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Refund checks are coming.

It's 82° Fahrenheit  27.2 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
80% humidity. Under Cloudy Skies
Wind out of the East at 5  MPH.   
Barometric Pressure is 29.95 and rising
It is raining now and .03 inches in the last 24 hours. 17.47 for the year so far.
Water temp: 81° in LimeTree Bay St. Thomas and 84 in Christiansted harbor
Doppler radar shows: small showers leaving our area - Satellite Photo Shows: Mostly Clear Skies  

The national weather forecast calls Variably cloudy with scattered showers in the morning... then partly cloudy with isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 87. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent. 30% this evening

Today is Thursday May 26- we welcome: At Havensight Dock - Carnival Miracle

At the top of the news on Thursday May 26

Governor John DeJongh says the budget is going to be delayed. He says the Legislature needs to act to close the budget gap Instead of the May 31 deadline, the Governor says the budget will not be complete until June 10th. The Governor assured the Senate President Ronald Russell that he is ready to work cooperatively with the Legislature to come up with viable solutions in these challenging economic times.

Governor John de Jongh, Jr., Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, will the the Guest Speaker today at the Univ of Guam talking about "Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and America's Territories - Unique Challenges, Shared Successes" today at 5:30 p.m. on Guam - The Governor's interview on Guam radio will be aired today on WTSA at 9:00 AM Meanwhile yesterday the Governor was taking at the energy conference and says we are on target to eliminate 60% of our reliance on Fossil fuel by 2025.

Refund checks are coming. IRB head Claudette Watson-Anderson says the staff has been working overtime to get the refund checks out on time. If you filed your tax return by April 18 by computer you should get a refund soon.  Meanwhile some senators have examined the idea of holding tax refunds and keeping all government employees on the job. Watson-Anderson said this is not in the IRB's plans - they have budgeted for the refunds.

Here come changes at the Department of Education.  The Commissioner of Education LaVerne Terry will hold a press conference today at 3:00 PM at the Curriculum Center in Tutu to explain the changes that are coming in the next schools year.  What schools will be closed? Where will staff be transferred. The Commissioner says declining student populations means changes must be made. That's at 3:00 PM today. We'll have a report on Lee Carle's News Day.

Hearty Congratulations to  Wilma Lewis who was brilliant in Congressional hearings on Tuesday.  She is lined up to become the new District Court Judge of the Virgin Islands. President Barrack Obama nominated Lewis in March - and on Tuesday the senate committee conducted its hearing. If approved she will serve a ten year term as top judge of the local federal court.  Lewis is a graduate of All Saints School, and the Harvard Law school.

National Alliance on Mental Illness is having a  Mental health Awareness Fair today in Emancipation Garden from 10:00 Am to 3:00 PM and it will continue on Friday in Emancipation Garden from 10:00 Am to 3:00 PM This is all about Family-to-Family help.  There are health screenings, refreshments, give-aways and guest presentations by the Mental health department, Clear Blue Skies, Schneider Hospital Community Services COAST and the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands. Today in Emancipation Garden from 10:00 Am to 3:00 PM.  

Board of Education is meeting at 3:00 PM today.
Board of Elections is meeting at 4:30 PM at 22 Crystal Gade

Senate Committee on Planning and Environmental Protection is meeting on St. Thomas to take up changes to the Historic Properties and Preservation and rehabilitation Act. And a bill regarding regulation of wireless communication. Hearings will continue on Friday on St Croix.

The Best Beginnings Early Childhood Conference comes to St. Thomas today and Friday at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. The conference will be held from 8:00 AM  to 3:30 PM  Conference registration fee is $5.00 per day.  Lunch will be provided.  For more information on St. Thomas call 774-0930 ext 4186

The work of ten Charlotte Amalie High School (CAHS) Advanced Placement Art students is featured in a special exhibit beginning Thursday at Scotiabank’s Havensight branch.  Entitled, Back In The Day, the exhibit will hang from May 26th until June 10th. The show is a culmination of a semester-long project fostered by the St. Thomas Historical Trust and directed by Susan Edwards, chairman of the art department at CAHS.The bank exhibit is open from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30 am through 5:00 pm on Fridays.  

This is Small business Week in the Virgin Islands - today  on St Croix there is an awards ceremony at the UVI Great Hall at Noon to 3:00 PM. Today on St. Thomas a seminar on credit - the key to empowering your personal life and business 6:00 PM at Nisky Center.  

Delegate Dr. Donna Christiansen is pleased to announce the graduation of Cadet Keenan Rashad Ryner from St Croix who completed college at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado.  Cadet Ryner will receive a college degree and become a second lieutenant in the US Air Force. Also graduating is Cadet Lamin O Jackson also among the members of the 53 graduating class of the Air Force Academy. He is also from St Croix. Another local man winning the wings of the US Air Force.

Big Thank You to the employees of HOVENSA who came out to donate blood yesterday.  More than 110 people came to donate blood according to Dr Cora Christian. Last year the Juan Luis Hospital used over 1000 pints of blood, while local blood drives only provided 200 pints.  The additional 800 pints of blood have to be purchased at a cost of more than 200 dollars a pint.  Big Thank You to the donors.  You are saving lives. There will be more blood drives later in the year. Businesses that would like to schedule blood drives. Here's how you can make good news. Call 778-6659.

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