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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] SAN JUAN — Straddled across Ausberto Maldonado’s backyard in Bayamon, a suburb of Puerto Rico, is a nagging reminder of Hurricane Maria’s destructive power. “See, that tree broke off that branch, which is as thick as a tree — and now it’s in my yard,”

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHRISTIANSTED – The federal program that provides emergency prescription assistance for uninsured disaster survivors has been extended through May 15 at the territory’s request. Virgin Islanders who have no prescription insurance coverage and lost medicine or medical supplies due to hurricanes Irma and Maria may be

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] The Honorable Stacey Plaskett 331 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515  Dear Congresswoman Plaskett: As you are aware, Hurricanes Irma and Maria dealt a severe blow to the economy of the Virgin Islands. The hospitality industry is central to our economy and bringing back Caneel

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FRONTLINE BAR AND RESTAURANT IN ESTATE COLQUHOUN CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Lucia native was given 1.25 years in prison by a federal judge for entering the territory illegally and having a loaded gun. James “Jaguar” Charlery, 53, currently of St. Croix, was sentenced on March 28, 2018, in U.S. District

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] SAN JUAN — With the significant increase of beachgoers and small pleasure boaters traversing the Caribbean during this Easter weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Thursday an increased vigilance posture and advisory of reporting requirements. U.S. Border Patrol and Air and Marine

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] FREDERIKSTED — On Thursday March 29, 2018 at approximately 12:42 p.m., an individual called 911 and reported a unresponsive male in Estate Hogensborg. Police responded and discovered a unresponsive black make individual. The victim appeared to have gunshot wounds to the body. The VIPD Criminal Investigations

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHRISTIANSTED – The Hurricane Recovery and Resiliency Task Force, created by Gov. Kenneth Mapp, met on St. Croix on Wednesday as part of the Governor’s mission to rebuild the territory in a way that prioritizes sustainability and resiliency. “Recovering from the storm is not only

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp has nominated 14 neighborhoods on St. Thomas and St. Croix as Qualified Opportunity Zones eligible for U.S. tax breaks under the massive tax bill passed by Congress last December, Government House announced today. The nominated zones, which are considered 14 “low income census tracts”, are subject

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was arrested after allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in February, according to police sources. Osvaldo M. Tavarez, 47, has been charged with first-degree aggravated rape in connection with a March 22 report. Tavarez was remanded to the Bureau of

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] MIAMI — It’s the start of the Easter weekend for many, but for 271 immigrants, including several from the Caribbean nabbed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers, it won’t be a Happy Easter. The Caribbean immigrants were mostly nabbed

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