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SMOKE AND MIRRORS: Gov. Kenneth Mapp tells radio DJ Addie Ottley that he will have to drastically cut health care benefits to retirees in order to keep his government out of bankruptcy. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – In an effort to reduce much of the government’s cost of health insurance benefits, Gov.

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PROMESA BOARD: Is being sued by some of the biggest unions in America. SAN JUAN — American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court an adversary complaint against the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico;

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ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AT CARAMBOLA BEACH RESORT ON ST. CROIX FREDERIKSTED — Police said that an attempted robbery at the Renaissance Carambola St. Croix Beach Resort was foiled Thursday when a male employee confronted the masked, possibly armed attacker. The incident occurred about 11:41 a.m. when police were sent to the

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  ARRESTED: Zayvon Acoy on St. Croix CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested after police said that he allegedly strangled and beat his underage girlfriend for not letting him look at her cell phone. Zayvon Acoy, 27, was arrested about 12:09 a.m. on Tuesday after the 17-year-old girlfriend’s

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MONK SEAL: An extinct Caribbean mammal species. SAN JUAN — A Johns Hopkins paleontologist and her collaborative team of scientists report they have clear evidence that the arrival of humans and subsequent human activity throughout the islands of the Caribbean were likely the primary causes of the extinction of native

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ARRESTED: Calhern George of St. Thomas CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police said that a St. Thomas man who allegedly assaulted another person at the Tutu Park Mall earlier this month has been arrested. Calhern George, 37, was taken into custody by police on August 18 about 2:30 p.m., after he was positively

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ALLURE OF THE SEAS: Photos from inside the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) ship. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Royal Caribbean International has adjusted several of Allure of the Seas’ Caribbean  itineraries because of a propulsion issue that’s forced the massive vessel to slow down. Given its reduced speed, the ship, which sails from Port Everglades, Florida

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  CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Soraya Diase Coffelt said that she strongly denounces the secret meeting that the media reported took place between Gov. Kenneth Mapp and certain senators at Government House on Monday. There is no question that this meeting should have been open to the public as well as

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) borrowed $14.8 million last week at a nearly 11 percent interest rate and plans to borrow $70 million more through bonds in the next nine weeks. Saybrook Municipal Opportunity Fund — managed by an investor in distressed and defaulted

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s education secretary says enrollment at the U.S. commonwealth’s public schools this year has dropped by 11 per cent so far compared with the previous year. Julia Keleher said Thursday that some 317,000 students have enrolled for the new school year, roughly 40,000 less than those

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