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Environmental Groups Report that NYS Municipalities May Be Using Oil and Gas Liquid Waste For Road Deicing

By Esther Racoosin | December 29, 2020

Three environmental groups:  NYPIRG, Earthworks and Food and Water Watch, have published an analysis showing that some municipalities in New York State have been granted permits to use liquid waste from gas and oil operations for deicing roads. Liz Moran, Environmental Policy Director for the New York Public Interest Research Group, or NYPIRG, discusses their…

Coronavirus Update, December 29, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | December 29, 2020

We’ll start by looking at the local COVID-19 caseload. The number of hospitalizations due to complications from the virus have more than doubled since last Monday. According to the Tompkins County health department, as of the time of our 6 p.m. broadcast there are 29 people hospitalized. There are 14 additional positives and 13 new…

Coronavirus Update, December 28, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | December 28, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department is reporting a number of potential public exposures to COVID-19. The toy store Alphabet Soup, at 171 East State Street in Ithaca is reporting potential exposures from 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 22nd and Wednesday December 23rd. The TCAT bus system is reporting eight potential exposures on…

Coronavirus Update, December 23, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | December 23, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the public of a potential COVID-19 exposure at the Walmart in Ithaca. The exposure occurred on Monday, December 14, 2020, from 8:30am-6:30pm, and Tuesday, December 15, 2:00pm-12:00am. The health department recommends anyone who may have been exposed to the virus to monitor their health for any COVID-19 symptoms.…

NAISAC seek justice from Cornell University [Audio]

By WRFI News Staff | December 21, 2020

Native American and Indigenous Students at Cornell, or (NAISAC), are calling on Cornell University to make changes to support Indigenous students and acknowledge the university’s founding. WRFI News Intern Tessie Devlin reports.  

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