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NWS Issues Flood Advisory for St. Croix

The National Weather Service in San Juan Tuesday morning issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for St. Croix. The advisory was to remain in effect until 9:15 a.m.
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Defense, Prosecution Spar Over Secret Recordings in Rape, Assault Case

An attorney representing a federal immigration officer accused of rape told a Superior Court judge Monday he wants restrictions on how much time before trial the prosecution can present new evidence.
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WAPA Board Addresses Buying New Generators

The V.I. Water and Power Authority governing board made some minor but required changes Monday to a financial arrangement to fund three new generating units at the St. Thomas Randolph Harley power plant.
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The Cruzan Rum distillery on St. Croix. (Marina Ricci photo)

The V.I. Budget Crisis: Part 15, Rum and Congress

With the U.S. Virgin Islands caught in a straitjacket of a budget crisis, there are things the U.S. Congress could do to help, starting with the funds the territory receives for rum production.
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Five-day storm outlook from the National Hurricane Center. (Click on image for closer view.)

Meteorologist Have Eyes on Atlantic Low Pressure System

There was no tropical storm activity in the north Atlantic as of Sunday, but that could change fairly quickly. Meteorologists have their eyes on two systems that threaten to kick off the hurricane season after two fairly quiet months.
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Defendant in Property Auction Scheme Fined $500,000

The Department of Justice announced it has settled its civil claims against Paul Sabers, one of four conspirators who admitted to participating in a public auction scheme to defraud the government.
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Sen. Nereida Rivera-O'Reilly, sown during an earlier budget hearing, had some pointed questions for the director of the Office of Veterans Affairs. (V.I. Legislature photo by Onaje Simmonds, 2017 Legislature summer intern)

Veterans Office Asks for Tighter Budget for FY 2018

V.I. Office of Veterans Affairs Director Patrick Farrell presented a budget request of $790,344 for his office in 2018, down from the $834,000 budgeted for the current fiscal year. One senator, however, had some pointed questions.
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From left, V.I. National Park Superintendent Jayne Schaeffer, Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett, NPS Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin, and Caribbean Parks Superintendent Randy Lavasseur face a community meeting Thursday on St. John.

St. John Residents Take National Park to Task for Decades of Disharmony

A packed room of St. John residents gathered Thursday to address National Park management on a host of perennial issues, including boundary disputes, scarce local hiring, and what many see as insensitive interpretation and enforcement policies.
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Sen. Tregenza Roach

Labor Relation Agencies Ask for Bigger Budgets

Senators peppered representatives Virgin Islands Public Employment Relations Board and Virgin Islands Labor Management Committee on three issues – government employees’ dissatisfaction, rent payments and employee training.
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Students arrive for class at the St. Croix Educational Complex. (Bill Kossler photo)

Interior Provides $2.4 Million For V.I. Public School Infrastructure Repairs

The Department of the Interior has made $2.4 million available in fiscal year 2017 grants to fund repairs in public schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the department announced Thursday.
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