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WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) acted in bipartisan fashion in voting unanimously to approve $76.9 million in relief funds to restore communications in the Virgin Islands and Puerto after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The money will go toward restoring service across the island territories. The initiative will immediately

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CRUZ BAY — If all goes well, people on St. John could have power restored next week for the first time since a pair of devastating Category 5 hurricanes struck in September, the quasi-governmental authority told NPR. “Portions of St. John are scheduled to be restored by the middle of

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FINALLY! Linemen from the U.S. mainland work near the government parking lot in Christiansted on Saturday.  CHRISTIANSTED — In a feature story breaking today on the Internet, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told The Weather Channel that less than two percent of St. Croix had been connected with electricity

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CRUZ BAY: An aerial view of St. John’s biggest town from Sept. 10, 2017 — four days after Hurricane Irma. CRUZ BAY –– The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) said there was a renewed focus on St. John on Wednesday where fully 100 percent of the electrical distribution

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ST. THOMAS FIRST! Subcontractors in St. Thomas hired by WAPA work feverishly to restore power to the capital island. Electrical restoration on St. Croix is moving at a snail’s pace — by design. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) continued to put more men, trucks

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CHRISTIANSTED — Regardless of whether the Atlantic Basin’s next tropical depression forms in the coming days, downpours will stream across the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico still enduring the long road to recovery after hurricanes Irma and Maria. A tropical system tracking from north of two territories to south of

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INVEST 92L: 2017 VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS STORM TRACKER CHRISTIANSTED — The last thing the Virgin Islands needs now is more bad weather. But there is a weak tropical disturbance in the Atlantic, just east of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico — it has been dubbed Invest 92L. It

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THE FIX IS IN: Gov. Kenneth Mapp has cut a secret deal with WAPA CEO Julio Rhymer that means St. Croix will not have full power restored until Feb. 15, 2018 at the earliest — and March 1, 2018 at the latest. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp repeated his

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Mapp-Potter Administration said that the majority of U.S. mainland workers will begin work on St. Thomas immediately. Gov. Kenneth Mapp said that the workers will concentrate on energizing St. Thomas first, and then move workers and equipment to St. Croix. “Governor Mapp and Lt. Governor (Osbert) Potter

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CHRISTIANSTED — Another Category 5 storm is making no mistake about where the U.S. Virgin Islands are. Catastrophic Hurricane Maria, fresh off of clobbering Dominica last night, continued to make a beeline for St. Croix today. On Monday, weather weary and wary residents across the territory drove to stores seeking

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