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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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Ithaca Attorney Sujata Gibson discusses her candidacy for NY Assembly 125th District [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | March 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Ithaca Attorney Sujata Gibson discusses her candidacy for NY Assembly 125th District [AUDIO]

Barbara Lifton, Assemblywoman for Ithaca and the 125th district announced on Friday January 31st that she will not be seeking re-election for a tenth term. Ithaca Attorney Sujata Gibson is one of seven democrats who have thrown their hat into the ring to take Lifton’s seat. Gibson joined WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt on Your…

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Coronavirus Update, March 17, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | March 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, March 17, 2020

It was announced today that Ithaca College will be switching to remote instruction through the end of the semester, according to a message from President Shirley Collado. The school had planned to originally start up classes again on Monday, April 6th. Additionally, Ithaca College has set August 1st as the new target date for commencement.…

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Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall – March 16, 2020 [AUDIO]

By Felix Teitelbaum | March 16, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall – March 16, 2020 [AUDIO]

On Monday, March 16 from 6-7pm WRFI held a virtual town hall meeting on the air and online. The program, our first ever call public call-in show, saw overwhelming interest from the community. The show broke the internet – or at least maxed out our our web-stream capacity. Luckily, you can listen to the whole…

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WRFI DJ Checks in from New Rochelle COVID-19 Containment Zone [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | March 16, 2020 | Comments Off on WRFI DJ Checks in from New Rochelle COVID-19 Containment Zone [AUDIO]

WRFI’s Michayla Savitt checks in with WRFI DJ Joe Romano of The Joe Show. He resides in the coronavirus containment zone in New Rochelle.  

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