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By SIMONE FRANCIS/SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS On March 23, 2016, the U.S. Virgin Islands joined the growing list of states, municipalities, and territories that have adjusted their minimum wage above the federal minimum wage, which has been set at $7.25 per hour since 2009. The minimum wage will

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If you were planning on popping a Lean Cuisine or DiGiorno in the oven for dinner, you might want to check your freezer. Nestlé issued a voluntary recall for certain DiGiorno, Lean Cuisine, and Stouffer’s products in the U.S. because they could contain small pieces of glass. The company recalled

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MIAMI – A crew member on Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas attempted to commit suicide Saturday morning at Port Everglades, according to a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman. The man, in his late 30s, threatened to jump overboard at about 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. BSO

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CHRISTIANSTED – The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs released its survey for the lowest prices for gasoline on St. Croix and St. Thomas on Friday. On St. Croix, for self service regular, premium and diesel gasolines, Superior Service Station in Estate Mt. Pleasant West had the lowest price on

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A Guyanese woman who lives at Purcell Estate on Tortola, it appears, ended up beating the wrong woman she thought was having an affair with her male lover. It turned out she actually beat a translator who, possibly unwittingly, was facilitating a love triangle. At

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SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico’s power company on Thursday cut off electricity to a hospital over nearly $4 million in unpaid bills, part of a stepped-up effort by the heavily indebted agency to collect money amid the island’s economic crisis. The Electric Power Authority said it waited for surgeries to end

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CHRISTIANSTED – The gas station the farthest East on St. Croix has the lowest price for gasoline on island for the second week in a row, according to the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs. Ziggy’s Island Market LLC at 5088 Estate Solitude has regular gasoline priced at $2.499 per

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CHRISTIANSTED – The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority said Sunday that it is well aware of the people in St. Croix who are without electricity. WAPA said that portions of Estates Cotton Valley and Solitude began experiencing “an electrical service interruption” at 8:20 a.m. today. But WAPA said it

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WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration has advised consumers not to purchase or use two weight loss products – Jenesis and Oasis Bee Pollen. The products are promoted and sold for weight loss on www.beeextremelyamazed.com and www.beefitamy.com. They are also promoted on the firm’s Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts.

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RECALLED: Dove Chocolate Snowflakes HACKETTSTOWN, New Jersey – A recall was issued on Friday for Dove-brand chocolate snowflakes sold at Wal-Mart that might be mixed in with Snickers, Milky Way or Twix pieces. They could be dangerous for customers with peanut allergies who aren’t expecting the bag to contain nuts,

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