BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor said Monday that he hopes a new technology center can help the U.S. territory incorporate artificial intelligence and internet -connected devices...
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor activated the National Guard on Tuesday to rush food, medicine and gasoline to the popular tourist islands of Vieques and Culebra following a...
Puerto Rico Gov: Trump refuses meeting over hurricane relief
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has refused to meet privately with Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello, the governor said Friday, as he condemned the Trump administration for not providing...
Puerto Rico implements water rationing measures amid drought
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tens of thousands of people in Puerto Rico will face water rationing due to increasingly dry conditions in a U.S. territory still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Monday that seven municipalities in the island's northwest region could be without water for up to 24 hours at a time starting next week.
Puerto Rico suspends utility bills to help federal workers
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has announced several measures to help federal employees based in the U.S. territory who are not being paid because of the government shutdown.
Ricardo Rossello said Thursday that he will place a moratorium on water and power bills and any debt owed to the local government. He said federal workers can also seek unemployment benefits as well as help from a nutritional assistance program.
Puerto Rico leaders meet to fight rise in brazen violence
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hundreds of government officials and community leaders met in Puerto Rico's capital on Tuesday to brainstorm ways to fight drug trafficking and other crimes as the U.S. territory faces a dwindling police force and an increase in brazen daylight violence.
Congress moves to ban cockfighting in US territories
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Congress on Wednesday gave final passage to legislation that would shut down legal cockfights in U.S. territories including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, ending an institution dating from the colonial era that generates millions of dollars each year.
Puerto Rico overhauls tax laws to help workers, businesses
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor signed a bill on Monday to overhaul the U.S. territory's tax laws in a bid to attract foreign investment and help workers and some business owners amid a 12-year recession.
The bill creates an earned income tax credit, reduces a sales tax on prepared food and eliminates a business-to-business tax for small to medium companies, among other things.
Puerto Rico approves law to reduce medical malpractice suits
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has signed a law to help reduce the number of medical malpractice lawsuits.
Ricardo Rossello announced on Monday that he will create 13 panels to review medical malpractice claims across the U.S. territory. Three people will serve on each panel, including a health expert, a public advocate and a lawyer or former judge.
Puerto Rico completes its first debt restructuring deal
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico said Thursday that it has completed its first debt-restructuring deal since the government announced it was bankrupt more than three years ago, giving creditors overall $550 in new bonds for each $1,000 they had held.
Puerto Rico approves laws for insurance holders post-Maria
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The governor of Puerto Rico overhauled the U.S. territory's insurance laws on Tuesday to help protect policy holders as thousands of claims remain unresolved more than a year after Hurricane Maria.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello signed six laws into effect as he stressed that his administration was not pleased with how insurance companies handled complaints filed after the Category 4 storm hit.
Puerto Rico justice secretary steps down amid criminal probe
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's justice secretary has temporarily stepped down as she faces a criminal investigation following accusations that she violated an ethics law.
Wanda Vazquez said in a statement Tuesday that she was told the Office of the Special Independent Prosecutor plans to file criminal charges against her. The charges will be made public during a Dec. 7 hearing.
Puerto Rico gov backs US-sponsored statehood referendum
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor says he would back a federally sponsored referendum that asks voters whether the U.S. territory should become a state.
Ricardo Rossello made the announcement on Friday after U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah asked the U.S. attorney general this week to certify such a referendum.
Puerto Rico has held five non-federal referendums, although none specifically asked people to simply vote yes or no on statehood.
Puerto Rico seeks more funds, help from Congress post-Maria
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor is imploring U.S. Congress to increase federal funding and approve several measures to help the island recover from Hurricane Maria, saying that the U.S. territory is still struggling more than a year after the Category 4 storm.
Puerto Rico aims to improve fatality reporting post-Maria
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government announced Friday that it has created a committee to improve how the U.S. territory counts deaths following sharp criticism of how it handled fatalities linked to Hurricane Maria.
Dialysis clinic arrives in Puerto Rico a year after Maria
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A mobile dialysis unit long sought by patients suffering kidney failure on the tiny Puerto Rican island of Vieques has arrived more than a year after Hurricane Maria.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Thursday that the $3 million unit bought by the U.S. government will be set up at a shelter serving as a makeshift emergency clinic.
$130M underwater fiber-optic cable planned for Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor says a group of private investors plan to install a $130 million underwater fiber-optic cable to boost the island's telecommunications after Hurricane Maria.
Ricardo Rossello said Tuesday that the cable would be installed along the island's south coast and serve as backup to cables operating on the north coast. Those cables were damaged after the Category 4 storm hit the U.S. territory more than a year ago.
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The Latest: Puerto Rico Gov. endorses Gillum for governor
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Puerto Rico's governor endorsing Florida Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate and governor (all times local):
Puerto Rico's governor is backing Tallahassee's Democratic mayor over a Republican U.S. congressman in Florida's gubernatorial race.
Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Clapping and raising their hands to the sky, hundreds of people clad in white gathered at an 18th-century fort in the Puerto Rican capital on Thursday to remember the thousands who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as the U.S. territory struggles to recover one year after the Category 4 storm hit.
Puerto Rico sues insurance companies amid unresolved claims
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government is suing insurance companies that officials say have not responded quickly enough to claims filed after Hurricane Maria hit nearly a year ago.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Tuesday that the lawsuits aim to prevent companies from dropping claims because they have allegedly expired. He said insurance companies believe they can drop a claim if clients do not sue within a year.
Puerto Rico unveils new emergency preparations after Maria
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor said Tuesday that his administration has adopted new measures to better prepare for a disaster like Hurricane Maria although he warned of limitations given the U.S. territory's economic crisis.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello said two warehouses filled with water and food are operating in the island's north and south coasts, and that another two will open soon. Prior to Maria, there were none.
Hurricane’s death toll in Puerto Rico put at nearly 3,000
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor raised the U.S. territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 on Tuesday after an independent study found that the number of people who succumbed in the desperate, sweltering aftermath had been severely undercounted.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is estimating in a report to Congress that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, though an island official said Thursday that the confirmed toll remains frozen at 64 pending a scientific review due out soon.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. federal judge rejected a legal challenge Tuesday filed by the government of Puerto Rico against the authority of a financial oversight board appointed by Congress as the island territory tries to dig its way out of debt.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor announced a shake-up of top Cabinet officials on Tuesday as the U.S. territory prepares to invest a recent influx of federal funds aimed at helping the island rebuild from Hurricane Maria at the same time it's struggling to emerge from a 12-year recession.
As part of the changes, the treasury secretary will serve as chief of staff and the director of Puerto Rico's financial authority will be responsible for attracting new investment.
Puerto Rico sees record 1.2M cruise ship passengers
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico saw a record 1.2 million cruise ship passengers this past fiscal year as the U.S. territory tries to recover from Hurricane Maria and an economic crisis.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Friday that the visits generated an estimated $152 million overall for the island struggling through an 11-year recession.
He said the number of visitors from cruise ships in the last four months hit records as well, with nearly 135,000 passengers in June.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor is asking federal help for the U.S. territory's forensics institute, which is struggling with understaffing and a backlog of the handling of bodies.
Ricardo Rossello said Monday that he has asked the secretary of the U.S. Health Department of Health and Human Services for up to two years' worth of technical support. He said it was unacceptable that people are waiting months for autopsy reports.
Turmoil slows rebuilding of Puerto Rico’s power grid
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ten months after Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's electric grid, the local agency responsible for rebuilding it is in chaos and more than $1 billion in federal funds meant to strengthen the rickety system has gone unspent, according to contractors and U.S. officials who are anxious to make progress before the next hurricane.
CHICAGO (AP) — A park police officer in Chicago has been assigned to desk duty while officials investigate his response to a woman who said she was being harassed for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag.
YABUCOA, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on tropical weather systems in the Caribbean and Atlantic (all times local):
Officials in Puerto Rico say more than 20,000 customers have lost power due to the remnants of Hurricane Beryl, which is hitting the island with rains and gusty winds.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello says the rains are likely to continue for another 10 to 12 hours, hitting hardest in the east.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government sued a federal control board on Thursday to resolve a disagreement over two competing budgets that aim to pull the U.S. territory out of an 11-year recession.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello said he is seeking an injunction to stop the board from imposing an $8.76 billion budget that contains various austerity measures, and he accused it of trying to dictate the island's public policy.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Austerity measures are looming for Puerto Rico after local senators on Tuesday for the second time shot down a measure aimed at overcoming budget differences between the U.S. territory's government and a federal control board overseeing its finances.
The vote was a blow to Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who had hastily convened a special session to avoid having a court resolve the issue.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A disagreement over which budget Puerto Rico will use this fiscal year has deepened as the governor of the U.S. territory on Monday signed the version approved by legislators instead of the one implemented by a federal control board over the weekend.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — New austerity measures are looming for storm-battered Puerto Rico after local legislators refused to alter labor laws as demanded by a federal control board that said changes would stimulate the U.S. territory's economy amid an 11-year recession.
Puerto Rico defies board over law protecting workers
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Legislators in Puerto Rico are challenging a federal control board overseeing the island's finances over a law that protects workers from unjust firings.
Puerto Rico Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz said Thursday that the majority of legislators will not repeal the law as promised to the board and that they are prepared to go to court if needed.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor signed a historic bill Wednesday to privatize the U.S. territory's troubled power company in a move many hope will help minimize power outages that have followed Hurricane Maria and stabilize the production and distribution of energy amid an 11-year-old recession.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Institute of Statistics announced Friday that it has sued the U.S. territory's health department and demographic registry seeking to obtain data on the number of deaths following Hurricane Maria as a growing number of critics accuse the government of lacking transparency.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Another Republican official has declared his support for granting Puerto Rico statehood.
U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah said Friday, however, that the U.S. territory first has to have a vibrant economy and a stable government. The island is trying to restructure a portion of its more than $70 billion public debt load amid an 11-year recession.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's chief of staff resigned Wednesday as he and four other government officials faced accusations of undue influence.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello accepted the resignation of Chief of Staff William Villafane and demanded that the other four officials resign as well.
US awards $589M to Puerto Rico’s education department
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor says the island's Department of Education will receive $589 million in federal funds to help defray costs related to Hurricane Maria.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Monday that the money will be released under the federal Restart program.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Government officials on Wednesday rejected a labor reform measure that a federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances submitted to the local legislature.
Public Affairs Secretary Ramon Rosario said the board created by Congress has no legal authority to implement such measures. The labor changes would cut sick leave and vacation pay by half and eliminate a Christmas bonus, among other things.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor plans to invest $652 million to repair and maintain the U.S. territory's crumbling roads over the next three years.
Ricardo Rossello said Monday that an initial $80 million in local funds will target areas in critical condition, which represent up to 8 percent of all roads across the island. He said results will be noticeable in six months and repairs will involve more than 780 miles (1,260 kilometers) of roads.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government submitted a required fiscal plan on Thursday that excludes pension cuts and layoffs sought by a federal oversight board as legislators in the U.S. territory angered by its demands debate a bill that would withhold payments for board member salaries, among other things.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The powers of a federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances could soon be tested as the U.S. territory's governor on Monday defied its calls to implement more austerity measures amid an 11-year recession.
University experts to lead Puerto Rico storm death review
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor announced Thursday that a team of experts at George Washington University will lead an independent, in-depth review to determine the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria amid accusations that the U.S. territory has undercounted the toll.
The team, led by the dean and an epidemiologist of the university's school of public health, expects to have a preliminary report in three months and a final report in one year.
Judge grants $300M loan for Puerto Rico power company
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal judge on Monday approved a $300 million loan for Puerto Rico's power company that officials say will help keep the troubled agency operating until late March.
Murphy establishes Puerto Rico relief commission
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he wants to help Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria.
Murphy, a Democrat, signed an executive order on Monday in Jersey City establishing a commission aimed at offering relief to Puerto Ricans in the state and on the island.
He says the state has seen about 30,000 people from Puerto Rico relocate to New Jersey since the September storm devastated the island.