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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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Rochester area political party leaders are reacting to a series of proposals by Governor Andrew Cuomo to make it easier for New Yorkers to vote and register to vote.

In one part of his plan, Cuomo wants early voting 12 days before election days. New York is one of 13 states that don’t allow early voting.

But Monroe County Republican chairman Bill Reilich says there is ample time for voters to cast their ballots with the polls open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on an election day.

Some 30 local groups are joining forces to host a Rochester Activism Fair this coming weekend.

Organizations such as the Citizens Climate Lobby, Monroe County Young Democrats, and the Gay Alliance hope to recruit volunteers who are committed to social justice and political change, but aren't sure how to proceed.

The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce wants to see more young professionals take advantage of the networking and professional development services it offers.

"The goal is to equip them with these connections and with all the experience that currently exists with some of the most iconic companies and skilled business people in the world who are right here in our community," said Shannon Ealy, who has been named manager of the chamber's newly created Office of Future Leadership.

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Most babies should start eating foods containing peanuts well before their first birthday, according to new guidelines released today by the National Institutes from Health.

The recommendations aim to protect high-risk kids and other youngsters from developing dangerous peanut allergies.

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Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed did not join his Republican colleagues in their vote to eviscerate the independent ethics office that investigates allegations of misconduct by lawmakers. 

The 119-74 vote prompted angry outcries from Democrats and government watchdog groups.

House Republicans on Tuesday dropped plans to gut the independent ethics office after widespread criticism and questions from President-elect Donald Trump about GOP priorities.   

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As you no doubt know by now, longtime NPR talk show host Diane Rehm retired last week after 37 years.

Starting at 10 a.m. this coming Monday, January 2, WXXI AM 1370 will be airing a new talk show. Like its predecessor, The Diane Rehm Show, 1A will also broadcast from the studios of WAMU in Washington, D.C.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear an interview with 1A host Joshua Johnson.

He comes to the show with a strong background in Public Radio.

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The Brighton School District is taking a close look at the start times for every school in the district.

A committee appointed to examine the issue has developed a survey to get feedback from parents, staff, administrators, and eighth grade and high school students.

The American Medical Association recommends that middle and high school students start their day no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to ensure that they get enough sleep.

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The U.S. Postal Service is honoring the first deaf faculty member at RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

An image of Robert Panara will appear on a postage stamp sometime in 2017 as part of the Postal Service's Distinguished Americans series.

Panara's son, John Panara, also an RIT/NTID faculty member, said his father inspired generations of students with his powerful use of American Sign Language to teach works of literature.

A 67-year old Ontario County man is one of the first local residents to have the world's smallest pacemaker implanted in his heart.

The device, called the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System, is about the size of a vitamin capsule - roughly one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker.

UR Medicine electro-physiologist Dr. David Huang was part of the team that performed the procedure in November. 

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As of December 10, there have been 1,264 confirmed cases of influenza in New York State.

The New York State Department of Health says 19 of these were reported in Monroe County.

Flu season typically peaks in January and February, but Maryrose Laguio-Vila, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at Rochester Regional Health, says it's still not too late to get a flu shot.             

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