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Horse Racing Anti-Doping, Commission Bills Move Forward

Bills setting new anti-doping regulations for horse racing and consolidating the two territorial horse racing commissions into a single commission moved forward in the Senate Thursday.
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Attorney General Claude Walker

V.I. Attorney General Confirms Investigation of Gambling Industry Campaign Donations

The V.I. Department of Justice is investigating campaign donations from slot machine company VIGL's local representative prior to last year's Senate votes giving VIGL a horse racing and slot machine franchise, Attorney General Claude Walker confirmed Thursday.
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Senate President Myron Jackson chairs Wednesday's legislative session. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature)

Hearing Scheduled to Decide on Empty Senate Seat

A decision handed down June 9 by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has given the Legislature the final say on what happens to the vacant St. Thomas-St. John Senate seat, but a hearing to settle the matter has yet to be scheduled,
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St. John Festival Shifts into High Gear

With the festival food sale and the Pan-O-Rama steel band showcase passed, St. John is gearing up for the remainder of its Festival 2017 events. This year’s Festival theme is 'The Present and Past in Ways Never Foreseen.'
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The Aedes aegypti mosquito carries the Zika virus. (Yale University School of Public Health photo)

No New Cases of Zika; Report Finds 1 in 12 Infants Infected in First Trimester Suffer Birth Defects

Very few cases of Zika have been reported in the last few months and for several weeks there have been no new cases, but the V.I. Department of Health says it’s still too soon to say the outbreak of the disease is over.
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Adm. William Moran, right, turns over command of the littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords to Cmdr. Keith Woodley Saturday in Galveston, Texas.

V.I. Native Takes Command of Navy’s Newest Combat Ship

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Keith Woodley, a native of St. Thomas, took command Saturday of USS Gabrielle Giffords, the Navy's newest shoreline combat ship, which was commissioned Saturday at a ceremony at the Port of Galveston.
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Lt Gov Osbert Potter

Potter Voices Objection to Confederate Flag at Charity Event

Lt. Gov. Osbert E. Potter, acting as governor while Gov. Kenneth Mapp is out of the territory, on Tuesday denounced the appearance of a Confederate flag at a charity event Sunday at Brewers Bay on St. Thomas.
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JFL Delays ER Move to VICC

The Emergency Department, plagued by a sewage collapse for almost six weeks, will not make the move scheduled for June 14 to the adjacent Virgin Island Cardiac Center.
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Ag Improving Irrigation for Farmers

Work is underway to expand the agriculture system in the Community Garden area on St. Croix, the V.I. Department of Agriculture announced.
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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Bill Moves Forward

A measure to declare September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month was approved in committee Tuesday. It would join the other special days, weeks and months that the V.I. governor issues an annual proclamation about each year.
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