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Local News: March 1, 2024

– Recent rise in overdose concerns Tompkins County officials – There have been five overdose deaths in Tompkins County since February 18. That brings the total this year to six. The Ithaca Voice reports that’s more than occurred over the same period last year. There’s been a steady increase in overdose deaths in the county since 2019. Ithaca Police Chief Thomas Kelly says the mix of fentanyl or xylazine with other substances may be the cause of the recent deaths. A list of some resources is in the Ithaca Voice article linked on our website WRFI dot org slash news. Broome and Tioga counties reported overdose spikes earlier this month. They did not…

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Livable Wage Working Group: Livable Wage for Contracted Workers “beyond the County’s immediate reach.”

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The group reviewing Tompkins County‘s Livable Wage policy says that it’s still too expensive to pay a living wage to all of Tompkins County’s Contracted workers. The working group’s report indicates that quote, “the cost to bring all contracted employees to the living wage is estimated to range from $1 to $2 million, the equivalent…

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Flooding Reported in Tompkins County Thursday Night

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Last night’s storms caused serious flooding on Tompkins county‘s roads, and more rain is expected to follow into the weekend. WCHU radio reported that last night, several people were trapped on top of their cars after a wal-mart parking lot flooded in Cortlandville. A bridge near Harvey hill Road in Enfield was washed out, and…

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Pew Research Poll: 68 percent of Americans support media’s watchdog role, up 10% from 2011; newspapers decline as major news source; internet news sleuths more skeptical of traditionally dominant media

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A new poll from the Pew Research center released today indicates that 68 percent of Americans say press criticism of political leaders keeps them from doing things that should not be done, while just 21 percent say press criticism keeps leaders from doing their job.  Support for the media’s watchdog role has risen 10 points…

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Earthjustice Commisioned Analysis says Schuyler County LPG Storage Facility Impact Statement “insufficient” to reach conclusion about economic effects

By WRFI News Staff

An independent analysis of the economic impact of the proposed Gas Storage Facility in Schuyler County says that the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement submitted by Finger Lakes LPG Storage LLC is quote, “insufficient to reach a conclusion regarding the net economic impact on the region.” Earthjustice commissioned Jannette M. Barth of the Pepacton Institute…

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Local News: March 1, 2024

By Celia Clarke | March 1, 2024 | Comments Off on Local News: March 1, 2024

– Recent rise in overdose concerns Tompkins County officials – There have been five overdose deaths in Tompkins County since February 18. That brings the total this year to six. The Ithaca Voice reports that’s more than occurred over the same period last year. There’s been a steady increase in overdose deaths in the county…

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FEATURE: Freedom of Expression at Cornell

By Celia Clarke | February 29, 2024 | Comments Off on FEATURE: Freedom of Expression at Cornell

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 has become a divisive issue.  The theme was announced last April months before war broke out between Israel…

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Local News: February 29, 2024

By Celia Clarke | February 29, 2024 | Comments Off on Local News: February 29, 2024

Ithaca College president, La Jerne Terry Cornish says the college’s enrollment is rebounding from the significant drop it experienced during COVID lockdowns. She spoke at the Ithaca Rotary Club luncheon on Thursday. “In 2019, the first year class including transfers was 1506, and 2020, but COVID year, the first year class was 995.” she said.…

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Local News: February 28, 2024

By Celia Clarke | February 28, 2024 | Comments Off on Local News: February 28, 2024

– Tompkins County Alcohol and Drug Council will stop addiction treatment services –The Tompkins County Alcohol and Drug Council will end its patient services and lay off most of its staff.  The Ithaca Voice reports the Council has struggled to hire qualified nurses to staff its new 40-bed detox center. The Council is gradually ending…

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