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SMOKE AND MIRRORS: Gov. Kenneth Mapp tells radio DJ Addie Ottley that he will have to drastically cut health care benefits to retirees in order to keep his government out of bankruptcy. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – In an effort to reduce much of the government’s cost of health insurance

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ALLURE OF THE SEAS: Photos from inside the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) ship. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Royal Caribbean International has adjusted several of Allure of the Seas’ Caribbean  itineraries because of a propulsion issue that’s forced the massive vessel to slow down. Given its reduced speed, the ship, which sails from Port

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 [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Soraya Diase Coffelt said that she strongly denounces the secret meeting that the media reported took place between Gov. Kenneth Mapp and certain senators at Government House on Monday. There is no question that this meeting should have been open to the public as well

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) borrowed $14.8 million last week at a nearly 11 percent interest rate and plans to borrow $70 million more through bonds in the next nine weeks. Saybrook Municipal Opportunity Fund — managed by an investor in distressed

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] 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

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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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[ad name=”HTML-68″] 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

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BEACH TO AVOID: “Condo row Princess” on St. Croix from Mill Harbor Condominiums to Breezez Restaurant in Golden Rock. [ad name=”HTML-68″] 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

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] 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

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] 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

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