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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.
Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory at Wednesday's hearing: 'To see two women opening businesses is very encouraging.' (V.I. Legislature photo)

Senate Panel OKs Reestablishing Information System; No Funds Included

Senators sent forward legislation to "establish" the "Virgin Islands Virtual Information System ... within the Department of Education" on Tuesday, reestablishing the centralized school and to revive the VIVIS system established during the tenure of Gov. John deJongh Jr.

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.
EPA regional administrator Peter Lopez, Carmen Perez, director of the Caribbean Environmental Protection Division and Jose Font, EPA deputy director for the region, talk with media. (Susan Ellis photo)

EPA Reaffirms Commitment to V.I.

Environmental Protection Agency officials from New York and Puerto Rico visited the U.S. Virgin Islands last week and met with local officials and members of the media at the FEMA office to confirm the agency’s support in protecting the territory's public water, landfills and air quality.

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