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Hearty Congratulations  to the UVI nurses..

It's 78° Fahrenheit  26.6 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
89% humidity. Under Mostly Cloudy Skies
Wind out of the East South East at 7 MPH.   
Barometric Pressure is 29.81 and rising
We had 2.02 inches of rain in the last 24 hours
Water temp: 81° in LimeTree Bay St. Thomas and 84 in Christiansted harbor
Doppler radar shows: showers leaving our area - Satellite Photo Shows: clearign skies and less rain.

The national weather forecast calls for Mostly cloudy skies with numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms early in the morning becoming partly cloudy late in the morning and variably cloudy in the afternoon with scattered showers.. Highs around 82. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Today is Friday May 13    - we welcome: At Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: Caribbean Princess

At the top of the news on Friday May 13  

The odor is back and the Department of Education is closing the west end schools early today.  Alexander Henderson Elementary School, John H Woodson Junior High School, Ricardo Richards Elementary School, Claude O. Markoe School, Charles Emanuel Elementary School , Evelyn Williams Elementary School, Eulalie Rivera Elementary School St Croix Education Complex and other west end schools are closing this morning and bus service will travel the usual routes. Parents and guardians are reminded to make arrangements to watch children at home. Yesterday, three schools reported mystery odors. And Central High School, Woodson School and Charles Emanuel Elementary School suffered from the same smell.  Health officials said that their sensors detected Sulfur dioxide - a colorless gas with a pungent odor that comes from burning coal at a power plant, but HOVENSA and WAPA and Diageo all report they had no emissions that would cause the smell.

Coastal Zone Management Commission met yesterday and approved WAPA's request  to install a new utility line from St. Thomas to St John.  This is a back up cable in case the primary cable fails. Right now there is one that is in danger of failing. The idea is to be ahead of a potential problem before it happens. The new cable will carry up to 27 megawatts at 34.5 Kilovolts.  WAPA will spend more than 3 million dollars on the project. Oh and the new cable will include a fiber optic for broadband communication. CZM also gave a green light to the developers in Smith Bay for the site called Springhouse - 32 condos among 8 buildings. They have ten years to develop the complex in many phases. They got approval for SpringLine Architects to occupy one of the buildings. And the committee approved the Frenchman's Reef Marriott reconstruction plans.

Hearty Congratulations to the nurses at UVI The School of Nursing held a pinning ceremonies for graduates on Thursday on St. Thomas and today on St. Croix there is a pinning ceremony at 3:00 PM at the Great Hall of the North West Wing Building on the Albert Sheen Campus.

Oh the rum wars is back. Puerto Rico's delegate Pierluisi; (pee-air-loo-EE-see) is introducing a new bill to limit how the rum cover over taxes can be spent.  The bill is called "Investing in U.S. Territories, Not Corporations Act of 2011," was introduced in the House by the PR delegate - a companion bill was introduced in the Senate. The proposal would Limit the amount of cover-over that could be used by each territory for direct or indirect support of the industry to 15 percent. The bill would Prohibit the use of cover-over funds for cane neutral spirits - that means they can't distill cane and use it to make Whisky. The bill would place limits on the amount of market share each territory could claim: 65 to 70 percent for Puerto Rico and 30 to 35 percent for the U.S. Virgin Islands. The big change this time is that Charles Rangle is no longer in charge of the House Ways and Means committee - the new chair is a Republican from Michigan.

Governor John DeJongh says the U.S. Treasury Department is working to finalize changes to the tax residency rules over the next several months that would make it easier for participants in the Economic Development Commission  program to travel for business purposes. While Gov. deJongh was in Washington he met this Treasury officials to continue pushing them to liberalize its rules governing the EDC's program of tax breaks. Treasury plans to finish the changes to the residency rules as quickly as possible in order to provide relief for existing beneficiaries and to help restore investor confidence in the program

Every Friday the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of the Virgin Islands meets at Schneider Hospital at 6:00 PM to help people who have depression or Bipolar disorder. Meet tonight at 6:00 PM at Schneider Hospital.

Here comes Fort Christian Parking Lot back on stream. Carnival village is gone, the rides are gone, the cleanup crew is washing the whole Parking Lot and they expect to reopen and collect parking fees starting Monday

On St Croix the Relay-For-Life is this weekend, "Celebrate, remember and Fight Back.  This is the tenth anniversary of Relay-For-Life and it starts at 4:00 PM on Sat at the St Croix Education Complex and running overnight to Sunday Morning. . 41 teams have registered to participate and each one raised $1,500 to participate. There will be a luminary ceremony, survivors lap and music and dancing throughout.

Were you a member of the District Court jury pool from January through april.  Your pay checks are ready at the court clerk's office Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

The Virgin Islands Police Department continues the second half of the two-day seminar entitled  Strengthening Responses to Violence Against Women on St. Thomas at the Wyndam Sugar Bay Hotel and Resort on Thursday and Friday May 12 and 13.

The  Mother's Against Guns and Jason Carroll memorial fund are hosting the annual Walk/Run against gun violence. There is an essay contest ends today - deadline is today The Walk Run is May 22 at 4:00 PM at the Coast Guard Dock. For More Information Call 775-9337.

Business and Professional Women will hold their annual speak-off this evening at 6 to 8pm at the Small Business Development Center in Nisky Center. - donation is $5. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday the Memorial Moravian Church  will host the 127th anniversary concert on Sunday May 15 at 5:00 PM at Norre Gade #17. The combined choir will present the cantata "The Majesty and Glory of the resurrection with guest performer Gylchris Sprauve.  There will be performances by God's Little Angels, the Youth Steel Orchestra and the Adult Handbell Choir and Ovid Williams on the trumpet. Admission is free

The University of the Virgin Islands will hold its 47th Annual Commencement Ceremonies May this weekend. . On the St. Thomas campus, the  ceremony will 7 p.m. on Saturday, at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. The St Croix Albert A. Sheen campus ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. The class speaker on the St. Thomas will be Derron Ambrose. On St. Croix will be Sana Waleed Hamed. Both were communication students. The keynote speaker is Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. She is president emerita of Bennett College for Women and Spelman College. She is also professor emerita of Emory University, and she retired as Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Women’s Studies and African American Studies. Admission to the St. Thomas campus Commencement ceremony is by ticket only. We will carry it live here on WSTA.

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