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SAPPHIRE BEACH IN ST. THOMAS SHOULD BE AVOIDED BY SWIMMERS AND FISHERMEN CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Five beaches in 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 Coki Point, Hull Bay,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The company that manages the territory’s two wastewater treatment plants says they are calling it quits here after the V.I. Waste Management Authority failed to pay them $5.6 million owed. Veolia Water North American Caribbean, has operated wastewater treatment plants on St. Thomas and St. Croix since

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SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A United States Senate Committee has approved the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (S. 3041), which provides an additional 26 weeks of disaster-related unemployment assistance for the U.S. Virgin Islands, for a total of 52 weeks of assistance following the disaster declarations for

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THIS SATELLITE MAP SHOWS WHERE TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IS IN THE CARIBBEAN CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources advised the public of an on-going air pollution alert for dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa. The dust is continuing to cause the skies around the Virgin

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By SORAYA DIASE COFFELT/INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR I have been speaking out and calling for this administration to be financially accountable and transparent to the people of the Virgin Islands and its auditors for over a year, all to no avail. As a result, we continue to see, hear and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority said that the Bovoni Landfill had a fire that was under control on Wednesday. The Virgin Islands Fire Service and VIWMA contractors continue to monitor the situation. The VIWMA will provide updates on any changes that may affect the public and haulers

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CHRISTIANSTED — The “comprehensive upgrade” of the territory’s roads, hardening of the electrical system, dredging Virgin Islands harbors to accommodate increasingly large cruise ships and developing and repairing housing were among the important projects addressed at a Tuesday meeting with U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude.

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WATER BAY: This beach on St. Thomas should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen, according to DPNR. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Four beaches in 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

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FEMA Coordinating Officer William Vogel (left) sits next to Gov. Kenneth Mapp and VITEMA Director Mona Barnes. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp joined governors from across the country for a video teleconference Wednesday as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator William “Brock” Long and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen met

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FREDERIKSTED — The top GOP official in the Virgin Islands suggested his fundraising group’s “behind the scenes” relationship with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke helped influence the department’s response to last year’s hurricanes in the territory. John Canegata, the head of the Virgin Islands Republican Party, said he had direct access

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