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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-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative will be hosting a town hall meeting Monday night to discuss their poverty reduction efforts taking place in the community.

The meeting will give members of the community an update on anti-poverty efforts inducing what RMAPI is doing to create systemic change.

Leonard Brock, director of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative says attendees will also learn about participatory budgeting.

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Health officials are advising all Town of Ontario water customers to boil their water before using it.

At about 3:00 a.m. Sunday there was a water main break near the entrance of the Ginna Nuclear Power plant on Lake Road.

Officials say there does not appear there was contamination of the water, but since the water line was breached they want to make sure the water is safe (they say if there was contamination, it would be due to bacteria, not anything having to do with radiation).

A community conversation will be held Sunday afternoon on the impact of gun violence.

The discussion will follow a screening of the film, "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA."

Sara Hughes is with ROC The Possibilities who helped coordinate the event. They are a local non profit focused on creating leadership development opportunities for young people.

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The number of robocalls people are receiving is growing, and Senator Chuck Schumer is trying to put an end to them.

He introduced the ROBOCOP or the Repeated Objectionable Bothers of Consumers on Phones Act which would require both landline and mobile carriers to offer free robocall blocking technology to all consumers.

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More special education teachers and administrators could be coming to the Rochester City School District.

The RCSD board approved a budget proposal for the 2018-2019 school year Tuesday night totaling $915 million.

Melanie Funchess is a board member as well as the Director of Community Engagement at the Mental Health Association.

She says she is happy there is more money being focused on more vulnerable students, but even more so, that the district was able to take time and really look at the special education programs and priorities.

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Area residents will have greater access to University of Rochester Medicine through a new collaboration with the YMCA.

The agreement, which runs through 2029, will make a range of health services available at YMCA locations across the region.

President at CEO of the Greater Rochester YMCA George Romell says this is to meet the increased needs of communities and bring medicine to where people are.

"As we take this to a much higher level, I think we'll see things that we've never seen before, which is where medicine and community come together."

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in town today Monday to announce her bipartisan legislation that would support small businesses.

The Main Street Employee Ownership Act would help companies transition to employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), or cooperatives.

Gillibrand said its time to start rewarding work again.

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Residents of Monroe County suburbs will be among those across New York State hitting the polls Tuesday to vote on school budgets and board of education members.

Sherry Johnson, the executive director of the Monroe County School Board Association, says voter turnout has decreased over the years since the tax cap was implemented.

Spectrum News

Various reports indicate that FBI agents raided the Pittsford offices of local developer Robert Morgan on Monday morning.

An FBI spokeswoman said that agents were “conducting court-authorized activity” at 1080 Pittsford-Victor Road, but could not comment beyond that.

That location is the headquarters of Morgan Management and CEO Robert Morgan.

The raids follow a report in the Buffalo News last fall that FBI agents were examining financial transactions by his companies

For the 2018 spring commencement season, nearly 60% of speakers at the 25 schools with the largest endowments are women.

That’s the first time women have been in the majority as speakers in nearly 20 years.

Cornell University is bringing in film director Ava DuVernay, who directed "Selma" and the documentary "13th." She will be the first woman of color to give Cornell’s speech in a decade.

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