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76 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under crystal clear skies.
86  humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.99 inches
Wind is from East at 12 MPH
Point 51 inches of rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says  An upper level disturbance will move east of the Virgin Islands today with much drier air coming in later today. Another upper level disturbance will move through the area later tonight and Saturday bringing an increase in shower activity. A strong upper level ridge of high pressure will then build Sunday through the end of next week leading to a significant drying and warming trend.  Across the coastal waters, winds to 20 knots and seven foot seas. Small Craft Advisories are now in effect for the offshore Atlantic waters.

Forecast calls for: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 79F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Cruise Ship News – Norwegian Sun and the summit are at Havensight Dock

Headlines :  Good News from Washington DC for our rum cover-over tax, WAPA bills should be lower, Committee looking to pass new energy Legislation, and we have a World Premiere at UVI Little Theater tonight.

At the top of the news on !!AIR – April 4 Friday
Good news from Washington as the United States Senate Finance Committee approved our rum cover over extension. Back at the beginning of January the Department of Interior began recalculating our rum cover over tax using the old rate – $10.50. now the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency Act of 2014 passed the committee on a voice vote. Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen said it will still have to pass the full Senate and pass the US House of Representatives. The bill restores the higher rum cover over at $13.25 per rum gallon. Fortunately, Department of Interior delivered their advances on the rum rebate at the higher rate. Governor John DeJongh hailed the passage of the bill and notes that it is retroactive to January 1st, so if everyone else goes along, there will be no loss to our government. Of course he is still working to get the higher rate made permanent. Our local governments budget is based upon receiving the higher rate of rum cover over tax.

Did you see a change in your WAPA bill? The public services commission reduced the LEAC for water from $12.10 per thousand gallons down to $10.85 per thousand gallons. They also reduce the electric LEAC from $.41 down to $.40. The new rates become effective April 1 through June 30.

Our local senate committee on Energy chaired by Senator Craig Barshinger is meeting today focusing on legislation involving the Water And Power Authority, Public Services Commission, and the Energy Office. Barshinger says the committee struggled in the past to approve progressive energy legislation because of lack of communication between the executive and legislative branch. The present bill arises from a round table meeting so it has support from all areas of government.

The status of primary elections in the Virgin Islands is still up in the air. The election board is expecting the parties to pay for a primary election. The 29th Legislature passed a law that the parties had to cover the cost of conducting the primary election. But the parties seem to be unprepared. The Republican Party told election board they have a plan in place to conduct their own primary, or caucus or convention to select their nominees. No word yet how the Democratic Party plans to manage the primary process… Will it be election, a caucus or convention?

Senator Shawn-Michael Malone, President of the 30th Legislature of the Virgin Islands, will host a special live broadcast beginning at 4 PM today on WSTA 1340 am. The broadcast will be immediately followed by a casual reception at Gertrude's Restaurant on St. Croix. 4 Pm today on WSTA and at Gertrude's restaurant on Hess road.

In 18 years of doing Good News Headlines, I have gotten more calls about those trees cut down in Lockhart gardens – more calls than any other story ever. A Lot of people are upset that the trees caused no harm and gave people a respite of shade in a concrete jungle.  K-Mart says – “don’t blame them, they did not cut down the trees. The management of Lockhart gardens cut the trees. 

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The Office of the Lieutenant Governor informs the public that the St. Thomas VI SHIP/Medicare office will be closed on today.  Regular hours of operation will resume on Monday, April 7.

Minor excavation for lateral work to riser poles will occur on the island of St. Thomas today and tomorrow, along Route 33 in Estate Caret Bay, along Skyline Drive in St. Joseph & Rosendahl, along Smith Bay Road and along Red Hook Road in Estate Frydenhoj

Coming up this evening - Bella Vera in the Yacht Haven Grand has an evening of bubbles and bling with music and champagne. This evening there is an exclusive trunk show of new and unique jewelry from Renée Shepherd and Mima. This is all handcrafted one-of-a-kind Caribbean jewelry. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Kids Scope. This evening 5 to 9 pm at bella Vera in Yacht Haven Grande.

We have a world premiere tonight at the University of the Virgin Islands little theater. Playwright Doctor David Edgecomb is presenting a gala opening of his latest play called Lady of Parham. It is a Caribbean story and takes the audience on a journey through mystical time. The cultural play is opening this evening at 8:00 PM and will continue Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 8:00 PM and next weekend as well – the Monday shows are at 7:00 PM.  Tickets are available at the UVI Bookstore, Humanities office, Natural Livity and Virgin Islands Bridal in Lockhart Gardens. Lady of Parham tonight for the world premiere.

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