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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s education secretary says enrollment at the U.S. commonwealth’s public schools this year has dropped by 11 per cent so far compared with the previous year. Julia Keleher said Thursday that some 317,000 students have enrolled for the new school year, roughly 40,000 less than those

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ECLIPSE O’ CANE? It hasn’t happened in over 50 years but today’s total solar eclipse could coincide with a hurricane or tropical storm. Separate systems out in the Atlantic Ocean moving west or west-northwest, possibly putting at least one of them right in the path of totality of the eclipse. According to

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FREDERIKSTED — Police on St. Croix won’t say if they are investigating two incidents where residents fired gunshots indiscriminately. Each of the incidents occurred on Friday, when a man reported to the Ann Schrader Command police station in Estate La Reine that someone he did not see fired four shots

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BEACH TO AVOID: “Condo row Princess” on St. Croix from Mill Harbor Condominiums to Breezez Restaurant in Golden Rock. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Five 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

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MIAMI — Tropical Storm Harvey is starting to cast down rain on the Windward Islands, and may pose a threat early next week in parts of Central America’s Caribbean coast, but is not expected to adversely affect the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The good news is that Harvey hasn’t gotten any

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CHRISTIANSTED — The federal government announced Wednesday it will eliminate a policy it put in place six years ago to allow national parks like the Buck Island National Monument on St. Croix to ban the sale of bottled water in an effort to curb litter. The National Parks Service said

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SAN JUAN — An extra tropical system not associated with Invest 91L was causing flash flood warnings to be issued for Puerto Rico on Thursday morning. But the area of organized showers located 500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles called Invest 91L has a 90 percent chance of tropical

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BIG ORDER: Gov. Kenneth Mapp (middle) and Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter (right) listen as Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum explains why the territory’s schools won’t be in “perfect order” when they open in three weeks. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The territory’s schools won’t be ready when they open in three weeks —

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Children of low-income parents will be able to apply for increased medical insurance benefits from the federal government starting on Oct. 1. The V.I. Department of Education will play a key role in helping the local government to identify children who will be eligible for federally subsidized

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MIAMI — A series of tropical waves in the eastern Atlantic Ocean may develop into the next tropical depression or tropical storm in the Virgin Islands by Friday — and Puerto Rico by Saturday. The first area being monitored has been named Invest 91L by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The term

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