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Gov. Bryan: One-Time Medicaid Windfall Should Not Go to Raises

Gov. Albert Bryan urged the Legislature in a statement Thursday not to spend any of a one-time $39 million Medicaid reimbursement windfall on recurring expenses like pay raises but instead use it for the hospitals' utility bills.

Women’s Coalition of St. Croix’s Peace Race Celebrates 35-Year Milestone

The Women's Coalition of St. Croix (WCSC) will host the 35th Annual Women Race on Sunday, June 2, in Frederiksted. Pre-registration for its annual two-mile race for women and girls will begin on May 20. The race is organized by the V.I. Pace Runners for WCSC. Only women and girls may enter the race.
View of Carambola Resort with Hamms Bluff in the background. (Susan Ellis photo)

New Owners to Take Over Carambola Resort by End of Month

A thorn in the side of the Government Employees Retirement System may be removed by the end of the month, if the sale of Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort and Spa goes through.

Young Syrian Refugee Returns to St. Thomas to Face Trial

The 18-year-old Syrian refugee who turned himself into a St. Thomas police station in March returned Monday to the island, where he is expected to face trial on charges of illegal entry into the United States.

Judge Calls WAPA Emissions Progress ‘Remarkable’

The V.I. Water and Power Authority continues to be in compliance with emissions consent decrees, earning praise from U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez during a quarterly court review Monday. WAPA will only need to have annual reviews going forward, according to a statement from the authority.

Craft Beer Tourism Brings the Brews Cruise to Frenchtown

“Small and independent craft brewers are part of the DNA of their communities. They are becoming mainstay attractions for travelers.”
A water truck navigates loosely paved roads while delivering gallons of water to a V.I. resident. (Kelsey Nowakowski photo)

Amid Drought, USVI Added to the U.S. Drought Monitor For Regular...

The V.I. will officially be added to the U.S. Drought Monitor map on June 6, 2019, said Brad Rippey of the United States Department of Agriculture, who is helping organize the drought monitoring efforts in the V.I.
Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas. (File photo)

Judge Calls WMA Landfill Progress Impressive but Inadequate

When Adrian Taylor, the interim director of the Waste Management Authority, appeared in federal court on Tuesday, he reported progress taking place at the territory’s two landfills. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez called the efforts impressive.

Andrea Prompts First Hurricane Advisory: Are You Ready for the Season?

Subtropical Storm Andrea appears to pose no threat to the U.S. Virgin Islands, but is a timely reminder to finish hurricane preparations before the official beginning of the hurricane season on June 1.
Cosmetic chemist Autumn Blum testifies Monday before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumers and Affairs, describing the toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Senate Panel Votes to Ban Sunscreens with Toxic Chemicals

A Senate committee voted Monday to forward a bill banning two chemicals found in many sunscreens after a panel of witnesses, including chemists and divers, testified that the compounds contribute to the deterioration of coral reefs and have been linked to harmful side effects in humans.

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