July 25, 2017 8:38 pm Last modified: 3:04 pm

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Gov. Kenneth Mapp and Lieutenant Governor Osbert Potter speak to a series of issues Monday.

Mapp Reorganizes VIPD, Reports on Other Budget-Saving Measures

Gov. Kenneth Mapp on Monday announced structural changes within V.I. Police Department, and ongoing efforts with federal officials to solve issues, and cancellation of a contract for the Main Street Project.
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Containers like this antifreeze jug at Vessup Beach are among the debris frequently on local shores. (Photo by Kristina Edwards)

Plastic Recycling Program Aims to Cleans Up V.I.’s Beaches

Instead of sending plastics collected during beach cleanups to the territory’s nearly full landfills, a new program will recycle them and see to it that they become something new – in this case, a shampoo bottle.
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Ayana Flewellen and Justin Dunnavant talk about their youth program and archeological field school at the Nature Conservancy Monday on St. Croix.

International Association for Caribbean Archeology Holds Conference on St. Croix

Archeologists from around the Caribbean and Europe gathered Monday for the opening of the International Association for Caribbean Archeology Congress, held for the first time in the territory, with a focus on youth participation. David Hayes, of the St. Croix Archeological Society and
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Suspects in Property Auction Fraud Sentenced

Admitting he "made a mistake," Calford Charleswell, a former employee from the Lieutenant Governor’s Office who admitted to joining a scheme to defraud the government, was sentenced Monday to one year in jail.
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Territory Getting $240,000 Cancer Registry Grant

The U.S. Virgin Islands will receive a $240,412 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help set up a long-mandated cancer registry.
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Sen. Positive Nelson speaks at hearing on his Emancipation Week proposal. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature)

Nelson Reintroduces Medical Marijuana Bill

Sen. Positive Nelson, in his persistent effort to reform marijuana laws, has reintroduced the Virgin Islands Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act.
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Shalilma Edwards dishes up a serving of ital Sunday at Estate Bethlehem.

Farmers In Action Celebrate Haile Selassie Birthday

Farmers in Action and their guests celebrated the 125th birthday of Haile Selassie on Sunday in the grove of coconut trees at their 40-acre Estate Bethlehem property with music, clay pots of ital, tofu and rice, children playing.
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JFL Complies with CMS But Hasn’t Moved ER Yet

Although the Emergency Department with terminal drainage issues remains located at the hospital, the Gov. Juan Luis Hospital was deemed in compliance last Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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Finance Committee Considers Bills Affecting GERS, Retirees

Government retirees appeared on the agenda of the 32nd Legislature’s Committee on Finance Friday, but only one was moved forward by the committee with favorable recommendation.
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Coral reef on the west end of St. Croix

Feds Give USVI $103,000 For Sustainable Seafood, Coral Protection

The U.S. Department of the Interior has awarded the USVI $103,000 to help mitigate harmful red algae on corals and support reef responsible sustainable seafood production, DOI announced Friday.
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