The Frequency

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The state is developing its first on-road bicycle plan for state highways. Real Estate items are in the news from Fairfield Pond, Mount Holly and Weston. And an open meeting law stumble means a revote on town property tax exempt status for Hard'ack Recreation Area in St. Albans.

The Vermont Department of Health reports that three Vermonters got sick with a salmonella infection after eating bean sprouts traced to Wonton Food, Inc. in Brooklyn, New York.

Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as other state health departments in the northeast, the Vermont Department of Health determined that the three cases were part of a larger group of 68 cases across 10 states caused by the bean sprouts.

Vermont’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent in October, ending a series of monthly increases.

The October rate is the same as it was one year ago. In the past 12 months, unemployment fell as low as 3.3 percent (in April and May, 2014) before climbing to its current level.

Detectives with the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations charged Rosemary Gile Wednesday in the July death of her four-week-old son, Saunder Gilruth.

Emergency responders responded to Isham Street in Burlington on July 22 and rushed the infant to Fletcher Allen Health Care (now the University of Vermont Medical Center), where he died on July 30.

Gile is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death. She is due to appear in court on Dec. 4.

Burlington College's Board of Trustees has approved a deal to sell 25 acres of its lakefront land to Burlington developer Eric Farrell in order to reduce the college's debt burden, school officials announced Thursday.

Under the deal, Farrell is set to pay about $4 million to the Catholic Diocese - money the college currently owes the diocese, which sold the land to the college in 2010. Farrell will also pay $3.5 million to the college so it can pay down other debt; namely People's United Bank, which holds about $6.1 million of the college's debt.

While most Vermonters can look forward to two more years free of yard signs and political ads, Burlingtonians are headed right back into election season as Mayor Miro Weinberger's first term comes to a close.

Less than two weeks after polls closed and most (but not all) of Vermont's political races were decided, Burlington's former public works chief told Seven Days he plans to take on Weinberger.

Vermont State Police are investigating what they say appears to be a double murder in Townshend.

Update 4:52 p.m.: Police have identified the two men found dead of apparent gunshot wounds in Townshend Tuesday. Steve Lott, age 60, and his son Jamis Lott, 28, were found dead in Steve Lott's home.

Robin O'Neill, 62, was arrested for what police say is two counts of second-degree murder.

What state roads do you like to bike? What state roads would you bicycle, if the route were improved for cycling traffic? Those are the first questions the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is asking the public as it begins crafting the state's first on-road  bicycle plan.

Negotiators for two unions and FairPoint Communications met in Boston Tuesday, but both sides say there was no progress in reaching an agreement.

It was the first meeting since FairPoint declared an impasse in August and unilaterally imposed the contract terms it had been seeking. Union members in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire went on strike in October.  

Middlebury College has named the first female president in its 214-year history. College trustees announced today that Laurie L. Patton will succeed Ronald Liebowitz, who will step down at the end of the academic year.

The 53-year-old Patton is currently dean of Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, which has more than 5,000 students.

Her academic background is in religious studies. She has written books on South Asian history, culture and religion and translated classic Sanskrit texts.