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83  Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under hazy Cloudy Skies.
77 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.04 inches
Wind is from East at 10 MPH
No rain in the last 24 hours at WSTA.

National Weather Service says:   Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 82F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. 10% Chance of rain

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Cruise Ship News Carnival freedom, Carnival sunshine, Carnival Princess. Are at Havensight Dock
Oasis of the Seas is at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:


At the top of the news on !! AIR – June 17 Tuesday

Hard news from the Governor's desk. He submitted his proposed fiscal year 2015 operating budget for the government.  In his transmittal letter, the Governor said we have no clear path to fill the gaps in the current budget. He hopes the Legislature will address the shortfall in the coming session.  The Governor says we are still reeling from the great recession, and the loss of HOVENSA.  We don't know if the U.S. Congress will permit the higher cover-over rate from rum sales. The operating budget for 2015 is $709 million. That is 51.7 million less than the current fiscal year appropriation.  The Governor’s budget maintains priorities for law enforcement, healthcare and education.  Departments and agencies will get a 4% reduction in their appropriations – 4% less than the current fical year.  The budget calls for aggressive collection of past-due taxes, reduction in overtime.  And somehow with cuts, the Department of Human Services has to take over assistance and training for childcare providers. The best news?  The 2015 budget year has only one bill  for real property taxes. Apparently our property tax bills are finally caught up.  Governor John DeJongh live at 12:30 live her on WSTA.

Finally, an answer to the St. Croix central high school sewer problem.  A compromised wastewater and storm drain system will be replaced during the summer and school will reopen at the normal starting date in August.  The old wastewater system had several cross connections.  The plan is to replace both systems completely.  Everything should be finished in time for the start of school

The Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Youth and Recreation approved a measure to honor and commend Megan Hodge for her outstanding performance in the sport of volleyball.  Mark Daniel, of the Virgin Islands Volleyball Federation said, “The Hodge family has served the Virgin Islands Volleyball Federation well. Many members represented the Virgin Islands in international tournaments and games. “It is only fitting that this body recognizes Megan Hodge’s amazing achievements on the national and international level.”

The Committee considered a bill to establish a Virgin Islands Sports Commission and National Sports Policy. The commission would create a VI Sports Hall of Fame; developing sports policies and guidelines; promoting elite athletic recruitment; setting training standards; and promoting sports and sports coverage in the Virgin Islands. The "VI Sports Commission" would include commissioners from Sports, Parks and Recreation, Tourism and Education; the president of our Olympic Committee; the director of Economic Development; and the chairs of horse racing, boxing, wrestling and car racing plus one more. Funding?  No funding. They held that bill in committee.

Good news yesterday as the Charlotte Amalie High School Class of 1954 was honored at the Legislature.  The Legislature held a plaque ceremony honoring the class’s 60th anniversary. They were the last group of students to use the Capitol Building as a school.  That building served as the Marine Barracks then a school and now as the Legislature. Many members of the class are well-known in the community, Calvin Bastian, Alvaro deLugo, Gilbert Estrill, Ohanio Harris, Godfrey Leerdam, Gaylord Sprauve. The class of 1954… the surviving members are all in their 80’s now.

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Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen and Basil Ottley have a campaign meeting this evening at the St. John Headquarters at 5:30 pm

The St. Thomas, St. John board of elections has voter registration today at Paul M Pearson gardens 6 to 8:00 PM.  Wednesday in Bovoni, Friday in Kirwan Terrace, Monday the 23rd at Tutu Hi-Rise.  If you wish to register to vote bring one or more of the following birth certificate, passport, military discharge, naturalization certificate or baptismal certificate.

Registration for St. Croix’s Junior University is going on today at the University of the Virgin Islands Great Hall. The five week summer academic and enrichment program will serve some fifty 7th grade men who will study English, Mathematics, Language Arts, and vocational classes. For more information call 773-1095

Nurses are Celebrating 50 Years of Nursing Education at College and University of the Virgin Islands.  The nurses are meetings this afternoon at 4:30 pm.  On St. Thomas go to the  Library Conference Room and on St. Croix, go to Evans Center, room 902.  For more information call Mariga Fleming 775-6549.

The 2014 American Cancer Society Relay For Life is coming up Saturday, June 21st.  Overnight through Sunday, June 22nd at the Charlotte Amalie High School track. The Relay for Life is a team activity.  Team captains are meeting this evening at 5:30pm at the Addelita Cancryn School’s in the Physical Education area. Team captains or representatives must attend the meeting.  Team t-shirts will be distributed and tent spots finalized.  You can still join a team.  Call  775-5373. There is space available on teams that are shorthanded and have spots to fill.  Call  775-5373.

Ivanna Eudora Kean High School has orientation sessions in the cafeteria.
Today for the tenth grade at 4 p.m
Wednesday, June 18th, for the eleventh grade at 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 19th, for the 12th grade at 4 p.m..
Parents or guardians must attend the orientation, and bring the child's immunization card and health insurance paperwork.

Jazz in Paradise with RC & Company present the West Indian Company community concert this evening from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in at the dock. The Carnival Sunshine will remain until 8 p.m. on stage will be Roan Creque and his band, along with the Charlotte Amalie High School Jazz Band and Concert Choir.  The students are on from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 followed by headliner RC & Company from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.   All guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

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