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Public Schools Won’t Reopen Until 2021

Education officials informed senators Thursday that public schools will not be reopening in the fall as planned, and will be entirely virtual for at least the first semester of the school year from September to December. 

UVI RTPark Hopes to Build Tech Village on Agricultural Land

Senators learned at Thursday’s Finance Committee hearing that the 30-acre Tech Village project being undertaken by the University of the Virgin Islands Research & Technology Park is slated to be built on agricultural land across from the St. Croix campus.

Avera Proposal Dropped; Legislature Probes Agencies About Procurement Process

Several government agencies faced scrutiny from senators Wednesday as they defended themselves over no-bid contract proposals and other non-competitive processes used during a state of emergency.

Senate Moves to Tighten Up Deed Recording

Gwendolyn Hall Brady, director of the Division of Banking, Insurance and Financial Regulation, and Dolace McLean, general counsel for the Office of the Lt. Governor, presented a scenario to senators Tuesday they said happens too often.
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V.I. Officials Revisiting Internet Gambling

Walking into the casino in Christiansted on St. Croix or the Parrot Club in Cruz Bay, it would not be odd to see most of the gambling done by locals instead of tourists.
Lieutenant Governor Tregenza Roach. (File photo)

Roach Seeks End to Avera Contract Discussions

In the latest development surrounding tech startup Avera, Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach said he is requesting an end to ongoing discussions between the company and the Department of Health regarding a $1 million contract for COVID-19 contact tracing.

Governor Institutes Curfew, Closes Government Offices as Storm Nears

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., in advance of the full effects of the storm being called Potential Tropical Cyclone 9, has instituted a curfew that goes into effect from midnight through noon Thursday.

90 Percent of Board of Education Student Loans are Delinquent, Senators...

Members of the Senate Finance Committee on Monday expressed sharp disapproval of the V.I. Board of Education's student loan collection efforts after learning that 90 percent of such loans are delinquent.

Senators Alarmed by Shortage of Teachers, Laptops for Online Learning

Members of the Senate Finance Committee on Monday expressed concern about 119 vacant positions within the Department of Education, a shortage of teaching aids and supplies, and a shortage of laptops for online learning.

Rules and Judiciary Panel Forwards Six Pieces of Legislation

Six bills are headed to the full Senate after the Committee on Rules and the Judiciary on approved them Thursday, including legislation designating an additional enterprise zone in the territory.