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Child’s Birth Highlights Territorial Need for Mental Health Services

Suffering from a longstanding neurodevelopmental disorder and homelessness, one month ago a woman gave birth to a child on the sidewalk that runs in front of the hurricane-ravaged structure once used as Addelita Cancryn Junior High School.

EPA Withdraws One Limetree Refinery Permit Pending Appeals

The Environmental Protection Agency withdrew a controversial permit for the Limetree Bay refinery on Thursday, while appeals are worked out. The refinery will continue to operate, but for the time being, loses some leeway in emissions for its other permits.

Territory’s Mental Health Crisis Rages On; Anna’s Hope Treatment Facility ‘Not Feasible’

The need in the U.S. Virgin Islands for increased services for those suffering from mental and behavior health disorders was so strong in 2016 that former Gov. Kenneth Mapp declared a Mental Health Care State of Emergency; nearly five years later, little has changed.   

Senate Panel OKs Bill to Straighten Out JFL Property Funding

A V.I. Senate committee resolved an obstacle to purchasing property for the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital when they realized that the original bill identified the wrong funding source.

Senate Begins Reviewing Bryan’s Plan to Reform Mental Health in USVI

Members of the Senate Committee on Health, Hospitals, and Human Services on Friday began reviewing a mental health bill submitted by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.

FEMA Lifts Drawdown Restrictions on V.I. Disaster Recovery Funds

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has gained confidence in the Government of the Virgin Islands to spend the territory’s expected $8 billion in disaster recovery funds, and as of Jan. 29 has lifted the manual drawdown restrictions imposed after a federal audit.

Judge Denies Governor’s Motion Aimed to Stall New Law

Superior Court Judge Sigrid Tejo last week rejected Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.'s request for a temporary restraining order against the Virgin Islands Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation.

Environmental Groups and Limetree Refinery Both Challenging Terms of Refinery Permit

Several environmental groups filed an appeal this week to contest St. Croix's Limetree Bay Refinery's pollution limit permit from the Environmental Protection Agency for being too lenient. Meanwhile, the refinery is contesting it, arguing it is too strict.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (Source photo by Shaun A. Pennington)

Governor Files Court Motion Over Veto Override

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. filed a temporary restraining order and motion for a preliminary and permanent injunction against the Virgin Island Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation in V.I. Superior Court on Jan. 29.

Refinery Restarts!

Limetree Bay has started up part of the former Hovensa refinery on St. Croix and begun production and commercial sales of refined products, the company announced on Monday.

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