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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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FEATURE: Freedom of Expression at Cornell

By Celia Clarke

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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Songs Dex Romweber Taught Us – The Rocket Morton Show

By Felix Teitelbaum

Dex Romweber (left) and sister Sara Romweber with Rocket Morton 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,…

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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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An Interview with Anti-Drone Activist Mary Anne Grady Flores – July 25th, 2014

By WRFI News Staff | July 25, 2014 | Comments Off on An Interview with Anti-Drone Activist Mary Anne Grady Flores – July 25th, 2014

Ithaca peace activist Mary Anne Grady Flores was released from the Jamesville Correctional Facility last week — just one week after DeWitt Town Court Judge David Gideon sentenced her to a year behind bars for her drone protest activities outside the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse. The decision to release Grady Flores…

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Developing a bike sharing program for Ithaca – July 24th, 2014

By WRFI News Staff | July 24, 2014 | Comments Off on Developing a bike sharing program for Ithaca – July 24th, 2014

Samuel Whitehead talks with the Ithaca Times’ Michael Nocella about the group trying to bring a city-wide bike sharing program to Ithaca.   This conversation originally aired on the July 24th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.

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Developing a new local currency for Ithaca – July 21st, 2014

By WRFI News Staff | July 21, 2014 | Comments Off on Developing a new local currency for Ithaca – July 21st, 2014

Samuel Whitehead talks with Ithacash founder Scott Morris about his work to bring a new local currency to the Ithaca area.   This interview originally aired on the July 21st, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.

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Bringing small dogs from LA to Ithaca – July 17th, 2014

By WRFI News Staff | July 17, 2014 | Comments Off on Bringing small dogs from LA to Ithaca – July 17th, 2014

Samuel Whitehead talks with Jim Bouderau, Executive Director of the SPCA of Tompkins County, about the group’s efforts to bring dogs to Ithaca from LA to help other shelters make the transition to becoming no-kill.   This conversation originally aired on the July 17th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.

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