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U.S. Government Allocates $91M to Address Puerto Rico Housing Shortage

U.S. Government Allocates $91M to Address Puerto Rico Housing Shortage

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development will allocate $91 million to more than two dozen Puerto Rican municipalities to alleviate the constantly increasing housing shortage caused by the economic crisis that has prevailed on the island for almost seven years. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Plagued by Drought

Puerto Rico Plagued by Drought

Drought conditions continue worse than usual in Puerto Rico due to the drastic lack of rainfall over most of the island, except for the eastern and northwestern regions. continue reading »

Puerto Rico to Issue Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented

Puerto Rico to Issue Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented

The Puerto Rican government on Thursday announced that it will issue driver's licenses to undocumented foreigners, a measure that could benefit more than 100,000 immigrants on the island, most of them Dominicans. continue reading »

Is Ana Maria Belaval “The View’s” Next Co-Host?

Is Ana Maria Belaval “The View’s” Next Co-Host?

The producers of "The View" could take on a Puerto Rican journalist to co-host the popular U.S. talk show and entertainment program for the ABC television network's upcoming fall season. continue reading »

3 Beached Whales Discovered on Puerto Rican Beach

3 Beached Whales Discovered on Puerto Rican Beach

Three pilot whales that beached themselves on Puerto Rico's southeastern coast are dead, the U.S. commonwealth's Department of Natural and Environmental Resources said. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Prison Riot Leaves 10 Guards Injured

Puerto Rico Prison Riot Leaves 10 Guards Injured

Ten guards and several inmates were injured during a large-scale riot at the Zarzal Correctional Institution in the eastern town of Rio Grande, Puerto Rican authorities said. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Ramps Up Trade with Colombia with New Trade Office

Puerto Rico Ramps Up Trade with Colombia with New Trade Office

The Puerto Rican government this week will open a trade office in Bogota with the aim of promoting the Caribbean island as an investment destination, a government official announced Sunday. continue reading »

Public Employees Protest Pay Cuts in Puerto Rico

Public Employees Protest Pay Cuts in Puerto Rico

Hundreds of employees of Puerto Rican government agencies and state-owned enterprises took to the streets of San Juan on Wednesday to protest pay and benefit cuts. continue reading »

Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic to Work Together to Boost Film Industry in Region

Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic to Work Together to Boost Film Industry in Region

Organizers of the San Juan International Film Festival will hold in October its first forum on Puerto Rico-Dominican Republic coproductions as a step toward boosting the moviemaking potential of these two Caribbean neighbors. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s Economic Woes Spur Exodus of College Grads

Puerto Rico’s Economic Woes Spur Exodus of College Grads

The economic crisis and the lack of good jobs in Puerto Rico is convincing thousands of college graduates with professional experience to leave for the U.S. mainland. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Celebrates Larger Numbers of Leatherback Turtle Nests

Puerto Rico Celebrates Larger Numbers of Leatherback Turtle Nests

More than 1,700 nests of the leatherback, the largest sea turtle in the world, have been counted on the beaches of Puerto Rico, a far higher number than in recent years - and with another two-and-a-half months of the season still to go. continue reading »

2 Out of 3 Babies in Puerto Rico Born to Single-Parent Households

2 Out of 3 Babies in Puerto Rico Born to Single-Parent Households

Sixty-eight percent of births in Puerto Rico are to couples who are neither married nor live together, an official told Efe Friday. Nancy Vega, director of the Demographic Registry, acknowledged her "concern" about the progressive increase of this percentage, since in many cases mothers must shoulder the responsibility of raising the children alone. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Busts Drug Trafficking Ring, Arrests 28

Puerto Rico Busts Drug Trafficking Ring, Arrests 28

Federal and local authorities arrested 28 people on Thursday around Puerto Rico for belonging to a drug trafficking organization. The FBI spokesman on the island, Moises QuiƱones, confirmed the arrests to Efe, adding that they were made after a federal grand jury issued an indictment. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Governor Appoints New Official to Reform Police

Puerto Rican Governor Appoints New Official to Reform Police

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Thursday announced the appointment of retired U.S. Army Col. Arnaldo Claudio as the new advisor to undertake a reform of the Puerto Rico Police Department. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s Economy Contracts 3.3 Percent in 10 Months

Puerto Rico’s Economy Contracts 3.3 Percent in 10 Months

Puerto Rico's economy has contracted 3.3 percent during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year, the Government Development Bank said in a report. continue reading »