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An earth-mover scoops up a load of debris at Magens Bay in October..

Magens Bay Reopens to Public with Help from Royal Caribbean

Magens Bay officially reopened with a ceremony and dedication Thursday, and Royal Caribbean Cruises marked 47 years of partnership with St. Thomas.
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Five Killed in STX Plane Crash

Four passengers and the pilot on board a twin engine plane died Thursday night after a crash landing at St. Croix's Henry E. Rohlsen airport.
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A crew from a Florida-based environmental company clears debris in Frenchtown on St. Thomas. The fate of that debris – whether it is burned or composted – remains unresolved. (Source file photo)

Mapp Defiant on Burning Debris in Face of Legislature’s Ban

There is no way to pay for composting 100 percent of storm debris and the Legislature's recent burn ban hamstrings only the government while leaving private companies free to burn away, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said Wednesday.
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Sen. Novelle Francis chairs a Rules Committee hearing in May. (Barry Leerdam photo for the V.I. Legislature)

Senators Like Plans for Halfway House

V.I. senators Thursday warmly received a request for a zoning use variance by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to allow a halfway house at 45-A Estate Glynn on St. Croix.
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Sam Topp in his radio days. (Source file photo)

Sam Topp Resigns as Mapp’s Fourth Communications Director in Three Years

Sam Topp, Gov. Kenneth Mapp's fourth communication director since taking office, resigned last week, Government House has confirmed. Topp was a well known V.I. radio personality for many year before joining Mapp's team.
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Community Activist Alphonso Franklin Leaves a Legacy of Advocacy

Frederiksted lost one of its staunchest advocates when Alphonso Franklin died Sept. 23.
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Virgin Islanders With Property for Rent Can Help Disaster Survivors

If someone owns a move-in ready home, apartment or condominium that is available for rent, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may be interested in leasing it for eligible survivors of hurricanes Irma or Maria.
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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke (U.S. Department of Homeland Security photo)

USVI Gets Another Extension on REAL ID

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke has granted the territory yet another extension to comply with the REAL ID Act of 2005, a federal law put in place to make official government identification more secure.
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GESC Chair Beverly Joseph testifies at a 2015 senate hearing. (V.I. Legislature photo by Barry Leerdam)

Senators Seem Satisfied With Health Insurance Deal

Most Virgin Islands senators at the Committee on Finance hearing Wednesday were satisfied with the deal being struck between the government and Cigna for health insurance for government employees.
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A WAPA crew works on a power line. (Photo provided by WAPA)

Update: WAPA Estimates Territory-wide Restoration of Electric Service Now at 48 Percent

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) gives an update on the progress it is making on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John.
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