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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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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) will turn off the power on about 149 customers in Estate Richmond tomorrow. The power outage is scheduled to take place on St. Croix’s Feeder 1A between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, according to WAPA. The loss of

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GEORGETOWN — Pirate attacks around Caribbean and South American waters are growing, and violence is increasingly used during robberies committed on vessels at anchor, a report showed today. The Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) non-profit group recorded 71 incidents in the Caribbean and Latin America in 2017, a 163 percent increase

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CHRISTIANSTED — Citing potential conflicts of interest and a need for a more comprehensive approach, Governor Kenneth Mapp has vetoed a bill mandating that the Director of the Office of Management & Budget and the Commissioner of Health serve as the chairpersons of the Virgin Islands Government Hospitals and Health Facilities Corporation and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Governor Kenneth Mapp has issued proclamations recognizing Older Americans Month and Emergency Medical Services Week. May has once again been declared Older Americans Month across the Territory and the continental United States. This year’s theme “Engage at Every Age” reinforces the importance of the physical, mental and emotional wellness of

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Commissioner Dawn L. Henry, Esq. of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources announces that the Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute’s National Endowment for Humanities will be sponsoring a workshop on Recovering Family Treasures. “In light of all the destruction we’ve

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CRUZ BAY — Police said a man who doesn’t know how his skull cracked open during an incident of violence in St. John will have to be air evacuated off-island for medical treatment to save his life. The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said the Schneider Regional Medical Center (SRMC)

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– Police said a recovery worker ignored local government warnings and swam at the only beach closed to the public for environmental reasons — and drowned. The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said it will not release the name of the recovery worker who threw caution to the

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WASHINGTON – The House rejected its own Republican version of the farm bill (H.R. 2—Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018) May 18 by a vote of 198 to 213. For House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI, and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-TX, it was a stunning defeat for producing what

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SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON: KINIA BLYDEN CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The 2011 St. John Festival queen has been ordered to serve at least two years in prison for her role in a massive cocaine trafficking operation. The former beauty queen, Kinia Blyden, was one of a dozen people who

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FREDERIKSTED — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VISBDC) honored Gold Coast Yachts president Richard Difede with the “2018 Virgin Islands Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” according to SBA District Director Yvette Collazo and SBDC State Director John Osoinach. Collazo and Osoinach presented

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