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.

While their counterparts in New Hampshire and Maine have approved the sale of FairPoint Communications, the Vermont Public Service Board is still reviewing it. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has delayed implementation of a federal rule that would make stricter standards governing organic egg production. 

Steven Senne / Associated Press

Although the majority of Vermonters support legalization, some groups remain concerned about health and safety implications of legalizing the drug.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

Gov. Phil Scott ordered the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend a facial recognition system on Thursday, days after the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union called for a halt to the program.

Vermont has one of the toughest school concussion laws in the country, and now officials want to know how the law is being implemented.

Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press

At a town hall meeting on March 25, Sen. Bernie Sanders told Vermonters that he would introduce legislation to create a single-payer health care system “within a few weeks.” Two months later, Sanders has introduced no such legislation.

Wolfeboro, a historically very red town in central New Hampshire, broke for Donald Trump in November's presidential election. But despite being a traditionally conservative town, a Democrat came out on top in a special election held this week.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a legal review of its facial recognition program after the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union called for an immediate halt to the program, Commissioner Robert Ide said Wednesday.

A proposal to redevelop the Burlington Town Center is closer to final approval after a pair of court decisions, Mayor Miro Weinberger announced Monday.

The unemployment rate in Vermont went up to 3.1 percent in April, the first increase in eight years, according to new preliminary data from the Department of Labor.

In New England, all states except for Rhode Island and New Hampshire have bottle bills. Those are recycling programs built around a system of deposits and refunds, aimed at reducing litter and protecting the environment. But when it comes to old aluminum, it’s not just environmentalists who want to see more recycling -- there’s a real business case to be made for it, too.

Gov. Phil Scott and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker are calling on the federal government to continue its efforts to address climate change.

John Dillon / VPR

A new law signed by Gov. Phil Scott Wednesday creates a legal protection for information given to journalists by confidential sources or conversations that take place “off-the-record."

Angela Evancie / VPR file

The Public Service Board on Tuesday filed its final rule for wind turbine noise standards.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

Rep. Peter Welch is urging Vermonters to contact the Federal Communications Commission and show their support for Obama-era net neutrality rules. Welch says net neutrality is vital to the U.S. economy.

Steve Zind / VPR

An effort to preserve 22.5 acres of land just off the Randolph exit of Interstate 89 has just under a month to finish raising $1 million. 

The Public Service Board is siding with the owners of the Georgia Mountain Community Wind project over continued testing of the sound levels near the wind turbines.

Lawmakers and Republican Gov. Phil Scott are in a late-session standoff over the issue of Vermont teachers' health care plans.

Gov. Phil Scott says President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey is undermining public trust in government. That's why Scott wants a special commission named to look into possible Trump-Russia connections.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has asked Vermont regulators to approve a 12.7 percent rate increase for insurance coverage starting in 2018, and MVP is requesting a 6.7 percent increase in rates.

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