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DOE: Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments to Begin March 14

The Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDOE) will administer the end-of-year Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in English/Language Arts and Mathematics to public school students in 3rd – 8th grades and 11th grade beginning Monday, March 14. The testing window is open through June 17.

Economic Development Bank Launches Loan Amnesty Program

The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) through its subsidiary entity, the Economic Development Bank (EDB), has announced the launch of its ‘Loan Amnesty Program 2016’ for all Economic Development Bank (EDB) delinquent borrowers.

WAPA Web Site Is Down; Online Payment Function Affected

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s (WAPA) Internet Service Provider (ISP) is currently experiencing technical problems.

Senate Exploring Alternate Way for Extra $1.5 Million to Reach Nonprofits

Senate President Neville James said Tuesday that the Legislature is exploring an alternate route to get $1.5 million set aside for nonprofits into the hands of local organizations.

Plaskett’s Congressional Centennial Legislation Passes Committee

The USVI Centennial Commission Act is one step closer to becoming law, after it passed the U.S. Congress's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform with a unanimous vote Tuesday.

Senate Increases Minimum Wage

The V.I. Legislature approved increasing the local minimum wage to $10.50 per hour by the end of 2018.

Senate Increases Cigarette Taxes

Senators voted to approve an increase in taxes on cigarettes, to allow smoking in "cigar factories" that make and sell cigars, along with a slew of other legislation during session Thursday.

Senate Overrides Mapp Vetoes of Probate Reform, Fiber Optics Licensing Board

The V.I. Legislature voted Thursday to override Gov. Kenneth Mapp's vetoes of bills reforming probate law for inherited retirement investments and creating a fiber optic licensing board.

UVI Research and Technology Park Resets 2016 Budget

The UVI Research and Technology Park board voted to revise the 2016 budget after a $1 million allocation by the V.I. government was denied, asserting they can raise the funds from commercial revenues.

Mapp: Relationship between Federal and Local Partners Has ‘Improved Tremendously’

Partnerships between the Virgin Islands Government and federal agencies have strengthened significantly over the last year, Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp reported this week during a visit to Washington D.C.

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