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WASHINGTON — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke has granted the territory yet another extension to comply with the REAL ID Act of 2005, a federal law put in place to make official government identification more secure, in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United

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TIGHT FIT: A car carefully navigates around and under obstacles on a road one week after Hurricane Maria raked St. Croix. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake CHRISTIANSTED — U.S. Virgin Islanders affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria now have until Jan. 8, 2018, to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Julio Rhymer is out at WAPA! That’s the startling unconfirmed report the Virgin Islands Free Press got early today. The embattled Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority CEO Rhymer has struggled to connect 50 percent of the territory to electricity more than three months after Hurricane Irma

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands government is grappling with a staggering revenue shortfall in the wake of the two category 5 hurricanes that hit prior to its fiscal year ending, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The territorial government — led by Gov. Kenneth Mapp — is trying

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FREDERIKSTED — Kyle “Kylo” Sylvester, the lead singer for the soca group Kylo & Stylee Band, was among the five passengers who died aboard the Beechcraft Baron 58 aircraft that crashed Thursday night, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said catastrophic engine failure brought

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three 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. Thomas and are not considered safe to swim or

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FREDERIKSTED — Five people died — including at least one member of the Kylo & Stylee Band — when a twin-engine aircraft experienced “mechanical issues” on takeoff at Henry Rohlsen Airport and was forced to try to return to the airport to land. The resulting crash landing of the private plane

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JEWELRY STORE ROBBER: Ron Delano Kuntz CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Devon Davis, 27, Keon Wilson, 22, and Shawn McIntosh, 24, have been arrested after being charged by a superseding indictment with Hobbs Act robbery, conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, and brandishing a firearm during a federal crime of violence, Acting

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SAN JUAN — Some 2,000 miles away from the path of devastation cut by hurricanes Irma and Maria, network engineers at the Rock Island Arsenal Integrated Network Operations Center (INOC) work around-the-clock to support the relief efforts of American aid workers in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Operated

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CHRISTIANSTED – After Hurricane Irma devastated much of St. Thomas and St. John three months ago, St. Croix became a base of operations for first responders, who began life-saving and life-sustaining missions to support survivors. But within two weeks, fierce winds and torrential rains from Hurricane Maria struck St. Croix,

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