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VIGL Receives ‘Cryptic’ Response from Government About Modifying Racetrack Deal

A top executive with the group that has sought to promote horse racing in the U.S. Virgin Islands says he has received a response to his request to change the terms of the franchise agreement with the V.I. government, but he's not sure what it means.
VIWMA Executive Director Roger Merritt, who left his position Tuesday.

WMA Chief Returns to Restore Agency’s Mission

A civil engineer who was once in charge of the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority is returning to his former post. According to a WMA news release, Roger Merritt III resumed his duties on Monday.
St. Thomas GERS building (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Judge Tells Government Lawyer Court Can’t Stop Pension Penalties

A lawyer representing the V.I. government asked a federal judge to waive penalties and interest owed to GERS. During a Tuesday morning hearing in District Court, the judge said the law does not allow him to do so.
A Virgin Islands Police Department vehicle sits parked in front of the V.I.P.D. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Police Use-Of-Force Compliance Lapsed, Monitor Tells Court

One and one-quarter years after the top brass at the Virgin Islands Police Department cleared a hurdle towards successfully meeting the terms of a federal consent decree, they learned Wednesday how close they are to losing all they’ve worked for.
VIPD patrol car. (Linda Morland photo)

Halfway to Compliance, Police Stumble in Use-of-Force Decree

One year after a federal judge declared the Virgin Islands Police Department had met the terms of a decade-old court order to curb improper use of force, civil rights lawyers say something has gone wrong.
IRB Director Joel Lee testifies before the Senate Finance Committee about his department's budget Tuesday. (Photo by Barry Leerman for the V.I. Legislature)

Bureau of Internal Revenue Says There’s No Plan B if Excise Tax Appeal Loses

Internal Revenue Bureau Director Joel Lee told lawmakers Tuesday that if the District Court rules against the government’s appeal to reinstate excise taxes, the bureau has no backup plan in the face of roughly $45 million in tax collection losses each year.





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