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September 21, 2021, 4:25 PM

Puerto Rico to raise minimum wage for 1st time in 12 years

Puerto Rico’s governor has signed a bill to increase the U.S. territory’s minimum wage for the first time in more than 12 years
September 21, 2021, 4:25 PM
1 month ago

Tropical Storm Fred forms near Puerto Rico

Rob Marciano has the latest developments on a new tropical storm that formed overnight near Puerto Rico and is expected to move toward the Florida Keys in the coming days.
1 month ago
Tropical Storm Fred forms near Puerto Rico
2 months ago

Half of Puerto Rico could lose health coverage if Congress doesn't act on Medicaid

Roughly 1.5 million Puerto Ricans rely on Medicaid for health care.
2 months ago
If Congress doesn't act on Medicaid half of Puerto Rico could lose health coverage
2 months ago

Is Puerto Rico ready for hurricane season?

Residents have reported an increase in the number of power outages after LUMA, a power company, took over the island's electric grid in June.
2 months ago
Is Puerto Rico ready for hurricane season?
2 months ago

Puerto Ricans fear blackouts during hurricane season

Amid power failures and hurricane season, Puerto Ricans are concerned about the stability of the electric grid run by LUMA Energy.
2 months ago
Puerto Ricans say they’re terrified amid power failures, hurricane season
3 months ago

Power outage hits 337K in Puerto Rico amid growing outrage

A sudden power failure left more than 337,000 customers in the dark across Puerto Rico, enraging many who were recovering from a massive outage that hit the U.S. territory just days ago
3 months ago
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Thousands remain without power after fire causes widespread outages in Puerto Rico

The energy company that powers Puerto Rico's grid said it expects all customers to have their power restored by Friday evening.
3 months ago
Thousands remain without power after fire causes widespread outages in Puerto Rico
3 months ago

New company, same woes: Puerto Rico suffers power outages

A private company that took over power transmission and distribution in Puerto Rico this month has struggled with widespread outages and growing anger
3 months ago
4 months ago

Private company takes over Puerto Rico power company service

A private company has taken over the transmission and distribution operations of Puerto Rico’s power authority, which has been struggling with blackouts and bankruptcy and a history of corruption and mismanagement
4 months ago
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Puerto Rican families devastated by gender-based killings remain concerned about government's approach to crisis

As gender-based killings continue to grab headlines in Puerto Rico, victims' families are concerned about the government's commitment to handling the ongoing crisis.
4 months ago
Puerto Rican family devastated by gender-based killings upset by government response
4 months ago

Why Puerto Rico is in a state of emergency over gender violence

Protests have broken out after the alleged murder of pregnant 27-year-old Keishla Rodriguez
4 months ago
Why Puerto Rico is in a state of emergency over gender violence
4 months ago

Man arrested in Puerto Rico after killing dog on golf course

Puerto Rico police say they arrested a man accused of shooting and killing a dog that had stolen his ball on a golf course at a well-known resort
4 months ago
4 months ago

Young woman allegedly killed by well-known boxer in Puerto Rico

Authorities say Keishla Rodríguez died at the hands of her boyfriend, Félix Verdejo.
4 months ago
Young woman allegedly killed by well-known boxer in Puerto Rico
5 months ago

Months into state of emergency, Puerto Rico finally approves $7 million to combat gender-based violence

Organizations in Puerto Rico have been demanding the government take action to end gender violence.
5 months ago
Months into state of emergency, Puerto Rico approves $7M to combat gender violence
5 months ago

Grand jury indicts Puerto Rico boxer in lover's death

A grand jury has indicted Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo in the killing of his pregnant lover in a case that is eligible for the death penalty
5 months ago
5 months ago

Gender-based violence at the forefront in Puerto Rico

The arrest of a professional boxer for murder has renewed efforts to combat gender-based violence in Puerto Rico.
5 months ago
Gender-based violence at the forefront in Puerto Rico
5 months ago

Puerto Rican boxer held without bail after lover found dead

Boxer Félix Verdejo has been questioned by police and his car was seized.
5 months ago
Boxer faces charges after lover found dead
5 months ago

What to know about Puerto Rico's divide over its territorial status

Puerto Rico's future has been a question in the U.S. territory for many years. Here's what to know.
5 months ago
Puerto Ricans believe the island's relationship with the US needs to change
5 months ago

Puerto Rico pushes for change in territorial status

As Puerto Ricans strive to change the island’s territorial status with the U.S., opinions vary as to what that change should be.
5 months ago
Puerto Rico pushes for change in territorial status
6 months ago

Maritime transportation issues cause outrage in Puerto Rico

Transportation issues cause outrage in Puerto Rico in wake of Hurricane Maria, and amid COVID-19.
6 months ago
Maritime transportation issues cause outrage in Puerto Rico
6 months ago

Report: Military cleanup in Puerto Rico islands slow-going

The reopening of hiking trails and various white-sand beaches on two tiny Puerto Rican islands long used as Navy bombing ranges will be delayed more than a decade
6 months ago
Military cleanup in Puerto Rico islands slow-going: Report
6 months ago

Puerto Rico cracks down on tourists flouting pandemic rules

Authorities in Puerto Rico say too many tourists are flouting pandemic health measures, including the mask mandate, the nightly curfew and a requirement to stay in isolation pending coronavirus tests
6 months ago
8 months ago

Puerto Rico governor talks statehood, COVID vaccinations and more

Newly elected Pedro Pierluisi discusses the need for equality in funding to tackle COVID and Puerto Rico declaring a state of emergency over violence against women.
8 months ago
Puerto Rico governor talks statehood, COVID vaccinations and more
8 months ago

Puerto Rico declares state of emergency over gender violence crisis

Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi issued an executive order Sunday declaring a state of emergency to allocate resources to deal with gender violence in the island.
8 months ago
Puerto Rico declares state of emergency over gender violence crisis
9 months ago

New governor sworn in as a wary Puerto Rico demands changes

The new governor is vowing to achieve statehood for the U.S. territory.
9 months ago
10 months ago

One of world’s largest radio telescopes collapses in Puerto Rico

The telescope at the famous Arecibo Observatory, built in the 1960s, had already been badly damaged. It was featured in the movies ‘Golden Eye’ and ‘Contact.’
10 months ago
One of world’s largest radio telescopes collapses in Puerto Rico
10 months ago

Iconic Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico collapses before plans to demolish

Many scientists, students and Puerto Ricans are mourning the collapse of the iconic radio telescope in Arecibo.
10 months ago
Iconic Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico collapses before plans to demolish
10 months ago

Huge Puerto Rico radio telescope, already damaged, collapses

A huge, already damaged radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has played a key role in astronomical discoveries for more than half a century has now completely collapsed
10 months ago
Huge Puerto Rico radio telescope collapses; many mourning
10 months ago

Iconic Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico will be decommissioned

The National Science Foundation announced Thursday it will begin plans to decommission the famous 305-meter telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
10 months ago
Iconic Arecibo telescope will be decommissioned
10 months ago

Cable failures endanger renowned Puerto Rico radio telescope

Cables in one of the largest single-dish radio telescopes are slowly unraveling.
10 months ago
1 year ago

Puerto Rico votes in favor of statehood. But what does it mean for the island?

The vote was nonbinding and some doubt it will have any affect on Congress.
1 year ago
Puerto Rico votes in favor of statehood. But what does it mean for the island?
1 year ago

Pedro Pierluisi wins gubernatorial race in Puerto Rico

Pierluisi is a member of Puerto Rico’s pro-statehood New Progressive Party.
1 year ago
1 year ago

Puerto Rico keeps voting due to long lines at polls

Puerto Ricans have forced voting centers to remain open past past official closing times as they stand in long lines to choose new leaders they hope can help heal a U.S. territory wracked by corruption, hurricanes, earthquakes and the coronavirus pandemic
1 year ago
A weary Puerto Rico prepares for referendum
1 year ago

Puerto Rico, unable to vote, becomes crucial to US election

They have the ear of hundreds of thousands of potential voters in Florida
1 year ago
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FEMA lost track of over a quarter-billion dollars in supplies intended for Puerto Rican hurricane relief: Report

FEMA lost track of more than a quarter-billion dollars in supplies intended for Puerto Rico during its response to 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria, according to a report.
1 year ago
FEMA mismanaged Puerto Rico hurricane response shipments: Report
1 year ago

Donald Trump, Joe Biden address Puerto Rico's ongoing crisis weeks before the elections

The island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, which hit exactly three years ago.
1 year ago
Trump, Biden address Puerto Rico's ongoing crisis weeks before elections
1 year ago

FBI arrests 7th person in Puerto Rico public corruption case

Federal agents have arrested an accountant as part of an ongoing investigation into a corruption case involving Puerto Rico’s former education secretary
1 year ago
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Puerto Rico gov sues elections commission in primary debacle

Puerto Rico’s governor is adding new demands to conflicting proposals for rescuing the U.S. territory’s botched primary election
1 year ago
1 year ago

Voters weary as Puerto Rico prepares for historic primaries

Two candidates who both served as replacement governors in the wake of a Puerto Rican political crisis are competing against each other for a chance to win the job in their own right as the disaster-struck U.S. territory holds primary elections
1 year ago
1 year ago

Judge: 'Discriminatory' to deny Puerto Rico access to US aid

A federal judge has ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny Puerto Ricans living in the U.S. territory access to three federal welfare programs in a major decision cheered by many
1 year ago
1 year ago

CEO of Puerto Rico's power company to resign amid outages

The CEO of Puerto Rico’s state-owned power company is resigning as thousands of clients remain without electricity since last week’s tropical storm that further weakened a grid still trying to recover from previous hurricanes and earthquakes
1 year ago
1 year ago

Puerto Rico gets hit by Hurricane Isaias and COVID-19

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz talks about the storm’s impact on the island and how tourism has led to a rise in coronavirus cases.
1 year ago
Puerto Rico gets hit by Hurricane Isaias and COVID-19
1 year ago

Puerto Rico announces referendum to protect public pensions

Puerto Rico’s governor says she plans to hold a referendum on whether public pension payments should be protected by the U.S. territory’s Constitution for the first time in the island’s history
1 year ago
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Puerto Rico residents go without water every 24 hours in drought during pandemic

Thousands of residents on the island are going without water amid the drought, and some say this makes it hard to follow safety guidelines in wake of the pandemic.
1 year ago
Puerto Rico residents go without water every 24 hours in drought during pandemic
1 year ago

Puerto Rico governor facing scrutiny after firing government minister

Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez is responding to allegations that she fired a government minister after the official had called for a probe into Vazquez' administration.
1 year ago
Puerto Rico governor facing scrutiny after firing government minister
1 year ago

Crisis in Puerto Rico: Earthquakes, pandemic and water shortage

The island still recovering from Hurricane Maria faces new challenges as those who live there fight for a better future.
1 year ago
Crisis in Puerto Rico: Earthquakes, pandemic and water shortage
1 year ago

2 tremors shake Puerto Rico, latest in series of quakes

Two strong earthquakes have shaken Puerto Rico, but there have been no reports of injuries in the latest of a series of tremors that have hit the U.S. territory since late December
1 year ago
4.9-magnitude quake hits near Puerto Rico; house damaged
1 year ago

COVID-19 has made food insecurity worse in Puerto Rico

COVID-19 has made food insecurity worse in Puerto Rico; a local food bank doubles the amount of food given out.
1 year ago
COVID-19 has made food insecurity worse in Puerto Rico
1 year ago

Puerto Rico to hold statehood referendum amid disillusion

Puerto Rico will hold a nonbinding referendum in November to decide whether the island should become a U.S. state
1 year ago
Puerto Rico to hold statehood referendum amid disillusion
1 year ago

Coronavirus hits Puerto Rico, still in turmoil from Hurricane Maria

Coronavirus hits Puerto Rico, still in turmoil from Hurricane Maria, an unprecedented financial crisis, earthquakes and government scandals.
1 year ago
Puerto Rico, still in turmoil from Maria, hit by coronavirus