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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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More information was released on Wednesday about why State Supreme Court Justice Matthew Rosenbaum abruptly left office in December, not two months after he was re-elected to another term.

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct says it received a complaint that Rosenbaum had abused court staff and created a hostile work environment.

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Three veteran astronauts will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame this spring, joining the 99 others who hold the honor.

The new inductees include Bishop Kearney High School graduate Pam Melroy. 

During her career with NASA, the former Rochester resident completed three missions devoted to the construction of the International Space Station.  She is one of just two women to have commanded a space shuttle mission.

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Heidi Macpherson, president at The College at Brockport, has won this year's ATHENA Award.

The annual honor goes to a professional female leader who has demonstrated significant achievements in business, community service, and the advancement of women.

Macpherson credited her parents for instilling in her a sense of what was possible very early in her life, by setting an expectation.

"My mother started almost every conversation with me as a child with the words, 'When you go to college,' " she recalled.

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Based on the idea that a well-behaved pet is more likely to get adopted and remain in its new home, Lollypop Farm hosted its first-ever behavior and training conference on Thursday for animal welfare professionals across New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Small shelters and rescue groups don't necessarily have the resources to hire behavioral experts. 

Rebecca Lohnes, behavior and training manager at the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, said her own experience working with clients at Lollypop Farm inspired her to organize the conference.

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A Pittsford Sutherland High School student is getting national recognition for his nuclear fusion project.

Simon Narang, 17, was named a top 300 scholar in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. 

The prestigious competition recognizes promising young scientists who are developing ideas that could solve society's most urgent problems.

As an intern at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester, Narang worked on software designed to help develop greater energy production in nuclear fusion.

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Dyslexia is a language processing disorder that causes difficulty reading or processing spoken words. 

It affects anywhere between 5% and 20% of the population, according to various estimates.

Courtney Hathaway, a school social worker, was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was in third grade, but she was placed in reading intervention programs as early as kindergarten. 

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As New Yorkers commemorate the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., only a third of them say race relations are positive across the state.

Thirty-five percent of those who responded to a Siena College poll said they have been treated unfairly in the past year because of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.

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Organizers say this year, Rochester and the Finger Lakes region will be the center of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, when the U.S. recognized women's right to vote.

2020 is also the 200th birthday of Susan B. Anthony.  Deborah Hughes, president and CEO of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, says the suffrage leader's work is not a conversation about the past; it remains relevant today when voter access is still an issue.

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Rochester-area residents have donated thousands of dollars to a fund dedicated to the care of wildlife injured in Australia's bushfires.

Seneca Park Zoo is collecting the money on behalf of the Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund established by Zoo Victoria.

Visitors to the Seneca Park Zoo can make their donations at the front gate, or on the zoo's Facebook page.

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Sleep deprivation is an epidemic among adolescents, according to pediatricians, and new research from the University of Rochester suggests that parents have more power to change this than they may think.

For the study, nearly 200 teens aged 14 to 17 kept diaries about the length and quality of their sleep for one week.

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