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Sen. Nereida Rivera-O'Reilly, sown during an earlier budget hearing, had some pointed questions for the director of the Office of Veterans Affairs. (V.I. Legislature photo by Onaje Simmonds, 2017 Legislature summer intern)

Senate Expanding Roles for Optometrists, Dental Therapists

If bills approved in committee this week become law, Optometrists, not just medical ophthalmologists, may treat glaucoma, and dental therapists may be allowed to perform simpler, less risky treatments formerly reserved for licensed dentists.

Facing Large Turnover, Senators Say Legislature Will Need Strong Central Staff

With at least six veteran lawmakers exiting the Legislature come January, some senators say the institution will need to lean on experienced central Senate staff to hold the ship steady as neophyte lawmakers navigate their first term in office.

Elections Board Fields Challenges About Machine Irregularities

With the counting of outstanding ballots complete in both districts, V.I. Joint Board of Elections members convened Thursday to resolve several challenges filed by...

Jury Finds Former Sen. Wayne James Guilty of Wire Fraud, Embezzlement

A federal jury in V.I. District Court found former Sen. Wayne James guilty of wire fraud and embezzlement Thursday.
BMV Director Lawrence Olive testifies at an earlier Senate hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature)

Real IDs for Virgin Islanders Are Really Coming, BMV Director Says

Virgin Islands residents have reported being harassed by Homeland Security agents when they use their V.I. license as identification while traveling between the territory and the States, but that will soon change according to Bureau of Motor Vehicles Director Lawrence Olive.

LCCN Steps Up Requests for Donations Following DLCA Decision

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs' recent decision that Love City Community Network cannot charge its regular users a monthly fee has prompted the community-based internet service to step up its requests for donations.
Blue tarps covering damaged roofs dot the landscape of Estate Tutu on St. Thomas in March 2018. (Bill Kossler photo)

HUD Extends Foreclosure Moratorium 30 Days

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is extending its moratorium program for Federal Housing Administration insured mortgages for another 30 days, according to Delegate Stacey Plaskett.
General II prepares to disembark a load of cars and trucks. (Photo from the Global Marine, LLC, Facebook page)

Global Marine Sends Barge to Dry Dock, Readies a New One

The Virgin Islands Port Authority sent out a news release confirming that the M/V General II, owned by Global Marine, will be out of commission for at least a week – more likely two weeks.
WAPA CEO Lawrence Kupfer testifies before the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday.

WAPA Budget Shortfall is $40 Million; Government Debt to WAPA, $41.2 Million

V.I. Water and Power Authority officials told lawmakers Tuesday that the utility is projecting a $40 million deficit for fiscal year 2019 and still awaits some $41.2 million in unpaid power and water bills from the local government.
Rotary International President Barry Rassin and his wife, Esther visited Frederiksted Monday.

Rotary International President Visits St. Croix

The four Rotary Clubs on St. Croix welcomed Rotary International President Barry Rassin on a visit to celebrate the clubs' anniversaries.

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