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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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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Cruise lines are recovering after hurricanes Irma and Maria slammed our region earlier this year, though cruise-goers describe “blackout” conditions on some islands, and mourn the loss of some of their favorite attractions. The storms hit from late summer into early fall, affecting Florida, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Saint

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ELLIE PERKINS: Died the day before her second birthday in a freak accident as her mother idly chatted to a day care center worker in the British Virgin Islands. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A little girl was crushed to death by the family car

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] KRALENDIJK — Venezuela’s Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A (PDVSA) could lose its license to operate an oil storage terminal it owns on the Dutch island of Bonaire if it does not soon fulfill maintenance demands by regulators, a government spokeswoman said this week. The terminal is a

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BLEAK HOUSE: Gov. Kenneth Mapp is presiding over a 100,000-person territory with no money. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The economic future of the Virgin Islands is in dire jeopardy. The debt crisis, also affecting neighboring Puerto Rico, is hitting home in the territory, too. By 2017,

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WASHINGTON  — Sweeping tax code changes aimed at keeping U.S. companies from shifting profits offshore to avoid taxes will not affect the battered economy of Puerto Rico, a senior White House official said on Wednesday. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has said the provisions in a new tax bill passed by

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BRIDGETOWN — The Caribbean is a biodiversity hotspot. It has over 11,000 plant species, about 72 of which are found only in this region. Its diverse animal species include many exotic fish and birds. The world benefits from this biodiversity, so when these species are exploited for commercial use –

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CHRISTIANSTED — They thought they were the lucky ones. The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) connected them to electricity on St. Croix at 3:20 p.m. on Nov. 16 — one week before Thanksgiving. It was so relatively “early” in the game for people living on St. Croix, that they

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CHRISTIANSTED — We certainly aren’t going out on a limb to call the Year 2017 the Year of the Hurricane. Not when you live here. Two Category 5 storms smacked down St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix within the space of 13 days. The Virgin Islands had gone years

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Brain Coral (Diploria strigosa) in Juno Beach, FL suffering from White Plague, a disease that has ravaged coral reefs in the Western Atlantic. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] MIAMI — A mysterious epidemic continues to sweep South Florida’s reefs, transforming corals into lifeless skeletons and threatening undersea structures that support

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