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WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico’s governor got the jump on the territory on Monday when asked the federal government for $94.4 billion ahead of the Virgin Islands. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said during a news conference that he will still formally make his request to the White House and Congress, along with a

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WASHINGTON — Republican leaders from the U.S. territory of the Virgin Islands are in the nation’s capital this week telling the White House and Congress not to write a blank check to the islands. In a series of meetings, GOP leadership from the hurricane-devastated islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas

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WASHINGTON — WE RECENTLY LED a bipartisan congressional delegation to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Florida Keys to survey the damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria and to bear witness to the suffering of families and communities that are still without the basic necessities of power,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The territory expects to receive $800 million in emergency loans from the $36.5 billion storm aid bill approved by Congress earlier this month, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said in a statement today. The first draw down will occur over the next 10 to 15 days and will go

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– The U.S. Senate completed action Tuesday afternoon on a $36.5 billion supplemental disaster recovery spending bill, which includes $4.9 billion for emergency operating loans for the governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced. The bill, which passed the Senate on a

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CHRISTIANSTED — The cost to rebuild the Virgin Islands’ infrastructure after last month’s devastating Category 5 hurricanes is guess-stimated at $5.5 billion dollars, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said Thursday. In a letter forwarded to congressional leaders, the governor outlined the costs associated with restoring the territory’s power system, rebuilding schools and hospitals,

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VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR America’s Caribbean. That is what it says on the license plates down there: U.S. Virgin Islands — America’s Caribbean. I should know. I lived there for three years in the early 2000s and still own a condo there today. Actually — “owned”

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PHOTO IN QUESTION: One of the photos (censored) of Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett that was allegedly leaked to the Internet by two of her own staffers in her congressional office in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two former employees of V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett have

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SPECIAL REPORT ON PUERTO RICO PLEBISCITE By NICK BROWN and TRACY RUCINSKI Reuters News Service SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday said the island’s vote in favor of becoming a U.S. state, despite low voter turnout and widespread boycotts, was “a fair and open” process that U.S. Congress

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51ST STATE IS PUERTO RICO? Not if President Donald Trump and the 115th U.S. Congress have any say in the matter. People across the mainland view today’s vote as a desperate appeal to have the United States financially bail out the fiscally-hurting American commonwealth that the U.S. acquired during the

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