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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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  UPDATE AS OF 3PM THURSDAY:

The Rochester City School District is closing school on Friday. All school-related activities are also canceled on Saturday.

On Friday, several schools sites with City R-Centers will be open to provide additional support and hot meals to families who may be in need.

They include:

David F. Gantt Recreation Center- 700 North Street

Nathaniel Rochester Community School 3-85 Adams Street

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Both law enforcement leaders and researchers who study crime say a number of crime and gun violence prevention efforts are starting to pay off in Rochester.

Unofficially, there were 29 homicides recorded by the Rochester Police Department in 2017.  That's a more than 30 percent decrease from 2016 when 42 homicides were reported.

Open Door Mission

Groundbreaking for a transitional housing facility for women and children is expected to take place next month.

The Open Door Mission has just been approved for a $650,000 affordable home loan to renovate the former convent on Coldwater Road in Gates. It's expected to open in July or August, 2018.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to toughen gun control laws for those convicted of domestic violence crimes is getting praise from a local advocate for abuse victims.

The legislation, the first 2018 priority unveiled by Cuomo, would require the mandatory surrender of firearms by anyone convicted of domestic violence-related charges, including misdemeanors.

The hot real estate market in Brighton in recent years has driven up the price of homes faster than the town has been able to readjust their assessed values. 

According to New York State, the average Brighton property is assessed at 89 percent of its fair market value.

Over the past couple of weeks, homeowners have been notified of the new assessed value of their property. The overwhelming majority of the revaluations show an increase, according to town supervisor Bill Moehle, but he says that does not mean that a homeowner's taxes will go up by that percentage.

James McCorkle

Last January, a day after the inauguration of President Trump, an estimated 10,000 people flocked to Seneca Falls for a women’s march and rally.

Organizers are planning a similar event on January 20, 2018.

Rev. Leah Ntuala, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls, says the call to action has not diminished since last year.

"(This) year, I think everybody was worried about what possible changes the administration could make that would roll back rights women had made ground in getting and maintaining, and (now) we've realized some of those fears."

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A committee working to build a memorial for local veterans is asking the public to donate to their campaign.

The Warriors of Freedom Memorial committee wants to place a memorial in Highland Park to honor the sacrifices of men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces from the Persian Gulf War to the current conflict in Afghanistan.

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There's a new helpline for local seniors who need legal advice.

The Center for Elder Law and Justice started the service several months ago for residents of Monroe, Livingston, Steuben, and Allegany counties who are 60 and older.

Karen Nicolson, the chief executive director at the center, said people who call the helpline can speak directly to an attorney right away.  The center set up the service based on the inquiries they were getting.

Catholic Family Center

Far fewer refugees resettled in Rochester in 2017 compared to the previous year.

The Catholic Family Center says efforts by the Trump administration to restrict the number of refugees entering the country and confusion over which countries they're permitted from has had a cumulative effect.

From January 1 to November 30 of this year, 396 refugees have found a new home in Rochester. That's compared to 1,111 in the same period in 2016.

Time Magazine

Two University of Rochester professors are among Time Magazine's Persons of the Year.

Time calls them the "silence breakers," women who have voiced allegations of sexual assault and harassment by dozens of high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports.

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