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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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   VIHA’s Robert Graham CHARLOTTE AMALIE – More than 160 families are living in Virgin Islands Housing Authority properties despite having incomes that exceed federal limits for subsidized housing, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The report data, compiled by a watchdog for the U.S. Department of Housing and

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                      Gov. Kenneth Mapp WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Gov. Kenneth Mapp is one of at least 200 state governors and legislators from 16 states, territories and commonwealths at the Greenbrier Resort for the 55th Annual Southern States Energy Board meeting. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is hosting the event that began Sunday and ends Tuesday. One issue

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“Drug-resistant lice” sounds like something from a zombie apocalypse, but not to fear. There are several ways to kill the annoying little bugs. Hold onto your scalps, Virgin Islands. Super lice are upon us. The time for panic is not yet at hand, however. Planning for mass head-shavings or the

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CHRISTIANSTED – Decaying seaweed washing up on the North Shore coast that smells like rotten eggs has been labeled a ‘natural disaster’ after tourists cancelled their holidays because of it. The picture-perfect beaches and turquoise waters that people expect on their visits to the St. Croix are increasingly being fouled

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     Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The patient arrived at Schneider Hospital in St. Thomas shortly after midnight on a Sunday, complaining of sharp and tearing chest pains and shortness of breath. He was sweating. Doctors diagnosed a ruptured aortic valve that required emergency open heart surgery — a procedure no

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2016 Presidential ElectionAt VIFreepTerritorial Affairs

NEW YORK – Media-magnet billionaire Donald Trump and the Obama administration agree: The 14th Amendment does not grant birthright citizenship to everyone born in the U.S. They do not, of course, agree on the details. Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, has consistently said that he doesn’t believe the

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CHRISTIANSTED – A nationally-known yoga instructor will be holding a wellness retreat at an Estate Shoys resort this fall. Koya Webb will be conducting the five-day retreat at The Buccaneer Hotel from November 19th -23rd, 2015. Webb is an internationally-recognized holistic health and wellness coach and motivational speaker whose knowledge has

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   Kingshill Cemetery on St. Croix CHRISTIANSTED – Cemetary workers preparing a tomb for burial were robbed at gunpoint at the Kingshill Cemetery this morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Police were dispatched to Estate Peter’s Rest at 10:45 a.m. Friday where one of the workers had returned

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ORANJESTAD – Aruba’s Energy Ministry said today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with PDVSA’s U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum to explore reopening and operating the island’s refinery, idled since 2012. The 235,000-barrel-per-day refinery, which was operated by U.S. firm Valero Energy Corp., closed because of high operating costs

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Timothy and Theron Thomas of St. Thomas ATLANTA – If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Or in the case of Theron and Timothy Thomas – 399 tries before success is visible. The duo, collectively known as R. City or Rock City, wrote more than 400 songs before

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