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CHRISTIANSTED – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing its ongoing support to federal hurricane response and recovery efforts, including in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, with more personnel deploying daily. Some 19 civilian volunteers and three active duty officers are deployed, primarily to the United States territories

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SAN JUAN — The blackout caused by Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico is the United States’ largest in history, according to a new report. Economic consulting firm Rhodium Group determined in a Thursday report that Maria caused 1.25 billion hours of electricity supply disruption to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp is dead tired — exhausted — from nearly two weeks of work without stop. Friends say he’s never worked harder in his life than after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. “Ken Mapp has never worked seven days in a row in his life,” a source

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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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NEW YORK — The State University of New York will offer in-state tuition to students from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, as requested earlier this month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. SUNY trustees, in a special meeting Friday, unanimously approved a resolution amending the residency requirement for students attending

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 APOCALPYSE NOW: A woman with her two children walk past debris left by Hurricane Irma in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Residents of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands have seemingly been left to fend for themselves in the days

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PARADISE LOST: Damaged houses line a hillside Monday in Old Tutu following Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas. CRUZ BAY — Hurricane Irma survivors on the hardest-hit islands in the Virgin Islands fear that they will be forgotten after the storm left “apocalyptic” destruction in its wake, wiping out homes and leaving

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REALITY SETS IN: With no help from the federal or local government seven days after the passing of Category 5 storm Hurricane Irma, St. Thomas residents move into “survival mode” in order to get by. WSTA-AM 1340 Lucky 13’s Addie Ottley said Monday that the bulk FEMA relief supplies had

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PUTTIN’ ON MY BEST WILL SMITH IMITATION: Tim Duncan poses with a basketball in St. Croix. SAN ANTONIO — Retired Virgin Islands-born NBA star Tim Duncan is asking for help for the territory, decimated by Hurricane Irma just days ago, and effete country-western singer Kenny Chesney says he is launching

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KILLEEN, Texas — Killeen police said that a St. Croix native died in a Texas hospital after a bullet went through a wall of his home and hit him in the back as he slept early Friday morning. Authorities identified the victim as Glenroy Joseph Smith, Jr., 34. “The preliminary investigation

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