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End of Full Federal Medicaid Match Will Hurt, Say Hospital Officials

Schneider Regional Medical Center's revenues are up over last year, and the St. Thomas East End Medical Center Corporation is seeing more patients, officials said during budget hearings Thursday. But those good trends are partly fed by big increases in the number of Virgin Islanders able to get Medicaid, which may sharply cut back next month.
The R.H. Amphlett Leader Justice Complex, home of the Superior Court on St. Croix. (File photo)

Trial Delays: Too Many Murders, Too Few Arrests, Too Long Until...

The long lag between arrests and trials in many violent crime cases in the U.S. Virgin Islands sometimes denies justice - both for victims and for the accused.

V.I. Lottery Would Lose Millions Per Year Without Video Lottery Terminals

The V.I. Lottery would likely lose around $5.6 million if not bolstered by about $12.3 million from Southland Gaming slot machine/video lottery funding, acting Lottery Executive Director Raymond Williams told the Finance Committee Thursday.
Volunteers stuff supplies into new backpacks Tuesday. (Photo by Samuel Hodges for Home Depot)

My Brother’s Workshop, Home Depot Distribute 2,000 Backpacks

The Home Depot Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands and local nonprofit My Brother’s Workshop worked together to outfit 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies for students and schools throughout the St. Thomas and St. John districts.
The Underground Night Club, on St. Thomas. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

Sex Trafficking in the V.I. Part 2 – Recent Case Puts...

The public face of sex trafficking in the Virgin Islands showed up on Brookman Road in early August as federal agents closed in on a nightclub operator suspected of harboring migrants to work as prostitutes.
From left, USVI Housing Finance Authority Chief Operating Officer Darin Richardson, Executive Director Daryl Griffith, and Chief Financial Officer Valdez Shelford testify before the Senate Finance Committee. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

USVI Has Housing Crisis, HFA Head Tells Senators

Lawmakers and administration officials agreed that housing in the U.S. Virgin Islands is in crisis, while talking Tuesday during the Senate's Committee on Finance hearing on the the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget for the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority.
The Rock City Beer Barn will play host to an open mic comedy show Friday, with local comedians getting the chance to showcase their talents to a wider audience while competing for cash prizes.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Open Mic Night

The Rock City Beer Barn will play host to an open mic comedy show Friday, with local comedians getting the chance to showcase their talents to a wider audience while competing for cash prizes.
Teacher representatives Rosa Soto-Thomas, left, and Carol Callwood express concern over this latest attempt to change the school calendar. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Senators, Administrators Would Like Schools to Start in Mid-August

Virgin Islands school administrators and legislators want schools to start earlier in the fall and end earlier in the spring. The effort to do so, however, has failed in recent years. The problem is how to compensate teachers in the year of the change.
Government House. (File photo)qGovernment House. (File photo)

Pre-Election Pay Increases Being Processed

The V.I. government is processing pay increases negotiated in collective bargaining agreements with several departments and agencies, Government House announced Friday.
The R.H. Amphlett Leader Justice Complex, home of the Superior Court on St. Croix. (File photo)

Trial Delays: Too Many Murders, Too Few Arrests, Too Long Until...

The U.S. Virgin Islands courts and Justice Department need more resources to address a crippling backlog of cases that delays and sometimes denies justice - both for victims and for the accused.

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