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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11:44 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Vermont Primaries: Live Updates

Signs for candidates line the parking lot outside a polling place in Burlington on Tuesday morning.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

With more than 80 percent of precincts reporting, most major primary races showed a clear victor before midnight, but the three-way race for the Republican nomination the U.S. House of Representatives was still tight. At 11:40 p.m., Mark Donka held a lead of just 214 votes. For the most up-to-date results in that race, check the Vermont Secretary of State's election results website.

This page will not be updated until Wednesday morning.

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The Frequency
4:24 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Federal Inspector Joins Search For Burlington Fuel Leak

A federal inspector was in Burlington Thursday to inspect fuel storage facilities as part of a search for the source of a fuel leak that has been stumping local and state officials for almost three years.

The inspector from the Environmental Protection Agency was checking the infrastructure and protocols at the Vermont Rail Systems rail yard on Burlington’s waterfront. 

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The Frequency
12:49 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

At Burlington College, A Troubled Summer

Burlington College is in financial trouble.

Earlier this summer, the regional accrediting body for colleges put the lakeshore liberal arts college on probation, citing financial problems.

New reports detail just how troubled the college's finances really are.

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The Frequency
4:23 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Boil Water Order Lifted In Fair Haven

State officials lifted a boil water notice in the town of Fair Haven Wednesday, a day after it was declared.

Water samples tested positive for fecal coliform (E. coli) on Monday, causing officials to issue the notice Tuesday.

A positive E. coli test indicates "that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes," according to a release.

Updated August 20 at 4:23 p.m. to reflect that the notice was lifted.

The Frequency
1:32 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Scott Milne Up With First TV Ad Of 2014 Elections

With seven days until the primary election, the first television ad of the 2014 election cycle hit the airwaves Tuesday.

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The Frequency
1:05 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Vermont Unemployment Rate Up Again

Vermont's unemployment rate rose by .3 percent to 3.7 percent in July. It's the second straight monthly increase, following a .1 percent jump in June.

In a news release, Vermont Department of Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan said the increase, “mirrors the same trend we saw last summer in Vermont and we hope this will resolve as we move forward into early fall.”

Last year, the unemployment rate rose .2 percent from May to July, remaining at a high of 4.5 percent before dropping in October.

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The Frequency
11:11 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Former Senator Jim Jeffords Dead At 80

In 2001, Jim Jeffords separated from the Republican party, taking away the GOP majority in the Senate.
Toby Talbot AP File Photo

Former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords has died. A lifelong moderate Republican, Jeffords earned national fame in May 2001 when he abandoned his party and became an independent, single-handedly shifting the balance of power in the Senate.

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Public Post
9:29 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Public Post: Rutland Stormwater, Commerce At Berlin Corners, St. Albans Raid 150th

Rutland Town is drumming up volunteers to spread the word about stormwater pollution. Berlin Mall owners announce a Kohl's department store is part of their plan for Berlin Corners. This fall St. Albans will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the St. Albans Raid.

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The Frequency
11:47 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Burlington Electric Fuel Takes 80 Mile Detour

The McNeil Generating Station gets most of its fuel from within a 60-mile radius, but some of that fuel travels much farther.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory AP File Photo

For the past few weeks, the wood-fired McNeil Generating Station in Burlington has been using wood chips from Pinewood Manor in Essex Junction, a 7.4 mile drive away. But the wood from Pinewood Manor has been taking a longer route, traveling nearly 80 miles by truck and train before it can be burned at McNeil.

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The Frequency
4:52 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Union Says Waiting For FairPoint Response To New Offer

Following the first negotiating session since labor contracts with FairPoint Communications expired 12 days ago, an official with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Vermont expressed frustration with the status of the talks. 

Mike Spillane, who is part of the IBEW negotiating team, said the two sides met with a federal mediator in Portland, Maine on Wednesday. 

Spillane says Thursday morning the union offered a contract package that was “further than we wanted to go.” 

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