This Week’s Senate Calendar

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

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DOH to Host Zika Public Forums

In response to the rise in Zika cases in the territory and the recent discovery that Zika can be sexually transmitted by both men and women, the V.I. Department of Health (VIDOH) is sponsoring two Zika public forums, one in each district.

2016-07-23 07:19:16
V.I.’s Julius Jackson Loses to Opponent Odom in Third Round

After dominating for two rounds Friday against opponent Jerry Odom, 340 Boxing champ Julius Jackson (19-2, 15 KOs) got caught with a right to the head that left him unable to continue, allowing Odom to win the bout by technical knockout 1:54 into the third round. 

2016-07-23 00:46:43
Beach Advisory for July 18-22

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following:

2016-07-22 23:08:05
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V.I. National Guard Troop Allotment Cut by 137 Soldiers

The V.I. National Guard is shrinking and the federal government has lowered the ceiling on the number of soldiers it may have, but the reduction does not affect any V.I. guardsmen currently serving.

Read entire articleJul 8 2016 - 12:26am
Nationally Recognized Mental Health Expert Speaks on St. Thomas

On Thursday evening, mental illness advocates gathered to hear from a nationally recognized mental health expert that’s advising the territory on how to improve a largely lacking system.

Read entire articleJul 8 2016 - 12:18am
Senators Frustrated with Delays on Paul E. Joseph Stadium

Slow progress on the long-delayed rebuilding of Frederiksted's Paul E. Joseph stadium sparked frustration among some senators during budget hearings Thursday.

Read entire articleJul 7 2016 - 11:02pm
Breast and Cervical Cancer Insurance Program Available for Uninsured Women

The territory has a medical assistance program that covers treatment costs for uninsured women with breast and cervical cancer, but many are unaware that it exists. 

Read entire articleJul 7 2016 - 10:54pm
BVI Man Sentenced for Alien Smuggling

Ashemba Frett of Tortola, BVI, was sentenced Thursday to three months in prison and three years of supervised release for encouraging and inducing aliens to illegally enter the United States.

Read entire articleJul 7 2016 - 10:16pm
AG: Revoking Business Licenses Gets Parents to Pay Child Support

Child support payments are up substantially since the Department of Justice ramped up enforcement efforts, Attorney General Claude Walker told senators during budget hearings Wednesday.

Read entire articleJul 6 2016 - 11:19pm
High Cost of WAPA Propane Conversion Will Initially Reduce Customer Savings

The cost of utilities dominated discussions Wednesday as the V.I. Public Services Commission presented its budget to the Senate Finance Committee. The PSC oversees WAPA's rates.

Read entire articleJul 6 2016 - 11:10pm
Moody's Downgrades WAPA Bonds to 'Junk Bond' Status

The credit rating agency Moody's Investor Services on Tuesday lowered the rating of WAPA's bonds to Ba3, what investors consider a "junk bond" rating.

Read entire articleJul 6 2016 - 11:07pm
JFL Hospital Board Hopeful on Finances and Projects

"May has been a good month,” according to JFL Hospital’s chief financial officer, who suggested to the hospital's board of directors Wednesday the figures show “continued improvement.”

Read entire articleJul 6 2016 - 11:01pm
Three Plead Guilty to Money Laundering in 'Chow Mein' Conspiracy

Tamisha McBean, 32, of St. Thomas pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to "conspiracy to launder monetary instruments" in the "chow mein can" drug conspiracy.

Read entire articleJul 6 2016 - 10:58pm