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Winged Guests Slowly Returning to V.I.

Before Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Virgin Islands were home to sightings of over 150 different bird species, most of which Ranger Laurel Brannick of the National Park Service said can still be found in numbers that are "improving but not normal yet.”
VIPD patrol car. (Linda Morland photo)

Police Seek Information in Thursday Morning Homicide

A man whose identity was being withheld pending notification of next of kin as of mid-morning Thursday was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound in the area of Subbase.
The Caribbean Ritual Dancers posse with their baskets. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

STJ Emancipation Day Ceremony Highlights Island’s History

Emancipation Day – July 3 – commemorates the day in 1848 when 9,000 enslaved Africans on St. Croix demanded their freedom, forcing Gov. Peter von Scholten to declare, “All unfree in the Danish West Indies are from today emancipated."
Amal Bryson, left, performs with the KasheDance company at Island Center in June. (Submitted photo)

STX Dancer Earns Chance to Perform with International Troupe

Because he is a talented dancer, Amal Bryson has been given the chance of a lifetime – a scholarship from St. Croix Pride to train and dance with KasheDance, a contemporary dance company founded by Jamaican Kevin Ormsby, now based in Canada.
The four V.I. teens pause at the Cyril E. King Airport Monday before heading for Spain, from left, From left to right Elton Richards, Jimson St.-Louis, Connor Querrard, and Dalton Parr. (Source photo by Kyle Murphy)

Four V.I. Teens Head to Spain for Professional Soccer Tryouts

Four Virgin Islands teens are in Spain, where they will compete for a spot in professional clubs academies. The players from the USVI that left Monday on the trip are Elton Richards, Dalton Parr, Connor Querrard and Jimson St. Louis.
The Personnel team came dressed in red, except for the director. (Contributed photo)

Employee Insurance Hike Irks Senators

If the V.I. Division of Personnel is doing so much to bring down health insurance premiums, Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory wants to know why employee contributions are not coming down.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria inflicted heavy damage on the cabins at the Virgin Islands Environmental Research Station at Lameshur Bay.

Clarification: FEMA Prepares Grant to Restore St. John Research Station

A historic St. John research station once used by deep sea adventurers in the 1960s will be brought back from the devastation of back-to-back hurricanes in 2017.
Juan F. Luis Hospital in pre-hurricane file photo. JFL was badly damaged by Hurricane Maria.

JFL Execs Say Crime, Abandoned Patients Cost Hospital

Tens of millions of dollars in uncompensated care continues to strain the budget of St. Croix's Juan F. Luis Hospital, JFL officials told lawmakers Tuesday, with violent crime-related injuries and long-term boarders incurring some of the higher-cost, unpaid medical services.
The sign at the Joseph Stadium site proclaims 'And Now the Building Begins,' but that was two years ago and little has work has been seen on the site. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Half the Stadium Appropriation Spent and Site Is Still Mostly Dirt

Five years after Gov. John deJongh signed a measure laying out funding for the Paul Joseph Stadium in Frederiksted, and more than half the money has been spent. While officials say it could be completed by the end of next year – if an additional $7 million is appropriated.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. talks with the Source. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Watch: Conversations With the Governor, Part 3

In the third part of our video series, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. shares his vision for making art and artifacts collected by the government more accessible. That includes finding spaces for showcasing art, including local forts, libraries and airports.

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