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FREDERIKSTED — Governor Kenneth Mapp has announced his approval of a contract for more major improvements to St. Croix’s Melvin Evans Highway. The work – which includes paving, repairs and safety provisions – will take place from Hannah’s Rest to the Good Hope Intersection. Virgin Islands Paving has been contracted to

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Interior announced on Wednesday that it will be signing over $251 million dollars to the U.S. Virgin Islands in rum tax cover-over payments for estimated FY 2019 rum tax collections. This is the largest amount since 2013. A small amount will wind up

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WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced a $75,000 distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to the Virgin Islands for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. This is part of a $100 million distribution from the LWCF to all 50 states, the territories and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise Team advises the St. Thomas and St. John community that there has been a delay in the collection of municipal solid waste in the following districts: St. Thomas House-to-House (H2H or curbside) collection service: ▪ Old Tutu ▪

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Department of Finance Commissioner Valdamier Collens and Bureau of Internal Revenue Director Marvin Pickering said that at least 901 Virgin Islanders will receive income tax refunds this week. Director Pickering said the checks, which total $7.2 million, are to be mailed today. “This latest release of refunds

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CRUZ BAY — The former branch manager of Terminix International USVI, LLC pleaded guilty on Monday to four counts of illegally applying fumigants containing methyl bromide in multiple residential locations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, including the condominium resort complex in St. John where a family of four fell seriously ill

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Government House said that Lieutenant Governor Osbert Potter will serve as Acting Governor beginning this afternoon while Governor Kenneth Mapp makes a brief trip out of the territory. Potter will act as Governor until Governor Mapp’s scheduled return on Wednesday. Government House offered no other information in a

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SMILING FACES: The campaign photo of Albert Bryan, Jr. for the 2018 gubernatorial campaign in the Virgin Islands. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Albert Bryan, Jr., as the commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Labor was sanctioned by its federal counterpart for failing to meet certain minimum agreed-to

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CHRISTIANSTED — Tropical Storm Isaac was downgraded to a tropical depression on Friday, but it is still bringing lingering rain to parts of southern St. Croix today. Isaac was expected to bring about two to three inches of additional rainfall to St. Croix, with little effect to St. Thomas and St.

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Free College Tuition Proposal Supported by Two Gubernatorial Candidates is Ill-timed Given V.I. Government’s Huge Outstanding Debt and Our Crumbling Infrastructure COMMENTARY BY: SORAYA DIASE COFFELT Two gubernatorial candidates have expressed publicly their support for legislation to give free tuition to every high school graduate in the U.S. Virgin Islands

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