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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has been eyeing several pots of money — including Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico disaster funds, counter-narcotic accounts and military construction dollars — to fund the borderwall, according to congressional aides and White House officials. If Trump declares an emergency to build the wall with

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WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett issued the following statement Friday on President Donald Trump’s announcement that he is finally ending the government shutdown and temporarily reopening the federal government: “After the longest shut down in history, I am pleased that the government will reopen and federal employees will be paid,”

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said today that the island’s government-owned utility companies will suspend water and electricity bills for federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown — the longest in U.S. history. In a statement, Rosselló said his government was issuing a moratorium on collections by

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WILLEMSTAD — The British Royal Navy support ship RFA Mounts Bay has joined forces with specialist U.S. take-down teams from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), in order to combat drug smuggling in the Caribbean. USCG drug enforcement experts have been deployed to stop illegal narcotics produced in South and Central

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WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett will preside over the U.S. House of Representatives today. As Speaker pro tempore, Plaskett will manage debate on the House Floor. Plaskett was sworn in to her third term as the U.S. Representative for the Virgin Islands. Delegate Plaskett has recently been appointed Senior Whip

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SAN JUAN — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances is asking a court to invalidate more than $6 billion worth of debt issued by the U.S. commonwealth, a move that would hit bondholders. The board said late Monday the debt includes all general obligation bonds that were

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas senator says “the territory has made a momentous step towards economic diversification, revenue generation and cultural revitalization.” Bill No. 32-0308, a bill creating the Division of Festivals and the Cultural Heritage Institute under the Department of Tourism, has been signed into law by Governor

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Juan F. Luis Hospital along with Governor-Elect Albert Bryan, Jr., Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett, Plessen Healthcare and the V.I. Health Department welcomed back many of the previously evacuated dialysis patients. The ceremony was held at the Palms of Pelican Cove on Sunday. “It was an honor

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola — The death of a Florida cardiologist in the British Virgin Islands is being investigated by police in this territory. The body of Dr. Joseph Horgan was found December 20 in the waters near Tortola, according to the Royal Virgin Islands Police. Horgan, 65, an avid sailor, had

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SANTIAGO — Chile has become the latest country to pull out of a controversial United Nations migration pact, its interior ministry indicated, provoking fury among opposition parties who accused Sebastian Pinera’s government of “shameful and authoritarian” behavior. Rodrigo Ubilla, Chile’s Interior Ministry subsecretary, told Chilean Sunday paper El Mercurio in

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