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Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: 2 Big Reasons Why Island Matters In 2016 Elections

 Alejandro Garcia Padilla

Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro García Padilla announced on Monday that the island nation cannot pay its $72 billion debt. He called on citizens to tighten their belts, on creditors to take some losses and on the U.S. government to change laws governing the commonwealth he represents. Puerto Rico’s biggest problems, from debt, to the economy, to…

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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