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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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The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced this week that transgender boys will now be allowed to join its scouting programs.

The policy change came after a New Jersey boy had been forced out of a Cub Scout troop after scout leaders learned that he had been born a girl.

Stephen Hoitt, executive director of Seneca Waterways Council, BSA's Rochester area chapter, says gender identity has been a non-issue in New York, because it's one of 17 states that allow a child's birth certificate to be amended.

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Sponsors of a proposed New York state law to make crimes targeting first responders punishable as hate crimes say the measure was inspired by an increase in fatalities among law enforcement.

The Community Heroes Protection Act would designate any offense committed against police officers, firefighters, or other emergency personnel as a hate crime if the victim is specifically targeted because of his or her profession.

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Just like people, dogs can get sick from the flu. The H3N8 canine influenza virus can sometimes spread in kennels and dog shelters causing symptoms including coughing, runny nose, and fever.

"Dog owners usually get pretty sad, because their dogs are sick and they're kind of lethargic and don't want to play or eat their food," said Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Rochester.

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A new mandate from New York State is bringing big changes to organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We recently visited one organization that has been part of the Rochester community for 70 years.

Holy Childhood is getting ready to not only greatly expand the opportunities of its clients, but launch a new business.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is calling for an investigation into the recent stock trading activity of Buffalo-area Congressman Chris Collins and Georgia Congressman Tom Price, Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services.

In letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Slaughter is questioning the timing of the Republicans' purchase of stock in the Australian pharmaceutical company Innate Immunotherapeutics.

Collins is the biotech firm's largest investor and is a member of its board of directors.

When an estimated hundreds of thousands of people pack the National Mall in Washington Friday morning, a Gates woman will be among them.

This will be Roberta Favitta's first presidential inauguration, and she admits to being a bit nervous about the large crowds.

"You'll never know what to expect with things that have happened in Paris and all over the world, and Isis, and all that stuff,” she said. “I heard three quarters of a million people will be there, so yeah, it's a little bit frightening."

The West Irondequoit School District says some of the water faucets in its school buildings have tested above the federal limits for lead.

Water samples were taken last October from 622 faucets in 12 schools and at the district office.

Results show 87 of those samples tested above the federal safety threshold for lead of 15 parts per billion.

The district says the majority of those affected samples were from bathroom sinks and science labs. The faucets now have labels saying that the water is not safe for drinking, but can be used for hand washing and dishwashing.

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Organizers of a women’s march and rally are expecting hundreds of people from across the state and beyond to come to Seneca Falls this weekend.

The local events are scheduled to coincide with the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, January 21, the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump.

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A proposal by Governor Andrew Cuomo would place further restrictions on drivers when it comes to the use of electronic devices.

There was much detail in the proposal,  just one sentence on one of the final pages of a 351-page State of the State book outlining Cuomo's priorities for 2017.

The governor wants to make it illegal for drivers to use electronic devices on the road, even when their vehicle isn't moving.

The Vietnam War claimed 58,000 American lives, and a small community in Orleans County had what officials there believe was one of the highest death tolls for a community its size.

Eight residents of the Village of Holley lost their lives while serving in Vietnam between July, 1965 and April, 1971.

The casualty rate in the village of 1,800 residents rivaled even the loss experienced by many Northern states in the Civil War.

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