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Puerto Rico Gov’t Accused of Favoritism in Public Employment

Puerto Rico Gov’t Accused of Favoritism in Public Employment

State-owned water company AAA has hired 580 members of Puerto Rico's ruling PPD party since Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla took office in January 2013, a lawmaker with the main opposition PNP said Tuesday. continue reading »

Don Omar Brings Urban Music, Drag-Racing Festival to South Florida

Don Omar Brings Urban Music, Drag-Racing Festival to South Florida

Puerto Rican reggaeton singer-songwriter Don Omar is bringing his DragMania Music Fest to the South Florida city of West Palm Beach this weekend. continue reading »

Investigation Underway in Puerto Rico Over Killing of Leatherback Sea Turtle

Investigation Underway in Puerto Rico Over Killing of Leatherback Sea Turtle

Puerto Rican authorities have launched an investigation to find those responsible for the killing of a leatherback sea turtle, a species in danger of extinction, on the island's southeast coast. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s El Yunque Rainforest Partly Reopens After Storm

Puerto Rico’s El Yunque Rainforest Partly Reopens After Storm

El Yunque National Rainforest in eastern Puerto Rico was partly reopened Saturday after remaining closed for a week while authorities had several areas cleaned up that were damaged by the torrential rains that fell there, cutting off highways and unleashing mudslides. continue reading »

Google Fiber Initiative Coming to San Juan

Google Fiber Initiative Coming to San Juan

Puerto Rico plans to invest $17 million starting in July to create an ultrafast fiber-optic network to deliver Internet service in San Juan. The project, which is similar to the Google Fiber initiative, is aimed at attracting creative enterprises and tech firms from the island and outside to revitalize the capital. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Officials to Close 100 Schools

Puerto Rico Officials to Close 100 Schools

Puerto Rico's Department of Education announced that it will close 100 of the roughly 1,500 schools on the island in the face of a drop in the number of students, a measure that will provide savings to the public coffers of $27 million. continue reading »

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 »