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82  Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Partly Cloudy Skies.
79 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.04 inches
Wind is from East at 22 MPH
No rain in the last 24 hours at WSTA.

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Forecast : Sun and clouds mixed. High 82-83F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. 20% Chance of rain

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At the top of the news on !! AIR – June 10 Tuesday

Governor John DeJongh promised us a balanced budget. Now he is asking the Senate authorize borrowing to cover the shortfall. You know 40 million short. The Governor is asking the Senators to approve borrowing money to balance the budget. The governor wants 81.5 million in new debt - $30 million for the budget shortfall plus, as long as we are borrowing - he wants $30 million split between the two hospitals, 11 million for their WAPA bills. The governor wants $1.5 million for the Bureau of Corrections also for WAPA bills, and $4 million in capital projects like White Lady White Bay Road on St. Croix, Smith Bay Cemetery project, Hurricane Earl Debris removal, money to finish the track at Kean School and money to relocate the Fort Christian fire station. The Governor also has $70 million for transportation projects: St. Croix's Melvin Evans Highway and St. Thomas' Veterans Drive but those are bonded funds, not new borrowing.

Attention St. John, the Guy Benjamin School will close.  Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory announced that St. John’s public schools will consolidate in the coming school year. The 73 students currently enrolled in Guy Benjamin School will take busses to Julius Sprauve in Cruz Bay.  The idea is to fill classrooms and maximize staff utilization. The core of the problem is the decline in the number of students in Coral Bay. Guy Benjamin once had 112, then 100 students, then 88, then 57 and now there are only 10 kids in kindergarten and 9 in first grade. They can't sustain the school with the tiny group of students. No word yet what they'll do with the old Guy Benjamin school building. There is an exploration of making it into a community center.

The Senate Committee on Government Services approved a plan to give retirees an option. Would they prefer to receive paper checks or electronic annuity check? Not much opposition but one senator suggested that the GERS charge retirees for a paper check instead of making the department absorb the cost.  The committee also approved a bill to change the composition of the Government Employee Service Commission membership, presently nine members. The plan would change the composition of the Board with the same number but a different arrangement of who appoints them.

Soraya Coffelt is winning the Gubernatorial news contest..  Federal judge Wilma Lewis issued a Temporary restraining order preventing the Board of Elections from removing Coffelt’s name from the ballot.  The judge still has to decide if Coffelt can run with her ticket mate who is a registered Republican.

Good news regarding the ferry boats slated to run from Red Hook to Cruz Bay St. John. Remember they were supposed to go into service a Christmas, now it's summer ! Now one of them is ready to go. Expect to see the ferry called Cruz Bay One in operation within just a few days. Meanwhile the Coast Guard is continuing inspections of Red Hook one it will be ready for use later.

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Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM at Charlotte Amalie High School has the honors night program for the class of 2014. That’s six pm on Wednesday at the Ruth E. Thomas Auditorium. All organizations, alumni classes, agencies or individuals who wish to present scholarships to members of the graduating class where gifts are urged to contact Erma Skelton by the end of business today. The phone number is 774-0780.

The Department of Labor will be closed on St. Croix – tomorrow Wednesday, June 11, and reopen on Thursday.  The St. Thomas Department of Labor will be closed on Thursday, June 12 and reopen on Friday. The staff of the Department of Labor will be taking professional development training.

Waste management authority on St. Croix wants to hear from you about the proposed closure of the Cotton Valley Bin site and about the relocation of the Mon Bijou bin site. Waste Management Authority is inviting cotton Valley residents to a meeting this evening at 6:00 PM. at the Green Cay Marina conference room. Residents of Mon Bijou will meet on Wednesday at John H Woodson Junior High School auditorium at 6:00 PM.

Board of elections will have a voting machine demonstration & registration drive today in the frank Powell park, in Cruz bay, St. John.  AND Office of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a Fair for All Veterans on St John today at the Franklin Powell Park from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Participating Agencies include Survivor Outreach Services, Community Engagement & Lifetime Learning, Department of Labor, Housing Finance Authority, American Legion, Family Support, Methodist outreach services, VA Counselors, tyhere will also be Banks, Vocational Rehab and other agencies For further information please call 774-6100.

The Jr. Gardening& Ecology Academy and its board meeting on Saturday and elected new board members; Mario A. Francis is the chairman, vice-chair is Lumumba Leonard; the secretary is Keshema Webbe; and Renelda Francis is the treasurer. Other directors include Rene Crawford, Michelle Montenegro, Jomo McClean, Diana Peters-Matthew, and Albion George. For more information on the summer academy call Mario Francis at 626-4269

Coming up today at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, Cadet Captain Morgan Cleaveland will receive a four-year Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship to attend the University of the Virgin Islands. Cleaveland is the fifth student at Kean School to receive a full ROTC scholarship to UVI. It will cover tuition, books and all educational expenses at the University.  Others on ROTC scholarships include Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Dinelle Cadette and Cadet Major Jamaal Al-Ameen will also receive scholarships today.

Good News Maker of the Day is St. Croix's own Chef - Digby Stridiron who was recognized as Chef of the Year during the Rum & Rhythm live cook-off event in NYC – part of Caribbean Week. Chef Digby stood out among 30 other Caribbean competitors with his USVI-inspired red grout dish.
Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty, said "Chef Digby Stridiron did an excellent job interpreting the USVI's personality through his culinary talents. This win continues to demonstrate why our Territory is one of the top culinary destinations." Chef Digby Stridiron making Good News.

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