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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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Kathleen Weldon from the Roper Center at Cornell discusses public opinion data on gun violence [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | February 20, 2018

A teen gunman has been accused of opening fire with a semi-automatic rifle at his former high school in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday. As of Thursday, seventeen people were killed. It feels like every time there’s one of these mass shootings, the same kind of news cycle happens: There’s outrage, then nothing happens in Congress, and…

Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity Readies for New Build

By WRFI News Staff | February 14, 2018

Bob Groll, President and Michael Hartney, treasurer of the Schuyler County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, discuss their new build.  The home is being constructed in the village of Montour Falls.  They talk about the process of interviewing prospective home owners, soliciting contributions, and lining up volunteers.  For more information, go to This interview…

Gimme Coffee Baristas Ratify First Union Contract, Look Ahead to Wider Union Vision

By WRFI News Staff | February 9, 2018

After months of negotiations, baristas at Gimme Coffee have ratified what could very well be the first barista union contract in the country. WRFI News’ Katelyn Harrop sat down with union organizers Sam Mason and Korbin Richards to learn more. Photo: pixabay

What’s Next? Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition Comments on Increased ICE Arrests in Ithaca [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | February 9, 2018

Three people have been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Ithaca over the last month. Patricia Rodriquez of the Tompkins County immigrant Rights Coalition discusses this troubling number, and how you can help protect the rights of immigrant community members in Tompkins County. WRFI News’ Katelyn Harrop reports. Photo: wikimedia

More Than 10,000 People Show Up for Women’s March at Seneca Falls [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | February 9, 2018

Following a longstanding tradition of feminist action, more than 10,000 women and allies showed up to march at Seneca Falls for the second annual Women’s March on January 20th. WRFI New’s Katelyn Harrop reports. Photo: Katelyn Harrop


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