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Attorney George Dudley testifying at a senate hearing in January of 2017 (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature)

Franchise Tax Bill Softened With Amendment

Legislation to slightly increase franchise taxes for corporations, a small tax on each licensed corporation doing business in the territory, was amended to limit its impact on capital investments, then sent out of the Rules and Judiciary Committee Thursday for a final vote.
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Ron De Lugo Federal Courthouse

Dealer Found with Weapon Near School Gets 6 Year Sentence

An admitted cocaine dealer caught near a St. Thomas high school with drugs and a firearm was sent to prison for six years by a federal judge.
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The Etelman Observatory on St. Thomas. (Source file photo)

Astronomy Lectures Focus on Timely, Fun Topics

A pair of sessions on astronomy geared towards the public will be offered Friday evening at the University of the Virgin Islands. “Shadow On the Sun: The Hype Behind the Solar Eclipse,” and Why Bad Movie Science Is Good for You” will be offered beginning at 7 p.m. Fr
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New Drop Boxes Make Submitting Catch Reports Easier for Fishers

To make it more convenient for commercial and recreational fishers to submit their monthly catch reports, the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources is installing new drop boxes in popular fishing launch areas.
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U.S. Interior Department Funding a V.I. Consumer Price Index

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs has awarded the U.S. Virgin Islands a $250,000 grant to develop and set up a 2017 Consumer Price Index.
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U.S. Capitol

Mapp Says Interior Dept. Supports Increase in Rum Cover Over

U.S. Interior Department officials told Gov. Kenneth Mapp this week they will back a permanent increase in the amount of federal rum excise taxes returned to the local treasury.
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Reforms to Noise Pollution Law Pass Committee

A bill aiming to clarify the territory’s existing noise pollution laws, and make penalties easier to enforce, cleared the 32nd Legislature’s Committee.
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The V.I. Budget Crisis, Part 14: Medicaid and Medicare, How Did We Get Here, How Do We Get Out?

Congress could do several things which would quickly eliminate the territory's budgetary problems.
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Prosecutors Team Up To Tackle Robbery Squads

As a result of their efforts, federal and local prosecutors have indicted, convicted or sentenced 17 individuals charged with federal Hobbs Act violations.
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Assault Victim Succumbs to Her Injuries

A woman identified as the V.I. Police Department as 47-year-old Nyla Peele died Tuesday of injuries from an assault Monday.
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