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 Vermont E-911 Board says it will take a few days to confirm what caused a failure that prevented 44 calls from getting through Wednesday.

This month, a federal judge in Burlington approved a $50 million settlement to be paid by a national dairy marketing cooperative to thousands of Northeast dairy farmers, including farmers in Vermont. 

A joint study by the Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the UCLA School of Law casts doubt on the effectiveness of laws aimed at curbing opioid prescription abuse.

The Rainbow Family of Living Light is holding its annual gathering in the Green Mountain National Forest, and officials are estimating that 10,000 or maybe even 20,000 people could join the primitive encampment in June and early July. 

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Town officials in Windham are asking developers of a commercial wind project to suspend their work in the region.

A push by Gov. Peter Shumlin to divest the state’s pension fund from coal stocks is drawing intense scrutiny from an opposition-research firm that has targeted some of the nation’s leading climate-change activists, including Vermont resident Bill McKibben.

America Rising Squared, an Alexandria, Virginia-based nonprofit that bills itself as a “conservative policy organization,” submitted an extensive records requests to the Shumlin administration in early May.

Vermont Gas Systems says the estimated cost of its controversial pipeline is going up nearly $12 million.

The company says based on a number of factors, estimated costs will rise to a total of more than $165 million.

The latest estimate is nearly double the original price tag of the pipeline to Middlebury.

Vermont Gas blames the lion’s share of the increase on construction costs, specifically the need to do more drilling and blasting than anticipated.

The president of Vermont Technical College is stepping down to head up the Vermont Community Foundation. 

Dan Smith has been VTC president since 2014.

Soon one of Vermont's oldest papers will no longer put out print editions daily. Leaders of the Rutland Herald and its sister paper, the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, announced Monday that starting next month, both publications will only be printing the paper four days a week.

Sen. Patrick Leahy says he's disappointed the Senate won't act on what he calls "common sense" gun control legislation. In the aftermath of the horrific shooting tragedy in Orlando, Florida where 50 people were killed, there's been a lot of pressure on Congress to take steps to restrict gun sales. On Monday evening, Leahy's colleagues rejected bills proposed by both parties to deal with this issue.

Authorities are still trying to determine the source of a weekend fuel leak into the Missisquoi River in Swanton.

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The Public Service Board has approved Entergy Vermont Yankee's request to build a second dry fuel storage pad in Vernon.

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James Lyall, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union in Arizona, has been named the new executive director of the ACLU of Vermont.

Crews have contained a fuel oil spill in the Missisquoi River near Depot Street in Swanton, authorities say.

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Voters in Orwell will head to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether they want to form a unified union school district with the other towns in the Addison Rutland Supervisory Union.

In April, the five other towns in the supervisory union agreed to become the Slate Valley unified union school district. Orwell was the only town where the measure failed.

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A new $6.3 million State Police barracks in Westminster may finally get its permits to open.

Vermont’s unemployment rate fell in May to 3.1 percent, according to the Vermont Department of Labor, though seasonally-adjusted data show the state’s economy lost 800 jobs.

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Author and illustrator Cece Bell was in Montpelier Wednesday night. The author of the graphic memoir El Deafo was in Vermont to accept this year’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award.

Updated 2:30 a.m. ET Thursday:

Nearly 15 hours: The Associated Press reports that's how long Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy and his Democratic colleagues held the floor before yielding early Thursday, with a pledge that he would aggressively press for a legislative response to the Orlando, Fla., mass shooting. Murphy has been upset with congressional inaction on gun violence.

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Senate Democrats say they are bringing Senate business to a halt in an effort to force some action on gun control.

An investigation has concluded that allegations of mistreatment of Vermont inmates at a Michigan prison were exaggerated.

Advocates claimed that a number of inmates were strip-searched and denied food and water during a search for contraband.

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