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Fire Chief selection questioned

Questions have been raised on how a politically connected applicant to to the top position.  The vote may have to be redone.

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Virus relief money plugs hole in proposed Hawaii budget

HONOLULU — Financial aid included in the most recent federal coronavirus relief package will allow Hawaii to cover unemployment insurance claims and avoid slashing spending on key social programs such as sexual assault treatment and HIV prevention, lawmakers say.

Police arrest 24 for DUI

During the week of March 15-21, Hawaii Island police arrested 24 motorists for DUI. Four of the drivers were involved in traffic accidents. One of the drivers was younger than 21.

Senators say they won’t back nominees who aren’t diverse

WASHINGTON — Two Democratic senators lashed out Tuesday at the lack of Asian American and Pacific Islander representation in President Joe Biden’s Cabinet and even vowed not to support nominations until the White House better promotes diversity — moves that could stymie their own party’s administration in filling key posts.

Asian Americans seek greater political power after shootings

WASHINGTON — Speaking on the floor of the Georgia state Senate last week, Michelle Au implored her colleagues to “stand up” to the hatred aimed at Asian Americans that’s increased during the pandemic. A day later, a gunman shook the Atlanta area by killing eight people, including six women of Asian descent.

Police custody death investigation continues

A 64-year-old Captain Cook man remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday, two days after suffering injuries during a confrontation with a 29-year-old man who later died in police custody.

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