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Right now it is:
84 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
74% humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.91 inches
Wind is from East at 9 MPH.
No rain in the last 24 hours. So far this year: 18.41 inches.

National Weather service says Clear with rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy with rain showers. High of 86F. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

We are watching tropical system called invest 97L currently over Barbados. It is disorganized cloudiness and showers – all part of an elongated area of low pressure extend from the eastern Caribbean Sea across the Lesser Antilles and into the tropical Atlantic. Upper-level winds are favorable but dry air in the middle levels of the atmosphere are inhibiting development of this disturbance. This system has a low chance – about 20 percent – of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours...and a medium chance...50 percent...of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 5 days while it moves westward to west-northwestward at around 10 mph over the caribbean sea.  The National Hurricane Center computer models all show this disturbance passing south of the Virgin Islands although one model puts it over western Puerto Rico or eastern Hispaniola. Brief periods of locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected to affect portions of the lesser antilles over the next day or so. We will watch it for you.

Cruise Ship News - the Carnival Splendor and Carnival Valor at Havensight Dock

More news first this: 8AM - Discount Travel & Ace Sea Chest  9AM –Ace Sea Chest

At the top of the news on September 2 Monday
Today is Labor Day it's a federal holiday. It was first nationally recognized in 1894 to placate unionists following the Pullman Strike. The United States Congress unanimously voted to approve rush legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday; President Grover Cleveland signed it into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The holiday is generally viewed as a time for barbeques and the end of summer vacations.

Governor John DeJongh sent a Labor Day message “As we enjoy this holiday with family and friends, I think it is worth remembering that this is Labor Day, a holiday which celebrates the hard work of our people and the efforts over time to make safe and sustainable jobs – jobs which let our workers support their families in security -- available to all Virgin Islanders and all Americans.  I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Labor Day.”

The Department of Education is gearing up for the start of school on Tuesday. On St. Croix a last minute agreement between the Department of Education and Abramson Enterprises means there wil be school bus service on St. Croix starting tomorrow. The negotiators reduce the upfront cost down to $150,000 upfront. The Bureau of motor vehicles also spent time over the weekend ensuring the buses were inspected and registered for the first day of school on Tuesday. Meanwhile maintenance work at the schools is coming to a close - last minute painting, installing bathroom stalls, and repairing leaky roofs will be finished in time for school. The Department of Education is doing more maintenance during the school year and less during the summer.

The governor is getting ready to meet with senators on Tuesday. The idea is to hammer out a new agreement between the government and HOVENSA—senators rejected the old agreement back on August 7th. Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone wrote to the governor summarizing concerns about the proposed Fourth Amendment Agreement. It is not clear whether HOVENSA will come back to the negotiating table. They'll be working on a fresh agreement on Tuesday. Meanwhile HOVENSA raise the price of gasoline at the wholesale rack, one cent more for regular six cents more for premium and six cent  more for diesel.

The Governor announced the Virgin Islands has been awarded a federal grant for the territory's participation in a communication network to serve first responders and public safety personnel. A half million dollar grant will help identify the requirements for th Virgin Islands to be part of the nationwide public safety broadband network.

Governor de Jongh offered condolences to the family and friends of Oscar E. Henry, who was a leader of the Department of Agriculture And helped develop programs to support our farmers.  Henry, a native of St. Croix and a well-known farmer, served as Agriculture Commissioner under Governor Juan Luis. Prior to that he served 36 years with federal government, including 24 years with the Customs Service. He is also a past president of the St. Croix Agriculture and Food Fair Committee.

Good News from our own Esonic Vera - you remember she's in Belarus at the Miss Supernational competition. She placed second runner-up in the talent competition with her Michael Jackson dance routine, the modeling section is over - she got a great review -and they say she got thunderous applause in the modeling section even though she didn't win. Next up will be the costume competition where Esonica Vera will wear a St. Thomas carnival costume and showcase our culture. She is on the short list of outstanding candidates You can check out how she's doing in the Miss Supernational competition at  Oh and our neighbors in Puerto Rico, your candidate won the Miss photogenic competition at the Miss Supernational  pageant. It’s’ not over until Sept 6.

You're listening to Good News Headlines on WSTA. More news, first this
8:00 AM Nisky Center  9:00 AM Nisky Center

Back to School Orientation continues:

Alfredo Andrews Elementary School Elementary School has postponed their orientation until Tuesday Sept 3.

Charlotte Amalie High School orientation continues on
Tuesday Sept 3rd : 8:00 AM   for all 10th graders and parents
Tuesday Sept 3  at 12:30 for all 11th graders and parents
Wednesday  Sept 4th 8:00 a.m. - All 12th graders and parents 
Parents should bring $42 for all the fees to be paid.

Classes will begin in the school district on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

“The Caribbean Writer,” the literary anthology published by the University is soliciting colorful, eye-catching, Caribbean artwork for the cover of its upcoming issue, Volume 27. This volume of the journal will be dedicated to Caribbean musicians and visual artists. Artists should submit electronic files in vertical format as TIFF or JPEG files with a resolution of 300 dpi or greater.  E-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Deadline is Sept. 30th

Our good newsmaker of the day is Pressure Buss Pipe, son of our own Irvin “Brownie” Brown, who made great news Saturday with a 12 hour concert in Crown Bay. They started at noon, they went till midnight with dozens of acts including the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra and artists from Jamaica, Atlanta, our islands and our British island neighbors. It was a peace concert - as Pressure Buss Pipe says violence in the Virgin Islands has escalated and seems to be spiraling out of control and we all have to bring unity back to the community.

Our virtue of the week is Caring.  Caring is giving love and attention to people and things that matter to you.   When you care about people, you help them. You do a careful job, giving your very best effort. You treat people and things gently and respectfully. Caring makes the world a safer place.  You are practicing caring when you…
* Show care for others, yourself and the earth
* Look at people and listen closely
* Handle things carefully
* Are gentle with people and things placed in your care
* Treat your body with respect
* Work with enthusiasm and excellence
I care for others and myself. I pay loving attention. I give my best to every job.

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