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Gov. Kenneth Mapp discusses federal disaster relief Friday.

Billions Earmarked for Territory’s Hurricane Recovery

The U.S. Congress approved a $300 billion dollar spending bill Friday to run the country, and included $89 billion for hurricane and wildfire disaster recovery for Texas, Florida, California, Puerto Rico and the V.I.
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Health care stakeholders testify Thursday before the Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services.

Senators Hear MAP Complaints and Urge DOH to Approve Health Facility

Members of the Senate Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services strongly urged the Department of Health to approve a certificate of need for an additional health care facility on St. Croix.
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Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter. (File photo)

Potter Meets With Bankers About Storm Settlement Complaints

Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter and the V.I. government's Division of Banking, Insurance and Financial Regulation met with the V.I. Islands Bankers Association Wednesday to discuss post-hurricane complaints.
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Lilly Alvarez and John Duck honored Red Cross volunteers.

St. Croix Red Cross Honors its Volunteers

St. Croix Red Cross honored its volunteers Wednesday evening and announced its local recovery operations will continue for another two years on the island.
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St. John Ferries Announce Additional Night Trips

Daily last trips from St. Thomas and St. John now depart at 10 p.m., said spokesperson Delrise Varlack. The schedule change represents the latest step towards restoring full service.
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Petty Officer Bennett Lesberg tags a vessel removed from Krum Bay, today. The vessel is destined for the St. Thomas, Red Hook staging area where it will be transferred to DPNR for final disposition. (Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer Gina Ruoti)

Vessel Removal Operations Complete on St. John

The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources, the U.S. Coast Guard and salvage contractors on Wednesday completed vessel pollution mitigation and removal operations on St. John.
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Jonathan Cohen accepts check on behalf of JKC Family from Gov. Kenneth Mapp at a Feb. 7 news conference. (Marina Leonard photo)

Mapp Presents Charitable Donations to Private Radio Stations

Gov. Kenneth Mapp gave out checks of charitable hurricane recovery donation money Wednesday to several private radio stations that operated during the hurricanes.
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Graph of primary revenue sources, historical data from 2004-2017 and projected revenues for 2018 to 2020. (Data compiled by Bill Kossler from historical V.I. budgetary data and data presented by Budget Director Nellon Bowry at the Dec. 5, 2017 V.I. Legislature Finance Committee hearing)

Moody’s Says It’s ‘Highly Likely’ V.I. Will Have to Restructure Debt

The credit rating agency Moody’s Investor Services downgraded all V.I. government debt yet again Jan. 31, saying the territory is "highly likely" to be unable to make debt payments without restructuring.
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Senator’s Silent Stand Draws Rebuttal from GERS Chair

Sen. Brian Smith's silent protest about GERS brought a sharp response from the head of the GERS, but the intensity of the reaction to the criticism of Smith seemed as puzzling as his initial gesture.
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Bill Clinton joins officials from the V.I. Government and Schenider Regional Medical Center as representatives of Direct Relief International, bring four cases of hospital supplies to the hospital.

Clinton: V.I. Recovery Will Take Time and Effort

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton told the people of the Virgin Islands it will take a concerted effort over a protracted time frame to bring the territory back from the devastation dealt by the 2017 hurricane season.
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