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Local nonprofit Rejoice the Vote announces art contest winners

Votes have been cast but the results of the 2020 elections still being challenged. We're ready, though, to congratulate some real winners: the winners of the Rejoice the Vote art contest: Zoriana, Yi Nan, and Charlie Sue. This contest challenged young artists to create work that inspires people, especially young people, and reminds them that their vote is a powerful tool despite efforts at suppression; promotes the movement to lower the legal voting age to sixteen; and highlights youth activists (historical or contemporary) who fought and continue to fight for voting rights, especially for our youngest citizens.

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WRFI News Reboots After Seven Years – Submit Your Feedback

By Felix Teitelbaum

Since its inception, WRFI News has overwhelmingly been an effort by scores of dedicated volunteers, and since 2017, the team has been lead by a series of part-time News Directors. In addition to the bedrock of local reporting the team has provided, the department has won awards and sent members on to further their careers…

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COVID and Vaccine Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, January 6, 4-5pm

By Felix Teitelbaum

Join Tompkins County Officials and Cayuga Health System CEO Dr. Martin Stallone for a virtual COVID-19 Town Hall on Wednesday, January 6 at 4:00pm. The meeting will be broadcast on WRFI and streamed live to YouTube. Members of the public can submit questions for the panelists by emailing Dominick Recckio, Tompkins County Communications Director at drecckio@tompkins-co.org,…

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Help WRFI Get a Strong Start for 2021

By Felix Teitelbaum

2020 has been a rough year, and your small but mighty community station has been here with with you every step of the way. Please join our year-end campaign and help us raise $17,000 so we can take on 2021. Every little bit helps deliver more great local programming emphasizing inclusion, justice, and truth. When…

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We're really feeling the love! Thanks to your help, we reached our goal and raised over $17,000 during December!  Together we're ready to take on the challenges of 2021!

Of course, it's never too late to give, head over to our donation page anytime.

Thank you, again.

2021-THANKS

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Coronavirus Update, January 19, 2021

By WRFI News Staff | January 19, 2021

The Tompkins County Health Department is reporting another potential public exposure to COVID-19. This time, the positive case was detected in a person who rode TCAT bus number 32 on Friday, January 15th.  The individual boarded the TCAT bus around 1:50 pm at Gaslight Village Apartments and left the bus at Seneca Street Station at…

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WRFI News Reboots After Seven Years – Submit Your Feedback

By Felix Teitelbaum | January 18, 2021

Since its inception, WRFI News has overwhelmingly been an effort by scores of dedicated volunteers, and since 2017, the team has been lead by a series of part-time News Directors. In addition to the bedrock of local reporting the team has provided, the department has won awards and sent members on to further their careers…

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GIAC’s Leslyn McBean-Clairborne reflects on annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast

By Peter Champelli | January 18, 2021

CHAMPELLI: It’s Martin Luther King Junior day – and this past Saturday, the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, or GIAC, held their annual Breakfast event commemorating the civil rights leader. CHAMPELLI: Thanks so much for making time to talk with me today. MCBEAN-CLAIRBORNE: Thank you, you know it’s important to me because it’s Sunday football and…

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Coronavirus Update, January 14, 2021

By WRFI News Staff | January 14, 2021

In Tompkins County, the number of hospitalizations due to complications from the virus had a staggering drop of 20 between Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing the total down to 9 as of last night.  According to the Tompkins County health department, at the time of our 6 p.m. broadcast there are 269 active cases of COVID-19.…

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Cayuga Bird Club Members Participate in the 2021 Christmas Bird Count

By Esther Racoosin | January 13, 2021

Members of the local Cayuga Bird Club started out the New Year in an energetic and optimistic fashion by participating in a long-standing local tradition, the annual Christmas Bird count. This citizen science project is sponsored by Audubon. WRFI News Contributor Esther Racoosin speaks with Paul Anderson, past President of the Cayuga Bird Club, about…

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Coronavirus Update, January 13, 2021

By WRFI News Staff | January 13, 2021

First, a look at the local COVID-19 caseload: the number of hospitalizations in Tompkins due to complications from the virus are at 29.  Sadly there was one death from the virus reported yesterday.According to the Tompkins County health department, as of the time of our 6 p.m. broadcast there are 266 active cases of COVID-19.…

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