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Local News: September 20, 2023

– Tick-borne illnesses double in Tompkins County – Tick-borne illnesses are on the rise in our region and across the country. According to The Ithaca Voice, the number of cases of Lyme disease in Tompkins County has doubled in the past year. Part of the reason is milder winters because of climate change. Ticks, especially deer ticks survive in warmer winters. However, researchers say there’s no one cause for the recent rise in illnesses and it may take a few more years for them to understand all the reasons for the increase in tick-caused diseases. – Interlaken takes public stance against landfill expansion – The Village of Interlaken Board voted unanimously at its…

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LISTEN: Memories of Lost Cat, Gavin Mahoney

By Celia Clarke

The Ithaca artist known as Lost Cat died in April. His name was Gavin Mahoney and he was 55. Mahoney was best known for the many stick cat figures he painted around the city. Shortly after his death friends, admirers, and fellow artists put on a memorial art exhibition. And in July, a sculpture was installed downtown in his memory. I spoke with a few of his friends at both events. Here’s some of what they said about Mahoney’s life and how they will remember him.

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LISTEN: Interview with Dareth Glance, New York Department of Environmental Conservation Director, Region 7

By Celia Clarke

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation divides the state into nine regions. Dereth Glance is the new Region 7 Director. It covers Onondaga, Tompkins, Cortland, Chenango, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, Tioga, and Broome counties. Glance most recently oversaw the DEC Environmental Remediation, Materials Management, and Mineral Resources divisions. Before joining the DEC, she served…

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CREATIVES: Quintron and Miss Pussycat [AUDIO]

By Felix Teitelbaum

Felix Teitelbaum interviews New Orleans-based artists Quintron and Missy Pussycat on August 24, 2023. They’ll be appearing in Ithaca at the Cherry Arts, Sept. 11. The show is a benefit for WRFI. You can learn more about the duo and get tickets to the show here.

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This Week on The Scene: Desiree LeClercq on the Battle for Workplace Democracy at Starbucks

By Chantal Thomas

In this week’s episode of The Scene, international labor law expert Desiree LeClercq breaks down the 2023 National Labor Relations Board proceeding that held three Ithaca store closures by Starbucks to be in violation of federal protections for organizing workers, and discusses the larger contexts in national and international worker rights.

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Coronavirus Update, March 27, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | March 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, March 27, 2020

New York now has over 44,000 of coronavirus cases state-wide, according to New York Governor Cuomo. There is one confirmed case of the virus in Schuyler County, according to county officials. In Tompkins County, there are 48 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Tompkins County Health Department says nearly 1200 COVID-19 tests have been administered locally,…

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Coronavirus Update, March 26, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | March 26, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, March 26, 2020

New York State’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases has reached over 37,000, according to the state department of health. According to the Governor, New York is doing more tests — now up to 18,650 tests per day. A quarter of all tests in the country have reportedly been done in New York. As of…

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Coronavirus Update, March 25, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | March 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, March 25, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department has announced a confirmed COVID-19 case in a food worker in Ithaca. The individual worked two shifts at Mango Mango Dessert, located at 159 Dryden Rd., in Ithaca. The health department is asking that if you ate at Mango Mango Dessert Saturday, March 14 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM…

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Coronavirus Update, March 23, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | March 23, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, March 23, 2020

In a press conference Monday morning, Governor Cuomo announced that he will sign an emergency order that hospitals must double their bed capacity to account for the number of people who will need treatment for COVID-19, reports the Times Union. New York state now has over 20,000 cases of the novel coronavirus as of this…

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