Beth Adams

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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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Starting this week, the State Labor Department is accepting comments on proposed new regulations for employee scheduling. 

If implemented, the sweeping changes would affect how much notice retail and other service sector workers would get before they have to report to work. 


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - A local couple who built their own "tiny home" is offering advice to other minimalists.  Caitlin Barrale and Mark Walther started construction on their home in the spring of last year. They just recently moved in to the 238-square foot space.  Caitlin said it wasn't too difficult for her to pare down her belongings because she likes to live a minimalist lifestyle and keep her home tidy.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The Transportation Security Administration is implementing new screening procedures at airports across the country. 

Starting this month, passengers are required to place all of their personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone in bins at the checkpoint. That includes laptops, tablets, e-readers, and cameras.

TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said the new procedure will be phased in over the next few weeks at the Rochester International Airport and airports across the U.S.


The Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary "The Vietnam War", which debuted on PBS this week, could trigger symptoms for some veterans who suffer from PTSD, depression, or other conditions. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - There is good news and bad news for Governor Andrew Cuomo in the most recent Siena College poll. While the Democrat’s favorability rating rebounded with Republicans and downstate voters this month, his downward slide continues in the eyes of upstate voters. 

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(WXXI) - There are about 2,100 vacant, city-owned lots in Rochester. Three hundred of them are in the Marketview Heights neighborhood alone. That's where a team of students spent the summer gathering information that can be used to turn some of those abandoned properties into assets for their community.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Lake Ontario's water level is down a foot from its peak in late May, but still more than 2 feet above normal for this time of year. The U.S.-Canadian government body that regulates the lake levels says it will start to gradually reduce the outflow of water from the lake to the St. Lawrence River.  


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Engineering researchers at RIT say they're working on a “wire revolution” that could have implications for the military in the near term and possibly for consumers in a few years. 


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - A new partnership at SUNY colleges and universities is encouraging the use of free, peer-reviewed textbooks. 


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Tomorrow is the deadline in most communities to challenge your property assessment. Tuesday, May 23 is known as "Grievance Day" in New York, the last day home and business owners can file a grievance with their local assessor if they think their property has been assessed at an unfair value. 

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - July will be the earliest that Uber and Lyft will be allowed to operate in upstate cities. Over the next 90 days, the Department of Motor Vehicles will be working out the details of the expansion of the ride-hailing services outside of New York City, after state lawmakers gave the green light for the expansion with passage of the state budget last week. 

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New Yorkers are feeling better about the economy than they have in over 16 years, and one economist says you can thank President Trump for that, at least in part. 

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There were 35,092 traffic related deaths in the U.S. in 2015, representing the largest single year increase in five decades. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Sponsors of a proposed New York state law to make crimes targeting first responders punishable as hate crimes say the measure was inspired by an increase in fatalities among law enforcement. 


Just like people, dogs can get sick from the flu. The H3N8 canine influenza virus can sometimes spread in kennels and dog shelters causing symptoms including coughing, runny nose, and fever. 

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For decades, there was concern about  "brain drain"- the flight of young adults from the Rochester region and other parts of Upstate New York. Now, that trend is reversing.

(WXXI) The death this week of Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, just one day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, has some wondering if you can die of a broken heart. Eugene Storozyski, M.D., a cardiologist at UR Medicine, says the short answer is "yes."

There are no new reports of confirmed or suspected mumps at SUNY Geneseo since an outbreak within the last several weeks. There have been 12 confirmed and one suspected case of the virus on campus since November. 

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As Americans pay tribute to the service members who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor attack 75 years ago today, a local navy veteran still has vivid memories of the attack that plunged the U.S. into World War II. 

Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed is defending president-elect Donald Trump's recent picks of people with deep ties to Washington and Wall Street for his Cabinet. 


Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has extended the hours of operation at Mount Hope Cemetery on Election Day, so people can visit the grave of Susan B. Anthony. 


Brandon Stanton lost his finance job in Chicago during the Great Recession. He moved to New York City, where he started a photography project. Brandon would approach random people on the streets and take their picture. Somewhere along the way, he started collecting little quotes from his subjects as he talked to them about their lives. 

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Even though your lawn might be a bit greener in recent days, the Rochester Finger Lakes region is still experiencing a severe to extreme drought. 


The typically brilliant colors of fall may soon become the latest casualty of the severe drought affecting Rochester and other parts of Western and Central New York.

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(WXXI) The final verdict won't be in until after the harvest, but New York apple growers are expecting a below-average crop yield this fall.


Planned Parenthood says a recent national survey shows persistent confusion among women about when and how often they should be screened for breast and cervical cancer.

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(WXXI) Some say because Hillary Clinton has been a political figure for decades, it's not that big of a deal that her name will appear on the top of the Democratic ticket in November.


(WXXI) Thousands of people visit the Susan B Anthony House and Museum in Rochester each year. They come from all across the U.S. and around the world.

(WXXI) Sixty percent of New Yorkers responding to a new poll disagree with Governor Cuomo's statement that the just-completed legislative session in Albany is "probably the most successful in modern history."

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(WXXI) Senator Chuck Schumer is promoting bipartisan legislation to close what he calls a "gaping hole" in the federal law.