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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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Two years ago, after a routine blood test, Maryann Fuhrmann's 9-year-old Maltese mix, Bella, was diagnosed with Lyme disease.

"I see tons of ticks on her all the time, but (her) being white," she said, "they're easy to spot, and I am fanatical about checking her over every time I come in the house, so I don't know how it got by, but I really feel like I let her down."

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Monroe Community College's faculty union has expressed its lack of faith in the college's Board of Trustees by passing a no-confidence vote Wednesday.

It's the latest move in an ongoing dispute between faculty and college leaders. Last November, the union issued a vote of no-confidence in college President Anne Kress.

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TV legend Ed Asner is bringing his comedic talents to the Rochester JCC's Center Stage on June 29 and 30 when he stars in the one-man show "A Man and His Prostate."

The 89-year-old is a winner of eight Emmy Awards and perhaps best known for his portrayal of the gruff but lovable Lou Grant on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in the 1970s.

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This time of year, you might be startled by the sight of a huge swarm of honeybees. It can happen not only in agricultural areas, but also in your neighbor's backyard or even in the middle of a city.

"It can be kind of scary thing to see a big, buzzing ball of thousands of honeybees, right?" Emma Mullen asked. "That's a lot of people's worst nightmares." 

But Mullen, senior honeybee extension associate at Cornell University, says those bees are typically harmless.

They're just taking a cue from the warm weather and the flowering plants that it's time to reproduce.

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Volunteer fire departments and ambulance corps across New York have a tough time recruiting volunteers.  A group of state lawmakers say an incentive may make that easier. 

Republicans in the Senate and Assembly are proposing full state income tax exemptions for volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel.

Assemblyman Stephen Hawley said the tax break would also be a way to demonstrate gratitude for the work these people do.

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Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act into law.

It allows judges to consider the trauma of domestic abuse when sentencing people who have killed or hurt their alleged abusers in self-defense.

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The newest in the fleet of tugboats on the Erie Canal was christened Friday in honor of women’s suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

In the 19th century, the canal was like the interstate highway of the day. It was frequently the path traveled between Seneca Falls and Rochester as Cady Stanton and her fellow suffragists coordinated their campaign for women’s rights.

At Friday morning's dedication at Corn Hill Landing in Rochester, Cady Stanton's great-great-granddaughter, Coline Jenkins, said tugboats are a metaphor for the life's work of her historic ancestor.

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Scores of cyclists are expected to take part in the Ride of Silence in downtown Rochester tonight.

"This is a ride to say, 'We miss you, we love you, and we're sorry that you're gone,' " said organizer Kecia McCullough.

The 10th annual event in honor of bicyclists who have been seriously injured or killed on public roads is taking place in cities across the world.

A busload of tenants, formerly homeless people, and housing advocates traveled Tuesday from Rochester to Albany, where they expected to join thousands of others for a rally at the State Capitol.

With Democrats now in charge of both the Senate and Assembly, many advocates are urging lawmakers to pass new statewide protections for renters. 

"Rent just keeps getting higher and higher every year, and it's getting harder to pay my rent and maintain bills because it's just too high," said Barbara Rivera of Rochester.

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Coming to Rochester in a few weeks is an event called Civic Saturday.

"It's not church," said Eric Liu, "it's not synagogue or mosque, but it is about the creed of American ideals and values that we all say we believe in, and it's about the question, how do we actually make good on that creed?"

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