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[ad name=”HTML-118″] [ad name=”HTML-120″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] 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,”

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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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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 after midnight when Bennerson’s unmarked black government vehicle smashed into the back

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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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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 standards of performance, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. A series of letters obtained exclusively by the

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — On the one-year anniversary of Hurricanes Irma and Maria’s devastation in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Governor Kenneth Mapp has praised God for fortifying him, his colleagues and the people of the territory for the challenge of rebuilding their homeland. In a stirring

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STRAIGHT TALK: Prominent Virgin Islands Republican talks with PBS interviewer Tim Skubick. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] EAST LANSING — In a statewide TV interview in Michigan, prominent local Republican John Yob dismissed the Virgin Islands, where he purportedly lives to this day. Recall that Yob made national news after

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] NEW YORK — When many are celebrating Labor Day Weekend across the United States, Caribbean-born workers who have been coming to the mainland as agri-laborers via a non-immigrant visa exemption rule for decades, have now had that door slammed shut. A final rule eliminating the

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior is providing $3 million in fiscal year 2018 Hurricane Supplemental Funding for the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to create and fund an Office of Disaster Recovery in support of a priority request from the territory, according to a

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] WASHINGTON — Doug Domenech, U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs this week announced $1,488,890 in fiscal year 2018 grants to combat invasive species and protect natural resources in the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the

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