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TEACHER WALKOUT EXPECTED WEDNESDAY

Despite a planned job action Wednesday by St. Thomas teachers, Education Commissioner Ruby Simmonds said schools will be open. The expected teacher walkout follows sickouts Tuesday by some firefighters and police officers.

BUILDINGS IN PARADISE NEED ATTENTION

Former senator returning to St. Thomas after a long absence finds the view changed -- and not for the better.

MOVIE PREMIER TO BENEFIT AMERICAN RED CROSS

St. Thomas can get a view of contemporary Vietnam for one night only at the Red Cross fund-raiser viewing of "Three Seasons"8:30 p.m.,Wednesday, Sept. 22. at Caribbean Cinemas new Market Square East location.

POLICE MUST CUT EQUIPMENT TO MEET BUDGET

Franz Christian, commissioner of Public Safety, told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday he can trim his Fiscal Year 2000 budget by 11 percent by cutting spending for equipment in half, eliminating spending for maintenance and hiring non-police personnel.

ANOTHER TALE OF RUDENESS

Third generation St. Thomian who has experienced rudeness says its time to wake up.

POLICE MUST CUT EQUIPMENT TO MEET BUDGET

Police Commissioner Franz Christian told the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday that he can trim his Fiscal Year 2000 budget by 11 percent by cutting all spending for equipment in half, eliminating spending for maintenance and hiring non-police personnel.

MARTIN P.R. GETS PARTIAL PAYMENT

Just over a month after Michael Bornn became acting Tourism commissioner, he secured a payment of $220,000 for Martin Public Relations, the territory's P.R. firm. The payment represented about one-third of what the firm is owed and freed up money to print the territory's winter rate sheets.

HURRICANE GERT STRONGER, FUTURE UNCERTAIN

The Tuesday morning report shows Hurricane Gert has developed an eye and winds reaching 90 knots. On a more positive note, Gert is expected to pass slightly to the north of previous forecasts.

LOTS OF TALK, NO CASINO EMPLOYEES

Under subpoena to appear before the Senate Finance Committee, Michael Bornn, acting Tourism commissioner, told an almost unbelievable story Monday of mismanagement and folderol that has resulted in a serious compromise of the opening of the first casino on St. Croix.

AUDIT BUREAU MAY LOSE MORE CONTROL

Saying that maybe he's in the wrong profession, Virgin Islands Inspector General Steven vanBeverhoudt told the Senate Finance Committee Monday night that with his current staffing, it is impossible for him to cover all the requests he gets for audits.

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