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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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MISSING AT SEA: Scott and Jennifer Hansen have been missing and are presumed dead since last being seen on St. Croix the first day of Hurricane Maria’s passing — Sept. 19, 2017. CHRISTIANSTED — Friends and family say they are still holding out hopes — against all odds — that

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INVEST 92L: 2017 VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS STORM TRACKER CHRISTIANSTED — The last thing the Virgin Islands needs now is more bad weather. But there is a weak tropical disturbance in the Atlantic, just east of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico — it has been dubbed Invest 92L. It

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THE FIX IS IN: Gov. Kenneth Mapp has cut a secret deal with WAPA CEO Julio Rhymer that means St. Croix will not have full power restored until Feb. 15, 2018 at the earliest — and March 1, 2018 at the latest. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp repeated his

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WASHINGTON — About 13,700 Defense Department personnel are now in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ravaged the region three weeks ago, Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis said today. DoD, supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is focused on temporary power restoration; food, water, fuel and power generator

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Mapp-Potter Administration said that the majority of U.S. mainland workers will begin work on St. Thomas immediately. Gov. Kenneth Mapp said that the workers will concentrate on energizing St. Thomas first, and then move workers and equipment to St. Croix. “Governor Mapp and Lt. Governor (Osbert) Potter

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FREDERIKSTED — Police believe a man abandoned his 71-year-old mother in a cheap Georgia motel — and then went on vacation. Kathleen Laree, who suffers from dementia, was found wandering in the lobby of the Motel 6 on Virginia Avenue, in South Fulton County, WSB-TV Channel 2 Atlanta reported. Motel employees

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MISSING EIGHT DAYS AFTER HURRICANE IRMA: HANNAH UPP CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A young schoolteacher with a rare form of amnesia is feared dead after she disappeared in St. Thomas last month and remains missing to this day. Hannah Upp was last seen leaving her apartment on St. Thomas about 8 a.m.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the formation of a task force comprised of local and federal agencies to combat illegal activity related to Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett urges residents and businesses to immediately report suspected fraudulent activity related to recovery and clean-up

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — To assist with hurricane recovery efforts in the territory, the Stephenson Family Foundation – led by Cancer Treatment Centers of America founder Richard J. Stephenson – is pledging $5 million in relief funds. Stephenson is chairman of the Florida-based health care company as well as International Capital &

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DEMOLISHED! John H. Woodson Junior High School near Mon Bijou on St. Croix. CHRISTIANSTED — “Getting school open was a big step in the direction towards some sense of normalcy,” Gov. Kenneth Mapp told reporters Tuesday at Government House in St. Croix. While all schools were not ready to open,

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