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Ocean Drone in Territory to Listen for Groupers

A team from the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is using a solar-powered, autonomous ocean robot called a Wave Glider in the USVI to collect data about grouper spawning.

99th Transfer Day Ceremonies Look Forward to Next Year’s Centennial

Speakers at this year’s Transfer Day commemoration on St. Thomas urged residents to band together and take a look at what the territory has been able to accomplish over the last 99 years.

Senators Eliminate Party Symbol Voting

The V.I. Legislature eliminated party-symbol voting and prohibited gubernatorial tickets from different parties during a busy session Wednesday. It also enacted other election reforms.

Senate Passes Government Raises

The Senate approved a roughly $20 million appropriation from the sale of the Hovensa refinery to fund pay raises and school lunches for the remaining fiscal year during session Wednesday.

Senate Override Gives Caregiving Government Employees Paid Days Off

Overriding Gov. Kenneth Mapp's vetoes Wednesday, senators enacted bills giving caregivers paid time off, approved Casino Control Commission changes and DNA swabbing of accused criminals.

Jewels of the Virgin Isles: Yvette Thomas-Henry

Virgin Islander Yvette Thomas-Henry, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, says it is the simplicity of life in the Caribbean that she turns to when her spirit needs to reset.

Port Authority Exceeds Income Projections While Cutting Expenses

The V.I. Port Authority has exceeded revenue projections and held expenses below budget for the year despite rising costs of dredging Crown Bay Harbor and repairing the runway at Henry Rohlsen Airport.

VIWMA Seeking Tire Removal Contract in Face of Zika Threat

The V.I. Waste Management Authority is moving rapidly to find a company to remove old tires from St. John’s transfer station that could breed Zika-carrying mosquitos.

Fight: V.I. Republicans Announce Two Competing Slates of Delegates to National Convention

Two distinct and competing GOP delegate lists issued this week are the latest wrinkle in a deepening rift within the Republican Party and growing confusion as to who represents it, locally and nationally.

USVI Gets $25,000 for ‘Every Kid in a Park’ Program

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined fourth-graders from the Julius E. Sprauve Elementary School on Wednesday to announce a grant of $25,000 for the Every Kid in a Park program.

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