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.

A statewide series of meetings that began this week is designed to rally members of the faith community to the cause of economic equality.

Courtesy / Burlington School District

Burlington School officials announced Wednesday morning that superintendent Yaw Obeng, who lives in Canada and has had trouble securing a visa since he was chosen to lead the district, was awarded a visa this week and will be in Burlington for the coming school year.

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The new Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital opened in Berlin just over a year ago, but a nursing shortage already has one of the hospital's four units shut down.

The hospital reached full capacity in February, with all 25 beds full, but it wasn't because the state had hired enough nurses to staff it.

"When we reached full capacity in February and when we were at full capacity, we were using a substantial amount of traveling nurses," said hospital CEO Jeff Rothenberg.

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Cabot Creamery gets rid of its dairy processing wastewater by spreading it on agricultural lands in 33 Vermont towns. And its permit to do so is now up for renewal, prompting some vocal opponents to raise questions about the practice.

Every five years Agri-Mark, doing business as Cabot Creamery, needs to renew its land application permit through the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. The permit gives the cheese maker permission to spray whey and wastewater from cleaning the plant onto agricultural fields and inject it into manure pits.

A new Agency of Natural Resources rule would allow all-terrain vehicles to use a trail in the Les Newell Wildlife Management Area, in Stockbridge. Long-range planning efforts get underway in Essex and Norwich. Volunteers are wanted to hand pull Eurasian milfoil from Dewey Mill Pond, in Quechee.

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The attorney general’s office has filed new charges against Jody Herring, who was charged last week with first-degree murder for the August 7 shooting death of a Department for Children and Families social worker.

Vermont’s unemployment held steady in July with a seasonally adjusted rate of 3.6 percent.

The Norwich Recreation Council is working up a long-range plan and it is asking for input from local residents.

Like many Vermont waterbodies, Dewey's Mills Pond has a milfoil problem.

The town of Essex and its village, Essex Junction, have separate governing bodies and are run as independent municipalities. But in many other ways the two entities form one community. Now, a diverse working group has been appointed to improve coordinated planning efforts for both Essex and Essex Junction.