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GESC Chair Beverly Joseph testifies at a 2015 senate hearing. (V.I. Legislature photo by Barry Leerdam)

Senators Seem Satisfied With Health Insurance Deal

Most Virgin Islands senators at the Committee on Finance hearing Wednesday were satisfied with the deal being struck between the government and Cigna for health insurance for government employees.
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Court Rules EDA Loan Records Are Open to Public Scrutiny

Superior Court Judge Renee Gumbs-Carty has ordered the Economic Development Authority to turn over records about its loan practices, with a January hearing scheduled for lawyers to discuss details.
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Sens. Marvin Blender, Kurt Vialet, Jean Forde, Novelle Francis, Nereida Rivera-O'Reilly, Kevin Smith, Janelle Sarauw, Sammuel Sanes and Dwayne Degraff huddle over budget documents during a recess of the Finance Committee Tuesday. (Barry Leerdam photo for the V.I. Legislature)

Fed Disaster Loans Not Nearly Enough to Fill V.I. Budget Gap, Budget Director Says

This year's hurricanes have gutted the territory's revenues, so even with $250 million from federal disaster loans, the V.I. government will still be short more than $200 million, administration officials told senators.
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School children dance down King Street during the 2016 Children’s Parade. This year the Children's Parade will be merged with the Adult Parade. (Susan Ellis photo)

Crucian Festival Committee Rearranges Events

Due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control – such as destroyed venues and the lack of electricity – several of the most popular Crucian Christmas Festival events have been rearranged over the next few weeks, and the two parades will be merged into one. According to Davidson Ch
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An earth-mover scoops up a load of debris at Magens Bay.

Jackson Says He’ll Seek Override if Governor Vetoes Burn Ban

Senate President Myron Jackson (D-STT) said Tuesday that if Gov. Kenneth Mapp vetoes the ban on burning storm debris the Legislature recently approved, he will ask his fellow legislators to override the veto.
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The USVI Hurricane Heroes calendar features first responders and lineman who came to the territory's aid. (Photo by Rebecca Howe)

Calendar Honors USVI Hurricane Heroes; Available for Pre-Order

With the influx of first responders and stateside linemen into the territory post-hurricanes, a small group of residents banded together to create a singular “thank you” gift that is now available for pre-order online.
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Postal Service Program Offers Extra Love to Families Across V.I., PR

Need some extra holiday help this year? The U.S. Postal Service is encouraging families across the territory and Puerto Rico to send a letter to Santa for the chance to be adopted by a good Samaritan.
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Eight members of Congress and other officials joined Gov. Kenneth Mapp and Delegate Stacey Plaskett for a listening session at Juan F. Luis Hospital following a brief tour to assess hurricane damage and the ongoing recovery effort. (Government House photo)

Congressional Group Tours St. Croix

Eight members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce toured St. Croix over the weekend assessing the damage to the territory and the ongoing effort to recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
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Gov. Kenneth Mapp speaks Monday at Government House. (Jamie Leonard photo)

Mapp: Virgin Islanders Deserve Same Aid as Other Americans

Gov. Kenneth Mapp said Monday that he urged visiting members of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce to treat residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands and other U.S. territories the same as all other American citizens.
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Senate President Myron Jackson (File photo)

Symposium Explores Converting Old School into Museum, Learning Center

More than 20 government, non-profit, and community stakeholders talked about the scope, sustainability, and organizational structure to revitalize the Jose Antonio Jarvis Elementary School as a museum, cultural and learning center.
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