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A Number of Groups Appeal DEC Decision to Grant Cargill a Permit for the Salt Mine Shaft #4 Project [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 29, 2019

A number of groups are appealing a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation decision. The agency granted Cargill a permit for its Mine Shaft #4 project for their salt mine beneath Cayuga Lake. The petitioners include the city and town of Ithaca, CLEAN, or Cayuga Lake Environmental Action Now, the Town of Ulysses, and…

Youth Voices Episode 1: Abortion (1/23/2019) [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 23, 2019

JT Stone interviews two high school students about the complex issue of abortion.

Tompkins County Legislators Debate How to Promote Forest Growth [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 15, 2019

Tompkins County is expected to allow commercial logging in county forests, targeting red pines that have replaced native hardwoods. But legislators disagree on how to promote forest growth — and some don’t want to pursue any logging. WRFI’s John Yoon brings us this report. Tompkins County is asking for bids from logging companies to harvest…

Time Machine – Recording Hot Jazz on Cylinder [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 2, 2019

The Original Cornell Syncopators are a jazz band consisting of thirteen Cornell students plus one faculty member. They play in the earliest jazz styles with strict attention to the music’s history. In this feature, the group makes an acoustic recording using a Thomas A. Edison company cylinder device from the turn of the century. Feature…

Managers of the Bolton Point Water System Discuss Emergency Water Plan

By WRFI News Staff | December 18, 2018

Steve Riddle and Glenn Ratajczak, General Manager and Production Manager, respectively, of the Bolton Point Municpal Water System, discuss the facility’s water emergency plan. They talk about some of the possible risks to the water supply, such as harmful algal blooms. This interview aired initially on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. (Photo: Creative Commons)

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