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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Facebook clone of Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty is asking people in the Virgin Islands to apply for National Endowment for the Humanities grants, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The scammer uses the same profile picture that Nicholson-Doty uses on Facebook, so it is nearly

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FLORIDA KEYS — The queen conch is a large marine mollusk with a beautiful shell that is prized for export. The gastropod inside the shell is featured on menus across the region. But the conch’s numbers are rapidly dwindling, and researchers say action is needed to save them. In Key

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SAN JUAN — Bankrupt Puerto Rico plans to save money by closing as many as a third of its jails and shipping its inmates to mainland private prisons. The commonwealth is considering off-loading some 3,200 prisoners, apparently to privately-run lockups across the ocean, according to the latest fiscal turnaround plan.

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise team said that they will be doing needed maintenance in Catherine’s Rest on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Wastewater Division crews will be performing inspection of the manholes along the Catherine’s Rest road. During inspection, manholes in

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CHRISTIANSTED — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two boaters from the sea about 32 miles south of St. Croix on Thursday. According to the Coast Guard, the crew of the sailing vessel, Summer Star, notified Coast Guard Sector San Juan watchstanders at approximately 6:48 a.m. that they had abandoned their sinking

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority said it would shut off the power to three areas of St. Croix today. “On Friday, customers on two St. Croix feeders will experience electrical service interruption while upgrades are made to the transmission and distribution system,” WAPA said. “From 9

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SAN JUAN — Hundreds of thousands of people across Puerto Rico were left without power today after another widespread outage, forcing the island’s main public hospital and international airport to switch to backup generators as the U.S. commonwealth struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria. The island’s Electric Power Authority said a

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SAN JUAN — A small mountain town in central Puerto Rico whose economy depended heavily on manufacturing announced today it will dismiss 200 employees in the largest layoff of its kind in the U.S. commonwealth in more than a decade. Cidra spokeswoman Eunice Castro said that it is necessary to

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FREDERIKSTED — The 4th Annual Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair is scheduled for April 13 and 14, 2018 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) on St. Croix. The program will be chaired, for the third year in succession, by Alscess

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Governor Kenneth Mapp’s Hurricane Recovery and Resilience Task Force is hosting several community meetings in order to inform and engage the public on its efforts. Space is still available for those interested in participating in the first of the meetings, the Housing Information Session, scheduled for Thursday,

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