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Tiptoeing On the Edge: V.I. Medicaid Funding Extended One Month

On Thursday, Congress extended vital Medicaid funding for the U.S. Virgin Islands by one month, briefly holding off damaging cuts to critical health services to the territory's most vulnerable, but also to hospital funds and, ultimately, tax revenues and economic activity.
Schneider Regional Medical Center. Testimony in the retrial of hospital officials concluded Tuesday. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

Judge Tells Hospital Prosecutors To Calculate Embezzlement Losses

One week after a jury found three former top Schneider hospital executives guilty of racketeering and embezzlement, defendants and lawyers were back in court on Thursday, as Superior Court Judge Michael Dunston convened a forfeiture hearing.

Agriculture Committee OKs Bills to Help Farmers Access Water

The Committee on Economic Development, Regulations and Agriculture moved forward two bills during a Thursday hearing on St. Croix that would help farmers keep a consistent water supply for agricultural needs.

Executives Say WAPA Will Be Transformed By 2024

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority promised improved efficiency, resiliency and greater renewable penetration, as part of a five-year transformation plan presented by WAPA Executive Director Lawrence Kupfer at the utility's Revenue Estimating Conference on Wednesday.

Getting to Know Sharks in St. Croix Waters

Lemon, nurse, Caribbean reef and tiger sharks meander in and out of the marine protected area around Buck Island Reef National Park even during a Category 5 hurricane, a scientist told an audience that filled the room at the Guinea Company Warehouse on Wednesday evening.

We Deh Yah Quadrille Dancers to Sashay Through Italy and France

St. Croix’s We Deh Yah Quadrille Dancers have been invited to participate in the World Folkloric Festival in Europe.

Men’s League Pre-Season Soccerama to Begin Nov. 3

The games are free to attend. There will be entertainment and food and drinks on sale. Everyone is invited to come out and get social with soccer on Sundays.
Proprietor Patricia LaCorte expresses delight with Oceana’s spacious open concept kitchen. (Photo provided by Oceana Restaurant and Bistro)

Double Dining Pleasures Coming Soon to Oceana Restaurant and Bistro

The recent opening of Oceana Restaurant and Bistro reflects a sign of post-hurricane revitalization lighting up Frenchtown’s dining out skyline. At the end of November, the two-year project will culminate with the reopening of Oceana at its original seaside location.
Smoke billows on Sunday afternoon from a fire at the Anguilla Landfill, adjacent to the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Court’s Waste Management Hearing Focuses on EPA plans

The promise of federal help to replace St. Croix’s Anguilla Landfill offered a bit of hope during the most recent compliance hearing for the V.I. Waste Management Authority in District Court.
Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte presents to attendees of the semi-annual Revenue Estimating Conference. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Tourism Figures Rise, But V.I. Is ‘Under Siege’ on Cruise Ship Arrivals

Tourism has been rebounding in the territory since the 2017 hurricanes. Air visitors are up by 43 percent in the past year, hotel tax revenue collections are up 40 percent and cruise ship arrivals are up only 3.8 percent, to just under a million passengers.

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