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USVI Safe From Trump Food Stamp Cuts – For Now

A new rule imposed by President Donald Trump that many sources project will take Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program benefits – formerly known as Food Stamps – away from more than 700,000 Americans, will not immediately impact the territory.
Brian Chase sings his wining entry.

Chase Wins Second Junior Calypso King Crown

The plight of the homeless was the topic of the song that captured the Junior Calypso King competition for 16-year-old Brian Chase. Telling the story of several homeless people living on the streets of St. Croix, Chase, put on a rousing performance.

VIHFA Buys Villa Morales, a St. Croix Landmark, For Homeless Housing

The facility will provide up to 20 emergency shelter beds, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing for the homeless.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discusses his administration's priorities toward reducing property and homelessness during a meeting with members of the Virgin Islands Interagency Council on Homelessness Tuesday in Government House on St. Croix. (Government House photo)

Bryan: Expand Cannabis Law, Send Taxes to GERS

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has unveiled legislation broadening the territory's new medical cannabis law, with new taxes directed mostly to the failing Government Employees Retirement System, as well as new rights for Rastafarians and other changes.
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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.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discusses his administration's priorities toward reducing property and homelessness during a meeting with members of the Virgin Islands Interagency Council on Homelessness Tuesday in Government House on St. Croix. (Government House photo)

V.I. Revenues Expected to Increase; Bryan Cautions Against Excess Spending

At this year's revenue estimating conference, Internal Revenue Bureau Director Joel Lee projected a 10 percent bump in V.I. tax revenues for fiscal year 2020, but Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is warning against using up the hoped-for increase wastefully.

Kmart Black Friday Draws Fewer V.I. Shoppers than in Recent Past

Only about 30 people waited in the dark outside the Tutu Park Mall Kmart Friday to take advantage of the store's 5 a.m. opening for this year’s Black Friday doorbuster sale.
Aria Garcia models one of her creations. (Submitted photo)

Aria Garcia: Crucian Designer Shines on New York Runway

Aria Garcia took the inspiration she received from her Virgin Island grandmother’s gift of a sewing machine to follow a career as a New York fashion designer. That career includes being creative director and CEO of AREGA, an emerging women’s fashion line, and stints as an actress and model.
Contestants dig into the coconut jelly scoop competition during 2018's Crucian Coconut Festival. (Submitted photo)

Annual Crucian Coconut Festival Set for Sunday

The coconut is one of the Caribbean’s royal treasures. And Sunday, St. Croix Farmers in Action Inc., will display new ways to appreciate and share all the coconut has to offer at the Crucian Coconut Festival at the Estate Bethlehem Sugar Factory.

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.

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