May 22, 2017 10:48 pm Last modified: 3:50 pm

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Gov. Kenneth Mapp and Human Services Commissioner Felecia Blyden at Friday's press conference

Feds Approve V.I. Medicaid Expansion

Nineteen thousand more Virgin Islanders are now eligible for healthcare and prescription drug coverage under the federal Medicaid program under expanded funding in the federal Affordable Care Act.
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From left, Kiara Lionel, Aaniyra Lionel and Azarah Almestica walk a few laps Sunday during the Relay for Life. The girls were part of the team from Viya.

Participation Down for Cancer Society’s Relay for Life

The number of teams walking and running in the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life dropped significantly this year, as 34 teams took part instead of the 60 hoped for.
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A cruise ship visits the Fredericksted pier on St. Croix. (John Baur photo)

Tourism Addresses Steep Decline in St. Croix Cruise Ship Visits

Steps are being taken to counter an almost 75 percent decrease in cruise ship passengers to St. Croix this year, the Virgin Islands Tourism commissioner told the Source.
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GERS Complex on St. Croix. (Source file photo)

Government Still Behind Paying GERS

The V.I. government is now making payments to GERS, but it is way behind. GERS Administrator Austin Nibbs said the central government had not made payments for the April 13; April 27 and May 11 pay days.
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Man Killed in Barren Spot Shooting

At least one gunman opened fire on a vehicle at about noon Friday in Barren Spot, leaving one man dead, the V.I. Police reported.
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St. Croix Police Chief Winsbut McFarlande and Police Commissioner Delroy Richards discuss the arrests in a rape and car jacking case.

Suspects Arrested in Rape, Car Jacking

Two young men were arrested Thursday and Friday and a third has been located on the mainland in conjunction with a May 6 carjacking and rape on St. Croix’s south shore.
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Coast Guard Offloads 573 Pounds of Marijuana in St. Croix; 7 Suspects Detained

The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded approximately 573 pounds of marijuana, valued at about $1.2 million, Thursday in St. Croix. The offload followed a sea interdiction in international waters off Martinique.
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Work continues on the simulation center, which is slated to open in April 2018. (Carol Buchanan photo)

Proposed UVI Med School Faces Unique Challenges, Huge Hurdles

A medical school at the University of Virgin Islands has the potential to ignite an ailing economy. Construction of the proposed school is making progress, but hurdles remain.
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Kurt Vialet chairs the Finance Committee hearing Thursday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature)

Senators Hold JFL Sewer, Medicaid Match Bills

Senators held, for now, legislation proposed by Gov. Kenneth Mapp to divert $3 million in federal rum funds to fix major sewer pipe problems at Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, after a hearing Thursday.
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WAPA Has the Solution, But Can It Get the Financing?

WAPA has a plan to bring, in the words of spokesperson Jean Greaux Sr., “generation stability” to the islands, but it has a problem. It needs $85 million to do it.
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