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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Puerto Rico News Digest For January 9, 2019


PR FBI CHIEF: ISLAND FACES "CRISIS OF VIOLENCE"



From CBS News:

"The top FBI official in Puerto Rico said the island is facing a "crisis of violence" and has asked the agency for more personnel and resources from the U.S. mainland. In an interview with local radio station NotiUno630 Wednesday morning, Special Agent in Charge Douglas Leff said no other agency field office in the country is facing what his San Juan office is facing in terms of crime..."


GONZALEZ TO INTRODUCE NEW STATEHOOD BILL


From El Nuevo Dia:

"Resident Commissioner in Washington Jenniffer Gonz√°lez plans to introduce a new pro-statehood bill in the House. However, for the legislation to be addressed during this Congress, the government of Puerto Rico would have to hold a "statehood: yes-or-no" referendum this year..."


AGRITEK GETS POT LICENSE


From News Is My Business:

"Agritek Holdings Inc., a real estate investor for the cannabis sector in the United States and Canada, announced that its licensee and partner, 1919 Clinic, has received its final approval from the Puerto Rico Department of Health to begin operations under the medicinal cannabis program..."


NY TIMES NAMES PR TOP TOURIST DESTINATION


From Caribbean Business:

"Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossell√≥ Nevares was pleased Wednesday with the New York Times(NYT) having selected the island as its top recommended travel destination this year. “Once again, we see rewarded the effort we have made to present Puerto Rico to the world as a world-class destination, to present the attractions of our beautiful Island, as well as highlighting the resilient nature of Puerto Ricans..."


TEACHER SHORTAGE ON HORIZON AS MANY RETIRE


From The San Juan Daily Star:

"About 65 percent of local public school teachers are near the average age for retirement, yet there are not enough qualified candidates in the island to replace them, Teachers Association President Ada Diaz said Tuesday..."


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