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CHRISTIANSTED — Four beaches in the territory failed water quality testing and should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen, according to the latest Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Beach Advisory. DPNR said that all three beaches are on St. Croix and one on St. John are not considered safe

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By POLLY HOPPIN SPECIAL TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS As health professionals with expertise in the links between air pollution and human health, we are writing to express our grave concern about and opposition to the proposed plan to dispose of wood debris on the Virgin Islands by burning

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Free Press has confirmed that the local government conducted a “test burn” on the South Shore of St. Croix Wednesday. The test burn took place for at least two hours and maybe longer, the V.I. Free Press has learned. Yet Patrick Loch of the U.S.

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OAKLAND — The Kaiser Foundation, a non-profit organization established by health insurance Kaiser Permanente, has put out a report on the U.S. Virgin Islands. The report is called: “Fast Facts on the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Kaiser Permanente is not affiliated with the Kaiser Family Foundation,” Kaiser Permanente spokeswoman Sara Vinson

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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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PARIS — The U.N. Development Program (UNDP) announced its support to Caribbean leaders gathered today during the launch of a new public-private coalition to create the world’s first “climate-smart zone” to support the parts of the region decimated by some of the most powerful hurricanes to ever cross the Atlantic in

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MERRY CHRISTMAS: Gov. Kenneth Mapp is in the holiday spirit early. CHRISTIANSTED – Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced 50 jobs are available for flagmen to assist in managing traffic as the territory marches forth with power restoration efforts. At Monday’s press briefing at Government House, Mapp said those interested in the

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CHRISTIANSTED — Gov. Kenneth Mapp said that 55 percent of the territory has been restored to electricity on Monday night. Mapp said that 67 percent of St. John is connected and 61 percent of St. Thomas in remarks made during a press briefing at Government House. Some 48 percent of

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SAN JUAN — At least half the population of Puerto Rico was at potential risk of exposure to bacterial contamination in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, according to government test results obtained by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Some 2.3 million Puerto Rican residents were served by water systems which

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WRONG AND STRONG: “I know nothing, nothing,” Gov. Kenneth Mapp will make the announcements tonight at a press conference. CHRISTIANSTED — Julio Rhymer will be named the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Nellon Bowry is retiring at OMB and Clinton Hedrington Jr., the current chief operating

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