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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp has vetoed a bill that would allow tax breaks to be extended for ten additional years without the approval of the Economic Development Commission nor the chief executive. Bill No. 32-0175 purports to grant the commission more autonomy, but instead loosens the requirements for

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CRUZ BAY – At least 100 St. Johnians came out last week for the third community meeting of Governor Kenneth Mapp’s Hurricane Recovery and Resilience Task Force. During the meeting at the Julius E. Sprauve school, Mapp’s Chief of Staff Eugene Farrell pledged more communication between the St. John community and the Administration. “This

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation Friday to improve the federal government’s response to disasters and rebuilding communities. The Disaster Recovery Reform Act would amend the 1988 Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, which regulates how disaster recovery dollars are spent throughout the United States and its territories.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The “indomitable spirit of the people of the territory was unmistakable” as Virgin Islanders and visitors filled the downtown streets of St. Thomas on Friday for the 2018 Carnival Children’s Parade and on Saturday for this year’s Carnival Adult’s Parade. Despite the challenges of recovering from back-to-back

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islanders from home and abroad, along with visitors to the territory, filled Emancipation Garden for the 66th annual food fair held every Wednesday of Carnival week. The arts and crafts and the food were especially sweet after very challenging months for the four islands. Governor Kenneth

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE -– The territory’s recovery from last fall’s devastating hurricanes continues to progress with the approval of the contract for the engineering, construction and installation of 240 temporary classrooms by Governor Kenneth Mapp. The agreement also provides for 19 large Sprung structures that can serve as cafeterias and gymnasiums. V.I. Education Commissioner

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– Gov. Kenneth Mapp said all of the territory’s main roads will be rebuilt to federal standards following the damage inflicted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Mapp said $530 million of the $1.2 billion needed has been pledged for the project. He also said Monday that officials have

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp has directed the Virgin Islands Health Department and the territory’s hospitals to develop a patient pre-evacuation plan in the event of any major storms this hurricane season. Such a plan is critical given the damaged state of Virgin Islands healthcare facilities, he said. Although

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Finance Commissioner Valdamier Collens said that just about $5 million in tax refunds will be sent out tomorrow. Collens said about 1,500 refund checks will be mailed out totaling $4.95 million, Collens said. About on-third of the refunds being sent out are for 2016. Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Director Marvin Pickering reports

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CHRISTIANSTED – The Hurricane Recovery and Resilience Task Force has held its first three community meetings on St. Croix as part of Governor Kenneth Mapp’s promise to ensure public input in plans for the long-term rebuilding of the territory. At least 50 participants came to each of the St. Croix meetings

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