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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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Krista Damann has both a professional and personal interest in dementia.

Damann, a neuropsychologist at Rochester Regional Health’s Memory Center, has a 92 year old grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease.

“She's to the point now where she is completely dependent upon my mother and my aunt for her care, so her functioning is greatly diminished. She recognizes that she knows me, but she might not be able to say who I am. The essence of my grandmother is still there, her spunk."

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As part of the ongoing effort to stem the heroin and opioid crisis, a number of service providers are getting together Monday to offer support for people who are struggling with addiction and their families.

The Monroe County Heroin Task Force is hosting the outreach event, along with Rochester Regional Health and several local recovery groups and agencies. 

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The history of immigration in Rochester and its refugees is the theme of a theatrical piece that debuts tonight as part of the University of Rochester's International Theater Program. 

Australian-South African director, writer, and theater artist Talya Chalef co-created the piece with an ensemble of UR students.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear Talya about her research in the city of Rochester's archives as she gathered material for the play called "We Don't Live on Mars Yet."

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The chief medical investigator at the Monroe County Medical Examiner's office is urging people to be their own advocate when it comes to pain management.

Bob Zerby, whose job includes the oversight of field investigations and autopsies, has witnessed firsthand the surge in heroin and opioid-related deaths in recent years.  Death is the great equalizer, he says, but there is no one profile of an opioid or heroin user.

"There are no boundaries - rich or poor, inner city or suburban, black or white - it doesn't matter. It's everybody."

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When an orangutan at the Seneca Park Zoo recently had an echocardiogram, there was both a veterinarian and a cardiologist who normally treats humans at his side.

The exam of 16 year old Denda was part of the Great Ape Project, a national effort investigating cardiovascular disease in great apes.

"Ape hearts are so similar to humans', so using a human cardiologist is a good way for us to have a really accurate cardiac exam," said Dr. Louis DiVincenti, the zoo's director of Animal Health and Conservation. 

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Inspired by the vocal protests of students in South Florida whose high school was the scene of a deadly mass shooting last week, local students are organizing their own demonstrations to call for an end to gun violence.

"All kids consider, 'Okay, I'm in Math class. Which window am I gonna jump out of if there's a school shooter?', said Brighton High School senior Dylan Holcomb. “Any time there is an unannounced drill, the first thing that goes through our mind is, 'Oh my God, is there a school shooter?' "

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In the ongoing debate over a proposed waste to energy facility at the Seneca Army Depot, a group of residents and business owners who are opposed to the project traveled to Albany Tuesday to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject it.

The facility, proposed by Rochester-based Circular enerG, would produce electricity by burning up to 2,600 tons of trash each day.

A number of residents, neighboring towns, and elected officials have come out against the project.

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About a year and a half after launching its body-worn camera program, the Rochester Police Department is getting new cameras.

The existing cameras are being replaced by the vendor at no cost to taxpayers and will be covered under the original warranty.

Officers were having problems connecting the original devices to docking stations where they upload videos.  There were also some issues with battery performance and problems keeping the camera attached to  officers’ uniforms. The original cameras have a standard pin clip.

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Researchers at Highland Hospital are getting ready to launch a first-of-its kind study that will examine the effects of a plant-based diet in patients with advanced breast cancer.

"To my knowledge, we have never had a nutrition intervention comprised of a whole dietary shift in advanced cancer patients, in any type of cancer," said Thomas M. Campbell II, M.D., medical director of the hospital’s Weight Management and Lifestyle Center.

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Technology that uncovers the physical signs of domestic violence is the subject of a two year study at the University of Rochester.

ALS, short for alternative light source, detects bruising that isn't immediately visible to the naked eye.

"As soon as someone is injured, blood begins to pool below the top layer of the skin,” said John Cullen, assistant director of UR’s Susan B. Anthony Center. “This technology allows us to see that bruising immediately as it happens. Otherwise, you'd have to wait a couple of days before you could see it with the naked eye."

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