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Monday, April 3, 2017

Puerto Rico News Digest For April 3, 2017


UPR STUDENTS 'DISRESPECTED' BY GOVERNOR



















From The San Juan Daily Star:

"Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares met with striking University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras students Thursday as the stoppage over proposed cuts to the university budget entered its third day. The students were unhappy with the meeting, saying the governor showed them “disrespect” by giving them only 25 minutes of his time...“It seems to us a lack of respect that he has summoned students from Mayagüez, Ponce, Cayey for a conversation of a mere 25 to 30 minutes,” said Juan Collazo, according to press reports..."


SEC OF STATE APPEALS TO PR DIASPORA


From El Nuevo Día:

"PR State Secretary Luis Rivera Marín called on the Puerto Rican diaspora in Orlando, Florida to support the Island authorities and healthcare industry’s efforts in extending the hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds that could expire by the end of 2017. “We are asking them to get in touch with their senators and representatives. The idea is to flood the Florida delegation in Congress with emails stating their constituents’ demands,” Rivera Marín stated after a meeting with leaders of the community, including Republican State Representative René Plasencia..."


MAN MURDERED IN VEGA BAJA


An unidentified man was shot to death close to midnight last night on road PR-2 in the Carmelitas sector of Vega Baja. A 911 call alerted police about gunshots heard in the area. When they arrived on the scene, the body of a white man, wearing blue jeans and sneakers was found on the road. The victim had been shot several times. A black and orange KTM motorcycle was found and impounded at the scene.


BOARD DISCUSSES PR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


From Caribbean Business:

"Although not included as one of its duties under the Promesa law, the fiscal control board “unanimously” decided to urgently address the economic development of Puerto Rico. That is how Chaiman José Carrión III put it. He explained it is why more than 30 presentations from various sectors will be heard throughout the day on the economy of Puerto Rico and how to reverse its tendency for negative growth. Carrión added that the board will lobby in Washington, D.C., for the local government to obtain increased federal health funding under the Medicaid program. He also said the board will be assisting the government, “to the extent possible,” to obtain technical resources that assist in improving efficiency and increasing tax revenue..."


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