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SAN JUAN — A billion-dollar emergency loan approved by Congress to help Puerto Rico deal with the effects of Hurricane Maria has been temporarily withheld by federal officials who say the U.S. commonwealth is not facing a cash shortage like it has repeatedly warned about in recent months. Officials with the Federal

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – JetBlue announced that it will resume its second daily flight between St. Thomas’ Cyril E. King Airport (STT) and San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) on Feb. 15. The return of an afternoon flight adds to the current schedule of one daily flight in the

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BALTIMORE — Some 100 days after Hurricanes Maria and Irma devastated the territory, many students are still struggling to get back into regular school routines. Now some educators from Baltimore are trying to help. These educators have experience helping city students prepare for college, and those skills could help hundreds

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GIVING BACK: Oakland A’s starting pitcher Jharel Cotton of St. Thomas helps out the less fortunate at My Brother’s Table in Charlotte Amalie after Hurricane Irma. OAKLAND — Several weeks before his wedding, Oakland Athletic’s starter Jharel Cotton and his fiancee went on a trip to the Virgin Islands, but

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI – The cabinet of the British Virgin Islands has approved the expenditure of $442,000 to allow for the release of immediate funds to re-establish the National Early Warning System. Gov. Augustus Jaspert said the premier and members of his cabinet have met and received an indication of

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SAN JUAN — Federal and local authorities in Puerto Rico said Tuesday that they will implement a “broken windows” policing campaign to fight a surge in killings across the U.S. territory, which has reported 46 homicides so far this month — double the number at the same point last year. The plan

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SAN JUAN — Maintenance operations conducted as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers temporary emergency power mission in Puerto Rico are keeping nearly 1,000 federal emergency power generators running at critical public facilities across the island. The generators help power lifesaving facilities such as fire stations and medical centers,

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LOS ANGELES — Burbank Water and Power will be sending several of its employees and some equipment to the territory to help St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix recover from the powerful hurricanes that battered them in September. The Burbank City Council voted unanimously during a meeting on Jan.

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V.I. Free Press photo by GARY DAVIDSON https://www.facebook.com/DreamlifePhotographySTX/ CHRISTIANSTED — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR), the U.S. Coast Guard and salvage contractors completed vessel salvage operations on St. Croix, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday. In accordance with the Emergency Support Function-10 (ESF-10) for oil and hazardous

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — In November, Chicago-based RedMane Technology helped the territory build and manage a $500,000 disaster benefit technology system for residents affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. RedMane completed the project free of charge over a seven-to-ten day period in December. Previously, the company helped the Virgin Islands with

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