ST. CROIX - Executive Director Hugo Hodge Jr. told the V.I. Water and Power Authority board during its monthly meeting Thursday that WAPA will be paying close attention to today's legislative session to determine the future of the utility's fuel purchases.
In the wee hours on Wednesday morning, the Senate Finance Committee voted to send the government's proposed operating agreement with Atlantic Basin Refining - the prospective buyers of the HOVENSA refinery - to the full body for further consideration today.
ST. THOMAS - Ronica Miller, the wife of former Schneider Hospital CEO Rodney Miller Sr., who was convicted of income tax fraud, may be taking a plea deal for her own charges.
Ronica Miller was in court Thursday - her designer clothes traded in for a red Bureau of Corrections jumpsuit - for a pre-trial conference. Her trial date is set for Jan. 7, but both the prosecutor and the defense attorney said they are close to finalizing a change of plea agreement.
ST. THOMAS - The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee held a bill Thursday that would allow in-house legal counsel to work in the territory without having to be admitted to the V.I. Bar.
The V.I. Code states that an attorney practicing law in the Virgin Islands must be a member of the V.I. Bar Association, which requires passing the V.I. Bar exam.
The proposed bill, sponsored by Sen. Sammuel Sanes, says that if a lawyer has been admitted to practice law in another U.S. jurisdiction - and is not disbarred or suspended from practicing in any jurisdiction - that person could work as in-house counsel in the territory.
ST. CROIX - Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes said she expected to be excused for not showing up at a court hearing Monday because she told her attorney that she would be attending election visits and tours with elections officials in Florida.
V.I. Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks issued an arrest warrant for Fawkes on Monday after she failed to appear at the hearing, for which she had been subpoenaed to offer testimony and provide documents to the court.
JERUSALEM - Jews are celebrating the eight-day festival of Hanukkah with traditions that commemorate ancient miracles and symbolize triumph over oppression.
The holiday began after sundown Tuesday with families gathering to light the first nightly candle of ceremonial lamps and to exchange gifts.
In Israel, some display the lamps in special windproof glass boxes outside.
Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, commemorates the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom - which tried to force its culture on Jews and desecrated the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
The Coast Guard is urging swimmers and boaters to use caution during the holidays at beaches in the territory because of dangerous riptides in the region.
The Coast Guard said since Friday it has responded to multiple search and rescue cases in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico involving swimmers, beachgoers, surfers and boaters who were swept out to sea or overcome by the dangerous surf and rip currents in the area.