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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.

Mapp Directs Government to Use Government Funds to Pay Potter’s Rent

Gov. Kenneth Mapp issued an executive order claiming the authority to spend tax money on housing for his lieutenant governor without legislative approval.

St. Croix Elections Board Moves Forward with Elections Plans

The St. Croix Elections Board met Thursday and Friday without success to discuss procedures and deadlines for the 2016 elections with representatives from the territory’s three registered political parties.

St. Thomas-St. John Elections Board Split on Vote of No Confidence in Supervisor

A motion to express no confidence in Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes failed at Friday’s St. Thomas-St. John District Board of Elections meeting after the vote was split three to three.

Senate May Worsen GERS Unfunded Liability Again

Pension contribution increases for judges, justices and magistrates enacted in 2011 and 2015 will be rolled back, worsening GERS's unfunded liability, if a bill approved Thursday is enacted into law.

Senate Rejects Voter’s Request for Industrial Hemp

Rejecting the wishes of voters in a 2012 referendum, the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee voted to kill legislation allowing the manufacture and processing of industrial hemp in the territory.

Self Determination Panel Slated in D.C.

Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina will host a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on self determination in U.S. territories, including the Virgin Islands.

Territory May Impose Penalties on Crimes While Wearing Body Armor

It may become a felony to wear body armor while committing a crime if a bill sent on for a final vote Thursday is enacted into law. The Rules and Judiciary Committee approved the measure unanimously.

Mapp Announces St. Croix Capital Investment Projects to Chamber of Commerce

Gov. Kenneth Mapp captured attention Thursday with promises to build a four star hotel, a mid-island sports complex and racetrack, a Frederiksted stadium, to repair roads and more.

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