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COMMENTARY BY: SORAYA DIASE COFFELT Two gubernatorial candidates have expressed publicly their support for legislation to give free tuition to every high school graduate in the U.S. Virgin Islands who wants to attend the University of the Virgin Islands. As the mother of two sons who graduated from college in

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] SAN JUAN — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has said it did not have a “phasing” plan in place for getting resources to Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria devastated the island last September. Meanwhile the agency’s supply warehouse on Puerto Rico had zero cots, zero

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHRISTIANSTED — The top federal official charged with disaster response and recovery highlighted more mismanagement by the territorial government nearly a month into the 2018 hurricane season and almost a year after hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the Virgin Islands. In a press conference Wednesday,

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] SAN JUAN — Hurricane Maria ripped away part of the steel roof from Carmen Lidia Torres Mercado’s home in the Puerto Rican capital. Nine months later, she is still relying on a blue plastic tarp to protect her home, even with a new storm season

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Kenneth Mapp met with Federal Emergency Management Agency leadership on Tuesday to discuss advancing the rebuild and repair of Virgin Islands schools, hospitals and public housing and to share his concerns about protecting residents in the event of a major storm this

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] MIAMI — A Florida federal grand jury indicted an unruly St. Croix passenger accused of interfering with a flight attendant while aboard an American Airlines flight last month, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. In a two-count indictment, Jason Felix, 35, is charged with

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– Governor Kenneth Mapp has directed the Virgin Islands Finance Department to release more than $30 million to pay AECOM for performing work on the Emergency Home Repair VI program, which is repairing thousands of damaged homes across the territory. Of the total

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FEMA Coordinating Officer William Vogel (left) sits next to Gov. Kenneth Mapp and VITEMA Director Mona Barnes. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp joined governors from across the country for a video teleconference Wednesday as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator William “Brock” Long and Secretary of the Department

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] FREDERIKSTED — The top GOP official in the Virgin Islands suggested his fundraising group’s “behind the scenes” relationship with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke helped influence the department’s response to last year’s hurricanes in the territory. John Canegata, the head of the Virgin Islands Republican Party,

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Contractors tasked with rebuilding thousands of hurricane-damaged houses in the Virgin Islands have not been paid for months, exposing a rift over how to pay the bills in a territory facing a severe cash shortage. About 10,000 damaged homes in the islands

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