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Senators Move to Close Loophole in Gas Station Moratorium

A bill adding to a measure already signed into law that created a five-year moratorium on business licenses for gas stations was approved by a legislative panel on Tuesday.

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.

Territory Has Spent Over Half of Issued CARES Act Funding

The U.S. Virgin Islands has expended over half of its $546 million in CARES Act funding issued subsequent to the COVID-19 outbreak, Office of Management and Budget Director Jenifer O'Neal told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.

Police: Violent Crimes Have Increased in the USVI During Pandemic

With the world still in the thralls of the COVID-19 pandemic, and people tucked away in their homes and many children barred from classrooms, crime appears to have flourished in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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.

Education Officials Won’t Commit to School Reopening Date

The Department of Education is now well past the Jan. 25 date it had predicted students would return to school, and Friday could not tell senators when the reopening would take place.

Boschulte: Pandemic Brings Younger Travelers to the USVI

The ongoing global health crisis has changed the United States Virgin Islands' tourism industry in several ways, Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte said on Tuesday.

First Phase of Vision 2040 Initiative Nearly Complete

Economic Development Authority Chief Executive Officer Wayne Biggs Jr. reported Tuesday to the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Agriculture.
Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson testifies during Tuesday’s committee meeting. (Photo by Chaunte Herbert)

Lack of Quorum Stops Hemp Commission from Acting on Application

Lacking a quorum, the Virgin Islands Hemp Commission could not conduct commission business at its meeting on Monday, rendering the panel unable to act on an applicant seeking a seed distributor license.

Lack of Timely FEMA Funds Stalls Hospital Progress

The territory’s hospitals were devastated in the hurricanes of 2017 and, over three years later, are still wrestling with the Federal Emergency Management Agency over needed funding to replace and repair the USVI's four major health facilities.

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