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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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By POLLY HOPPIN As health professionals with expertise in the links between air pollution and human health, we are writing to express our grave concern about and opposition to the proposed plan to dispose of wood debris on the Virgin Islands by burning them in air curtain incinerators. Burning of

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SAN JUAN — At least half the population of Puerto Rico was at potential risk of exposure to bacterial contamination in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, according to government test results obtained by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Some 2.3 million Puerto Rican residents were served by water systems which

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TIGHT FIT: A car carefully navigates around and under obstacles on a road one week after Hurricane Maria raked St. Croix. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake CHRISTIANSTED — U.S. Virgin Islanders affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria now have until Jan. 8, 2018, to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The

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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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CHRISTIANSTED – After Hurricane Irma devastated much of St. Thomas and St. John three months ago, St. Croix became a base of operations for first responders, who began life-saving and life-sustaining missions to support survivors. But within two weeks, fierce winds and torrential rains from Hurricane Maria struck St. Croix,

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CHRISTIANSTED – Gov. Kenneth Mapp thanked members of the 32nd Legislature of the Virgin Islands for authorizing the territory’s government to enter into a Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Disaster Loan. Senators approved the Government’s borrowing initiative during Friday’s session. “By their affirmative vote, Senators have strengthened the cash liquidity of the

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FLORENCE — The University of the Virgin Islands’ men’s basketball team remained winless after getting smacked down by North Alabama 92-58 on Tuesday night in Alabama. Jonathan Harley scored 13 points, Jake Fay added 11 points and Justin Syphoe had 10 points for the Buccaneers (0-10), who trailed by as

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BRIDGETOWN — The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) has announced the launch of the fifth annual Caribbean Innovation Competition (CIC). The Caribbean Innovation Competition is an international competition and business start-up accelerator program for young entrepreneurs in the CARICOM member and associate states. The CIC believes it is different from

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CHRISTIANSTED — Some 40 percent of small businesses never reopen after a disaster, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) To help small businesses, loans are available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA also can lend money to homeowners and renters hurt by disasters such as Hurricanes

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