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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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Mother Jones at the Izzy Awards on 4/17

By katrina

Tune in to WRFI at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 4/17, for a special live broadcast of the 2013 Izzy Awards from Ithaca College’s Park Center for Independent Media.  This year’s winner is nonprofit news organization Mother Jones.  Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn, publisher Steve Katz, and environmental reporter Kate Sheppard (IC Park School of Communications alumna)…

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A big thank you to our supporters

By katrina

WRFI Community Radio is on the air thanks to the support of our listeners, like Anne Posel, Nancy Norton, Susan Smith, Brian Bartholomew and Louise Yavelow, who gave in honor of our very own Morning Show!  To learn how you can join them in keeping our local independent community radio station on the air, go…

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Understanding To Overcome

By katrina

WRFI Community Radio is proud to be a community partner of Understand to Overcome, an all-community viewing of the film RACE: The Power of an Illusion.  The first episode will air at the State Theater in Ithaca tonight!  Visit their website at U2O.org for more information.

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Hello world indeed!

By katrina

Welcome to the new WRFI Community Radio website.  You can see our schedule and listen live to our online stream (click Listen in the menu).  In the next weeks and months we’ll be adding more information to the site, as well as adding new local shows to our program schedule, so check back in often.…

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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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