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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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  By RICK LEMAN SPECIAL TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS Health Care in the Virgin Islands is on life support and in critical condition. There is an urgent need for major changes to the antiquated, protectionist, draconian laws and regulations relating to the provision of health services in the

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CHRISTIANSTED — Gold Coast Yachts has been awarded a ten-year extension on its tax benefits. After public hearings and “careful review of its application,” the Virgin Islands Economic Development Commission (EDC) and Gov. Kenneth Mapp approved the request to maintain tax breaks for the yacht manufacturer. Gold Coast Yachts of

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SANTO DOMINGO — When hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Dominican Republic last year, 21-year-old Roseli de los Santos pulled people from floodwaters and helped families to evacuate flooded homes. The country lies in the path of seasonal hurricanes and on two fault lines. So de los Santos, a civil

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CHRISTIANSTED — Commissioner Dawn L. Henry, Esq. of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) advises the public that the Division of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) will be hosting public meetings on all three islands to receive input on the 309 Assessment and Strategy (Enhancement) plan for the CZM

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola — A minor earthquake was recorded about 16 miles southeast of the British Virgin Islands on Friday morning, authorities said. The quake, registering 3.4 on the Richter Scale, occurred about 10:21 a.m. on Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS said it was 33

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) says a “tripped (generator) unit” at its Richmond power plant plunged St. Croix customers on four feeders into darkness last night. The outage occurred about 8:30 p.m. Friday and affected St. Croix electrical feeders 2A, 3A, 4A and 10A. WAPA didn’t

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CHRISTIANSTED — No word from the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) what caused a power outage that began about 8:30 p.m. tonight on St. Croix. The extent of the outage was unknown, but WAPA said for sure it is taking down several areas in Frederiksted tomorrow. Tomorrow morning

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WASHINGTON — The Campaign Legal Center, a watchdog group, has asked the Federal Election Commission to probe Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to a Virgin Islands fundraiser, Politico reports, and is also urging the department’s inspector general to investigate a “pattern of violations” of ethics regulations. “In his short time in office, Secretary Zinke’s

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SAN JUAN  — Puerto Rico’s governor said on Thursday he has tapped researchers at the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., to lead an independent probe into his administration’s controversial tally of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria. Governor Ricardo Rossello said in a statement it was “of great interest to

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WASHINGTON — The White House announced today that President Donald Trump has authorized an extension of the disaster declaration in Puerto Rico. Under the extension, the island will receive 90 more days of federal funding for “debris removal” and 60 more days of funding for “emergency protective measures,” to help continue

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