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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The Frequency
2:29 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Fletcher Allen Hopes New Building Will Give Patients Privacy

Fletcher Allen Health Care, here in this 2007 file photo, will undergo construction of new facilities in order to retire some of its older, outdated lodgings.
Toby Talbot AP

Dave Keelty is the director of facilities planning and development at Fletcher Allen Health Care. And he’s taken a break on this sunny Monday morning to survey the future site of what he hopes will become next great project.

“What we’re looking at is the west side of our ambulatory care facility,” Keelty says. “Most people would recognize it with the emergency room parking lot, and the entrance to the emergency room directly in front of us.”

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VPR News
9:02 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Citizens Decommissioning Advisory Panel Gets Started

New Hampshire State Senator Molly Kelly (foreground) is on the panel. Directly behind her is Entergy Vermont Yankee Site Vice President Chris Wamser.
Susan Keese VPR

Entergy Vermont Yankee says it's looking forward to a new era of cooperation as the plant the plant winds down operations this year. The comments came as the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel held its first meeting last Thursday at Brattleboro Union High School.

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Public Post
8:56 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Public Post: Drug Take Back Day, Town Halls, Brandon Flood Planning

Police and Sheriffs Departments across Vermont are participating in Drug Take Back Day. Town Halls are in the news for their uses and lack of usability. Brandon launches a flood planning effort for businesses and public infrastructure.

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The Frequency
2:28 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Statewide Science Scores Disappoint Education Officials

Vermont’s Secretary of Education says she is not satisfied with scores from standardized science tests given last spring.

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The Frequency
2:25 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Fact-Checking Candidates' Remarks In The VPR Debate

Gov. Peter Shumlin, shown here at the Champlain Valley Union High School library in January, made some factual claims at Tuesday's VPR debate that don't line up with reality.
Taylor Dobbs VPR File Photo

In Tuesday's gubernatorial debate between Gov. Peter Shumlin, Scott Milne, Dan Feliciano and Peter Diamondstone, the candidates spoke mostly about how Vermont could be best served by different styles of leadership, leaving few factual claims to be checked.

With two terms in office under his belt, Shumlin often cited his record in office when making his case for a third term. We checked some of his factual claims, as well as some claims made by his challengers.

Here's the breakdown...

On universal cellular coverage in Vermont...

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Public Post
10:29 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Job Fair Touts Opportunities In Rural Lamoille County

The annual Lamoille Valley Career and Job Fair is being held at the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center on the Lamoille Union Middle and High School campus in Hyde Park this afternoon.

The event is open to adult job seekers as well as eleventh and twelfth grade students interested in exploring a variety of careers. Job seekers are invited to bring copies of their resumes.

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VPR News
4:46 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Morrisville Shooting Leads To Lock-Down

Officers from the Morristown Police Department, the Vermont State Police and the Lamoille County Sheriff's Department investigate a shooting at Cumberland Farms, in Morrisville, this afternoon.
Amy Kolb Noyes VPR

Schools and a hospital in Morrisville went into lock-down Wednesday after a shooting in the parking lot of Cumberland Farms. By mid-afternoon, police were still looking for the alleged shooter.

Copley Hospital, Morristown public schools, and the private Bishop Marshall School all went into lock-down for a short time after the shooting.

Morristown Police Chief Richard Keith said the lock-downs were lifted shortly after the incident, although the shooter was still on the loose.

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The Frequency
2:18 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Jeb Spaulding Named State Colleges Chancellor

Jeb Spaulding will take over as the top official in charge of the Vermont State Colleges system in mid-January.
Taylor Dobbs VPR File Photo

The Vermont State College system’s board of trustees appointed Gov. Peter Shumlin’s Secretary of Administration, Jeb Spaulding, as the new chancellor of the state’s public college system, officials announced today.

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Public Post
9:39 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Drug Take Back Day Coming To A Police Department Near You

Saturday, September 27 is Drug Take-Back Day.
Fuse Thinkstock

The U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration has declared this Saturday, September 27, "Drug Take-Back Day" across the country. It's an event that has happened a couple times a year, over the past four years. The idea is to make it convenient for people to safely  and anonymously dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

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VPR News
7:22 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Nine East Network Will Run Programs For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Students

The Vermont Agency of Education has tapped a Montpelier nonprofit group to oversee outreach services for Vermont children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Those services faced an uncertain future when the Brattleboro-based Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing closed abruptly earlier this month.

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