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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Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan was one of 10 state attorneys general who filed an amicus brief Monday in support of the State of Hawaii's effort to block President Trump's latest immigration orders.

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At Philip G. Coburn Elementary School in West Springfield, Massachusetts, students come from all over the world. Most of the English language learners there arrive as refugees.

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Attorney General TJ Donovan announced Monday that he plans to use his office’s Consumer Assistance Program to work with small businesses in Vermont to make it easier for small companies to navigate the legal and regulatory systems.

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UPDATE 4:00 p.m. 03/13/17: The recount confirmed the election night vote totals.

A recount will be held on Monday in a close election for the mayor of Vergennes.

When President Donald Trump signed his latest travel ban this week, questions arose in Rutland about how it will affect refugee resettlement there. The city had expected to take in 100 mostly Syrian refugees this year, but only two families have arrived.

A protest at Middlebury College where students shouted down a controversial conservative speaker last week continues to spark national debate

An annual competition for Vermont entrepreneurs to receive monetary and mentoring support is in its final stretch of accepting applicants for this year.

Free speech versus disorderly conduct was one of several issues presented in front of the Supreme Court of Vermont at the Vermont Law School on Wednesday.

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On Town Meeting Day, local politics went national as a number of Vermont towns weighed in on presidential campaign ethics. 

Volunteer lawyers in Boston are standing by Monday in anticipation of the impact of President Donald Trump's revised executive order halting travel for immigrants from six Muslim-majority nations. The president's existing order was put on hold by federal courts. The new order was signed on Monday, and goes into effect on March 16.

As of Monday morning, the cause of a massive fire in White River Junction last week is undetermined due to extensive damage.

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There's a bill at the Vermont Statehouse that would raise the age to buy tobacco products from 18 years old to 21 years old.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy denounced the president's budget priorities, which would cut funding to environment and health research programs in order to increase defense spending. Leahy says budget cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency would have a direct impact in Vermont.

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Voters in four towns will weigh in on a special Town Meeting article that addresses riverbank erosion that might be caused by the Connecticut River hydro system.

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Vermont reporter Candace Page, who spent more than 30 years at the Burlington Free Press, was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame in February. 

Updated at 11:43 p.m. ET

President Trump took a hard-line stance on illegal immigration during his first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday, restating his promise to build a wall along the Southern border and speaking of the government's ongoing deportation efforts, saying that "as we speak, we are removing gang members, drug dealers, and criminals who threaten our communities."

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The state has scheduled its first public hearing on the proposed sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

Last year, the Vermont Agency of Education released its "Best Practices for Schools Regarding Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students." The agency recently reissued those guidelines after President Trump rescinded an Obama order compelling public schools to let students use restrooms that conform to their gender identity, not their biological sex.

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Organizers in Rutland hope public sculptures will attract visitors and help celebrate the region’s long ties to the marble industry. 

There are races this year for four of Burlington's 12 city council seats. Three incumbents are running, including City Council President Jane Knodell.

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