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SAN JUAN – FEMA has awarded nearly $46 million in additional grants to cover Hurricane María-related expenses. These awards bring the total amount of funds obligated under the agency’s Public Assistance program to $3.9 billion. The grants approved are distributed as follows: Nearly $14.4 million to the Puerto Rico Electric

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WASHINGTON — Witt O’Brien’s LLC Governor Kenneth Mapp’s high-paid consultants, said yesterday that they have release their first-year progress report on the U.S. Virgin Islands’ recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This report was issued by the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), with the support of Witt O’Brien’s, its “lead

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SAN JUAN — The FBI has raided a government office in Puerto Rico’s capital to seize documents and other items as part of an investigation into alleged fraud. Special agent in charge Douglas Leff said federal investigators are also looking into potential obstruction of the investigation. According to Leff, agents believe documents tied to the reported

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CHRISTIANSTED — The initiative changing the composition of the territory’s unicameral Legislature would disenfranchise voters and violate the principle of one-person, one-vote that has formed the basis of apportioning legislatures since a series of U.S. Supreme Court rulings in the early 1960s. “I applaud citizens of all political backgrounds stepping up

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp said that he has approved the $1.32 billion Fiscal Year 2019 budget for the Government of the United States Virgin Islands. The budget was submitted to the 32nd Legislature on May 30, 2018 and Senators acted to approve it on September 19th. The Governor notified

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NEW YORK  — Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello flew to New York this week on a mission: persuade potential tourists that the hurricane-ravaged island was ready for their return. But Puerto Rico’s recovery from last year’s Hurricane Maria has been a “mixed bag,” Rossello told Reuters on Thursday, acknowledging that

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WASHINGTON — Governor Kenneth Mapp and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Pamela Hughes Patenaude announced the formal execution of a $243 million grant to help Virgin Islanders recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria today. The signing of this agreement now paves the way to speed recovery dollars needed

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THE VICTIM’S CAR AFTER MAPP’S BODYGUARD PLOWED INTO THEM ON ST. CROIX CHRISTIANSTED — Gregory Bennerson Jr., Governor Kenneth Mapp’s Chief of Executive Security, was involved in a two-car accident but did alert the proper authorities afterwards, according to the Virgin Islands Think Tank. The accident occurred on St. Croix

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WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced a $75,000 distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to the Virgin Islands for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. This is part of a $100 million distribution from the LWCF to all 50 states, the territories and

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SMILING FACES: The campaign photo of Albert Bryan, Jr. for the 2018 gubernatorial campaign in the Virgin Islands. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Albert Bryan, Jr., as the commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Labor was sanctioned by its federal counterpart for failing to meet certain minimum agreed-to

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