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|Governor says no changes to Hawai‘i’s mask mandate anytime soonGov. David Ige said it would create an “enforcement nightmare” to allow fully vaccinated people to forgo masks in accordance with new CDC guidance. But people who are outdoors and physically distant aren’t required to wear masks, he said. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.Hawai‘i legislators adjourn 2021 session, citing progressRather than hike taxes, state legislators say they restructured the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s funding, diverted $100 million from special funds into the general fund, and paved the way for tourists to pay more fees. Lawmakers also credit federal funds for saving the session. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4. Civil Beat.Lawmakers dole out federal relief funds to improve public schoolsThe infusion of roughly $557 million in COVID-19 relief funds helped the state avert furloughs and begin addressing the pandemic’s impact on academic progress. Teachers will get one-time bonuses of $2,200 and schools could see improvements in air quality and cooling. Civil Beat.Walter Ritte, Lynn DeCoite seek to succeed J. Kalani English in state SenateThe two faced off in a close primary election for DeCoite’s House seat in 2020. Civil Beat. Maui News.Hawai‘i Tourism Authority reports increase in arrivals but continues to battle for survivalThe HTA reported Thursday that 439,785 visitors traveled to Hawai‘i last month, a slight increase over March 2020 but less than half of March 2019’s numbers. The agency is under intense pressure, as state legislators sent a bill to the governor Tuesday that would cut HTA’s budget by almost a quarter. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Big Island Now. KITV4.Live entertainment organizers demand clear plans to bring back large eventsConcert organizers say Hawai‘i is at risk of losing access to big names like Bruno Mars, Janet Jackson and Cardi B if the state doesn’t take action now. Hawaii News Now.Hawai‘i becomes first state to declare “climate emergency”The resolution calls on government to make choices that will enable a more sustainable future. There are 1,933 jurisdictions worldwide that have declared a climate emergency. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.DOH to go door-to-door as it ramps up vaccination effortsHealth workers are expanding efforts to reach people in underserved communities and those whose first language isn’t English. The push comes after the state resumed use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine following a nationwide pause. KITV4. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.|
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|Alm says his office will handle police shooting investigations differently than in the pastHonolulu’s new Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm announced that his office will conduct independent investigations. In the past, he said the HPD would investigate its own officers and send a report to prosecutors a year or more after an incident. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.State Land Use Commission has concerns over farmlandA state and city effort to preserve privately owned agricultural land on O‘ahu appears in jeopardy of derailment after 16 years of work. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.City to again start accepting applications for rental and utility reliefThe Rental and Utility Relief Program is reopening applications on Monday at 2 p.m. The program had closed after the city exceeded application limits in the first round just hours after the portal opened. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Residents of Hau‘ula senior living facility get last-minute reprieveAfter ordering Dignity Senior Living at Oceanside Hawaii to shut down today because of caregiver neglect, the Department of Health reached a settlement with the facility that extends the date to May 31. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.|
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|Attempted murder of police officer trial is winding downClosing arguments are scheduled today in the trial of a Kailua-Kona man accused of attempted murder of a police officer fronting a Kailua Village restaurant in 2019. West Hawaii Today.Three Big Island clusters investigatedOne COVID-19 cluster in an educational setting resulted in 37 cases, another linked to a social gathering resulted in 12 cases, and a third at a place of worship resulted in eight cases. Tribune-Herald.|
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|Maui sets start date for post-arrival testing of trans-Pacific travelersPost-arrival COVID-19 testing begins May 4, Mayor Mike Victorino announced. Hawaii News Now.Maui businesses call for clarity amid conflicting mask rulesIn light of new federal guidelines that relax mask guidance for vaccinated people, Maui small business leaders with outdoor spaces say they want consistency in the rules. Maui News.|
|Zuckerberg/Chan purchase more Pila‘a landNearly 600 acres of land on Kaua‘i’s North Shore have been added to Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan’s portfolio. Garden Island.Kaua‘i to remain in Tier 4 as island deals with upward COVID-19 trendCounty officials are growing increasingly worried about signs of community spread. Three recent cases have been linked to inter-island travel and 10 are considered community acquired, the Department of Health said. Hawaii News Now. KITV4. Hawai‘i Public Radio.|
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