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­Alicia Barnes asks DPW Commissioner nominee Nelson Petty Jr. about VITRAN's stategic plan. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

DPW Nominee Petty Says VITRAN is a Priority – with Challenges

Public transit may never have been great in the territory, then it took a hit in the 2017 hurricanes from which it has not recovered. Speaking Monday before a Senate panel, DPW Commissioner-designee said fixing the system's woes is a
LaZón and Zhaiden Phillip come out to enjoy the new playground at Emile Griffith Ballpark.

Griffith Park Playground Reopens on St. Thomas

Holding up photos of what the playground at Emile Griffith Ballpark looked like after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Sports, Parks and Recreation’s Commissioner-designee Calvert White said Tuesday that the contrast of the newly renovated facility in the background was like night and day.
The Ron deLLugo Federal Courthouse. (File photo)

Syrian Refugee in ICE Custody Set for Arraignment on STT

The 18-year-old Syrian refugee who turned himself into police on St. Thomas last month, asking for asylum, is due back in the local District Court on Wednesday. The attorney for defendant George Soufan said his client is in the custody of Immigration officials who moved him to Miami.
Nelson Petty Jr., commissioner nominee of the Department of Public Works, testifies Monday at the Senate. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Public Works Designee Promises to Fix Roads

Giant potholes, lack of striping on highways, dangerous curves without guard rails and frequently flooded streets were concerns raised by members of the Committee on Housing, Transportation, Infrastructure and Communications Monday.

U.S. Labor Department Gets $1.3 Million in Back Wages for Recovery Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division has concluded 17 investigations in the U.S. Virgin Islands over the past year that recovered $1,313,763 in back wages for 262 employees of contractors working on recovery efforts.
David Bernhardt. (U.S. Department of the Interior photo)

U.S. Senate Confirms David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary

The U.S. Senate confirmed oil lobbyist David Bernhardt to the post of secretary of the Department of the Interior on April 11. The Interior Department's Office of Insular Affairs overseas federal insular territories including the U.S. Virgin Islands, making the post of particular significance to the territory.
Eager contestants throw themselves into the water for the first leg of the triathlon, the swimming leg. (Photo provided by Al LaBorde)

Sunrise Rotary Kids Triathlon Takes Off Again Under Clear Sky

Hoots, hollers and hugs were the order of the day on Saturday at Magens Bay as 97 young people swam, biked and ran in the ninth Annual Rotary Sunrise Kids Triathlon.

Unidentified Man Dies of Gunshot Wound on STT

A black male, age and identity unknown as of 6 p.m. Monday, was shot in the head while riding his bicycle early Sunday and died of his injury shortly after noon on Monday, the V.I. Police Department reported.
Blue tarps covering damaged roofs dot the landscape of Estate Tutu on St. Thomas in March 2018 after 2017's pair of hurricanes battered the territory. (Bill Kossler photo)

Window Opens as Door Closes on Hurricane Home Repair

While the door closed Monday on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power Program, the V.I. Housing Finance Authority is opening a window with a new home repair program.

Health System: Staggering, Swaying, Yet Still Standing

The territory’s health system is facing challenges on many fronts. Before September 2017, there were concerns about the lack of medical providers in some specialties, a large part of the population was without health insurance, there were insufficient facilities and programs for people suffering mental illness, and chronic staffing shortages.

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