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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 are still working to raise the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.

22 localities across New York State have passed similar legislation.

Monroe County's Agenda Charter Committee will meet Monday night to vote on the bill.

Caitlin O'Brien, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association says is essential to curb young smoking.

She is in Rochester for the meeting, and says while the rates of adult smoking are okay these days; rates in young people are skyrocketing due to the popularity of e-cigarettes.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Doctors ask a number of questions at the beginning of a visit, but one always stands out from the rest.

“Something along the line of is somebody hurting you physically or emotionally?”

If someone answers yes, what happens after can be tricky.

Alli O'Malley is the CEO of RESOLVE of Greater Rochester, a group that provides transitional services to domestic violence victims and survivors.

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Rochester celebrated UN World Refugee Day on Saturday.   

The holiday is observed on June 20th each year.

The event began at the Liberty Pole in downtown Rochester, where those who support the refugee community were asked to join in a parade to City Hall.

Vicki Rotollo and Linda Sullivan were there early even in the slight rain. Rotollo says she is just outraged over where the country is headed.

National Beep Baseball Association

The largest "Beep Baseball" tournament in the Northeast is being held in Rochester this weekend.

The Beast of the East tournament is for visually impaired or blind athletes, and features teams from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In Beep Baseball, the ball emits a repetitive beep as it's tossed over the plate and hit out into the field.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced legislation that would designate manufacturing hubs across New York State and the country.

She says the "Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act" would create jobs and invest in local economies, creating dedicated federal funding and technical assistance to communities that are awarded the designation.

She says a "designated community" could be a city, a county, or a region; any area that has a history of manufacturing or a business plan to enhance it.

No policy should be built on the backs and hearts of children. That was Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s response to the immigration policies running under the Trump administration.

Gillibrand says the practices currently being used on the southern border are inhumane and immoral, and not how America works.

"We have the Statue of Liberty standing in our state. It is in New York Harbor. And that statue says we will take all those who are poor, hungry, destitute, who need our protection."

A protest Tuesday evening is calling for bail reform.

Ashley Gantt is an organizer and says since Tuesday is Juneteenth, a day that recognizes the abolition of slavery, they wanted issue a call for another emancipation.

"We're doing it in commemoration and saying now emancipate our jails. Because even though Juneteenth happened and there was this emancipation of slavery, we believe that slavery was just reinvented in the form of mass incarceration."

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Proposed legislation would raise the age someone could buy cigarettes and tobacco products, from 18 to 21 years old.

In Monroe County, that is getting the push from Legislator LaShay Harris, who says it’s a small step to protect our young people.

She says the issue also hits close to home.

"There are many people in my family that have been smoking since they were in their teens. 13, 14, years old and many of them have suffered long disease, lung damage, cancer because of it."

Harris says this would protect our young people from starting to smoke earlier.

The Children's Agenda

A local independent group is urging the city of Rochester to put more funding into the future of children and youth.

The Children’s Agenda recently released its analysis of the proposed 2018-2019 city budget.

The group notes the city is playing a significant role in a number of initiatives and commends the allocations for developmental screening, full time librarians and expanded community engagement, yet it recommends that the city should do more for its youngest residents.

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A drive thru prayer service in the northeast section of the city was giving out water bottles and prayers to anyone who needed either this weekend.

For anyone who has driven around the Rochester Public Market on a Saturday morning, you know it can be a nightmare. I was leaving another interview in that area, trying to find some sort secret back route, which didn’t end up happening. 

I was driving down Scio Street when I saw a bunch of kids and adults standing at an intersection holding up poster board. "Oh, a car wash," I thought. That’s cute my car could use one.

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