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Moody’s Downgrade Throws ‘Gaping Hole’ Into Budget

The recent downgrade of USVI matching fund bonds throws a "gaping hole" of about $55 million into the Fiscal Year 2017 budget being considered by the Legislature.

WICO Wants To Owe Less to Government

The government-owned West Indian Company wants to pay a much lower fee in lieu of taxes or just pay property tax, WICO President Joseph Boschulte told senators during budget hearings Wednesday, citing reduced revenues due to competition from the V.I. Port Authority.

‘Good Samaritans’ Rescue Overdue Fishermen

Two overdue fishermen were rescued by Good Samaritans early Wednesday just off the western coast of Outer Brass, north of St. Thomas, the U.S. Coast Guard announced.

Weekly Update: Nine More Zika Cases on STT

On Tuesday the V.I. Department of Health confirmed nine new cases of Zika on St. Thomas, bringing the total number of cases in the territory to 56. With these additional reports, St. Thomas now has 38 confirmed cases.

Visa Costs Deter Carnival Entertainment, Officials tell Lawmakers

High U.S. visa costs, delays and slow local V.I. funding for entertainment have shrunk the pool of entertainers for St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas carnivals while pushing expenses way up.

Zika Hurting Tourism, Officials Say

The regional outbreak of the Zika virus has hurt, but not crushed, V.I. tourism, Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty told senators during budget hearings Tuesday.

Mapp Addresses Caribbean Security Conference on St. Thomas

A two-day Caribbean Homeland Security Conference and Training Event opened Tuesday at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Hotel with Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp calling for greater focus on securing the borders of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Health and Human Services Officials Visit USVI

Ranking officials of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, part of a team visiting the territory, met with Gov. Kenneth Mapp Tuesday on St. Thomas, according to Government House.

Undercurrents: When in Doubt, Senators Call for a Feasibility Study

You can test the waters. You can run it up the flagpole and see who salutes. You can launch a trial balloon. But if you are a V.I. senator, you’re more likely to propose a feasibility study.

Christmas Basketball Camp Looks to Steer Athletes Away From Violence

After just one year in the National Basketball Association, Indiana Pacers center Rakeem Christmas is coming back to his native Virgin Islands for an All Star Game to raise funds for basketball court repair throughout the territory.

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