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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Cruise lines are recovering after hurricanes Irma and Maria slammed our region earlier this year, though cruise-goers describe “blackout” conditions on some islands, and mourn the loss of some of their favorite attractions. The storms hit from late summer into early fall, affecting Florida, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Saint

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BLEAK HOUSE: Gov. Kenneth Mapp is presiding over a 100,000-person territory with no money. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The economic future of the Virgin Islands is in dire jeopardy. The debt crisis, also affecting neighboring Puerto Rico, is hitting home in the territory, too. By 2017, St. Thomas, St. John and

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WASHINGTON  — Sweeping tax code changes aimed at keeping U.S. companies from shifting profits offshore to avoid taxes will not affect the battered economy of Puerto Rico, a senior White House official said on Wednesday. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has said the provisions in a new tax bill passed by

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CHRISTIANSTED — We certainly aren’t going out on a limb to call the Year 2017 the Year of the Hurricane. Not when you live here. Two Category 5 storms smacked down St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix within the space of 13 days. The Virgin Islands had gone years

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SAN JUAN –  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is rejecting a report by Refugees International criticizing local and federal hurricane response in Puerto Rico. Spokesman Daniel Llargues said Monday that FEMA has approved more than $1 billion in federal assistance and has distributed more than 120,000 tarps to people

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  By JACQUELINE N. FONT-GUZMAN SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS SAN JUAN — Hurricanes do more than destroy homes, daily routines, power lines, agriculture, communication systems and levees. Hurricanes unveil unequal power dynamics, crush souls and create narratives, such as: “Puerto Ricans are American citizens.” This is dangerous and

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WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico’s electrical grid is unlikely to be fully restored until the end of May, the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday — months longer than the timeline offered by the island’s governor. Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, commanding general and chief engineer for the

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SAN JUAN — Lin-Manuel Miranda wants Puerto Rico’s $74 billion of debt to be erased. The creator and star of the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” about the first U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, said Thursday in a Washington Post opinion piece that the island’s bondholders shouldn’t seek repayment. The commonwealth fell

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s post-hurricane plight has drawn attention to the Jones Act, the 1920 law that compels all maritime commerce between United States ports to be carried on ships built, owned and crewed by Americans. The law is adding to the island’s problems, and should be set aside

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TWO RIVERS, Wisc. — Two city line workers and a utility bucket truck departed Wisconsin Dec. 9 bound for St. Croix  along with line workers from municipal utilities in Marshfield, Rice Lake, Arcadia, Fennimore, Clintonville and Reedsburg. Head lineman Brian Dellemann and expert lineman Darrick Wendricks are part of a Wisconsin

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