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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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After four years of planning and construction, Henrietta's new town library opens this week.

The two-story, 36,000 square-foot facility at 625 Calkins Road is just a half mile away from the old library which opened in 1978.

"I'm getting emails; I'm getting calls," said town library director Adrienne Pettinelli, from her desk in the new building. "People are just so excited to get in here and see this space and we're excited to finally be able to welcome them into their new library."

Libraries are used differently now than they were 40 years ago, she noted.

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Rocco Rodrigues was diagnosed with autism at age 2.  Now 9 years old, Rocco has spent the past four days at the "iCan Bike" camp at the Gordon Field House at RIT learning to ride a bike, something that AutismUp says over 80 percent of people with autism never learn to do.  

On Thursday morning, he was riding at a pretty good speed around the track with two volunteer spotters running alongside him.

"It's a little bit...I'm not gonna say scary, but startling," he said. "You want to know why? Because you feel like you're gonna fall over."

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For the first time in over 30 years, Rochester will not be hosting a regional convention for thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses this summer.

According to the religious organization, there was an 11th-hour breakdown in negotiations with Pegula Sports & Entertainment, the management company for the Blue Cross Arena.

"My understanding is it had to do with the cost of renting the arena, and they just couldn't come to terms," said Don Jeffries, president and CEO of Visit Rochester.

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The House of Representatives recently earmarked $501 million in funding for initiatives to address the opioid crisis, a $33 million increase from last year.

"Which is a pretty dramatic increase at a time when we're challenged fiscally," noted Congressman Joe Morelle, "so I think this indicates the type of priority the House places on the dollars for this."

Morelle is urging his Senate colleagues and President Donald Trump to support the additional funding. 

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As the United States gets ready to celebrate Independence Day, nearly three-quarters of New Yorkers say they consider themselves patriotic and 80 percent say they are at least somewhat, if not very, proud to be an American.

Those findings are from a survey just released by the Siena College Research Institute (SRI).  SRI director Don Levy says certain New Yorkers are more likely to express patriotic sentiments than others.

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New York state is making it easier for the families of murder victims to cover the burial costs for their loved ones.

Recent changes in the law that went into effect this week have increased the amount of emergency funeral and burial funds that are available to the survivors of people whose deaths were due to a crime.

Hundreds of Rochester children will get help with social-emotional development, sex education, and more, thanks to a $1.375 million grant from the New York State Department of Health.

The five-year grant will fund a new "sexual risk avoidance education" program.

Children from the ages of 10 to 13 will learn about anatomy, sexually transmitted diseases, and teen pregnancy.

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As the town of Irondequoit gets ready for a possible new community center, it's also taking a look at how inclusive its recreation programs and policies are.

The Town Board recently approved a contract with Rochester Accessible Adventures. The organization will review Irondequoit's town-sponsored programs and facilities.

Brighton police said they launched a criminal investigation after learning about an allegation of misconduct regarding a staff member at McQuaid Jesuit High School.

Chief Mark Henderson said the investigation showed that a female staff member at the school had a consensual relationship with a 17-year-old male student in 2016.

Henderson said based on the student's age and the consensual nature of the relationship, the Monroe County District Attorney's office determined that no criminal charges could be brought.

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Primary elections will be held Tuesday in New York state. 

Voters registered with various political parties in the city of Rochester, Monroe County, and 11 area towns will be casting ballots in a number of races. 

Local primary elections used to be held in September, but election reform legislation that was enacted in New York state this year has moved the date up to June. 

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