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Casino Control Commission Vice Chair Usie Richards testifies at Tuesday's budget hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Closed Casino Put Casino Commission Behind on Bills

The V.I. Casino Control Commission's revenues slowed a lot after last year's hurricanes and it is behind on its bills, Vice Chair Usie Richards and Executive Director Barbara James-Petersen told senators during budget hearings Tuesday.
Casino Control Commission Chair Violet Ann Golden testifies before the Legislature in 2015. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, the V.I. Legislature)

Casino Control Commission Chair Injured In Assault

Casino Control Commission Chair Violet Ann Golden and several members of her family were injured when a younger family member apparently suffering from a mental health crisis attacked them with a knife.
STT Car Ferry Imran Stephen

Facing Down the Storm 2 – Stories of Maria

When two Category 5 hurricanes struck the Virgin Islands, 10 days apart, in 2017, they left a wealth of stories to be told. Here are some of those stories
VIPA Assistant Executive Director Damian Cartwright at Tuesday's budget hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Port Authority Still Facing Fines Over Anguilla Landfill

The V.I. Port Authority has been threatened by the Federal Aviation Administration with a $1.4 million fine due to various personnel training deficiencies and issues related to the location of the Anguilla Landfill
Horses race at St. Croix's Randall 'Doc' James Racetrack. (File photo)

Horse Racing Will Return – But Senators Can’t Get a Firm Date

Virgin Islands horse racing enthusiasts heard Monday much about support for VIGL, the slot machine company the V.I. government gave the franchise to run the territory's two racing tracks, but they did not hear a firm date when horse racing will return to the territory.

Revised School Opening Dates Highlights Concerns With Modular Contractor

The opening dates for several public schools have been pushed back from this week, but Education officials said they don’t expect any more delays despite continued concerns over safety issues that have put contractor AECOM in the hot seat.
White Cedar like this one at Altoona Lagoon on St. Croix will get protected by Senate bill. (Carol Buchanan photo)

Bill Would Protect Native Trees

Native Virgin Islands trees are valuable and need protection, according to Sen. Myron D. Jackson, who is sponsoring a bill to establish a Community and Heritage Tree Law.
Rosa Soto-Thomas was re-elected as president of the St. Croix chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. (Facebook photo)

Teachers Reject New Contract

The territory's' two teacher's unions have rejected a tentative wage agreement with the V.I. government. Pay will remain at current levels until a contract is approved.
The Drummers of the Macislyn Bamboula Dance Company and Odomankoma Asawfo. From Left: Michael George, Shadion Brown, Keith “Keibo” Brown, Earl Demmin, and Delroy “Ital” Anthony.

Dollar Fo’ Dollar Tour Brings St. Thomas Cultural History to Life

The 13th annual Dollar Fo’ Dollar Culture and History Tour whisked attendees aboard the Kon Tiki on Sunday for a morning of remembrance, cultural education, music, and dance.

Terminix Manager Pleads Guilty to Illegally Applying Pesticide

Jose Rivera, 58, former Branch Manager of Terminix International USVI, LLC , pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of illegally applying fumigants containing methyl bromide in multiple residential locations in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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