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Puerto Rico Prepares for Severe Rains, Storms

Puerto Rico Prepares for Severe Rains, Storms

The torrential rains and storms lashing Puerto Rico forced the activation Saturday of emergency plans to deal with dangerous flooding and mudslides in the northern and northeastern parts of the island, the scene of overflowing rivers, flooded highways, power outages and water cuts, authorities said. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Official Hopes to Lure Spanish Firms to the Island

Puerto Rican Official Hopes to Lure Spanish Firms to the Island

"Puerto Rico is the logical place for all Spanish firms that are looking in a very serious way at the opportunities that exist in the U.S. Hispanic community," the island's secretary of state said in San Juan on Thursday. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Authorities Seize 1,280 Kilos of Cocaine

Puerto Rican Authorities Seize 1,280 Kilos of Cocaine

Two Dominican citizens were arrested on Puerto Rico's southern coast in possession of 1,280 kilograms of cocaine, a shipment valued at $37 million, in one of the most significant blows against drug trafficking so far this year in the Caribbean, local authorities reported Tuesday. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Limits Access to Key Tourist Site- Glowing Bay

Puerto Rico Limits Access to Key Tourist Site- Glowing Bay

Puerto Rican authorities are limiting visits to a bioluminescent bay on the island of Vieques whose glow has been fading. The Mosquito Bay park, a major tourist attraction, will be open to visitors just three days a week for at least two months as scientists try to determine the cause of the diminishing luminescence, the Department of Natural Resources said. continue reading »

Major Drug Sweep in Puerto Rico’s Housing Projects, 30 Arrested

Major Drug Sweep in Puerto Rico’s Housing Projects, 30 Arrested

At least 30 people were arrested Monday for being part of a dangerous gang that dealt drugs in several public housing projects in western Puerto Rico. continue reading »

La Isla Tattoo Fest Being Held Right Now in Puerto Rico

La Isla Tattoo Fest Being Held Right Now in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is hosting this weekend La Isla Tattoo Fest, the Caribbean's largest tattoo convention, where tattoo and body-art artists from Puerto Rico and the region, as well as other countries of the world, will be on hand to display their expertise and admire one another's work. continue reading »

Who Has the Most Walgreens, Walmarts per sq. mile? Puerto Rico of Coarse!

Puerto Rico is the U.S. and world leader in terms of number of Walgreens and Walmart establishments per square mile, according to a study by the island's Center for Investigative Journalism, or CPI. The study is based on the retail chains' own figures although the organization said it found the number of stores is higher than what those companies report. continue reading »

REPORT:  18 Percent of Drugs Trafficked Through Puerto Rico Stay on Island

REPORT:  18 Percent of Drugs Trafficked Through Puerto Rico Stay on Island

Eighteen percent of the drugs that pass through the Caribbean stay in Puerto Rico, the new top cop of this U.S. commonwealth told Efe Friday. continue reading »

40-64% of Families in San Juan Struggle to Put Food on Table

40-64% of Families in San Juan Struggle to Put Food on Table

Anywhere from 40 percent to 64 percent of families in San Juan struggle to put food on the table, a lawmaker with Puerto Rico's governing PPD says. Legislator Manuel Natal Albelo cited that estimate on Thursday as he introduced a bill that would require authorities in this U.S. commonwealth to begin measuring the level of food insecurity. continue reading »

Ailing Puerto Rican Economy Shows Slight Improvement in March

Ailing Puerto Rican Economy Shows Slight Improvement in March

Puerto Rico's economy shrank 0.8 percent in March relative to the same month of last year, a notable improvement over the 2.5 percent annual contraction the island posted in February, the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico said. continue reading »

Singer Cheo Feliciano Killed in Car Accident

Singer Cheo Feliciano Killed in Car Accident

Puerto Rican salsa star Cheo Feliciano died early Thursday when his car collided with a cement pole in San Juan. He was 78. The crash occurred at 4:13 a.m. as the singer was driving to his home in the suburb of Cupey, transit police coordinator Jorge Hernandez Peña told Efe from the accident scene. continue reading »

Students Unhappy about Proposed Budget Cuts at Universtiy of Puerto Rico

Students Unhappy about Proposed Budget Cuts at Universtiy of Puerto Rico

The student government at the main campus of the University of Puerto Rico has requested a meeting with the island's government about a possible budget cut at UPR. continue reading »

P.R. Supreme Court Justice Steps Down Due to Constitutional Requirements

P.R. Supreme Court Justice Steps Down Due to Constitutional Requirements

Puerto Rican Supreme Court Chief Justice Federico Hernandez Denton stepped down after nearly 30 years on the bench and was replaced by Justice Liana Fiol Matta. continue reading »

Puerto Rico to Reexamine Teacher Pensions After Overhaul Struck Down

Puerto Rico to Reexamine Teacher Pensions After Overhaul Struck Down

Puerto Rico's government said it will seek alternative ways of overhauling the U.S. commonwealth's teacher pension system after the island's Supreme Court ruled that a new law to modify the current retirement scheme was unconstitutional. continue reading »

U.S. Government Grants Puerto Rico $17 Million to Provide Shelter for Homeless

U.S. Government Grants Puerto Rico $17 Million to Provide Shelter for Homeless

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated $17 million to organizations that provide shelter to homeless people in Puerto Rico, the island's non-voting representative in Congress said here Tuesday. continue reading »