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Lyana Serieux (Photo from Facebook)

Police Find Body in Cistern; May Be Missing Mother

The V.I. Police Department on Thursday found a woman's body in a cistern on abandoned property behind the Mutual Housing Community and, while they have not yet confirmed an identity, have suggested it may be the body of 24-year-old Lyana Serieux.
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V.I. Becomes First Territory to Join FirstNet

The U.S. Virgin Islands became the first U.S. territory to opt in to FirstNet, a wireless broadband network for public safety, which will be built and operated by AT&T, Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced Tuesday in a news release.
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Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Kurt Vialet and Commissioner of Property and Procurement Lloyd Bough look through budget information.

Property and Procurement Plans More Leases to Offset Cuts

The Department of Property and Procurement plans to lease out more government property to make up for a recommended 14 percent cut from the General Fund in FY 2018, the department’s commissioner Lloyd T. Bough, Jr told senators Wednesday.
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Human Services Commissioner Felecia Blyden addresses the Senate at Wednesday's session. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature)

Territory Abandons Homeless Program

A last ditch attempt to save the “Home at Last” program, designed to rehabilitate chronic homeless people, has turned out to be a case of too little too late.
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Plaskett Discusses Trump Budget’s Effect on V.I.

Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett is back in the U.S. Virgin Islands as Congress takes its August recess, and wants to hear from her constituents.
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A trash truck hauls waste to the landfill on St. Croix. (File photo)

St. Croix Trash Tipping Fees Delayed After Haulers Protest

St. Croix trash haulers stopped hauling for two days and held a public meeting Tuesday to protest trash tipping fees that went into effect that day, prompting the Waste Management Authority to put off the fees until September.
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Fresh local produce is sold at the Jackson Farm stand on St. Croix (Bill Kossler photo)

Feds Praise V.I. Farmer’s Market WIC Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service recently recognized the Virgin Fresh Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program for having the highest average rate of redemption of vouchers in the nation in 2016.
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Janelle Sarauw Holds First Town Hall Meeting

Janelle Sarauw held her first town hall meeting to hear concerns from St. Johnians.
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Lyana Serieux (Photo from Facebook)

Two Bodies Found, One Person of Interest Identified in St. Croix Missing Persons Case

Police Department officials announced that they had found the bodies of two minor boys near Half Penny Beach and were still searching for the mother.
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Gov. Kenneth Mapp

Proposed Budget for Governor’s Office Includes Seven Percent Cut

Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s proposed FY 2018 budget proposes approximately $668,000, or seven percent, in spending cuts within his own office.
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