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This Week’s Senate Calendar

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

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Memorial Day: Brooklyn Woman Seeks Family of Fallen V.I. Soldier

It's been more than a decade since St. Croix native son Pfc. Jason N. Lynch died in combat in Iraq – June 18, 2004. But his sacrifice has continued to be felt, and not just on the tropical island where he grew up.

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2015-05-24 23:05:38
Beach Advisory for May 18-22

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory, advises the public that these beaches do not meet the water quality standards for swimming or fishing.
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2015-05-23 04:10:37
Acting AG: Government Attorney Ignored Order to Withdraw Cohen Plea Deal

A government attorney ignored orders to withdraw a plea deal allowing St. Croix radio station owner Jonathan Cohen to skirt 20 out of the 21 pending charges of tax evasion, according to the attorney general.

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2015-05-22 01:05:24
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HFA Board Fires Director Clifford Graham

Few details have been released about the abrupt firing of V.I. Housing Finance Authority Director Clifford Graham, but there has been some speculation about why it happened, and who might be taking his place.

Graham could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but VIHFA issued a release after the authority's board made the decision last Friday to terminate Graham's contract.

The termination was effective as of 5 p.m. Monday, and the VIHFA's chief operating officer, has been appointed interim executive director until the position is filled.

Speaking Tuesday, VIHFA Board Chair Debra Gottlieb said the board cannot comment on personnel issues but did say the position would be advertised.

"We have a job description that we will be posting, and we will get to that as soon as is possible and practicable," she said.

One candidate that has been mentioned by some as next in line for the job, Frankie Hoheb, said Tuesday there is no truth to reports that he has already been tapped to fill the position, but added when asked if he would be submitting his resume, that he was "pondering his options."

"The position will be put out for public notice, so anyone who has an interest can apply," Hoheb, chief of staff to Sen. Celestino A. White Sr., said Tuesday.

Sen. Louis P. Hill, meanwhile, sent out a release Tuesday night decrying the actions of the board to terminate Graham and asking that board members make public the reasons for their decision.

"I am clearly disturbed that the board has terminated Clifford Graham for reasons that have nothing to do with his competence, performance, or his absolute dedication to the people of the Virgin Islands for nearly 18 years, addressing the chronic housing shortages in this territory," Hill said in the release. "I am convinced he is the best person for the job…and I hope the board can produce a paper trail of cause to justify its action."

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