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FORT-DE-FRANCE — One tourist couple visiting a Caribbean beach got some itchy visitors of their own. According to a report by Live Science, the British couple visited Martinique during a cruise and after sunbathing on a beach on the French island reportedly developed itchy rashes on their behinds. After visiting a

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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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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Victims of Hurricane Maria that took place beginning on Sept. 16, 2017 in parts of U.S. Virgin Islands may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service, the IRS announced Friday. President Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in the territory. Following the recent

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s federally appointed financial oversight board today questioned island officials about how they planned to centralize financial control after the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth discovered nearly $7 billion in previously unreported money. During a two-hour hearing that shed light on decades of disorganized and inconsistent accounting, the

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CHRISTIANSTED — Two 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 Grapetree Bay on St. Croix and Water Bay in St. Thomas each tested unsafe for swimming

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The body of an unidentified man was found floating in the St. Thomas harbor early Thursday, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said. Two people who were jogging on the waterfront when they noticed a body floating in the water at about 5:28 a.m. Thursday. Police from the

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