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$1.02 Billion Executive Budget Signed Into Law as Fiscal Year Begins

A day into the start of the new fiscal year, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has signed the FY 2024 executive budget into law, which totals approximately $1.02 billion.

Governor Updates Territory on Stateside Meetings, Names Averil George to Head DHS

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. talked about meetings in Washington D.C. last week to convince federal government officials to grant additional financial aid but didn’t learn if any of the requests were granted.

Progress Made on Containment of Bovoni Landfill Fire

The firefight at the Bovoni landfill on St. Thomas has, in 18 days, shown progressive signs of containment, V.I. Fire and Emergency Medical Services announced Sunday in a press release. 

Photo Focus: St. Therese Groundbreaking on St. John

For the past three years, on Tuesdays and Sundays, Catholics in Coral Bay on St. John have gathered for worship under a tent. On Sunday, those who came to join the tented congregation witnessed a beginning.

Bryan Signs Bill Authorizing New St. John School Land Exchange

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. on Friday signed a bill into law that officials hope will start momentum towards creation of a new public school for the island of St. John. Bryan predicted that the government will choose a contractor to begin work on the proposed K through 12 school by April 2024.

V.I. Welcomes Boaters with Increased Moorings

The territory is more than doubling the number of moorings available for recreational and commercial boaters in a public-private partnership expected to bolster the charter boat industry and protect the marine environment at the same time.

Senators Determine One PSC Nominee Favorable, Not the Other

The Senate Committee on Rules and Judiciary Thursday had two nominees related to the Public Services Commission before it — Sandra Setorie, executive director appointee, and Laura Nichols-Samms, PSC member nominee.

As Caneel Bay Use Agreement Expires, Judge Tells Feds Hands Off

With two days left until a retained use agreement with the U.S. government expires, a federal judge ordered officials overseeing Caneel Bay Resort to leave the area untouched, pending further court action.

Human Trafficking is Not Just the Other Guy’s Problem

People who see the Jeffrey Epstein human trafficking case in the Virgin Islands as a unique situation just aren’t looking, according to an expert on the subject.

V.I.’s $75M Settlement Against JPMorgan Chase Hailed as ‘Groundbreaking’

The U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday reached a $75 million settlement with JPMorgan Chase over the bank’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein in a deal that has been hailed as groundbreaking for its use of the federal Victims Protection Act by a state attorney general. The agreement comes less than a month before they were to go to trial in a lawsuit that exposed embarrassing and lurid details on both sides.

Health, Fire and VITEMA Do Not Predict Bovoni Fire Outcome

Daryl Jaschen, director of the V.I. Territory Emergency Management Agency, said the Bovoni landfill would close early Monday to allow a road to be built leading to the site to allow firefighters better access to the 10-day-old burn.

Denise George Breaks Silence Around Epstein Case, and Her Firing

Former V.I. Attorney General Denise George, who successfully sued the estate of Jeffrey Epstein and then was summarily fired by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. in December, has broken her silence in an interview with Britain’s Sunday Times Magazine. In it, she hints that a run for governor may be in her future.

Bryan Takes WAPA Reshuffle Suit To V.I. Supreme Court

For a third and possibly final time, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is seeking to sink the Senate’s efforts to reduce his influence on the Water and Power Authority’s governing board. Bryan has asked the Virgin Islands Supreme Court to declare the 2021 law unconstitutional.

Elections Board Approves Proposed Changes to Voting Law

The Board of Elections met Monday to review proposed changes to a law requiring some candidates to give up their jobs before running for office. Board officials called an emergency meeting three days before a scheduled appearance by Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes before the Legislature.

The Mantle of Justice Has a Big Hole in It

The gulf between an expensive justice system and a poor person accused of a crime can be frightening. Public defenders are meant to bridge the divide, but a new study finds too often, they simply don’t have the time for the job.

Consider the Source with Adisha Penn

Our glimpse inside UVI's Fall Symposium offers a look at what our students have been researching, while Consider the Source host Adisha Penn breaks down the biggest headlines of the past week, from the Bovoni Landfill fire to student and teacher protests on St. Croix.

WAPA Completes Feeder 13 Repairs, Restores Service to St. Thomas-St. John

After more than a week of rotating power outages, V.I. Water and Power Authority officials announced Saturday that repairs to Feeder 13 were complete, and service to the St. Thomas-St. John district was restored.

Nautical Dohm Family Matriarch Makes Her Last Voyage

A pioneer and life-long stalwart in the St. Thomas-St. John boating industry, Anna Dohm Brodeur Nose died Thursday at the age of 89.

Educators Aim to Give Children a Good Start

Education officials tasked with giving territory children a head start detailed so much to the Committee on Education and Workforce Development Thursday that Sen. Franklin Johnson said he was hearing about programs that he did not even know existed.

Pan Dragons Fly to Washington

Performers from St. John’s Love City Pan Dragons left the Cyril E. King Airport for Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Organizers say the youth steel band will be featured performers at a prayer breakfast during the annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference.



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