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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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Twenty-nine Monroe county towns and villages and the city of Rochester have plans to consolidate some services with the goal of saving tax dollars. The joint effort is a requirement in this year's state budget. 

A panel of representatives from municipalities across Monroe County has unanimously approved a series of 40 shared service agreements which they say are expected to add up to more than $7.2 million in annual savings.

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Quality of sleep plays an important role in the level of depression and anxiety symptoms in adolescents, according to a recent study at the University of Rochester.

Researchers looked at the self-reported sleep habits of almost 200 high school students across the U.S. They found that good baseline sleep hygiene was directly linked to fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, and school start times played an important role.   

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A growing array of technology in new cars can pose a dangerous risk for distracted drivers.

Triple A conducted a recent study where drivers used a touch screen, voice command, and other interactive technology to make a call, send a text message, program GPS navigation, or tune a radio while driving.

Lindsay Kensy, spokesperson for the auto club in Western and Central New York, said it took the study participants more than 40 seconds to perform some of the tasks.

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The Transportation Security Administration is implementing new screening procedures at airports across the country.

Starting this month, passengers are required to place all of their personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone in bins at the checkpoint. That includes laptops, tablets, e-readers, and cameras.

TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said the new procedure will be phased in over the next few weeks at the Rochester International Airport and airports across the U.S.

A Rochester native who moved to Mesquite, Nevada in 2010 lives about a half mile away from the home of Stephen Paddock, the man who police say carried out the most deadly mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

"As soon as we saw his picture, we knew right away who it was,” said John Lipani. “The term I've used is he has walked among us."

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Since New York State introduced a historic homeowners tax credit program in 2005, a number of Rochester neighborhoods have taken advantage of it, including districts in the South Wedge, Maplewood, Browncroft, and the 19th Ward.

Now, the Landmark Society of Western New York is helping the Park Avenue neighborhood to do the same.  If the neighborhood becomes a historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places, homeowners will qualify for a state tax credit equal to 20 percent of approved repairs and upgrades to their property.

More than 400 high school students in the city of Rochester had a half-day Friday. That's because they attended a student summit on high school redesign at the School of the Arts.

Deputy Superintendent Lawrence "Bo" Wright said this is part of the "Path Forward" initiative to transform the future of education in the district. 

Wright said it's important to get input from students.

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Property owners along the Lake Ontario shoreline whose property was damaged by floods this year have until Friday to apply for state-funded relief. 

New York State has made $15 million available to support homeowners affected by the severe spring and summer flooding. 

The program provides grants of up to $50,000 dollars to property owners whose costs aren't covered by insurance or other disaster recovery funds.

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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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