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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 Rochester City Planning Commission has approved new plans for modernizing Cobbs Hill Village, a complex that has provided affordable housing to seniors for over 60 years.

Part of those plans include more pedestrian connectivity, a community center, central locations for trash and laundry and emergency nurse call buttons in all units. They would also be replacing the current one story structures with three story buildings.

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Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia were in town Tuesday to meet with each of the Rochester City School District board members to discuss the appointing of a distinguished educator to the district.

The distinguished educator will spend up to a year with the district, and in about three to four months, publish a report of how the systems within the district function, and what could be changed to improve student performance.

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A demonstration at the Rochester Institute of Technology on Monday was held with the goal of exposing  more of the campus community to the needs of LGBTQ students there.

President of the RIT group OUTspoken, Taryn Brennan, says some of their priorities include asking for more gender neutral bathrooms and locker rooms, as well as advocating for trans-health access on campus.

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With recent emergency repairs announced along parts of the Erie Canal, already disgruntled neighbors are speaking out again.

The dispute between the New York State Canal Corporation and residents of communities along the Erie Canal has been going on for months now. The Canal Corporation says work needs to be done to maintain embankment safety, and residents say they are cutting down an unnecessary amount of trees.

The 2018 Party in the Park lineup has been announced, but this year’s shows will have some new additions.

Kicking off the weekly run with be Turkuaz on Thursday June 7th. Other headliners include G Love and Special Sauce, The Original Wailers and hometown favorites Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, with Queen cover band Almost Queen closing out the year on August 2nd. 

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Groups around the country are calling on Hollywood to stop putting smoking scenes in kid’s movies.

Reality Check, which is a division of the Smoking and Health Action Coalition of Monroe County has been holding events at local libraries with smoke free movies to get more parents engaged.

Joseph Potter is the Youth Manager of Reality Check and says some people are surprised that smoking in kid’s movies is still as common as it is.

The movie Rango, which came out in 2011 has over 60 smoking scenes in it.

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The County of Monroe is urging local veterans to visit the Veterans Service Agency to make sure they’re receiving the entirety of their benefits earned during service.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced that the county VSA filed 986 claims approved by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs in 2017. That’s an increase from 716 filed in 2016.

Those are record numbers for the county, and those over 900 claims brought $4.24 million to local veterans, on average about $5,000 per claim.

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Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, D-Irondequoit, made it official Monday morning at a news conference held at Local 13 of the Plumbers and Pipefitters in Rochester.

He is a candidate for Congress in the 25th District, the seat left vacant with the recent death of longtime area Rep. Louise Slaughter.

It’s been six months since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, and while plenty of improvements have been made in rehabilitating the island, President of Ibero-American Action League Hilda Rosario Escher says they’re not close to finishing just yet.

"Throughout the mountains there is not electricity and not running water."

With a number of family members still recovering, Rosario Escher says most have gotten essentials back, but an aunt of her still lives in one of those towns with no water or electricity.

On the long list of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's accomplishments is one that many might not have known about, 6x6 art contributor.

Bleu Cease, Executive Director at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center says Slaughter contributed to the downtown art project almost every year, but they were especially touched to find her latest submission last week after her passing.

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