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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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                      Gov. Kenneth Mapp WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Virgin Islands has the third-highest unemployment rate in the country, trailing only Puerto Rico and New Jersey, which held down the top two spots, according to the latest U.S. Department of Labor statistics. The Labor Department said today that the firing rate,

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Tropical Storm Erika’s effects in Dominica MIAMI – This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has had more named storms than last year already, but overall the severity of tropical weather has been weak — thanks in part to El Niño, forecasters say. The Atlantic hurricane season typically produces six to 11

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Vincent J. Bazemore, Jr. of St. Thomas DALLAS – Raymond Croteau, a 77-year-old retired salesman of modest means, has an insurance policy on his life totaling $4.5 million. But none of his family members will get a dime from that policy whenever Croteau dies. That’s because Croteau and several other

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         Veronica and Scott Matsinger PHILADELPHIA – Talk about the importance of taking a vacation every year. A Pennsylvania man’s last vacation in the Virgin Islands was nearly his last day on Earth. After getting married two months ago, Scott Matsinger and his new bride Veronica decided to delay

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CRUZ BAY – About a year ago, Kristin Hartness and Jay Yontz, and their 5-year-old pig Ziggy, found themselves in quite a pickle. The home they’d been renting for years on St. John had been sold, and the trio was having a tough time locking down substitute accommodations. “We tried very hard

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Ted Cruz (left) with his father Rafael Cruz CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Ted Cruz is known as a right-wing troublemaker, but he is tame compared to his dad. Here are a few of the craziest things Rafael Cruz has uttered on public stages in the last year. Texas’ junior senator and

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   U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) funding awards this week, including a $1,838,023 award to the Virgin Islands Police Department for 15 additional law enforcement positions. Over $107 million will be awarded nationally, through the COPS

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – An early morning argument in the Sanchez Town part of Nadir led one man to grab a rock and strike the other man in the head with it, leaving the injured man dead Tuesday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Police were dispatched to that area

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   Tara Bouis of Pizza Pi on St. Thomas CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Sometimes you just need a good pizza — even if you’re living on the ocean. It is a truth so universally acknowledged that there are entire corporations dedicated to delivering it directly to you. And those moments when

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster ST. LOUIS — Walgreen Co.’s persisting failure to remove expired sales tags from its shelves deceives customers and violates a 2014 settlement that sought to resolve the matter in Missouri, the state’s attorney general argued Tuesday in asking a state court to punish the pharmacy

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