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DROWNED AT MAGENS BAY BEACH: Ariel Ashby, 40. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A member of a family that owns a prominent St. Thomas trucking company died at Magens Bay beach on Wednesday, authorities said. Ariel Ashby, 40, a project manager at A9 Trucking and Heavy Equipment Rental, was in the water at

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MIAMI — A tropical depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Beryl this afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said. As of 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday, Beryl had winds of 40 mph and was moving to the west at 16 mph. It was located about 1,330 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles, a chain of islands

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MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center is watching two areas of the Atlantic Ocean, including one that is a tropical depression. There is no indication either one will form into a hurricane, much less one that will strike the Virgin Islands, according to the hurricane center. A tropical depression is a

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands government has joined a Guamanian Supreme Court case that could allow federal absentee voting rights for some territorial residents. The government’s filing joins the Virgin Islands Bar Association, and two collections of legal and constitutional scholars in the case, Segovia v. USA, which challenges

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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Kenneth Mapp announced Monday an agreement which would reopen one of the world’s largest refineries, create hundreds of jobs in the territory and shore up the solvency of the Government Employees Retirement System (GERS). Governor Mapp said the $1.4 billion agreement was between the Government of the

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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Kenneth Mapp held a press conference today at Government House in St. Croix. What follows is a partial transcript of that statement: “I am pleased to announce today an agreement between the government of the Virgin Islands and ArcLight Capital, the owners of Limetree Bay Terminals LLC,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Representatives of churches, synagogues and mosques met at the Masjid Nur Islamic Center in Sugar Estate on Sunday afternoon to talk about religious tolerance and cooperation among all members of the community no matter what faith they follow. The interfaith gathering at Masjid Nur on Eighth Street

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $1,466,775 civil penalty against the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) for alleged violations of airport safety regulations at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix and Cyril E. King International Airport in St. Thomas. The FAA inspected

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) reported that an unidentified person removed nine flags from the entrance to Cyril E. King International Airport at about 7:18 a.m. Friday. Alla H. Salem, 29, allegedly replaced those flags with black flags featuring the word “Allah” and Arabic symbols, the Virgin

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — About 10,000 people on St. Thomas were without power today after one of the units at the Harley power plant tripped this morning. The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) said at least 9,900 customers on three St. Thomas electrical feeders (7C, 8B, 9C) are experiencing

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