Local News: February 26, 2024

– Tompkins County property values go up almost 20% – Tompkins County has started mailing out this year’s property assessment values. Property values in Tompkins County are up an average of almost 20%. The Ithaca Voice reports the increase is due to rising sales prices. Between 2020 and 2023 the average residential property prices in…

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Local News: February 22, 2024

Cornell’s “interim expressive activity policy” has mostly been criticized in online comments and town hall meetings of students, faculty, and staff. Risa Lieberwitz is a professor in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, a member of the faculty senate and president of campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors.  Here is some…

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Local News: February 21, 2024

Cornell’s academic theme for the 2023-24 school year is freedom of expression. The outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas happened shortly after the school year began. The University’s support of student and faculty freedom of expression has been tested by on- and off-campus protests and in some cases, social media posts. One student is…

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Local News: February 20, 2024

– New federal flood maps begin municipal review process – Municipalities in Tompkins County have until May 1 to appeal mistakes in the new FEMA flood maps. The Ithaca Voice reports appeals can only be made about errors in the maps and not disagreements about it. The maps indicate the risk of flooding for individual…

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Local News: February 16, 2024

– Broome County reports overdose spike in 24-hour period – The Broome County Health Department reports there was a spike in overdoses. John Barry at the Southern Tier AIDS Project (STAP) says there were 4 overdoses in a short period between February 14 and 15th. County officials are urging anyone who uses drugs to not…

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Local News: February 15, 2024

– A programming note – Yesterday we announced that a story about Cornell’s Year of Freedom of Expression would air tonight. We have postponed the broadcast of that story and will update you when it is rescheduled. – Several Cornell fraternities suspended on hazing allegations – Several Cornell fraternities are suspended while the university investigates allegations…

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Local News: February 14, 2024

– Ithaca College to test sirens on Thursday – Residents near Ithaca College may hear sirens and loudspeaker announcements on Thursday. The College will be testing its Outdoor Warning System at noon, on February 15. There’s no need to take any action. Students, faculty, and staff may get voice, text, or email messages around the…

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Local News: February 13, 2024

–  State Republicans want electric school bus conversion extended to 2045 – Republican state lawmakers say school districts need more time to switch to zero-emissions school buses. New York school districts must transition by 2035 as part of the state climate law passed in 2019. The Albany Times Union reports Republicans and some school leaders…

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