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Local News: February 26, 2024

– Tompkins County property values go up almost 20% – Tompkins County has started mailing out this year’s property assessment values. Property values in Tompkins County are up an average of almost 20%. The Ithaca Voice reports the increase is due to rising sales prices. Between 2020 and 2023 the average residential property prices in the county have gone up about 28%. The deadline to appeal an assessment is April 12. – Cornell among universities to receive unsubstantiated emailed threats  – Cornell, Dartmouth, and the University of Pennsylvania received unsubstantiated threats by email. The Cornell Daily Sun reports university public safety officials described the threats as “especially hurtful toward “Jewish, Israeli, Palestinian, Arab…

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Songs Dex Romweber Taught Us – The Rocket Morton Show

By Felix Teitelbaum

Chapel Hill-based rockabilly and blues guitarist Dexter Romweber passed away on February 16, 2024 at the age of 57. Romweber influenced, inspired, and touched the lives of many-including WRFI’s own Rocket Morton. Part one of Rocket’s tribute to Dex and his influences aired on Friday, February 23, 2024. Tune in on Friday, March 1, 2024…

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FEATURE: Governor’s budget plan could cost rural schools millions of dollars in state aid

By Celia Clarke

Rural school districts across New York face a significant loss in state funding this year. Governor Hochul’s 2024 executive budget proposal would change the allocation of “foundation aid”. That’s the money the state gives each school district to close the gap between what a community can afford to pay and what is needed to provide…

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The value of rural libraries: A look inside Odessa’s public library

By Celia Clarke

Public libraries have been in the news a lot over the past few years. There have been calls to ban books, pull funding, or cancel certain events. But not all events or books are controversial and not all libraries are dealing with efforts to censor their collections. Odessa Library in Schuyler County is that kind…

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CREATIVES: Natalia Khoma and Volodymyr Vynnytsky of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

By Felix Teitelbaum

WRFI’s Felix Teitelbaum and Dr. Deborah Justice of the Cornell Concert Series speak with cellist Natalia Khoma and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine about the power of music in times of turmoil and about the orchestra’s upcoming performance at Cornell (February 10, 2024 at 3pm). More at

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Coronavirus Update, October 15, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | October 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, October 15, 2020

Three workers at the US Postal Service facility on Warren Road in Ithaca have tested positive for COVID-19, the Ithaca Voice reports. Desai Abdul-Razzaaq, the US Postal service strategic communications coordinator for Western New York and Central Pennsylvania districts, confirmed the news Wednesday morning. The Tompkins County Health Department stated that it would not be…

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Coronavirus Update, October 14, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | October 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, October 14, 2020

Kendal at Ithaca, a retirement community near Triphammer marketplace, has reported 4 new positive cases of COVID-19, according to the Ithaca Voice.  The new positive cases were revealed to be three health center staff members and one resident. All of them spent extended amounts of time in the health center. Kendal announced on Facebook that…

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Coronavirus Update, October 13, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | October 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, October 13, 2020

There is concern that funding for two community outreach workers in downtown Ithaca might be threatened due to economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ithaca Times reports that during a Downtown Ithaca Alliance meeting last month, there was a discussion about the possibility that Tompkins County might not make its yearly contribution for the…

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Coronavirus Update, October 12, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | October 12, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, October 12, 2020

The first death of a Tompkins County resident due to complications from COVID-19 occurred on Monday, according to the County Health Department.  A press release from the county notes that the individual was an elderly hospitalized patient, who was admitted to Cayuga Medical Center on Monday October 6th. Prior to this patient, two other individuals…

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