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.

Cities and towns all over Vermont are contending with freezing water pipes. Two Upper Valley towns are voting on consolidating elementary schools. Five cities are holding mayoral elections.

Burlington officials are working to strike the balance between two fundamental aspects of government: Keeping speech free and keeping government resources off the campaign trail.

Two Upper Valley towns will consider consolidating elementary schools on Town Meeting Day. Tuesday, March 3, voters and Bridgewater and Pomfret will vote on combining their kindergarten through sixth grade students into a jointly operated school, using the Pomfret School building.

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Champlain College is one step closer to a new mixed-use development near the heart of downtown Burlington.

The new building is set to replace what is currently a parking lot with a 104-unit student housing development with underground parking and commercial space on the ground floor.

“This will add 104 units, 290 beds in the downtown corridor, walking distance to our campus on our existing shuttle bus route,” said David Provost, Champlain’s senior vice president for finance and administration.

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Bennington Sen. Dick Sears isn’t generally known for his delicacy. When troubled by circumstance, or the person who brought it about, Sears will, from time to time, lend voice to his dissatisfaction.

And so it was on Wednesday morning, when the Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee unleashed an epic verbal smack down on Ed Cutler, the president of Gun Owners of Vermont.

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Members of Vermont’s congressional delegation are pressing their colleagues to prevent a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security this week.

The department’s funding will stop at the end of the day Friday if no resolution is reached, but Republican leaders in the House and the Senate have so far not allowed a vote on a “clean” budget bill.

The budget itself is not the point of contention, said Rep. Peter Welch.

State police say the co-principal of the Danville School has been arrested for embezzling almost $1,600.

Edwin Webbley, 60, was seen on video footage removing cash and checks from a school safe, police said.

The money and checks had been placed in the safe on the evening of Feb. 13 and was discovered missing on Feb. 16. Superintendent Matt Forrest told police that he reviewed video camera footage that showed a man removing money from the safe. The man was identified as Webbley.

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State Auditor Doug Hoffer has concluded his inquiry into a state contract with MIT health care economist Jonathan Gruber. And he says he believes that Gruber likely overstated the number of hours a research assistant worked on the project.

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Colchester voters going to the polls on Town Meeting Day Tuesday, March 3, will consider adopting a 1 percent local option tax. If adopted, the town estimates the tax on sales, rooms, meals and alcohol could yield between $873,724 and $1.525 million in the next fiscal year.

Contractor bidding is underway for a new municipal complex in Waterbury. Towns get ready for some interesting votes on Town Meeting Day. Norwich voters will consider two major building projects next month.

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