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Updated 2/4/2020 10:31 a.m.

Hawaii has only a modest healthcare system and can’t be a hub for accommodating people potentially exposed to the rapidly spreading new virus that emerged in China in recent months, Lt. Gov. Josh Green said Monday.

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is suspending the Neal S. Blaisdell Center renovation project, citing the uncertainty over the financing and timing of the elevated rail project and the coming switch in city administrations.

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We hear more about the value of land-based telescopes, as opposed to space-based telescopes, with HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips in this week’s Stargazer.

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The number of students caught bringing projectile weapons, ranging from guns to slingshots, to Hawaii public schools has dropped to the lowest level in 10 years, according to a new report.

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A recent study from the University of Hawaiʻi's Economic Research Organization shows rents in Hawaiʻi are more than 50% higher than the national average. In South Korea's capital, housing costs are also high — but rising even faster.

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WAILUKU — Maui surpassed 3 million annual visitors for the first time since the Hawaii Tourism Authority began keeping records, a new report said.

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Hawaii legislators on the House Agriculture Committee will consider several bills this week that would allow the commercial production of hemp and legalize the sale of hemp-derived products.

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WASHINGTON — As the U.S. steps up its response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Department of Homeland Security is warning airline passengers that their flights may wind up rerouted through one of eight airports if officials discover mid-flight that someone onboard has been in China in the last 14 days. Honolulu is one of the eight transportation hubs.

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LIHUE — Hawaii received mixed grades on its efforts to reduce and prevent tobacco use last year amid concerns about worsening youth vaping, a report said.

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This week on Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back Big Brothers, Big Sisters Hawaii. Dave is joined by President and CEO Dennis Brown, the very first little brother ever for this organization in Hawaii.

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Music legend Sergio Mendes is returning for shows at the Blue Note next week Wednesday through Friday, and returned to Hawaii Public Radio as a guest of HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence. He's got a new album and documentary, In the Key of Joy.

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A new round of change is coming to a familiar local company: Hawaiian Host. CEO Edward Schultz is taking the company into a major rebranding — and some product innovation.

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Today closes out the first month of the new year. And it’s a chance to look at the early impact of some laws that changed with the start of 2020. There is one legal adjustment in Vietnam that has already had a big effect.

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A close look at the more than 2,000 bills under consideration at the Hawaii State Capitol reveals that some of those proposals don’t contain any language.

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Pro-gun advocates are voicing their opposition to several state bills that would add more restrictions on guns.

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UPDATED: 1/30/2020, 1:20 p.m.

The Honolulu City Council is continuing efforts to address concerns about the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney following the departure of Keith Kaneshiro. The prosecutor, who is the subject of a federal investigation, has been on paid leave.

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As the new coronavirus remains in the news, there’s a growing focus on the Chinese city where it began. The city is one of the largest in China — and also important to the regional economy of East Asia.

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MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine religious group on Thursday denied allegations by American law enforcement agents that it was involved in a scheme to trick followers into becoming fundraisers and arrange sham marriages to keep them in the U.S.

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Police are still piecing together the events that ended with two Honolulu officers fatally shot and seven homes on Hibiscus Drive near Diamond Head burned to the ground last week.

What is known is that the suspected gunman and arsonist was being evicted after repeated attempts, raising the question: could it have been handled differently?

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Honolulu’s airport has joined the list of U.S. entry points screening passengers from Wuhan, China for the coronavirus. There are no direct flights here from Wuhan, but fast-moving developments are influencing a lot more travel to and from the country.

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There is still no reported case of novel coronavirus in the state and screenings of arriving visitors have begun at the Honolulu international airport, the Hawaii Department of Health confirmed at a Wednesday press conference. Nonetheless, residents were urged to take precautions as the number of cases in China jumped, surpassing that seen in the country from SARS.

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Hawaii’s chief executive says, under current industry estimates, there is not enough land to cover the state’s energy needs solely using photovoltaic solar. But he sees promise in other options for the state to reach 100 percent renewable energy.

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A proposed Hawaii constitutional amendment would give the state Board of Education power to impose taxes on real property to pay for teacher salaries.

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NEW YORK — Bob Shane, the last surviving original member of the popular folk group the Kingston Trio who was from Hawaii and the lead singer on its million-selling ballad “Tom Dooley” and many other hits, has died.

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WAILUKU — Fewer sea turtles were found stranded on Maui last year than in 2018, although officials say most cases continue to be caused by fishing gear, officials said.

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Reaction is still pouring in from around the world about the death of former basketball star Kobe Bryant. And that includes some special attention from the Asia Pacific.

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UPDATED: 1/28/20, 5:33 p.m.

A new land deal in Mōʻiliʻili struck by the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands could take potentially hundreds of Native Hawaiians off the homestead wait list in urban Honolulu.

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Scientists will decide whether to establish a captive breeding program on the U.S. mainland in an attempt to prevent the extinction of a bird species only found on Maui, officials said.

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Despite a recent high-profile shooting that left two police officers dead and a series of violent robberies, some targeting elderly victims, Hawaii Gov. David Ige says he still believes Hawaii is a safe place to live.

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Updated: 1/30/2020 10:45 a.m.

Hawaii is facing a major shortage of surgeons in the state, but it is especially acute in rural areas on Maui and Hawaii Island.

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