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Nearly one-quarter of U.S. workers did at least some part of their job remotely in January according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some remote workers are taking their newfound flexibility and relocating to Hawaii.

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WASHINGTON — The House is expected to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package late Friday that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses.

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WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia's crown prince likely approved the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to a newly declassified U.S. intelligence report released Friday that instantly ratcheted up pressure on the Biden administration to hold the kingdom accountable for a murder that drew worldwide outrage.

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Hawaiʻi legislators are one step closer to dissolving the state’s Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC).  The 27-year-old entity was initially created to develop economically viable farms to fill the void created by the closure of plantations. But a recent state audit found the ADC has done little to fill that void.

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Tourism is slowly climbing back, but January 2021 was still a rough month for hotels.

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Here’s a news story that goes back tens of thousands of years. It’s about a development this week involving an indigenous culture in the Asia Pacific, a rock painting, and a kangaroo.

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Another election season has just begun on O'ahu. Candidates for this year's Neighborhood Board elections have all submitted their registrations, and elections are coming up for these grassroots positions. Under a new City administration, there is a push to activate this level of community involvement.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill that would standardize the state's pandemic travel restrictions across the islands, a departure from the current system that allows individual counties to opt out of a state pre-flight testing program or add their own modified safety measures.

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HONOLULU — Two Hawaii legislative committees on Thursday passed a resolution creating a working group to develop recommendations for new management of the state's tallest mountain, Mauna Kea.

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The Hawaiʻi Nature Center located right on the outskirts of urban Honolulu has been connecting kids to nature for nearly 40 years. But now under the pandemic, the center has become an outdoor classroom for keiki wanting more than what virtual learning has to offer. 


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A court ruling in China is getting a lot of attention around the Asia Pacific this week. The case involves a divorce, and a decision about whether the ex-wife deserves compensation for housework she did during the marriage.

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HONOLULU — The Honolulu Police Department's chief said she expects to complete the rollout of a body-worn camera program for officers by the end of March.

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The ae'o, also known as kūkuluae'o, or Hawaiian stilt, is an endangered waterbird found only in the Hawaiian islands. 

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Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced Tuesday that Honolulu will be moving from Tier 2 to Tier 3 on the county's framework of reopening. The move will loosen certain restrictions on businesses and other activities.

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HONOLULU — Honolulu police arrested state Rep. Sharon Har for allegedly driving under the influence of an intoxicant after she was observed driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

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HONOLULU — While some Hawaii retail shops move online to avoid the closures that have hit many businesses in the sector since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, others are hoping for a rent relief lifeline from the government.

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It’s been nearly six months since Hawaii started its “Safe Travels” program, which now allows visitors on most islands to skip quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test. Other locations are more cautious with entry requirements, but some are considering easing certain restrictions. And that includes Thailand.

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WAILUKU — Some Maui businesses face tough calls about who should be exempt from universal mask rules as the county pushes for greater compliance during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Hawaiʻi lawmakers are considering legislation to help the state’s funeral services industry accommodate traditional Hawaiian burial practices by using a technology known as water cremation. Supporters say this is a cleaner alternative to burial or traditional cremation. But industry representatives say it could come at a higher cost to consumers.

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HONOLULU — A bill advanced Tuesday by the Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee would automatically register to vote eligible U.S. citizens who apply for a driver's license or state identification card, unless the individual declines to be registered.

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Communities around the world are debating whether to ease certain restrictions as new cases of COVID-19 decline or stabilize. In the Philippines, that discussion has ended — at least for the time being.

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge has ordered the wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to remain temporarily jailed after she was arrested and accused of helping her husband run his multibillion-dollar cartel and plotting his audacious escape from a Mexican prison in 2015.

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Updated 2/23/21, 9:40 a.m.

A proposal to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour is moving forward at the state legislature. But is increasing the minimum wage a good idea for Hawaiʻi's economic recovery?

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Community health centers are changing the way they communicate with patients to combat misinformation and vaccine hesitation. 

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HONOLULU — A new class of U.S. Navy vessel is expected to be deployed for the first time in Hawaii as part of a sweeping force redesign.

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HONOLULU — Affordable housing guidelines set by a Hawaii state agency could rate two-bedroom homes costing $1 million as affordable for some households eligible for government-subsidized housing.

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Updated 2/23/21, 9:15 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell underscored the U.S. economy's ongoing weakness Tuesday in remarks that suggested that the Fed sees no need to alter its ultra-low interest rate policies anytime soon.

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On today’s Stargazer, we learn more about the latest NASA mission to Mars (which includes a first-ever aerial drone deployment) with HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips. See video of the landing below!

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NEW YORK — Grammy-winning electronic music pioneers Daft Punk have announced that they are breaking up after 28 years.

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