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1 — How strong is the local economy?
Report shows Ithaca area’s economic growth sputtering, but officials remain bullish – Elia Kacapyr, of IC’s Department of Economics, found that last year the number of local jobs barely increased. Ithaca Voice
2 — New designs surface for Simeon’s rebuild
New balconies considered for rebuilt Simeon’s on Ithaca Commons – Could the rebuilt Simeon’s Restaurant include two new balconies? Ithaca Voice
3 — Commons crews ready to go back to work
Eyeing August end date, crews to return to Ithaca Commons on Monday – As the weather warms, construction crews are preparing to go back to work on the still unfinished Ithaca Commons. Ithaca Voice
4 — An update on a fatal crash in Tompkins County in September 2014
Alcohol had role in fatal Lansing crash last fall, records say – Three young men died. Ithaca Voice
5 — Medical marijuana could be coming to Ithaca as soon as next year
IC grad leads medical marijuana company’s push to bring dispensary to Ithaca – Twenty medical marijuana dispensaries are expected to open across New York by next year under a new state law. Ithaca Voice
6 — A look at how a new maternity center has helped Ithaca moms
6 ways Ithaca hospital’s new maternity ward has improved childbirth – In July 2014, CMC opened the multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art maternity ward named “Cayuga Birthplace.” Ithaca Voice
7 — Photo gallery from an Ithaca moving toward spring
Ithaca is thawing: 30 photos from downtown, Cornell as temps hits 40s – Temperatures have risen sharply over the last few days — up to a tropical 40 degrees this week — after the coldest month in Ithaca history. Ithaca Voice
8 — Good news! Now go recycle
State audit: Tompkins is successfully reducing amount of waste per person – “We commend County officials for implementing these programs,” a state audit says. Ithaca Voice
9 — Beloved Cornell professor dies at 92
Dr. Francis H. Fox, iconic Cornell veterinarian and teacher, has died at 92 – By tradition, the bridge has been repainted by each third-year class from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Ithaca Voice
10 — Mmmmmmmmmmm
Texas Roadhouse steakhouse, a national chain, plans expansion in Ithaca – The city of Ithaca’s southwest side has seen an increasing number of national chain restaurants in recent years. Ithaca Voice