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Caitlin Whyte

Weekend Edition Host

Caitlin joins WXXI after working down the street at Stephens Media Group where, she co hosted a children's radio show, "Saturday Morning CarTunes" on WARM 101.3 and worked as a traffic reporter for various affiliates.

Prior to that, she lived in Western Alaska where she worked for KNOM in Nome.  When she was not engrossed in all things Iditarod, Caitlin served as the community and education spot producer and hosted the weekday morning program.

Originally from Rochester, Caitlin graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a B.S in Audio/Radio Production and Broadcast Management. She is excited to make the jump to public radio and host Weekend Edition.

 

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A response has been issued by current and former faculty at the University of Rochester, after the university this week outlined steps for an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

But the people making the complaint are not happy with what has been proposed.

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Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn announced a new housing area in the downtown Monroe County Jail specifically designated for incarcerated military veterans.

Laura Stradley, Executive Director of the Veterans Outreach Center says it’s important to focus on these defendants because they once put their lives on the line for our country.

"They spend possibly years away from home, time away from family and situations in circumstances that many Americans can’t even fathom."

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Although the number of children affected by lead poisoning has gone down in recent years, it remains a significant public health concern in the community.

Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health Michael Mendoza says there’s no safe amount of lead to have in a child’s blood. The county saw 924 childhood lead poisoning cases in 2016, down from 988 in 2015.

Blood lead levels as low as 5µg/dL (micrograms per deciliter) are now considered elevated by the Center for Disease Control.

Lindsay Wrobel

Shortly before the University of Rochester announced Tuesday it would be putting Florian Jaeger on administrative leave, the professor contacted the woman who had been hunger striking against him.

Lindsey Wrobel posted a screenshot of an email to a Facebook group that has become a gathering place for protestors and those supporting her strike.

Wrobel had stopped eating last Thursday at midnight, in response to how the university had been handling allegations of sexual harassment filed against Jaeger. Later on Tuesday, Wrobel  ended her hunger strike.

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There are new developments in the ongoing controversy involving the handling of sexual harassment accusations against a professor at the University of Rochester.

The University's Board of Trustees says it has appointed a special committee to oversee an independent, comprehensive investigation into all matters involving the sexual harassment complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the University.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a bipartisan coalition to investigate major opioid manufacturers and distributors.

41 attorneys general from across the country have signed on to the effort, which served subpoenas to four pharmaceutical manufacturers Monday: Endo International, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals (Cephalon), and Allergan. A supplemental investigative subpoena was served to Purdue Pharma.

Lindsay Wrobel

It’s been almost five days since University of Rochester student Lindsay Wrobel has had anything to eat.

Wrobel is on a hunger strike in protest of the UR administration's response to allegations of sexual harassment involving tenured UR professor Florian Jaeger.

A number of current and former students and faculty filed an EEOC complaint about Jaeger’s alleged inappropriate behavior.

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With a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, scientists from the University of Rochester & Rochester Institute of Technology are working to create an app that can alert doctors of the onset of atrial fibrillation or afib.

Afib is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke and heart failure.

Jean-Phillippe Couderc is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UR, he says the technology developed uses the camera in your phone or tablet and scans the way your face changes when your heartbeats.

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The lawn outside the Rush Rhees library on the University of Rochester campus was filled with allies, staff and frustrated students Wednesday afternoon, unhappy with the administration’s handling of sexual harassment allegations.

The protest was in response to the university's reaction to an EEOC complaint filed about Florian Jaeger, a tenured professor in the Brain and Cognitive Science Department at UR. Eight current and former students and staff detailed claims of sexual harassment in the over 100-page document, but the university cleared Jaeger of any wrongdoing.

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Voters have been out for a couple hours now voting in a number of primaries, most notably the democratic candidates for Mayor of Rochester.

As voters trickled in just after noon Tuesday when stations opened, many at the North Winton Road location agreed that primaries are important to the electoral process.

Margaret Richter said that change starts small, and too many people blow off this first part of the process.

"Guess what, all government starts at the local level, and if you don’t get involved at the local level you might as well forget the whole thing."

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