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A limited number of fans in the student section, seated according to COVID-19 restrictions requiring social distancing and masks, watch in the first half an NCAA college football game between LSU and Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Mississippi State won 44-34. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Cal State Long Beach campus announces quarantine

Sep. 26, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. — All California State University, Long Beach, students who live on campus have been placed in quarantine after five students tested positive for COVID-19 and all in-person instruction will be halted for two weeks. University President Jane Close Conoley said in a statement that the...

Hawaii geothermal plant can restart without further review

Sep. 25, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health determined the state’s only geothermal power plant does not need an additional environmental review in its ongoing effort to restart after the facility was shut down by a volcanic eruption. Puna Geothermal Venture is in the review process for a...

Hawaii to loosen some COVID-19 rules after new cases decline

Sep. 22, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Tuesday the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. Beginning Thursday, the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and...

Hawaii provides $10M in grants to make protective equipment

Sep. 21, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The state of Hawaii plans to provide $10 million in grants for small businesses to manufacture personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. Democratic Lt. Gov Josh Green supports the grant program and said there is a lasting need for the health safety...

COVID-19 death toll at Hawaii veterans home rises to 18

Sep. 19, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An outbreak at a Hawaii veterans home has killed 18 residents and yielded three different investigations by state and federal officials. There have been 69 residents at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home that have tested positive for the coronavirus, 28 of whom are receiving care in...

Honolulu police arrest 2, close bar after COVID-19 violation

Sep. 19, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu liquor and law enforcement officials say they have arrested multiple people and closed down a bar for violating restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Brix and Bones sports bar was shut down after it remained opened despite public health orders that require bars...

Hawaii high court mulls e-signatures in impeachment petition

Sep. 18, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu officials arbitrarily rejected electronic signatures in an impeachment petition, a lawyer for a businessman who wants the city's embattled prosecutor impeached argued before the state Supreme Court Friday. Tracy Yoshimura is seeking impeachment of Prosecuting Attorney Keith...

FILE - In this March 23, 2016 file photo, a foreign worker unloads fish from a U.S. fishing vessel at Pier 38 in Honolulu. On Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 the Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments on the legality of issuing licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii's longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable labor practices.(AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Hawaii court hears case on legality of foreign fishing labor

Sep. 18, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Friday on the legality of granting licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii’s longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable...

Hawaii schools to adopt blended learning under new guidance

Sep. 17, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Department of Education Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said Thursday the state's public schools would start combining stay-at-home and remote learning instruction during the second quarter that starts next month, but the teachers union vowed to fight the plan. Most schools in the...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Hawaii again sets plan for pre-testing tourists

Sep. 16, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for the coronavirus. Gov. David Ige said Wednesday that travelers will have to take the test within 72 hours before their flight arrives in...