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Creatives on WRFI: Jeb Puryear on the 30th Annual Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival

By Felix Teitelbaum

Felix Teitelbaum interviews Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival co-founder Jeb Puryear on July 11, 2022 ahead of the festival’s 30th annual kick off at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds.

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Creatives on WRFI: Cabaret at the Hangar Theatre

By Eve Chaneles

Stevie Eve Chaneles speaks with cast members of the Hangar Theatre’s production of Cabaret.

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WRFI’s The Scene interviews reproductive rights expert Rachel Rebouché about the post-Roe landscape

By Chantal Thomas

On this week’s episode of The Scene, host Chantal Thomas interviews Rachel Rebouché about the potential for interstate conflict following the Supreme Court’s decision last week in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade. Read Rachel Rebouché’s article, The New Abortion Battleground (co-authored with David Cohen and Greer Donley), here. The Scene also…

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Local News for Tuesday, February 7, 2023

By Lucas Santiago | February 7, 2023

Zeldin Hints at Potential Senate Run Against Senator Gillibrand On Monday, Republican Lee Zeldin, declined to rule out a potential senate seat bid against Senator Kristin Gillibrand. Zeldin, a former New York State Senator and Congressman, narrowly lost the New York’s gubernatorial race to Kathy Hochul in November. According to the Times Union, he appeared…

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Local News for Monday, February 6, 2023

By Lucas Santiago | February 6, 2023

Governor Hochul Faces New Obstacles for Proposed State Bail Reforms Governor Hochul is facing pushback from progressives and public defenders against her proposed reforms to state bail laws. At the same time, she’s contending with pressure from Republicans and prosecutors over perceived increases in crime. According to the Times Union, Hochul’s proposed changes would remove…

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Local News for Friday, February 3, 2023

By Felix Teitelbaum | February 3, 2023

Ithaca Fifth Ward Gets New Alderperson Residents of Ithaca’s Fifth Ward have a new representative on the Common Council. Kris Haines-Sharp was unanimously approved by the Council during a Wednesday meeting. She fills the position left vacant when Mayor Laura Lewis officially took office last December. The Ithaca Voice reports that seven candidates applied to…

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Local News for Thursday, February 2, 2023

By Felix Teitelbaum | February 2, 2023

Newfield Board Chair Asked to Resign The chair of the Newfield school board was asked to resign during a January 19th meeting. The Ithaca Times reports that board member Melissa Rynone accused board chair Christina Ward of violating policies on communication outside of board meetings. The accusation involves emails and other communications from the chair…

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Local News for Wednesday, February 1, 2023

By Felix Teitelbaum | February 1, 2023

Ithaca Rents Ninth Highest in Country  According to the rental real estate listing service Dwellsy, Ithaca has the highest rent of any small city in the US. The study shows that the average price to rent a one bedroom in Ithaca was $1908 per month in 2022 up 4.5% over 2021. Only eight cities in…

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Local News for Tuesday, January 31, 2023

By Lucas Santiago | January 31, 2023

Tompkins County Hiring Homeless Services Coordinator In its effort to address homelessness, Tompkins County is hiring a Homeless Services Coordinator. A 2022 study reported that the county has the third highest rate of homelessness in the state. It also pointed to slow progress toward the county’s goal of adding 100 beds of supportive housing. The…

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