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Weather in the World : 32 degrees in Houston, Philadelphia has 24 degrees with clouds and snow on the ground. In New York 22 degrees and snow on the ground Chicago has six degrees with snow coming down and it's a -11 in Denver Colorado. And in Igloolik Canada -2 and snow

79 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear skies.
80 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.04  inches
Wind is from East at 10 MPH
Point .12 inches of rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says : Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 79F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Cruise Ship News :  the Carnival breeze and Norwegian Sun are at Havensight Dock and the New Amsterdam is at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

At the top of the news on  !!AIR – February 6 Thursday
Congress passed a five-year $956 billion farm bill which extends the Virgin Islands food stamp program and increases the Territory’s share of a specialty crops program that benefits local farmers.  The bill includes a number of hard-fought changes to the nation’s agricultural programs. They cut 16 billion out of farm subsidies. On the other hand, the $750 million Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) was extended without major changes. The bill extends the Specialty Crops Block Grant. Governor John DeJongh successfully lobbied to have the Virgin Islands included in the Special Crops Block Grant program in the 2008 Farm Bill.   Now the Territory will receive about $1.25 million in funding over the next five years to assist local farmers in the production of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and other horticultural products. That is a 35 percent increase over the last program. 

More Good News for farmers.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is creating a Climate Sub Hub in Puerto Rico. The Sub Hub will be based at the U.S. Forest Service International Institute of Forestry in Rio Piedras. Climate Hubs are part of the department’s commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions so agricultural leaders have modern technologies and tools to adapt and succeed in a changing climate.  The Sub Hub will address issues of tropical agriculture and forestry in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.” The Forest Service says farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in the Caribbean are facing an uncertain future and risks due to increased fires, invasive pests, droughts, severe storms and floods.

Twelve Senators from our legislature went on a field trip to examine the HOVENSA refinery. Led by Senate President Shawn Michael Malone – they toured the 1,800 acre petroleum facility in Lime-tree Bay, St. Croix. They heard from General Manager, Sloan Schoyer who updated them on operations at HOVENSA. Right now, HOVENSA is maintaining about a 30 day supply of gasoline, jet fuel and propane and they heard that HOVENSA has retained international bankers to find a buyer for the refinery. The Senate President said he will convene the Committee of the Whole in May to assess HOVENSA's compliance with agreement to sell the refinery.

Lots of news from UVI which will hold the first “UVI Pride Day” on Friday to coincide with the 2014 Homecoming basketball games. The Lady Bucs and Buccaneers will host American University's women's and men's squads with the Lady Bucs playing at 6:30 pm, the Buccaneers on the court at 8:30 p.m. There will be lots of homecoming activities, and UVI fans will pay tribute to former Bucs Head Coach Eugene Werts, who died in January in the states. On the St Croix campus, there is HIV/AIDS testing available Friday on UVI’s Albert Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Friday is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and testing will be available in the Bookstore parking lot from 10 am to 3 pm. Also Friday UVI will launch for Volume 27 of “The Caribbean Writer” at the Great Hall on St Croix campus from 6 to 9 pm. The theme is “Highlighting Caribbean Music and Art.” You can meet local contributors, get signed copies of the volume and hear writers read from their work. The cover art is "Quelbe Dancers," by Madeliene Meehan, of St. Thomas. Music and refreshments will be available. Friday on St. Thomas the basketball games and UVI pride activities.  On St Croix HIV testing and the launch of the Caribbean Writer.

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Police say one of the most difficult cases to investigate are fatal pedestrian accidents in which the driver leaves the scene. This happened twice in one day on Saturday, January 25, in two different locations, two males lost their lives in hit and run accidents.  Near Golden Rock Shopping Center a 70 year old man was struck by pick-up truck trailer, knocked to the ground and left to die in the street. Same day on St. Thomas on Constitution Hill, a 55 year old man was struck by a small vehicle and the driver left the scene.  He also died on the roadside.  In these accidents the drivers panicked and left without rendering assistance to the victims. These are two of many cases where drivers panicked and drove away. Over the past several years more than 15 people have lost their lives on our roadways including the Grandmother on her way to clean the church walking with her grandson.  Now, what can we do? Sometimes we see what we don't want to see.  Please help police find the persons involved and stop this callous disregard for human life that is overtaking our society. Remember, you can make a difference if you would only tell what you know. 1-800-222-TIPS

Today - Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen is hosting a workshop on federal contracting. Today on St. Thomas and tomorrow Friday on St. Croix the delegate is bringing in representatives from Washington to help you get more business with the federal government it's called doing business with the federal government 101. For more information contact the delegate’s office.

Virgin Islands Carnival Committee announced the 2014 Cultural Fair Honorees: Charles & Joseph Leonard. This year’s cultural fair scheduled for Wednesday, April 30 and will be named Charles’ & Joseph’s Flamboyant Garden. Fair applications are available at the Carnival Headquarters. Deadline is Monday, March 3, For more information  call 776-3112.

The Forum presents Bryan Stevenson this evening at 7 pm at the Prior-Jollek Hall. Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama.  Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Attorneys earn continuing education credits for attending.    Tickets are available at the Draughting Shaft in Havensite,  Interiors in Fort Mylner, Chelsea Drug Store in Red Hook and at the door. Call  228-4777. 

The Youth Scholastic Chess Tournament is coming up Saturday, February 8 at Charlotte Amalie High School. Registration starts at 7:45 sharp. First round starts at 8:15 am. All students from our public and private schools are invited especially from the University of the Virgin Islands. This is a Single competitive event with Three categories---Ages 9 years and under, Ages 10 years and above and ages 13 years and above. Trophies will be awarded to the top three winners in each category. There is no registration fee.  Lunch will be available. For more information call Sinclair Wilkinson  514-7054

The Hebrew congregation that the St. Thomas Synagogue announced the 2014  antiques, art and collectibles auction it's coming up Sunday, February 9.  Doors open at ten a.m. gavel falls at noon.  That's at the Antilles school MCM center. This year the auction features 40 items in the live auction including an etching by Camille Passaro, and paintings by local artists. Another 300 auction items are in the silent auction. And there is a fleamarket section with sets of China,  shelves of glassware antique oil lamps, original artwork, books and lots of kitchen things +1 table devoted entirely to kids. Admission is $10. coming up Sunday February 9

Today is Virgin Islands Power Squadron Day. The governor issued a proclamation. The Legislature issued a proclamation. US Power Squadron is celebrating 100 years of service. The United States Power Squadron was founded in 1912 at the Boston Yacht Club in Massachusetts, and incorporated in 1914 at the encouragement of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was then Assistant Secretary of the Navy. This is a national organization that promotes boating safety through education and service. The local chapter, led by Commander Roxanne Lettsome, is the St. Thomas Sail and Power Squadron. There is a celebration today at noon at  Magens Bay, Shed No. 1. Happy Birthday to the US Power Squadron makin’ 100 years.

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