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Senators Consider Cuts to Corrections and Information Technology Bureaus

At the Senate Finance Committee's budget hearing for the Bureau of Corrections and the Bureau of Information Technology Wednesday, senators' questions covered a wide swath of territory, from what corrections officers are paid to whether government computers are safe from hackers.

COVID-19 Cases Jump by 22 in Largest Single Day Increase

The V.I. Health Department reported 22 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the largest single day increase in the territory since the pandemic began.

Senators Slam Waste Management for Continuing to Pay Former Director

Adrian Taylor, until recently the acting executive director of the Waste Management Authority, was not present at the Authority's budget hearing Wednesday, but he was a big topic of discussion.

Senators Balk During Review of Consolidated Permit for Summer’s End Marina

The future of Coral Bay came into the spotlight once again when the Senate Committee of the Whole met Tuesday to consider a modified permit and a lease for submerged land for a controversial 144-slip marina on St. John.
The Research and Technology Park on UVI's St. Croix campus(File photo)

V.I. Women of Color Share Their Experiences in Expanding Tech Industry

The Source spoke to women of color from the V.I. in the technology field about their career paths and how they think more women in the territory can get involved in tech.
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin heralds the release of the Education Department’s new master plan for facilities during a press conference Monday. (Screen capture)

Education Building ‘Schools of the Future’ Guided by New Master Plan

The Department of Education has released its new facilities master plan, a more than 500-page document available on the department's website, and announced it will hold a virtual public forum on the plan Thursday.
Single-handed mango eating was the rule for the adults and they attempted to get through the large plate of mangos. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Mango Melee Goes Virtual for its 24th Annual Event

Summertime in the Virgin Islands means that mango season is at its peak. Unfortunately, mango lovers who look forward to their favorite festival each summer will have to attend the 24th annual Mango Melee virtually this year.
Architect's drawing of a new Charlotte Amalie High School. (By the DLR Group)

Education Officials Say New Schools Territorywide Will Happen

The V.I. Department of Education wrapped up a series of virtual public meetings held on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John that aimed to garner community feedback about the master plan for the territory’s new schools.
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Editorial: Why Does the PSC Board Want to be the WAPA Board?

The Legislature is considering a bill to give the Public Services Commission power to resolve water and power customer complaints. While clearly well-intentioned and aimed at helping consumers, senators should vote it down.
Author and painter Emy Thomas signs copies of her new book. “A Most Unlikely Story.” (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

V.I. Artist/Writer Emy Thomas Recounts Her Adventures in Third Book

Emy Thomas first wrote about her adventures in “Home is Where the Boat Is,” and then “Life in the Left Lane.” Now, she is releasing a book that tells how she got from a small town in Connecticut, traveled halfway around the world and ended up on St. Croix.

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