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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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WINO, Watkins Glen is Off the Air

By Felix Teitelbaum

We’re sorry to announce to our Watkins Glen listeners that we have gone off the air on 91.9FM as of Friday, November 10. This change will not affect our signals at 88.1FM in Ithaca, or 89.7FM across the Southern Finger Lakes. Nor will it affect our webstream heard here at WRFI.ORG. In fact many Watkins…

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ELECTION FEATURE: Ithaca Common Council Ward 5 Candidate Jason Houghton

By Celia Clarke

WRFI Community Radio and The Ithaca Voice are bringing you conversations with candidates in the contested Ithaca Common Council races and the mayoral race. Tonight Matt Butler interviews Ward 5 candidate Jason Houghton. Houghton is running on the Ithacans for Progress ballot line. His opponent is Clyde Lederman, running on the Democratic Party and Working…

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ELECTION FEATURE: Ithaca Common Council Ward 3 Candidates

By Celia Clarke

WRFI Community Radio and The Ithaca Voice are bringing you conversations with candidates in the contested Ithaca Common Council races and the mayoral race. I’m Celia Clarke, with Matt Butler Editor-in-Chief of The Ithaca Voice. Today, Ward 3 candidates Pat Sewell and Pierre Saint-Perez. Saint-Perez is the Democratic Party candidate.  Sewell is an Independent running…

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ELECTION FEATURE: Ithaca Common Council Ward 1 Candidates

By Celia Clarke

WRFI Community Radio and The Ithaca Voice are bringing you conversations with candidates in the three contested Ithaca Common Council and the mayoral races. Matt Butler, Editor-in-Chief of The Ithaca Voice questions Ward 1 candidates.  In the first half of the hour, you’ll hear from Phoebe Brown and Zach Winn who are running for a…

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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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