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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.
Gov. Albert Bryan speaks at Monday's news conference. (Image captured from the V.I. Government's livestream of the press conference)

Bryan Calls for Tighter Laws in Response to Continuing Violence

The V.I. Police Department will will step up enforcement of all laws big and small in an effort to curb violence in the territory, and Gov. Albert Bryan urged changes to permitting rules, passage of a loitering laws and stricter bail rules.
Commissioner Kimberly Causey-Gomez and administrators of Human Services defend budget at legislative hearing. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

DHS Faces ‘Medicaid Cliff’

One of the most significant threats to the Department of Human Services and residents of the territory is the Medicaid “fiscal cliff” on Oct....
Marijuana leaves (Yahoo photo)

Bryan Nominates 4 to Seats on Cannabis Advisory Board

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has nominated four people to take seats on the Virgin Islands Cannabis Advisory Board, which is charged with creating the regulations and policies governing the medical marijuana industry in the territory.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. comments on the benefits of integrating EMS and Fire during a recent meeting of the administration's VIFEMS integration team. (Government House photo)

Integration of Fire and Emergency Medical Services Moves Forward

The Department of Health, Fire Service and the Office of the Governor are moving forward with plans to integrate the Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Service with the Fire Service to form the Virgin Islands Fire and Emergency Medical Service.

Overnight Blaze Devastates Historic Royal Dane Mall

A roaring blaze engulfed the Royal Dane Mall in downtown Charlotte Amalie overnight, devastating the mall and damaging adjacent buildings. In a press conference Friday,...
Juan F. Luis Hospital in pre-hurricane file photo. JFL was badly damaged by Hurricane Maria.

JFL Execs Say Crime, Abandoned Patients Cost Hospital

Tens of millions of dollars in uncompensated care continues to strain the budget of St. Croix's Juan F. Luis Hospital, JFL officials told lawmakers Tuesday, with violent crime-related injuries and long-term boarders incurring some of the higher-cost, unpaid medical services.
VIPA Director Carlton Dowe in 2016 file photo)

Dowe Officially Returns to V.I. Port Authority

Carlton Dowe will return to the Virgin Islands Port Authority as its executive director after an official vote of approval from the authority’s governing board Wednesday.
From left, Rules Committee Chairman Janelle Sarauw confers with Sens. Steven Payne, Myron Jackson, Novelle Francis and Oakland Benta at Monday’s hearing. (Photo Courtesy of the V.I. Legislature)

Rules Panel Approves Tabled Medicaid Windfall Bill

The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee made a quick turnaround on Monday, convening in the late afternoon and approving the bill redirecting some $39 million in Medicaid payments that it held in committee on Friday.
Nathan Simmonds, director of finance administration at the Public Finance Authority, testifies before the Senate Finance Committee Monday. (Photo by the V.I. Legislature)

PFA Looking into Reprogramming Unspent Capital Projects Funds

The Public Finance Authority is exploring ways to address roughly $115 million in unexpended capital projects funding, a chronic problem among local agencies. Reprogramming them for other purposes is not off the table, Nathan Simmonds, the director of finance administration at the Public Finance Authority, told lawmakers Monday.

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