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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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Tuesday night, Monroe Community College received the official green light to relocate its downtown campus to Kodak's headquarters on State Street.  Lawmakers voted 19 to 9 (along party lines) to supply 3 million dollars for MCC to purchase and renovate several buildings at the site. Winn Development owns the Sibley Building, where MCC currently has its downtown campus. Gilbert Winn says the vote is "disappointing." 

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About ninety Rochester area business leaders attended a symposium last week hosted by Greater Rochester Enterprise and the International Business Council on doing business in China under the country's new leadership.  

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Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will resign as head of the Catholic church.

His resignation is effective at the end of February. Citing his age, he says he no longer has the energy to fulfill the duties of Pope. 

Timothy Thibodeau is a professor of History at Nazareth College. He's also an expert in the history of Christianity and the development of the Latin church in the Middle Ages. He discusses the Pope's "shocking" news with WXXI's Beth Adams.

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  Monroe Community College has been awarded more than $200,000 in grants for the development of a solar thermal technology certificate program and the construction of two facilities.  

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  The Diocese of Rochester has launched a campaign to raise $3.5 million to fund both the education of a growing number of future priests and to provide retirement stipends for priests who have already served local Catholic parishes.

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This evening WXXI is hosting a screening of The Ken Burns/Sarah Burns documentary The Central Park Five, that examines the case of five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of rape. WXXI’s Beth Adams speaks with attorney Lamar Jackson about racial profiling and the justice system in Rochester.

WXXI's reporting on RACE: Are We So Different? is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

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  School districts in Monroe County are finding it challenging to follow guidelines under the federal school lunch program that was put into place last year.  The program requires school districts to serve more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, use ten percent less salt, and offer students only one percent or non-fat milk. 

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  An audit by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has found that local governments are not consistently checking the backgrounds of employees working in youth programs such as pre-school or afterschool activities, arts and crafts, exercise and fitness and summer camps.  

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We traditionally think of mobile apps as having the ability to speed up communications, but two professors a the University of Rochester have designed an app they hope will cause you slow down and notice the world around you.

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Jean Giambrone, often called Rochester's "First Lady of Sports" passed away this week at the age of 91. Giambrone was a long-time sportswriter at the Rochester Times Union, ​a position she secured after presenting herself to the sports editor in the early 1940s complaining that there was not enough coverage of women's sports. 

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