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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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WASHINGTON — Republican leaders from the U.S. territory of the Virgin Islands are in the nation’s capital this week telling the White House and Congress not to write a blank check to the islands. In a series of meetings, GOP leadership from the hurricane-devastated islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas

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SAN JUAN — The three-star general is leaving Puerto Rico, ending his mission of providing relief from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Troops are being pulled out, too, along with helicopters that have flown supplies and equipment to communities cut off by landslides and broken roads. Yet government statistics say

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NEW YORK — Two strangers who met on social media joined forces to create a program that is now sending thousands of packages of much-needed supplies to hurricane victims here and in Puerto Rico. Pam Engle and Sabrina Jureidini first met online in the aftermath of the destruction wrought by

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CRUZ BAY – As the USVI picks up the pieces from the ravages of two back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes, Island Green Living Association said that it “urgently pleads with Gov. Kenneth Mapp and members of the Legislature to resist pressure from FEMA and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (CoE) and BAN

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SMELL TEST: Experts in the field said Whitefish significantly over-inflated its fees, almost 17 times the average salary of Puerto Rico-based linemen. SAN JUAN — The Montana energy company that was awarded a contract to repair Puerto Rico’s power grid in the wake of Hurricane Maria is facing scrutiny over the amount

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WASHINGTON — WE RECENTLY LED a bipartisan congressional delegation to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Florida Keys to survey the damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria and to bear witness to the suffering of families and communities that are still without the basic necessities of power,

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BONN — A delegation from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has arrived at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Germany. While at the event, which runs until November 17, the Bank will join other regional stakeholders in reiterating the urgent need for climate action and resilient recovery in

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SAN JUAN — The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will long be remembered as one of the busiest and most destructive hurricane seasons on record. Five named storms and one tropical depression had already formed by the end of July with little fanfare or destruction, but that rapidly changed with ten

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CHRISTIANSTED — A visiting lineman from the U.S. mainland was electrocuted when electricity from an active generator back-fed into the electrical grid, according to Gov. Kenneth Mapp. The lineman has been airlifted off-island for treatment. His condition is not known. In speaking to reporters Friday night, Mapp said that when

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The cost to rebuild the Virgin Islands’ infrastructure after last month’s devastating Category 5 hurricanes is estimated at $7.5 billion dollars, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said. In a letter forwarded to congressional leaders, the Governor outlined the costs associated with restoring the territory’s power system, rebuilding schools and hospitals, repairing

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