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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is pushing ahead on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would give the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico a much-needed infusion of cash. The measure also would replenish rapidly dwindling emergency disaster accounts and provide $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood

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CHRISTIANSTED — Five beaches in the territory failed water quality testing and should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen, according to the latest Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Beach Advisory. DPNR said on Friday that three beaches in St. Croix and two on St. Thomas are not considered safe

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CHRISTIANSTED — Gov. Kenneth Mapp changed the curfew for U.S. Virgin Islands to 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, just as the territory learned from FEMA said that 16 percent of St. Thomas was connected to electricity and 1.6 percent of St. Croix had power as of Oct. 18.

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CRUZ BAY: An aerial view of St. John’s biggest town from Sept. 10, 2017 — four days after Hurricane Irma. CRUZ BAY –– The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) said there was a renewed focus on St. John on Wednesday where fully 100 percent of the electrical distribution

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ST. THOMAS FIRST! Subcontractors in St. Thomas hired by WAPA work feverishly to restore power to the capital island. Electrical restoration on St. Croix is moving at a snail’s pace — by design. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) continued to put more men, trucks

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CHRISTIANSTED — The cost to rebuild the Virgin Islands’ infrastructure after last month’s devastating Category 5 hurricanes is guess-stimated at $5.5 billion dollars, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said Thursday. In a letter forwarded to congressional leaders, the governor outlined the costs associated with restoring the territory’s power system, rebuilding schools and hospitals,

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THE FIX IS IN: Gov. Kenneth Mapp has cut a secret deal with WAPA CEO Julio Rhymer that means St. Croix will not have full power restored until Feb. 15, 2018 at the earliest — and March 1, 2018 at the latest. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp repeated his

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — To assist with hurricane recovery efforts in the territory, the Stephenson Family Foundation – led by Cancer Treatment Centers of America founder Richard J. Stephenson – is pledging $5 million in relief funds. Stephenson is chairman of the Florida-based health care company as well as International Capital &

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Road work will soon commence in Scott Free, Drake’s Seat and Crown Bay on St. Thomas. Contracts were finalized and signed off on by Gov. Kenneth Mapp late last week, according to Government House. Custom Builders was selected to replace the bridge and make other improvements to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The local government for years has “redirected” money intended to help pay insurance claims after large disasters for other needs, raising the vulnerability of residents after Hurricane Irma destroyed St. Thomas and St. John two weeks ago and Hurricane Maria is poised to decimate St. Croix on

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