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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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A cruise ship visits the Fredericksted pier on St. Croix. (John Baur photo)

Tourism Addresses Steep Decline in St. Croix Cruise Ship Visits

Steps are being taken to counter an almost 75 percent decrease in cruise ship passengers to St. Croix this year, the Virgin Islands Tourism commissioner told the Source.
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GERS Complex on St. Croix. (Source file photo)

Government Still Behind Paying GERS

The V.I. government is now making payments to GERS, but it is way behind. GERS Administrator Austin Nibbs said the central government had not made payments for the April 13; April 27 and May 11 pay days.
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Coast Guard Offloads 573 Pounds of Marijuana in St. Croix

The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded approximately 573 pounds of marijuana, valued at about $1.2 million, Thursday in St. Croix. The offload followed a sea interdiction in international waters off Martinique.
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Work continues on the simulation center, which is slated to open in April 2018. (Carol Buchanan photo)

Proposed UVI Med School Faces Unique Challenges, Huge Hurdles

A medical school at the University of Virgin Islands has the potential to ignite an ailing economy. Construction of the proposed school is making progress, but hurdles remain.
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Kurt Vialet chairs the Finance Committee hearing Thursday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature)

Senators Hold JFL Sewer, Medicaid Match Bills

Senators held, for now, legislation proposed by Gov. Kenneth Mapp to divert $3 million in federal rum funds to fix major sewer pipe problems at Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, after a hearing Thursday.
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Students ask Officer Ecedro Lindquist questions following the demonstration during National Police Week activities on St. John.

Police Week on St. John Seeks to Engage Community

Police on St. John used National Police Week activities – with dogs, displays, snacks, a band, a parade and more – to engage the community, especially the young people.
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