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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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On Sunday, residents from several Rochester neighborhoods brought their unused and unwanted items to a free-for-all yard sale and freecycle event at the nonprofit Rochester Greenovation on East Main Street.

The idea was to pass forward stuff people no longer want or need and discover new treasures without having to pay for them.

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It was 10 years ago this month, June 26, 2007, when five young women died in a tragic head-on crash in Ontario County five days after they graduated from Fairport High School.

Hannah Congdon, Bailey Goodman, Meredith McClure, Sara Monnat, and Katie Shirley were on their way to a Keuka Lake cottage belonging to one of their families at the time of the accident.

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Child protective workers in Monroe County continue to voice their concerns about heavy caseloads which they say have put the community's most vulnerable children at risk.

CPS workers and members of the faith community plan to speak during the public comment section of tonight's county legislature meeting.

John Rabish, a spokesman for the Monroe County Federation of Social Workers, says caseloads started to soar more than two years ago when the county discontinued its local child abuse hotline, transferring those duties to the state.

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Bipartisan legislation under consideration in both the New York State Senate and Assembly would give grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, and other food industry companies an incentive to donate surplus food to local food banks or pantries through a  a tax credit.

Supporters of the measure say food waste is concern across the country and New York ranks among the top 20 states with the worst food hardship with one in eight residents struggling with hunger.

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A group of retired administrators, teachers, professors, and parents is rejecting the New York State Education Department's proposed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The Rochester Coalition for Public Education says it's demanding research-based humanistic education reform, not the top-down mandate it says is being pushed by state education leaders.

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An East Avenue landmark will soon have a new look.

The marquee at the Little Theatre is being replaced for the first time in about 85 years. The new marquee is being installed Wednesday and a lighting party is scheduled for this coming Monday evening.

Theatre spokesman Scott Pukos won't divulge exactly what the debut message will be when the lights go on for the first time.                       

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Leaders of the Rochester chapter of Now, the National Organization for Women, are calling on State Senator Rich Funke to support the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act.

The legislation, which has already passed in the Assembly, would require insurers to cover the costs of contraceptive drugs, devices, and services in the event that the federal Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Kelly LeBlanc, vice president of the local NOW chapter, says the cost of contraceptives are not insignificant.

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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. 

Congressman Chris Collins

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.

New York State Park police

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. 

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