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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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Roberts Wesleyan College

The director of a singing group at Roberts Wesleyan College is reflecting on the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, just a few weeks ahead of a trip where they will sing across France.

The Roberts Wesleyan Chorale was scheduled to open their tour at Notre Dame on May 14.

Adam Potter, director of choral activities at the college, said his initial response was motivated a bit by their trip, but quickly turned to disbelief that “800 years of history were being destroyed within a day.” He said the whole group was looking forward to performing in that space.

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer was in town Monday to demand more federal funding and resources be sent to Social Security field offices.

The Democrat said when it comes to the longest wait times at a Social Security office, Rochester’s office ranked first in New York state and second in the country.

Speaking at the Henrietta Senior Center, Schumer said the number of baby boomers retiring is increasing every day.

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Housing reform and protecting the homeless were the main reasons for a march through the city of Rochester on Thursday afternoon.

Protesters took to the streets to bring attention to what they called the housing crisis and call on local leaders to take action.

The march began at the Liberty Pole and made its way to the Cadillac Hotel, but not before stopping in a few crosswalks and blocking traffic.

Protesters chanted, "89,000, we ain’t leaving" through the streets, saying there are over 89,000 homeless people in New York state.

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Angela Sims is the new president of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and the first African-American woman to lead a Rochester college.

At the announcement in Rochester City Hall, she said something like this happening 200 years ago would have seemed impossible.

"One hundred years later, this moment might have been only a fleeting thought. But today, I look back while moving forward; ever mindful that in each generation there is indeed a great cloud of witnesses who serve as trailblazers for those who are yet to be."

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Rochester's oldest continuously occupied public building will now be a public rental space for weddings, concerts and other events.

The Episcopal Church of St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene -- known by many as “Two Saints Church” -- has been on South Fitzhugh Street in Rochester since the early 1800s when the Erie Canal used to flow right by it.

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New York lawmakers have a new proposal for statewide regulations for home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb.

The proposed rules would require short-term rentals to carry $250,000 in insurance, and authorize online platforms to collect and remit occupancy taxes from guests, including state, city and municipal sales taxes

Liz DeBold Fusco, spokesperson for Airbnb in the northeast says they are a fan of this legislation; it’s something they already do in 38 other states.

An audit by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the New York State Education Department needs to improve its efforts to ensure school districts are following state requirements for school safety planning.

Light and Sound Interactive

The Light and Sound Interactive Conference will showcase the Rochester region’s areas of expertise – such as optics, game design and more -- for three days in June.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo talked about how a conference like this benefits the region.

"Things are happening in Monroe County,” Dinolfo said. “And when we have these conferences when we bring in world leaders, world companies to Rochester, and we combine that with the energy and talent of the University of Rochester, of RIT, good things happen."

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The Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf celebrated 50 years of education Friday.

The event included a number of local leaders and legislators, as well as Lucinda Robb, the granddaughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Johnson signed the bill that allowed for the creation of NTID.

RPD

Mayor Lovely Warren and interim Police Chief Mark Simmons released a report Thursday that shows Rochester’s crime rate in 2018 was at its lowest point in at least 39 years.

Warren said increased engagement between police and the community helped these numbers go down.

Last year, 75% of all homicides were from shootings. And 60% of all shooting victims were involved in an ongoing dispute, the mayor said.

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