November 18, 2017 2:13 am Last modified: 5:50 pm

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Seabourne Odyssey pays a call on Charlotte Amalie Friday, the first cruise ship visit since the island was hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

First Ship Visits St. Thomas; Volunteers Help Prepare Charlotte Amalie for More Calls

Volunteers worked Saturday to clean up Charlotte Amalie, getting the town ready for new visitors this week, but one cruise ship beat them to it, arriving at the island Friday.
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The boarded-up glass entrance to the Family Court in the Farrelly Justice Complex on St. Thomas testifies to the damage to the complex, damage so extensive, officials say the buildings will have to be replaced.

Court Official Predicts Return to Regular Calendar Soon

The top administrator of the Virgin Islands' court system said she expects to see a resumption of daily operations within a few days, although adjustments will have to be made due to damage to many of the court buildings.
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Sen. Novelle Francis, left, questions Angelo Riddick.

BIT Director Says ‘Stovepipes’ Are a Problem During Recovery

When BIT Director Angelo Riddick testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security Justice and Public Safety Friday, he highlighted what worked right during September's hurricane onslaught. Senators were concerned with what went wrong.
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Commissioner of Human Services Felecia Blyden discusses Disaster SNAP Friday at Government House on St. Croix. (Jamie Leonard photo)

Blyden Announces Disaster SNAP Application Process

The U.S. Virgin Islands has been approved for $23 million in Disaster SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,) which would cover 38,000 qualifying residents, Commissioner of Human Services Felecia Blyden reported Friday.
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Gov. Kenneth Mapp provides an update of the territory's hurricane recovery during his Friday news conference. (Jamie Leonard photo)

Blue Roof Program Application Period Extended

The U.S. Virgin Islands has received an extension to Nov. 23 for residents to apply for the Blue Roof program, Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced at a Friday news conference. The original deadline was Nov. 3.
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Sens. Janette Millin Young, Marvin Blyden and Jean Forde talk during break in V.I. Senate.

Senior Discount on Mooring Faces Resistance

At one time it might have been a solid bet for V.I. lawmakers to offer seniors and veterans a discount. But when Bill No. 32-0008 came before the Committee of Housing, Public Works, Waste Management and Planning Thursday it faced stiff resistance.
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Territorial Board OKs Ruben as CEO of Juan Luis Hospital

The territorial hospital board on Friday approved Friday a one-year, $200,000 contract for Wanda Ruben as chief executive officer of the Juan F. Luis Memorial Hospital. Ruben was appointed to the position two weeks ago by the JFL governing board.
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St. Croix School District Insular Superintendent Colleen Mae Williams discusses the school schedule Friday. (Jamie Leonard photo)

All STX Public School Students to Be in Session Monday

Public schools on St. Croix will be in session starting on Monday, and buses will be available for all students, including those who used to walk to school but now have to be bused due to school relocation to new buildings.
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Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. testifies at Thursday's budget hearing.

Senate Questions Police Commissioner Over Snag in Overtime Pay

"Are Virgin Islands police officers getting paid for overtime?" was the question that would not go away as Police Commissioner Delroy Richards testified Friday before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security Justice and Public Safety.
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VBS Mutual Bank Confirms It Has No One In USVI

VBS Mutual Bank says it has no one in the U.S. Virgin Islands, so anyone claiming to represent the South Africa-based bank is doing so fraudulently.
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