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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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Love Beets is expanding their operations at Eastman Business Park.

Managing Director Daniel Cross said over the next 26 months they will be creating 100 new jobs in middle and high skill level fields.

"Engineering, mechanics but also going back into our supply chain in terms of our bet growing. So looking at trainings skills in agronomy, potentially the use of technology and how we're farming and working with growers."

Other jobs will include exploring the use of drones and digital technology for mapping fields as well as calculating crop yield and output.

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A local organization is aiming to get more epinephrine onto college campuses in an effort to treat anaphylactic symptoms.

All 19 security officers at St. John Fisher College are now trained in Auvi-Qs, a new epinephrine auto-injector that treats these reactions.

John Terry, Founder of the Allergy Advocacy Association who partnered with the college, said it’s something that more campuses should be working towards.

"It’s a significant issue because of the number of undiagnosed people who are at risk for anaphylaxis and don’t even know it."

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The JP Morgan Corporate Challenge is running back to its roots with a 2018 May start date.

The race had been held in late May or early June since 1991, with the exception of last year when it was moved to July.

Director of Communications for the race Alan Tieuli said that’s because they really wanted to get the race into downtown Rochester.

"It was an important move for the Mayor.  Important as Rochester was revitalizing its downtown. Important as more businesses are there. We wanted to really become a focal point for the community by moving down there."

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A friend and colleague of Wendell Castle said the artist was tireless and always enthusiastic about his next venture.

WXXI News spoke with Professor and Chair of RITs Industrial Design program Josh Owen, who came to RIT about eight years ago, and had been working with Castle ever since.

"Always enthusiastic about innovation and about pushing materiality and technology. We brought countless students and faculty into his studio to witness his robot carving away at his new ideas that were otherwise impossible to realize in any other manner."

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Washington Square Park was filled with pink hats and protest signs once again as the second Womens March gathered in downtown Rochester on Saturday.

Caroline Benec was out with a group of friends, she said as University of Rochester students they felt it was important to attend.

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The University of Rochester campus newspaper, the Campus Times, is exploring more stories of students claiming their sexual harassment cases were mishandled by the administration.

The series is called, "When the Process Fails” and looks at stories of sexual assault allegations at UR other than the Jaeger case.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb:

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After a battle for lower assessments on two of his own properties, Tom Golisano is setting out to help Upstate New York homeowners fight for fair property taxes.

The local philanthropist and businessman says the process is flawed in many ways. Homeowners have the burden of proving their homes are assessed correctly, and can only vote in the municipalities where their primary residence is.

Controversy continues around a project removing trees from the shores of the Erie Canal.

The Canal Corporation says its essential to remove trees and brush on canal banks to maintain embankment safety and stability.

But protesters say the tree cutting is unnecessary and ruining the aesthetic of the canal, and that there was no warning or transparency from the Canal Corporation of the project.

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As the spring semester gets started, Interim President of University of Rochester Richard Feldman says he hopes the University community can begin a period of healing and rebuilding.

Feldman sent a letter to the University community Sunday welcoming them back to a new semester and a new chapter at UR.

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