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Casino Control Commission acting Chairman Usie Richards testifies before the Finance Committee meeting on Friday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Casino Control Commission Urges Government to Fill Vacancies

The Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission remains frustrated over the lack of an administration-appointed nominee for the director position of the Division of Gaming Enforcement and the position of Casino Control Commission chairman.
Department of Property and Procurement Commissioner Anthony Thomas defends the department’s FY 2021 budget during the Finance Committee budget hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Senators Criticize High-Paying Supervisory Positions at Procurement

Senators grilled V.I. Department of Property and Procurement Commissioner Anthony Thomas at Friday's budget hearing about having too many high-paying leadership positions within the department.

Scientists Work to Unravel Mystery of Rare Leatherback Nest at Hull Bay

Sometime on the night of May 2, a massive leatherback sea turtle hauled herself from the ocean onto Hull Bay beach to lay nearly six dozen eggs in what scientists say was a “very rare” event for St. Thomas.

Illegal STX Horse Track Shut As Licensed Track Stuck in Limbo

The V.I. government shut down an illegal horse racing track on St. Croix this week. Horsemen put together the makeshift track in Williams Delight after the closure of the island's Randall “Doc” James racetrack in 2016.

Governor Orders Bars, Casinos Closed and Extends Travel Restrictions for 10 States

With the number of positive COVID-19 cases up, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. shut down bars in the territory, extended travel restrictions for 10 states and ordered beaches closed by 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Gaming centers and casinos are also closed, effective immediately.
Smoke rises from a fire at the Anguilla Landfill. (Susan Ellis photo)

13th Fire in a Year Shuts STX Landfill Thursday

A fire broke out at the Anguilla Landfill Thursday morning around 6 a.m. It was put out by noon and the landfill will open at 6 a.m. Friday, according to Waste Management Authority spokeswoman Melody Rames.

Jump in COVID-19 cases at Limetree Bay Prompts Safety Changes *UPDATE- New Numbers*

Limetree Bay Terminals oil storage company and Limetree Bay Refining, the affiliated companies at the former Hovensa refinery on St. Croix, announced an increase in COVID-19 positive cases at the facility Thursday.
Police Detectives and employees of the Medical Examiners office work the scene of a shooting at which 29-year-old Rique Ashby and 14-year-old Aaron Ashby died of gunshot wounds. (VIPD photo)

Two Males, One of Them a Teen, Killed While Working in Tutu High Rise...

Two people were killed by gunfire Thursday, an adult and a 14-year-old male, while working in the area of the shuttered Tutu High Rise.

Senators Consider Cuts to Corrections and Information Technology Bureaus

At the Senate Finance Committee’s budget hearing for the Bureau of Corrections and the Bureau of Information Technology, senators’ questions covered a wide swath of territory, from what corrections officers are paid to whether government computers are safe from hackers.

COVID-19 Cases Jump by 22 in Largest Single Day Increase

The V.I. Health Department reported 22 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the largest single day increase in the territory since the pandemic began.

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