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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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Members of a local addiction recovery group are biking from Rochester to Albany this week to try to erase the stigma surrounding drug and alcohol abuse and promote a message of hope for those who are still struggling.

"Before I got clean and sober, this bike ride would not have even been a thought in my mind,” said Yana Khasper, co-founder of ROCovery Fitness. “I didn't think I could do anything. I had no purpose. I had no hope of leading a productive life. Through this bike ride, I think we're able to show others that nothing is impossible."

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The University of Rochester is participating in what is described as the largest long-term study to date of the developing brains of children and young adults.

Scientists from URMC and 20 other research sites across the nation will ask 9 and 10-year-old children and their parents to complete surveys and perform games and puzzles, and then every two years the children will undergo an MRI brain scan.

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When refugees and immigrants come to the U.S., language is often a big barrier to getting a job.

Isse Abukar is a Somalian who came to Rochester 21 years ago after spending four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.  Abukar speaks multiple languages but he still had trouble, at first, making the right connections to secure contracts for his commercial cleaning business.

Now, Abukar has several clients and hopes to sign a contract soon with the Rochester Housing Authority. He has four employees.

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Rochester area apple growers say a series of unusual weather conditions and a little luck combined to produce the best apple crop they've seen in years.

“They're beautifully plump, a gorgeous size and this gorgeous, glowing color on every single variety," said Amy Machamer, co-owner of Hurd Orchards in Holley.

A wet spring and summer and sunny, cool August provided the perfect growing conditions for apples and other fruit crops.  The unseasonably warm weather of the past several weeks means an early apple harvest and Machamer said they’re racing to keep up.

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The Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary "The Vietnam War", which debuted on WXXI-TV this week, could trigger symptoms for some veterans who suffer from PTSD, depression, or other conditions.

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The number of deaths related to heroin and opioid overdoses is rapidly soaring in Monroe County.

Data released this morning from the Monroe County Medical Examiner shows that in the ten county region served by her office, there were 206 deaths last year that can be solely attributed to the use of heroin, opioids, fentanyl or similar substances.  The vast majority, 169 of the deaths, were in Monroe County

That's almost two and a half times the number of overdose fatalities in 2015, when 85 such deaths were reported.

Advocates for childhood cancer say there is a significant gap in funding for this population. Only 4 percent of the cancer research dollars spent nationally is dedicated to pediatric cancer.

But a bipartisan measure recently signed into law does give the FDA the authority to study whether adult cancer drugs are safe and effective for children.

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The town of Henrietta is asking residents to agree to borrow $10 million to build a new library that is almost twice the size of the existing town library, now almost 40 years old.

The project has a total cost of $12.5 million.

A referendum on the November ballot will give voters the final say. Library director Adrienne Furness said surveys have shown that residents want more space in their library to work and to expand the collection of books and services.

She said the existing town library just can’t accommodate those additions.

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Rochester's Chinese community is organizing an event to benefit the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

A sale of donated household and personal items Friday will be followed by a concert featuring Huang Bin, an internationally lauded violinist who teaches at the Eastman School of Music. Others scheduled to perform are pianists Raymond Feng and Shichao Zhang. 

Irene Feng, a sophomore at Rush Henrietta High School, felt compelled to help with the events after hearing about the devastating effects of the storms.

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The dust is settling from a contentious three-way primary for Rochester mayor, but questions still remain about the future of the Democratic Party in Monroe County.

Monroe County Democratic Committee chair Jamie Romeo said city voters spoke very clearly Tuesday when they handed incumbent Lovely Warren a landslide victory over challengers James Sheppard and Rachel Barnhart.

Romeo doesn't deny that the race was hard fought.

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