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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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It's summertime, and some kids don't want to go back to their neighborhood school, even if it means getting a free lunch.

"There's a little, 'Well, I'm out for summer, why should I be going into school again?',” said Terra Keller, chief operating officer at Foodlink, “so a program that puts it on wheels brings it right to them."

The regional food hub is partnering with the Rochester School District to remove some of the barriers that keep families from taking advantage of free, federally-funded meals.

As of January 1, 2018, many New Yorkers will be eligible to take paid family leave from their jobs.

Governor Cuomo has hailed the state’s new family leave program as one of the most comprehensive in the country.  This week, the New York Workers Compensation Board finalized the regulations that will govern the program.

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Engineering researchers at RIT say they're working on a “wire revolution” that could have implications for the military in the near term and possibly for consumers in a few years.

A team at the Kate Gleason College of Engineering has won a $1 million dollar grant from the Department of Energy to develop more efficient, durable, and cost-effective carbon nanotube technology that could one day replace traditional copper wiring used in electronic components and systems.

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It has become easier for Monroe County residents who have disabilities to navigate the sometimes frustrating process at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Reasonable accommodations can be requested when people make an online reservation for a DMV appointment at the Greece, Henrietta, and Irondequoit locations.  There is now also an option on the DMV's recorded message at (585) 753-1604 to request special accommodations for people with disabilities at another location when possible.

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A nonprofit organization that helps refugees settle in the Rochester area says the current political climate has inspired more people to volunteer and donate items to its annual fundraising sale.

Isabel Miller, executive director of Saint's Place, says the Trump administration's pursuit of stricter policies on refugees entering the U.S. has more people asking how they can help.

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Both houses of the New York State Legislature have approved a bill that would expand eligibility for medical marijuana to include people undergoing treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has not yet signed the measure. He said New York’s medical marijuana program is working “very well” but he wants to consult with experts before making a decision. “We want to make sure medical marijuana is medical marijuana, so we’re careful about what diseases it covers.”

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The Ontario County Sheriff's Office is searching for a Rochester man, who has been missing since yesterday morning.

Deputies say 83-year old Richard Myers, who lives on Park Avenue in Rochester, drove from his summer cottage on the west side of Canandaigua Lake in Bristol late Monday Morning to a nearby marina on Route 21.

He asked for and got help starting his boat and was last seen walking back toward his cottage, with the boat running.

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A friend of a young mother slain along with a state trooper in northern New York says she was devoted to her son and always willing to help people. 

Jerry Mikels says he was shocked when he heard Army Staff Sgt. Justin Walters was charged in the shooting death Sunday night of his 27-year-old wife Nichole and New York State Trooper Joel Davis. Mikels said he didn't think Justin Walters would be capable of killing his wife. 

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It won't be a holiday weekend of rest or relaxation for many local parents of children who have disabilities.

Nearly 200 families with special needs kids are working quickly with state agencies and local  providers to find daycare, preschool, and after school programs for their children following the abrupt closure of Stepping Stones Learning Center on Thursday.

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Starting Thursday, you can summon a ride through a ride hailing app in Rochester and other upstate cities.

Uber and Lyft lobbied hard to get permission to operate outside of New York City. That battle was won and now the drivers for the services can start working.

68-year old Chris Grattan of Hamlin has signed up to drive with Lyft.

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