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Ithaca’s Dr. Scott Noren talks being a U.S. Senate Write-in Candidate [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff

WRFI talked to Ithaca’s own Dr. Scott Noren, who’s running for U.S. Senate as a write in against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. We talked campaign finance, voter issues, and what his strategy will be in the upcoming race. Originally aired on Wednesday, July 18th on WRFI news.  Photo:

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Charge NY Brings Electric Vehicle Initiatives to Tompkins County [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff

WRFI spoke to Adam Ruder, the Clean Transportation Manager at NYSERDA. We talked about the Charge NY program, which is a collaboration between NYSERDA, the New York Power Authority, and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to increase clean transportation in New York, specifically electric vehicle use. This originally aired on Monday, July 16th…

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PACE Energy Program Revamps for 2018 [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff

In 2015, Tompkins county adopted the Sustainable Energy Loan Program which has provided Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE financing for local energy-related improvement projects. The financing program helps commercial and non-profit building owners reduce operating costs and increase the value of their properties through clean energy improvements. The Legislature has scheduled a public hearing…

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Daily Features & Interviews From Our Community

Mike Hall, Airport Director of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | May 23, 2018

Mike Hall, Airport Director of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, talks about the planned expansion of the facility. He provides details about why and how it will become an international airport. Hall also discusses the proposal for the regional State Department of Transportation to move from its current location to the airport. This interview, produced…

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Tompkins County Legislators Talk about Planned Upgrades to Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport [Audio]

By WRFI News Staff | May 16, 2018

Tompkins County Legislators Deborah Dawson of the 10th district, and Shawna Black of the 11th district, discuss the expansion of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. They also talk about the possible effects on the economy of the regional economy. This interview was conducted by Esther Racoosin and originally aired during the May 16th, 2018 edition…

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ICSD School Board Candidate Interview: Lori LaBonte [AUDIO}

By WRFI News Staff | May 9, 2018

WRFI Community Radio News and Your Morning spoke to each of the six candidates running for the three open seats on the Ithaca City School District School Board.  Lori LaBonte is one of those candidates. The order of interviews was organized on a first come, first served basis between WRFI Community Radio News and Your…

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Barstander Training for DJs Seeks a Safer Nightlife Scene in Ithaca

By WRFI News Staff | May 4, 2018

Local DJ Ben Ortiz (DJ ha-MEEN) of Ithaca DJ Festival and the Tompkins County Advocacy Center have joined forces to create a safer, more inclusive nightlife scene. Their mission starts and ends with activating local leaders, citizens, and talents to act as bystanders, working to fight sexual assault and harassment across the local nightlife scene.…

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Highbrow for May 3, 2018

By WRFI News Staff | May 3, 2018

This calendar of arts and music for the weekend aired on Thursday, May 3, 2018 on WRFI Community Radio News. Image: Wikicommons

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Feeding Tompkins Part 8: Solutions, Policy, and Progress in Food Security

By WRFI News Staff | April 27, 2018

This is Part 8 of Feeding Tompkins, an in-depth look at food insecurity in Tompkins County and a collaborative project between WRFI News, the Ithaca College Park Scholar Program, The Ithaca Voice, and Hot Potato Press. This article was written by Kelsey O’Connor, of The Ithaca Voice. ITHACA, N.Y. – On Thursday’s gray morning, Friendship…

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