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VITEMA: Commercial 911 Language Service Has Advantages Over Hiring Bilingual

The U.S. Virgin Island's 911 call centers, first put in place in 2009,  has long sought more bilingual or multilingually proficient operators to help serve the territory's large Spanish and smaller French Creole speaking populations.

Survey Organizers say Early Data Shows Widespread Health Impacts from Limetree

One day after the Limetree Bay Refinery on St. Croix announced it was shutting down, organizers conducting a community survey of the facility's health and environmental impacts released some damning preliminary findings.

Fire Service Struggling With EMS Training Hurdles, Officials Tell Senate

The Virgin Islands Fire Service is working on a decade-old goal to merge Emergency Medical Services into its operations, out from its traditional home within the Department of Health, and cross-train firefighters in Emergency Medical Response.

Grounded Cafe Offers St. Croix a Coffee Experience with Roots

Grounded Cafe on St. Croix offers a fine coffee experience in three locations – growing in just a few years from one to three outlets – and owner Reginald Perry has his sites set higher. “We would love to be the Starbucks of the Caribbean,” Perry said,
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Citizens Petitioning Federal Government to Return Tax to Territory

Randolph Thomas, a government retiree, is familiar with the financial challenges the territory faces, is circulating a petition asking the federal government to pay what he estimates as $7 billion it owes the territory in unpaid excise taxes.

Controversial St. Croix refinery ceases operations given ‘extreme financial constraints’

Monday's announcement suggests that the refinery, which now owes tens of millions of dollars to contractors and faces multiple class-action lawsuits from residents, might never restart.

Governor Says Limetree’s Decision to Shut Down Was Not a Surprise

At 6 a.m. Monday, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. learned that the Limetree Bay Refinery would be shut down, affecting as many as 800 jobs directly and indirectly. It did not come as a big surprise, the governor said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

PSC Approves 2.3-Cent Increase in Electric LEAC

At the bottom end of a six-hour meeting Monday, Public Services Commission members approved a 17.215-cent electric levelized energy adjustment clause rate, an increase of about 2.3-cents per kilowatt hour.

Bryan, Encarnacion Report Drop in USVI’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate

The COVID-19 positivity rate in the U.S. Virgin Islands dropped from 4 percent last week to 1.87 percent this week, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. reported Monday.

Bookmobile Brings Story Time on Wheels to Frederiksted

Story Time Hour on Wheels was launched Friday at Fort Frederik, with local author Winifred Loving reading from her book, “My Name is Freedom.”

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