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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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  SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-Mass.) BOSTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to request information on the spread of water and vector-borne diseases in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. See the Letter

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CHRISTIANSTED — The United States Virgin Islands is preparing to access a loan of more than $400 million from the Community Disaster Loan of the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA). Speaking to reporters at Government House on St. Croix on Friday (Nov. 10th), Gov. Kenneth Mapp said that the government

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — St. Thomas has accepted its first passenger cruise ships since Hurricane Irma, a welcome milestone for the territory recovering from two major hurricanes. The Adventure of the Seas called upon the island Friday and Royal Princess will stop by today. The luxury ship Seabourn Odyssey called upon

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BAYAMON –– Along a stretch of highway in suburban Bayamon, Puerto Rico, construction workers tried desperately to make progress repairing a 100-foot-long sinkhole before the clouds rolled in. Previous rains had suspended work, as workers watched earth fall back into the hole. “It has not wanted to stop raining” since

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CHRISTIANSTED — A faulty air compressor led to a generator explosion in the powerhouse at the Limetree Bay Terminals oil storage facility on St. Croix and to this day the incident has not been reported to the appropriate federal authorities, the Virgin Islands Free Press has confirmed. Although one person

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CHRISTIANSTED — In his bi-nightly radio address (the last for two weeks) last night, Gov. Kenneth Mapp seemed to take great pleasure in announcing that the local media had missed a major news story involving President Donald Trump, China and the Limetree Bay Terminals in St. Croix. Mapp cited a

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NOVEMBER RAIN: Although it is the rainy season in the Virgin Islands, the territory seems to have had more rain than normal after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. SAN JUAN — A large area of downpours and locally gusty thunderstorms will continue to affect our part of the region, including the

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SEISMIC RISK: Bodyguards give Gov. Kenneth Mapp a wide berth as he lumbers down the street in St. Thomas. CHRISTIANSTED — Gov. Kenneth Mapp said that he “joins American citizens throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands and across the globe on Saturday” in honoring veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

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ART IMITATES LIFE: Lin Miranda of Puerto Rico stars in the hit play “Hamilton” on Broadway in New York. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton is one of the most historically-significant persons ever to live in St. Croix. Hamilton is co-author of “The Federalist Papers.” CHRISTIANSTED — Amidst reports that ‘Hamilton’ creator,

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CHRISTIANSTED — Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos traveled to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Wednesday to observe the recovery and rebuilding efforts firsthand and to discuss with local leaders how the Department of Education can best assist in those efforts. “My heart goes out to those in Puerto Rico

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