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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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The family of Daniel Prude is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Rochester.

Prude died on March 30, one week after he was arrested by Rochester police officers who held him to the ground with a knee to his back as he was experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Monroe County medical examiner ruled the death a homicide caused by "asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint."  

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With concerns about whether recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service will keep mailed absentee ballots from getting counted in time, State Sen. Brad Hoylman is suggesting an alternative.

The New York City Democrat wants to authorize local boards of elections to set up absentee drop-off boxes so voters can circumvent the post office.

The boxes are used in other states that have all-mail in voting, but they don't exist right now in New York. That would require legislation, due to chain of custody and security issues.

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The union representing more than 1,200 non-teaching employees of the Rochester City school district is proposing changes to the district's reopening plans in an effort to prevent layoffs.

Under superintendent Lesli Myers-Small's current plans, about 200 members of the Board of Education Non-Teaching Employees Union (BENTE) would be laid off for ten weeks.

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Plans have been underway for years to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which recognized women's right to vote.

The celebration was planned for this summer in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region with parades and flotillas, speeches and gatherings scheduled. But, the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to many of the festivities.

Throughout all this, the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls was still determined to open its new headquarters at the historic Seneca Knitting Mill on Canal Street.

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Larry Staub has attended all but one Republican convention since 1992. This is the second time the former Monroe County parks director has served as a delegate.

"It sounds nerdy, but it's been an aspiration of mine my entire life," he said.

The first time was in 2016 when Staub, like this year, was a delegate for Donald Trump.

Missing this year, of course, are the balloon drops and convention floor crowds, but Staub says it was a wise decision for Republicans and Democrats to go virtual in the midst of the pandemic.

A local Mennonite family continues to recover both physically and emotionally from a serious crash they were involved in two weeks ago.

Matthew and Katrina Sensenig and their five children, aged 9 years to 7 months, were all ejected from their horse-drawn buggy when it was rear-ended by a vehicle on County Road 22 in Penn Yann on Aug. 9.

All were hospitalized with serious injuries.

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For Brighton High School social studies teacher Jennifer Pacatte, it hasn't exactly been a summer of fun and relaxation.  

"I would say it's been this pervasive state of anxiety for every teacher I know," she said.

Much of that anxiety, she said, is because until a few weeks ago, schools in New York didn't even know if they'd be allowed to reopen.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Aug. 7 that students can return to the classroom if coronavirus transmission rates stay below a certain threshold.

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There aren't any balloons or television cameras and no convention floor buzz when they log on to a virtual breakfast meeting or breakout session from their homes and offices.

Still, Robin Wilt, Maria Fisher, and Dave Seeley said they are proud and excited to be first-time delegates at their party's national convention.

"The party is going to great lengths to make sure that we feel connected, to make sure that all the opportunities to convene are still there, although they're virtual," Wilt said.

The Brighton Town Board member is a delegate for Bernie Sanders.

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Local dentists are worried that a recent message from the World Health Organization is confusing patients.

On Aug. 3, the WHO recommended delaying nonessential dental care in areas where COVID-19 is actively spreading.

"We're concerned about it," said Dr. Eli Eliav, "because if patients will not go to routine checkups and they will only come for emergency treatments, their condition can get worse, and it can affect not only their oral health, but their overall health."

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Around 7 a.m. July 7,  41-year-old Jessica Hirt was jogging along a road near her home in the town of Ogden.

Hirt spotted two large dogs on a grassy area about 30 feet away. According to court papers, she said both dogs were leashed, and the leashes were held by a woman she described as having a slight build.  That woman was Kerry Dudek.

Dudek was walking her own dog and her boyfriend's pit bull, Vanessa.

Hirt said the dogs began barking and dragged Dudek across the road toward her.

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