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CHRISTIANSTED — The money for services at St. Croix’s only hospital, the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center, primarily goes into the pockets of local medical doctors, rather to the health facility itself. That was the bombshell announcement that came from Troy de Chabert-Schuster, the vice chairman of JFL’s

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The wife of a sitting Virgin Islands Senator is under territorial investigation in connection with missing funds at the junior high school where she is the principal. Lisa Forde, the wife of  St. Thomas Sen. Jean Forde and principal of Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, is under investigation

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Senators met in the Health, Hospitals and Human Services Committee to update and improve the current Virgin Islands Veterinary Practice Act. Committee chair Sen. Nereida “Nellie” Rivera-O’Reilly took testimony from people working in veterinary services, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and the Department of Agriculture. Det.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– The commissioner of the Labor testified before the Senate Committee dealing with her department and said that unemployment and disaster assistance checks totaled $12,157,398 up until mid January 2018. The majority of the unemployment checks went to St. Thomas, with $7,150,271 worth for 6,682 applicants as of

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Rules Committee of the Legislature voted 6 to 0 to send architect Stacy A. Bourne’s nomination to the full Senate body for approval. Bourne, originally from St. Louis, Miss., faced generally exploratory questioning from six of the seven members of the committee this morning. Sen. Janet

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ROYAL MESS: Flooding damage to a reading room at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao. SAN JUAN — Hurricane Maria, the 10th most intense Atlantic hurricane on record, made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, causing widespread flooding and damage to infrastructure. Three months later, 35 percent of all

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CHRISTIANSTED — Last Friday, the question about whether or not to burn tree and plant debris felled by the hurricanes reached federal court. This Friday, one of the senators connected to that lawsuit and former Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Commissioner Alicia Barnes duked the issue out on Facebook.

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BLEAK HOUSE: Gov. Kenneth Mapp is presiding over a 100,000-person territory with no money. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The economic future of the Virgin Islands is in dire jeopardy. The debt crisis, also affecting neighboring Puerto Rico, is hitting home in the territory, too. By 2017, St. Thomas, St. John and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Julio Rhymer is out at WAPA! That’s the startling unconfirmed report the Virgin Islands Free Press got early today. The embattled Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority CEO Rhymer has struggled to connect 50 percent of the territory to electricity more than three months after Hurricane Irma

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands government is grappling with a staggering revenue shortfall in the wake of the two category 5 hurricanes that hit prior to its fiscal year ending, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The territorial government — led by Gov. Kenneth Mapp — is trying

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