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Senate President Novelle Francis presides over the Legislature Wednesday. (V.I. Legislature photo)

Senate Sends Zoning Requests, Bills and a Resolution to Governor

The Senate approved two leases and three zoning issues, along with a resolution honoring Valrica Miranda Bryson for her contributions to the school system, her mentorship of Virgin Islands youth and her many years as a music educator.
St. Croix-born jockey Euclyn “Pede” Prentice Jr. (Photo by Ricky Plaskett)

Senators Hear Testimony on Bill to Honor Jockey Who Died Young

Emotions ran high Monday and tears flowed freely during a Senate committee hearing on a bill to recognize Euclyn “Pede” Prentice Jr. for his accomplishments in the horse racing industry, his contributions to the Virgin Islands and to name a road in his honor.

Emergency Planners Outline Strategies for Survival

Officials charged with preparing for the worst-case scenario – fire, police and other emergency services – on Monday said public education is critical for people to survive a tsunami.
Participants in the 2019-2020 Crucian Christmas Festival Parade wait neat Claude O. Markoe School for the parade to finally get going. (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Festival Division, WTJX to Tackle Nudity and Vulgarity Concerns

Nudity, vulgarity and the simulation of sexual acts during Virgin Island festivals has been a controversial subject on social media for several years. Sen. Myron Jackson opened a hearing Monday saying it was time to start the discussion in earnest.

Residents Renew Opposition to Pair of Rezoning Requests

In its Friday afternoon session, the Senate Committee of the Whole received testimony on three rezoning requests, with two of them encountering stiff residential opposition.
Sen. Javan James (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senate Panel OKs Measure to Crack Down on Underage Drinking

A bill to raise the fines for serving alcohol to minors was amended twice before leaving the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Energy, Environment and Planning on Friday and forwarded to the Rules and Judiciary Committee.
Edgar Iles with his wife Dolores. (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Edgar Iles Honored by Rotary West for 50 Years of...

The Rotary West of St. Croix’s annual fundraiser was a special one for Edgar Iles. He celebrated 50 years of being a Rotarian and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the club.
Sen. Athneil Thomas suggested the bill could end up paying for itself. (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Filing Taxes Online in Virgin Islanders’ Future

Members of the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Energy, Environment and Planning voted Friday in favor of amending the V.I. Code to make the collection of taxes more efficient.
Senators ponder what to do about a huge piece of legislation. (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Omnibus Family Bill Gets Support, but Held in Committee

A bill addressing the issues of maternity leave, postpartum care, early childhood screening, banishment of corporal punishment and health care for incarcerated men and women was held in committee on Friday.

Weezy Finds Old Home in Frederiksted

An old tradition found its old home as about 200 people gathered on the south end of Frederiksted to raise money to help the recovery of Kemit-Amon Lewis.





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