ST. CROIX - Contending that the territory is responding far too slowly to crisis conditions at Golden Grove prison, the U.S. Justice Department has asked the court to enforce orders for the territory to bring conditions at the prison up to constitutional standards.
Federal civil rights lawyers contend in their motion, filed last week, that prisoners are suffering serious, ongoing harm because the territory has again failed to take the steps it agreed to at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.
ST. THOMAS - The legal battle going on in the territory's high court may delay a federally funded project to rehabilitate Main Street in downtown Charlotte Amalie.
The Main Street Enhancement Project is managed by the Public Works Department, which, in conjunction with the V.I. Water and Power Authority's downtown Hazard Mitigation Project, will widen and beautify Main Street from Post Office Square to the Enid Baa Library by placing above-ground power lines underground.
ST. THOMAS - The University of the Virgin Islands board discussed Saturday how to lower the number of students who have to take basic skills courses freshman year.
The topic came up in the mid-year key indicators report, presented to the board Saturday.
Interim Provost Camille McKayle said that the mid-year report showed good progress in the university's efforts to prepare incoming students.
In the fall of the 2011-2012 school year, 85 percent of the freshmen class was enrolled in a skills course. This fall, that number dropped to 77 percent.
ST. CROIX - The wholesale price for regular gasoline inched downward today, while the wholesale rate for premium went up as HOVENSA adjusted its rack rates.
The changes will lower the rack rate - the price of fuel purchased wholesale at the HOVENSA truck-loading station on St. Croix - for regular gasoline by a penny per gallon and will raise the rack rate for premium gasoline by 7 cents per gallon. The wholesale price of diesel fuel did not change.
ST. THOMAS - Police on St. Thomas arrested a man early Saturday morning and charged him with first-degree murder after they found the unresponsive body of a St. Thomas woman in a car that had been in a one-car collision late Friday night.
Police arrested Adisa Bertrand, 34, of Chocolate Hole, St. John, about 1:30 a.m. at a bar where patrons said a man was talking about killing himself. Bertrand has been charged with first-degree murder; second-degree murder; first-degree assault; third-degree assault; and four counts of possession of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence in connection with the murder of 24-year-old Shantee Seivewright, police said.