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USVI Officials Call SCOTUS Abortion Ruling A Step Backward for Women’s Rights

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that places abortion access in the hands of state governments is a step backward for women’s rights, local officials said in statements Friday that also affirmed the territory’s pro-choice laws.
The Ron deLLugo Federal Courthouse. (File photo)

Former St. Thomas Bank Worker Sentenced for Fraud

A St. Thomas bank worker has been ordered to serve a year and a day in prison and pay restitution after pleading guilty to bank fraud.

Senators Concerned About Maintenance of New Emergency Vehicles

Daryl George, director of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, told members of the Senate Committee on Finance Thursday that his department needed a 7 percent budget increase from the fiscal year 2022 because of increased personnel costs due to the transfer of EMS employees.

Port Authority Dedicates New Cargo Facility to Gordon Finch

Government officials and co-workers of former V.I. Port Authority Executive Director Gordon A. Finch praised him and his legacy at length during the grand opening of the new Port Authority cargo facility bearing his name Thursday at the Molasses Pier in Krause Lagoon.

Revitalization and Privatization of St. Croix’s Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion Begins

The Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion housing community on St. Croix -- badly damaged in the hurricanes of 2017 -- is slated for a $116.7 million rehabilitation.

Colors of Cancer Campaign In Final Push for $5K Match

There’s funding to be accessed through Cancer Support VI, yes, but for so many that are battling a diagnosis or devoting their lives to caring for a loved one, what becomes more important are the resources – being able to pick up the phone and ask for help – that the organization offers
The Almeric L. Christian Federal Building on St. Croix. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Judge Denies Barnes’ Motion for Recusal – Sets Corruption Sentencing Aug. 8

After a series of delays, the sentencing date for a woman convicted of accepting stolen government money has been set for early August. A new schedule was set in a court order issued Wednesday by the chief judge of U.S. District Court in the Virgin Islands.

Judicial Branch Requests $43 Million

Chief Justice Rhys Hodge requested $3 million more than the $40 million the governor has recommended for the territory’s judicial branch, during budget hearings before the Committee on Finance Thursday.

Senate Hears Personnel Budget Proposal and Forwards Liberty Lease

The Division of Personnel testified Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee in support of a Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposed by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. The senators also discussed a land lease agreement with Liberty Mobile USVI Inc.

Government House: WIPL Has Never Held Title to Limetree Refinery

West Indies Petroleum Limited has never held title to the assets and contracts of Limetree Bay Refinery on St. Croix, Government House said Thursday in response to WIPL’s statement Wednesday that it has no stake in, or ownership of, the shuttered facility.