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By on March 11, 2016

House Approves Prasa Revitalization Bill

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - JULY 01: The Puerto Rican Capitol building is seen as the island's residents deal with the government's $72 billion debt on July 1, 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla said in a speech recently that the people of Puerto Rico will have to make sacrifices and share the responsibilities to help pull the island out of debt. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Puerto Rico Capitol (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Puerto Rico House of Representatives has approved a bill that seeks to revitalize the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (Prasa by its Spanish acronym). Thus a new public corporation to access the financial markets, in a similar mechanism to that recently adopted by the Electric Power Authority (Prepa by its Spanish acronym), would be created. The bill was approved with the support of lawmakers from both parties.

Rosselló’s Agreement with Religious Groups Causes Stir

An agreement of understanding to be signed by New Progressive Party gubernatorial hopeful Ricardo Rosselló with religious sectors has stirred groups that defend human rights and the LGBTT community, which strongly oppose the initiative. The agreement reaffirms his commitment to faith communities and “recognizes the importance of integrating them” in his plan for Puerto Rico.

Obama Visit to Cuba Raises Expectations

While Barack Obama plans to meet with dissidents privately in Cuba, his visit implies a 180-degree change in U.S. policy toward the Caribbean island. The president is betting the action will do more to promote democracy than the half century of criticism of the Cuban government.

Nancy Reagan’s Funeral to be Held in California Friday

Former first lady Nancy Reagan will be buried Friday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Reagan will be buried next to former President Ronald Reagan, who died in 2004.

Roadblocks Announced for this Weekend

Police Superintendent José Luis Caldero has announced that roadblocks will be implemented this weekend. These will run from Friday to Sunday in areas of Ponce, Aibonito, Caguas and Carolina with the intention of preventing crime and accidents on the island’s roadways.

Rain Expected Friday

The National Weather Service announced Friday that parts of the metropolitan area, the southeast and southern Puerto Rico would see scattered showers. The chance of rain is 40% and temperatures will fluctuate between 81 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Drive with caution, as roads may be wet.

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