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Sen. Novelle Francis (D-STX) presides over Tuesday’s Senate session. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senators Approve Doubling Agriculture Spending With No Way to Pay

The V.I. government's spending on the Department of Agriculture will more than double, increasing by $8 million or more per year, if a bill approved in committee Monday becomes law. But senators proposed no corresponding cuts nor any way to divert that funding from other departments.

STT District Court: Petersen Charged in Altona Armored Car Robbery

Melik Petersen, age 28, was charged Friday in St. Thomas District Court with Hobb’s Act Robbery in connection with the attempted robbery of an armored car making a pick up at a St. Thomas bank, one of three recent actions in St. Thomas District Court.

Airlift Reflects Rate of Recovery in Territory

Travelers waiting for a return of the relative ease of air travel between the Virgin Islands and various mainland destinations will have to wait...
Heallthy sponges and corals grow below a ledge amid devastation from Hurricane Irma. (Photo by Mike Anderson)

Two Years Post Irma: Marine Life Begins to Recover

Two years after hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped through the islands, optimistic nature lovers are quick to point out signs of recovery. Biologists, however, are much more reticent about celebrating nature’s recovery.
USVI Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett, right, welcomes attendees as EVHybridNoire co-founder Terry Travis looks on. (Source photo by April Knight)

Plaskett Panel Grapples with Challenge of New Transportation Trends

Top executives from Lyft, General Motors and Tantalus Systems spoke at Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett’s panel on new mobility Friday, tackling challenges in getting new transportation trends, like electric vehicles into the USVI.
Satellite photo shows low pressure system, lower right, bringing rain clouds across the Atlantic. Hurricane Humberto is in the upper left moving northwest towards the Carolinas. (NOAA image)

Low-Pressure System Moving Across Atlantic

A small low pressure system producing an area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms is working its way over the east-central tropical Atlantic.
Roberta Knowles, left receives a gold trophy from Joan Keenan for her work on 'Proudly We Served.' (Photo by Elisa McKay)

V.I. Documentary Team Receives 3 Telly Awards for ‘Proudly We Served’

The production team of “Proudly We Served: Virgin Islands Veterans of the Korean War,” gathered Sept. 10 to present Telly Awards won by the documentary produced on behalf of the American Legion District 10.
Akeem Stanley (VIPD picture)

Two Arrested in 2018 Murder

The V.I. Police Department on Friday arrested two men and charged them in the July 2018 murder of Emile Brin at Hams Bluff.

VIPA Seeks to Dredge for the Biggest Cruise Ships

The V.I. Port Authority is looking to modify its permit with DPNR’s Coastal Zone Management to allow additional dredging, which would create enough navigational space for both Quantum-class and Oasis-class sized ships to be berthed at the Crown Bay Harbor at the same time.

Short Staffing Leaves STT Corrections Workers on Long Shifts

Staffing shortages at the Bureau of Correction's jail on St. Thomas have led some jail guards to work 24-hour shifts, and the director of the Corrections Bureau told a judge the jail could not be improved to meet the standards of a federal consent decree.

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