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.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott says he will sever ties with his business if he is elected in November.

Scott has co-owned Dubois Construction in Middlesex for 30 years and opponents have raised conflict-of-interest questions because of the company’s contracts for state work.

Scott announced Saturday at a company event that, if elected, he will sell his share of the business.

The Governor's Highway Safety Program reports there have been 43 traffic fatalities so far in 2016,  including 10 motorcyclists and five pedestrians. Scott Davidson, GHSP chief, told Vermont Edition Thursday that factors like good weather and an improving economy can lead to an increase in accidents and fatalities.

 

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Should recreational activities be given greater consideration when the state evaluates water quality in the relicensing of hydroelectric dams?

"Steampunk" combines the style of the Victorian era with the futuristic ideas of writers like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Beginning on Friday, Springfield will be hosting its second annual Steampunk Festival.

Earlier this year, James Duff Lyall of Tucson, Arizona, was named the new executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont. He succeeded Allen Gilbert, who had led the organization for 12 years.

The Utah developer hoping to build a 20,000 person settlement in rural Vermont has unexpectedly canceled a public forum.

A new study from Dartmouth-Hitchcock shows surgeons are over-prescribing painkillers.

Unemployment in Vermont was up slightly in August to 3.3 percent, according to the latest numbers from the Department of Labor.

Saturday, Oct. 1 will be all about energy in Cavendish. The southern Vermont community is holding a free Town Energy Fair that day at the Cavendish Town Elementary School, on Main Street.

The sale of the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus was finalized Friday afternoon.  

A man was shot and killed Friday night in Winooski by a deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

The sale of the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus has been finalized. The papers were purchased by Reade Brower and Chip Harris.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is considering a staff recommendation to fine FairPoint Communications for failing to meet the state’s telephone service quality metrics. 

Married political pundits Mary Matalin and James Carville will be at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre Sunday. It’s the latest in a 14-month series aimed at boosting civic engagement during the presidential race.

Vermont Department of Corrections officials say they are investigating a suicide attempt by an inmate at Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton.

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A group opposing a wind project in Windham will delay an informal referendum on a commercial wind project until after the official vote is held on Election Day.

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Airbnb has agreed to collect Vermont rooms and meals tax on behalf of people who list their property for rent through the online service.

The Rutland Board of Aldermen decided in a special meeting last night to wait to publicly release the results of an investigation into whether Mayor Christopher Louras overstepped his authority when he sought to make Rutland an option for refugee resettlement.

Regulators ruled in favor of Vermont Gas Tuesday in the final eminent domain case related to the company's pipeline to Addison County.

An article in VTDigger this week revealed that Sen. Patrick Leahy’s daughter is a lobbyist for the Motion Picture Association of America, and Leahy’s GOP challenger, Scott Milne, is seizing on the news as evidence of his opponent’s ties to corporate interests.

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