ST. THOMAS - How could air travel within the Caribbean become easier, cheaper and more accessible? If it did, how would that affect the region's economy?
Those were just some of many questions tackled Tuesday during Caribbean Aviation Day, a one-day conference aimed at building up the region's aviation industry.
The aviation sector supports 140,000 jobs in the region and contributes about $3 billion - 7.2 percent - of the Caribbean's Gross Domestic Product, according to International Air Transport Association Regional Vice President of the Americas Peter Cerda.
ST. THOMAS - While the V.I. Health Department stood up to public criticism of its mitigation plan for the spread of chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne virus, the department also declared that the territorial outbreak is officially an epidemic.
In fact, it has been an epidemic since May.
"As soon as we knew of the first case, it was an outbreak," said the Health Department's territorial epidemiologist, Dr. Esther Ellis.
ST. THOMAS - A very rare plant, found in the wild only on St. Croix, is now under federal protection and will be listed as an endangered species.
Part of the federal protection includes saving 55 acres of critical habitat for the plant on the island.
The plant is Agave eggersiana - known as Egger's agave - an aloe-like plant native to St. Croix that has yellow flowers on tall stalks.
The protection came about after years of legal battles waged on behalf of the territory by the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group.
ST. CROIX - The V.I. Joint Board of Elections reconvened its meeting Tuesday on St. Croix and after a three-hour executive session and voted to establish a personnel committee to handle employee matters.
The board meeting started out with a bit of contention as St. Croix District Board Chairman Adelbert Bryan objected to the ordering of the agenda for the meeting. He said the executive session had not been the first thing on the agenda and that other items had to be discussed.
ST. CROIX - Traffic Investigation officers are following up on a case in which they said a student was injured by a passing vehicle early Monday morning.
V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said the boy, who is a student of the St. Croix Educational Complex, said a van rolled over his feet while he was standing near the Queen Mary Highway and the high school.
The accident was reported just before 7:30 a.m. Monday, and police were dispatched to meet with the injured boy and the driver of the Dodge Caravan involved in the accident, according to Rames.
ST. THOMAS - A bidding scheme that may involve officials within the Lieutenant Governor's Office has compromised the territory's property auction process, according to a report released Wednesday by the V.I. Office of the Inspector General.
The report, written by V.I. Inspector General Steven van Beverhoudt, details a deeply flawed and likely manipulated process, primarily in the St. Thomas-St. John District.