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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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Using citizen science to study the world – July 9th, 2014

By WRFI News Staff | July 9, 2014 | Comments Off on Using citizen science to study the world – July 9th, 2014

Lori Sonken talks with Caren Cooper of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology about the citizen science movement and how it draws on observers all over the world. This interview originally aired on the July 9th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio news.

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Revising Ithaca’s snow-season parking rules – July 7th, 2014

By WRFI News Staff | July 7, 2014 | Comments Off on Revising Ithaca’s snow-season parking rules – July 7th, 2014

Samuel Whitehead talks with Kevin Sutherland, the City of Ithaca’s Chief of Staff, about the city’s effort to update it’s current snow-season parking rules. This interview originally aired on the July 7th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.

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Ithaca develops a new comprehensive plan – July 3rd, 2014

By WRFI News Staff | July 3, 2014 | Comments Off on Ithaca develops a new comprehensive plan – July 3rd, 2014

Samuel Whitehead talks with Kirby Edmonds and David Kay of the City of Ithaca’s Comprehensive Plan Committee about their efforts to develop an updated blueprint for the city’s future. This interview originally aired on the July 3rd, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.

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Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes – Joe Sammons – July 3rd, 2014

By WRFI News Staff | July 3, 2014 | Comments Off on Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes – Joe Sammons – July 3rd, 2014

Lori Sonken talks with CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes Joe Sammons about the organization’s new clinic in Ithaca and the services they offer from Ithaca to Hornell. This interview originally aired on the July 3rd, 2014 broadcast of WRFI Community Radio News.

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