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

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Janelle Sarauw

Sarauw Slated to Be Sworn in at Noon

Janelle Sarauw is scheduled to be sworn in as a member of the V.I. Legislature at noon Friday.
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St. Croix Horse Racing Commission Chair Wayne Biggs Jr. at a Senate hearing in 2016 (photo by Barry Leerdam courtesy of the V.I. Legislature)

Horse Racing Commission, Anti-Doping Bills Move to Senate Floor

Bills setting new anti-doping regulations for horse racing and consolidating the two territorial horse racing commissions into a single commission were sent Thursday to the full Senate for final votes.
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John Beagles questions new fees at Waste Management Authority town hall meeting.

Waste Haulers Protest New Fees

St. Croix waste haulers objected en masse Thursday night to fees being imposed by the V.I. Waste Management Authority beginning Aug. 1 – with several saying households also should pay to dispose of the territory’s trash.
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Attorney George Dudley testifying at a senate hearing in January of 2017 (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature)

Franchise Tax Bill Softened With Amendment

Legislation to slightly increase franchise taxes for corporations, a small tax on each licensed corporation doing business in the territory, was amended to limit its impact on capital investments, then sent out of the Rules and Judiciary Committee Thursday for a final vote.
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New Drop Boxes Make Submitting Catch Reports Easier for Fishers

To make it more convenient for commercial and recreational fishers to submit their monthly catch reports, the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources is installing new drop boxes in popular fishing launch areas.
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U.S. Interior Department Funding a V.I. Consumer Price Index

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs has awarded the U.S. Virgin Islands a $250,000 grant to develop and set up a 2017 Consumer Price Index.
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U.S. Capitol

Mapp Says Interior Dept. Supports Increase in Rum Cover Over

U.S. Interior Department officials told Gov. Kenneth Mapp this week they will back a permanent increase in the amount of federal rum excise taxes returned to the local treasury.
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Reforms to Noise Pollution Law Pass Committee

A bill aiming to clarify the territory’s existing noise pollution laws, and make penalties easier to enforce, cleared the 32nd Legislature’s Committee.
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The V.I. Budget Crisis, Part 14: Medicaid and Medicare, How Did We Get Here, How Do We Get Out?

Congress could do several things which would quickly eliminate the territory's budgetary problems.
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Prosecutors Team Up To Tackle Robbery Squads

As a result of their efforts, federal and local prosecutors have indicted, convicted or sentenced 17 individuals charged with federal Hobbs Act violations.
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