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Newly formed majority caucus for the 33 Legislature. Back row, from left: Javan James Sr., Myron Jackson, Oakland Benta, Stedmann Hodge, Steven Payne, Athneil “Bobby” Thomas. Front row, from left: Marvin Blyden, Alicia Barnes, Kenneth Gittens, Donna Frett-Gregory, Allison DeGazon. (Susan ellis photo)

Senators-elect Form Majority Caucus, Name Gittens Senate President

Eleven of the 15 incoming senators to the 33rd Legislature formed a majority caucus Wednesday, naming Sen. Marvin Blyden as majority leader and returning Sen. Kenneth Gittens as Senate president.
Joseph Ponteen at a 2017 Senate hearing. (V.I. Legislature photo by Barry Leerdam)

Ponteen Steps In as AG Walker Steps Down

Attorney General Claude Walker resigned the post of attorney general in the U.S. Virgin Islands, effective Dec. 8. Deputy Attorney General Joseph Ponteen has been named acting attorney general.
A rendering shows what Main Street is supposed to look like when the work is done. (From the Department of Public Works website)

Merchants Measure Progress on Main Street

December came to Main Street, St. Thomas, and with it thousands of visitors. But merchants along the famous commercial strip say they’re not sure the resurgence of customers will be enough to ensure a successful winter tourist season.

Man Shot to Death on St. Thomas

A man was shot to death Wednesday morning while driving in the area of Lilliendahl and Marienhoj, the V.I. Police Department reported. The name of the victim was withheld pending notification of next of kin.
John Abramson teaches Mason’s Rules of Order at Tuesday’s conference.

Senators-Elect Tackle Parliamentary Procedures, Sunshine Act

Senators-elect reconvened Tuesday for the second day of the two-day 2018 Pre-Legislative Conference, which featured meaty sessions that fueled spirited exchange, from the limits of the public’s right to know to the nitty-gritty of parliamentary procedures.
The PFA board meets Tuesday.

PFA Increases Investment Earnings

At least one V.I. government agency has increased its earnings over the last few years. Board members of the V.I. Public Finance Authority learned Tuesday that since a new investment advisor was hired, the agency earned $5 million instead of $1.5 million.

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