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Crucian Christmas Carnival Crowns Centennial Queen

The Crucian Christmas Carnival crowned 24-year-old Elle Nielsen as Miss St. Croix Centennial Queen during its royalty show Sunday at the Island Center for the Performing Arts.

Holiday Expressions: Zumba Gold Class Donates in the Spirit of the Season

The Luis A. Alicea Sr. Field of Dreams Ball Park, mostly known as a facility for sports and fitness programs, also has dormitory accommodations used by visiting sports teams, leagues, bands and artists for stays as long as 10 days.

Bird Count Offers Some Treats

The Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count offers the volunteer participants visual treats and the chance to take part in citizen science.

Governor Proposes Taxes to Address Deficits

Gov. Kenneth Mapp has called a special session of the Legislature for Tuesday to consider legislation increasing taxes on alcohol, tobacco and soda, which the administration is describing as part of a five-year deficit-reduction plan.

Mapp Asks Senate to Act on Slots Revenue Sharing, Horse Doping

Gov. Kenneth Mapp asked senators to restore restrictions on horse "doping," new rules for how slot machine revenue is distributed and other provisions in newly signed horse racing legislation.

New Federal Law Mandates Caribbean Regional Plan

Both houses of Congress have passed a bill requiring the U.S. Secretary of State to formulate a plan for the Caribbean region concerning drug trafficking, energy and health care.

Bills Tightening Insurance and Banking Laws Go to Full Senate

Legislation was sent on to the full Senate this week tightening rules on how much capital insurance companies have and requiring V.I. credit unions be federally accredited.

Legislature Zeroing Out Customs Duties

Legislation to reduce the territory's customs duties to zero was sent on to the Senate floor Thursday by the Rules and Judiciary Committee.

PSC: LEAC Rates to Stay the Same for Now

Despite meeting for hours Thursday, the most significant item Public Services Commission members approved was a motion for new officers, delaying a vote on LEAC rates until January.

Federal Estimates Show Increase in Local GDP for the First Time in Five Years

For the first time in five years, the territory’s gross domestic product has increased, driven by growth in the tourism industry and consumer spending.

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