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Lt. Gov. Potter In DC For NLGA Meeting

Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter will be leaving the territory March 22 to attend the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association Federal-State Relations Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Potter Signs Loaned Federal Employee Salary Bill

Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter, acting as governor, has signed into law a bill to allow the government to pay temporarily officials on loan from the federal government at higher than usual salaries.

Mapp, Senators Attend Florida Cruise Conference

Gov. Kenneth Mapp and a majority of V.I. legislators are in Florida this week networking and attending seminars at the annual Seatrade Cruise Global Conference in Fort Lauderdale.

WAPA Web Site Is Down; Online Payment Function Affected

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s (WAPA) Internet Service Provider (ISP) is currently experiencing technical problems.

Senate Exploring Alternate Way for Extra $1.5 Million to Reach Nonprofits

Senate President Neville James said Tuesday that the Legislature is exploring an alternate route to get $1.5 million set aside for nonprofits into the hands of local organizations.

Plaskett’s Congressional Centennial Legislation Passes Committee

The USVI Centennial Commission Act is one step closer to becoming law, after it passed the U.S. Congress's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform with a unanimous vote Tuesday.

Senate Increases Minimum Wage

The V.I. Legislature approved increasing the local minimum wage to $10.50 per hour by the end of 2018.

Senate Increases Cigarette Taxes

Senators voted to approve an increase in taxes on cigarettes, to allow smoking in "cigar factories" that make and sell cigars, along with a slew of other legislation during session Thursday.

Senate Overrides Mapp Vetoes of Probate Reform, Fiber Optics Licensing Board

The V.I. Legislature voted Thursday to override Gov. Kenneth Mapp's vetoes of bills reforming probate law for inherited retirement investments and creating a fiber optic licensing board.

UVI Research and Technology Park Resets 2016 Budget

The UVI Research and Technology Park board voted to revise the 2016 budget after a $1 million allocation by the V.I. government was denied, asserting they can raise the funds from commercial revenues.

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STT-STJ AG FAIR -- on St. Thomas, connecting farmers and the fruits of their labors with the
public. Bordeaux Farms Pavillion provided the venue, although the traditional host, University of the Virgin Islands, is eager for a reunion.
The AG FAIR is an opportunity for shoppers to pick up meats and veggies for the Thanksgiving table. Chef Ashley Allen staged a turkey carving demonstration, followed by a turkey tasting.
An appreciative crowd formed an audience for a dance troupe and tips on composting, plus a contest to see who could quickly light a coalpot.
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