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Undercurrents: Time’s Running Short to Solve Democrat Members Mystery

You think the Virgin Islands Republican leadership is in confusion? The Democrats don’t even know who all their local leaders are. As of Monday, they had yet to release the names of the members of the Territorial Committee.

Undercurrents: V.I. Prisoners Held in Controversial Facility

National justice watchdogs are highly critical of the stateside prison system now housing most of the territory’s inmates, charging that a lack of security makes the facilities dangerous.

Undercurrents: We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know, and What We Don’t Know Can...

Here’s a prediction for 2016: It will be the year that the boring, esoteric topic of climate change finally gets real for Virgin Islands residents.

Undercurrents: Unprotected Residents Await Health Insurance Coverage

Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter, also commissioner of Banking and Insurance, said providing access to individual health care is at the top of his agenda but it is also proving to be a most difficult task.

Undercurrents: Corrections Struggles to Provide Mental Health Care to Inmates

More than a quarter of the prison population is classified as “mentally ill.” All of them have special needs and all, by federal mandate, must be isolated from the rest of the other inmates.

Undercurrents: ‘Dyslexia’ is a Word, Not a Sentence

Dyslexia puts people at a distinct disadvantage in learning to read and, since our education system is primarily reading-based, at succeeding academically.

Undercurrents: With Funding in Reach, Centennial Commission Gets Serious

Plans for the Transfer Centennial Celebration in 2017 are off to a slow start, but promise to pick up speed once the funding is actually released – unless they get bogged down in politics.

Undercurrents: Port Authority and Taxi Association Approach Intersection of Interests

The V.I. Taxi Association and the V.I. Port Authority appear to be working out their differences on a couple of fronts.

Undercurrents: Interior Hires Climate Change Coordinator for Territories

The U.S. Interior Department’s Office of Insular Affairs recently hired John Magistro to fill the newly created position of climate change coordinator for a number of territories, including the USVI.

Undercurrents: Researchers Finger V.I. Estates Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

Although experts agree the Virgin Islands is late in taking climate change seriously, you might be surprised by how much research is happening. One project identified the USVI's high-impact areas.

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