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VITEMA: Commercial 911 Language Service Has Advantages Over Hiring Bilingual

The U.S. Virgin Island's 911 call centers, first put in place in 2009,  has long sought more bilingual or multilingually proficient operators to help serve the territory's large Spanish and smaller French Creole speaking populations.

Fire Service Struggling With EMS Training Hurdles, Officials Tell Senate

The Virgin Islands Fire Service is working on a decade-old goal to merge Emergency Medical Services into its operations, out from its traditional home within the Department of Health, and cross-train firefighters in Emergency Medical Response.
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Citizens Petitioning Federal Government to Return Tax to Territory

Randolph Thomas, a government retiree, is familiar with the financial challenges the territory faces, is circulating a petition asking the federal government to pay what he estimates as $7 billion it owes the territory in unpaid excise taxes.

Controversial St. Croix refinery ceases operations given ‘extreme financial constraints’

Monday's announcement suggests that the refinery, which now owes tens of millions of dollars to contractors and faces multiple class-action lawsuits from residents, might never restart.

Cloudiness, Passing Showers Likely on Tuesday

  Cloudiness moving in from the east may bring some passing showers to the local area on Tuesday. Daytime highs are expected to reach the upper 80s to low 90s with winds from the east at 10-20 miles per hour with higher gusts. Seas to six feet and winds to 20 knots are likely Tuesday. There is a moderate risk of rip currents across the territorial coastlines. IN THE TROPICS A tropical wave located about 650 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands continues to produce disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms. Some additional development of this disturbance will be possible during the next couple of days before upper-level winds become less conducive for further organization by Thursday. The system is expected to move westward to west-northwestward at 15-20 miles per hour. Sunrise: 5:45 a.m. Sunset: 6:59 p.m. OBSERVATIONS AT THE 3D MANDAHL WEATHER STATION Monday's high temperature: 86 degrees at 11:48 a.m. Monday's low temperature: 77 degrees at 5:38 a.m. Peak wind gust: 20 miles per hour at 10:27 a.m. 24-hour rainfall: 0.01 inches Month rain: 3.78 inches Year rain: 12.92 inches
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My Brother’s Workshop Celebrates Seven Graduates

Seven students were lauded Saturday at a ceremony on St. Thomas celebrating their graduation from Penn Foster High School through the My Brother’s Workshop Education program.
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Three Killed, One Injured in Three Shootings Friday on STT

Three men were killed and a fourth seriously injured Friday in three separate shootings on St. Thomas, according to the V.I. Police Department.

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.

STJ – CZM Approves Cruz Bay and Lovango Cay Permit Applications

The St. John Committee of the Coastal Zone Management Board approved two applications for projects – one in Cruz Bay, and one on Lovango Cay – at an online hearing Thursday afternoon.

Juneteenth Now a National and USVI Holiday – Government On Leave Friday

President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday establishing Juneteenth, on June 19 as a national holiday and Gov. Albert Bryan followed suit in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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