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Weather in the World : thirty degrees in Philadelphia with snow and freezing rain, New York City has thirty-one degrees in clouds.  Boston is twenty-four with clouds.  Washington is thirty-four and freezing rain.  In Fayetteville, New York twenty-eight degrees and snow.  Denver has twenty-five degrees, In Minnesota they're talking about how warm it is at 21 degrees.  And in Igloolik Nunavut Canada it's -17 degrees with snow.

78 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear skies.
78%  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.08 inches
Wind is from East at 17 gusting to 20 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service is saying : Partly cloudy skies this morning...then the chance of scattered showers developing this afternoon. High 77F. Winds E at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Cruise Ship News:  Seven Seas Navigator and the Summit are at Havensight Dock and the Ryndam is at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal and on St Croix the Yorktown is visiting.

Headlines : Police Commissioner Rodney Querrard says he will prosecute gun fire on New years Eve.  Good News for dialysis patients, can you get to the beach at Sapphire Beach and did we win the war on poverty?

At the top of the news on  !!AIR –January 10 Friday

Did we win the war on poverty?  Or is it just about the same as it was fifty years ago?  Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen joined colleagues on Wednesday to mark the fiftieth anniversary of President Johnson's declaration of war on poverty.  She says the income gap is widening.  Many still need a hand up, not a handout.  Fifty years ago, President Johnson announced programs to alleviate poverty:  Head Start, Job Corps, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps and the civil rights act.  According to our local Kids Count data, twenty-two percent of the people in the Virgin Islands are below the poverty line.  Thirty-one percent of the families with children are in poverty.  And among female heads of household the figure is 47 percent.  Christensen says the war has not yet been won.

You heard gunshots on New Year's eve.  Police Commissioner Rodney Querrard says the Police department is working with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and using their Shot Spotter system to initiate investigations.  He is calling on the community to report where they heard firearms being discharged on New Year's Eve and asking residents to pass on knowledge about the possession of illegal firearms, especially where people with guns are terrorizing families.  If you have information about firearms on the streets or New Year's Eve gunfire call the TIPS Hot line 800-222-8477.No one will know who called – you are assured you will remain anonymous.  Tell the Tips line what you know and get guns off the streets.

Good news for people who need dialysis.  Doctor Walter Gardiner is is a nephrologist – that is a kidney specialist.  The kidneys clean your blood and send waste to the bladder to be discharged.  He spoke to Rotary on St Croix yesterday about his private kidney dialysis centers.  He came to the Virgin Islands to work at Juan Luis Hospital and realized the hospital could not server everyone in need and opened a private dialysis center which is now in Gallows Bay.  Doctor Gardner opened the Caribbean Kidney Center on St. Thomas last year and he is expanding it now. He expects to be able to accommodate all of the St. Thomas patience and visitors by the end of this year.

Can you get to the beach at Sapphire Beach resort?   Earlier this week we told you that the Seagrape building was boarded up.  Bayside Associates owns the tennis courts, parking areas and the Seagrape building  with its public bathrooms restaurant and bar.  Now, the Daily News says Dean Morehouse of Bayside Associates has erected barriers closing the parking lot.  There is supposed to be public access. Can you get to the beach if you can’t park?


Senator Tregenza  Roach will be on St. John today from one p.m. to four p.m.  If you wish to schedule an appointment call 693-3686.

Veterans will have a healthy vet walk on Saturday, January 11 starting at four p.m. from the Christiansted police station to the D.C.Canegata Ball Park.  Veterans Affairs director Harry Daniel says the first 50 people to register will get a free T-shirt.  There will be refreshments and raffle prizes.

Reichhold center for the arts has Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist Common coming on Saturday at eight p.m.  Tickets are still available to hear Common in concert at the Reichhold center - They note - this is the first time in their 35 year history that hip-hop artist will perform as part of the normal season lineup.

Over at the University – they have Spring Semester Orientation Week. Spring Semester classes at the University begin NEXT Monday, January 13th. Online registration for continuing UVI students is now available, through the University’s BanWeb  site. Today is the last day of Late Registration. You can get the class scheduled at the UVI website www.uvi.edu. 

Six public elementary schools in the territory have been selected to participate in School Year 2013-2014 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.  The State Office of Special Nutrition has selected six schools to be in the program. Ulla F. Muller, Jane E. Tuitt, E. Benjamin Oliver, Guy Benjamin along with two schools on St Croix Alexander Henderson and Ricardo Richards. Schools students will receive a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day,”  Healthy snack options in the schools that’s Good News.

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