicycle and a motor vehicle. That's a significant shift over the past four decades in the U.S.

According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, fatal bicycle crashes were up more than 12 percent in 2015 and the average age of the victim was 45.

Scott MacRae, M.D., president of the Rochester Cycling Alliance, isn't surprised by the increase, since the popularity of bicycle commuting has soared in the last two decades.

A. Sue Weisler/rit.edu

There are about 2,100 vacant, city-owned lots in Rochester. Three hundred of them are in the Marketview Heights neighborhood alone.

That's where a team of students spent the summer gathering information that can be used to turn some of those abandoned properties into assets for their community.

Students from city high schools and RIT went from lot to lot using phone apps to record specific facts about what they saw.