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82  Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Mostly Cloudy Skies.
77 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.97 inches
Wind is from East at 17 MPH
Just a trace of rain in the last 24 hours at WSTA.

National Weather Service says:   A spike of moisture is expected to move through the area but the mid levels of the atmosphere should remain dry at least through Sunday. Although a scattered shower or two may develop off of St. Thomas and St. Croix.  Across the waters, winds are expected to strengthen through weekend. Wind waves from the easterly flow will allow seas to rise to six feet. Winds up to 20 knots. No Storms on the Horizon.

Forecast : Mostly cloudy this morning. Scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High 79F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Cruise Ship News No Ships Today

Headlines :  New busses for VITRAN, Port Authority looking for more airlines, The Governor has mental health art contest winners and two professors from UVI are making Good News with their books

At the top of the news on !! AIR – June 5 Thursday

New busses for VITRAN - Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls was on the mainland last week conducting final inspections of ten new heavy duty VITRAN buses that are headed to the territory in the next month and a half. Four each for St Croix and St. Thomas.  Two for St John. Plus Smalls went to inspect twelve medium duty buses coming from another manufacturer. Total cost? $6.7 million. All Federal Highway Administration funds. We should see new busses by mid-summer.

Good news from the Port Authority. They are working with Department of Tourism to bring new airlines to St. Croix. This is like a half-price sale. New flights to St. Croix will have the landing fee and half of the passenger fees waived for 12 months. The goal is to bring more passengers to the big Island.

Senate Rules Committee met. They approved an act to create a full height statue world boxing champion, Emile Griffith at the Emile Griffith Ballpark on St. Thomas. Funding may come from the Tourism Advertising Revolving Fund.
The committee also approved several board nominations:
Dr. Frank Odlum, Board of Medical Examiners
Susan G.S. Anderson, DMD, Board of Dental Examiners,
Dr. Elizabeth Masiello, Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Mr. Lawrence A. Ramdhansingh, to the Taxicab Commission
They tabled a bill regarding fees for billboards, they approved plans to transfer the Massac Nursing Home to the Department of Sports for a boxing gym, and approved a bill regarding chemical controlled substances.

The board of elections is trying to prevent problems with ballots. Many people over vote. They vote for a party slate, and then mark off several other people they like. By casting too many votes, they spoil the ballot. The new voting machines can be programmed to kick out a spoiled ballot. The idea is to tell people there’s a problem before the votes are processed. This allows the voter to correct the errors.  The primary election is two months away and the Joint Board of Elections needs policies and procedures in place. This is not easy. The law was written before the voting machines and some of the procedures don't make sense in the context of new electronic voting equipment.

Coming Up Monday - - there’s a voting machine demonstration for persons with disabilities, seniors and the general public on Monday June 9th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on St. Croix at the University of the Virgin Islands Great Hall.

Remember the fish? The tilapia fish at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School? Sold out. More fish growing. But the first round Sold Out.

You're listening to Good News Headlines on WSTA. More news, first this
The faculty and staff at the Claude O. Markoe Elementary School (COMS) will pay tribute to parents during the Parent Recognition Reception on this evening  beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.  Parents will be recognized based on their participation in the school’s annual Parent Academy. 6:00 PM this evening at Claude O. Markoe School.

GERS says: effective immediately, the Benefits Processing Units in both islands will be closed on Thursdays and Fridays until further notice. This closure will allow the staff to focus on processing prior service inquiries, employer billing and payroll cases.

The University of the Virgin Islands is enrolling alumni to increase new student enrollment. Call then DARTS - Dedicated Alumni Recruitment Team. The idea is to have alumni recruitment leaders go to recruitment events, high school visits, college fairs, and community events. And share the best attributes of UVI.  There are  Dedicated Alumni Recruitment Team on our neighboring islands. The team head for Anguilla is Timothy Hodge, in Antigua it is Marion Byron, in Nevis, Jaedee Caines is representing UVI. On St. Kitts our man is St. Clair Hodge, 2010 and in St. Maarten: Aisha  Mussington-Weathered will represent UVI. To become a DART leader, a UVI alum must demonstrate a willingness to connect with prospective students and represent UVI at recruitment fairs and events. It’s the university so there is training for the DARTS, and official certificates of completion of the training.  No exams.   For more information call Dr. Xuri Allen at 693-1224. 

Governor and Mrs. de Jongh will host awards ceremonies today and Friday for the "My Feelings Are A Work of Art Contest". The ceremonies are scheduled for today at Government House St. Thomas and Friday at 10 am at Government House in Christiansted, St. Croix. The contest increased awareness of maintaining good mental health. The contest was also to identify, recognize, support and encourage young people with talent in the visual arts. The first place winners will go on display in Government House and all the art will be featured in The Source online news journal.

Our good news maker of the day are two UVI professors who will be among the featured authors at the 12th Annual St. Martin Book Fair scheduled today through the weekend. Dr. Simon B. Jones-Hendrickson and Dr. Gillian Royes are at the St. Martin Book Fair at the airport today. They go to the University of St. Martin in Philipsburg on Saturday and Sunday. Dr. Jones-Hendrickson is a professor of economics and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. Dr. Royes is an associate professor of journalism. They are among 11 authors from around the world who will participate in the St Martin Book Fair. That’s two professors who are authors - making Good News.

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