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Senators, Administrators Look to Cushion Economic Impact of Quarantine

The territory’s economy is in such a state that at a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday Sen. Athneil Thomas asked the governor’s financial team which actions might be less devastating, not which might be good.

Lower Electric Rates Take Effect In July

The Virgin Islands Public Services Commission has approved a reduction in electric rates, which represents an approximate 1.5 cents drop in the per kilowatt-hour rate for both residential and commercial customers.

Senators Weigh Up Rezoning, Lease Proposals

Senate President Novelle Francis Jr. called the rezoning and lease agreements senators discussed at a Committee of the Whole hearing as matters of economic prosperity. Voting on the items will happen at a future full Senate session, but senators expressed support for most of the measures.
Hurricane Isabel in 2003, as seen from the International Space Station. (Image by Mike Trenchard, Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center)

Storm Researchers Ratchet Up Prediction to ‘Very Active’ Hurricane Season

Colorado State University hurricane researchers on Thursday slightly increased their forecast for the Atlantic hurricane season and now call for a very active season in 2020, citing the likely absence of El Niño as a primary factor.
Michael and Veronica Boyce testified remotely to the senators. (Screenshot)

Commercial and Condo Proposal on STX East End Gets Warm Reception

Michael and Veronica Boyce want to develop the eight acres they own on the east end of St. Croix to build between 80 and 100 condominiums.
Carter Carrick, the former UVI coach, said his stolen phone stolen was used to send an offensively racist message on social media.

UVI Addresses Racist Social Media Post From Former Coach’s Stolen Phone *Correction*

On Monday, members of the Virgin Islands community saw a racist message from the social media account of the University of the Virgin Islands’ former women’s basketball coach, Carter Carrick, that they reported it to the university.
The Preserve at Botany Bay entrance. (Botany Bay Facebook page)

Botany Bay Resort Gets V.I. Tax Breaks

The V.I. Economic Development Authority board unanimously approved a tax break application from By-the-Sea Resort Properties LLC on May 7 to open a new 68-key independent boutique resort within the 397-acre enclave of The Preserve at Botany Bay.
Stanfield Dumas

VIPD Looking for Divers Who May Have Seen Missing Man

Police are looking for divers who were diving in the area of Bordeaux Bay on May 16 and might have seen what happened to a missing man.

Members of V.I. Men’s Basketball Look to Take on $2 Million Tournament

Four Virgin Islanders aim to play on Tampa 20/20 in this year’s edition of The Basketball Tournament, typically a 64-team single elimination tournament where the winning team takes home $2 million.
Police process two vehicles involved in a shooting in Estate Paradise. (VIPD photo)

One of Estate Paradise Shooting Victims Succumbs to Her Wounds

One of the women injured in a May 15 shooting in Estate Paradise on St. Croix has died of her wounds, the V.I. Police Department reported.

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