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.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Two years to the day after Vermont made it legal for terminally ill patients to get a prescription from a doctor to end their own lives, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill to extend the law.

Susan Bulmer / Vermont State Parks

All of Vermont's state parks will be open for camping and day use on Friday. Vermont State Parks Director Craig Whipple says Memorial Day weekend is something he and his staff have been looking forward to for some time.

Nina Keck / VPR

According to U.S. News and World Report, Rutland Regional Medical Center is among the best hospitals in the nation for providing what’s known as common care.

Charlie Neibergall / AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders will kick off his 2016 presidential run in Burlington next Tuesday. Gov. Peter Shumlin apparently won’t be participating in the festivities.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is officially launching his run for president on Tuesday in Burlington, campaign officials announced.

The event is set for 5 p.m. on May 26 at Burlington’s waterfront park and will feature free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, the campaign announcement said.

“My hometown of Burlington and the people of Vermont have a special place in my heart,” Sanders said in a release. “There is nowhere else in the world where I would hold an event this important.”


Travelers through East Burke will have a detour to contend with starting next Tuesday, May 26. The detour will last three weeks as the Vermont Agency of Transportation replaces the Route 114 bridge over Dish Mill Brook.

Charlotte Albright / VPR

The long legal battle between St. Johnsbury and former Town Manager Ralph Nelson is finally over.

Nelson left an administrative job in Major League Baseball to become Town Manager of St. Johnsbury in 2010. About two years later, a newly elected select board sent him packing without, he says,  explaining why. 

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

What should be done with the 27 acres on Lake Champlain that used to belong to Burlington College? The developer that now owns the land is asking for the public's opinion on that question. The first opportunities to participate take place on Tuesday.

The cost of health plans on Vermont Health Connect may rise again next year, especially for customers of BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont.

BlueCross BlueShield proposed an 8.4 percent increase in healthcare premiums over 2015 rates, and MVP Health Care proposed a 3 percent increase.

Under the state law establishing the Green Mountain Care Board in 2011, rate changes in health plans are subject to approval by the board.

A new option may be on the table for Waitsfield's new town office. Fifteen Vermont arts organizations receive funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Tunbridge invites dowsers to its town forest celebration.