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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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Local News: February 7, 2024

By Celia Clarke | February 7, 2024 | Comments Off on Local News: February 7, 2024

– Tompkins County legislature rejects ceasefire resolution – By a one-vote margin, the Tompkins County legislature rejected a resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. The Ithaca Voice reports legislature heard hours of public comments mostly supporting the resolution. The vote was 7-6 in favor of the resolution but it needed 8 votes…

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Local News: February 5, 2024

By Celia Clarke | February 5, 2024 | Comments Off on Local News: February 5, 2024

–  Tioga County issues alert after cluster of heroin overdoses – Tioga County health officials are alerting people after a recent cluster of heroin overdoses that took place in three days last week. Officials say no one died. Kylie Holochak is senior educator with the county’s health department. She said Naloxone, also called Narcan was…

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Local News: February 2, 2024

By Celia Clarke | February 2, 2024 | Comments Off on Local News: February 2, 2024

– New data dashboard tracks Tompkins County sheriff mental health unit efforts – Tompkins County launched a new dashboard to share data about the pilot project between the sheriff’s department and Tompkins Whole Health. The Ithaca Voice reports the project pairs a sheriff’s deputy with a mental health professional to respond to 911 calls where…

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

By Celia Clarke | February 1, 2024 | Comments Off on The value of rural libraries: A look inside Odessa’s public library

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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