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Caitlin Whyte

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.

 

Following the release of an independent investigation on Thursday about the handling of sexual harassment allegations against University of Rochester Professor Florian Jaeger, those who had filed the complaint with a federal agency expressed disappointment, frustration and anger.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Rochester Monday announcing bipartisan legislation to expand the Small Business Administration’s microloan program, helping women and minority owned businesses succeed.

The Microloan Modernization Act will strengthen the current program, Gillibrand said, by raising the total limit on outstanding loans from intermediary lenders, which would allow for more loans to be made.  

A report from the Center for an Urban Future shows that within three years, just 26% of community college students in the Finger Lakes graduate. This number is only slightly higher than the rest of the state, graduating at 25%.

Senior fellow for economic opportunity at the Center, Tom Hilliard, says these numbers are not good enough, but believes change can be made.

A possible change to school calendars would give districts more flexibility in scheduling.

A proposal made by the New York State Education Department would switch from a 'number of school days per year' guideline, to hours per year.

Right now, the department requires schools be in session 180 days a year, something that can easily get messed up by parent teacher conferences or snow days.

Spokesperson for the Rochester City School District Carlos Garcia says this would also help college prep students who attend some classes at MCC.

Canandaigua Republican Brian Kolb says he will be running for New York Governor next year .

Kolb spoke with WXXI News Tuesday morning, saying he believes his blend of private and public sector experience make him the best candidate.

"Going forward, you really have to want to make the dedication and sacrifice required to serve our state on a 24/7 basis."

Kolb says he believes New Yorkers want a governor who will listen to them despite party affiliation, and that most are worried about the same issues.

The annual ROC the Day donation event is Tuesday, giving the community an opportunity to support local not-for-profit organizations.

Juli Geyer, Director of Communications at the United Way of Rochester says the 24-hour giving extravaganza has 525 participants this year from the nine-county Greater Rochester area.

"It gives an opportunity to the nonprofits that are doing such great work to get an end of the year boost and to connect the donors to so many great, worthy organizations all in one spot."

A tax bill passed by House Republicans last week has many graduate students and staff wondering about the future of their programs.

Two deans of graduate education at local universities say the proposed tax bill has millions of dollars in cuts to deductions and exclusions that help current graduate students fund their educations.

Graduate students now receive tuition waivers for the classes they take and are paid a stipend by their university. They are then only taxed on the income they see, which is that stipend.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a bipartisan coalition to investigate major opioid manufacturers and distributors.

41 attorneys general from across the country have signed on to the effort, which served subpoenas to four pharmaceutical manufacturers Monday: Endo International, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals (Cephalon), and Allergan. A supplemental investigative subpoena was served to Purdue Pharma.

A new report from the New York State Comptroller’s office highlights the economic profile of the Finger Lakes region

Speaking from the Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli presented the findings based on the nine county area.

The report confirmed some numbers that weren’t all that surprising unfortunately. The City of Rochester has one of the lowest median household income rates at just over $30,000 a year, and more than half of the children in many rural areas and the City of Rochester live in poverty.