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WELCOME BACK: The Seabourn Odyssey docks at Havensight passenger ship dock in St. Thomas on Friday. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — At least 25 cruise ship calls are scheduled for St. Thomas this month. The Ports of the Virgin Islands have confirmed that between November 3 and 30, 2017, thousands of cruise

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STANDING AROUND DOING NOTHING: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE) do what they do best — absolutely nothing! (Except repair Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s generator at Coakley Bay Condominiums.) CHRISTIANSTED — Some 28 years after Hurricane Hugo struck St. Croix, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is being called a

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“I DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ FOOD STAMPS:” “And either should you, Gov. Kenneth Mapp told the people of the territory … but ultimately relented when $23 million in D-SNAP became available.   CHRISTIANSTED — An estimated $23 million has been approved for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Gov. Kenneth

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DOVER — U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons are among 35 senators demanding federal administration officials expedite and better coordinate the ongoing power restoration efforts in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The senators sent a letter to the heads of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and the

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DIED OCT. 27: Les Kelley CHRISTIANSTED — Leslie Adam Kelly, 65, died on Oct. 27, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Les was preceded in death by his father, Franklin Bradley Kelley. He is survived by his mother, Alice Ruth Kelley; his children, daughter, Taylor Marie Kelley; and son, Brooks

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CONQUERING HERO: U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue instituted the disaster food stamps program (D-SNAP) over Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s strident objections. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Agriculture Department implemented USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) in the Virgin Islands, making a range of households recovering from Hurricanes Irma and

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CRUZ BAY — Friends and family of longtime St. John charter captain Richard Benson are mourning his death after his body was found in the British Virgin Islands. Linda Worthington, Benson’s ex-wife, said in an email from her home in Belize that “there has been an outpouring of compassion and

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NEW YORK — Following the devastation Hurricanes Irma and Maria wrought on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in September, Verizon announced an initial pledge of $1 million to help with recovery efforts. Shortly following Hurricane Maria, and learning of the magnitude of the damage left by the storm, Verizon pledged an additional $4 million and a commitment

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CHRISTIANSTED – Survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands have until December 18 to register for assistance with FEMA. FEMA has granted the territorial government’s request to extend the deadlines and make the deadline the same for both disasters. “We understand that the ongoing communications challenges

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) activated its Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) for the territory to help uninsured residents recovering from Hurricane Maria obtain the critical prescription drugs they need. A total of 13 pharmacies in the U.S. Virgin Islands currently

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