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FREDERIKSTED — Virgin Islanders have much work to do as we begin our 99th year as a United States territory, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said Thursday. “Contemplating our history is important, however this must serve as a time to shape our future relationship with the Federal Government and to determine how

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Cruise ship passengers are purchasing liquor and cigarettes in foreign ports in excess of what is allowed by law leading to a significant loss of both local and federal revenue, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said Wednesday. The Mapp Administration said that it has been investigating complaints from Virgin

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CHRISTIANSTED — Gov. Kenneth Mapp fulfilled his first state of the territory promise to move prisoners at Golden Grove Correctional Facility off-island this week. Mapp said that 105 prisoners were transferred off-island Tuesday morning. Details of the transfer were announced by Mapp and B.O.C. Director Rick Mullgrav at a press

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Wallilabou in St. Vincent where the German man was shot by pirates. Photo: roser gibert/Flickr Creative Commons. KINGSTOWN — The German Foreign Ministry confirmed to The Virgin Islands Free Press on Tuesday that a German man died while on the island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and that

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FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDOA) invites persons who are interested in applying for a Specialty Crop Block Grant to an informational workshop to be held at the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service REC room 133 on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

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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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CRUZ BAY – Three beaches on St. John have been deemed unfit for swimming or fishing after water quality testing by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). DPNR said Friday afternoon that Oppenheimer beach, Frank Bay and Cruz Bay should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen because the

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Attorney General  Claude Walker CHRISTIANSTED – The Virgin Islands Department of Justice said Tuesday that it is holding $600,000 in child support funds it has collected but cannot distribute because it can’t find the people it belongs to. V.I. Attorney General Claude Walker began “Operation Save Our Children” in late

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MUM’S THE WORD: Juan Figueroa-Serville ATLANTA – The Virgin Islands government is the only state, territory or commonwealth in the United States not to report its flu statistics to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Nearby Puerto Rico is reporting high

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   Mitch McConnell with Governor Mapp CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Fresh after announcing to the country on Saturday night that he would do everything possible to block any nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court submitted by President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell headed to St. Thomas to meet with Gov.

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