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Genetic Study Finds Taino Live on in Modern Caribbeans

A new study finds close genetic links between ancient Taino and modern Puerto Ricans, calling into question old assumptions that Taino people – who once populated what is now the U.S. Virgin Islands – ever really went away.
VIPA Executive Director David Mapp testifies.

Bill to Change Management at Frederiksted Pier Gets No Support from WICO, VIPA

The heads of VIPA and the West Indian Company Ltd. each said Wednesday that a proposed bill to shift management of Frederiksted’s Ann E. Abramson Pier to WICO is unlikely to increase St. Croix’s cruise ship visits.
St. Croix Territorial Hospital Board members met on St. Croix, joined remotely by St. Thomas, discussing hospitals’ hurricane recovery Wednesday.

Territorial Hospital Board Fails to Approve Dialysis Contract

The V.I. Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation Board approved a procurement procedure Wednesday, but not a contract to order dialysis chairs to replace hurricane-damaged equipment at the JFL Hospital.
Hurricane Irma's force threw this catamaran on top of a dockside building. (Love City Strong)

V.I.’s Hurricane Insurance Gamble Getting Riskier

As the hurricane and the government budget seasons approach, the Virgin Islands once again must choose: Set aside money in a special account for insurance, as mandated by law, or use the money instead for immediate expenses.
Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett

Congressional Hearing: Official Admits Poor Handling of Medical Evacuees

There was a muted mea culpa offered this week at a hearing by a Congressional subcommittee held on St. Thomas. The hasty removal of the sick could have been handled better and, one officials said, would be in the future.
Students nationwide will protest gun violence Wednesday. The AR-15 is a focus of the gun debate. (Photo from Gun News)

V.I. Students Joining Nationwide Protest of Gun Violence

Many V.I. public and private schools are planning to join in a peaceful student-led protest against gun violence Wednesday.
Debris lines St JOhn's NOrth Shore Road. Because it is in the V.I. National Park, it is not included in the total for the island.

FEMA Wraps Up Debris Collection; Dems Urge Trump to Extend Fed Help

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced this week it will complete collection of vegetative and construction/demolition debris from roadside rights-of-way in St. John and St. Thomas on Friday, March 15.
Rep. Blake Farenthold, chairman of the Congressional Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and the Environment

Congressional Committee Hears Testimony on Federal Hurricane Response

The U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and the Environment held a formal hearing on St. Thomas Monday, taking testimony from officials on the federal response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Lonnie Soury

Government House: USVI is Not a Tax Haven

In a brief written statement Monday, the V.I. government rejected action by the European Commission placing the territory on the European Union’s blacklist of jurisdictions that it says do not exercise proper tax transparency.

Ballot Initiatives in the USVI: How Do They Work?

The civic group St. Croix Government Retirees Inc. and its president, Mary Moorhead, are seeking to change V.I. law, circulating a petition for a ballot initiative to split the territory into five districts.

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