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Sen. Javan James (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senate Panel OKs Measure to Crack Down on Underage Drinking

A bill to raise the fines for serving alcohol to minors was amended twice before leaving the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Energy, Environment and Planning on Friday and forwarded to the Rules and Judiciary Committee.
Sen. Athneil Thomas suggested the bill could end up paying for itself. (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Filing Taxes Online in Virgin Islanders’ Future

Members of the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Energy, Environment and Planning voted Friday in favor of amending the V.I. Code to make the collection of taxes more efficient.
Senators ponder what to do about a huge piece of legislation. (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Omnibus Family Bill Gets Support, but Held in Committee

A bill addressing the issues of maternity leave, postpartum care, early childhood screening, banishment of corporal punishment and health care for incarcerated men and women was held in committee on Friday.
A map shows the plan for work on the Frederiksted project.

Frederiksted Celebrates the Coming of Clean Water

Speakers at the ground-breaking ceremony for the second phase of the Frederiksted Waterline Rehabilitation project called it “a good day for Frederiksted.” The residents of the town will agree with them this fall when the project is done.

Residents Get More Assurance that Insurance Claims Will Be Paid

After a three-year effort, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor’s Division of Banking and Insurance has more tools to make sure insurance companies in the Virgin Islands are financially stable enough to pay resident's claims.
Economic Development Authority CEO Kamal Latham responds to questions from the Finance Committee Monday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

EDA Sees Bright Future for Investments in the Territory in 2020

The U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority Governing Board extended the contract for its auditor and approved travel for staff on Thursday.

Homicide in the Virgin Islands – Young Men Dead On the...

The average murder victim in the USVI is a 27-year-old man found dead in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. A Source study shows revenge killings drive the territory's troubling murder count.

Senators Criticize WAPA Then Bail It Out

Senate votes to bailout WAPA with funds from GERS.

Short-Term Bailout Coming To Keep WAPA Running

After a second emergency meeting on Monday, the governor and senators agreed in principle to make an emergency appropriation later this week to pay immediate past-due accounts to Vitol to restore propane supplies and keep the electricity flowing at the V.I. Water and Power Authority.
GERS board member Stephen Cohen takes part in the video conferences from St. Croix to St. Thomas. (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Brutal Consequences May Be Coming for Retirees

Government employees resigning and taking out what they have in the Government Employees Retirement System will accelerate the system’s free fall to bankruptcy.

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