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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 www.cornellconcertseries.com

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Coronavirus Update, July 10, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | July 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, July 10, 2020

There are 3 new cases of COVID-19 as of today in Tompkins County, 167 of 172 people infected with the virus in Tompkins County have recovered, according to the County Health department. According to Tompkins Public Health Director Frank Kruppa, the new positive COVID-19 cases are related to Fourth of July social gatherings and out-of-state…

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Local Social Justice Organizations Co-Sponsor “Defund the Ithaca Police Department” Car and Bike Rally [AUDIO]

By Esther Racoosin | July 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Local Social Justice Organizations Co-Sponsor “Defund the Ithaca Police Department” Car and Bike Rally [AUDIO]

David Foote, Chair of the Ithaca chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, talks about the upcoming car and bike rally, called, “Defund the Ithaca Police Department!” It is taking place Saturday, July 11th from 2 to 5 pm. The rally is co-sponsored by Ithaca Democratic Socialists of America, Ithaca Sciencenter Workers Union, Tompkins County…

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Coronavirus Update, July 9, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | July 9, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, July 9, 2020

NASCAR has announced that they will not be racing at Watkins Glen International this year. Instead of Watkins Glen, NASCAR will race at the Daytona Road Course. Fingerlakes1 reports that the announcement comes after New York State released guidance last week on professional sporting events that made it impossible for crowds to attend in person.…

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A Very Socially Distanced Wedding [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | July 9, 2020 | Comments Off on A Very Socially Distanced Wedding [AUDIO]

WRFI News Intern Tessie Devlin has the story of a young couple that turned their wedding, postponed due to the pandemic, into a very different — but memorable — occasion. Music was used from BlueDotSessions.

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