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WAPA Executive Director Julio Rhymer

WAPA OKs Resolution for $75 Million Community Disaster Loan

The governing board of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority on Wednesday authorized Executive Director Julio Rhymer Sr. to apply for a $75 million FEMA Community Disaster Loan. The unanimous action came at an emergency meeting on St. Thomas.
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Rep. Plaskett in OGR Committee. (File photo)

Mapp, Senators to Visit D.C. to Discuss V.I.’s Needs with Congress

Members of the V.I. Senate and Gov. Kenneth Mapp will visit Washington, D.C. next week to meet with members of Congress and Congressional staffers to discuss the needs of the territory after it was hit by two category 5 hurricanes.
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Genevieve Whitaker speaks at the UVI campus in 2012. (Genevieve Whitaker photo from the Stetson University website)

After Two Hurricanes, Two Whirlwind Journeys for St. Croix Attorney

Despite two recent hurricanes, one St. Croix resident is having the experience of a lifetime. After returning from Chicago at the invitation of former President Barack Obama, attorney Genevieve Whitaker said she is ready to pursue some high ideals.
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Bob Moquin and Kelvin Nelson of the SBA speak at UVI Tuesday.

Officials Encourage Virgin Islanders to Apply for Disaster Loans and Grants

FEMA has spent $7.5 million in the territory, the Small Business Administration has approved more than $33 million in loans and the V.I. Labor Department has processed almost 3,000 unemployment applications.
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Mapp speaks Friday at his Government House news conference. (Jamie Leonard photo)

Mapp Says GESC Claim About Cigna Is ‘Untrue’

Gov. Kenneth Mapp said he wants the Legislature to approve legislation changing employee insurance contribution levels, saying it is 'untrue' that Cigna demands the employee/employer shares be left unchanged.
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Attorney General Walker Joins 17 States Urging Pharmacies To Address Opioids

V.I. Attorney General Claude Walker joined 17 of his counterparts across the country in letters sent Monday to 15 pharmacy-related health care companies encouraging them to implement programs to mitigate prescription opioid abuse.
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From left: Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Tom Carper and other representatives from the United States Congress spent Sunday afternoon with Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp on a tour of severely damaged areas throughout St. Thomas, including the Tutu High Rise housing projects and Schneider Regional Medical Center. (Government House photo)

Mapp: Congressional Visit Sends ‘Powerful Message’

A meeting on St. Thomas this week gave members of Congress the chance to witness the state of the island first hand, and gave Gov. Kenneth Mapp the chance to push an agenda to rally funds for "mitigation and resiliency efforts."
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A damaged tree and brown hillsides on St. John's north shore.

Some St. John Trees Struggling to Recover

The damage inflicted by Hurricane Irma on the forests of St. John Sept. 6 may be much worse than anyone suspected. Seven weeks after the storm, there are still swaths of forest where the trees are lying flat, and little that is green can be seen.
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Court Won't Dismiss Sen. Wayne James's Corruption Case; Trial Begins Nov. 6

Wayne James Corruption Trial Postponed Again

The trial for former Sen. Wayne James on federal corruption charges has been postponed until 9 a.m. Jan. 8, pending the outcome of James' most recent appeal of a U.S. District Court's decision not to dismiss the charges.
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WAPA line superintendent Richard Lanclos demonstrates a model of the new composite poles that will be used on St. John.

Power Restoration Continues on St. John; BBC Lineman Recovers

Three crews of linemen contracted to help restore electrical lines on St. John are making steady progress, according to Roger Grider, general foreman of BBC Electric.
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