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Government House. (File photo)qGovernment House. (File photo)

Pre-Election Pay Increases Being Processed

The V.I. government is processing pay increases negotiated in collective bargaining agreements with several departments and agencies, Government House announced Friday.
Ophelia Torres and Tamara Bowers speak to the Senate, which appointed them to the Nurse Licensure Board on Monday. (V.I. Legislature photo)

Lawmakers Confirm Two Nursing Board, Two Counseling Board Members

In session Monday the USVI Senate confirmed Janette Bowers as a licensed practical nurse and Ophelia Powell-Torres as a nurse educator to the Board of Nurse Licensure, and Tamara Mohammed and Patricia Towal to the Board of Licensed Counselors and Examiners.

V.I. May Lose Teachers Due to Visa Delays

The territory, already dealing with a teacher shortage, may lose a number of mostly Filipino teachers here on J1 visas, due to a delay...
Port Authority board members and staff view presentation on the agency’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget on Tuesday. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

VIPA Board Told To Expect Rising Revenues

Members of the Port Authority Governing Board were given an overview of the agency’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget on Tuesday when they convened a special meeting to complete the agenda of the regular, monthly meeting held July 23.
Labor Commissioner Gary Molloy defends his agency’s budget at Thursday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing. (V.I. Legislature Photo)

Molloy: Casino Commission Owes Agency $2.8 Million Earmarked for Youth

The Casino Control Commission owes the Department of Labor roughly $2.8 million in funds due to the agency’s Disadvantaged Youth Fund, Labor Commissioner Gary Molloy told lawmakers on Thursday.

Ferry Companies Provide Audits For Subsidies That Never Come

Ferry companies haven’t received needed government subsidies due to audits that were allegedly never handed in to the Department of Public Works, but the attorney who represents the territory’s franchise ferry companies, Maria Tankenson-Hodge, said the audits were handed in and, in fact, during a time when audits were not even required to obtain the subsidies.

V.I. Farmers Eligible to Receive SNAP Payments for Locally Grown Food

Joni Garcia of the U.S. Department of Agriculture urged farmers to “tap into the opportunity to build business” before outlining how Virgin Islands Farmers can become eligible to receive SNAP payments.

On the Ground on STT: Flash Floods Bringing Down Rocks, Trees...

Visibility was almost nil Wednesday afternoon on St. Thomas as rushing waters made several foot-high fountains out of fallen rocks along the shoulders with downed trees adding to the already treacherous conditions.

Recycling in the USVI: Part 1, Government Action and Inaction

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, household waste of every kind goes in one bag and ultimately winds up in the landfill in Anguilla on St. Croix or Bovoni on St. Thomas. Both of these sites have been slated for closing for years.
Economic Development Authority CEO Kamal Latham responds to questions from the Finance Committee Monday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Senate Considering Bill to Tighten and Clarify EDC Tax Break Rules

The Economic Development Authority’s Chief Executive Officer Kamal Latham on Monday told the Senate Finance Committee that the EDA's board remained neutral to parts of proposed legislation affecting the agency.

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