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Energy Company Tied to Virgin Group Buying STX Solar Farm

BMR Energy, a clean energy company owned by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, is taking over St. Croix's 4-megawatt solar farm in Estate Spanish Town.

Elections Board Finishes Provisional Ballot Counting, Waiting on Mail-In Absentees

Primary election ballot counting continued on St. Thomas-St. John Wednesday and Thursday, and while there are no changes to the winners in the gubernatorial and Senate races, the additional votes have helped to solidify the leads of several candidates.

Budget-Strained, Understaffed Labor Dep’t Struggles with Workers’ Comp

Department of Labor Commissioner Nominee Averil George told lawmakers Thursday the combination of an unbalanced budget and a staffing deficiency is putting strain on the agency’s abilities to fulfill its mandates, including fully processing claims within its workers’ compensation division.
Some 50 boats that were damaged by Hurricane Irma still ring Hurricane Hole, but the Navy is on the way to remove the wrecks. (National Park Service photo)

New NPS Regional Director Outlines Plans for Recovery

The new director of the Southeast Region of the National Park Service has been touring St. John and the Virgin Islands National Park since Sunday, seeing for himself the places he's been briefed about since moving into his new position on July 9.

Truancy and School Closure Bills Stalled in Committee

Two bills - one addressing student truancy in public schools and another addressing the process of closing a public school – failed to make it out of the Senate Committee on Education, Youth and Recreation Wednesday
From left, JFL housekeeping staff members Ernestine Burke, Carol Felix and Tilda Rougier. The three were among 202 hospital employees targeted for $900 checks donation from from Greater New York Hospitals Association on Wednesday.

Lowest-Earning JFL Employees Surprised by $900 Checks

A donation from the Greater New York Hospital Association singled out the Juan F. Luis Hospital's lowest paid workers in recognition of their selfless efforts to keep the hospital running in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Schemdatic shows planned location of modular classrooms on the Charlotte Amalie High School athletic field. (Department of Education)

Putting Modulars on High School Athletic Field Angers Some

Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum told a Senate committee Wednesday that placing modular classroom for Addelita Cancryn Junior High School on Charlotte Amalie High School field was a controversial decision. Critics had harsher words for it.
From left, Angel Dawson, Jr., Albert Bryan, Jr. and Allison “Allie” Petrus take a unified stance in hopes of “bringing about a better future” for the territory.

Democrats Rally Behind Party Nominees Bryan and Roach

The primary election dealt an early defeat to freshman Senator-At-Large Brian Smith. Unofficial results from the Aug. 4 vote showed Smith running third to two other Democratic contenders.
The groundwater treatment plant at the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education Curriculum Center in St. Thomas. (EPA photo)

EPA Changes Cleanup Plan for Tutu Wellfield

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a changed cleanup plan at the Tutu Wellfield Superfund Site on St. Thomas, Wednesday. There will be a public meeting Aug. 23.
(Representational image from Indian Express)

Kickback Scheme Touched On St. Croix, St. Thomas and Puerto Rico Contracts

A contractor involved in energy savings performance contracts in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the mainland pleaded guilty to taking massive bribes or kickbacks from multiple contractors, including those working in the territory.

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