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OMB Director Nominee Jenifer O’Neal testifies before the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee during Wednesday’s hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Gun Violence Bill Moves Forward Despite Budget Concerns, Redundancies

Lawmakers in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Justice, Public Safety and Veteran Affairs push forward a gun violence bill on Wednesday after various testifiers cautioned senators of budget apprehensions and redundancies.
Enchanted Entertainment CEO Camelia Frebes pulls an audience member from the crowd to dance during the entertainment at Saturday's celebration. (Photo Bethaney Lee)

Roach Shares a Vision of Unity at Friendship Day Celebration

Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach, who moved to St. Thomas at eight years of age, shared a vision of unity between the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands on Saturday during the celebration of Friendship Day between the two territories.
Schneider Regional Medical Center is the hospital for St. Thomas. (Source file photo by Kelsey Nowakowski)

Hospital Dialysis Units Are Surviving, Not Thriving

Hemodialysis units at the territory's two hospitals have undergone extreme challenges since the days of hurricanes Irma and Maria, and while they have stabilized, they still have a long way to go before they are successfully serving the USVI.
Three of the four dolphins recently arrived at Coral World check out their new surroundings. (April Knight photo)

CZM Approves Increase in Dolphin Numbers at Coral World

The V.I. Coastal Zone Management Committee on Thursday approved Coral World Ocean Park's request to change their permit, allowing the park to take in four more dolphins. Under the revision, Coral World will increase its dolphin population from four to eight.

Funding Shortages and Bureaucracy All In a Day’s Catch, Says Local...

Keeping the territory’s fishing heritage alive is the passionate pursuit of commercial fisherman Julian Magras, who with over 30 years of experience said his biggest battles are not with the fish, but bureaucracy and lack of funding for the industry.

Senators Hold Nelson’s Cannabis Board Nomination Over Possible Conflict of Interest

During Thursday’s Rules and Judiciary Committee hearing, Department of Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson's nomination to sit on the Virgin Islands Cannabis Advisory Board stalled because the committee deemed it a possible conflict of interest.

Culture Committee OKs Holiday Honoring V.I. Flag

May 17 will become Virgin Islands Flag Day if a bill approved Tuesday by members of the Senate Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation and Aging becomes law.
The three nominees for the Cannabis Advisory Board talk with Sen. Janelle Sarauw during the Rules and Judiciary meeting Friday. From left, Miguel Tricoche, Hugo Roller II, Catherine Keen. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Rules Committee OKs Cannabis Advisory Board Nominees

Three nominees for the Cannabis Advisory Board, each of whom brings knowledge of various aspects of the marijuana industry, were unanimously approved by the Rules and Judiciary Committee and will move forward to the Committee of the Whole.
Sen. Alicia Barnes chairs the hearing at which the bill honoring veterans was advanced.. (Photo by Alvin Burke for the USVI Legislature)

Senators OK Monument, Roundabout Name to Honor Vets

The Senate's Government Operation Committee voted Thursday to advance a measure honoring veterans from the U.S. Virgin Islands by naming a St. John roundabout “The Veterans Circle” and appropriating $20,000 to the V.I. Council of the Arts for the commission of a monument.

Senators OK Bill Mandating Businesses Display Labor Law Posters

The Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Energy, Environment and Planning on Thursday unanimously moved forward a bill that would mandate businesses post a series of labor law posters in visible locations in their establishments.

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