ST. CROIX - Longtime Luis Hospital board member Wallace Phaire told The Daily News in an interview Monday evening that he resigned from the board, and that his resignation had taken effect at 5 p.m.
But Government House spokesman Jean Greaux Jr. said Monday night that the governor - who had asked Phaire to stay on for awhile when Phaire initially tried to resign a week ago - "hasn't received anything that would suggest Mr. Phaire's resigation was effective today."
ST. THOMAS - Gov. John deJongh Jr. signed all of the bills passed at last month's Senate session into law and line-item vetoed several sections of the omnibus bill.
Senators passed an omnibus bill full of policy changes and amendments to existing law at a Nov. 19 session.
They had passed a slightly different version of the bill at a session in early October, but the governor vetoed it. In his transmittal letter at the time to Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone, deJongh said he only had a problem with a few provisions included in the bill and recommended senators fix some items and resubmit the bill.
ST. THOMAS - In an effort to reconnect with the community, top leaders from local and federal law enforcement agencies and organizations are visiting as many neighborhoods as they can in the territory.
The agencies have partnered together under the umbrella of "Project Safe Neighborhoods," a national program under the U.S. Justice Department that hosted a community meeting Tuesday at Paul M. Pearson Gardens community center on St. Thomas.
ST. THOMAS - While the scenario is just pretend today, it could very well be real tomorrow.
Multiple federal and territorial agencies today and Wednesday will be spotted in the midst of a role-playing simulation of a catastrophe. Officials from the agencies will be simulating a number of skills, including lifesaving skills, which they will pretend to perform on people who are role-playing as victims that are either injured or dead.
ST. CROIX - After a weeklong inspection by federal regulators last week, Luis Hospital released a statement saying that the inspection had turned up some deficiencies and some improvements.
It gave few details about the findings by the inspection team from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS.
"They did not make any mention of decertification, for or against. What they said was they would have to review their findings and give us a report in two weeks," Luis Hospital Interim Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kendall Griffith said Monday evening.
ST. CROIX - Wholesale prices for gasoline in the territory continued a slow but steady creep upward today as HOVENSA adjusted its rack rates.
The changes increased the rack rate - the price of fuel purchased wholesale at the HOVENSA truck-loading station on St. Croix - for regular gasoline by 3 cents per gallon, and for premium gasoline and diesel fuel by 2 cents per gallon.
Under today's adjustments, independent gas station operators in the territory now are paying $3.17 per gallon for regular gasoline, $3.64 per gallon for premium gasoline, and $3.48 per gallon for diesel fuel when they buy their fuel wholesale at HOVENSA. Those prices include the 14-cents-per-gallon tax that the refinery collects for the government.