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          BIR Director Marvin Pickering CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The hotel room tax will go up 2.5% next year, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Hoteliers, time share developers and innkeepers will have to charge their guests a 12.5% tax effective January 1, 2016, the BIR said. The current rate is

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ARRESTED: Andre Stoutt of West End, Tortola CRUZ BAY – A 30-year-old Tortola native was arrested over the weekend as being a fugitive from mainland justice, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Andre Emmanuel Stoutt of West End Tortola was arrested at 3:11 p.m. Saturday by a U.S. Customs

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  SAN JUAN – Trinidad and Tobago authorities have detained three suspects in the murder of a British expat couple, a police spokesman said over the weekend. The suspects who are said to be in their 20s, include a St. Vincent and the Grenadines national, and are expected to be formally

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ATF’s Carlos Canino in his office in Miami. MIAMI – Raised in an Army family that eventually settled in the Boston area, Carlos Canino considered three career choices when he graduated from college with a degree in criminology: law enforcement, military service or coaching. But after working as an assistant

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Violent offenders will be released early under new federal sentencing guidelines. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two drug felons are expected to be released to the territory around November 1 under new federal sentencing guidelines, according to the U.S. Justice Department. The early release will affect 6,000 drug felons nationwide, with 1,869

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LIVIN’ HIGH ON THE HOG: (left to right) Gov. Charles Turnbull, Gov. Kenneth Mapp, Gov. John Duncan, Premier Orlando Smith ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI – Gov. Kenneth Mapp said he celebrated the 42nd Annual USVI / BVI Friendship Day with former Gov. Charles Turnbull this weekend. Mapp said he and

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MID-ISLAND ST. CROIX – A 30-year-old man was shot in the back during a robbery attempt at a popular nightclub that was the site of a previous violent incident three months ago. Police received a report of a shooting incident at the Corner Pocket Nightclub in Estate La Reine at

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No illnesses have yet been associated with a recall of bulk and packaged Curry Chicken Salad and Classic Deli Pasta Salad for possible Listeria contamination. The recall was issued by Whole Market out Cambridge Massachusetts. The recall involves Whole Foods in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island,

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An Ulla Muller student gets up on stage and sings. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Principal Symra Dee Brown thought she had a way of exposing students to some of the biggest names in the St. Thomas music scene while at the same time raising money to purchase uniforms for the Ulla

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two men and one woman were shot at near a nightclub in downtown St. Thomas early this morning – the woman died immediately at the scene from gunshot wounds she received and one of the two men was injured during the shooting, but survived, according to the

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