ST. CROIX - A new amendment to the Hotel Development Act signed into law by the governor has provided the impetus for Paul Golden to break ground on his St. Croix Golf Resort & Casino development, which has been in the works for more than a decade.
At a press conference he called Tuesday, Golden said he will break ground by February on the proposed development of a hotel, casino and golf course on the island's south shore near Great Pond.
ST. CROIX - Closing arguments are scheduled for today in the murder trial of 23-year-old Julien Viera, who is charged in a fatal shooting outside a Christiansted bar last year.
Viera is charged with first-degree murder; first-degree assault; unauthorized possession of a firearm; possession of ammunition; first-degree reckless endangerment; carrying a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence; and failure to report a firearm brought into the territory.
ST. CROIX - Schools and community organizations have been getting children to make a conscious decision to remain drug free with the celebration of National Red Ribbon Week through Oct. 31.
Since last week, students have been learning songs, holding marches and taking the pledge to remain drug-free.
On Tuesday, dozens of students from St. Mary's Catholic School took to the streets of Christiansted to sing loud that they pledge to avoid using drugs.
ST. CROIX - Sen. Nereida Rivera-O'Reilly said Tuesday that she has had enough of half-truths and election law violations from the Board of Elections and the V.I. Elections System and has asked the federal government to step in with an investigation.
Rivera-O'Reilly said she has a written a letter to Jack Smith, chief of the Public Integrity Division of the U.S. Justice Department's Criminal Division, with an emergency request that an investigation take place into the territory's election process and issues.
Senators spent hours Tuesday listening to the cries of St. John property owners who said they are suffering under the burden of skyrocketing property tax bills.
The 2013 real property tax bills were sent out in September using new property values coupled with new tax rates.
Based on the testimony offered Tuesday at a joint committee hearing at the Legislative Annex in Cruz Bay, the new bills are affecting St. John taxpayers much more than those on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
ST. THOMAS - Stand up paddleboarding in the U.S. Virgin Islands will be the focus of a 30-minute television show, which is filming in the territory this week.
"Facing Waves," hosted by Matt Hite, is broadcast on Outside Television and NBC's Universal Sports.
The show visits different places around the world to explore paddleboarding and other water sports.
"They contacted us, trying to see if we were interested in the coverage," Tourism Assistant Director of Communications Luana Wheatley said.