US Territories’ August 26-September 2, 2018 news week in tweets

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Puerto Rico Raises Official Death Toll

The Puerto Rican government raised the official death toll of Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975. This new number is an estimate from George Washington University’s study.

American Public Power Association Earns Award for Work in US Virgin Islands

The American Public Power Association earned a 2018 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for providing aid to restore power in the US Virgin Islands. While partnering with the Department of Energy and the Federal Emergency Management, the group restore the power grid that was badly damaged.

Federal Government Fights Against Chamorro Trust Land Act

Attorneys for the federal government are challenging the Chamorro Trust Land Act, which allows only Chamorros to lease public land. The federal government argues that the law violates the Fair Housing Act, stating that the Trust Land Act is “unquestionably race-based.”

CNMI Board of Education Fears Marijuana Will Jeopardize Federal Funding

A bill legalizing marijuana has passed the Senate and was sent to be signed into law. The bill states that marijuana on school campuses is not allowed unless a physician has recommended its usage to the person. The Board of Education argued that marijuana should not be allowed on school campuses, as they may be in violation of federal grants.

American Samoa Team Returns to World Cup Qualifying Competition

The American Samoa team is competing with three others in the Oceania Women’s Nation’s Cup in Fiji. The team has a special familial bond, as three of the coach’s daughters and his niece are on the roster.