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2020 was a tumultuous year for the local economy in Hawaii and the outlook for 2021 remains mixed and uncertain.

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Hawaiʻi’s doctor shortage is getting worse under the pandemic, and the chances of a rebound hinge on the state’s ability to help Hawaiʻi doctors stay in business.

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Updated 1/4/21, 9:37 a.m.

Slack, the messaging service used by millions of people for work and school, suffered a global outage on Monday, the first day back for most people returning from the New Year's holiday.

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At the start of a new year, thoughts can turn to the promise of new beginnings. Sometimes that takes the form of resolutions, or aspirations that haven't yet been met. In Japan, that includes hopes to increase the national birthrate with a new strategy.

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2020 was a positive year for most major U.S. stock indexes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up nearly 7%, while the broader S&P 500 gained nearly 16%. But it was a mixed story for many local companies.

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HONOLULU — Lava spattered and flowed over the weekend inside the crater of a Hawaii volcano that began erupting in December.

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HONOLULU — Honolulu has a new slate of leaders after the mayor and five first-term City Council members took the oath of office.

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials have pledged to help strengthen oversight over seawalls and other barriers that are accelerating beach erosion in the state.

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HONOLULU — Residents have been warned to be extra vigilant and continue to follow safety guidelines as cases of a new seemingly more contagious strain of the coronavirus have recently been reported in the U.S., health officials said.

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On this New Year's Day, there is a small but significant change for citizens of Australia. It's an adjustment to the national anthem — in support of the country's indigenous people.

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Markets are closed today for New Year's Day. While 2020 was a positive year for major stock indexes in the U.S., not all companies did well. Financial stocks were hit hard compared to a year ago, and that pain was felt by shareholders of local banks.

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Through the pandemic, the island of Kaua’i has charted its own path. First with night time curfews, an interisland travel quarantine was in effect on Kaua’i until earlier this week.  At the end of August, the Kaua'i Chamber of Commerce polled 129 local businesses. More than a third said they would go under if tourism is not back in 6 months. Still, HPR ‘s Noe Tanigawa reports, there is support for travel restrictions in a county with experience handling economic disaster. 

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It's been another week of developments in the continuing story of vaccines against COVID-19. Except for China, most of the Asia Pacific has been moving more slowly with actual injections than in places such as the United States and the United Kingdom. But plenty of vaccines have already been ordered.

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Mayor Derek Kawakami is awaiting Governor David Ige's approval on a proposed change to Kauaʻi's Rule 23. The amendment would rescind the county's moratorium on the Safe Travels program for inter-island travel.

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The federal pandemic relief bill signed into law by President Trump provides extra financial benefits for Hawaii residents filing for unemployment insurance.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than a year before Anthony Warner detonated a Christmas Day bomb in downtown Nashville, officers visited his home after his girlfriend told police he was building bombs in a recreational vehicle at his residence, according to documents. But they did not make contact with him, or see inside his RV.

Manu Minute: Cattle Egret, The Elegant Invader

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Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for use of their field recordings in today's Manu Minute.

The State Department of Agriculture introduced Cattle egrets to Hawai'i in 1959 in order to control fly populations that were harassing cattle herds. But like the non-native Barn owl, the Cattle egret's introduction has had some unintended consequences for native bird species.

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Many university students around the world are on break this week. But when classes resume, there is still a question about how much instruction can be done in person. And that's sparking a controversy in one Southeast Asian country.

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Updated 12/30/20, 11:59 a.m.

It's official: any furloughs of state workers will not begin until July 1 at the earliest. Governor David Ige says that's because of the latest federal COVID-19 relief measure just signed by President Donald Trump.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump lashed out at congressional Republicans on Tuesday after the House easily voted to override his veto of a defense policy bill.

Hawaii universities have been largely distance learning due to COVID-19.

However, Brigham Young University-Hawaii hopes expanded testing will put the institution on the path to reopening. 

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As health officials track new strains of the coronavirus, many countries are adding precautions aimed at arriving travelers. Across the Asia Pacific, several countries are simply shutting down entry for all foreigners — while others are opening a bit more for residents.

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HONOLULU — Plans to air-condition many commercial and government buildings in Honolulu using cold deep-sea water have been shut down because of increasing construction costs.

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Updated 12/29/20, 11:59 a.m.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell believes Lori Kahikina is perfect to lead the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. On Monday, HART announced Kahikina will be interim Executive Director and CEO of the semi-autonomous agency starting later this week.

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The latest visitor arrival figures show a major increase in November, but the number of tourists in Hawaii remains well below pre-pandemic levels.

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Nurses at Hawaiʻi Pacific Health's Kapiʻolani Hospital have been unable to come to a labor agreement with the medical facility due to a dispute over COVID-19 protocols. 

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HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips have a Stargazer favorite for our final episode of the year – another discovery of a mysterious signal from space!

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Updated 12/28/20, 1:24 p.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It seemed like a friendly chat between neighbors. Only after a bomb exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning could Rick Laude grasp the sinister meaning behind his neighbor's smiling remark that the city and the rest of the world would never forget him.

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HONOLULU — Residents in Hawaii are expected to see shrinking utility costs and growing renewable energy after the state changed the way Hawaiian Electric makes money.

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Two versions of the COVID-19 vaccine have been approved for emergency use in the United States. One made by Pfizer and the other by Moderna. But there are other vaccines in production and in trials — including some from China.

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