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USVI Debt, Debt Service and Local Revenues, 2004-2016. Data compiled from V.I. government budget documentation and other sources by Bill Kossler. (Click on image for larger view.)

Downward Spiral: Debt Rating Agencies Downgrade USVI Again

Tuesday, Fitch Ratings, the debt rating agency, downgraded nearly $2 billion in USVI bond debt for the third time in less than two years. Wednesday, S&P Global Ratings followed suit.
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Firefighters fight blaze at Stoners Alley Bar. (Chris Thomas photo)

*Update* Firefighters Battle Blaze next to Stoners Alley Bar

V.I. Fire Service firefighters fought a blaze Wednesday afternoon adjacent to the Big Cock Bar and Grill, so named because the bar's sign shows a large rooster.
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Consent Decree: VIPD Drawing Close on Use-of-Force Compliance

The head of the Virgin Islands Police Department said he’s confident that a years’ long effort to meet the demands of a federal court for a use-of-force policy is close to resolution.
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Mapp: Sexual Assault Within V.I. National Guard Will Not Be Tolerated

Gov. Kenneth Mapp said Tuesday that he hopes to empower victims throughout the territory by providing them with the services they need while also wiping out what he called “abhorrent behavior” within the organization.
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Map from the Weather Channel shows projected path of Invest 91-L. (Click on image for larger view.)

Disturbed Weather System Could Bring Tropical Storm Conditions by Weekend

Hurricane forecasters are keeping an eye on a couple of disorganized areas of disturbed weather which may become the next tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
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Attendees network at the St. Croix Hotel and Tourism Association’s Puerto Rico travel agent reception. (Photo by Benito Pinto from La Regata newspaper in Puerto Rico)

St. Croix Hosts Puerto Rico Travel Agents

The St. Croix Hotel and Tourism Association partnered with Cape Air to host a travel agent reception for Puerto Rico travel agents and press recently in Condado, Puerto Rico, attracting more than a dozen from tourism and media sectors
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Rendering of the Wartsila Power Plant with three new units at Harley power plant St. Thomas. (Image provided by WAPA)

WAPA Closes on First Phase of $85M Financing Package

WAPA last week closed on the first phase of an $85 million issue that officials have said would help the power system invest in new infrastructure.
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A bleached coral next to a healthy one in Hurricane Hole. (Photo by Caroline Rogers)

Research Team Studies St. John Coral for Secrets of Success

Coral is in crisis around the world, but there is one spot in the Virgin Islands where they continue to thrive. It’s the four mangrove-fringed bays that make up Hurricane Hole on the East End of St. John.
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Fire damage at Barbados building of Sapphire Beach Resort

Fire Services Investigating Cause of Fire at Sapphire Village

It took two hours Thursday for V.I. Fire Services crews to extinguish a blaze that broke out in one of the units in the Barbados Building of Sapphire’s Beach Resort. According to officials, crews are still assessing the situation to determine the cause and going “floor by floor” to se
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Storm damage to roads on Tortola, BVI, after Aug. 7 flooding (BVI government photo)

BVI Cleaning Up After 17-Plus Inches of Rain

Over the last few days, the British Virgin Islands have been cleaning up after torrential rains deposited 17 inches of water on the British territory, unleashing flash floods and leaving mud and debris in its wake.
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