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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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Bridges owned by New York’s local governments need over $27 billion in repairs, according to a recent report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

But Monroe County isn’t in as bad a shape as other parts of the state.

Terrance Rice, Monroe County Director of Transportation says according to the report there are 10 bridges out of 170 in Monroe County that need repairs, but that also includes bridges run by local towns or the city of Rochester.

He noted a couple bridges that he knew could use some work.

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Animal crimes investigation and prosecution was the focus of a conference held Saturday morning in Rochester.

Adrienne McHargue, spokesperson for Lollypop Farm said it’s a complex system considering victims can’t speak for themselves; and that this event gives animal advocates and allied professionals together to understand how these crimes are processed by law enforcement, district attorneys and judges.

She said Lollypop investigates animal crimes ion Monroe, Genesee, Livingston and Orleans counties.

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The University of Rochester is solidifying its commitment to Mary Jo White, the attorney chosen to conduct the independent investigation into an EEOC complaint against UR professor Florian Jaeger.

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At the 52nd anniversary of the Urban League luncheon, all four candidates for Rochester’s mayoral seat got to share their vision for the city.

The event wasn’t a debate, but simply an opportunity for candidates to state their plans if elected to become Mayor of Rochester.

Candidates were each given 15 minutes to speak and no questions were asked between candidates or the audience.

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Columbus Day in recent years has sparked a discussion on whether the holiday should even be called that anymore.

Many cities and a few states across the country have chosen to recognize the holiday as Indigenous Peoples Day instead, honoring the tribes that lived on this land before Christopher Columbus arrived.

Nicole Scott is the co-director for the Native American Future Stewards Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, she said their mission is to educate people on the parts of the story that weren’t taught in schools.

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Despite the gray sky outside, inside the studio was quite cheerful.

The bright, colorful space housed three girls chatting about the weekend while glazing handmade bunnies.

Sarah Beren is a licensed creative art therapist and owns Spotted Rabbit, a studio with art classes, art therapy and an apprenticeship program for a population within the disability community she saw was underserved.

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Lollypop Farm will be closed Tuesday October 10th for a precautionary deep clean of the organization’s main Fairport location.

A kitten at Lollypop was recently diagnosed with feline distemper.

Ashley Zeh, spokesperson for Lollypop Farm said the virus is highly contagious and can threaten the life of kittens and cats.

"People are wearing protective things over their clothes so we're making sure we're not exposing anymore kittens to any contagions."

Despite the high risk of spreading, Zeh wanted to stress that the cleaning is purely precautionary.

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A number of organizations are working together to put on #ROCRelief, an event held in Parcel 5 Saturday to collect donations and items to send to hurricane stricken Puerto Rico.

Rose Mary Villarrubia-Izzo helped set up the event, she said many in the Rochester community are personally effected by the destruction.

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Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has announced a number of changes to enhance the Child Protective Services agency.

The changes come just days after a conviction in connection with the death of 3 year old Brook Stagles.

The Monroe County Commissioner of Human Services Corinda Crossdale has released new information regarding the county's involvement in the case of Brook Stagles.

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A Monroe Community College student's recent social media post that included a racist slur has sparked outrage on both campuses.

Last Thursday, a student tweeted "Shout out to the n***** at MCC who vandalized my confederate flag. You'll be a white man’s property soon enough. Give Trump time."

The post soon spread on social media.

One by one, those who stepped up to the microphone at a forum on the Brighton campus Tuesday all agreed that the tweet was awful and the student should face administrative consequences.

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