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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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More Rochester area residents are choosing to donate their organs after they die.

As of this month, 35 percent of those eligible in Monroe County have signed up on the New York State's organ donation registry, up from 33 percent a year ago and 26 percent in 2013.

That includes a 10 percent increase in organ donation registrations through Department of Motor Vehicle offices in Monroe County, which have been promoting organ donation awareness.

The registration rate for the 20-county upstate region served by the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network is 36 percent.

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Sodus residents are trying to protect their shoreline property from potential flooding as water levels continue to rise on Lake Ontario.

Town supervisor Steve LeRoy says sandbags are being made available to homeowners so they can create a breakwall to protect their property from surges that might be created by passing boat traffic or high winds.

"If we are at flood stage, and the water is just beginning to seep up into people's lawns, and we get a 60 mile an hour north wind, it'll be devastating. And the water is continuing to rise now, so we're really in trouble."

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield

Four in ten adults in Rochester, Western and Central New York have completed a health care proxy form, based on the results of an online survey for Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of 2,000 residents from a 39-county region.

Finger Lakes Land Trust

Commuters who travel along Route 332 from Canandaigua to Rochester every day may take for granted the view as they gaze out over the rolling crop fields on the east side of the highway just north of the city of Canandaigua.

Those scenic vistas associated with the Finger Lakes are just part of what conservationists are trying to protect from encroaching development in northern Ontario County.

Nearly 600 acres of prime farm land in the area have been preserved under a new conservation agreement announced by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.

Gates Police Department

Gates Police Chief James Van Brederode said in his 32-year law enforcement career, he's never seen a bigger problem facing his community than the heroin epidemic.

In 2016, police in Gates investigated more than 100 heroin-related deaths, more than the number of people who died in homicides or DWI accidents.                            

"People selling this heroin are the agents of death. The people selling it, they know this stuff is poison and they are part of the problem with this epidemic."

George Eastman Museum

Another phase of renovations is scheduled to begin at the George Eastman Museum this summer.

Starting in June, construction will begin on the east porch of George Eastman's historic home. The floor of the porch will be replaced, as well as its roof.

"And it's a flat roof, of course, so water will pool there so it will be replaced," said Kathy Connor, curator of the Eastman Legacy Collection. "And then all the spindles, the balustrades that make the decorative feature around that roof, will be replaced. And then of course, everything will be primed and painted."

July will be the earliest that Uber and Lyft will be allowed to operate in Rochester and other upstate cities.

Over the next 90 days, the Department of Motor Vehicles will be working out the details of the expansion of the ride-hailing services outside of New York City, after state lawmakers gave the green light for the expansion with passage of the state budget last week.

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Hundreds of government, business, and nonprofit leaders gathered at the Rochester Museum and Science Center Friday morning for the latest report on how our local communities are doing in a number of ways, from public safety and housing, to education, and arts and culture.

ACT Rochester has released its 2017 community report card, a snapshot of data measuring progress on everything from education and housing to community engagement in the nine-county region.

Most of the statistics compiled for the report reflect data gathered through 2015. 

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Starting last summer, law enforcement officers across Monroe County received special training to improve their communication and interactions with individuals who are on the autism spectrum.

Now, the Monroe County Association of Chiefs of Police is asking the public to help in this effort by making it easier for police to identify people who have autism.

Individuals with autism and families who have a member on the autism spectrum are asked to put an autism awareness magnet on the left rear side of their vehicle.

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New Yorkers are feeling better about the economy than they have in over 16 years, and one economist says you can thank President Trump for that, at least in part.

"His announcements about jobs coming back and investments coming back to this country...people are buying into that message and you gotta give Trump credit for that," said Doug Lonnstrom, Ph.D., founding director of the Siena College Research Institute.

Upstate residents are even more positive about the economy than people in New York City, which had a quicker recovery from the recession.

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