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WHITEFISH, Mont. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke informed American Samoa Gov. Lolo Moliga, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, and CNMI Gov. Ralph DLG Torres that he has approved a total of $3,489,427 in energy grants for the three territories. Zinke and the governors were attending the Western Governors

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CHRISTIANSTED — Some nine people were rescued at sea on Sunday night with the help of the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Marine Unit and DPNR Marine Enforcement. No injuries were reported. On Sunday July 2, 2017 at approximately 7:20p.m., VIPD Marine Unit notified the V.I. Department of Planning and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Trump administration plans to arrest parents and other relatives who authorities believe smuggled their children into the United States, a move immigrant advocates said would send a wave of fear through vulnerable communities. A new “surge initiative” aims to dismantle human smuggling operations, including identifying and arresting

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board voted today to allow the PREPA power utility to restructure its $9 billion debt load through a form of bankruptcy, potentially heralding a messy end to three years of arduous out-of-court talks. The seven-member board unanimously authorized a bankruptcy filing at a

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SAN JUAN — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may take action against bankers from Barclays Plc and Morgan Stanley for their roles in Puerto Rico bond sales, according to filings with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). According to records filed with FINRA, the SEC’s staff has recommended

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ALWAYS PREPARED: A NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft prepares to make an early morning takeoff on St. Croix to evaluate storms systems by flying into them and taking meteorological measurements. FREDERIKSTED — The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron is tasked to fly into a tropical system in the region today.

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SAN JUAN — Elvis Guzman opened the letter, saw it was in English and took it to his lawyer for translation. The 59-year-old who sells recycled metal for a living figured it was another letter from the bank warning his family that they were behind on their mortgage payments. But the

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RISKY BUSINESS: The Government Employees Retirement System (GERS) building in St. Thomas. The pension system does not have enough money to pay the $4.5 billion due to retirees. The New York Times says GERS made questionable “high risk” investments in things like viaticals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mireya Acierto for The New York Times)

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HIGH TIME FOR HIGH PRAISE: The youngest member ever of the Barbados Economics Society says that Gov. Kenneth Mapp is pulling all the right strings to get the economy fine tuned in short order. BARBADOS — Respected Caribbean economist Jeremy Stephen praised the U.S. Virgin Islands government’s recent efforts to correct the

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STORMY WEATHER: The skies threatened on St. Croix for two days but never produced much moisture. Here is a picture from taken on Miracle Mile in Estate Golden Rock on Tuesday. CHRISTIANSTED — If you thought that the skies above St. Croix looked a little more gray than normal on

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