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Beach Accessibility Bill Advances, Brings Beaches Closer to ADA Compliance

The Senate Committee on Rules and Judiciary advanced legislation at its Thursday hearing that, if signed into law, would bring the territory’s beaches closer to compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

ODR Juggles Territorial Projects Totaling Billions of Dollars

The 1,500 projects tracked by the Office of Disaster Recovery come with a hefty price tag and numerous challenges. Despite the challenges, 669 of the 1,500 projects have been completed.

Sen. Gittens: Land Purchase Would Speed Up Luis Hospital Reconstruction

At Wednesday’s Finance Committee hearing, senators discussed legislation that would authorize the purchase of more than 3.5 acres of land to expand the footprint of St. Croix’s Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, long overdue for reconstruction.

Revenue Projections Show Pandemic’s Impact at $70 Million for FY 2021

Through the onslaught of the novel coronavirus, the U.S. Virgin Islands economy has remained fairly stable, according to government officials, and is projected to deviate by $70 million for the 2021 fiscal year compared to 2020.

Education Officials Fail to Show for Hearing on School Pandemic Closures

A Senate panel sat down on Tuesday for an update on the territory's public schools, but the officials from the Department of Education, who were expected to provide the update, did not attend.
A recent court ruling may have a serious impact on plans for sports tourism based on horse racing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Source file photo)

Horse Racing Industry Dwindles Amid Litigation

While there is still hope for the resurgence of horse racing in the U.S. Virgin Islands, though there has been word of an agreement in a court battle, the territory's two horse tracks are still closed.

WAPA Board Approves, Extends Construction Project Contracts

The Water and Power Authority’s Governing Board approved, amended and extended a handful of contracts, pushing forward projects including the Cruz Bay Underground Project on St. John.

Outstanding Aggreko Bill Puts WAPA Board in a Quandary

On Wednesday, the Water and Power Authority Governing Board denied payment of over $1 million to fulfill a contractual obligation to Aggreko, supplier of leased generators, after hearing news of legislation that could strip the Authority’s funding source.

The Salvation Army Needs Volunteers for Red Kettle Fundraiser

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring bells encouraging passersby to drop change into the iconic red kettles seen during the holiday season, a fundraising tradition dating back to 1891.

Gambling, Agriculture and Tax Amnesty Bills Move Forward

The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee spent a full day on Thursday advancing several bills, some of which have caused controversy as they've moved through the Legislature.

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