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Top Story: Governor David Ige has called for a 30-day suspension of visitors to Hawaii.
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Accessed on 18 March 2020, 0400 UTC, Post 20441.
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Gov. David Ige today took the extraordinary step of asking all Hawaii visitors to postpone their trips for the next 30 days and reschedule “for another date.” Read more
A thunderstorm was located over Lahaina at 2:40 today and is moving east at 20 mph. Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with the storm. Read more
The Hawaii State Teachers Association is also urging that state to delay resuming classes until at least April 6, according to HSTA President Corey Rosenlee. Read more
Three Pearl Harbor museums and memorials are closing following the decision Monday to shutter the USS Arizona Memorial, one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state and the center of gravity for the other museums in the historic harbor. Read more
There are no passengers aboard the Westerdam, which left Manila on March 2, but its crew disembarked in Honolulu, said Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara. Read more
Nevada’s governor ordered a monthlong closure of casinos and other non-essential businesses like bars, movie theaters and gyms starting noon Wednesday and restaurants to shutter their dining rooms and only offer takeout or delivery in order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. Read more
The carrier will stop its thrice-weekly nonstop service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport and Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport from April 2 through July 18. Read more
The policy changes, which will take effect March 18, are intended to help people avoid crowds and limit errands to avoid catching or spreading the lethal coronavirus COVID-19, as health officials have advised. Read more
Joe Biden swept to victory in Florida, Illinois and Arizona today, increasingly pulling away with a Democratic presidential primary upended by the coronavirus and building pressure on Bernie Sanders to abandon his campaign. Read more
All Foodland, Foodland Farms and Sack N Save stores statewide will serve only seniors during their first hour of business on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, allowing them to shop in less crowded conditions as those around the state stock up during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more
The retailer said it will provide benefits and compensation to impacted workers during the closure. Read more
Hawaii island firefighters extinguished a fire that charred a duplex in North Kohala early today. Read more
The city bought the building for $9 million to possibly relocate the Sand Island Treatment Center when the city expands its Sand Island wastewater treatment facility. Read more
His administration is expected to propose a roughly $850 billion emergency economic stimulus to address the free-fall while considering checks to American workers trying to make their way in an economy deeply unsettled by the outbreak. Read more
Here’s the latest info about which events in Hawaii have been affected by the coronavirus. Read more
Former California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced today to 11 months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing campaign funds and spending the money on everything from outings with friends to his daughter’s birthday party. Read more
The Yokohama District Court convicted Satoshi Uematsu of the killings and of injuring 24 other residents and two caregivers at the Yamayuri-en residential center in July 2016. Read more
President Donald Trump has clinched the Republican Party nomination, surpassing the necessary delegate threshold. Read more
Alaska Airlines will deepen previously announced flight reductions and has instituting a hiring freeze among other cost containment steps. Read more
Starting Wednesday, the center’s new hours will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday until further notice. Read more
The Nets added that all players and members of their travel party are being asked to remain isolated and closely monitor their health. Read more