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Disaster Recovery Office Spent $2 Billion of $8 Billion Fed Aid

The Disaster Recovery Office, set up after the devastating twin hurricanes of 2017, has spent $1.94 billion and obligated $4.45 billion, or more than 56 percent of the anticipated $8 billion in federal disaster recovery funds appropriated for the territory.

Senators Question Legality of Two-Year Budget

Senators raised objections to a two-year budget, and to how personnel funding for the Office of Management and Budget's personnel was presented, Tuesday as agency hearings for the 2022-2023 budget got underway.

For Decades, Andre Wright Has Had a Hand in Every Big V.I. Project

V.I. governors, senators and commissioners come and go. But the need for expert advice never ceases. These financial consultants and their firms play huge, behind the scenes roles.

Charlotte Amalie, Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Seniors Test Positive for COVID-19

One Charlotte Amalie High School senior and two Ivanna Eudora Kean High School seniors have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Education Department. The students are in quarantine.

V.I. Unemployment Assistance Has Paid $133 Million Since Pandemic Began

Unemployment insurance in the U.S. Virgin Islands has paid out more than $133 million since the beginning of the pandemic through May 2, according to the V.I. Labor Department.
Princess Cruise ship in Crown Bay (Photo by Semele A.C. George)

Cruises Likely to Resume Mid-July, CDC Says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which stopped all U.S. cruise stops in March of 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic was devastating multiple cruises, has updated its guidance and suggested cruises could resume by "mid-July."

Gov. Eases Beach, Restaurant Restrictions as COVID Numbers Stay Low

Citing a continued decrease in new COVID-19 cases, with 51 active cases currently being tracked, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. said Monday that he felt comfortable easing restrictions on weekend and holiday beach closings and restaurant seating.
Princess Cruise ship in Crown Bay (Photo by Semele A.C. George)

Cruise Ships Might Be Cleared to Enter U.S. Ports by Midsummer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which stopped all U.S. cruise stops in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic picked up and swept through cruise ships, is aiming for a "midsummer" resumption of cruise stops.
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J&J COVID Vaccine Paused For Very Rare, Possibly Unrelated Blood Clots

The Centers for Disease Control and Federal Drug Administration recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday out of an abundance of caution, due to a very small number of blood clots that may or may not be connected to the vaccine.
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. 

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