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HILO — The Hawaii County Council plans to discuss a new potential agreement with the state about reimbursement for law enforcement costs during demonstrations against the Big Island giant telescope project.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in several regions of the country, including Tokyo. While the declaration gives local governors the power to close schools and some other public institutions, individual behavior is another matter.

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Pōhaku, a 13-year-old female, passed away last Wednesday at the Marine Mammal Center's Ke Kai Ola facility on Hawaiʻi Island. She had been battling a parasitic disease known as toxoplasmosis.

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South Korea appears to be a relative success story when it comes to dealing with COVID-19. On Friday, the number of the cases in the country passed 10,000. But even though South Korea has “flattened the curve” of the spread of the virus, authorities are still increasing their prevention measures.

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Updated: 4/6/2020, 11:56 a.m.

The state's confirmed and presumed positive coronavirus cases today number 387, up by 16 from yesterday, with one new death, according to the state's latest daily update. The death count is now at five.


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Updated 4/6/20, 9:30 a.m.

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.

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Updated: 4/5/2020, 9:18 p.m.

The state's confirmed and presumed positive coronavirus cases now number 371, up by 20 from the previous day, according to the state's latest daily update. The death count stands at four.

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WAIANAE (AP) — Glen Kila has long greeted people in the traditional Native Hawaiian way. Foreheads touching, he breathes in the person's ha, or breath.

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Updated: 4/4/2020, 1:14 p.m.


An East Oahu man over 65 years old is the fourth person in Hawaii to die from the coronavirus, state health officials said today. The confirmed and presumed positive coronavirus cases now number 351, up by 32 from yesterday and including two minors. 

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Honolulu — Hawaii's largest milk processor is expected to continue operating after its pending purchase by a California real estate investment firm.

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Billions in federal economic aid are on their way to Hawaii. And a locally-based payroll expert helped write some of the rules.

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Face masks have suddenly become a focus of discussion around the country. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is the latest to “strongly recommend” residents wear them while outside. He’s talking about re-usable cloth masks. But the disposable kind are part of a new production push in Asia.

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Updated: 4/3/2020, 4:35 p.m.


Gov. David Ige says he won't join Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's call to President Trump for a halt to all nonessential travel on commercial airplanes.


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Some 161,000 Hawai’i residents filed for unemployment in March.  The University of Hawai‘i’s economic research arm, UHERO, projected unemployment could temporarily spike to 25 percent due to the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.  In Hawai‘i, however, some companies need even more workers.

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With economists predicting short-term unemployment rates as high as 25 percent, the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic will dwarf the Great Recession.

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Some of the many casualties from the coronavirus have been popular musicians, including previous guests of HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence, and in some cases, their parents.

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HONOLULU — Nearly one-quarter of Hawaii's workers applied for unemployment benefits last month as social distancing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus socked the economy.

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State officials say Hawaii has 560 ventilators — machines that can help people breathe and that could play a key role if the state faces a surge in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Ventilators are a focus of concern in many cities in the United States and locations around the world — including India.

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The Democratic National Committee is delaying its presidential nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17 after prospective nominee Joe Biden said he didn't think it would be possible to hold it in mid-July because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Updated: 4/2/20, 5:52 p.m.


A second death in Hawaii due to the coronavirus has been reported, according to the governor's office. Hawaii's coronavirus case count jumped today to 285, according to the state health department's latest update. The number of positive and presumptive positive cases represents an increase of 27 from yesterday. Oahu now has a total of 206 coronavirus cases, Maui 27, Kauai 12 and the Big Island 18. 


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The state is scrambling to identify enough medical professionals to care for a potential surge of coronavirus patients in Hawaii. However, some doctors are concerned that the outbreak will further worsen the state's long-standing physician shortage.

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Another major musician has lost their life to the coronavirus today. Adam Schlesinger was 52, and wrote music for TV, movies, and worked with many other artists, but may be best known as co-founder of the alternative group Fountains of Wayne, that had the early 2000’s hit, “Stacy’s Mom”.

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Updated 4/1/20, 12:40 p.m.

MIAMI — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Navy ships are being moved toward Venezuela as his administration beefs up counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean following a U.S. drug indictment against Nicolás Maduro.

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HONOLULU — Hawaiian Electric Company Inc. has proposed using giant batteries manufactured by auto maker Tesla Inc. to provide energy to Oahu's power grid.


Countries around the world are focused on “flattening the curve” of the spread of the coronavirus. In Australia, new rules have gone into effect as part of that effort.

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is urging President Donald Trump to stop all non-essential travel coming to Hawaiʻi in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Caldwell made the announcement yesterday after expressing frustration over visitors continuing to arrive to the islands without any plans for self-quarantine.

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Civic participation is a challenge during the time of coronavirus. Some agencies are finding ways to still include the public, despite Gov. David Ige's emergency order suspending the requirement among other state laws.

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The coronavirus has dealt a financial blow to millions of Americans and now April's bills are coming due.

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While tourists are still emptying out of Hawaii, they are now being shut out of another popular oceanfront vacation destination. One of the most popular beach attractions in Thailand is totally closing down to all travelers.

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Updated: 3/31/20, 10:42 a.m.

It’s been less than a week since a statewide stay-at-home order largely shut down Hawaii’s economy in an effort to contain the coronavirus. The latest economic projections indicate restarting activity will take much longer.