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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Internal Revenue Service has issued a notice advising taxpayers that the Treasury Department and the IRS intend to propose regulations providing that health insurance issuers must report coverage in catastrophic health insurance plans. Notice 2015-68 also allows electronic delivery of statements reporting coverage under expatriate health

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CHRISTIANSTED – A federal judge gave interim approval for $40 million loan to HOVENSA from its proposed new owners as bankruptcy proceedings over the future of the South Shore refinery began in U.S. District Court in Golden Rock on Thursday. Some of the money is needed by HOVENSA to pay a

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CHRISTIANSTED – Four St. Croix men made their initial appearance today in U.S. District Court in Golden Rock before U.S. Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon after their arrest for drug-related offenses, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Those indicted  on drug charges are: Bruce McIntosh, 52, aka “Bird” aka “Butch.”

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MIAMI – The Federal Aviation Administration said today American Airlines flights were grounded at three of its busiest hubs because of technical problems. The problem affected Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, as well as Dallas-Fort Worth International and Miami International. “We’re working to resolve technical issues impacting several airports as quickly as possible,” an American spokesman said.

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Ja’moi Khadeem Corraspe CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 22-year-old St. Thomas man pled guilty to illegal gun smuggling charges in federal court on Monday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Ja’moi Khadeem Corraspe, 22, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on St. Thomas to conspiracy to ship firearms with obliterated serial

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 44-year-old St. Thomas man pled guilty to illegal gun possession charges in federal court Monday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Lued A. Browne pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on St. Thomas to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on September 14, U.S.

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Hess Corp’s Lorrie Hecker CHRISTIANSTED – The owner of the mothballed refinery on St. Croix filed for chapter 11 on Tuesday, as part of a plan to sell its assets for $184 million to an affiliate of Boston private-equity firm ArcLight Capital Partners LLC. The refinery, known as HOVENSA LLC,

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Rakeem Christmas and Paul George INDIANAPOLIS – Years ago, the day after the Pacers season ended, many players would be on the first flight out to their hometown or favorite vacation spot. Roy Hibbert was actually one of the first one to change the culture, as far as staying in town to

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bank of America said Tuesday a series of improvements to mobile and online banking to better meet customers’ changing needs will make it easier for users to manage their finances digitally. The new updates include the introduction of fingerprint and Touch ID sign-in, in addition to the

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Arial view of the red mud removal project FREDERIKSTED – The Department of Planning and Natural Resources said it will hold a town hall meeting next week on the red mud removal work being done at the St. Croix Renaissance site. DPNR’s Division of Environmental Protection will hold the public

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