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82  Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Mostly Clear Skies.
80 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.06 inches
Wind is from East at 11 MPH
No rain in the last 24 hours at WSTA.

National Weather Service says:  Moisture will increase across the Virgin Islands over the next few days as a tropical wave moves across our area. The moisture will bring passing showers from time to time.  Waves to four feet and easterly winds to 19 knots in our ocean areas. Winds will increase later today with the tropical wave.  The tropics are quiet.

Forecast : Sun and clouds mixed. High 82F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. 20% Chance of rain today rising to 80% overnight and 90% Chance of rain tomorrow. 

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At the top of the news on !! AIR – June 19 Thursday

Senators held a full legislative session yesterday. They repealed the school calendar Legislature restoring the normal school calendar.  The Doe lacked the funds to pay for the change and teachers were opposed.  Normal school calendar is back.

Senators changed the law to allow the Governor to give more subsidies to Cruzan Rum. They complained about giving away money, but Cruzan Rum made the case they are losing business to Puerto Rico competitors.

Flexing their muscle, they overrode the governor's veto of the RT Park amendment.  This means three Internet service providers will continue to receive RT Park tax breaks that were set to expire in December.  The Tax breaks were given to the Internet service providers back in 2009.  Park tenants do not pay gross receipts tax. They get reductions on corporate income tax.  The Governor and Attorney General expressed their opinions that the tax breaks were not legal. They say the companies do not have a presence in the RT Park and were not knowledge-based businesses, hence not tenants and not entitled to benefits. 

Senator Malone who wrote an amendment to a bill merging the economic development bank and small business development agency.  His amendment expanded the criteria for inclusion in the RT Park.  Malone says the three companies applied for their tax breaks in good faith, and kept their end of the deal.  They pay their fees. Malone went on to say they need the tax breaks to survive against competition. That is the point of the argument. There are other Internet service providers who do not get tax breaks and have to compete against companies that have a competitive advantage.

Following the veto override, the Governor issued a statement expressing his dismay and disappointment.  The Governor says “We are facing a budget shortfall and the Senators are giving tax breaks to more businesses.  How can we close the budget gap when we are giving money away?

Senators also overrode the governor's veto and cut the amount of money available for the HOVENSA closure from $6 million to $1.5 million dollars.  They overrode the governor's veto restoring funding for the American Legion post in St. Croix and the community center in estate Calquohoun. 

The same Senate session the senators approved a bundle of nominees to boards and commissions including Doctor Frank Odlum to the board of medical advisors, Susan Anderson to the Board of dental examiners,  Elizabeth Massielo to the Board of chiropractic examiners and more. 

Senators approved a bill from Sen. Myron Jackson to erect a life-size statue of the boxer Emile Griffith at the Emile Griffith ballpark and put his childhood home in the Registry of historic places.  They appropriated $30,000 to build the statue. 

Other bills approved included the Home Invasion Act to make criminal charges for home invasion. They approved giving al the proceeds from Lonesome Dove Petroleum company to the GERS,  The approved plans for Bureau of Motor Vehicles to conduct emission testing during car inspections.  They approved the bill to regulate e-cigarettes and plans for the Massac Nursing home to become a sports facility for all kinds of sports and boxing. They passed a bill to honor Bianca Eugenie Maduro Andre for her work with our youth and Legislature Photographer Kenneth Christopher naming the control room in St Croix for the man.

Today a Senate committee will take testimony on a “Barker” Bill to change the rules for barkers on Main Street.

With sadness.  We report the passing of Alberto Bruno-Vega , who is the executive director of the water and power authority from 1989 to 1995 and again from 2002 until 2007.  He was on duty during the recovery from hurricane Hugo.

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Today on the Roosevelt David Show on WSTA - Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen will be the guest at 11:00. There is a St Croix Gubernatorial Forum at UVI St Croix campus at 6:30 pm.

This evening there is a Caribbean Lionfish Response Program training session at Aqua Action Dive Shop, Secret Harbor Beach at 6:00 PM. 

St. Croix Central High School will distribute report cards to parents and guardians on Friday, June 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Croix Educational Complex.

CAHS Class of 1974 is celebrating their 40th reunion.  Today they're taking a trip to Jost Van Dyke today.  On Friday evening there is a dinner and Memorial service at eight p.m. at Victor's new hideout.

The University Cooperative Extension Service as a usefulness of the Internet workshop with Dara Cooper coming up Monday and Tuesday June 23 and 24th from 10:00 Am to 1:30 each day at the New House classroom. Students will learn about browsers, search engines, website safety, how to Google smarter and how to pay bills online.  For more information call 693-1080.

Ivanna Eudora Kean High School has orientation sessions today for the incoming 12th grade students - at 4 pm in the cafeteria. Parents or guardians must attend the orientation, and bring the child's immunization card and health insurance paperwork.

Interested 7th grade male students in St. Croix public schools are invited to sign up for summer classes at St. Croix Junior University.  Late registration will be held on Friday, June 20th, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the entrance to U.V.I.’s cafeteria. St. Croix’s Junior University is a five (5) week summer academic and enrichment program for 7th grade male students who will attend classes in English, Mathematics, Language Arts, Vocational and Physical Educational.  Classes start Monday, June 23. For more information, call Renee Hansen at 773-1095, ext. 7057.

Governor John DeJongh declared the month of June as national home ownership month in the territory.  The Housing Finance Authority is celebrating thirty years of providing housing in the territory. The housing Expo is on Saturday, June 21 at Sunshine Mall on St. Croix and St. Thomas on Saturday, June 28 at the University sports and fitness center.  Home Expo is open to the public and features lending institutions, contractors, construction product vendors, real estate agents, insurance companies, landscapers, solar and green product vendors and utility providers.  Saturday, June 21 sunshine mall St. Croix. For more information call 772-4432 and on St. Thomas 777-4432.

Our good newsmakers of the day today are the recipients of the 2014 Heath award for excellence in teaching of the humanities.  Mrs. Elaine Jacobs, of Charlotte Amalie High School and Mrs. Barbara Daniels of Ricardo Richards elementary school are the honorees this year.  Jacobs is an English teacher with 29 years of hard work for the children. She chairs the English department. Daniels is in her 6th year teaching grade school at Ricardo Richards Elementary School with 16 years teaching. They will receive their awards today. Congratulations to our Heath award winning teachers.

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