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.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo, right, says remarks by President Donald Trump last week were "very unhelpful to hardworking police everywhere."
Taylor Dobbs / VPR file

Police in Vermont have joined law enforcement officials across the country in condemning remarks by President Donald Trump that appeared to condone excessive force by cops.

A dispute between Comcast and the state's public access TV stations could be headed to court.

The Champlain Housing Trust announced Monday they have purchased what used to be the St. Joseph School in Burlington's Old North End.

Gathered for the award ceremony are (l to r) Morristown Police Chief Richard Keith, Officer Lance D. Lamb, Cheryl Machia, Wendy Domina, Darlene Reynolds, UVM Medical Center Trauma Program Manager Jennifer Gratton and Trauma/Acute Care Surgeon Tim H. Lee.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

A Morristown Police Officer has received the Vermont Department of Health’s Star of Life Award. The honor is in recognition of going above and beyond the call of duty, according to state EMS Chief Dan Bastie.

Courtesy: Vt. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

A flowering plant thought to be extinct in Vermont has been rediscovered.

Winged loosestrife is a native plant related to the non-native invasive purple loosestrife.

Emotions ran high at a public forum hosted by the Manchester VA Medical Center Wednesday night. The gathering came on the heels of a Boston Globe report alleging unsanitary conditions and insufficient care at the hospital.

Dozens of veterans showed up at Manchester Community College to hear from VA officials about how they are addressing the allegations detailed in the Globe report. Those in attendance expressed concerns about long wait times, rushed doctor visits, and difficulty navigating layers of bureaucracy at the Manchester VA.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry delivered a sobering talk  in Hanover Thursday, focusing on the potential for nuclear devastation in today's global environment. His lecture, part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth's summer lecture series, was largely an attempt at a wake up call.

The letter signed by Vt Gov. Phil Scott and nine other bi-partisan governors from around the country, voicing concern about repealing the Affordable Care Act.
Courtesy / Gov. Phil Scott's Office

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott joined nine other governors from around the country in urging the leaders of the U.S. Senate not to go through with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The bipartisan group of governors sent a letter to Senate leaders of both parties on Wednesday.

President Trump's Twitter announcement that transgender people will no longer be permitted to serve in the military has triggered a strong reaction in Vermont.

Longtime clean water advocate and liberal firebrand James Ehlers is running for governor in 2018, when he hopes to unseat Republican incumbent Phil Scott in a race that will feature stark ideological contrasts between the two candidates.

The company that contaminated about 270 private wells in Bennington has dropped its pending lawsuits against the state over Vermont's safe drinking water standard for PFOA.

The Agency of Agriculture has reached a settlement agreement with a Springfield slaughterhouse that violated federal livestock handling standards.

Gov. Phil Scott announced Tuesday that the state has reached a settlement with the company Saint-Gobain over the water contamination in Bennington.

A Vermont organization is facing funding challenges after the Trump administration abruptly cut millions of dollars in planned grants for a national teen pregnancy prevention program.

The Department of Mental Health will hold two meetings this week as it works on a report that addresses the crisis in Vermont's mental health care system.

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, courtesy.

The three long-time artistic directors at the Weston Playhouse Theatre have announced they will step down after next year’s season. 

Don Shall / flickr

The head of Burlington's Fletcher Free Library is condemning hateful graffiti found in a library bathroom.

The New Hampshire Office of Consumer Advocate has raised questions about a proposed natural gas facility and pipeline that would go through the Upper Valley.

The town of Vernon voted Tuesday to leave the Brattleboro Union High School district.

In June, Dartmouth College received the Campus Prevention Network's 2017 Prevention Excellence Award in recognition of its efforts to prevent campus sexual assault.
Sam Gale Rosen / VPR/file

Dartmouth College is being recognized for its success at preventing campus sexual assault.

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