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Police Test New ShotSpotter Gunshot Locator System

The V.I. Police Department began conducting live-fire tests of the ShotSpotter gunshot detection service on St. Thomas on June 24.
Hurricane damage from the 2017 storms remains at Arthur A. Richards. (Source file photo)

FEMA Approves Replacement Plans for Arthur A. Richards Junior High School

FEMA approved the replacement of the Arthur A. Richards Junior High School, damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. This approval allows the Department of Education to begin negotiating costs for the construction of a new school on St. Croix.
The Delta M. Jackson Dorsch Complex dormitories on the University of the Virgin Island's St. Croix campus are getting federally-funded retrofits to handle hurricane-force winds and rain. (UVI photo)

FEMA Awards UVI $350K to Make STX Dormitories Hurricane Resistant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded $350,601 to the University of the Virgin Islands to mitigate risks associated with hurricane-force winds and rain, according to a news release from the university.
A sunken ship near the the Svend Ovesen Seaplane Terminal in Christiansted Harbor was removed as the the beginning of the derelict vessel removal program. (Photo supplied by DPNR)

DPNR Removes Derelict Vessel; First of program

A derelict vessel in the waters adjacent to the Svend Ovesen Seaplane Terminal in Christiansted Harbor has been removed by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Commissioner Jean-Pierre Oriol announced.

FEMA Approves $69 Million to Begin Replacement of Tutu Hi-Rise Apartments

The V.I. government and V.I. Housing Authority received a $69 million obligation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund the demolition and replacement of residential buildings at the Tutu Hi-Rise housing community, according to Government House.
U.S. Capitol

HUD Allocates Territory Another $53.59 Million

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated more than $2.3 billion Tuesday to support the long-term disaster recovery process in hard hit areas in 15 states and four territories. According to HUD, the U.S. Virgin Islands is getting $53.59 million of that, bringing HUD’s total USVI allocated funds to $1.92 billion.

USVI Population Likely Lower As 2020 Census Ramps Up

The U.S. Census has opened offices on St. Croix and St. Thomas, as well as in each of the U.S. insular territories, in anticipation of the upcoming 2020 Census, Assistant Interior Secretary Doug Domenech said.

Gov. Bryan Bypasses Procurement Rules for Luis Hospital Work

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has issued an executive order declaring a state of public exigency for Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, according to the hospital.

New HUD Guidelines Bring Delayed Block Grants Closer

The U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development has published its guidelines for the dispersal of $774.1 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for mitigation activities in the Virgin Islands.

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