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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 New Year could bring an expansion of a program that allows professionals with graduate degrees in a number of other fields to transfer their real work experience to a New York State teaching certificate. 

Right now, the transitional G teaching certification is available only to those in the STEM fields, but the State Education Department wants to open it up to professionals in any other discipline where there is a teaching certificate title.

That could include English, foreign languages, social studies, and music.

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A Rochester woman who was killed in a hit and run crash near the University of Rochester this week was an avid runner.

38-year old Jill Skivington Jackett had plans to meet Kraig Connor, a fellow member of the local running club Bagel Bunch, near Genesee Valley Park Thursday for an early morning run.

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Two local lawmakers want to block the sale of a herbal substance to minors.

State Senator Pam Helming and Assemblyman Joe Morelle say regulating the sale and usage of kratom (pronounced KRAY-tum) is critical in the effort to protect young people from addiction.

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Researchers say improvements in the collection of opioid overdose data could save lives.

Faculty from the RIT Center for Public Safety Initiatives examined data reported in Monroe County for opioid-related deaths, emergency department visits, and the administration of naloxone.

They found inconsistencies in the numbers.

For instance, the New York State Department of Health reported 118 opioid overdose deaths for Monroe County last year, while the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office reported 169 such deaths. 

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A former employee of a dog daycare in Gates has been charged with animal cruelty.

The Humane Society of Greater Rochester says 25-year old Alexis Malone of Churchville was seen on video from Dog E. Woggy's West kennel areas hitting a dog and dragging dogs by the neck and collar.

They say further investigation by Humane Law Enforcement officers turned up additional evidence that Malone had been abusing pets in the care of the facility.

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UPDATE- 7:30PM-Thursday-RPD says Douglas Spencer has been found & is ok. They released this statement:

Douglas Spencer was located by Goodman Section Officers at 188 Long Ridge Avenue in Greece.

Officers transported him to RGH with the assistance of AMR ambulance

The medical staff at RGH states that Mr. Spencer is in good health.  Upon discharge, Mr. Spencer will be released to The Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities for further care. Douglas Spencer’s brother, 51 year old Mark Spencer of Spencerport, was arrested for Custodial Interference 1st

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A Rochester-based entertainment journalist and artist manager remembers David Cassidy as a  talented vocalist who could never break out of his pop star persona.  The teen and pre-teen idol starred in the 1970s sitcom ``The Partridge Family'' and sold millions of records as the musical group's lead singer.

Bruce Pilato, who worked with Cassidy on a 1990 TV segment for People Magazine, said he confided in him that he was frustrated because he wasn't seen as a serious musician.

Dozens of asylum seekers from Somalia, Haiti, Cuba and elsewhere will get another opportunity to apply for release from a federal detention center in Batavia.

"If they can establish that they are not a safety or flight risk, then ICE should release them,” said Aadhithi Padmanabhan, a staff attorney with the New York Civil Liberties Union. “But the parole process at Batavia came to a grinding halt right when Trump became President."

Padmanabhan represented more than 30 immigrants being held at the Batavia facility in a federal lawsuit heard in Rochester.

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Rochester is serving as a temporary home for hundreds of residents of Puerto Rico recently.

With electricity and water in short supply following Hurricane Maria, they are seeking refuge, at least for a while.

For Lorenzo Sanchez, it was a very specific need that brought him here. The 20-year old college student is a fencer for the Puerto Rican Fencing Federation.  He is training and for now, living with Iris Zimmerman, a former Olympian and co-owner of the Rochester Fencing Club.

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Starting this week, the State Labor Department is accepting comments on proposed new regulations for employee scheduling.

If implemented, the sweeping changes would affect how much notice retail and other service sector workers would get before they have to report to work. 

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