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.

Lisa Velde, 58, of Tinmouth will serve eight months of a one to three year jail sentence for impeding the police investigation in the 2016 hit-and-run death of Leo Branchaud.  

June is pride month for the LGBTQ community and the White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center says veterans are no exception.

The Radio Vermont Group, which includes WDEV-AM in Waterbury, is for sale. Owner Ken Squier says at 82, he’s reached the age where he feels he must sell the stations.

Gov. Phil Scott, seen here at a press conference in Montpelier in late May, says he didn't ask House Republicans to support a rules suspension during the veto session that would have allowed a new marijuana legalization bill to be debated on the floor.
Bob Kinzel / VPR file

Gov. Phil Scott says he didn't encourage lawmakers to support the marijuana legalization bill during this week's veto session because passage of the legislation was not a high priority for him.

A legislative panel has deferred action on a proposal that could have significant impacts on the future of ridgeline wind energy in Vermont.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan has been recommended by Sen. Patrick Leahy and Gov. Phil Scott to be the next U.S. attorney for Vermont, according to a release from Scott’s office.

Prosecutors say a Canadian man has been extradited to Vermont to face charges that he was part of a conspiracy to smuggle guns over the U.S.-Canada border, through a Vermont library.

As top environmental officials from Quebec and New York looked on, Gov. Phil Scott signed a letter committing to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain as part of an inter-state and international effort.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Officials from Vermont, New York, Quebec and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency all committed to combine their efforts to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain on Monday in the first updated pollution management plan since 2010.

Vermont’s unemployment rate held at 3.1 percent in the month of May, according to the latest data from the state’s Department of Labor. The numbers show a loss of jobs in the construction and “Technical Services” sectors and new jobs added in “Administrative & Waste Services.”

Keurig Green Mountain is laying off up to 40 people across its Waterbury, Essex and South Burlington locations.

Bellows Falls wants to tear down the former Robertson Paper Mill and redevelop the property. A development group was awarded a $200,000 EPA grant Thursday, which will help begin remediation work on the former industrial site.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Brattleboro, Bellows Falls and Bennington will share $700,000 in Environmental Protection Agency cleanup funding to redevelop former industrial properties.

In recent months, the number of refugees fleeing the U.S. for Canada has increased.  The majority of the illegal crossings are people traveling through rural New York State — and occasionally Vermont — into Quebec. 

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Vermont Environmental Court has issued its first decisions in an appeal concerning the dam at Green River Reservoir and other hydroelectric projects owned by Morrisville Water & Light. The municipal utility challenged new requirements from the state Agency of Natural Resources in a water quality certificate. The certificate is part of the federal relicensing process for the utility’s four dams.

Members of Vermont's congressional delegation reacted with shock and horror to learn that a gunman targeted members of the Republican congressional baseball team on Wednesday.

Tony Sutton, an EB-5 investor, is suing the State of Vermont for being complicit in multi-million-dollar fraud allegedly perpetrated by those in charge of Jay Peak.
Lisa Rathke / AP

A man who invested a $500,000 in Jay Peak through the federal EB-5 foreign investment program is suing the State of Vermont and accusing state officials of being complicit in multi-million-dollar fraud allegedly perpetrated by Jay Peak owner Ariel Quiros and CEO Bill Stenger.

Responding to a report that 39 state election systems were targeted by cyberattacks during the 2016 elections, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos said Tuesday that state officials aren’t aware of any evidence that Vermont’s elections systems were targeted.

Angela Evancie / VPR File

Burlington’s city council approved a new Fair and Impartial Policing Policy Monday, completing a process that began just after Donald Trump was elected president.

Ahead of the June 15 deadline, four groups working to preserve a scenic 22.5-acre property at Exit 4 in Randolph have raised the $1 million necessary to purchase the land.

The Public Service Board says that any documents turned over to the state on the proposed sale of Vermont Yankee will become public records.

South Burlington police arrested a man Friday morning on an outstanding assault warrant after the man allegedly made a threat against the mother of a student at South Burlington Orchard School, police say. The alleged threat led to a brief lockdown at the school Friday morning.

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