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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Virgin Islands has the fourth highest murder rate in the world, according to a study done by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Only El Salvador, Honduras and Venezuela have more murders per capita than the U.S. Virgin Islands, the UNODC said.

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By ACTING ASSISTANT U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION JASON BOTEL SPECIAL TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS Two trips to the U.S. Virgin Islands opened my eyes to the enormity of the challenges students, educators and families there face, and what lies ahead to reverse the impact of

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The outlook for the U.S. Virgin Islands is healthy, reported Gov. Kenneth Mapp, in his fourth State of the Territory Address at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Chambers on St. Thomas, Monday evening. Mapp, who has been chief executive through back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes in September, said

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Public Works said that the final pass for debris pickup will begin today. Contractors have worked over the last four months removing debris from neighborhoods and roadways, but now, this phase of the restoration process is coming to an end, according to Public Works.

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CHRISTIANSTED — In an effort to assist individuals in the territory to take charge of their health, the USVI Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with the New York State Nursing Association and the Virgin Islands State Nurses Association (VISNA), will be providing a mobile medical clinic in various communities

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Department of Justice said it has reached an agreement with Kmart Corporation, a unit of Sears Holdings Management Corporation, to settle allegations that its pharmacies in the Virgin Islands charged the Medicaid program more than its “usual and customary charge” for certain drugs. Under the

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CHRISTIANSTED — The story the Virgin Islands Free Press broke about Michael Bloomberg and Kenneth Mapp apparently got under the governor’s skin. Former New York mayor and CEO of Bloomberg Group Michael Bloomberg gave an interview to the NBC television network in which he discussed his organization’s role in the hurricane

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CHICAGO — Residents of the Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico have no right to vote absentee in their former state of residence, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled late Thursday, even though residents of the Northern Mariana Islands and some in American Samoa are granted that privilege.

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BALTIMORE — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is extending special open enrollment periods for the people of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and who were adversely affected by the catastrophic 2017 hurricanes so individuals and families who were impacted can access health coverage on the Exchange. They will

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BOSTON — The state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation is pressing federal officials on efforts to address mental health challenges in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In a letter Friday to Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore McCance-Katz, the 11-member delegation, led by

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