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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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Watch: V.I. National Guard Army Band Performs the Virgin Islands March

The Virgin Islands National Guard 73rd Army Band presents their rendition of the Virgin Islands March on Aug. 18, 2020.
Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital pictured before the 2017 hurricanes. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Hospitals Move Closer to Rebuilding with Designers Approved

The Territorial Hospital Board last week approved contractors for architecture and engineering designs for the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital on St. Croix, Schneider Regional Medical Center and Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute on St. Thomas and St. John’s Myrah Keating Smith Clinic. 

Amended Shoreline Access Bill Answers Some Questions – But Not All

At a Senate hearing last week, a bill mandating owners of shoreline properties to provide public access to the shore was forwarded to the Rules and Judiciary Committee despite several looming questions, some of which have now been answered by amendments. 

STT Attorneys Join Suit in Fight for Equal Voting Rights

In a heated election season that will leave millions of Americans who are residents of U.S. territories on the sidelines because they don’t have the right to vote for president, two St. Thomas attorneys have joined a lawsuit seeking to redress that wrong.

Bryan: Community Input Key to Developing 20-Year Economic Vision

Virtual activities to support the creation of a 20-year economic development plan will begin in a week, with officials saying on Tuesday that community buy-in is critical to move forward.

New Net Metering Program Opens Door for Backup Batteries

A new net metering program introduced this year by the Virgin Islands Energy Office creates an opportunity that will allow home generators to sell excess power to the V.I. Water and Power Authority.

Tributes and Fond Memories Pour in for Austin “Babe” Monsanto

The Virgin Islands community and a host of government and civic leaders are paying tribute to Austin “Babe” Monsanto, who died on Oct. 14 at the age of 94.

Nonprofit Collective Collaboration Improves Lives of Homeless, Mentally Ill

On the same boardwalk where diners enjoy Sunday brunch, the nonprofit organization the Collective Collaboration Inc. is trying to change the lives of another person.

Bryan Ousts Finance Commissioner Over Unauthorized Stipends

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. asked for Finance Commissioner Kirk Callwood's resignation and Callwood complied on Monday, apparently over unauthorized stipends paid to staff. He tapped Assistant Finance Commissioner Clarina Modeste to fill the job in an acting capacity.

Encarnacion Urges Residents to Get Flu Shot, Avoid Non-Essential Travel

With flu season around the corner, the Department of Health has published its influenza vaccine schedule, which Commissioner Justa Encarnacion said Monday could also help residents better fight other viruses.





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