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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A cargo vessel owned by Ferrol Trucking has run aground in the St. Thomas harbor, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. No injuries have been reported. The U.S. Coast Guard said its alert station in San Juan was contacted at about 5 a.m. today by St.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Virgin Islands has the fourth highest murder rate in the world, according to a study done by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Only El Salvador, Honduras and Venezuela have more murders per capita than the U.S. Virgin Islands, the UNODC said.

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico‘s governor said on Monday he intends to sell off its troubled power utility to the private sector, saying the process could take roughly 18 months to complete. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has yet to recover fully from the devastation wrought by Hurricane

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The outlook for the U.S. Virgin Islands is healthy, reported Gov. Kenneth Mapp, in his fourth State of the Territory Address at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Chambers on St. Thomas, Monday evening. Mapp, who has been chief executive through back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes in September, said

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Public Works said that the final pass for debris pickup will begin today. Contractors have worked over the last four months removing debris from neighborhoods and roadways, but now, this phase of the restoration process is coming to an end, according to Public Works.

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CHRISTIANSTED — Police want to know who hacked a pit bull with a machete so severely that it sent the dog to a veterinarian, badly injured but still alive. According to a news release issued Wednesday by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), the animal cruelty investigator was dispatched at

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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 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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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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