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WRFI News brings you local-first news and voices by, and for, the people of Tompkins and Schuyler counties. Catch WRFI News live, Monday-Friday at 6:00. Want to become a volunteer news journalist?

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WRFI News Features and Interviews

Ithaca’s Dr. Scott Noren talks being a U.S. Senate Write-in Candidate [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | July 18, 2018

WRFI talked to Ithaca’s own Dr. Scott Noren, who’s running for U.S. Senate as a write in against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. We talked campaign finance, voter issues, and what his strategy will be in the upcoming race. Originally aired on Wednesday, July 18th on WRFI news.  Photo:

PACE Energy Program Revamps for 2018 [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | July 12, 2018

In 2015, Tompkins county adopted the Sustainable Energy Loan Program which has provided Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE financing for local energy-related improvement projects. The financing program helps commercial and non-profit building owners reduce operating costs and increase the value of their properties through clean energy improvements. The Legislature has scheduled a public hearing…

Ithaca Journalists Host Vigil for Capital Gazette Victims [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | July 9, 2018

On Friday, July 6th, local Ithaca journalists held a vigil for the five journalists who were shot and killed in the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. The event featured a series of speakers and an opportunity to write letters and postcards of encouragement to the remaining staff at the Capital. This…

Seneca Lake Guardian Opposes Construction of Waste to Energy Incinerator [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | July 9, 2018

Yvonne Taylor and Joseph Campbell of Seneca Lake Guardian speak about the slated development of a waste-to-energy trash incinerator in the Town of Romulus on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake.  They describe why they and hundreds of local businesses oppose the construction of the incinerator, and also discuss state legislation that is pending in…

Hunter Friedland Cornell Class ’19 brings Rewardzzz to Ithaca [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | June 26, 2018

WRFI interviews Hunter Friedland, Cornell class of 2019 and developer of the app ‘Rewardzzz’, which is coming to Ithaca this fall. The app is powered by blockchain technology, and will allow Ithacans to earn points from local businesses to turn into rewards. The interview originally aired Tuesday, June 26th on WRFI Community Radio News.  Image:…


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