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Oct 16, 2019

Justices hear arguments on Puerto Rico oversight

WASHINGTON – The more they heard, the more hesitant Supreme Court justices seemed to be Tuesday about disrupting the work of the board Congress put in place to fix Puerto Rico’s catastrophic economic problems. If the hundreds of billions of dollars at stake were not enough, the justices were warned that upholding a constitutional challenge […]

Jul 23, 2019

Puerto Ricans shut down highway, march toward Capitol to demand that governor resign

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Ricans draped in their territory’s colors marched into the streets Monday to demand the resignation of their embattled governor, shuttering businesses and paralyzing a major highway in one of the largest demonstration in the Caribbean island’s history. People protesting years of corruption, government dysfunction and an anemic economy swept […]

Mar 27, 2019

HUD inspector general’s office to look into whether White House interfered with Puerto Rico aid

WASHINGTON – The inspector general of the Department of Housing and Urban Development will review whether the White House has interfered with hurricane relief funding approved for Puerto Rico, an island still trying to recover from the impact of Hurricane Maria in 2017, as part of a broader examination of the agency’s administration of disaster […]

Nov 7, 2017

UB Law School clinic to help hurricane victims

The University at Buffalo School of Law has launched a new law clinic — The Puerto Rico Recovery Assistance Legal Clinic — to provide free legal assistance to the victims of Hurricane Maria. Applications are now being accepted and eight students will be selected to receive about two weeks of intensive training in preparation for […]

Oct 30, 2017

Puerto Rico utility moves to scrap $300 million Whitefish contract

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The head of Puerto Rico’s power company said Sunday the agency is cancelling its $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid scrutiny of the tiny Montana company’s role in restoring the island’s power system. The announcement by Ricardo Ramos came hours after Gov. Ricardo Rossello urged the utility […]

Oct 26, 2017

Cuomo headed back to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is headed back to Puerto Rico as the state continues to help the U.S. territory recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. The Democrat’s office announced late Wednesday night that he will be departing from JFK Airport after making an announcement at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in one of the […]

Sep 22, 2017

Cuomo to travel to Puerto Rico to assist recovery efforts

Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to travel to Puerto Rico with emergency response officials to help out with recovery efforts on the island ravaged by Hurricane Maria. The Democratic governor said Thursday that New York will also be delivering emergency supplies on a plane donated by JetBlue and providing specialists to help repair the island’s devastated […]

Dec 4, 2015

High court takes up Puerto Rico debt restructuring case

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is taking up an appeal from Puerto Rico officials seeking to restructure the debt of the commonwealth’s financially struggling public utilities. The justices said Friday they will review a lower court ruling that said Puerto Rico could not pass a law giving local municipalities the power to declare bankruptcy. […]

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