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Beth Adams

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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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For decades, LASIK surgery has offered an alternative to eyeglasses for people who have nearsightedness. Now there's a procedure that can correct presbyopia, the condition that has many people over 40 reaching for reading glasses.

"I wear a Fitbit and I used to have to put on my glasses to see my itty bitty step count, and I didn't have to do that this morning, so that was pretty fun," said Mary Griffith of Rochester, one of the first patients to undergo the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay at the University of Rochester's Flaum Eye Institute this week. 

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A local Democratic coalition says there has been an unprecedented level of interest from potential candidates in a local congressional race.

Democratic county chairs and grassroots leaders from the 27th Congressional district met in Batavia last week with seven of ten prospective candidates who have expressed an interest in running for the seat currently held by Republican Chris Collins.

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If a Livingston County dog could talk, he'd probably have a harrowing tale to tell.

Skippy went missing from his home last weekend, and two days later he was rescued halfway down the 400-foot Letchworth State Park gorge with the help of State Park police and a drone.

Park police Lt. James Hy said a female hiker heard a dog barking down the gorge Monday and went to the park police station looking for help. 

Lisa Paredes has a button on her desk at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, where she works as an account services consultant. The button says “Me Too”, a reference to the diagnosis Paredes received for anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.

"I would always worry about things like people dying or something bad happening and I never put two and two together I had anxiety and then I asked my PCP about it and he said I was just an anxious person," Paredes said. After getting treatment for her conditions, Paredes is not embarrassed or afraid to talk about it.

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A new event takes its place this week in the evolving lineup of Rochester film festivals. 

One Take Film Fest showcases documentary films and it runs May 18-21 at The Little Theatre.

One of the documentaries that will be screened this weekend, The Last Dalai Lama? has a couple of local connections. Linda Moroney, who owns a Rochester based independent film production company, co-produced  the film.  Linda is also the founder of the One Take Film Festival.

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A months-long drought that started last year seems like a distant memory after an extremely wet spring, but abnormally dry soil conditions in New York State persisted until just  two weeks ago.

Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, is keeping an eye on long range projections for this summer. She says there is a 40 to 50 percent chance of above normal temperatures in June, July, and August in Rochester and Western New York, which is a concern for farmers.

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The Pittsford Central School District is weighing its options after voters rejected a proposed school budget that would have increased property taxes by 4.7 percent.

The spending plan included funding for the district's plans to add full kindergarten this fall, but Superintendent Michael Pero said exit polling of nearly 2,000 voters Tuesday showed that not everyone supports the idea.

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Just days after a global cyberattack paralyzed computers in 150 countries, representatives from local financial institutions are learning about sweeping new cybersecurity regulations in New York State.

Even though there is no rain in the forecast for most of the week, there are still worries about flooding as Lake Ontario remains at historically high levels.

"I have been in and around the town of Penfield for 42 years and I have to tell you, I have never seen it this high," said Penfield town supervisor Tony LaFountain.

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The Genesee Brewery in Rochester is waiting on the arrival of two massive fermentation tanks, which will play a key part in its $49 million expansion.

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