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.

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Voters in three proposed Vermont school districts will cast their unification votes on Nov. 8. Voters in Grand Isle Supervisory Union, Barre City and Town and Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will all cast ballots on forming new school districts to comply with Act 46.

On Monday, the Burlington School Board and the Burlington Education Association, the union that represents the teachers in the city, ratified a new one-year contract.

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Last Tuesday, the Hartford Police Department posted a picture on their Facebook page that shows graffiti on the Dothan Brook Elementary School. It reads “AMERICAK.K.K.ANS FOR TRUMP," referencing the Ku Klux Klan.

Refugees from around the world continue to find homes in Massachusetts. The number of Syrian refugees, in particular, has more than doubled here over the last year, despite heated national rhetoric around immigration.

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David Montgomery and Anne Biklé will be in Plainfield Tuesday evening to speak about microbiomes and how they impact multiple facets of our lives. The Seattle-based husband and wife team are coauthors of the book The Hidden Half of Nature which examines both soil and human-based microbes.

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A new WBUR poll finds support for the legalization of marijuana is up among likely Massachusetts voters.

A group of farmers, activists and lawmakers will rally to keep the certification of "organic" food rooted in soil-based farming.

School is in session in Burlington's school district Thursday, as teachers will not being going on strike. The Burlington School board and teachers' union reached a settlement Wednesday after an all-day meeting with a mediator.

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The Vermont Department of Health unveiled a new proposal Wednesday that will limit the amount of opioid painkillers doctors can prescribe.

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In Vermont, the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities marks the occasion by recognizing employers with its Spirit of the ADA Awards. In Lamoille County, two Sodexo food service employees at Johnson State College are being honored.

Twenty-four hour water service has been reinstated in Dorset. The water system for the Dorset Fire District had been under restricted use due to a dangerously low spring-fed reservoir. While the district says the supply has been restored to safe levels, users are still under the boil water notice imposed a week ago.

A lawsuit argued in Montpelier Tuesday will decide whether a key part of Vermont’s health care reform efforts is subject to the state’s public records law.

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As the United States was fighting furiously to throw off the shackles of British oppression in the late 1700s, nearly a million people were enslaved in American colonies. That number would reach around four million by the 1860 census. So how did Washington, Jefferson and some of the other founding fathers justify the nation's freedom from England while denying it to enslaved people?

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The Public Service Board says the Georgia Mountain Community Wind project violated conditions of its state permit when it operated with ice on its turbines.

Some Brattleboro Savings & Loan customers had funds stolen from their accounts this weekend in what bank officials say was part of a regional or possibly national phishing scam.

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Lauren Dunn, a first-year student at St. Michael’s College, caught a pike in Lake Champlain that might be large enough to set a world record.

Bill Clinton will campaign for his wife in New Hampshire on Monday. The former president plans to make stops at Keene State College and Dartmouth College in Hanover.

A new report gives details on the economic, social and land use lessons learned from the shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

An expert on the impacts of regular cannabis use on students is speaking at the Vermont Department of Health’s statewide symposium on alcohol, cannabis and other drugs at Lyndon State College this Friday.

A security lapse earlier this summer has compromised the social security numbers of nearly 700 customers on Vermont Health Connect.