January 22, 2018 1:06 pm Last modified: 1:05 pm

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Berta smiles for the camera at the Dog Parade.

Christiansted Boardwalk Welcomes Dog Parade

The Christiansted Boardwalk and Kings Alley echoed with happy barks and greetings from friends reconnecting at the 12th annual Krewe de Barkus Dog Parade Saturday.
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Contestants race to finish two pounds of bacon. (Photo by David Schnur)

Fundraiser Brings Home the Bacon for Animal Welfare Center

About 500 bacon lovers turned out Saturday to eat and compete, and while they were at it, to raise funds for the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center. The first BaconFest brought in more than $,4000 for the center.
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The Territorial Hospital Board discusses hurricane recovery Friday.

Territorial Hospital Board Learns Disaster Loans Will Be Less Than Half What Was Expected

The V.I. Territorial Hospital Board struggled Friday with how the hospitals would manage with far less than expected from federal loans to rebuild after hurricanes Irma and Maria. Each hospital faces more than $20 million in lost revenue.
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Appeals Court Rules Against Expanding Voting Rights in V.I., Territories

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled against expanding territorial voting rights in a case that affects the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico but not American Samoa or the Northern Marianas.
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Senate President Myron Jackson, flanked by members of the Majority Caucus, speaks about the Senate's contributions to hurricane relief efforts.

Senate Majority Touts Its Post-Hurricane Efforts

Disputing public claims that the Senate “hasn’t done anything” for the community since September’s storms, Senate Majority Leader Neville James called a Thursday news conference to discuss the Legislature’s accomplishments.
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An earth mover sorts debris left by Hurricanes Irma and Maria on St. John.

Senate Panel Will Look into Waste Haulers’ Delayed Pay

The head of the 32nd Legislature Committee on Housing, Public Works, Waste Management and Planning said he will address slow government payments to hurricane waste haulers at an upcoming hearing.
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The Caribbean Embrace Carnival Troupe marches in the 2017 Carnival Parade. (Photo submitted by the V.I. Carnival Committee)

St. Thomas Carnival Announces Theme for Spring Event

With the theme of "Embrace our culture, music, and cuisine for Carnival 2018," St. Thomas will hold its 66th annual carnival from March 31 to April 28, the V.I. Carnival Committee announced Thursday.
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Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett

V.I. Delegate Stacey Plaskett Named to House Transportation Committee

The House Democratic Steering Committee has recommended to the Democratic Caucus that Delegate Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands be appointed to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
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Sen. Kurt A. Vialet talks with Commissioner of Education Sharon McCollum during a break in Wednesday's Committee on Education, Youth and Recreation meeting. Dionne Wells-Hendrington, insular superintendent for the St. Thomas-St. John, looks on. (V.I. Legislature photo)

Public Schools Struggling to Get Back to Full Schedule

V.I. public schools face a shortage of both teachers support staff, and education officials told senators Wednesday that it will take a small miracle to get modular classrooms in the territories by the time schools open next year.
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A spotted eagle ray. {Photo by Caroline Rogers)

A Reporter’s Story: Rendezvous with Rendezvous Bay

Source reporter Amy Roberts moved to the Virgin Islands 35 years ago because of her love for the water. Returning to her beloved Rendezvous Bay after two hurricanes lashed the coast, she found damage – and hope.
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