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Whitefish halts power work in Puerto Rico, claims it's owed $83 million

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Americans haven't forgotten about Puerto Rico, poll finds

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School Districts Strained By Increasing Numbers of Students From Puerto Rico

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Puppies from Puerto Rico may have spread disease in New Hampshire, officials warn

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Latin Grammys pay tribute to Puerto Rico

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US agency approves AT&T drone in Puerto Rico for cellular service

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Jackson hospital ships nearly 30 boxes of basic supplies to Puerto Rico
JACKSON — Rob McQueen typically just sees the aftermath, the destruction. It’s rare he’s on the ground before the disaster, at least not immediately prior. It’s rare he sees what a functioning community looks like before it is reduced to rubble. Then he went to Puerto Rico. “I remember walking into the hotel on Sept. 19,” said McQueen, a Sun Valley, Idaho, native, “and I remember walking out of the hotel Sept   Read More ...
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Dominion Energy shipping donated solar panels, supplies to storm-stricken Puerto Rico
Dominion Energy, as part of a broader effort organized by employees, including some with ties to the hurricane-stricken island, is covering the cost of sending seven pallets of solar panels to Puerto Rico. The panels will provide 50 kilowatts, enough to power 12 homes, for a community "energy oasis," allowing locals who still lack power to charge phones, do laundry and other basic tasks requiring electricity   Read More ...
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'Every day was different': GF Salvation Army chief leads Puerto Rico relief
Lt. Matthew Beatty, who heads the Salvation Army in Grand Forks, landed in Puerto Rico in mid-October. He was soon struck by the island's nighttime appearance—far darker, after hurricane winds had knocked out power, than it had ever been before.   Read More ...
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Medical team from Mass. General headed to Puerto Rico
Medical team from Mass. General headed to Puerto Rico BOSTON — Twenty-six members of a medical team from Massachusetts General Hospital will be deployed to Puerto Rico to help in the hurricane-ravaged island’s recovery. The team will travel to Puerto Rico on Saturday, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency announced on Wednesday. The team includes 15 nurses, five doctors, four nurse practitioners, one physician assistant and one staffer to handle logistics and security   Read More ...
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Relatives watch kin in Puerto Rico still struggle after Hurricane Maria
Two months after Hurricane Maria, many of Isaias Rivera's relatives in Puerto Rico still live without regular electricity. Cellphone service is spotty at best — transportation is limited and his siblings often face long lines for basic necessities withdrawing cash from banks or buying gasoline. Nevertheless, he is relieved they are alive. In the weeks since the storm hit in late September, he received word that all nine siblings survived   Read More ...
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Air Guard members land in Sioux City after Puerto Rico deployment
SIOUX CITY | Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, 15 Iowa Air National Guard members returned home Tuesday after a two-month deployment in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Members of the Iowa Air Guard’s 132nd Wing in Des Moines, aboard a KC-135 from the 185th Air Refueling Wing, landed at the Sioux City airbase Tuesday night. The guard members had been in Puerto Rico since late September, providing security for relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria   Read More ...
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Whitefish halts power work in Puerto Rico, claims it's owed $83 million
Whitefish Energy Holdings said late Monday that it was halting work to help restore power in Puerto Rico because the U.S. territory's government has not paid crews as part of a contract that led to accusations of overcharging and incompetence and contributed to the resignation of the power company director. The Montana-based company said in a statement that invoices for work done in October are outstanding and that it can no longer keep working   Read More ...
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Contractor for Puerto Rico power suspends work, citing unpaid bills
With less than half the power on Puerto Rico restored two months after a deadly hurricane hit the island, the company hired to help bring back the electricity is “standing down,” it said, because it is owed tens of millions of dollars for weeks of work. Whitefish Energy Holdings had been fired last month by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority after widespread criticism and multiple investigations of a $300 million contract it received to help repair the island’s power grid   Read More ...
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National historic site in Puerto Rico reopens after hurricane
Washington (CNN)By next week, two important areas of a national historic site in San Juan, Puerto Rico, damaged by Hurricane Maria will be open to visitors and back to normal operations. Public tours resumed Tuesday at the Castillo San Cristóbal area of San Juan National Historic Site, and officials expect Castillo San Felipe del Morro to reopen as early as next week, the National Park Service announced Tuesday   Read More ...
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The Pentagon’s hurricane relief effort in Puerto Rico is nearly over, but these missions remain
The majority of active-duty U.S. troops involved in hurricane relief in Puerto Rico will return home this week, but power restoration and a few other missions are ongoing, said a U.S. general overseeing the effort. Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan said in an interview Tuesday that charter flights will take troops home to Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Benning in Georgia, Joint Base San Antonio in Texas and Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state on Wednesday   Read More ...
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Churches raising money to transport hurricane relief supplies to Puerto Rico
The donations – including six pallets of bottled water – are piling up in the basement of First Parish Church. “The community has responded tremendously,” said Angela Echevarria, a member of Iglesia de Cristo Misionera of Taunton, which rents space in First Parish Church. Echevarria – who is originally from Puerto Rico – said the goal is to get the supplies directly to their partner church   Read More ...
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Contractor for Puerto Rico Power Suspends Work, Citing Unpaid Bills
Photo With less than half the power on Puerto Rico restored two months after a deadly hurricane hit the island, the company hired to help bring back the electricity is “standing down,” it said, because it is owed tens of millions of dollars for weeks of work. Whitefish Energy Holdings had already been fired last month by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority after widespread criticism and multiple investigations of a $300 million contract it received to help repair the island’s power grid   Read More ...
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There's no evidence of Trump's vaunted executive leadership in Puerto Rico
To the editor: Here we are, two months after Hurricane Maria inflicted an estimated $95 billion in damage on Puerto Rico. About half of the people are still without electricity, and just about everyone is suffering. (“Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico struggles to regain electricity and thousands flee the island,” Nov. 19) What’s going on? Nearly half of the federal contracts that have been awarded have not gone through an open-bidding process   Read More ...
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Whitefish halting Puerto Rico power repairs
Whitefish Energy's contract is up on December 1 The company says it is stopping work before then because it is owed millions of dollars Whitefish Energy is stopping its work to restore Puerto Rico's broken electricity grid because the company says it is owed more than $83 million by the island's power authority. He claimed credit for the restoration of transmission lines by his contractors, even after his company's controversial contract with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) was set to be voided   Read More ...
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Whitefish halts power work in Puerto Rico over $83M owed
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Whitefish Energy Holdings said late Monday that it was halting work to help restore power in Puerto Rico because the U.S. territory's government has not paid crews as part of a contract that led to accusations of overcharging and incompetence and contributed to the resignation of the power company director. The Montana-based company said in a statement that invoices for work done in October are outstanding and that it can no longer keep working   Read More ...
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After CNN investigation, Puerto Rico asks funeral homes to help identify hurricane deaths
Puerto Rico is asking for help with its tally of deaths from Hurricane Maria. This follows a CNN survey of 112 funeral homes on the battered Caribbean island.   Read More ...
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Hurricane Maria: Bill Clinton personally hands out supplies in Puerto Rico to survivors
Former US president Bill Clinton has arrived in Puerto Rico to meet with residents as the island recovers from Hurricane Maria. He arrived with medical supplies and solar energy equipment donated by the Clinton Foundation, which had already transported 76 tonnes of medicine and medical equipment since the storm hit on 20 September. Mr Clinton also visited health clinics and the island's largest shelter with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello   Read More ...
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Whitefish is halting Puerto Rico power repairs, claiming it’s owed $83 million
SAN JUAN — Whitefish Energy is stopping its work to restore Puerto Rico’s broken electricity grid because the company says it is owed more than $83 million by the island’s power authority. Whitefish CEO Andy Techmanski told CNN that repeated requests for agreed payments were not met and there was no choice but to suspend work. He claimed credit for the restoration of transmission lines by his contractors, even after his company’s controversial contract with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) was set to be voided   Read More ...
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Voices: Federal response slow-footed in Puerto Rico despite millions spent
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The mayor was disheveled, overwhelmed and underslept. In his small City Hall office, Jesús Colón Berlingeri, mayor of Orocovis, described to me those early, chaotic days after Hurricane Maria ravaged his town, perched high in the Cordillera Central mountains of Puerto Rico. Felled eucalyptus trees clogged the roads to his municipality, locals were foraging for food and water and there was no sign of federal help   Read More ...
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Head of Puerto Rico’s power company resigns as blackouts continue
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The director of Puerto Rico’s power company resigned on Friday amid ongoing blackouts and scrutiny of a contract awarded to a small Montana-based company to help rebuild the electricity grid destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority said Ricardo Ramos presented his letter of resignation to the company’s board effective immediately. Ramos said in a brief video posted on Twitter Friday evening that it was a very personal decision and that it had nothing to do with any issues covered by the media   Read More ...
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Company pulls the plug on restoring power to Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- said late Monday that it was halting work to help restore power in Puerto Rico because the U.S. territory's government has not paid crews as part of a contract that led to accusations of overcharging and incompetence and contributed to the resignation of the power company director. The Montana-based company said in a statement that invoices for work done in October are outstanding and that it can no longer keep working   Read More ...
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Whitefish Energy: Power company halts Puerto Rico work
An energy firm is halting work restoring power in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico in a dispute over pay. Whitefish Energy says payments have been delayed from Puerto Rico's bankrupt power authority. The power authority, known was Prepa, says it is reviewing invoices and has stopped payments after receiving a complaint from a subcontractor. Whitefish Energy has been at the centre of a contracting controversy that reached the Trump administration   Read More ...
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Whitefish halts power work in Puerto Rico over $83M owed
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Whitefish Energy Holdings said late Monday that it was halting work to help restore power in Puerto Rico because the U.S. territory's government has not paid crews as part of a contract that led to accusations of overcharging and incompetence and contributed to the resignation of the power company director. The Montana-based company said in a statement that invoices for work done in October are outstanding and that it can no longer keep working   Read More ...
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Whitefish halts power work in Puerto Rico over $83M owed
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Whitefish Energy Holdings Inc. says it is halting work to help restore power in Puerto Rico because it has not been paid by the U.S. territory's government. The company said in a statement late Monday that invoices for work done in October are outstanding and that it can no longer keep working. A letter sent to Puerto Rico officials states the government owes Whitefish more than $83 million   Read More ...
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Whitefish is halting Puerto Rico power repairs, claiming it's owed $83 million
Whitefish Energy's contract is up on December 1 The company says it is stopping work before then because it is owed millions of dollars Whitefish Energy is stopping its work to restore Puerto Rico's broken electricity grid because the company says it is owed more than $83 million by the island's power authority. He claimed credit for the restoration of transmission lines by his contractors, even after his company's controversial contract with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) was set to be voided   Read More ...
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Whitefish halting work in Puerto Rico
Whitefish Energy's contract is up on December 1 The company says it is stopping work before then because it is owed millions of dollars Whitefish Energy is stopping its work to restore Puerto Rico's broken electricity grid because the company says it is owed more than $83 million by the island's power authority. He claimed credit for the restoration of transmission lines by his contractors, even after his company's controversial contract with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) was set to be voided   Read More ...
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Whitefish is halting Puerto Rico power repairs
Whitefish Energy's contract is up on December 1 The company says it is stopping work before then because it is owed millions of dollars Whitefish Energy is stopping its work to restore Puerto Rico's broken electricity grid because the company says it is owed more than $83 million by the island's power authority. He claimed credit for the restoration of transmission lines by his contractors, even after his company's controversial contract with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) was set to be voided   Read More ...
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Fluor's work on Puerto Rico power project halted over safety issue
(Reuters) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Monday it temporarily halted Fluor Corp’s work under its Puerto Rico power restoration contract over safety concerns and expects the work to resume on Tuesday. The work was stopped to discuss the concerns, which were not disclosed, with Fluor and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the Army Corps of Engineers said   Read More ...
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Americans haven't forgotten about Puerto Rico, poll finds
70% -- with majorities in both parties -- think that Puerto Rico is not getting enough help Six in 10 Americans say Texans are getting the help they need after Hurricane Harvey Washington (CNN)Two months ago today, Hurricane Maria made direct landfall in Puerto Rico, devastating the island and wiping out the power grid and transportation infrastructure for its millions of residents   Read More ...
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How you can help a devastated Puerto Rico
For two weeks after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September, Frances Westerman, a retiree from Kent in northwestern Connecticut, got information from Puerto Rico only in dribs and drabs, she said. Power and cellular towers were down, and she couldn’t connect with anyone at the condo complex in the island’s southwest where she spends the winter every year. “It was very scary the first days,” Westerman, 85, said of trying to find out what was going on from afar   Read More ...
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Hurricane Maria may put 5,000 businesses out of business in Puerto Rico
It’s been 60 days since Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico and the unincorporated U.S. territory is still far from recovery. Estimates by one financial services firm that provides Small Business Administration-backed loans is estimating that more than 5,000 businesses there will go out of business due to the infrastructure collapse caused by the storm, according to this report by Public Radio International   Read More ...
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School Districts Strained By Increasing Numbers of Students From Puerto Rico
Leaders of school districts around the state say they are determined to serve every child who comes from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, but they admit it’s becoming more challenging and more costly as the numbers grow. The numbers of new students enrolling in Connecticut schools has more than doubled since the start of the month to more than a thousand late last week, and school officials say those numbers are rising steadily, particularly in the state’s already-struggling urban areas   Read More ...
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Why are immigration cases in N.J. being heard by judges in Puerto Rico?
ELIZABETH--Some 50 percent of Puerto Rico these days remains without power. But the hurricane-ravaged island still has enough juice to run a live video stream between an immigration court in Guaynabo, and the Elizabeth Detention Center in New Jersey--where many hoping to avoid deportation are now arguing their cases before a judge sitting 1,604 miles away. A backlog in U.S. immigration courts across the country has federal officials increasingly handling cases through video hookups, where the only place a judge and a detainee may meet is on a television screen   Read More ...
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'I need to believe there will be light': Puerto Rico struggles with blackout
Most of island's 3.5 million people still living in darkness Related Stories In the capital of San Juan, the sound slices through the smothering nighttime darkness, even through the constant drone of generators. It's the croaking of the coqui, a tiny frog native to Puerto Rico. The symphony begins at nightfall, emerging as a companion to all the weariness. The headlights of passing cars are all that illuminate a family sitting on the cement shoulder on the side of a busy road   Read More ...
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Protesters march in solidarity with hurricane-hit Puerto Rico
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Protesters marched Sunday in Washington in solidarity with hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, criticizing the lackluster US response to the storm and calling for reform. Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico in September, ravaging the US territory's infrastructure. Some 50 percent of its population of 3.4 million people still lacks electricity more than two months later. Demonstrators gathered at the US Capitol with Puerto Rican flags and signs that read "Fight for Puerto Rico," then marched toward the Lincoln Memorial at the other end of the National Mall   Read More ...
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Thousands Converge On D.C. For Puerto Rico Unity March
CHICAGO (CBS) — Thousands of people from around the country, including many from Chicago, converged on Washington, D.C. Sunday for a Unity March in support of disaster relief for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The Unity March purposely coincided with “Discovery of Puerto Rico Day,” a national holiday that marks the day Columbus discovered the island. Thousands rallying outside the White House called on Congress to do away with the Jones Act, something they say has inflated prices on the island   Read More ...
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Protesters march in solidarity with hurricane-hit Puerto Rico
Washington (AFP) - Protesters marched Sunday in Washington in solidarity with hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, criticizing the lackluster US response to the storm and calling for reform. Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico in September, ravaging the US territory's infrastructure. Some 50 percent of its population of 3.4 million people still lacks electricity more than two months later. Demonstrators gathered at the US Capitol with Puerto Rican flags and signs that read "Fight for Puerto Rico," then marched toward the Lincoln Memorial at the other end of the National Mall   Read More ...
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Puerto Rico power company CEO who signed Hurricane Maria rebuilding contract resigns
Ricardo Ramos testified in Congress this week, 20 municipalities remain without power 2 months on The director of Puerto Rico's power company resigned on Friday amid ongoing blackouts and scrutiny of a contract awarded to a small Montana-based company to help rebuild the electric grid destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said Ricardo Ramos presented his letter of resignation to the company's board effective immediately   Read More ...
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Nashua doctors heading to Puerto Rico on relief trip
With her family still struggling in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, a local doctor is spearheading a relief trip to assist a hospital that was severely damaged by the storm.   Read More ...
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Trump seeks Texas, Florida hurricane relief Puerto Rico request to come later
Trump seeks Texas, Florida hurricane relief; Puerto Rico request to come later By ERIK WASSON. Bloomberg November 18. 2017 11:30PM. The White House asked Congress for $44 billion in hurricane aid, including funds designated for Texas and Florida, while most of Puerto Rico’s needs would be addressed in a future request. By not addressing all of Puerto Rico’s request Friday, the White House move could diminish the chances that aid is supplied in a December funding bill   Read More ...
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