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House Democrats say they are investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over allegations reported by The Washington Post that he asked employees to donate to certain political candidates and then reimbursed them through bonuses.

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The use of an Oahu hotel to quarantine people will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal coronavirus recovery funds each month, officials said.

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Updated: 9/8/2020, 1:20 p.m.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has extended the second stay-at-home, work-from-home order for Oahu through Sept. 23 beyond its Thursday expiration. The two-week extension comes as Hawaii recorded 2 more COVID-19 deaths today and cases fell to 66 new infections.

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For Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips discuss a new search for extraterrestrial life.

  

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If you're working from home these days, this may be an unusual Labor Day for you. Not going to a workplace is just one of the changes for many people during this pandemic. But what about changes to the way your mind is working? That's a question that researchers in Australia are tackling.

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A Honolulu Police Department committee said a neck restraint should be designated as a “deadly force” option in the department’s use-of-force policy.

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Updated: 9/7/2020, 12:05 p.m.

The death toll at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home rose to eight today, a day after U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz called for immediate intervention by federal agencies and chastized the state and county for failing to act fast enough to control the outbreak at the Hilo nursing home.

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The drastic reduction in visitors coming to Hawaii has afforded scientists a unique opportunity to see how one of the state’s most popular natural attractions fares without a human presence.

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Sentencing has been rescheduled again in Hawaii's biggest corruption case after it was previously postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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A U.S. judge on Wednesday postponed trial for 12 people accused of drug trafficking in Hawaii, over the objections of a councilman accused of leading the ring.

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Updated: 9/6/2020, 12:14 p.m.

Hawaii recorded 1 more COVID-19 death today and 164 new cases, the state Department of Health reported. The latest counts bring the state death toll to 85 and the total number of cases to 9,855. 

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The head of Hawaii's coronavirus contact tracing program has returned to work after going on leave earlier in the week because of department confusion over the chain of command.

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MBA programs are on the rise across the country—but not in Hawaii. However, some of the changes that are taking place with business education are also happening here. 

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This has been a rough week in South Korea. The number of COVID-19 patients in critical or serious condition has spiked, while part of the country was hit by a typhoon and another is lingering offshore. 

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Americans headed into Labor Day weekend — the unofficial end to the Lost Summer of 2020 — amid warnings from public health experts that backyard parties, crowded bars and other gatherings could cause the coronavirus to come surging back.

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Hawaii's governor plans to allow a bill into law mandating the disclosure of the identities of county police officers who have been fired or suspended.

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State Epidemiologist Sarah Park, once the head of Hawaii's testing and contacting tracing effort to battle the surging coronavirus, has taken paid leave, according to the state Department of Health.

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Updated: 9/4/2020, 12:27 p.m.

Hawaii recorded 2 more deaths today and 271 new COVID-19 cases, the state Department of Health reported. The latest counts bring the state death toll to 81 and the total number of cases to 9,473. Of the new cases, 236 are on Oahu, 34 on Hawaii Island, and 1 on Maui.

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The Covid-19 pandemic may have had something to do with the City’s decision to go ahead with the new Downtown Art Center, now set to go in above the Chinatown Satellite City Hall. New owners are in at Pegge Hopper's former site, too, but no one expects it to be easy.

The 2020 general election has begun with North Carolina becoming the first state to start mailing out absentee ballots on Friday, two months before Election Day.

Other states will begin doing the same over the next few weeks in an election that's expected to break all records in the number of ballots cast early and by mail. Minnesota will be the first state to offer early in-person voting starting Sept. 18, with many states following not long afterward.

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Free testing for COVID-19 continues this week both on Oahu and around the islands. Testing is increasing in many areas across the country and around the world, but there are some dramatic exceptions—including Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

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Updated: 9/3/2020, 12:09 p.m.

Hawaii recorded four more deaths today and 211 new COVID-19 cases, the state Department of Health reported. The latest counts bring the state death toll to 79 and the total number of cases to 9,202. There are 190 new cases on Oahu, 17 on Hawaii Island, and 4 on Maui County.

A trust founded by Queen Liliʻuokalani, Hawaiʻi’s last-reigning monarch, is expanding to adapt to the changing needs of the most vulnerable Native Hawaiian children. But recent decisions by Liliʻuokalani Trust leadership, including staff layoffs and site closures, are creating confusion for some in the community who want answers.

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Pacific Islanders have been hardest hit by COVID-19 in the islands. They are catching the virus in disproportion to their small numbers in the population. One reason is that -- as with young people -- public information on how to avoid the virus has been failing to reach them in ways they can act on it.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked states to prepare to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine as soon as late October, according to a series of planning documents sent to public health officials last week.

A CDC spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the documents in an email to NPR on Wednesday. The documents were first published by The New York Times.

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Update 9/2/20, 2:40 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House Oversight Committee on Wednesday subpoenaed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for records about the widespread mail delivery delays that have pulled the Postal Service into the political spotlight as it prepares to handle an onslaught of ballots in the November election.

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As surge testing for COVID-19 continues around Oahu, a similar effort is taking place elsewhere in the Pacific, but on an even bigger scale. Hong Kong’s government wants to give a test to every resident who wants one, but so far, the response has been mixed.

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The state Department of Health continues to record a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases among young people. One key reason may be that public messages to avoid the virus haven't yet effectively reached them.

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Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a variant of Novichok, a Soviet-era nerve agent, according to tests carried out by a German military laboratory. A German government spokesman said the evidence is "without a doubt."

Navalny "is the victim of a crime that intended to silence him," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a news conference Wednesday about the findings. The crime, she said, was an "attempted murder."

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Updated: 9/2/2020, 12:20 p.m.

Hawaii recorded 1 more death today and 339 new COVID-19 cases, the state Department of Health reported. The death brings the state toll to 75 and the total number of cases to 8,991. 

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