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Sens. Donna Frett-Gregory, left, and Janelle Sarauw consult during Monday's Senate Session. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senate OKs Bills on Loitering, Rear Seat Belt and Credit Cards

A bill strengthening the loitering law and one making seat belts mandatory for those in the back seat went through the V.I. Senate and toward the governor’s desk, but the ride has not been smooth.
Richard Motta (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Pace of Recovery Picking Up as USVI Braces for New Storm

Richard Motta, director of Communications for the governor, opened a news conference Monday with information about an area of disturbance the National Hurricane Center is watching for possible development later this week.
Cary and Jack Hock. (Photo by Sonya Melescu)

$10,000 Matching Grant Set for STJ Cancer Fund

A frequent visitor to St. John is honoring the memory of his wife, who died of pancreatic cancer in July, by offering to match as much as $10,000 in donations to the St. John Cancer Fund.
Sen. Marvin Blyden calls Robert O’Connor 'a humble giant.' (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senate OKs BIT and Board Nominations, But Not VIPD Commissioner

Senators Monday were unanimous in praise as they approved the nominations of Dr. Brian Bacot to the Board of Medical Examiners, Rupert Ross as director of the Bureau of Information Technology and Christopher Finch to the Hospitals and Health Facilities Board.
Sen. Novelle Francis (D-STX) presides over Tuesday’s Senate session. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senators Approve Doubling Agriculture Spending With No Way to Pay

The V.I. government's spending on the Department of Agriculture will more than double, increasing by $8 million or more per year, if a bill approved in committee Monday becomes law. But senators proposed no corresponding cuts nor any way to divert that funding from other departments.

STT District Court: Petersen Charged in Altona Armored Car Robbery

Melik Petersen, age 28, was charged Friday in St. Thomas District Court with Hobb’s Act Robbery in connection with the attempted robbery of an armored car making a pick up at a St. Thomas bank, one of three recent actions in St. Thomas District Court.
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