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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The Frequency
2:50 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

More Cost Increases In Vermont Gas Pipeline Plan

Vermont Gas Systems is again alerting regulators about cost increases related to the natural gas pipeline the company hopes will bring service to Rutland.

On Friday, less than a month after telling the Vermont Public Service Board about a $35 million cost increase in Phase 1 of the project, the company is telling the board that Phase 2 will also be above the cost the company originally planned on - to the tune of $10 million.

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The Frequency
11:37 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Vermont PBS Fined But Keeps Funding After Open Meeting Violations

Vermont PBS will not lose federal funding after a number of violations of open meeting rules last year, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting ruled this week.

Instead, the station faces a $15,000 fine, which the station “feels strongly” should not have been levied.

The ruling comes after months of investigation that stemmed from an anonymous complaint filed with the CPB in December. The complain alleged that the station’s board had held closed meetings without public notice.

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Public Post
1:17 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Bread And Puppet Staging Gaza Protest Vigils

Bread and Puppet activists staged small protests around Vermont on Wednesday, like this one in Montpelier.
Janelle Treibitz Bread and Puppet

Activists from Glover's Bread and Puppet Theater spread out in communities around Vermont on Wednesday to hold vigils in protest of the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza. And the troupe is planning similar action on the statehouse lawn on Friday.

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The Frequency
8:59 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Construction Worker Killed On Interstate 89

A construction worker was struck and killed by a car while removing temporary fog line makers on Interstate 89 in South Burlington last night.

Robert Stanhope, 61, was working for Whitcomb Construction Company. Vermont State Police say Stanhope was struck by a car driven by 22-year-old Emma Gentry of South Burlington at 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

Northern EMS was traveling by and stopped to assist Stanhope, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact Vermont State Police in Williston.

Public Post
11:30 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Vermont Property Tax Rates By Town

This is the time of year Vermont cities and towns set the municipal tax rates and start sending out property tax bills. Vermont property taxes pay for public education as well as municipal infrastructure and government services. As such, municipal tax rates vary widely based upon the level of service provided by cities and towns.

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The Frequency
6:20 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Hanna Services To Be Held Friday

Funeral services for Cheryl Hanna will be held Friday at 3 p.m.  in the Ira Allen Chapel at the University of Vermont.  

The well-known Vermont Law School professor died suddenly on Sunday

According to a news release, law school trustee emeritus and former board chair J. Scott Cameron will speak at the service.

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Public Post
4:01 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Clean Energy Grants Announced On Governor's Summer Solar Tour

Waitsfield is building a 330-panel solar array near the town garage.
Town of Waitsfield/Ageis Renewable Energy Google Earth

The Waitsfield Community Solar Project got a big boost Tuesday, in the form of an $80,000 grant from the state's Clean Energy Development Fund. Neighboring Warren was also granted $80,ooo for its community solar project, going up near the town's elementary school. These are just two of nine grants Gov. Peter Shumlin announced during his "Summer Solar Tour." All the grants were issued to community solar projects in Vermont.

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VPR News
6:28 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Flash Flooding Hits Chester, Andover

Flash flooding closed roads in Chester and Andover yesterday. The Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at the Chester Fire Department to support first responders and people who may have had to move to safety.

Rising floodwaters blocked roads for a time on Routes 11 and 103, but both roads have re-opened as of this morning.

The Red Cross says that one Chester woman’s home was devastated by flooding, and was possibly destroyed.

The shelter closed last night, and Vermont State Police say no one spent the night there.

The Frequency
2:16 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna Dies

Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna, also a VPR Commentator and frequent guest on Vermont Edition, has died.
Vermont Law School

Vermont Law School has announced that Professor Cheryl Hanna, a prominent professor and expert in constitutional law, has died.

From the VLS announcement:

It is with the most profound sorrow that we announce the untimely death of our dear colleague Professor Cheryl Hanna.

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The Frequency
1:34 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Vermont Gas Ordered To Halt Digging Near VELCO Lines

The Vermont Public Service Board ordered Vermont Gas Systems to stop digging for its pipeline near power lines owned by the Vermont Electric Power Company, citing environmental and health concerns.

Vermont Gas approached the Public Service Board after the state Agency of Natural Resources alerted the company to the possibility that soil contaminated with Pentachlorophenol (PCP) could be disturbed by pipeline construction.

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