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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Cosmetic products containing small plastic beads are now banned from being sold in Erie County.

The measure was signed into law this week, following a unanimous vote by that county's legislature in July.

Microbeads are found in products such as facial scrubs and lotions and even toothpaste. On an ingredient label they are listed as polyethylene, polypropylene, or acrylates co-polymer.

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SUNY Geneseo

This month marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Some residents of Biloxi, Mississippi are still rebuilding their homes and their lives a decade later and some Rochester-area college students are helping them.             

Since 2006, nearly 700 SUNY Geneseo students, 105 faculty, and 105 community members have made the trip - some of them multiple trips - to Mississippi to help in the recovery effort.

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Satellite images are showing that more than 82 percent of Lake Ontario is now frozen over.

By comparison, 61 percent of the lake's surface was frozen in the first week of March last year.

"I think possibly what is happening is that the lake lost a lot of heat last year because it was a severe winter and, of course, we had a long duration of the ice season in the spring for all the lakes. So, perhaps the lake didn't get a chance to regain its heat content," said George Leshkevich is a physical scientist at the Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory in Michigan.

Seniors living in rural areas of New York State often have to travel long distances to get medical care when they need the services of a mental health specialist.

A privately-funded initiative is aiming to bridge that barrier.  Project "Echo" will pair specialists at UR Medicine with primary care physicians in 23 Western and Central New York counties.

Project leader Michael Hasselberg, a UR psychiatric nurse practitioner, says they'll meet by videoconference every two weeks to confer on individual cases and share knowledge.             

Many taxpayers are filing their tax returns this month. An increasing number of them will get an unwelcome surprise when they file, learning that someone has already filed using their personal information and collecting a fraudulent refund.

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