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Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for USVI

President Donald Trump granted a major disaster declaration for the territory on Tuesday, triggering the release of federal funds to mitigate the health and economic devastation brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, Government House reported Thursday.
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. explains Monday why he is extended the territory’s stay-at-home order for another month, to April 30. (Image captured from Government House live stream)

Bryan: Stay-At-Home Order Extended to April 30

Following the lead of federal leaders and public health organizations, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announced Monday that the territory’s stay-at-home order has been extended a month, until April 30.
Sen. Marvin Blyden’s motion to allow senators to attend the session remotely failed to get a second. (Image from V.I. Legislature video stream)

Unusual Senate Friday Spawns Press Releases Saturday

On Friday, the Senate unanimously approved four nominations from the governor. Senate President Novelle Francis Jr. said the candidates had been vetted through appearances at committees of jurisdiction and the Rules and Judiciary Committee.
Sen. Dwayne DeGraff wears a during Friday’s session. (Image from V.I. Legislature video stream)

Senate Passes Measures to Keep Territory Economy Stable

In an emergency legislative session Friday, widely spaced senators unanimously approved five items which the senators hoped would keep the U.S. Virgin Islands financially stable through the economic instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Albert Bryan takes a question during Monday’s news briefing. (Government House photo)

Bryan Sets More Restrictions to Fight COVID-19

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. on Monday announced new restrictions to fight the spread of COVID-19, which the Department of Health on Sunday announced confirmed cases had more than doubled, from six to 17.
Sen. Novelle Francis discusses the federal excise tax on fuel, which he and others think should be repaid to the USVI government. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Legislators Teleconference to Discuss COVID-19

Members of the 33rd Legislature met Wednesday via teleconference to discuss the Legislature’s ongoing response to COVID-19, a response that could include canceling all public events and implementing a territorywide sick leave policy.
Airport STT Phase 2-4: The Port Authority estimates that it will take six to eight years to complete construction phases two through four on the Cyril E. King Airport. (Artist's rendering provided by VIPA)

VIPA Says Construction to Begin Soon on Territory’s Airports

The Virgin Islands Port Authority will start spending the $27 million received last year as a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration to begin construction on the Cyril E. King and Henry E. Rohlsen airports.

HFA Touts Breakthroughs in Housing Programs

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority Executive Director Daryl Griffith confirmed Wednesday that both the home ownership conversion program for Lovenlund and Bellevue communities and the EnVIsion Homeowner Rehabilitation and Reconstruction program, are in full swing.
AT&T Legal Counsel Tom Bolt testifies before Wednesday’s committee. (Photo by Chaunte Herbert for the V.I. Legislature)

AT&T Leaves STJ Without Internet, Creates $100,000 Mistake

The “Call Before You Dig” bill did not stop AT&T from unintentionally cutting Virgin Islands Next Generation Network’s backbone fiber line on St. Thomas, leaving St. John without internet access for four hours.
Wallace Williams appears at Tuesday's Senate committee hearing. (Photo by Alvin Burke Jr. for the V.I. Legislature)

Two Men Honored for STX Community Contributions

The Senate Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation and Aging honored the lifelong contributions of two men to the territory, voting to forward resolutions commemorating their accomplishments.

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