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Biden, Dems prevail as Senate OKs $1.9T virus relief bill

Mar. 06, 2021 17:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An exhausted Senate narrowly approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Saturday as President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies notched a victory they called crucial for hoisting the country out of the pandemic and economic doldrums. After...

Hawaii state epidemiologist wants in-person school classes

Mar. 04, 2021 09:39 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's public schools should resume in-person classes as soon as possible because children can attend class safely, said Dr. Sarah Kemble, the state's acting state epidemiologist “As we have learned more about COVID-19 and schools, we have also...

Census: No redistricting data until end of September

Feb. 12, 2021 19:39 PM EST

The U.S. Census Bureau said Friday it won't be delivering data used for redrawing congressional and state legislative districts until the end of September, causing headaches for state lawmakers and redistricting commissions facing deadlines to redraw districts this year. ...

Hawaii, Alaska senators to lead Indian Affairs committee

Feb. 11, 2021 19:22 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Senators from Hawaii and Alaska on Thursday were elected the chairperson and vice chairperson of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, will serve as chairperson. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a...

Time, transparency needed as Biden inherits frazzled census

Jan. 21, 2021 21:13 PM EST

Battered by criticism that the 2020 census was dangerously politicized by the Trump administration, the U.S. Census Bureau under a new Biden administration has the tall task of restoring confidence in the numbers that will be used to determine funding and political power. ...