May 25, 2017 6:41 am Last modified: 12:58 am

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Full shelves look down on empty aisles at the Turnbull Library, which is closed while the air conditioning system is repaired.

Bough Out at Libraries Division as DPNR Looks for ‘New Leadership’

With both St. Thomas-St. John district libraries currently closed, Planning and Natural Resources officials confirmed that the department is looking for 'new leadership' in its Libraries, Archives and Museums division.
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Two Senators Move to Dismantle Centennial Commission

Sens. Tregenza Roach and Alicia “Chucky” Hansen, two members of the 32nd Legislature’s Minority Caucus, have joined in a bill which would dismantle the Virgin Islands Centennial Commission.
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From left, RTPark Executive Director Gillian Marcelle, Dale LeFebvre of Anvil 1, UVI President David Hall, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Mitchell Neaves and James Maddirala, associate provost for Graduate, Global and Academic Affairs, pose for a photo with an oversized check showing LeFebvre's pledged eventual total contribution.

RTPark Client Contributes $750,000 to UVI

The University of the Virgin Islands received a pledge Wednesday of an average of $50,000 per year for the next 15 years, for an eventual $750,000, from Dale LeFebvre, founder of the investment and holding company 35711 and manager of Anvil 1.
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STEAM Fair Highlights District’s Best in Tech, Math and Science

The V.I. Education Department spent most of last week hosting students at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center for a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) fair.
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Soraya Diase Coffelt to Announce for 2018 Governor’s Race

Soraya Diase Coffelt, a former Superior Court judge, gubernatorial candidate and attorney general of the Virgin Islands, will announce her plans to run for governor again at a campaign kickoff Tuesday on St. Croix.
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Tavern Licensing Bill Moves To Senate Floor

Legislation recently approved in committee to give the Division of Licensing and Consumer Affairs new power to determine how many tavern liquor licenses are allowed in the historic districts of the territory, was sent on to the Senate.
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Emancipation Holiday Bill Approved Without Overtime Pay

After removing an overtime pay requirement, the Rules and Judiciary Committee approved a bill to celebrate June 26-July 3 as Emancipation Week.
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WICO President Clifford Graham testifies. (Photo by Barry Leerdam courtesy of the V.I. Legislature)

Senate Rules Committee Keeps WICO Alternative Tax Unchanged

Members of the Senate Rules Committee sent a bill to buy the historic Estate Catherineberg house from the West Indian company on for a final floor vote after taking out a provision to cut WICO's statutory payment in lieu of taxes.
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Horses race at St. Croix's Randall 'Doc' James Racetrack. (File photo)

The V.I. Budget Crisis: Part 7, What About Horse Racing and Casino Gambling?

In recent years the V.I. government has changed the laws to expand slot machine gambling, first to try to build hotels in the 1990s, then to help an existing hotel and in hopes of revitalizing horse racing.
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Gov. Kenneth Mapp and Human Services Commissioner Felecia Blyden at Friday's press conference

Feds Approve V.I. Medicaid Expansion

Nineteen thousand more Virgin Islanders are now eligible for healthcare and prescription drug coverage under the federal Medicaid program under expanded funding in the federal Affordable Care Act.
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