In keeping with his State of the Territory pledge, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. on Friday submitted legislation to fund the completion of the long-delayed Paul E. Joseph Stadium complex in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

Applications are available for the 2020 Community Development Block Grant, which provides funding to a groups that help the territory’s most vulnerable residents by addressing immediate, critical needs.

ST. THOMAS — In an effort to stymie the alarming abuse of government-issued credit cards, Virgin Islands lawmakers on Thursday advanced a bill to heighten the accountability — and penalty — of widespread credit card misuse.

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Firefighters responded to two structure fires on St. Thomas within half an hour Thursday morning and quickly contained both blazes, according to V.I. Fire Service Director Daryl George Sr.

The Economic Development Authority is holding town hall meetings on all three islands so residents and business owners can learn more about economic opportunities in the territory, according to a news release issued Thursday.

ST. THOMAS — Members of the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously voted to hold in committee a hotly contested measure to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act, insisting more public input and education were needed.

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ST. CROIX — Fort Christiansvaern is receiving a much-needed facelift as a 10-person team works to restore the historic structure.

Changes to the territory’s environmental laws are up for debate in the Senate again today, but few are satisfied that the legislation goes far enough to protect coastlines from potentially harmful development.

A federal jury has convicted a second man of helping to smuggle more than 1,307 pounds of marijuana by boat, according to U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert.

A St. Croix man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a Castle Coakley shooting that left three injured on Sunday and, according to witness statements, a second suspect may still be at large.

The circus is coming to town this weekend at Fish Bay’s Butterfly Beach Villa, complete with a fire dancer, hula hoop performers, and a pool full of real live mermaids for the Animal Care Center of St. John’s annual winter gala, with an “Under the Big Top” theme, Saturday at 6 p.m.

The future is uncertain for Lime Out, St. John’s floating taco bar, which has been ordered to leave Hansen Bay.

ST. THOMAS — The Virgin Islands Board of Elections convened its first meeting of 2020 on Tuesday, taking action on voting machines, polling places and the use of grant funding — all ahead of what Chairman Raymond Williams described as a “very busy election year.”

Two former Schneider Hospital executives convicted of embezzling millions in public funds remain free after the V.I. Supreme Court denied a petition by Attorney General Denise George to revoke their appeal bonds.

Local police and health officials have issued a joint statement saying they are “working to monitor the epidemic” of opioid abuse in the territory in the wake of four fentanyl-related deaths on St. Croix.

One of two men accused of attempting to smuggle more than 1,307 pounds of marijuana by boat has pleaded guilty, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.

Economic Development Authority CEO Kamal Latham told The Daily News that he would be willing to make transcripts of its board meetings available for public scrutiny — but only after receiving a payment of $1,600.

ST. CROIX — Communities across the nation gathered to honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, and on St. Croix it was no different.

The territory’s first facility for behavioral and mental health may soon be established as Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. submitted legislation last week to address mental health services.

A judge has ruled that V.I. Police acted lawfully when they approached a man rolling a joint outdoors, and noted that while possession of small amounts of cannabis has been decriminalized in the territory, “possession of marijuana is still unlawful.”

ST. THOMAS — The improper and potentially illegal debarking of a 200-year-old “heritage tree” on St. Thomas has put a new law, which aims to protect such trees, into sharper focus.

The Virgin Islands Police Department is investigating a spate of gun violence in the territory that has already left two dead and three injured in the past few days.

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Benita Martin, the Bordeaux Farmers Rastafari Agricultural & Cultural Vegan Food Fair 2020 Farmer of the Year, receives her award from We Grow Food President Elridge Thomas on Saturday on St. Thomas.

The V.I. Human Services Department is reportedly working with the Sea View Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility on St. Thomas as it prepares to shut down on Jan. 30, according to a statement Friday from the department.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is apparently lumping the Virgin Islands with Puerto Rico in terms of its wariness over disaster recovery funding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has now approved more than $2 billion via Public Assistance grants to the Virgin Islands, according to a statement Friday from FEMA.

The V.I. Health Department is encouraging residents to get flu vaccinations to ward off the seasonal illness, which they say came to the territory early this year.