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Fresh at 5pm every weekday we bring you local news headlines from across our listening community—all in about 2 minutes. Listen live (88.1FM in Ithaca, 91.9FM Watkins Glen, and 89.7FM across the southern Finger Lakes) or wherever you get your podcasts.

Local News: February 13, 2024

–  State Republicans want electric school bus conversion extended to 2045 – Republican state lawmakers say school…

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Features and Interviews

FEATURE: Governor’s budget plan could cost rural schools millions of dollars in state aid

By Celia Clarke | February 8, 2024

Rural school districts across New York face a significant loss in state funding this year. Governor Hochul’s 2024 executive budget proposal would change the allocation of “foundation aid”. That’s the money the state gives each school district…

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The value of rural libraries: A look inside Odessa’s public library

By Celia Clarke | February 1, 2024

Public libraries have been in the news a lot over the past few years. There have been calls to ban books, pull funding, or cancel certain events. But not all events or books are controversial and not…

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FEATURE: A new call to address harmful algal blooms in Cayuga Lake and beyond

By Celia Clarke | December 14, 2023

This interview has been edited for clarity. Harmful algal blooms, HABS, occur in the summer months in waterbodies across the country. But winter is when researchers and activists review the data and assess the impact of the…

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Local Headlines

Local News: February 26, 2024

By Celia Clarke | February 26, 2024 |

– Tompkins County property values go up almost 20% – Tompkins County has started mailing out this year’s property assessment values. Property values in Tompkins County are up an average of almost 20%. The Ithaca Voice reports the increase is due to rising sales prices. Between 2020 and 2023 the average residential property prices in…

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Local News: February 22, 2024

By Celia Clarke | February 22, 2024 | Comments Off on Local News: February 22, 2024

Cornell’s “interim expressive activity policy” has mostly been criticized in online comments and town hall meetings of students, faculty, and staff. Risa Lieberwitz is a professor in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, a member of the faculty senate and president of campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors.  Here is some…

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