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Senators Consider Multiple Rezonings in Adrian, St. John

Among the four zoning changes for St. John considered by the Senate at Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting were two that appeared to be at odds with each other.

STX Non-Profit Provides Care Packages to Homeless and Mentally Ill

A group of health professionals and community members are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to helping the homeless and mentally ill, creating a non-profit named the Collective Collaboration.

St. Croix Motorcade Honors Life of George Floyd

A motorcade crossed St. Croix Thursday in honor of the life of George Floyd, who was killed May 25 by Minneapolis police as he begged for air.
Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas. (Source file photo)

Trash Crisis Postponed – For Now

Unpaid trash haulers and companies operating the territory’s two landfills have come to an agreement with the government to get money now and hopefully more soon, averting a threatened work stoppage that would have gone into effect June 9.

St. Croix Business Owner Launches Swimwear Store Online

In 2014, J. Hilaire envisioned a swimwear store with items that would allow Virgin Islanders to be unapologetic about their identities. He made his vision a reality Monday with the launch of his online store – Illicit Swimwear.

Senators Weigh Up Rezoning, Lease Proposals

Senate President Novelle Francis Jr. called the rezoning and lease agreements senators discussed at a Committee of the Whole hearing as matters of economic prosperity. Voting on the items will happen at a future full Senate session, but senators expressed support for most of the measures.

Home Gardens Have Bloomed Thanks to COVID-19

As U.S. Virgin Islanders return to work, some may have noticed a change right in their back yards. During the quarantine period, some have discovered a green thumb they never knew they had.
Hurricane Isabel in 2003, as seen from the International Space Station. (Image by Mike Trenchard, Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center)

Storm Researchers Ratchet Up Prediction to ‘Very Active’ Hurricane Season

Colorado State University hurricane researchers on Thursday slightly increased their forecast for the Atlantic hurricane season and now call for a very active season in 2020, citing the likely absence of El Niño as a primary factor.
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Revenue Cuts Mean Sharp Government Spending Constraints This Year and Next

Most U.S. Virgin Islands government agencies face cuts of between 5 and 17 percent in the coming fiscal year in Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s Fiscal Year 2021 Executive Budget proposal, which he presented to the Legislature Friday.
Palm trees during a hurricane on St Croix. Source file photo)

Officials Expect Hurricane Season Prep, Aftermath Will be Longer, Slower for 2020

With experts calling for hurricane season 2020 to be “above average,” coupled with COVID-19 and widespread civil unrest in the United States mainland, nothing about the upcoming six months is going to be “normal.”

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