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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. 

The Rochester Finger Lakes region was the epicenter of the suffragist movement in the 19th century.  Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott are the names that quickly roll off the tongue of any historian or third grade student.

But another woman who made significant contributions to the cause is a name you may have never heard: Jean Brooks Greenleaf. 

This morning, members of the Greece Historical Society did their part to change that.

When it comes to how people of color are portrayed in local media stories, there is a disconnect between what community members and the media perceive.

That's one of the findings of a series of polls commissioned by Causewave Community Partners for its Shaping our Stories report. The surveys questioned 550 residents statistically reflective of local demographics and 46 members of Rochester area media outlets. WXXI News participated in the survey.

You may have to go to the Adirondacks to see the most vibrant colors this fall.

If the relatively warm and wet weather continues for the next several weeks, the fall foliage season will be delayed and less vibrant than normal in Rochester and the Finger Lakes and other parts of upstate New York.

That's the word from Taryn Bauerle, an associate professor of plant science at Cornell University.

The same thing happened last year, but Bauerle says this isn't harmful to trees.

A 150 year old horse chestnut tree that witnessed some remarkable times in Rochester history and American history was cut down outside the Susan B. Anthony House on Madison Street this morning.

"I'm sure if it could talk it would have some interesting stories about an American icon," said  Anthony Orphe, director of environmental services for the city of Rochester.

Despite efforts to preserve it in recent years, the fifty-foot tree had died, and Orphe said it was a safety hazard in the neighborhood.

Opponents of a proposed Finger Lakes waste-to-energy facility are increasing pressure on the New York State Legislature to pass legislation to ban the operation before the end of the legislative session next week.

"In Albany time we have all the time in the world, but with each passing day, the urgency increases,” said Will Ouweleen, owner of O-Neh-Da and Eagle Crest Vineyards in Conesus. “If the bill is not passed, there is going to be a complete outcry in the Finger Lakes because this project is completely inappropriate to site in the Finger Lakes area."

Current U.S. immigration policies pose an economic threat to New York's struggling dairy industry, according to the director of a farmworker program at Cornell University.

Mary Jo Dudley made that observation following the recent arrest of an undocumented immigrant worker on a central New York dairy farm. 

Dudley says the gridlock over immigration reform in Washington puts further stresses on New York dairy farmers whose milk production costs are higher than the federally controlled price.

In the ongoing debate over a proposed waste to energy facility at the Seneca Army Depot, a group of residents and business owners who are opposed to the project traveled to Albany Tuesday to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject it.

The facility, proposed by Rochester-based Circular enerG, would produce electricity by burning up to 2,600 tons of trash each day.

A number of residents, neighboring towns, and elected officials have come out against the project.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to toughen gun control laws for those convicted of domestic violence crimes is getting praise from a local advocate for abuse victims.

The legislation, the first 2018 priority unveiled by Cuomo, would require the mandatory surrender of firearms by anyone convicted of domestic violence-related charges, including misdemeanors.

Last January, a day after the inauguration of President Trump, an estimated 10,000 people flocked to Seneca Falls for a women’s march and rally.

Organizers are planning a similar event on January 20, 2018.

Rev. Leah Ntuala, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls, says the call to action has not diminished since last year.

"(This) year, I think everybody was worried about what possible changes the administration could make that would roll back rights women had made ground in getting and maintaining, and (now) we've realized some of those fears."

Dozens of asylum seekers from Somalia, Haiti, Cuba and elsewhere will get another opportunity to apply for release from a federal detention center in Batavia.

"If they can establish that they are not a safety or flight risk, then ICE should release them,” said Aadhithi Padmanabhan, a staff attorney with the New York Civil Liberties Union. “But the parole process at Batavia came to a grinding halt right when Trump became President."

Padmanabhan represented more than 30 immigrants being held at the Batavia facility in a federal lawsuit heard in Rochester.

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