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SAN JUAN — As the U.S. Congress drags its feet on a bill to address Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt crisis, it could get kicked into high gear by an unlikely source: the Supreme Court. The highest U.S. court is due to rule by the end of June on the

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CHRISTIANSTED — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will make a campaign stop for his wife Hillary in St. Croix on Monday. The May 16 event is timed to happen ahead of the Democratic caucus meeting slated for June 4. “President Clinton will attend a public event in St. Croix where

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The first batch of 2015 income tax refunds have been transmitted to the Department of Finance for processing this week, according to a written statement from Government House. At least $10 million in refunds will be paid out, Finance Commissioner Valdamier Collens and Internal Revenue Director Marvin

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Rules governing the convention being convened to select GOP nominees for Congress and territorial offices as well as the party’s offices—chairman, national committeewoman, national committeeman and Territorial Committee members — were unanimously approved during a special meeting of the Republican Territorial Committee, according to state GOP chairman John Canegata. The special meeting,

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2016 Presidential ElectionAt VIFreepBreaking NewsSt. Croix NewsSt. John NewsSt. Thomas NewsTerritorial Affairs

CHRISTIANSTED — Republican party nominees for federal and territorial offices will be selected at a territorial convention on June 11, according to state GOP chairman John Canegata. The decision to opt-out of the taxpayer-funded primary election was made during a special meeting of the Republican Territorial Committee on Friday after

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SAN JUAN — About 100 scouts and executives descended upon Puerto Rico this week to watch high school shortstop Delvin Perez, a possible top-five pick in the June draft. One of the officials texted a picture of bug spray with 30 percent DEET, accompanied by a two-word caption: “I’m prepared.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vice President Joe Biden chaired the U.S.-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. The Summit, which gathered Caribbean and Central American heads of government and energy ministers, multilateral development banks, the private sector, and other international partners, caps off the work of the U.S.-Caribbean-Central American

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 31-year-old Puerto Rico native pleaded guilty in federal court on St. Thomas to attempting to smuggle Brazilian nationals into the territory last year. Angel De Jesus Marrero pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on St. Thomas on Tuesday to encouraging and inducing aliens to illegally enter

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PORT OF SPAIN — There may be trouble brewing in Paradise. The extremist group known as Islamic State has apparently begun looking beyond the Middle East and Europe to recruit new members. As European and online security efforts against the group have been bolstered, the radical terrorist group has now

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By DAVINA “DAYVEE” SUTTON/SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS FREDERIKSTED — Like Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands are U.S. territories. Many mainland Americans are aware of this. However, they don’t know the history of the islands, especially its slavery past. Though the slaves were treated cruelly, they had numerous

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