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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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An addiction and support drop-in program is now running at Gates Town Hall.

David Attridge, Executive Director of Recovery Now says the Michael Brown Gates to Recovery serves as a gathering place for both those seeking help for themselves as well as family support.

"You know they were asking questions, hey I just found out my kid’s using or I think my kid might be using or my kid is using. They’d come in they’d ask questions, but after we talked to them we found out they’d start talking to other families and then they just kept coming back each week."

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A report from the Center for an Urban Future shows that within three years, just 26% of community college students in the Finger Lakes graduate. This number is only slightly higher than the rest of the state, graduating at 25%.

Senior fellow for economic opportunity at the Center, Tom Hilliard, says these numbers are not good enough, but believes change can be made.

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A local skier might be heading to South Korea soon, if he makes the 2018 Olympic team.

Patrick O’Flynn Jr. is from Penfield but now lives in Park City, Utah, training five days a week for a spot in the Olympics. He does a form of freestyle skiing involving one big jump with multiple flips and tricks ion the air.

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A complainant in the EEOC sexual harassment case against a University of Rochester professor will soon be leaving her job at the school.

Jessica Cantlon and her husband Brad Mahon, both in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department will be leaving for positions at Carnegie Mellon University next fall.

Cantlon says they told university they would consider leaving if the school didn’t make active attempts to review their sexual harassment procedures as well as conflicts of interest in their investigation into the incidents the EEOC complain brought up.

A possible change to school calendars would give districts more flexibility in scheduling.

A proposal made by the New York State Education Department would switch from a 'number of school days per year' guideline, to hours per year.

Right now, the department requires schools be in session 180 days a year, something that can easily get messed up by parent teacher conferences or snow days.

Spokesperson for the Rochester City School District Carlos Garcia says this would also help college prep students who attend some classes at MCC.

A rally will be held Thursday night in Rochester after the Trump administration asked the CDC to refrain from using certain words in their upcoming budget.

The Centers for Disease Control were reportedly advised to avoid the use of seven words: transgender, science-based, evidence-based, diversity, vulnerable, fetus, and entitlement in forthcoming budget documents.

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A $56.6 million project has completely renovated the Cedars of Chili affordable housing complex.

The 18-month project, overseen by WinnDevelopment, modernized 320 apartments in Chili, one of the largest affordable complexes in the area.

In addition to upgrading the community room and laundry rooms, all kitchens and bathrooms were renovated and heating and cooling systems were replaced.

The community will also see a new basketball court, new siding and a new playground.

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The New York State Canal Corporation has agreed to wait until February to continue their project that’s removing trees from canal embankments between Medina and Pittsford.

That’s after a protest a few weeks ago and a meeting held earlier this week, where residents and three town supervisors from Brighton, Pittsford and Perinton voiced concerns about the project.

A team at the Rochester Institute of Technology has produced two first of their kind table-top games that aim to promote and enhance the public understanding of religion and law.

The two games, Lost and Found and Lost and Found: Order in the Court are set in 12th century Cairo, between 1170 and 1180.

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A coalition of area labor leaders and restaurant workers will be holding a press conference Monday to denounce the proposed federal regulation allowing employers to control workers' tips.

Zakary Skinner is a local restaurant worker said the issue isn’t with pooled tipping, which he believes isn’t necessarily a bad practice; its the idea that tips would be distributed at an owners discretion.

"Right now there is at least some process where we have control over those tips so we have a right to those tips. And this will kind of put it up to the employers."

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