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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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Advocates from the Center for Disability Rights and other organizations are calling on local Republican congressional members to preserve critical components of the Affordable Care Act that would affect disabled populations.

Damita Peace works with the Regional Center for Independent Living and said most importantly, they’re asking for the continued right that people with disabilities can live and receive necessary care in their homes, rather than institutions.

The Rochester City School Board is now reviewing the proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year. It was released Tuesday night by Superintendent Barbara-Deane Williams.

It adds 144 teacher positions in reading, special education and social work. Rochester City School Board President Van White says the proposal is encouraging.

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A panel being held Sunday afternoon in Rochester had a goal of trying clear up any misunderstandings about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Speakers included the Pastor of Salem United Church of Christ Reverend Julius Jackson, Jr, Monroe County legislator and mayoral candidate James Sheppard and the President of the Interfaith IMPACT for New York State Richard Gilbert.

The main focus of the discussion, Gilbert said, was to try  and answer questions about the Black Lives Matter movement and what its goals are; as well as how it relates to issues in the prison system today.

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Rainey Walker had been out of work for about four years.

But that all changed when he partnered up with the Arc of Monroe’s Job Path program, which works to find jobs for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

After completing development training and assessments, Walker decided to give being a cashier a shot.

Walker has been working at Hart’s Local Grocers in Rochester for about three months now. He said there’s a lot about his job that he likes.

Crews are working around the clock to clean up the roads and sidewalks in Rochester.

Mayor Lovely Warren, joined by Commissioner Norman Jones at the Mount Read Operations Center said they’ve been running plows for both residential and arterial streets as well as sidewalks, with the help of a number of different departments working overtime.

"It is all hands on deck now and we’re pulling from every department. We're pulling from our DES crews, we’re pulling from our police department, all over the place."

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For the past couple of days, it feels like as soon as you think you have a path cleared, more snow is dumped right back on to it.

Kara Tierney said this was the third time she's shoveled her driveway on Hickory Street in the last day.

“I normally love snow and I actually like shoveling but this is a lot.”

She was getting help from Brad Lewis, who was digging his car out with hopes of getting to work still.

"I’m originally from here; I’m used to the annual March nightmare storms."

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In anticipation of the northeastern snow storm, thousands of flights across the country were canceled or delayed Tuesday.

The terminal at the Rochester International Airport was eerily quiet, as only a couple of flights were still scheduled to depart. Charlie O’Neil was trying to get to Madison, Wisconsin.

"It’s dead, I don’t see anybody here, it looks like its 3am in an airport."

O’Neil said he planned on hanging out in the terminal and getting some work done while waiting to hear updates on his flight. He said delays are just a part of air travel.

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Brighton Police report that shortly after 10am Sunday, the Jewish Community Center received a number of threats via email stating that there was an explosive device planted in the facility.

A similar event occurred just a week ago, when the center received email threats that lead to an evacuation early Tuesday morning.

300 people were evacuated from the facility Sunday. Brighton police then searched the 180,000 square foot building, calling in a number of nitrate dogs as well and found nothing of a suspicious nature.

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Congressman Tom Reed, (R-Corning), held four town halls on Saturday including one in Manchester in Ontario County. The Manchester Town Hall quickly reached its capacity soon after its doors opened at noon. But people continued to fill in and listen from the lobby eager to hear from their representative. Nora Cunha of Clifton Springs was one of those in the hallway.

"I want to hear what he has to say, I'm happy that he does town halls even if it’s not what a want to hear. I'm glad that he comes to listen and I hope that maybe he takes something away from it."

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The Israeli Consul General  in New York, Dani Dayan met with Mayor Lovely Warren and CEO of the Rochester Jewish Federation Meredith Dragon on Thursday afternoon

The meeting was in response to a number of anti-semitic incidents around the country including in Rochester.

Speaking in the Waad Hakalel Cemetery in Rochester, where several grave stones were vandalized recently, Dayan said he had hoped news like this was a thing of the past.

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