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Ithaca and Tompkins County Release Ambitious Public Safety Reform Draft

By WRFI News Staff | February 23, 2021

Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca have released a draft of their Public Safety Reimagined report. The report comes in response to Governor Cuomo’s executive Order 203, mandating municipalities review their public safety systems.  The draft report was produced under the advisement of the Center for Policing Equity. It includes 19 detailed recommendations for…

Meet Tompkins County Poet Laureate, Christine Kitano

By WRFI News Staff | February 19, 2021

  Settle into a conversation with Tompkins County Poet Laureate, Dr. Christine Kitano. She shares her thoughts on the meaning of the position, how she teaches the craft and, of course, we hear some of her poetry. WRFI Contributor Pamela Tan brings us that conversation.

How Recent Development Proposals Address the Housing Affordability and Need in Ithaca

By WRFI News Staff | February 19, 2021

It is no secret that housing in Ithaca is a contentious issue. Prices are high and there doesn’t seem to be enough supply to meet the growing demand. While a new apartment complex seems to be going up every few months, the question becomes why is the cost of housing so high and are these…

The Lingering Impacts of Vaping

By WRFI News Staff | February 12, 2021

Flavored vaping products were made illegal in April 2020, but College students are still able to get their hands on flavored vape products in Ithaca. Stories about vaping burned through the media in late 2019 and 2020. Cases of teenage death, long term impacts to users health, and rising nicotine addition sent concern through the…

How a Cornell Student Earned Big on GameStop Stock

By WRFI News Staff | February 12, 2021

Hunter Kahn is a sophomore at Cornell, and calls investing a hobby, but he had a lot more to say about the recent GameStop stock market rollercoaster than someone with a passing interest.

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