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Jenifer O’Neal testifies Tuesday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Finance and OMB Heads Disagree With Legislative Plans

Jenifer O’Neal, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Clarina Elliott, executive assistant commissioner at the Department of Finance, had a long day at the Senate Committee on Finance Tuesday as senators debated bills.
From left, Vincent Richards and Eric Castro Testify at Tuesday’s hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senate OKs Sub Base Leases for Music Makers and Cement Producer

The Senate Committee on Finance Tuesday voted to approve government leases to Panyard People and Universal Concrete. Both government properties are in Sub Base on St. Thomas.
In this 2011 photo, Central High students leave school early after a mysterious odor caused classes to be canceled. (Source file photo)

Central High Students Missing Second Week Due to Smells

Students at St. Croix Central High are now entering their second week without class and with no end in sight, due to ongoing complaints of an unpleasant smell. Central High School will remain closed on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Toby Derima (Photo provided by VIPD)

VIPD’s New Spokesperson is Toby Derima

Toby Derima, a 22-year veteran of the V.I. Police Department, is taking on the role of public information officer for the department, according to a statement from Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor.
Acting Deputy Chief of Police Operations David Cannonier testifies Monday on two traffic bills. (V.I. Legislature photo)

Senate Forwards Stay Left and Driving Under the Influence Bills

The U.S. Virgin Islands is known for its laid-back attitude toward the consumption of alcohol. However, senators and members of the V.I. Police Department are concerned that that attitude might be too costly to continue.
Metal debris cannot be brought to the Bovoni Landfill, and so a lot of it ends up on the side of the road. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

No End in Sight to St. Thomas Landfill Metal Ban

St. Thomas residents and businesses waiting for the V.I. Waste Management Authority to lift scrap metal restrictions at the Bovoni Landfill will have to wait longer, according to a WMA spokeswoman.
Agriculture commissioner Positive T.A. Nelson introduces Deputy Commissioner Khadija Blyden, left, and Assistant Commissioner Dianna Callwood. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Ag Plans Community Events and Trainings, and Issues a Warning

On Monday Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson outlined a series of events planned by his department to support the farming community, but first he had a warning for Virgin Islands residents. Don't buy meat from anyone but a known livestock farmer.
Students unload from the school bus Monday at St. Croix Central High School.

Central High School Closed Tuesday Due to the Return of the Odor

St. Croix Central High School will be closed Tuesday due to a recurrence of gaseous odors impacting the campus, the Department of Education reported.
The District Court on St. Croix.

Fifth STX Woman Pleads Guilty in Tax Fraud Scheme

Thema Liverpool, a 31-year-old St. Croix resident, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to defraud the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert announced.
Foam blocks wash up on south shore beaches during and after Tropical Storm Karen. (Photo by Toni Lance)

Refinery’s Foam Plastic Litters South Shore Months After September Storm

As Tropical Storm Karen passed south of St. Croix on Sept. 24, residents on the south shore noticed 110-pound polystyrene floats washing ashore. By the end of the day, more than 50 floats had accumulated on several beaches east and west of the Limetree Bay Terminal.

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