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Sargassum piles up in Christiansted harbor Aug. 16 – and the problem on St. Croix is not considered as bad as it is on the beaches of St. Thomas. Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Islands Stagger Under Weight of Sargassum

A Waste Management Authority spokesperson Friday denied a report that the agency is about to stop accepting sargassum at the St. Thomas landfill, but said it recognizes the continuing volume of seaweed drifting into V.I. waters and rotting on its shorelines is a serious problem.
Sen. Novelle Francis (D-STX) presides over Tuesday’s Senate session. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Loitering Law Moves Slowly, But Advances to Full Senate

A bill to strengthen the loitering law and increase penalties for violations moved out of the Committee on Rules and Judiciary Friday and headed for the full Senate, but it is still suffering birthing pains.
Alvin 'Alli' Paul performs in a parade.

Senators Honor Entertainers and Politicians

The Rules Committee moved honors for Robert O’Connor Jr., Tishelle Knight, and Alvin “Alli” Paul and forwarded to the full Senate the nomination of Dr. Brian Bacot to the Board of Medical Examiners-District of St. Thomas/St. John and Rupert Ross as director of the BIT.
At a packed community meeting Thursday, Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin details the department’s plans to move three schools. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Two Schools Moved, One More to Go, Officials Tell Community

Following a news conference earlier this month that ended in uproar, Education officials held a second meeting to discuss the reorganization of three public schools on St. Thomas after more deficiencies were found in the main building at CAHS.
Satellite photo shows Tropical Storm Dorian, lower right, advancing towards the Windward Islands. (NOAA photo)

Update: Dorian Intensifies, Should Be Cat 1 When It Passes by USVI

A tropical storm warning was issued Sunday for Barbados in advance of the approach of TS Dorian, and a storm watch may be issued for the U.S. Virgin Islands later in the day, according to the National Hurricane Center.
A photo in use on Facebook, What's App and other social media shows police responding to the Saturday morning shooting in Charlotte Amalie.

Amijah Charles Killed, Minor Injured in Saturday Shooting on STT

One man was killed and a minor wounded when shooting broke out in the vicinity of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Charlotte Amalie while Saturday morning services were going on, according to the V.I. Police Department.

Tropical Depression Expected to Pass Through Region

A tropical depression has formed in the mid-Atlantic about 800 miles east-southeast of Barbados, and is expected to pass through the Caribbean as a tropical storm in the next five days, the National Hurricane Center reported.

‘Floating Food Truck’ on STJ’s East End Getting National Attention

Now a group of young entrepreneurs from St. John is taking the concept one step further by opening up a “food boat” anchored in a bay on St. John’s remote East End. The Lime Out – essentially a small houseboat painted lime green – was towed out to its mooring in Round Bay on Tuesday, and staff began serving craft cocktails and gourmet tacos to customers who approached by boat, kayak, or float.
VIPD patrol car. (Linda Morland photo)

Shooting on St. Croix Leaves One Dead, Three Injured

One man was killed and three injured in a shooting Thursday evening in Estate Catherine's Rest on St. Croix. The fatality victim was identified by family members as 23-year-old Akido Parrilla.

End of Full Federal Medicaid Match Will Hurt, Say Hospital Officials

Schneider Regional Medical Center's revenues are up over last year, and the St. Thomas East End Medical Center Corporation is seeing more patients, officials said during budget hearings Thursday. But those good trends are partly fed by big increases in the number of Virgin Islanders able to get Medicaid, which may sharply cut back next month.

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