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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 »

University of Puerto Rico Students Contemplate Striking Over Tuition Hike

University of Puerto Rico Students Contemplate Striking Over Tuition Hike

Students at the publicly supported University of Puerto Rico will vote on whether to mount a strike if administrators implement a hike in tuition. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Town Celebrates World’s Largest Sea Turtle at Festival

Puerto Rican Town Celebrates World’s Largest Sea Turtle at Festival

The Puerto Rican town of Luquillo welcomes Saturday the Leatherback Turtle Festival, a project to raise awareness about the need to protect the largest sea turtle on the planet, a species that nests on the coasts of the U.S. commonwealth. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Film Festival Celebrates “Made in Europe”

Puerto Rican Film Festival Celebrates “Made in Europe”

The 5th Made in Europe Film Festival brings to Puerto Rico the best of the seventh art from the Old World in a project designed for cultural exchange. continue reading »

1.5 Tons of Cocaine Seized in Puerto Rico

1.5 Tons of Cocaine Seized in Puerto Rico

A Dominican citizen was arrested on Thursday after 1,400 kilos (3,083 lbs.) of cocaine he was transporting in a 40-foot boat was seized from him, the Puerto Rico Police Department said. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Working on 300 Foot Tall Christopher Columbus Statue

Puerto Rico Working on 300 Foot Tall Christopher Columbus Statue

Puerto Rico is working discretely on the installation of a monumental likeness of Christopher Columbus that will stand as high as the Statue of Liberty. continue reading »

Police Arrest 7 Members of Gun-Trafficking Ring in Puerto Rico

Police Arrest 7 Members of Gun-Trafficking Ring in Puerto Rico

Seven members of a gun-trafficking band in greater San Juan were arrested Wednesday in an operation undertaken by officers with Puerto Rico's NIE investigative agency. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Top Cop Unexpectedly Resigns

Puerto Rico Top Cop Unexpectedly Resigns

The strategic post of chief of the Puerto Rico Police Department again became a problem for the government when James Tuller Cintron resigned Tuesday after just four months on the job. continue reading »

Puerto Rican City Holds Whale Festival to Raise Awareness

Puerto Rican City Holds Whale Festival to Raise Awareness

Rincon, a city in northwestern Puerto Rico, this weekend is holding a humpback whale festival to raise awareness about the species, which is threatened with extinction and is often seen by people off the coasts of the Caribbean island. continue reading »