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New Puerto Rico utility head, same old challenges

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New leadership at Puerto Rico’s beleaguered electric utility may not be sufficient to compensate for missteps following Hurricane Maria that led to delayed work, recurrent blackouts and more than $500 million in contracts with untested companies now under federal investigation. FILE PHOTO: Ricardo Ramos, executive director …

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Puerto Rico requests $94.4 billion from U.S. Congress for rebuilding

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello on Monday requested $94.4 billion from Congress to rebuild the island’s infrastructure, housing, schools and hospitals devastated by Hurricane Maria. A crane is seen inside a sinkhole caused by Hurricane Maria at a construction site along Puerto Rico Highway 2, outside …

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Puerto Rico board asks Congress for backing in fight with governor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The federally appointed oversight board that manages Puerto Rico’s finances asked Congress for support on Tuesday in its fight with the island’s governor over who should take charge of halting efforts to restore electric power after Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello speaks during an interview …

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House questions FEMA over Puerto Rico power contracts

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives’ energy committee on Wednesday said it wants the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to explain how it is overseeing contracts for rebuilding Puerto Rico’s power grid after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) …

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