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USVI Department of Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson testifies virtually before the Rules and Judiciary Committee. (Screenshot of streamed session)

Rules Panel Forwards Nelson’s Cannabis Board Nomination

The Rules and Judiciary Committee on Friday forwarded the nomination for Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson to serve on the Cannabis Advisory Board.

USVI Figuring Out How to Summer Camp in the Pandemic

With summer here and children facing the prospect of being cooped up at home even longer, Human Services has released licensing rules and regulations for re-opening child care programs and summer camps, the agency announced Friday.

PSC Says WAPA Rate Decrease Not Likely

Public Services Commission Executive Director Donald Cole informed Senate Finance Committee members that even after WAPA’s conversion to propane is complete on St. Thomas, ratepayers are not likely to see the large immediate rate savings they were promised.

Labor Department Faces Reduced Budget Amid Pandemic

Labor Commissioner Gary Molloy said his department’s Division of Unemployment Insurance has its hands full processing an unprecedented number of claims and adapting to new procedures during a pandemic. Now, if the recommended fiscal year 2021 budget is passed, Labor may have to navigate these realities with dwindling funds.

Police Test New ShotSpotter Gunshot Locator System

The V.I. Police Department began conducting live-fire tests of the ShotSpotter gunshot detection service on St. Thomas on June 24.

VIHFA Disputes Findings of Mismanagement in Federal Audit

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority officials on Wednesday disputed some findings of mismanagement in a capacity audit of $233 million in FEMA grants awarded to the authority last December.
Public Works Commissioner Nelson Petty Jr. testifies during Tuesday’s Committee on Finance hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Public Works to Use STX Inmates for Roadside Maintenance

The Department of Public Works will collaborate with the Bureau of Corrections to have inmates supplement existing roadside maintenance crews on St. Croix.
Nesha Christian-Hendrickson, president of the V.I. Bar Association. (Photo from Facebook)

Local Law Leader Says V.I. Voices Needed in Dialogue on Stateside...

The head of the Virgin Islands Bar Association called on the territory’s legal community to speak out against police brutality resulting in the death of unarmed civilians on the U.S. mainland.
V.I. Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor testifies about the department's proposed budget at a hearing Thursday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

VIPD Slashes Overtime Hours, Velinor Tells Senators

The Virgin Islands Police Department presented a $62 million budget for the next fiscal year, a $6 million reduction from the last fiscal year’s budget.
Chair of the Committee on Finance Sen. Kurt Vialet leads Monday's discussions. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Panel Scrutinizes $60 Million Short-Term Loan for V.I. Government

The Senate Finance Committee on Monday worked on details for a potential $60 million lending agreement with FirstBank Puerto Rico and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico.





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