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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VPR News
9:00 am
Sun August 31, 2014

A New Network For Investing In Vermont's Food Economy

Meat for sale from Meeting Place Pastures in Cornwall is chalked up at the Burlington Farmers Market in May. A new network called Slow Money Vermont is looking to give individual Vermonters another way to invest in the state's food economy.
Angela Evancie VPR/file

Purchasing a CSA isn't the only way for individuals to invest in Vermont's food economy. Or, it won't be, when Slow Money Vermont gets off the ground.

The new network, an offshoot of the national movement that aims to "bring money back down to earth," will connect local entrepreneurs with investors in an effort to contribute to the state's sustainable food economy.

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Public Post
4:07 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Pittsford Hoping To Knock $40K Off School Heating Bill

Last winter it cost $68,000 to heat Pittsford's Lothrop Elementary School. The school board has put together a plan that it thinks will reduce the school's annual heating bill by $40,000, but first school directors must find a way to pay for the project.

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The Frequency
2:05 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

West Nile Virus Likely Widespread In Vermont

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The Vermont Department of Health says mosquitoes captured in multiple towns across southern Vermont have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Mosquitoes in Rockingham, Brattleboro, Putney and Newbury have all tested positive for the virus.

In addition to the state's earlier finding that the virus was in St. Albans, officials warn that mosquitoes carrying West Nile are probably widespread in the state.

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Public Post
10:51 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Randolph Settles With State On Sewage Plant Violations

As the town of Randolph prepares to build a new wastewater treatment facility, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week it has reached a settlement with the town regarding failures of the old plant.

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The Frequency
10:51 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Mark Donka To Challenge Peter Welch

Mark Donka will challenge Congressman Peter Welch for Vermont's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives this November.
Angela Evancie VPR File Photo

A veteran law-enforcement officer who wants to repeal Obamacare has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mark Donka eked out a 321-vote victory in Tuesday’s GOP primary, where three candidates had to wait until Wednesday for the Associated Press to call the hotly contested race.

Donka took 36 percent of the vote, ahead of Don Russell’s 33 percent and Donald Nolte’s 31 percent.

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VPR News
2:57 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

One Northeast Kingdom State's Attorney Out And Another In

In the Northeast Kingdom, final results of two races for State’s Attorney are still trickling in. One  incumbent appears to have lost his job, but another is widening his  lead. 

In Essex County, former state senator and current State’s Attorney Vincent Illuzzi is leading Julianne Woolard, a public defender for juvenile offenders.

During the campaign Woolard criticized Illuzzi for being too quick to prosecute first-time or juvenile offenders who might turn away from crime if diverted to alternative justice programs, like drug courts.

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VPR News
9:25 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Vermont Primaries: Live Updates

Signs for candidates line the parking lot outside a polling place in Burlington on Tuesday morning.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

With more than 80 percent of precincts reporting, most major primary races showed a clear victor before midnight on Tuesday, but the three-way race for the Republican nomination the U.S. House of Representatives was still tight. As of Wednesday morning at 9:15 with 240 of 275 districts reporting, Mark Donka held a lead of 94 votes over Donald Russell. Donald Nolte trailed Donka by 409 votes.

Here are the latest unofficial results from the Secretary of State:

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The Frequency
4:24 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Federal Inspector Joins Search For Burlington Fuel Leak

A federal inspector was in Burlington Thursday to inspect fuel storage facilities as part of a search for the source of a fuel leak that has been stumping local and state officials for almost three years.

The inspector from the Environmental Protection Agency was checking the infrastructure and protocols at the Vermont Rail Systems rail yard on Burlington’s waterfront. 

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The Frequency
12:49 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

At Burlington College, A Troubled Summer

Burlington College is in financial trouble.

Earlier this summer, the regional accrediting body for colleges put the lakeshore liberal arts college on probation, citing financial problems.

New reports detail just how troubled the college's finances really are.

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The Frequency
4:23 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Boil Water Order Lifted In Fair Haven

State officials lifted a boil water notice in the town of Fair Haven Wednesday, a day after it was declared.

Water samples tested positive for fecal coliform (E. coli) on Monday, causing officials to issue the notice Tuesday.

A positive E. coli test indicates "that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes," according to a release.

Updated August 20 at 4:23 p.m. to reflect that the notice was lifted.

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