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CHRISTIANSTED — The Number Two man at the Department of Interior — the federal government agency that has oversight authority over the territories — will arrive in St. Croix this afternoon, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. David Bernhardt, Deputy Secretary of the Interior, will be here after first

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HARD TIMES AHEAD: Puerto Rico is expected to experience an economic downturn for the next 10 years as a result of Hurricane Maria. SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico could face more than a decade of further economic stagnation and a steep drop in population as a result of Hurricane Maria,

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MIAMI — A low pressure system moving through the region could bring rain to parts of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Hispaniola over the weekend, forecasters said today. As of 6 a.m., the system was over the central Caribbean Sea and was producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Forecasters with

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WASHINGTON — A shot of rum to help the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico? So says the U.S. tax code, which since 1917 has included a provision that sends taxpayer money back to the islands for every bottle of rum produced here and sold on the mainland. After this year’s devastating

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HONOLULU — It has been nearly two months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico continue to struggle to recover. At the 2017 AMA Interim Meeting in Hawaii, the House of Delegates (HOD) directed the AMA to urge the Congress to pass legislation needed to

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BIG MISTAKE: Gov. Kenneth Mapp did not distance himself, or the territory, from the PREPA Whitefish Scandal that has inflamed the U.S. Congress. Here Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Gov. Ricardo Rossello join hands with Mapp. WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico’s electric utility on Tuesday defended its decision not to seek

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WASHINGTON — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority CEO told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday that the St. Thomas and St. Croix hospitals owe $36 million to WAPA. WAPA CEO Julio Rhymer said that because of inequities in the way federal Medicare and Medicaid are calculated

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s government power company didn’t follow its lawyers’ advice when it agreed to a $300 million grid-construction contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings LLC, according to documents released a House committee probing the now-canceled deal. Documents provided by the public power monopoly known as PREPA show at

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WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico’s governor got the jump on the territory on Monday when asked the federal government for $94.4 billion ahead of the Virgin Islands. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said during a news conference that he will still formally make his request to the White House and Congress, along with a

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OUT IN THE COMMUNITY: Bishop Herbert Bevard speaks about National Catholic Week in St. Thomas. BALTIMORE — The people of Puerto Rico are still in “a state of emergency” nearly two months after Hurricane Maria, while some residents of the Virgin Islands are showing signs of post-traumatic stress (PTSD) after surviving

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