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CDC Awards $60 Million to Help States, Territories Battle Zika

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will begin making awards totaling nearly $60 million to states, cities and territories to support efforts to protect Americans from Zika virus disease.

Danish West Indies First Citizen-Owned Newspaper Now Digitalized and Online

Over 3,000 pages of David Hamilton Jackson’s The Herald, which is the first citizen-owned and -operated newspaper in the Danish West Indies, have been digitized and are freely available online to researchers everywhere.

VIWMA’s Mandahl Convenience Center Open House Set for July 23

The V.I. Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) has scheduled the official opening of the Mandahl Convenience Center for Sunday, July 24. St. Thomas Northside and East End residents will now have a state of the art manned facility for the disposal of solid waste, household hazardous waste and other special waste items.

Visa Costs Deter Carnival Entertainment, Officials tell Lawmakers

High U.S. visa costs, delays and slow local V.I. funding for entertainment have shrunk the pool of entertainers for St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas carnivals while pushing expenses way up.

HUD Awards $69,000 for Job Training of Low Income V.I. Residents

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $69,000 to Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA) to help families living in public housing and those participating in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program connect with services to further their education, find good jobs, and set them on a path to self-sufficiency.

Property Tax Bills No Longer Offer 5 Percent Discount

The 2016 Property Tax bills that have been issued to all property owners on record as of Jan. 1, 2016, will not offer the 5 percent discount as in previous years.

News From the Office of Veterans Affairs

The Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs announces news about veterans' license plates, the 36th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games and the new location of a VA office.

Mapp Planning $2 Million in Renovations to Executive Offices Across the Islands

Gov. Kenneth Mapp's plans for almost $2 million in renovations to executive offices on all three islands raised a small amount of concern for some senators during budget hearings Tuesday.

Educators in 13 Teacher Shortage Areas Are Eligible for Student Loan Benefits

The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) on June 21 approved an application from the Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) to designate 13 of its academic disciplines or subject matter as teacher-shortage areas during the 2016-17 school year

This Week’s Senate Calendar

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

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