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Senate Panel OKs Bill to Straighten Out JFL Property Funding

A V.I. Senate committee resolved an obstacle to purchasing property for the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital when they realized that the original bill identified the wrong funding source.

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.

Senate Begins Reviewing Bryan’s Plan to Reform Mental Health in USVI

Members of the Senate Committee on Health, Hospitals, and Human Services on Friday began reviewing a mental health bill submitted by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.

Smoke from BVI Fire Impacting USVI *Update – BVI Fire Service Provides Details*

A major fire near the H Lavity Stoutt Community College in Paraquita Bay in the British Virgin Islands has impacted air quality on St. John and St. Thomas, USVI, with residents of both islands reporting they smell smoke.

Territorial Recreation Plan Marks Step Toward Annual Funding

The V.I. Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation is creating a Territorial Comprehensive Outdoor Recreational Plan that Commissioner Calvert White told lawmakers is the initial step to securing annual funding for recreational projects throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands.

USVI Nets 50 Vehicles, Over $1 Million in Airbag Settlement

The V.I. Department of Justice has settled a suit with Honda over Takata airbags, a settlement in which Honda agreed to provide the V.I. approximately 50 new Honda vehicles and a payment of over $1 million.

Senators Move to Close Loophole in Gas Station Moratorium

A bill adding to a measure already signed into law that created a five-year moratorium on business licenses for gas stations was approved by a legislative panel on Tuesday.

FEMA Lifts Drawdown Restrictions on V.I. Disaster Recovery Funds

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has gained confidence in the Government of the Virgin Islands to spend the territory’s expected $8 billion in disaster recovery funds, and as of Jan. 29 has lifted the manual drawdown restrictions imposed after a federal audit.

Port Authority Reports Data Security Breach

The V.I. Port Authority experienced what it is calling a "data security incident" this week. According to the Port Authority, it doesn't look like personal data was acquired nor any money lost.

Territory Has Spent Over Half of Issued CARES Act Funding

The U.S. Virgin Islands has expended over half of its $546 million in CARES Act funding issued subsequent to the COVID-19 outbreak, Office of Management and Budget Director Jenifer O'Neal told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.

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