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.

A group appointed by Gov. Peter Shumlin to study child care in Vermont has been holding a series of community forums this week.

The Democratic National Convention has seen a second night of rousing speeches in efforts to unify the party and rally around Hillary Clinton, now the official Democratic nominee for president and the first woman ever to hold that designation in U.S. history.

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Vermont's delegates at the DNC spent Tuesday morning reflecting on whether to follow Bernie Sanders' exhortation to back Hillary Clinton. But a breakfast meeting with fellow Vermonter Howard Dean didn't move the Sanders faithful off of their stance.

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A statewide emergency response drill called Vigilant Guard is now underway and will stretch through August 2. The drill is designed to prepare emergency responders for potential disasters – and disasters require victims. To that end, the town of Wilmington is looking for three dozen people to act in a "catastrophic exercise" Friday, July 29.

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All eyes were on Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday night, and perhaps no contingent of supporters was more engaged than the group Vermonters who traveled to Philadelphia to support their hometown senator.

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The Republican National Convention ended last night, and the main event on the final evening was the speech by nominee Donald Trump. VPR's John Dillon has spent the week with the Vermont delegates at the RNC in Cleveland. Before flying home, Dillon spoke to Vermont Edition and shared reactions to Trump's speech.

Some Vermont attorneys have been doing pro bono work representing detainees in the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This week, attorneys David Sleigh and Robert Gensburg were informed that their client Abdul Zahir has been cleared for release, 14 years after he was imprisoned in the controversial facility.

The Village of Swanton is planning to upgrade an old dam to generate hydroelectric power, but the state's Agency of Natural Resources says it can't support the plan without getting answers to some key environmental questions.

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Pollution in Lake Champlain could lead to a significant decrease in the value of lakeside homes and a notable loss of tourism dollars being spent in the region, according to a new study.

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Lyndon State College and Johnson State College are poised to merge into a single institution. The board that oversees the Vermont state college system has given preliminary approval to the merger.

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The Vermont State Police officially raised the flag at its new $6.2 million barracks in Westminster Thursday.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says PFOA has been detected in Shaftsbury. The Department of Environmental Conservation tested a monitoring well near the closed Shaftsbury landfill and found levels of PFOA slightly above the state advisory level.

When Vermont’s utility regulators ruled this week that an August hearing related to the Vermont Gas pipeline will take place behind closed doors, the first question some people asked was, “What about Vermont’s open meeting law?”

The Shumlin administration is expecting economists to issue a downgraded revenue forecast this week, continuing a trend of lackluster revenue growth in recent years.

Vermont Gas Systems has been saying that the company's pipeline to Addison County will be finished and in service by the end of this year, but now its top executive is expressing doubts about that.

On Monday's Vermont Edition, Vermont Gas CEO Don Rendall said the pipeline will be completed "when we can resolve Geprags Park and have that piece of the puzzle available for us to connect the pipeline from the north and the south."

Four Vermont environmental groups are teaming up to formally oppose the renovation of a dam in Swanton.

As the Republican National Convention kicks off, Vermont's 16-person delegation is evenly split between Ohio Gov. John Kasich and presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

The weather in Vermont this summer has been volatile – hot and muggy, then pouring rain. We've already experienced several over 90 degree days in parts of the state.

Andrew Loconto, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Burlington, joined Vermont Edition to talk about the recent weather conditions, as well as what we typically experience during Vermont summers.

The state’s secretary of commerce and community development has been appointed interim president of Vermont Technical College.

Daily hearings have been underway and will continue to be until July 22 in Rutland federal court on the constitutionality of the death penalty, and the testimony could make a difference in whether a man facing a second trial for murdering a North Clarendon woman in 2000 is once again sentenced to death.

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