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.

Police say 33-year-old Markus Austin was shot dead in Montpelier early Sunday morning.

Officials in Montpelier are preparing for one of the largest political rallies in the history of the capital.

Franklin Foods

Franklin Foods has been using local milk to make cheese in Enosburg Falls since 1899. The company is based in Florida and has a second plant in Arizona. And now those assets are owned by a German company called Hochland.

The Public Service Board has renewed Comcast's certificate of public good.

The cable company is required to have its CPG renewed every 11 years, and the board issued its order late last week after a year of hearings.

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The general assumption has been that the higher the student loan debt, the more likely for a young adult to "boomerang" back to their parents' house. According to a recent study though, it's a more complicated than that.

All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation say they plan to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday. More than 55 Democratic members of Congress have announced that they plan to boycott the event.

Members of the State Board of Education will meet Friday to talk about proposed changes to the rules governing independent schools.

The State Board of Education approved four more Act 46 merger plans at its monthly meeting Tuesday.

Green Mountain Valley School, in Fayston, has been named a “development site” and “high performance center” for the U.S. Ski Team. The new designations are part of a training partnership program being promoted by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, which oversees the U.S. Ski Team.

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A Women’s March and Unity Rally is being planned in Montpelier for Saturday afternoon. Organizers say the event is being held in solidarity with this weekend's planned National Women’s March on Washington and "sister marches" around the world.                 

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As part of a string of cut-backs, the private liberal arts college Colby-Sawyer will be eliminating the English and philosophy majors at the school.

A New Hampshire state senator is introducing legislation that would effectively boycott Russian investments and products in the state.

A recent report commissioned by the Vermont Attorney General’s office says the system of “Alternative Regulation” used by Green Mountain Power didn't hold the utility accountable for its spending — and customers are suffering the consequences.

Kate McCann, who teaches high school mathematics at U-32 Middle and High School in East Montpelier, was recently named Vermont's 2017 Teacher of the Year.

The State Board of Education will submit a list of candidates for education secretary to Governor Phil Scott next week.

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A few Burlington car owners have returned to their vehicles in the past week only to find that a substantial chunk of their exhaust system is missing.

The Vermont Law School and the Environmental Protection Agency have signed an agreement that will link students and faculty between the two organizations.

A startup in South Burlington wants to get in on the ground floor of a coming revolution in small satellites. GreenScale Technologies is developing tiny propulsion systems for these small satellites.

A key official in the administration of Gov. Phil Scott says she anticipates economists to downgrade Vermont’s revenue forecast when they unveil new fiscal projections next Thursday.

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While Tuesday, March 7 – Town Meeting Day – may seem far away, January is the time when Town Meeting petitions start filling up with signatures to get names and voting items on local agendas and ballots.

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