The governing board of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority on Wednesday authorized Executive Director Julio Rhymer Sr. to apply for a $75 million FEMA Community Disaster Loan. The unanimous action came at an emergency meeting on St. Thomas.
Members of the V.I. Senate and Gov. Kenneth Mapp will visit Washington, D.C. next week to meet with members of Congress and Congressional staffers to discuss the needs of the territory after it was hit by two category 5 hurricanes.
Despite two recent hurricanes, one St. Croix resident is having the experience of a lifetime. After returning from Chicago at the invitation of former President Barack Obama, attorney Genevieve Whitaker said she is ready to pursue some high ideals.
FEMA has spent $7.5 million in the territory, the Small Business Administration has approved more than $33 million in loans and the V.I. Labor Department has processed almost 3,000 unemployment applications.
Gov. Kenneth Mapp said he wants the Legislature to approve legislation changing employee insurance contribution levels, saying it is 'untrue' that Cigna demands the employee/employer shares be left unchanged.
V.I. Attorney General Claude Walker joined 17 of his counterparts across the country in letters sent Monday to 15 pharmacy-related health care companies encouraging them to implement programs to mitigate prescription opioid abuse.
A meeting on St. Thomas this week gave members of Congress the chance to witness the state of the island first hand, and gave Gov. Kenneth Mapp the chance to push an agenda to rally funds for "mitigation and resiliency efforts."
The damage inflicted by Hurricane Irma on the forests of St. John Sept. 6 may be much worse than anyone suspected. Seven weeks after the storm, there are still swaths of forest where the trees are lying flat, and little that is green can be seen.
The trial for former Sen. Wayne James on federal corruption charges has been postponed until 9 a.m. Jan. 8, pending the outcome of James' most recent appeal of a U.S. District Court's decision not to dismiss the charges.