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JACKSON, Miss. — Six of seven Mississippi chicken processing plants raided Wednesday were "willfully and unlawfully" employing people who lacked authorization to work in the United States, including workers wearing electronic monitoring bracelets at work for previous immigration violations, according to unsealed court documents.

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HILO, Hawaii — A County of Hawaii official is facing questions about strategies for public recovery from damage caused by the Kilauea volcano eruption.

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A few Honolulu rail employees have been served federal subpoenas, the latest in several rounds issued in the ongoing probe of the $9.2 billion rail project.

Maunakea Observatories have been been closed for three weeks now – resulting in a loss of more than a year’s worth of discoveries. Scientists say unreliable access to telescopes is preventing them from resuming operations on the summit.

 

Updated: Aug. 7, 5:22 p.m.

Police are seeking a "person of interest" in connection with three intentionally set fires at Waikiki hotels in recent days. The man was seen on surveillance video at all three arson sites.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump linked the suspected gunman in the Dayton mass shooting to liberal candidates and organizations Wednesday, even as he pushed back against critics who tied the El Paso attack to his own comments on immigration.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez became Puerto Rico's new governor Wednesday, just the second woman to hold the office, after weeks of political turmoil and hours after the island's Supreme Court declared Pedro Pierluisi's swearing-in a week ago unconstitutional.

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Scientists have discovered that a growing pond of water inside a Hawaii crater is being heated by Kilauea volcano. For the first time in recorded history, the presence of water in the crater was confirmed last week. Since then, scientists have found two other small pools of water nearby.

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Honolulu fire investigators say a fire at the Hilton Hawaiian Grand Waikikian hotel Tuesday night was intentionally set. It is the second hotel blaze in as many days determined to have been deliberately started. 

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It's illegal in Hawaii to manufacture, distribute or sell products containing cannibidiol or CBD but that hasn't stopped businesses from setting up shop in the islands. The state Health Department has taken the approach to educate retailers before it starts to fine them in the face of CBD industry’s rapid growth.

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The City and County of Honolulu will enforce its new vacation rental law, despite an ongoing legal challenge. That was the word from Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Tuesday.

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A Hawaii business owner has challenged a solar energy project lease agreement between a Canadian company and the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, a report said.

EC Trucking owner Edward Maria and the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations have challenged the agency's action, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.

Maria and the advocacy group are seeking a hearing to contest the approval of a lease on Oahu for Innergex Renewables USA.

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Hawaii’s pet owners are increasingly turning to cannabidoil, a component of hemp, to help their beloved animals with physical and behaviorial problems, local veterinarians say. But several legislators and animal experts want to see the hemp-derived remedies regulated.

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Many native Hawaiians who oppose the construction of the planned Thirty-Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea say the mountain is sacred. But what does sacred mean and what is the foundation for that belief? Could we see similar challenges to activities on Haleakalā, Mauna Loa or Kīlauea?

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WAILUKU — A solo hiker who had been reported missing while visiting Maui has been found dead, police said.

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BARCELONA, Spain  — The director of a Spanish research center says an international consortium that planned to build a giant telescope on Hawaii's tallest peak has decided to seek a permit for an alternative site in the Canary Islands.

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WAILUKU — A solo hiker on Maui is still missing despite an ongoing search, authorities said.

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A federal judge is expected to consider a restraining order seeking to stop Honolulu from enforcing a new vacation rental ordinance, officials said.

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Recently released data from the Hawaii Tourism Authority shows that Chinese visitor arrivals dropped 25 percent in the first half of 2019. It was a on a downward trend before President Trump’s trade war.

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A small pond of water has been discovered inside the summit crater of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano for the first time in recorded history, possibly signaling a shift to a more explosive phase of future eruptions.

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A new University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents group will be investigating the school's role in managing Mauna Kea.

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Low unemployment has been great for workers but tough on employers who feel like they can’t find enough help. That’s where some of Hawaii’s nonprofit organizations come in. 

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Updated: August 8, 10:05 a.m.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, in Honolulu for a medical convention, raised alarms earlier this week about the heavy use of e-cigarettes by Hawaii’s youth. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Hawaii number two among states for children grades 6 to 12 who are vaping. Hawaii's e-cigarette usage by its youngsters is double the average for the country as a whole.

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HONOLULU — New short-term rental rules could impact Hawaii's tourism industry by decreasing the amount of lodging for potential visitors, officials said.

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HILO — Multiple sharks in Hawaii have been found without their fins, raising concerns among marine biologists, a report said.

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The biennial long-distance sailing race has been sending yachts from Long Beach, California, to Honolulu since 1906. This year, for the first time, one of the competing ships never returned to port.

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Hawaiʻi is expected to see its 10 millionth visitor this year. The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority says in the first half of 2019, tourist arrivals were up by 4 percent even while visitor spending fell. Communities statewide are feeling the growing presence of tourists -- at local beaches and on the roads. Now, University of Hawaii researchers are asking how precisely are visitors affecting local neighborhoods – like those in Windward Oahu.

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HONOLULU — Changes to environmental conditions may have caused the deaths of multiple fish in a Honolulu stream, officials said.

How To Get Ready For Approaching Storms

Aug 1, 2019
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As Hurricane Erick and Tropical Storm Flossie make their way closer to the islands, emergency management officials want Hawaii residents to stay vigilant.

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Updated: Aug. 5, 5:35 p.m.

As a weakening Flossie, now a post-tropical cyclone, moves closer to the islands, it is bringing high surf, heavy rainfall and muggy weather to parts of the islands, particularly Maui and the Big Island. 

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