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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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The final day the tree stood in Copper Beech Park, it finally felt like spring. It was the kind of day that gets people out on the sidewalk to feel the sunlight on their skin again, people like Olivia Colburn.

"It’s been here for, as long as I’ve been here. Whenever my friends and I would come here we'd always get food here and eat under the tree”.

It was the kind of tree that makes you feel small, with sturdy branches asking to be climbed, and it could almost make you forget that your body has grown since the last time you scaled a tree.

Mayor Lovely Warren, in partnership with the National League of Cities (NLC), hosted a conference exploring many of the issues facing early childhood workers.

In her opening speech, Warren said pay is the biggest obstacle the industry is facing

"We are asking many of our childcare providers and childcare workers to take care of other people’s children when they have a hard time taking care of their own."

Tonja Rucker, Program Director for Early Childhood Success with NLC, and says the organization has been working with Rochester for about 10 years.

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Senator Chuck Schumer visited a farm in Avon to call on US trade officials to fix trade between Canada and the US regarding dairy products during upcoming NAFTA negotiations.

Locally, these policies have effected places like Oatka Milk.

"In 2012, OATKA invested about $16 million to make something called Ultra Filtered milk and Ultra Filtered milk is used in cheese making and other things, and Canada very much needed it. And the whole purpose in expanding was to send the Ultra Filtered milk to Canada. “

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Former TV Journalist Rachel Barnhart has officially announced her candidacy for Louise Slaughter's Congressional seat.

Speaking from the Village Gate to a room of supporters, Barnhart listed the opioid crisis, jobs, healthcare and women’s rights as some of the main issues prompting her to run for congress.

The Irondequoit Town Board has unanimously voted to amend the town speed limit to 30 mph.

The town says these changes now align the speed limit in Irondequoit with neighboring suburbs that already have lowered their speed limits on their local roads.

This change will largely affect local roadways in Irondequoit.

The speed limit on most county roads will remain at 35 mph. Parts of Cooper Road, Titus Avenue and the north ends of St Paul Boulevard and Culver Road will be reduced to 30 mph.

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When you think of a walkout or a protest, you might think of something loud. Megaphones, speeches and chants.

But the students at Brighton High School decided to use the power of silence to their advantage.

Over 100 students walked out the doors of the high school Wednesday morning, gathered around the flagpole and laid down for a moment underneath it.

A short speech was read, everyone stood up, and the students then returned to the building.

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City residents and visitors with traffic violations will now be able to handle them at the new Traffic Violations Agency in downtown Rochester.

Mayor Lovely Warren says the new office will help bring fairness and equity to city residents trying to adjudicate parking and traffic violations.

"If you got a ticket in Brighton and Gates and Greece and they went to town court, residents were able to negotiate a plea deal and were able to work out a payment plan. Now in the city of Rochester, you’ll be able to do that as well."

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Members of MetroJustice and the Out Alliance are calling for the end of what they say is a discriminatory legal defense.

Gay or Trans panic is a legal defense in New York and most states. After a violent crime, defendants can argue that the discovery of a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity sparked a panic that caused them to react with violence.

It can sometimes result in lesser charges or lighter sentences.

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A new Siena Poll addressing the state's opioid epidemic shows that 54% of New Yorkers are personally touched by opioid abuse.

Director of the Siena College Research Institute Don Levy says there is no argument that this is an epidemic.

"When we said has it touched your life? Is someone in your family, is someone you are friendly with, someone you know from work, do you know someone who has died from an overdose...when you look and say how many people meet at least one of those conditions, its nearly six out of 10 New Yorkers, it’s an astronomical figure."

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A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association had researchers look into how the impact of diseases varies from state to state.

Ray Dorsey was involved with the study, he’s a doctor with the University of Rochester Medical Center, and says the top takeaway from the study is that the leading causes of death and disability are preventable.

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