The $1.9T measure now goes to the U.S. House for final vote.
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Senate passes $1.9T coronavirus relief bill, sending proposal with $1,400 stimulus checks to House for final vote
An exhausted Senate narrowly approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill today 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. Read more
The University of Hawaii football team will have a new play-caller for offense and add experience on defense, the program announced today. Read more
A fast-rising Navy admiral with Middle East experience and a background as an aircraft carrier fighter pilot has been nominated to take over U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor as some of the top Navy jobs in the region fall into place. Read more
Today’s new statewide infection cases include 33 on Oahu, 42 on Maui, eight on Hawaii island, and four residents diagnosed outside of Hawaii, according to state health officials in an email to the Star-Advertiser. As a result of updated information, state health officials said two Oahu cases were removed from the counts. Read more
The Senate approved a sweeping pandemic relief package over Republican opposition today, moving President Joe Biden closer to a milestone political victory that would provide $1,400 checks for most American and direct billions of dollars to schools, state and local governments, and businesses. Read more
Dozens of people gathered in front of the Minnesota governor’s mansion today to demand accountability for police officers, days before a former Minneapolis officer is scheduled to go on trial in the death of George Floyd. Read more
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Daytona Beach’s annual Bike Week has brought tens of thousands of motorcyclists to the city and its neighbors this weekend — and few of them are wearing masks. Read more
Pope Francis walked through a narrow alley in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf for a historic meeting with the country’s top Shiite cleric today, and together they delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence in a country still reeling from back-to-back conflicts over the past decade. Read more
More people died of gunfire last year in Portland — 40 — than the entire tally of homicides the previous year. Read more
Swedish police dispersed hundreds of people who had gathered in central Stockholm to protest coronavirus restrictions set by the Swedish government. Read more
Nearly 500 Hawaii education employees receive Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine before in-person classes resume
The state Department of Health notified a list of public school workers just a day and a half ago giving them the option of getting the Johnson & Johnson shot this week or waiting to receive Moderna’s vaccine. Read more
Today’s announcement only pertains to outdoor activities. Read more
Police said the teen struck the victim on Feb. 17, causing bodily injury. Read more
Police said there are no arrests at this time. Read more
Hawaii County police have reopened Aianaloa Boulevard near Hanale Drive after a sinkhole closed roads in both directions and disrupted traffic in the area. Read more
The delays add to the uncertainty around bringing about an end to the pandemic as the nation’s virus fatigue grows. Read more
Responding officers found Dacalio dragging an 80-year-old woman into a home. Read more
The roundabout, back and forth drive lasted just 33 minutes and went so well that more driving was on tap today and Saturday for the the six-wheeled rover. Read more
The historic meeting in al-Sistani’s humble home was months in the making, with every detail painstakingly negotiated between the ayatollah’s office and the Vatican. Read more
The university spent years before and after the dismissal keeping an investigation of Miles’ behavior shielded from public view. This week’s release of the 2013 report came after USA Today brought a public records lawsuit in Louisiana. Read more