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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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The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is encouraging citizens to report distracted drivers. 

Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn says the new Citizen Campaign was designed to help prevent potential tragedies.  Nationwide, distracted driving contributes to as many as 8,000 crashes everyday. Citizens can report a distracted driver by visiting the county's website and completing a form that asks for a description of the car or license plate number. 

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Liberal arts has an image problem, according to Jonathan Schroeder, William A. Kern Professor of Communications in RIT's college of liberal arts. 

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Faculty and staff at Nazareth College have teamed up to recommend some cost-cutting strategies the college says will limit the latest tuition increase.  College President Daan Braveman said the school will realize $5.8 million in savings, "Mostly cuts in operating budgets. There are some staff savings as well. We're going to initiate a voluntary retirement program. We're going to take some existing programs we have spread out around the campus and make them more efficient and effective."   Braveman said the savings will result in a tuition increase of 3.9 % for the coming school year. In recent years, tuition has increased between 6%   and 7%. 

Rochester area businessman and community servant Robert Hurlbut has died at the age of 77.

Mr. Hurlbut founded Hurlbut Care Communities in 1969.  He also held numerous positions in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, The Monroe County Long Term Care Program, Lifespan, and HSBC Bank.  

Smallpox Vaccine Study

Mar 4, 2013

Rochester Clinical Research is looking for test subjects to take part in a 34 week study for a smallpox vaccine.  

Clinical researcher Michael Brennan says even though smallpox was eradicated in 1980, there are concerns that bioterrorists could obtain some stockpiled samples of the virus or recreate it using artificial genes.

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Rochester area health care providers will now have access to essential information about patients collected by first responders in the moments after a call to 911.  The Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) is partnering with local ambulance services to upgrade its database.

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With the federal sequester looming, a wide range of programs and services face an uncertain future. At CP Rochester, a non profit organization providing treatment and services for individuals with cerebral palsy, the potential impact is unknown at this point.

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  As state lawmakers return to Albany this week, a proposed hike in the minimum wage is among the agenda items receiving consideration.  Governor Cuomo is calling for a 21 percent increase in the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $8.75.

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  As the deficit debate continues in Washington, local school boards are planning next year's budgets, waiting for word as to whether the so-called sequestration will mean less funding.  Monroe County School Boards Association Executive Director  Jody Siegle said any potential federal budget cuts to education will not be in effect until the next school year.  While final figures were not available, Siegle said the latest estimates put the cuts at around 5.2 percent.

Makers: Women Who Make America is a film that tells how women have helped shape America over the last 50 years with stories from one of the most sweeping social revolutions in our country’s history. The program premiers Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). WXXI’s Beth Adams speaks with Ann Burr, Chairman and General Manager of Frontier Communications of Rochester, one of Rochester’s own Makers.

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