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WASHINGTON — It’s been 150 days since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, but the island still isn’t at a level of recovery that satisfies the U.S. Army’s top engineer. “I am not satisfied that people in Puerto Rico should have to wait that much time for power,” Lt. Gen.

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TWO RIVERS, Wisc. — Line workers from our electric utility recently returned from a mutual aid mission in the U.S. Virgin Islands. They assisted in restoring electric services wiped out by hurricanes Irma and Maria in September  2017. Expert line workers Brian Delleman and Darrick Wendricks worked for an initial 30-day

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WASHINGTON—About six months after Hurricane Maria made landfall and nearly four months after an initial trip to the islands, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced a follow-up trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to review recovery efforts of the islands’ communications facilities. Pai will visit the islands

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CHRISTIANSTED — Linemen from across Missouri sent personnel to St. Croix for storm restoration including Independence Power & Light, City of Harrisonville, Mo., Columbia Water & Light, and Macon Municipal Utilities. Hannibal Board of Public Works Line Superintendent and four Journeymen Linemen left the continental U.S. on Nov. 25, 2017,

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s beleaguered electric utility has received court approval to borrow $300 million to help pay expenses, well below the $1.3 billion initially sought but enough to avert power outages it had warned about. On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain approved the loan which

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola — A minor earthquake took place about 24 miles off the coast of the British Virgin Islands on Sunday afternoon. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said it took place about 5:39 p.m. Sunday, registered 3.5 on the Richter Scale and was about 60 miles underground. It was

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MISSING ATTORNEY: Mark Moroney CRUZ BAY — Police in St. John are searching for a well-known British lawyer who has gone missing. Mark Moroney, 70, has been missing since Sunday evening from his home in the Chocolate Hole area of St John. According to police, he had gone outside about 8

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BRIDGETOWN — An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 jolted several Caribbean islands on Friday but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Center (SRC) of the University of the West Indies said that the quake, which occurred at 1.43 pm (local time), was

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By VANISA SOLOMON SPECIAL TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS For many of our Virgin Islands residents, hurricanes Irma and Maria felt like an atrocious dream. Unfortunately, the sad reality is those two Category 5 hurricanes unleashed their “punishing fury” on our lovely Virgin Islands. I commend the first responders,

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s bankrupt power utility, PREPA, is close to replacing former Executive Director Ricardo Ramos, a member of the utility’s board said on Thursday during a panel discussion on the U.S. commonwealth’s storm-ravaged energy sector. PREPA’s governing board is vetting several potential hires referred by a consultant

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