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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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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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Several stall doors and mirrors in a girls' bathroom at Victor Junior High School were recently adorned with positive messages.

Students behind the Young Women's Leadership Club service project want to help their classmates feel more confident.

The colorful artwork spells out inspiring quotes. "Strong girls lift others up," one says. Another one reads, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

"My favorite would probably be, 'Real girls aren't perfect and perfect girls aren't real,' " said Ellie Chapman, one of three seventh-grade girls who made the artwork. 

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In just a few weeks, when the nights get warmer, it'll be time to plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and other vegetables.

People will be digging into soil all around the city -- in vacant lots, behind schools, at libraries and even medians in the road.  There are more than 120 community gardens and urban farms in Rochester.

Nathaniel Mich, Foodlink's edible education and urban farming specialist, said he hears from more and more people, especially young people, who have an interest in growing their own food.

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Adoptee rights advocates are urging New York lawmakers to pass legislation allowing adopted people to get unrestricted access to their birth certificates when they turn 18.

"Why should we be treated any differently than anyone else?" asked Annette O'Connell, spokesperson for the New York Adoptee Rights Coalition.

Adoptees say it's a matter of equal rights, but opponents of the measure worry about birth parents' rights to privacy.

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Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, is undergoing renovations that will mean less capacity for dogs over the next several months.

President and CEO Alice Calabrese says the kennels where dogs are held when they first arrive at the shelter will be upgraded to limit the spread of disease and reduce the animals' overall stress level.

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