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Local News: December 18, 2023

– Flood Warning in effect until midnight – The National Weather Service in Binghamton issued a flood warning on Monday morning. It’s in effect until midnight. They warn that runoff from excessive rainfall may cause flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Affected areas include Tompkins, Steuben, Schuyler, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, and Cortland counties, and parts of northeast Pennsylvania. If you live in a flood-prone area the weather service urges you to monitor forecasts, check for flood alerts, and be prepared if flooding develops. If you are driving and encounter a flooded road you should turn around. – Corning Police Department warns of phone scammers posing as law enforcement…

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Songs Dex Romweber Taught Us – The Rocket Morton Show

By Felix Teitelbaum

Chapel Hill-based rockabilly and blues guitarist Dexter Romweber passed away on February 16, 2024 at the age of 57. Romweber influenced, inspired, and touched the lives of many-including WRFI’s own Rocket Morton. Part one of Rocket’s tribute to Dex and his influences aired on Friday, February 23, 2024. Tune in on Friday, March 1, 2024…

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

By Celia Clarke

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 to close the gap between what a community can afford to pay and what is needed to provide…

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

By Celia Clarke

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 all libraries are dealing with efforts to censor their collections. Odessa Library in Schuyler County is that kind…

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CREATIVES: Natalia Khoma and Volodymyr Vynnytsky of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

By Felix Teitelbaum

WRFI’s Felix Teitelbaum and Dr. Deborah Justice of the Cornell Concert Series speak with cellist Natalia Khoma and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine about the power of music in times of turmoil and about the orchestra’s upcoming performance at Cornell (February 10, 2024 at 3pm). More at

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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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Local News: February 21, 2024

By Celia Clarke | February 21, 2024 | Comments Off on Local News: February 21, 2024

Cornell’s academic theme for the 2023-24 school year is freedom of expression. The outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas happened shortly after the school year began. The University’s support of student and faculty freedom of expression has been tested by on- and off-campus protests and in some cases, social media posts. One student is…

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Local News: February 20, 2024

By Celia Clarke | February 20, 2024 | Comments Off on Local News: February 20, 2024

– New federal flood maps begin municipal review process – Municipalities in Tompkins County have until May 1 to appeal mistakes in the new FEMA flood maps. The Ithaca Voice reports appeals can only be made about errors in the maps and not disagreements about it. The maps indicate the risk of flooding for individual…

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