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Richard Motta, director of communications for Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. Bryan, addresses the media at Government House, St. Croix. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

News Conference: Governor Continuing to Press FEMA

The governor is continuing to press FEMA to release desperately needed hurricane recovery funds, Richard Motta, director of communications for Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., reported Monday during a news conference at Government House on St. Croix.
Assistant Education Commissioner Marie Encarnacion tells senators that metal batons send the wrong message to students. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Panel Debates Arming Monitors with Metal Batons

Whether to prohibit school monitors from carrying metal batons became a topic of debate Monday, questioning if meeting violence with violence was appropriate in the territory schools.
Dionne Wells-Hedrington, chief operating officer for education, said new school buildings are needed. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Educators Want New Schools, Senators Want the Grass Cut

Passions ran high as members of the Committee on Education and Workforce Development questioned Department of Education representatives about preparations for the 2019-2020 school year.
Adisa's book, part of her trilogy for children.

Writer Pens Trilogy for Children of STX

Opal Palmer Adisa, a Jamaican-born award-winning poet, novelist, performance artist and educator, said St. Croix has had a significant cultural influence on her and has inspired her to write a trilogy of books for local children.
VIPD patrol car. (Linda Morland photo)

Brothers Found Dead; No Foul Play Suspected

Two men, brothers in their 60s, were found dead Monday morning, but police said the preliminary investigation showed no sign of foul play. The two men were identified by next of kin as 69-year-old John Rapine, a FEMA employee, and his 61-year-old brother, Joseph Rapine.

Police Assure the Court Malware Fix is in the Works

Top officials at the Virgin Islands Police Department have assured a federal judge they can continue to uphold the standards achieved when the court declared they reached compliance in an 11-year-old use-of-force case.
RT Park Executive Director Peter Chapman answers questions at a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee. (USVI Legislature photo)

RT Park Chief Fields Questions on Contracts, Variable Benefits

Senators questioned Peter Chapman, executive director of the University of the Virgin Islands’ Research and Technology Park, on Wednesday about the entity’s operations and variable benefits offered to tenant companies. They also raised questions regarding an old contract that the park is forced to honor.
Deputy Commissioner of Transportation Karole Ovesen-McGregor and V.I. resident Bruce Flamon testify before the Senate Committee on Transportation Friday. (Photo by the USVI Legislature)

Panel OKs Bill Authorizing Ads on Vitran Buses

The Senate Committee on Transportation voted Friday to allow the Department of Public Works to display advertising on Vitran buses, even though the buses already carry such ads.
Aquaponically grown lettuce is harvested at UVI. (UVI photo)

National Geographic Features UVI Aquaponics Program

The University of the Virgin Islands Agriculture Experiment Station is featured in the August issue of National Geographic, one of the leading magazines on science, geography, history, and world culture.
Government House. (File photo)qGovernment House. (File photo)

Pre-Election Pay Increases Being Processed

The V.I. government is processing pay increases negotiated in collective bargaining agreements with several departments and agencies, Government House announced Friday.

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