The Frequency

The Frequency is VPR's news blog, and your main source for our digital news throughout the day. This is where we'll keep you up to date on developing stories, big and small, from around Vermont.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law Thursday that backers say will add thousands of Vermonters to the voting rolls. Under the law, people will automatically be registered to vote when they get or renew a driver's license.

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A working group established to see if the state should make a bid on a hydroelectric system wants up to $250,000 to hire a consultant.

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A developer from Utah who has purchased 900 acres in Royalton, Sharon, Tunbridge and Stafford to create a 20,000 person closed community, has not filed any permits for the project yet.

Nate Freeman is a new selectman in Northfield. He was elected at town meeting last month, and it didn't take long for him to start challenging the status quo.

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Vermont celebrates Arbor Day the first Friday in May, and Vermont Urban & Community Forestry is observing the occasion with an Arbor Day conference. The May 6 conference in Montpelier is open to anyone with a passion for trees.

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Three Vermont law firms, along with a North Carolina environmental law team, have reached an agreement to work together to represent some of the residents in North Bennington who are dealing with PFOA contamination in their water.

A year ago, Rutland joined a national initiative to make data collected by the police more available to the public. And now Burlington has joined, too.

The company that's been working closely with the state on the water contamination crisis in North Bennington is now questioning Vermont's low safety standard for the chemical PFOA.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s looking forward to next week after Hillary Clinton beat him by about 15 percent of the vote in the New York primary Tuesday.

“Today we took Secretary Clinton on in her own state of New York and we lost,” Sanders said to reporters after landing in Burlington Tuesday night. “I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victory.”

The Shumlin administration sought Monday to disassociate its request to delete the emails of five former staffers from a major civil fraud case revealed last week against two developers in the Northeast Kingdom who used a foreign investor program overseen by the state to raise capital.

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A University of Vermont research effort got a $20 million boost this year to fund studies on how to make watersheds more resilient to extreme weather events, officials announced Monday.

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Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders finally released his full 2014 tax returns Friday evening, following pressure from his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination and a wave of media criticism.

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The state health department Friday reported Vermont's first case of the Zika virus. The department says a Vermonter contracted Zika after traveling to an area affected by the virus.

The State Board of Education will  consider four more Act 46 school district consolidation plans at its monthly meeting next week.

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The news on Thursday of major, alleged fraud in the Northeast Kingdom was a punch in the gut for Vermonters who had nurtured dreams of economic revitalization in the area. But the story is pretty complicated. If you’re coming to it cold, here’s what you need to know.

The man at the center of a massive alleged fraud in the Northeast Kingdom has been a major donor to the Vermont Democratic Party.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission says that two Northeast Kingdom developers and their companies have defrauded foreign investors in the federal EB-5 program.

Federal and state authorities raided the Jay Peak and Q Burke resorts Wednesday.

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The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee has decided not to fix a technicality in legislation that requires sewage treatment plant operators to notify the public if there is a sewage spill, according to Sen. Chris Bray.

Gov. Peter Shumlin joined with environmental advocates earlier this year in calling for the state pension fund to unload its stocks in coal companies and Exxon-Mobil. But it turns out that the $4 billion fund is still generating returns from companies related to the last big divestment battle.

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Vermont Commissioner of Health Harry Chen is urging federal officials to alter medical guidelines that might be contributing to the state’s opiate abuse problem.

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