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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 Walter Hang from Toxics Targeting – July 15th, 2014

By WRFI News Staff | July 15, 2014 | Comments Off on An Interview with Walter Hang from Toxics Targeting – July 15th, 2014

WRFI Producer Maya Cueva interviews Walter Hang from Toxics Targeting on efforts to change the draft of Governor Cuomo’s Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement. This interview originally aired on the July 15th edition of WRFI Community Radio News.

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Bringing Shakespeare to the Arboretum – July 14th, 2014

By WRFI News Staff | July 14, 2014 | Comments Off on Bringing Shakespeare to the Arboretum – July 14th, 2014

Samuel Whitehead talks with Michael Donato of the Ithaca Shakespeare Company about bringing the work of he Bard to the green setting of the Cornell Plantations Arboretum. t This conversation originally aired on the July 14th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.

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Local peace activist Mary Anne Grady Flores Sentencing – July 11th, 2014

By WRFI News Staff | July 11, 2014 | Comments Off on Local peace activist Mary Anne Grady Flores Sentencing – July 11th, 2014

Local activist Mary Anne Grady Flores was sentenced to one year in jail for for violating an order of protection requiring her to stay away from Colonel Earl Evans, a man she never met until her trial this past January. An Ithaca resident, Grady Flores was also ordered to pay $1,255 in court fines. The…

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Ithaca’s Common Council OKs PUDs – July 10th, 2014

By admin | July 10, 2014 | Comments Off on Ithaca’s Common Council OKs PUDs – July 10th, 2014

Samuel Whitehead talks with the Ithaca Times’ Michael Nocella about the Ithaca Common Council’s approval of planned unit developments–otherwise known as PUDs. This conversation originally aired on the July 10th, 2014 interview of WRFI Community Radio News.

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