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Former PFA and VINGN Head Julito Francis Arrested on Bribery Charges

Former V.I. Public Finance Authority Director Julito Francis and two V.I. businessmen were arrested on St. Thomas Thursday, and charged in U.S. District Court with bribery, conspiracy and extortion relating to more than $17 million in construction contracts.

Corrections Officer Charged in Hair Theft

Odessa Simon, 31, of Estate Glynn, was arrested at 2:33 p.m. Tuesday and charged with grand larceny, the V.I. Police Department reported Friday.

Park Needs Turtle Watchers on St. John

With sea turtles regular visitors to local beaches, the V.I. National Park is revitalizing a turtle-monitoring program and sent out an appeal for help in measuring and protecting sea turtle activity.

Governor Seeks Rum Cover-Over Advance

Gov. Kenneth Mapp made a formal request Wednesday to the Office of Insular Affairs to release $209.4 million in anticipation of the U.S. Senate approving an extension of the rum cover-over.

Territory Receives $2.1 Million for School Maintenance

The U.S. Office of Insular Affairs will provide $2.1 million to the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education for school maintenance, Delegate Stacey Plaskett announced Thursday.

Virgin Islanders Can Now Pay Property Tax Online

Property owners can now pay their property tax bills online for all years, Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter announced Wednesday.

Mapp Nominates Claude Walker as Attorney General; Carroll Will Stay on as Counsel

Attorney Claude Walker has been nominated by Gov. Kenneth Mapp to fill the position of attorney general. Walker served as a prosecutor with the V.I. Attorney General’s Office from 2007 until 2011.

V.I. Cracking Down on Untaxed Vacation Room Rentals

The heads of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, Tourism and Bureau of Internal Revenue recently met to discuss the regulation of vacation room rentals in the Virgin Islands.

V.I. Begins Red Hook Seaweed Cleanup

The departments of Planning and Natural Resources and Public Works have begun cleaning up sargassum seaweed in Vessup Bay in Red Hook, according to DPNR.

DPNR Investigating Abi Beach Bar Development

DPNR is investigating reports made by concerned residents that permits issued to Sanctuary Holdings LLC in 2014 for the construction of Abi Beach Bar may have been violated.

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