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Right now it is:
81 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
87% humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.87 inches
Wind is from East at 11 MPH.
Point 26 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. So far this year: 18.67 inches.

National Weather service says Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 84F. Breezy north wind at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph shifting to the SE in the afternoon. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 1.5 in. possible. Right now the rate of rain is 2.64 inches per hour… and more rain is coming.

Weather conditions are expected to slowly deteriorate today as an elongated area of low pressure and its associated moisture moves across the local area. This was called Invest 97L. there will be periods of moderate to heavy rainfall there could be some flash flooding. A Flash Flood Watch will go into effect at 10 am today. Seas to six feet and winds to 20 knots (23 miles per hour) are expected across the local waters with higher winds and seas near the showers and thundershowers.
No Storms on the Horizon

Cruise Ship News –  Allure of the Seas at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

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

At the top of the news on September 4 Wednesday  

Back to school – yesterday – and a lot of fathers came to walk with their children on the first day of school.  Hearty Congratulations to the fathers.

Governor John DeJongh toward the schools yesterday along with acting education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory and insular superintendent Jeanette Smith-Barry. They visited the Joseph Gomez Elementary School, E Benjamin Oliver school and Ulla Mueller school along with Ivanna Eudora Kean High School. The governor expressing his delight, saying “When you look at the schools what's in place it's uplifting to see so many positive changes. We are starting off with some challenges but that happens every year.”

There were minor problems … Despite the minor problems, the first day of school was smoother than some others have been. the biggest is that the Department of Education is still short teachers.  They have some 57 openings  and specifically they need teachers of English as a second language, special education teachers, guidance councelors and secondary level teachers. Other problems included Air Conditioning that leaked and unfinished landscaping.

You know the buses ran smoothly on St. Croix, now here comes Abramson Enterprises saying they never asked for $321,000, instead they said they only wanted $175,000 and settled for $150,000. Abrahamson went on to say they've been transporting students for 55 years not the six years that was in the Department of Education announcement moreover Abrahams on says they never walked out of negotiating but they can't run a business if they're not paid and the Department of Education sometimes falls behind in paying for the services.

The Governor was at his desk after visiting the schools.  He signed bills to pay a settlement with Internal Revenue Service which brings the audit to as close. The governor also signed a bill to reduce the budget shortfall for 2014 by issuing bonds to achieve cash flow and restructure some outstanding matching fund revenue bonds.

Should taxi drivers be required to speak English?  The Taxi Association and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles are at loggerheads over this.  The Bureau of Motor Vehicles says the law allows people to take the taxi exam with an interpreter – no need to speak English.  The Taxi Association says drivers should speak English – they must communicate with passengers. Which entity sets the rules? Jerris Brown of the BMV says if the Taxi commission wants to weed out non-English speakers – they should do so before the applicant comes to the Bureau.  They are asking Attorney General Vincent Frazier to render a decision.

Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen announced that the Department of planning and natural resources has a new grant from the national oceanic and atmospheric administration in the amount of $429,000 for the coral reef management and monitoring program. The grant includes funding for a coral reef initiative coordinator, a Marine Park coordinator, to Marine Park interpretive rangers, and education outreach coordinator Park administration costs and maintenance of the park boundary markers.

With tremendous sadness report the passing of Virgin Islands bamboula icon - Mary Ann Christopher. She's known for her tireless work in keeping the Bamboula dance alive particularly at the Dollar fo’ Dollar culture and history event. She has played the role of the 19th century coal strike leader, Queen Coziah, and has danced main street balancing a basket on her head, chewing on her pipe and demanding her dollar for her work. Senator Myron Jackson notes that she was a Renaissance woman, a teacher in the public and private schools, a visual artist who created costumes and clothing, she did interior decorating and studied genealogy, local history traveled the world. Senator Jackson says a radiant light has been lost.

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The Public Services Commission will be holding hearings on the petitions of the Water and Power Authority to increase the base rates for the Electric Departments. The hearings are open to the public.
On St. Thomas September 4 through the 6th from 10 am to 5 pm at the PSC Offices in Barbel Plaza, then on Friday from 3 pm to 7:30 pm also at their Offices in Barbel Plaza.

Monday September 9, the Public Services Commission will hold hearings on St John at the Legislature from 4 pm to 7:30 pm – Friday on St John  and Tuesday September 10, they wil hold hearings on St Croix from 3 pm – 7:30 pm at the St Croix Curriculum Center If you wish to testify Call 776-1291

Cancer Support Virgin Islands meets first  Wednesday of the month at noon at the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute Bennie Benjamin Auditorium. Doctor Samuel Hughes of radiation Associates will discuss radiation oncology treatments at the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute . Today at noon at the Bennie Benjamin Auditorium.

Later today -   Cruzan VIRIL Ltd. will present a $40,000 gift to the University of the Virgin Islands at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the company headquarters on St. Croix. The donation will bring the total Cruzan VIRIL Ltd. has given to support the University since 1987 to $735,000.
Making the presentation will be Cruzan Chief Executive Officer Gary Nelthropp. On hand to receive the check will be UVI President Dr. David Hall and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dionne V. Jackson.

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