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.

On Tuesday, Royalton will vote for a second time on whether to merge with Bethel and Rochester school districts to form the White River Unified School District.

Vermont’s Department of Labor accidentally overcollected $26,000 in unemployment contributions from businesses across the state because of a rounding error coded into the state’s software in 2008, officials announced Thursday.

Last week, Gov. Phil Scott announced the appointment of attorney Anthony Roisman as chairman of the Public Service Board. 

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Vail Resorts' acquisition of Stowe Mountain Resort has been finalized. 

A double rainbow appears in the sky during an evening rain shower in Norwich in early June.
Angela Evancie / VPR

You waited all winter to plant those tomatoes, fresh herbs and flowering shrubs. Now, if only the weather would cooperate, right?  

Nine months ago, Joyce Chance left a refugee camp in Uganda where she had spent the last eleven years. Chance, who was born in Congo, boarded a plane with her two kids, and came to the United States.

A refugee resettlement agency in Concord, New Hampshire picked them up at the airport, and moved them into a one-room apartment.

The state and the company purchasing FairPoint Communications have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that helps clear the way for approval of the sale. The Department of Public Service says Illinois-based Consolidated Communications agreed to nearly all of the state’s requests.

The 22-acre parcel provides travelers with a sweeping view of the mountains. one of the most scenic along Interstate 89.
Steve Zind / VPR

An effort to preserve a piece of land at the Randolph interstate exit is much closer to its goal after a flurry of commitments from several large donors.  

A long-running drama may be coming to a close in Coventry, where the town clerk who also serves as treasurer has been under an insurance and criminal investigation for how she's dealt with the town’s books.

Deb Markowitz is a former head of Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources, and represented Vermont at the United Nations summits on climate change in Paris and Morocco.

Anthony Roisman, a private attorney from Weathersfield with a background in environmental law, will serve as the next chairman of the Vermont Public Service Board.

The tiny southern Vermont town of Stamford rejected its Act 46 merger plan Wednesday, and the town will now look into an interstate school district with nearby Clarksburg, Massachusetts.

In the early 20th century, Vermont was among a group of states that had policies on the books based on eugenics — the idea that the human population could be controlled to bring out what were considered "desirable" characteristics.

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

Advocates for criminal justice reform hope a new law will curb racial disparities in police stops and incarceration rates.

The police department in Lebanon, New Hampshire, will not be making changes to its immigration policies, despite changes on the federal level.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

The Burlington Electric Department is offering to help their customers upgrade to electric vehicles, by contributing $1,200 to the cost of each new car.

The acting U.S. Attorney for Vermont announced a $155 million settlement Wednesday with an electronic medical records company over false claims to the federal government.

A health care community that serves northern Vermont has been selected to join a national initiative that promotes holistic public health partnerships.

The company that wants to buy Vermont Yankee says it should be able to keep some of its documents private during the state regulatory process.

The tiny town of Stamford is looking into forming a new school district with nearby Clarksburg, Massachusetts, to meet the provisions of Act 46.

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