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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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With the removal of confederate statues happening across the country, how does that backlash affect Civil War reenactors?

Captain of the Western New York Federal reenacting unit Reynolds Battery L John Beatty said some groups representing the confederacy are moving away from using the red flag with the blue X completely in their reenactments, since it has become associated with so many hate and white supremacist groups.

He said the actual flag of the confederacy looks much different, but those are also more difficult to come by.

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A rally and candlelight vigil held in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park Sunday evening focused on where faith fits into the conversation after the Charlottesville protests.

Steven Lysenko, who helped organize the event with the Caritas Community says the issue has moved past political boundaries.

"When a President comes out and fails to condemn an act of violence based in hate and continues to embolden them, that’s when it becomes a moral issue."

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AutismUp celebrated its 5th KiteFlite celebration at Capelli Sport Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The parent founded, parent lead organization provides programs to individuals in our community with autism.

The KiteFlite parade/charity walk culminated on center field where participants formed a giant human kite for an aerial photograph illustrating the strength of the community rising up for autism.

Director of Education and Training Rachel Rosner said the kite has been the organization's logo since day one.

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International cycling returns to Rochester Saturday night with the Twilight Criterium.

According to the Rochester Twilight Criterium Executive Director Scott Page, a criterium, or a "crit," is an extremely high-paced bicycle race that takes place on a short closed-loop course.

"This is kind of like thorough bred racing, its super, super fast you need a lot of horse power as a rider, you need skill to negotiate all these corners."

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The public boat launch at the Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park in Seabreeze has reopened.

Town Supervisor Dave Seeley says after a challenging year of high winds and flooding in the water front town, it’s nice to celebrate a victory.

"We love our proximity to the water; it’s one of our greatest assets. This year it created challenges as well, but the fact that we're getting to enjoy that proximity to the water as opposed to fighting it I think is a step in the right direction."

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You may have seen sheets hanging from a number of bridges Wednesday morning on your way into work; they were part of a demonstration raising awareness for the heroin and opioid epidemic in Rochester.

Staged by Organizers David Attridge and Rocco Stagnito, 14 signs were hung across the city, with messages like "Heroin kills" and "How many more have to die?" painted on them.

For Stagnito the mission is personal, he lost his son Anthony to a heroin overdose last year. He said his focus is on inspiring action.

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Mayor Lovely Warren made two announcements furthering the City of Rochester's efforts to protect the environment and combat climate change.

Warren endorsed the Sierra Club's "Mayors For 100% Clean Energy" initiative, joining 141 other mayors from across the United States in supporting a community-wide transition to renewable energy.

"We know that if we don't take action to battle climate change, the natural resources that we cherish will be at great risk. Yet still some deny that climate change is real. If Washington won't act, we will."

The Rochester City School District is conducting a week long leadership summit consisting of national speakers, educational seminars and personal introspection.           

The five-day summit will focus on following the District’s priority areas: educational equity, relational capacity, innovation, accountability and coherence.

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A group of students from East High got to watch live as their science experiment made it's way towards the International Space Station.

With clear weather and all systems go, the Space-X CRS-12 rocket took off at approximately 12:31pm Monday afternoon from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, carrying projects from 21 schools across the United States and Canada, as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

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Senator Rich Funke and Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn are calling on state lawmkers to expand enforcement and crack down on dealers in an effort to battle the opioid epidemic in New York.

Over a dozen bills were proposed regarding opioid use during the 2017 legislative session.  Funke says that the  proposals passed the state senate, but none made it through the state assembly.

Funke says the bills will have to be re-introduced during the next legislative session in January.

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