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Kmart Black Friday Draws Fewer V.I. Shoppers than in Recent Past

Only about 30 people waited in the dark outside the Tutu Park Mall Kmart Friday to take advantage of the store's 5 a.m. opening for this year’s Black Friday doorbuster sale.
At Monday's GERS meeting, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (center), Bryan's chief of staff Karl Knight, and David Bornn, chief legal counsel to the Office of the Governor. (Government House photo)

Governor, Pension Board and Senators Brainstorm for GERS Solutions

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and his senior staff met Monday with the Government Employees Retirement System's Board of Trustees, GERS Administrator Austin Nibbs and Virgin Islands legislators to discuss solutions to the unfunded liability of the pension system.
Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte presents to attendees of the semi-annual Revenue Estimating Conference. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Tourism Figures Rise, But V.I. Is ‘Under Siege’ on Cruise Ship...

Tourism has been rebounding in the territory since the 2017 hurricanes. Air visitors are up by 43 percent in the past year, hotel tax revenue collections are up 40 percent and cruise ship arrivals are up only 3.8 percent, to just under a million passengers.

More Income Tax Refunds On the Way

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has authorized the Bureau of Internal Revenue to pay out an additional $11 million in income tax refunds to tax filers in the territory this week.

WAPA’s Finances, Part 3: Is There Light at the End of...

WAPA is losing money and swimming in debt, with very high electricity costs. Decades of hospitals and government agencies using it an involuntary lender by not paying power bills have starved it, forcing chronic delays in maintenance and upgrades. But not all is doom and gloom.
Lining up to testify, from left Jeff Boyd, Chaliese Summers, CZM Director Marlon Hibbert, Robert O'Connor Jr. and community activist Wayne Chinnery. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

Senate Tells Summers End Developers to Revise their Proposal

After more than eight hours of often tense testimony, the Senate Committee of the Whole told the developers of the proposed St. John Marina & the Yacht Club at Summer’s End to revise their permit application to reflect changes since the original permit was approved in 2014.
St. Thomas' first power plant under construction, long before the creation of the Water and Power Authority in 1964. (Undated early 20th century photo provided by the St. Thomas Historical Trust)

WAPA’s Finances Part 2: A Case of Chronic Starvation

WAPA is swimming in debt. Where did it come from? What can be done about it? Some in the PSC, Senate and the public feel this debt is the result of mismanagement. Is it? And how much does it matter, if we have to pay up anyway?

WAPA Finances: Raise Base Rate and See Lower Total Rates Soon,...

It will surprise no one to hear that finances at the V.I. Water and Power Authority are not good. But can it become sustainable? Is the news all bad or is there sunlight?

Post-Storm Recovery Contractor AECOM Donates Defibrillators

AECOM, the main company overseeing dozens of subcontractors doing hundreds of millions of dollars in federally funded hurricane recovery work in the territory, donated seven defibrillators and seven sets of emergency lights to the V.I. Fire Service for use on St. Thomas and St. John.

SRMC Public Corruption Trial Week Two: Witnesses Pressed on Contract Details

In the second week of the Schneider Regional Medical Center corruption trial the jury heard from two hospital administrators who worked with two of the three defendants who are now on trial. They also heard from a former chair of the hospital board.

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