The Frequency

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In November of 1968, Johnson State political science professor Bill Doyle was first elected to the Vermont Senate from Washington County. After that first victory, Doyle was re-elected 23 times.

The University of Vermont Medical Center is funding the purchase of a Burlington motel as a way to reduce health care costs.

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It was Boston-born Ben Franklin who first used the term “battery” to describe an electric storage device. Now, nearly three centuries later, Massachusetts is hoping to jump-start the development of new kinds of batteries to power the future.

The City of Lebanon, New Hampshire, has passed an ordinance that will ban overnight parking. Those caught violating the ban will be given 48 hours to vacate or face a $100 fine.

Governor-elect Phil Scott says it's critical for Vermont to take steps to rebuild its transportation infrastructure. But Scott says he'll oppose efforts to raise the state gas tax to provide new revenue for this initiative.

Colby-Sawyer, a small, private liberal arts college in New Hampshire, will be downsizing.

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At its meeting next week, the Mount Holly Select Board will consider an ordinance allowing all terrain vehicles to use some town roads. It's an issue that's been discussed in the past, and some residents are wondering why it's back on the agenda.

The CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dr. James Weinstein, has announced he will be retiring from his position at the end of June 2017.

At the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont, Julia Torti is the new assistant U.S. attorney in the civil division – a position that is focused on civil rights issues and cases.

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FairPoint Communications is being sold. Consolidated Communications, based in Matoon, Illinois, is planning pay about $1.5 billion for the company that provides landline and internet service in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

A new system for conducting annual vehicle inspections in Vermont will make it easier for the state to gather information and identify inspection problems.

A judge’s ruling in a lawsuit against the organization responsible for a creating a digital medical records system could help safeguard the state’s intellectual property, according to a lawyer who worked on the case.

The Department of Environmental Conservation has uncovered new sources of PFOA and PFOS, two hazardous chemicals that were used in manufacturing.

Longtime Washington County Sen. Bill Doyle will not be returning to the Statehouse in January. Doyle has withdrawn his request to have a recount in a race that he lost by 191 votes.

Norwich University received a $714,285 grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) aimed at expanding the university’s cybersecurity education programs.

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Vermonters have a new way of reaching help when they are having a mental health crisis: the Crisis Text Line . People can text the initials "VT" to the number 741741 and a trained crisis counselor will respond within 5 minutes.

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The House Democratic caucus, including Rep. Peter Welch, have voted to keep House minority leader Nancy Pelosi in her leadership position.

VTrans

The Vermont Agency of Transportation is starting its second phase of On-Road Bicycle Planning. During the first phase VTrans held statewide public meetings using the Vermont Interactive Television Network. But that technology is now a thing of the past. Starting with the first Phase Two meeting Thursday night, VTrans will live stream using Go To Meeting software.

The Springfield Police Department and the U.S. Attorney's office convened a meeting in Springfield Tuesday to try to get landlords to play a greater role in fighting the opioid epidemic.

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There’s a unique opportunity for local actors happening in Greensboro. This week auditions are being held for a staged reading of a new Christmas play by two well-known children’s authors.

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