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Cruzan Rum in the making. (Photo provided by Cruzan Rum)

Public Finance Authority Directs $20.8M in Excess Rum Revenues to Road Projects

In its first order of business on Wednesday, the Public Finance Authority board transferred and approved $20.8 million in excess rum revenues to complete various road projects across the territory. 

V.I. Inmates Getting Vaccinated Against COVID

The V.I. Bureau of Corrections is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to all inmates, the bureau announced in a news release on Wednesday.

Travel Requirements Vary for Vaccinated Passengers

Passengers who are fully vaccinated face less stringent travel requirements, Health Department officials said on Monday at the Government House weekly press briefing. But those new rules may not be reflected in different airline policies.

Sen. Steven Payne Sr. Briefly Hospitalized With COVID-19

At-large Sen. Steven Payne Sr. of St. John tested positive for COVID-19 last week and was briefly hospitalized. The Legislature canceled all hearings for a week due to the exposure.

Governor Tours STX Schools on First Day Back

Declaring that “school is in,” Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin and St. Croix District Superintendent Carlos McGregor hosted Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. for a tour of the Alfredo Andrews Elementary School to celebrate the return of students and staff.

St. Croix Schools Plan Return to In-Person Instruction in March

After being closed for a year due to COVID-19, public schools in the St. Croix District will open for in-person instruction beginning Tuesday, March 2.

Increase in STT COVID-19 Cases Is a Reminder to Remain Vigilant

According to the Health Department, Feb. 13 saw 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on St. Thomas, while St. Croix saw only one new case since the previous, Feb. 11 report.

FEMA Bringing $2.5 Million to Help USVI With COVID-19 Vaccination Costs

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has $2.5 million for the U.S. Virgin Islands to reimburse COVID-19 vaccination costs. There are 24 confirmed USVI COVID-19 fatalities to date, not counting individuals who were not diagnosed and individuals who sought treatment outside the territory and died elsewhere.

V.I. Medicaid Supervisor Charged With Embezzling Medicaid Funds

V.I. Department of Justice special agents arrested Kathleen Gussie, on Jan. 15, charging her with several counts of Medicaid Program fraud.

Ups and Downs of 2020: A Look Back at the News the Source Covered

It seems at times that the COVID-19 pandemic is the only thing that happened in 2020. But it’s been an eventful year, from beginning to end. The Virgin Islands lost some icons, took some economic damage and had some fun.

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