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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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National Toy Hall of Fame

The National Toy Hall of Fame here in Rochester has announced the 12 finalists for this year’s induction.

Chris Bensch, vice president for collections and lead curator at the Hall of Fame, says a range of toys are contenders this year, including Chutes & Ladders, American Girl Dolls, tic-tac-toe, chalk and the Magic 8 Ball.

"This year, the Susan Lucci of the toy world is the Magic 8 ball. This is its seventh time on the finalists list; it has not made it into the Hall of Fame yet."

He says this year is especially exciting because six of the 12 finalists are brand-new to the final round.


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Education advocates in Rochester met Tuesday at Writers and Books to stand against high-stakes standardized testing, a practice they say is harmful to students, teachers and schools.

Henry Padron, a recently retired teacher from the Rochester City School District, says text anxiety starts early.

"I had a kindergarten student last year whose mom came up to me and said, “Mr. Padron, he’s not sleeping well, he’s not eating well, and when we have our chats, he’s so nervous about these tests he has to take because it's touted, it's do well, get rewards at kindergarten."

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Rochester Monday on a last-minute campaign stop before the Thursday primaries.

The governor spoke from Workers United on East Avenue in the company of Mayor Lovely Warren and other area Democratic leaders, saying this year’s midterms will be some of the most important ever.

"Normally an election asks you what you are; an election will say are you a Democrat, are you a Republican, are you a liberal, are you a conservative? This election doesn’t ask you what you are. This election is about who you are."

Reconnect Rochester

Neighborhood residents took to the streets this weekend to make one intersection in the city safer for pedestrians.

You might notice the vibrant colors and extended curbs added to Parsells Avenue and Greeley Street

It was part of the Complete Streets Makeover Project by Reconnect Rochester.

Renee Stetzer is the Vice President of Community Outreach at reconnect Rochester. They took submissions from streets across the county, and chose this one because of the speeding problem in the area.

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Days before the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, local residents shared stories of climate change in Rochester.

It was part of the “Rise for a Resilient Rochester” event held Saturday morning by the Sierra Club and the Rochester Peoples Climate Coalition.

David Alicea is a State organizer with the Sierra Club and says the timing was also great to get climate on people’s minds ahead of midterm elections.

TSA

The ribbon was cut on the redesigned passenger security checkpoint at the Greater Rochester International Airport Wednesday morning.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo unveiled the new checkpoint as part of the ongoing renovations

"Not only does it look better, not only does it feel better, it functions better as well and that’s incredibly important."

The new space has six lanes, which is the same as before, but they are now wider and more flexible.

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What happens to the butter sculpture at the New York State Fair once the event is over? Well, for the third year, it will be recycled and used for electricity.

Following its 13-day stint at the State Fair, the 50th annual butter sculpture was deconstructed, plopped into garbage bags and sent west, to Noblehurst Farms in Livingston County.

Here, it will be recycled into energy. Market Area Manager of the dairy farm Michel Boerman says they have been producing biogas energy with area food waste and manure since 2014.


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Union workers, politicians and other supporters of the union movement gathered before the Labor Day parade Monday morning. Many said regardless of whether a worker is in a union or not, all workers have benefited from the movement.

Senator Joe Robach said it is worth the fight to keep these rights going.

"Organizing labor is as American as apple pie, baseball, hotdogs. Everything American."

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Motorists will be pleased to learn about the future of gas prices.

AAA forecasts that the national gas price average will drop to $2.70 this fall and has the potential to drop even more.

The current average per gallon is $2.92 in Rochester.

Spokesperson for AAA Elizabeth Carey says this is when companies start switching from summer gas to winter gas blends.

"The difference between winter blend and summer blend is how it evaporates at different temperatures and winter blend gasoline is always cheaper to make than the summer blend of fuel."

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Supporters of Christopher Pate, a man who was allegedly assaulted by two members of the Rochester Police Department, gathered to respond to the city's actions against those two officers.

The Rev. Lewis Stewart stood with Pate, his mother Sandra and a number of supporters to address the suspension of the two officers without pay, after they stopped and allegedly beat Pate on the street this May.

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