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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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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Facebook clone of Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty is asking people in the Virgin Islands to apply for National Endowment for the Humanities grants, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The scammer uses the same profile picture that Nicholson-Doty uses on Facebook, so it is nearly

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FLORIDA KEYS — The queen conch is a large marine mollusk with a beautiful shell that is prized for export. The gastropod inside the shell is featured on menus across the region. But the conch’s numbers are rapidly dwindling, and researchers say action is needed to save them. In Key

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SAN JUAN — Bankrupt Puerto Rico plans to save money by closing as many as a third of its jails and shipping its inmates to mainland private prisons. The commonwealth is considering off-loading some 3,200 prisoners, apparently to privately-run lockups across the ocean, according to the latest fiscal turnaround plan.

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise team said that they will be doing needed maintenance in Catherine’s Rest on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Wastewater Division crews will be performing inspection of the manholes along the Catherine’s Rest road. During inspection, manholes in

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Root, root, root for the … international offshore holding corporation? The Miami Marlins are claiming corporate citizenship in the British Virgin Islands in an effort to have a federally appointed arbitrator take over the lawsuit by Miami and Miami-Dade County to recover a share of the profits from Jeffrey Loria’s $1.2

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Governor Kenneth Mapp (left) stands next to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma. WASHINGTON — Governor Kenneth Mapp said that he and “his team” were back at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday to continue

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CHRISTIANSTED — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two boaters from the sea about 32 miles south of St. Croix on Thursday. According to the Coast Guard, the crew of the sailing vessel, Summer Star, notified Coast Guard Sector San Juan watchstanders at approximately 6:48 a.m. that they had abandoned their sinking

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority said it would shut off the power to three areas of St. Croix today. “On Friday, customers on two St. Croix feeders will experience electrical service interruption while upgrades are made to the transmission and distribution system,” WAPA said. “From 9

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Territory by sampling for Enterococci Bacteria and Turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump called U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp “the President of the Virgin Islands” six months ago. On Wednesday, in a bill signing ceremony inside the Oval Office, President Trump referred to Mapp as “Governor Kenneth Mapp of Michigan.” “I also want to thank Governor Kenneth

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