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[ad name=”HTML-68″] CRUZ BAY — Friends and family of longtime St. John charter captain Richard Benson are mourning his death after his body was found in the British Virgin Islands. Linda Worthington, Benson’s ex-wife, said in an email from her home in Belize that “there has been an outpouring of

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] NEW YORK — Following the devastation Hurricanes Irma and Maria wrought on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in September, Verizon announced an initial pledge of $1 million to help with recovery efforts. Shortly following Hurricane Maria, and learning of the magnitude of the damage left by the storm, Verizon pledged an additional $4 million and

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[ad name=”HTML-68″]   WASHINGTON — With many teachers among the thousands of residents fleeing Puerto Rico for the mainland after Hurricane Maria, school districts in Florida, Texas and New York say they are working to streamline the certification process in the hopes of adding Puerto Rican teachers to their classrooms.

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CHRISTIANSTED – Survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands have until December 18 to register for assistance with FEMA. FEMA has granted the territorial government’s request to extend the deadlines and make the deadline the same for both disasters. “We understand that the ongoing communications challenges

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) activated its Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) for the territory to help uninsured residents recovering from Hurricane Maria obtain the critical prescription drugs they need. A total of 13 pharmacies in the U.S. Virgin

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Dustin Kuster is still waiting for a large cooler he purchased online to arrive at his home so he can keep meat, cheese, and fresh foods on hand. Like about 80 percent of residents here, the 41-year-old, his girlfriend, and her four children have been living without

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] CRUZ BAY — Two linemen from a U.S. mainland contractor were injured during an early morning carjacking attempt on Monday. Three linemen were getting ready to start their workday, sitting on the back of a truck with the engine running, when an individual jumped into the cab and

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A convicted murderer who served more than a decade in prison for killing two men in 2002 is facing new federal gun charges, according to federal authorities. The man, Gregory Williams, 34, was at one point serving a sentence of life in prison. But after

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE  — A St. Thomas man has pleaded guilty to smuggling illegal aliens into the territory for profit, according to federal authorities. Steven Lewis, 57, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Tuesday to one count of aiding and abetting the harboring of illegal aliens, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – An Ivanna Eudora Kean High School graduate has pleaded guilty to cocaine distribution charges in the territory. Jamal Haynes, 39, of Phoenix, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Monday to two different conspiracies to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, Acting United States Attorney Joycelyn

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