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.

The Missisquoi River basin is one of the most polluted sections in Lake Champlain, consistently failing to meet pollution limits. Now, a Franklin County project is developing new detailed forest maps to identify roads that might be contributing to phosphorus runoff.

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People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon officials activated detailed emergency plans during Sunday's race in response to extreme weather conditions, ending the race just four hours after it began in downtown Burlington.

The transgender man found badly beaten near the Barge Canal in Burlington Monday morning has died from his injuries, according to Burlington Police.

A federal agency says a wireless internet system funded by taxpayers is operating as it should, but says it can’t independently verify the coverage area.

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With its historic mansions and inns, Brandon has been a favorite wedding destination for years. But local business leaders hope a new marketing effort will help lure other types of visitors as well. 

The would-be Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump throwdown will only live on in the minds of comedy writers.

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne hopes to unseat incumbent Sen. Patrick Leahy in the November election. Two years ago, Milne challenged incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin and almost won that race. Now he hopes to defeat seven-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy.

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Vermont state agencies will be able to bill Entergy Vermont Yankee for charges incurred while monitoring the decommissioning of the shuttered Vernon nuclear power plant.

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The Public Service Board has opened an investigation to determine if the Georgia Mountain Community Wind project operated in violation of its state permit this winter. The PSB says a nearby resident told the board in March that the turbines were spinning with dangerous amounts of ice on the blades.

Chris Day looks on at the sidelines.
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Chris Day’s first encounter with the University of Vermont’s women’s basketball program came five years ago when he was an assistant at St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia. The Hawks were part of the four-team field in UVM’s annual November tournament early in the 2011-12 season.

“I walked around a little bit and I honestly said to myself, ‘Wow, I could see myself here,'" Day said. “Vermont has always been on the radar for me if (the head coaching position) was to open.”

In a surprise development, the campaign of Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says it hopes to debate with the presumed Republican candidate Donald Trump before the California primary on June 7.

The Vermont Electric Power Company – the state’s transmission utility – says it’s using an extremely accurate weather forecasting system to better predict storm events. And VELCO CEO Tom Dunn says the technology will also lead to more effective use of renewable energy.

Vermont Republican Party Vice Chairman Brady Toensing called on Sen. Bernie Sanders this week to release documents related to the senator’s involvement in a financing deal his wife secured for Burlington College while she was president of the alternative liberal arts college.

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A federal appeals court says Entergy Vermont Yankee violated the Fair Labor Standards Act when it failed to pay overtime to its security shift supervisors.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals this week ruled in favor of four VY employees who said they were owed more than 5,500 hours of overtime pay.

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It could cost up to $13.7 million to extend the Bennington water system to the homes with private wells that are contaminated with PFOA.

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are a controversial topic in food. Supporters of GMO crops say they boost the food supply and lower costs of food when seeds are engineered with resistance to pests. Critics of GMOs say the foods themselves are bad for human health and the environment.

Burlington Police are searching for suspects in the beating of a transgender man who was found unconscious near a homeless encampment on Sunday.

School officials from the four towns that make up the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union say an education reform law designed to consolidate the school system might actually create a wedge.

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Former gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano plans to run for state auditor as a Republican.

Feliciano said Tuesday he is in the process of gathering the required signatures and plans to submit his petition to the Secretary of State’s office by the Thursday deadline. Auditor Doug Hoffer, a Democrat and Progressive, has already filed for re-election.

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If you like cheese, you're in luck. There's currently a surplus of cheese in the United States. But that extra cheese is actually a sign that milk prices are going down, and this is a problem for Vermont dairy farmers.