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VIPA Director’s No-Show Lays Bare Senate Divisions

The no-show of Virgin Islands Port Authority Director David Mapp at a Senate committee hearing Thursday led to a contentious exchange between lawmakers and barely-veiled accusations of cowing to the Mapp administration.

V.I. Raids Insurance Guaranty Fund, Repeals Ballot Photos

In what has become a periodic budgetary ritual, on Wednesday Senators voted to cut the cap of the Insurance Guaranty Fund from $50 million down to $10 million, to help balance the government's budget for next year.
Sen. Alicia Hansen encourages testifier Kristen Greenaway as, from left, Deputy Chief Public Defender Hannibal O'Bryan and Attorney General Claude Walker wait their turn to testify. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Senate Panel Tables ‘Liberally Crafted’ Expungement Bill

Lawmakers on Thursday held in committee a bill that would expand the scope of convictions eligible for expungement – from misdemeanors to felonies – after Attorney General Claude Walker testified that the bill’s language was too “liberally crafted.”
Work continues on the Charlotte Amalie Main Street project.

Public Works Commissioner Updates Progress of Recovery Work

V.I. residents continue to see improvements throughout the territory as part of the government’s efforts to address both hurricane recovery issues and additional long standing infrastructure challenges like the Turpentine Run Project and improvements to Main Street on St Thomas.
Matt Gyuraki, left, snaps a selfie with Jason Monigold after installing their first communications distribution site in Cruz Bay in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Monigold was recently cleared of charges alleging a sex crime in Oregon.

Sex-Crime Charges Against St. John Computer Expert Dropped

Friends and clients of St. John businessman Jason Monigold were relieved to hear that charges of sex crimes made against him in February were dismissed following a plea agreement in Benton County, Oregon, on Sept. 11.

V.I. Getting The Most Rum Funds Since 2013

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Wednesday it will be signing over $251 million dollars to the U.S. Virgin Islands in rum tax cover-over payments for the estimated FY 2019 rum tax collections in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the largest amounts since 2013.

Senators Subpoena VIPA Head

Senators were frustrated that VIPA Executive Director David Mapp did not appear for the Port Authority's budget hearing Tuesday and voted to subpoena him to testify.
Casino Control Commission Vice Chair Usie Richards testifies at Tuesday's budget hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Closed Casino Put Casino Commission Behind on Bills

The V.I. Casino Control Commission's revenues slowed a lot after last year's hurricanes and it is behind on its bills, Vice Chair Usie Richards and Executive Director Barbara James-Petersen told senators during budget hearings Tuesday.
Casino Control Commission Chair Violet Ann Golden testifies before the Legislature in 2015. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, the V.I. Legislature)

Casino Control Commission Chair Injured In Assault

Casino Control Commission Chair Violet Ann Golden and several members of her family were injured when a younger family member apparently suffering from a mental health crisis attacked them with a knife.
STT Car Ferry Imran Stephen

Facing Down the Storm 2 – Stories of Maria

When two Category 5 hurricanes struck the Virgin Islands, 10 days apart, in 2017, they left a wealth of stories to be told. Here are some of those stories

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