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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: March 1, 2024

– Recent rise in overdose concerns Tompkins County officials – There have been five overdose deaths in…

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Features and Interviews

FEATURE: Freedom of Expression at Cornell

By Celia Clarke | February 29, 2024

Cornell’s academic theme this school year is freedom of expression. It was meant to be a year of celebration of one of the university’s core values. Instead how freedom of expression is practiced or protected on campus…

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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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Local Headlines

March 23rd, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | March 22, 2022 | Comments Off on March 23rd, 2022 Daily Headlines

The Tompkins County Legislature has voted to increase pay for local election day poll workers. According to the Ithaca Voice, poll workers will now be paid $15.32 per hour, a $2.82 increase. A raise to $14.00 an hour was initially proposed but later raised. Legislator Greg Mezey voiced support for the measure saying it is…

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March 21st, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | March 21, 2022 | Comments Off on March 21st, 2022 Daily Headlines

Last Thursday, the Tompkins County Legislature appointed Lisa Holmes as the new County Administrator. Holmes had served as the Interim County Administrator since May of last year and has worked in the county government since 1998. She previously led the County Department of the Aging. The Administrator is responsible for overseeing the County’s budget and…

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