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BRIDGETOWN — Economic growth is not enough to eliminate poverty in rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, and governments need targeted policies and investments for agricultural development and correct historic inequality experienced by millions of people across the region, says a United Nations report released today. “With the

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MAPP WANTS A PIMPED OUT RIDE CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp wants to spend more of your tax money — and soon. Mapp will ask the Legislature for dramatic tax hikes in advance of a planned $426 million bond sale. Government House has introduced a bill for a $396

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RECALLED: Eggo waffles over Listeria fears. BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — These Eggos need to be leggo. No one has gotten sick. But Kellogg has issued a 25-state-wide voluntary recall of about 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles, because they might be infected with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. According

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CHAOS IS THE NEW NORMAL: In Venezuela EL FURRIAL, Venezuela — One oil rig was idle for weeks because a single piece of equipment was missing. Another was attacked by armed gangs who made off with all they could carry. Many oil workers say they are paid so little that

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BEST General Manager Kerry Harrigan CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Promising increased community involvement with renewed dedication to professional customer service, Blue Executive Services & Transportation (BEST) has won the taxi concession for the West Indian Co. Ltd. cruise ship dock on St. Thomas. “We’re definitely very enthusiastic and we will be

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Public Works will receive $1,696,405 from the U.S. Department of Transportation “to rehabilitate its La Reine Bus facility,” the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The USDOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the selections for its Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program this week that will help

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GRAPE EXPECTATIONS: St. Croix’s Tim Duncan SAN ANTONIO — A federal grand jury in Texas is returning a two-count indictment for wire fraud against Charles Banks, a financial adviser who has been alleged to have mishandled over $20 million in investments of his ex-client, retired Spurs All-Star Tim Duncan, the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Attorney General Claude Earl Walker is urging owners of Honda and Acura vehicles to take advantage of the Honda repair-a-thon, which involves removing Takata airbags from their vehicles. AG Walker made this appeal Thursday afternoon during a joint press conference with Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs

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SAN JUAN — A passenger on a flight from New York to Puerto Rico is in FBI custody today after allegedly setting two blankets and a control panel on fire during a flight. Idializ Gomez boarded a JetBlue flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York at about 12:43

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By SORAYA DIASE COFFELT/Special to the V.I. Free Press BEIJING — I had the special opportunity to study Chinese law and business in the People’s Republic of China this summer for five weeks. I joined a group of American students and law professors in Beijing. Our classes were held at

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