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81  Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Partly Cloudy Skies.
75%  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.05 inches
Wind is from East at 18 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours.

National Weather Service says:  A mid-level ridge will continue to build westward from the Tropical Atlantic to the Eastern Caribbean today through Saturday with significant drying expected both days.
Expect mainly fair weather conditions with only a few scattered showers. It will be breezy with winds averaging 20 miles per hour. Across the coastal waters, winds to 20 knots and three to five foot seas

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Cruise Ship News Divinia is at Havensight Dock

Headlines :  mild hurricane season, water and power authority customer service moving, good news for sharks and one family won two grand prizes in the St Croix science fair.

At the top of the news on !! AIR – May 23 Friday

Earlier this season we heard from the hurricane forecasters in Colorado: for mild season, now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has their predictions for the coming season. They expect 8 to 13 tropical storms of which 3 to 6 become hurricanes and no more than two are expected to become major storms. This is a below average season. NOAA says we are in the middle of the multi-decade oscillation which started in 1995. Twelve of the last 20 storm seasons have been above average, this year the forecasters say a strong El Niño will cancel out the effects. While it only takes one hurricane here to make a major problem for us, the forecasters are expecting a mild season and that's good news.

The Water and Power Authority has problems with their customer service offices on Beltjen road. Due to construction there are limited parking spaces and customers are forced to traverse a path amid construction equipment. As a result the WAPA board of directors voted to move their offices to Four Winds Plaza. WAPA is expected to move into some 7900 square feet of office space after they finished a build-out which should take about 60 days. They expect to be in Four Winds Plaza for three years on a lease with possible extensions that could keep them there a total of seven years.

Good news for sharks, as if they need good news. The Daily News says The British Virgin Islands declared its territorial waters a sanctuary for all shark species. The deputy premier and minister of natural resources said that sharks are critical to maintaining the predator prey balance and their absence compromises the health of oceans reefs. He said the best way to manage their population is to let them fulfill their ecological role as the top predator in the environment. Now some 30,000 square miles of ocean around the British islands is a shark haven. Right now shark species are threatened with extinction as fishermen catch roughly 100 million sharks every year. There are shark sanctuaries in Honduras and the Bahamas while the first in the world was created in the Pacific nation of Palau.

Welcome home to the members of the 1947th Contingency Contracting Team who returned to St. Thomas last evening.  The unit in July 2013 and deployed to Afghanistan and Qatar. Welcome home to our National Guard Soldiers, Captain Brenda Sydney, Staff Sergeant Dazarene Lescott, and Staff Sergeant Lazarus Toussaint.

Our soldiers are home just in time for Memorial Day on Monday. The Virgin Islands National Guard 73rd Army Band will be performing several concerts in observance of this Memorial Day weekend.
The 73rd Army band will perform at the Memorial Moravian Church, on Norre Gade, on Saturday May 24 at 6:30 p.m. They will perform patriotic and sacred music in honor of our fallen heroes. On Sunday, the Army band will perform at Verne Richards Veterans Park on the waterfront in Frederiksted from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Memorial Day. The Ceremonial Marching Band will perform in the Memorial Day parade and ceremony in Christiansted. And on Tuesday May 27 – Members of the 73rd Army band will  not be making music, instead they will perform community service at St. Croix Central High School and the St. Croix Educational Complex to mentor students interested in a music profession and the military.

Good News from CAHS – they have an unveiling today of the new athletic bathrooms and weight rooms! You didn’t know this was coming but the athletic facilities have undergone a facelift and today is when the doors will be opened on the new space.  It was a labor of love for the school. It is rare that bathrooms are making Good News !

You're listening to Good News Headlines on WSTA. More news, first this

Attention St. John, prepare your child for school as the Department of Health offers immunizations at a special clinic today and next Thursday the 29th at the Morris DeCastro clinic in Cruz Bay St. John. To make appointments, Call Ms Lockhart at 776-6400. The immunization clearance blue slip will only be attached up to date Virgin Islands immunization cards, so get the immunizations up-to-date at this clinic. Today and 29th in Cruz Bay at the Castro clinic.

Scientists from the states and from UVI will be gathering on Saturday at the University’s St. Croix campus to examine research on bioluminescent organisms in Salt River’s bioluminescent bay. Bioluminescent organisms are one celled organisms found only in a few bays worldwide. The symposium is on Saturday starting at 9:00 AM with the display of 15 research posters and scientists will discuss the studies and results.

We have winners in the St. Croix science technology engineering and math fair. Students had projects like the Oregon food that matched the vegetables with human organs, another project called minty cool question whether men can really lower temperature and the young scientist discovered it's just a taste sensation. Marcus Sydney built a solar powered speedboat while seventh grader at night L Lee O'Shaughnessy discovered how evaporation can turn dirty water into fresh water.

There were several prizes - Among the kindergarten group Keimore Croskey won with the project on Food Wars, and in the seventh and eighth grade group, Micaya Labadie from Elena Christian Junior High School  have a winning project in Seed Germination. The Grand Prize was split between siblings Michonde and Zion Delaney of Ricardo Richards school. Zion won for his project on Responsible Drinking, and Michonde Delauney won with the project called Cruzian Curl.  Must have been a wonderful family dinner last night at the Delauney home.

The St. Thomas 2014 District Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fair continues today at the University Sports and Fitness Center.   The secondary students have their displays set up and the public is welcome to come in after the judging. There is an award ceremonies is today at 1:30.

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