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Island Administrators Have Over 200 Abandoned Vehicles Removed

All three administrators expressed their gratitude to the V.I. Department of Public Works and the V.I. Waste Management Authority for their assistance.
Albert Bryan

Bryan Touts Tourism Resurgence and Airbnb Growth

The tourism industry in the U.S. Virgin Islands is robust, Gov. Bryan told attendees at the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit in Miami Beach on Tuesday, adding that now is the time for investors to take advantage.

Hospitals on Front Line in Neonatal Care

Faye John-Baptiste, RN, and Dr. Olivine Treasure both remember 1999 as the turn-around year for St. Croix families. That summer, the Juan F. Luis Hospital welcomed a neonatologist to its staff, and things began to change fast, contributing to what is one of the big success stories in V.I. health care.
Wynnie Testamark testifies Wednesday before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Justice and Public Safety about conditions in the territory's prisons. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

BOC Reports Progress, but Judge Eyes Tough Options

A quarter century after four prisoners housed at the St. Thomas jail and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Virgin Islands Government, improvements spelled out in a settlement agreement still linger unresolved. Now, a federal judge says there may be two ways of pushing the case past the finish line.
Flags adorn the graves of V.I. veterans who served their country. (Linda Morland photo)

Memorial Day – A Time to Remember

Members of American Legion Enrique Romero Nieves Post No. 102 spent the Memorial Day weekend paying respect to Virgin Islanders who served their country...
Albert Bryan

Gov. Bryan: One-Time Medicaid Windfall Should Not Go to Raises

Gov. Albert Bryan urged the Legislature in a statement Thursday not to spend any of a one-time $39 million Medicaid reimbursement windfall on recurring expenses like pay raises but instead use it for the hospitals' utility bills.

Judge Calls WAPA Emissions Progress ‘Remarkable’

The V.I. Water and Power Authority continues to be in compliance with emissions consent decrees, earning praise from U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez during a quarterly court review Monday. WAPA will only need to have annual reviews going forward, according to a statement from the authority.
Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas. (File photo)

Judge Calls WMA Landfill Progress Impressive but Inadequate

When Adrian Taylor, the interim director of the Waste Management Authority, appeared in federal court on Tuesday, he reported progress taking place at the territory’s two landfills. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez called the efforts impressive.
Cosmetic chemist Autumn Blum testifies Monday before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumers and Affairs, describing the toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Senate Panel Votes to Ban Sunscreens with Toxic Chemicals

A Senate committee voted Monday to forward a bill banning two chemicals found in many sunscreens after a panel of witnesses, including chemists and divers, testified that the compounds contribute to the deterioration of coral reefs and have been linked to harmful side effects in humans.

VIPD Marks Police Week with Slate of Events

The V.I. Police Department began observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week Sunday with a Mother's Day peace concert evening on St. John. A slate of events are scheduled for all week long, paying tribute to the local, state, and federal law enforcement officers serving the territory.

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