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WASHINGTON — Confronted by persistent questions about his military action in the Middle East, President Donald Trump and his top officials offered a string of fresh explanations Friday, with Trump now contending Iranian militants had planned major attacks on four U.S. embassies.

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Honolulu's Board of Water Supply will soon begin a $5 million project to improve its meter reading system.

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For a look ahead at 2020, Pacific Business News checked in with a range of industries to find out more about their biggest opportunities and challenges.

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HILO — The Hawaii County Council fell one vote short of overriding a mayoral veto of a bill to ban the use of herbicides on county property.

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Kauaʻi's rural landscape and small-town charm are characteristics residents here enjoy and strive to protect. But small-island living also means limited space and fewer options. As garbage continues to pile up at the island’s only landfill, Kauaʻi is looking to turn its small size into its biggest advantage. 

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A recent audit of Honolulu's Department of Permitting and Planning found the process to approve building permits is a time-consuming and inefficient one. But city officials argue the audit's results don't take into account the steps taken by the department and administration.

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Hawaii Island is in the enviable position of having a landfill with anywhere from 20 to 100 years of capacity left to take in trash. But the island still wrestles with significant issues like plastic products that are no longer being recycled.  

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Hawaii women are earning about $8,752 less per year than men, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Hawaiʻi Island Mayor Harry Kim met with Thirty Meter Telescope officials this week to discuss next steps in resolving the Mauna Kea dispute.

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Far from the view of the nearly three million visitors who travel to Maui County each year are two landfills that are filling up fast and approaching the end of their lifespans. 

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Hawaii is making progress in addressing homelessness, but hasn’t expanded existing programs enough to make a major dent in the problem, state lawmakers were told at a summit on the issue Tuesday.

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Hawaii’s chief economist told lawmakers on Tuesday that 24% of Hawaii homes were purchased by buyers from outside the state. The figure is even higher on the neighbor islands.

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The number of bankruptcies in Hawaii rose for the second straight year in 2019, records showed.

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Hawaii road crews are working to repair a section of highway that collapsed into the ocean as some residents question the state's actions to fight road deterioration.

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About 30 trucks roll down Farrington Highway on the west side of Oahu every day to dump waste at the City and County of Honolulu's only municipal landfill, Waimanalo Gulch. Now after 30 years, the State Land Use Commission has ordered the landfill to close its doors for good by 2028.

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A new state law requiring Hawaii prison officials to report each time an inmate dies in custody has revealed the case of a prisoner whose death resulting from an alleged assault was not publicly announced.

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Nearly five years ago, Hawaii Public Radio reported a series of stories about the state of garbage around the islands. This week and next, we’re going back for another look in a series we’re calling “Trashing the Islands.”

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Pay increases for public school teachers in hard-to-fill positions, including those for special education, rural areas and Hawaiian language immersion, start on Tuesday.

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The Honolulu Board of Water Supply and a group of local contractors have received a notice of violation after polluting a stream in west Oahu last year and failing to report the action for more than two weeks.

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WAILUKU — Hawaii authorities will start towing vehicles operated by people in Maui arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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New requirements will apply to local enforcement authorities in seizing cars and other property of criminals under long-awaited asset forfeiture rules issued by the Hawaii attorney general on Dec. 31.

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BAGHDAD — Thousands of mourners chanting “America is the Great Satan” marched in a funeral procession Saturday through Baghdad for Iran's top general and Iraqi militant leaders, who were killed in a U.S. airstrike.

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A revised contract between Hawaiian Electric and Puna Geothermal Venture could lower power bills for Big Island residents.

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Hawaii had a busy year in business and industry in 2019.

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HILO — A veterans group is conducting a search for relatives of a World War II soldier from Hawaii whose dog tag was found on a French battlefield, the group said.

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HANAPEPE, Hawaii — A Hawaii man died in an early morning crash when his motorcycle collided with an ambulance that was responding to a call, authorities said.

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NEW YORK — U-Haul has a New Year's resolution: Cut down on hiring people who smoke.

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Bad weather and rugged terrain are preventing federal investigators from recovering the wreckage of a Kauaʻi tour helicopter that crashed last week. The pilot and all six passengers were killed.

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Investors begin the New Year following a very strong stock market in 2019. For the year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 22%, while the broader S&P 500 rose 29%. For investors in Hawaii’s biggest publicly-held companies, returns have been positive this year—but in many cases, not as high as the overall market.   

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Updated 1/2 9:04 pm

Hawaii Senate Health Chair Rosalyn Baker plans to propose several bills in the coming legislative ssession aimed at reducing youth vaping, but she wants to add e-cigarettes and vaping products to existing tobacco laws.

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