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The Associated Press Mumps cases number reaches 30 HONOLULU — Three more mumps infections have been reported, bringing this year’s total confirmed cases in Hawaii to 30 as of Friday. Officials said that the latest reports are from the Job Corps Center in Waimanalo, Oahu. Health officials ...

Federal judges ask if travel ban is biased against Muslims

By GENE JOHNSON The Associated Press SEATTLE — Federal judges Monday peppered a lawyer for President Donald Trump with questions about whether the administration’s travel ban discriminates against Muslims and zeroed in on the president’s campaign statements, the second time in a week ...

Detained Japanese tourist alleges discrimination

HONOLULU (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii says a deaf Japanese tourist was illegally denied a sign-language interpreter while she was detained and interrogated at Honolulu International Airport. The ACLU said Thursday it filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. ...

Graffiti found at Mauna Kea

State investigates vandalism on revered mountain .By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding out who painted graffiti on rocks within a protected area on one of the state’s most revered mountains. The vandalized ...

Big Island losing war with invasive plant

HILO (AP) — Hawaii officials have lost the war against an invasive South American plant, officials said. The Hawaii Invasive Species Council has deemed the miconia as Hawaii’s worst invasive weed, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported last week. By the time officials knew about miconia, it ...

Demolition to begin at 1960s hotel

A STEM educational complex will follow KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A 1960s Hawaii hotel is scheduled for soft demolition next week. Contractors will begin interior demolition on the old Keauhou Beach Hotel early next week, West Hawaii Today reported. They will gut the interior by removing wood, ...

Mumps, rat lungworm cases increase

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health has confirmed four more people have mumps in the state, which brings this year’s total to 20 people. In addition, one more person has been confirmed to have rat lungworm, which brings the disease total to 14 people. The state said there are ...

Public schools’ superintendent selection nears

HONOLULU (AP) — The two women vying to become Hawaii public schools’ next superintendent have made their first public remarks, and both talked about the importance of all children having access to education. The candidates are 48-year-old Christina Kishimoto and 46-year-old Linda Chen. ...

Reality television star could help pick next Honolulu police chief

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, The Associated Press HONOLULU — The wife of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” reality TV star Duane “Dog” Chapman should have a role in helping select the next chief of the Honolulu Police Department, the police commission’s chairman said. Beth Chapman’s ...

Frozen ahi cubes sold on Oahu contaminated with hepatitis A

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii health officials say frozen raw tuna, or ahi cubes, sold at a dozen grocery stores and eateries on Oahu is being recalled after it tested positive for hepatitis A. The state Department of Health said Tuesday the product distributed by Tropic Fish Hawaii LLC and ...

Kauai police to get new patrol cars

LIHUE (AP) — The Kauai Police Department is getting new patrol cars after the County Council agreed to spend $890,000 over five years to acquire new Ford Explorers. The council approved police Chief Darryl Perry’s request for the vehicles in a unanimous vote last week. The council will ...

Rail officials offer trimmed ‘Plan B’

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii rail officials have released a recovery plan for the unfinished public transit project on Oahu. The report calls for a less-expensive plan to end the concrete pathway near Aloha Tower and eliminate seven stations along the route. The original plan had been to create 21 ...

Airport renamed after late Sen. Inouye

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu International Airport has been renamed in honor of the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. KHON-TV reports that Daniel K. Inouye International Airport now appears on the official website of Hawaii’s busiest airport. A Hawaii Department of Transportation representative ...

Woman accused of embezzling $1M pleads no contest

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii woman accused of embezzling more than $1 million from her former employer has pleaded no contest. Tamila Alcoran, 49, was charged last year with 311 felony counts of identity theft, computer fraud, theft and forgery. Alcoran embarked on a series of “sophisticated ...

Big Island officer shoots, kills man with crossbow

HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities on the Big Island say an officer has shot and killed a man carrying a loaded crossbow in the community of Papaaloa. The Hawaii Police Department says in a news release officers were responding to a disturbance call at a home Saturday afternoon when they ...

2 more rat lungworm cases bring total to 13

HILO (AP) — Two more cases of rat lungworm disease have been confirmed in the state, bringing the total up to 13, Hawaii health officials said Friday. The two new cases are from the Big Island and are separate from kava elixir-related cases reported earlier this week, said state Health ...

Mother of ‘Peter Boy’ Kema released from jail after one year

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, The Associated Press HONOLULU — The parents of a Hawaii 6-year-old boy who disappeared 20 years ago had long been suspects, but without a body, there never has been any concrete confirmation that the child known as “Peter Boy” was dead until his mother pleaded ...

Bill to increase child care oversight dies this session

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii bill that sought to increase oversight of state-licensed child care facilities has failed. Parents of three children who died in state-licensed child care facilities were pushing the proposal. The bill would have required the state to post online its inspection ...

More than 25K state workers getting 4.25 percent pay increase

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 25,000 Hawaii state workers will receive raises and improved medical benefits within the next two years. The Hawaii Government Employees Association union representing the workers finalized a deal Thursday to boost the workers’ salaries 4.25 percent over the next ...

Former DLNR officer sentenced to 10 years for sexual assault

HILO (AP)— A former Department of Land and Natural Resources enforcement officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. Ethan Ferguson, 40, was sentenced Monday after being convicted in February of two counts of second-degree sexual assault and ...