July 25, 2017 8:39 pm Last modified: 3:04 pm

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FY 2004-2017 and proposed FY 2018 expenses

Mapp Submits Austere $833.9 Million FY 2018 Budget

Gov. Kenneth Mapp submitted his Fiscal Year 2018 budget Friday afternoon as projected earlier in the week, and as expected it is smaller than last year’s budget proposal and ultimate appropriations. It projects $833.9 million in local General Fund spending for all executive bran
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Denise Cleveland-Leggett takes the oath of office (HUD photo)

Denise Cleveland-Leggett named HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Overseeing USVI

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson named Denise Cleveland-Leggett on Friday to serve as HUD’s Region IV regional administrator. As the regional administrator, she will work from HUD’s Atlanta Regional Office and lead HUD’s Southeast operation in the states of Alab
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Cleanup after July 20 Cruz Bay fire

Rash of Fires on St. John

The V.I. Fire Service responded to a rash of structural fires over two days on the island of St. John., including one that destroyed Destiny Care Rental in Cruz Bay.
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About a 150 members of the St. Thomas community attended Thursday’s town hall meeting.

Cruise Officials at Town Hall: Territory Must Reinvent to Stem Slumping Arrivals

At a town hall Thursday, leading cruise executives said if the U.S. Virgin Islands wants to have soaring cruise passenger numbers and rave reviews like it did in the past, it must refresh and reinvent itself to stand out from other island competitors.
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An attentive crowd of people interested in the future of the V.I. National Park fills the Legislative Annex on St. John.

Public Voices Concerns at Off Again/On Again Park Service Meeting

A series of miscommunications led a St. John community organization to call a town meeting Thursday evening to air concerns about restructuring the chain of command within the Virgin Islands National Park, then cancel it, then hold it.
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Dr. Frank Odlum, chairman of the V.I. Board of Medical Examiners, testifies before the Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services.

Senators Discuss Streamlining Medical Licensure Boards

All nine medical licensure boards that fall under the Department of Health’s Professional Licensure Division, and one that falls outside it, suffer from membership and resource shortages that may need to be addressed by legislative action.
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*Updated* Virgin Islanders Blindsided By Shift in NPS Authority Structure

A new park superintendent is expected to introduce himself at a Thursday meeting on St. John.
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Doug Domenech (U.S. Department of the Interior photo)

Insular Affairs Nominee Is a Petroleum Advocate and Climate-Change Skeptic

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing Thursday to consider Doug Domenech, President Donald Trump's nominee for assistant secretary of insular affairs in the Department of the Interior.
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Ron De Lugo Federal Courthouse

Feds Arrest Computer Instructor on Charges of Alien Smuggling, Bank Fraud

Dean Batiste, a government contractor teaching computer skills for the Department of Labor, has been indicted by a grand jury for alien smuggling and identification fraud.
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Waste Management Board Approves Funding for Important Contracts

The V.I. Waste Management Authority board conducted a quick meeting Wednesday after a long executive session and approved funding for several significant contracts without much discussion.
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