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DIRT HURTS: Sediment can smother corals, but Hurricane Hole has no sediment-bearing freshwater streams. Its clear waters are habitat for an entire community of marine life, including Montastrea corals and squirrelfish. (Photo: Caroline Rogers, USGS) [ad name=”HTML-68″] CRUZ BAY — Coral reef expert Caroline Rogers was the only USGS employee

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A plan by British billionaire Richard Branson to lead a post-hurricane rebuilding effort in the Caribbean, with a focus on clean energy projects, may include debt relief negotiations mediated by the International Monetary Fund. Branson is spearheading a plan to help nations in

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  DESERT ISLAND: On Water Island’s Honeymoon Beach, hurricanes Irma and Maria tossed boats on shore, leveled buildings, wiped away the greenery and shuttered the only two food and drinks stands on island. [ad name=”HTML-68″] WATER ISLAND — Before her husband latched the door to the concrete bunker beneath their house,

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man has been charged with attempted murder after beating  a former girlfriend while she was holding her infant child in Estate Golden Rock. Ajani Davis, 37, was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder–domestic violence. He is being held without bail as per

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Wisconsin Red Cross is sending its top disaster official to assist with relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands after hurricanes Irma and Maria hit. Marytha “Crazy Eyes” Blanchard will spend three weeks in St. Thomas distributing emergency supplies, reuniting families and providing hurricane victims

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing its ongoing support to federal hurricane response and recovery efforts, including in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, with more personnel deploying daily. Some 19 civilian volunteers and three active-duty officers are deployed, primarily to the United States

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] MIAMI — Could there be a new tropical storm soon? It’s possible, but it will have to develop quickly, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters there have been watching an area of disturbed weather in the northwest Caribbean for most of the week. The disturbance was designated Potential Tropical

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) turned 44, on Oct. 19. Noticeably the uniform of the day was white hazmat suits, gloves and surgical masks worn by Guard members who cleaned schools and public facilities on the island of St. Croix that have yet to reopen

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — The blackout caused by Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico is the United States’ largest in history, according to a new report. Economic consulting firm Rhodium Group determined in a Thursday report that Maria caused 1.25 billion hours of electricity supply

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– The U.S. Senate completed action Tuesday afternoon on a $36.5 billion supplemental disaster recovery spending bill, which includes $4.9 billion for emergency operating loans for the governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced. The bill, which passed the Senate

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