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MIRAMAR — Spirit Airlines is bringing more flights to the territory even as the region as a whole recovers from the destructive 2017 hurricane season. The Florida-based airline today announced that it will launch nonstop service between Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) in St. Croix and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

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CHAMBLEE, Ga.  — Juanita Edwards’s children, grandchildren and pets are waiting for her here on St. Croix. The Big Island’s air would be salty and familiar: Before the monster storms of 2017, she had never left the Caribbean. But if she went home now, she would quickly die. Edwards, 84, requires

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HOUSTON — The West Indies cricket team are set to play a Twenty20 International in Texas for the first time later this year as part of a Tri-Nations Series involving Pakistan and Bangladesh. An unnamed senior Pakistan Cricket Board official told the Indian Express newspaper that the series, scheduled for August,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Although musician Jimmy Buffett’s wealth is nowhere near the roughly $83 billion held by legendary investor Warren Buffett, the two Buffetts share both a family name and an ability to succeed. Is it possible they’re related? After all, Margaritaville is no longer a fictional place for those who’ve had one too

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SAN ANTONIO —  Retired San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan has agreed to accept $7.5 million to settle his lawsuits against a former financial adviser he accused of bilking him out of more than $20 million. The San Antonio Express-News reported the money is to come from restitution a judge ordered Charles

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross ruled the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida and Puerto Rico all suffered catastrophic fishery disasters after Hurricanes Irma and Maria swept through the region last fall. Ross’ formal designation gives participants in the fisheries to be eligibility for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

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FAIRFAX, Va. — Environmental health specialists from Virginia are heading to the territory to help with hurricane-recovery efforts. Two teams are scheduled to head Sunday to the islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix and return on Feb. 27. Five of the 12 specialists being deployed are from

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico said on Friday it will receive $16 billion in federal aid under a disaster recovery package signed on Friday by U.S. President Donald Trump. That money includes nearly $7 billion announced on Wednesday and will help the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth recover from September’s Hurricane Maria, according

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an $89.3 billion supplemental disaster recovery spending bill into law Friday morning, which includes $11 billion for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding for the governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and $142 million in additional Medicaid funding for

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CHRISTIANSTED — V.I. Republican National Committeeman Jevon Williams released the following statement in response to Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett’s criticism of the administration in the opinion page of today’s Virgin Islands Free Press among other media: “Congresswoman Plaskett has repeatedly shown that she is more interested in party politics than rolling

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