May 26, 2017 12:54 pm Last modified: 9:57 am

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Power Outages in Both Districts Monday

Both the Estate Richmond Power Plant on St. Croix and the Randolph Harley Power Plant on St. Thomas experienced tripped generating units on Monday triggering electric service interruptions in both island districts.
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DOH Reports V.I.’s First Zika-Related Microcephaly Case

The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the U.S. Virgin Island's first case of Zika-related microcephaly, the V.I. Department of Health reported Friday.
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More than 100 UVI graduates celebrate the school's 53rd commencement with a ce3remony in the St. Croix Educational Complex auditorium.

UVI Awards More than 100 Degrees on St. Croix

Relentless rain Thursday forced a last-minute change of venue for the University of the Virgin Islands 53rd commencement ceremony, but it didn't hurt the enthusiasm of the students, faculty, family and friends who gathered to celebrate.
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Juan Luis Hospital board members discuss recent problems with the plumbing, from left, Aida Iris Bermudez, Dr. Anne Treasurer (back to camera,) Theresa Frorup-Ali, Philip Arcidi, Chairwoman Aracelis B.Walcott and Richard Evangelista, acting chief executive officer.

JFL Board Told Griffith May Be Leaving Cardiac Center

The move of the Juan F. Luis Memorial Hospital emergency room to the adjacent V.I. Cardiac Center is being facilitated by the fact that business at the center has declined and Dr. Kendall Griffith, may soon leave.
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Human Services Commissioner Felecia Blyden addresses the Senate at Wednesday's session. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature)

V.I. Medicaid Payments Could Soon Stop Without More V.I. Matching Funds

The U.S. Virgin Islands could soon stop receiving Medicaid payments unless $2 million to $3 million in matching funds is found right away and $10 million more in coming months.
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JFL Acting CEO Richard Evangelista testifies Wednesday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature)

Sewage Crisis Forces JFL to Move ER to Cardiac Center; Senate Holds Bills

JFL acting CEO Richard Evangelista described for senators the sewage problems that caused the hospital to declare a 'Code Yellow,' and move the ER. Repairs of the waste system, which has been called 'a ticking time bomb,' will cost around $3 million.
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St. Croix Police Chief Winsbut McFarland, Lt. Naomi Joseph and Police Commissioner Delroy Richards, Sr. speak Wednesday about the weekend rape and carjacking case.

Reward Offered in ‘Vicious’ Rape

In response to a “vicious sexual assault,” $40,000 has been donated for information leading to an arrest in Saturday’s rape and carjacking of two young St. Croix woman, Police Commissioner Delroy Richards, Sr. announced Wednesday.
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Emergency Response Exercise Begins Next Week

Within the next few days, around 1,000 military and Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel will descend on the territory to conduct exercises next week in response to a simulated tsunami.
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V.I. Rum Revenues and Rum Spending 2004-2016) (2014-2016 subsidy levels are estimated, based on contracted subsidy percentages and relative rum revenue levels)

V.I. Budget Crisis Part 5: Weren’t Rum Funds Supposed To Save Us?

A big new rum distillery on St. Croix was supposed to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue. What happened? Wasn't that supposed to save us?
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VITOL propane shipment arrives on St. Croix in 2015, from V.I. Source archives

PSC Says WAPA Keeping It In Dark About Fuel Supplier Dispute

The Water and Power Authority has not given the Public Services Commission information about billing and payment problems with its fuel producer, and members learned about it through news reports, PSC officials said in a statement Monday.
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