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WAPA Makes Plans for Storm Season

Steps were taken by the V.I. Water and Power Authority’s board Thursday to engage companies that can perform early electrical damage assessment and begin repairs in the event of a hurricane this storm season.
The R.H. Amphlett Leader Justice Complex, home of the Superior Court on St. Croix. (File photo)

Trial Delays: Too Many Murders, Too Few Arrests, Too Long Until...

The U.S. Virgin Islands courts and Justice Department need more resources to address a crippling backlog of cases that delays and sometimes denies justice - both for victims and for the accused.
Sen. Kenneth Gittens says it is time to be aggressive with WAPA. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature.)

Senate Votes to Subpoena WAPA and PSC Officials

When Sen. Kenneth Gittens rose on the floor of the Legislature Tuesday to initiate what he calls “a more aggressive approach when it comes to WAPA,” he encountered no resistance from the 14 other senators.
Ophelia Torres and Tamara Bowers speak to the Senate, which appointed them to the Nurse Licensure Board on Monday. (V.I. Legislature photo)

Lawmakers Confirm Two Nursing Board, Two Counseling Board Members

In session Monday the USVI Senate confirmed Janette Bowers as a licensed practical nurse and Ophelia Powell-Torres as a nurse educator to the Board of Nurse Licensure, and Tamara Mohammed and Patricia Towal to the Board of Licensed Counselors and Examiners.

V.I. May Lose Teachers Due to Visa Delays

The territory, already dealing with a teacher shortage, may lose a number of mostly Filipino teachers here on J1 visas, due to a delay...

HFA: New, Streamlined Federal Home Repair Program Slated for September Start

The $225-million Envision Tomorrow home repair program could knock on home owners’ doors as early as September, Housing Finance Authority Executive Director Daryl Griffith told The Source in a recent interview, with a simpler, more streamlined structure designed to avoid issues like the delayed contractor payments that plagued its post-hurricane emergency counterpart.
Crowds gather at Vendors Plaza on St. Thomas. (File photo by the USVI Legislature)

STT Vendors Plaza Upgrades on the Way, V.I. Officials Say

Licensing and Consumer Affairs officials met with St. Thomas' Vendors Plaza merchants at a town hall Tuesday to talk about the run-down state of the major tourism site.
Volunteer Maven Parsil stacks crushed aluminum cans at Island Green Living Association. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

Recycling in the USVI: Part Three, Community Groups Take Action

Although the problems of dealing with the territory’s solid waste may seem insurmountable, there are dozens of examples of individuals and community groups taking steps to address the problem.
Labor Commissioner Gary Molloy defends his agency’s budget at Thursday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing. (V.I. Legislature Photo)

Molloy: Casino Commission Owes Agency $2.8 Million Earmarked for Youth

The Casino Control Commission owes the Department of Labor roughly $2.8 million in funds due to the agency’s Disadvantaged Youth Fund, Labor Commissioner Gary Molloy told lawmakers on Thursday.
A damaged St. Thomas home with a blue tarp roof in March of 2018. (Bill Kossler photo)

Developer Admits Defrauding Feds; Faces 30 Years

Juli Campbell, a Puerto Rico-based developer, faces a December sentencing in federal court after admitting she submitted false payment records to a federal disaster relief program.

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