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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google announced today that it will no longer allow payday lenders to advertise on its systems because the loans often come with high interest rates and quick repayment requirements that push borrowers into debt. Payday lenders offer quick cash to low-income people, who are then required

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ATLANTA — The Cable News Network (CNN) published an article today saying that the Caribbean is the fastest growing tourism market in the world. CNN accounted for the increase by reporting that airlines have increased routes to the region and hotels have upgraded their properties here with deluxe accommodations. “The

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CHRISTIANSTED – Five beaches in the territory have failed in water quality testing done by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) and are not considered safe to swim or fish in. DPNR said Friday that the Buccaneer beach, Grapetree Bay and the Frederiksted public beach on St. Croix

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SAN JUAN — About 100 scouts and executives descended upon Puerto Rico this week to watch high school shortstop Delvin Perez, a possible top-five pick in the June draft. One of the officials texted a picture of bug spray with 30 percent DEET, accompanied by a two-word caption: “I’m prepared.”

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CHRISTIANSTED — V.I. Attorney General Claude Walker is under fire in the national news from conservative groups who argue that he is “targeting” conservative and libertarian organizations for their political beliefs on climate change. Dozens of groups claim that Walker’s subpoena, first issued in March, unfairly seeks to penalize them

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CHRISTIANSTED — Rotary Club of St. Croix Mid-Isle honored five people on St. Croix for their “outstanding vocational service contributions” to the community on Wednesday. Rotary Mid-Isle recognized Bill Bass, Musician and Public Servant, Abdul Ali, Freelance Columnist, Jamal and Virginia Miranda of J & V Diner, and Ron “Swede”

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The only licensed nursing home in the territory has filed a lawsuit against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a last-ditch effort to prevent the agency from shuttering the facility and moving residents to mainland facilities. Sea View Nursing Home in St. Thomas filed the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Government employees can expect to see long-anticipated pay increases in this week’s payroll checks. Division of Personnel Director Milton Potter said on Tuesday that the first set of government employees would see the pay hikes soon. “I am elated to see these raises going into effect,” Director

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal agencies could no longer put employees on indefinite paid leave while investigating them for misconduct or poor performance under a bill that passed the House Tuesday. The measure is one of many seeking to limit “administrative leave” following investigations finding that agencies had used that form

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CHRISTIANSTED — Limetree Bay Terminals, or LB Terminals, the new owner of the HOVENSA oil terminal on the South Shore of St. Croix, is now open for business, and it has received its first products in tanks recently, industry sources told the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) this week. At

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