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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.

Horace Clarke, Fifth Virgin Islander in Major League Baseball, Passes Away...

Horace Clarke, a former professional baseball player for the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres who was born on St. Croix, passed away Wednesday at the age of 81. 
Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital pictured before the 2017 hurricanes. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Hospital Repairs Progressing During Pandemic, Task Force Says

While ongoing construction and repair of the islands’ hospitals since the 2017 hurricanes is showing “big progress,” COVID-19 continues to present health care challenges, the Territorial Hospital Board heard Wednesday during a marathon meeting held via conference call.

Bryan Asks for 60 Day State of Emergency Extension

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has sent a request to the Legislature to extend the territory's state of emergency order another 60 days, from Aug. 10 to Oct. 9.

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.

Workers Hurry to Complete Virgin Islands Census

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it will discontinue counting the nation's population at the end of September, a month earlier than planned. The local organization is ahead of the game and initially planned to complete its tally by that date.

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.

Save Coral Bay Sues to Shut Down Marina Development

Save Coral Bay, a nonprofit environmental organization has filed a lawsuit against the governor of the Virgin Islands and the Summer’s End Group LLC to block the construction of a marina in Coral Bay.
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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.