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.

Collecting daily precipitation data is the goal of a group of volunteers paying close attention to the weather. Jay Shafer, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Lyndon State College, spoke to Vermont Edition on Monday about the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS.

A newly-discovered planet could have the potential to support extraterrestrial life. Scientists discovered a new planet that they are calling Proxima B, orbiting a red dwarf a little over four light years from Earth.

A Washington Superior Court Judge has thrown out a law suit that challenged the state's interim safety standard for the chemical PFOA.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is buying 11 million pounds of surplus cheese in an effort to feed the hungry and bolster milk prices paid to farmers.

Courtesy of Doubleday

Central to the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders was a critique of the role of money in politics, especially large donations from wealthy individuals to help candidates who support their policies or principles.

Clearly, millions of people agree with Sanders and supported him, yet more and more money – including "dark money" from undisclosed donors – is pouring into politics in the hope of influencing elections.

In the Northeast, according to the USDA, about 175,000 farms produce more than $21 billion a year in food, hay and flowers. But not this year. Many fields are bone dry, with extreme drought conditions in parts of Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire and severe conditions across much of the region. 

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Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is newly in favor of mandatory vaccination, he says, after learning more about the science of immunization.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is pursuing a civil enforcement action against Vermont Gas Systems after the company’s contractors killed dozens of protected sunflowers in July. The agency is also asking Vermont’s utility regulator to investigate the company for potential violations of its "certificate of public good," which sets out conditions for the pipeline’s construction.

The federal Department of Justice's decision to stop using privately-run prisons is reverberating throughout Vermont.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is saying they are not endorsing a NewVistas Foundation project proposed for Vermont.

Regulatory filings this week show Green Mountain Power is purchasing 17 new hydroelectric dams to add to its generation portfolio, but state regulators aren't sure the dams are a smart buy.

Motor vehicles are the most significant in-state source of air pollutants in Vermont. Older diesel engines are among the biggest culprits, spewing unhealthy particulates and greenhouse gases.

The Vermont Health Department is making an overdose prevention drug more widely available to drug users, their friends and families.

The Vermont Supreme Court has cleared the way for a gasoline price fixing suit to proceed. 

Courtesy Ross A. Virginia / VPR

The dog days of summer are here and many people are headed out of town. But, Dartmouth's President Philip J. Hanlon, a group of alumni and professors took it further north than most … all the way up to the Arctic.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, one of New England's largest teaching hospitals, has reported a budget deficit of $12 million.

Ron Unterman / Friends of Star Lake

It takes strong swimming skills and specialized training to become a certified lifeguard. But water emergencies often happen where there are no lifeguards.  So doesn't it make sense that everyone who swims should learn the basics of water rescue?

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The town of Windham will hold a vote on a controversial commercial wind project.

The Selectboard met Monday night to finalize the ballot language for the vote which will be held on Election Day.

The school district that serves Claremont, Cornish and Unity, New Hampshire, has received federal funding to help serve its homeless student population.

Organizers say there is a contingency plan in place in case the weather turns ugly at the Wings Over Vermont Airshow in Burlington Saturday.

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