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Early taste of Spring for the Finger Lakes this week

The Finger Lakes has escaped the icy grip of winter. Along with most of the eastern half of the country, temperatures will continue to be well above normal. High pressure is approaching the area from the northwest for the start of the week. Some cooler air has slid into the Finger Lakes on north winds as the high works in.... more

Ithaca firefighters respond to TCAT fire early Monday morning

A fire in a heating unit at Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit filled the building with smoke Monday morning in the City of Ithaca. An Ithaca Police Officer on patrol in the area called into Tompkins County 911 around 4:45 a.m. stating that there was smoke coming from the building at 737 Willow Ave. When firefighters arrived minutes later the building... more

Manure spill impacts Salmon Creek and Cayuga Lake; municipal water supplies not affected around Ithaca

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Tompkins County Health Department officials are responding to a manure spill that is currently impacting Salmon Creek and Cayuga Lake. As a result of a structural issue with a satellite manure storage lagoon at Sunnyside Farm, emergency applications of manure were made to fields beginning Thursday, February 16th. Rapidly warming... more

It’s complicated: How INHS plans to pay for massive multi-million dollar renovations

At first read, this article might be confusing. Non-profit housing landlord and developer Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) is refinancing its properties in order to pay for long-needed renovations. How it plans on doing that, is a little complicated. First, the easy part. INHS owns 98 units in 44 buildings spread throughout the city of Ithaca, mostly small apartment buildings... more

PETITION: Reducing visitation at 17 maximum security prisons labeled ‘cruel’

A petition has been signed by more than 2,100 people opposing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to reduce visitation at New York’s 17 maximum security correctional facilities. As of Saturday afternoon, there are 2,102 supporters of the petition titled “Don’t Restrict Visits in NYS Prisons!” The petition calls the governor’s plan to alter the visitation policy “regressive, counterproductive and cruel.” –... more

Regional GOP representatives ‘on notice’ after continued protests

Congressman Tom Reed said in a Fox News interview he didn’t know why protesters gathered at his Ithaca office on Valentine’s Day for a 24-hour sit-in, despite numerous public statements, through traditional media outlets and on social media, about their intentions. “I don’t know what they are protesting other than they are taking over the office,” Reed said in the... more

Seniors lead, Sweany follows as Big Red wrestlers upset #4 Ohio State

Senior Brian Realbuto beat top-ranked Bo Jordan at 174 pounds and No. 1 Gabe Dean defeated defending NCAA champion Myles Martin at 184, but it was sophomore Jeramy Sweany’s victory at heavyweight that lifted Cornell to a 19-18 upset win over No. 4 Ohio State on Sunday afternoon. The eighth-ranked Big Red closed its regular season with a 13-2 record... more

POWERBALL: Winning numbers for Saturday’s $361M jackpot?

Saturday’s Powerball drawing offered yet another chance at a really big lottery jackpot. If you’re feeling lucky, let’s hope you bought a ticket. Here are the winning numbers: 03-07-09-31-33, Powerball: 20, PowerPlay: 3X The estimated jackpot is $361 million. The lump sum payment before taxes will be about $213 million. If there is no jackpot winner, the amount grows even... more

Ithaca Walmart shooter has complicated history

The Ithaca man accused of fatally shooting a UPS driver at a Walmart parking lot had a lengthy history with law enforcement, despite the fact that he worked as a master social worker from September 2008 until May 2016 at St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Massena. According to reporting by the Ithaca Voice, “he attacked a man in Lansing, had... more

FLX will see February thaw over next week

It might feel more like mid-spring in the Finger Lakes this weekend, as temperatures rise into the 50s on Saturday before cooling down slightly on Sunday. The cool down will still leave temperatures about 10 degrees above normal for most of the region. However, a more pro-longed warmup is expected next week. Here is FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil’s forecast... more

Cornell Big Red clinch bye with wild 3-3 tie

Whether it’s a point gained or a point lost depends on the perspective, but the one certainty from the Cornell men’s hockey team’s 3-3 deadlock with Clarkson on Saturday night is that it wasn’t dull. Sophomore forward Mitch Vanderlaan and sophomore defenseman Matt Nuttle scored goals in the final half of the third period to give the Big Red a... more

Moravia boys knock off Newfield for IAC Small School title

Tired of watching his team’s 16-point lead shrink to single digits in the fourth quarter, Moravia’s Jordan Crossgrove took the matter into his own hands Friday night. The senior guard scored 11 points, hitting five shots from the field, in the fourth quarter as the Blue Devils held off a late comeback by Newfield in a 55-49 victory for the... more

New York lawmakers propose program for crumbling water pipes

Small upstate New York communities faced with dilapidated wooden pipes rumored to be more than 100 years old need state money to repair water system infrastructure on the verge of collapse, a group of lawmakers said Thursday. A bipartisan group of lawmakers joined officials in proposing a program that would provide annual repair and maintenance funds to villages, towns and... more

Police: Student raped on-campus at Ithaca College

A student was raped on-campus at Ithaca College and police are still looking for the suspect, an official confirmed Wednesday afternoon. The crime happened between 1:15 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Jan. 22 in the wooded area near the Recreation Trails south of Boothroyd Hall. A news release about the incident states, “The victim reported sexual intercourse without consent.” Read... more

Tractor-trailer rollover on Rt. 34B in Groton

An accident in Groton has resulted in part of Route 34B and Peruville Road being temporarily shut down. According to the Ithaca Voice, the crash was caused by slippery road conditions, according to Lt. Daniel Donahue of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office. The tractor-trailer slid off the road and entered the ditch, where the trailer overturned but the tractor stayed... more

Man sent to prison for attacking ex-girlfriend in Cayuga County

A Tompkins County man will spend the next one to three years in prison for attacking his ex-girlfriend in Auburn last summer. Harry R. White, 31, of Groton, was arrested in August 2016 after an altercation with his ex-girlfriend. At the time, the Auburn Police Department said an argument broke out between White and the victim on Lansing Street where... more

Parts of FLX battered by lake effect snow; active advisories for Wayne, Cayuga

A Lake Effect Snow Advisory is active for Northern Cayuga, Monroe, Onondaga, and Wayne counties from 4 pm on Wednesday through Thursday at 7 pm. The National Weather Service says heavy snow, wind gusts around 35 mph and temperatures staying below freezing will make for difficult travel along the Route 104 corridor. Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould issued a travel... more
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