HONOLULU (AP) — Senators from Hawaii and Alaska on Thursday were elected the chairperson and vice chairperson of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz has helped Honolulu get an extension on a deadline to develop plans for the last segment of the city’s rail line. The city had been required to submit a...
HONOLULU (AP) — The federal Department of Veterans Affairs has sent a team of health care staffers to help contain a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans home in Hawaii.
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii is expected to receive more than $4 million in new federal funding to help respond to methamphetamine and opioid abuse.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. senators, including Lisa Murkowski and Brian Schatz, are calling for a moment of silence to honor those who have died from COVID-19.
HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said Wednesday Hawaii would receive at least $4.5 million in federal money to help it respond to the new coronavirus.
HONOLULU (AP) — A defense bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday seeks to prevent local government agencies from mistakenly warning residents of a ballistic missile attack the way Hawaii did...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The state of Hawaii received a $6.5 million grant from a federal transportation agency to purchase new buses for Kauai and Hawaii Island, agency officials said.
HONOLULU (AP) — An analysis of the number of town halls by Hawaii's Congressional delegation indicates the members have an inconsistent record of holding voter events at home.
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal agency has approved a rail recovery plan submitted by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, officials said.
HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Navy officials have approved the creation of the first-ever Navy ROTC program at the University of Hawaii, officials said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional hearing on privacy (all times local):
Internet companies are hoping to avoid a patchwork of state laws on consumer data privacy. They are supporting a federal proposal that could negate those state laws, including a recently enacted one in California.
Executives from Google, Amazon, Twitter, Apple and AT&T were asked at a Senate hearing Wednesday if they'd support federal privacy protections that pre-empted "inconsistent" state laws.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on U.S. newsrooms coordinating a series of editorials speaking up for a free press (all times local):
The Senate has unanimously approved a resolution affirming that "the press is not the enemy of the people."
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii voters will head to the polls Saturday to decide who will get their party nominations and advance to the general election. Here's a look at the Hawaii primary races:
HONOLULU (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is adopting a new rule to boost the reliability of emergency alerts after Hawaii earlier this year mistakenly sent warnings to cellphones and broadcasters that a ballistic missile was heading for the state.
The commission said in a statement Thursday it will require broadcasters and other participants in the nation's Emergency Alert System to notify the FCC when they discover they have transmitted a false alert.
HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. military wants to install missile defense radar in Hawaii to identify any ballistic missiles that are fired from North Korea or elsewhere, officials said Tuesday.
The $1 billion system would spot warheads on missiles headed for Hawaii and other U.S. states, and provide that information to ground-based interceptors in Alaska designed to shoot them down. It would be able to distinguish warheads from decoys that are designed to trick missile defense systems.
HONOLULU (AP) — Two senators from opposing parties say are introducing a bipartisan bill that would strengthen the United States' missile defenses against North Korea.
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, an Alaska Republican, and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Democrat, announced their bill Thursday.
HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved the state's request for a major disaster declaration for the floods, landslides and mudslides on Kauai and Oahu.
Gov. David requested the federal declaration May 2, following the April storms.
Ige, a Democrat, said the approval prepares the state to receive federal assistance with emergency work and the repair and replacement of disaster-damaged public facilities on Oahu and Kauai.
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency began implementing its plan for responding to a ballistic missile attack before it was entirely drafted, a senior state official said Thursday at a hearing on why the agency mistakenly sent cellphone and broadcast alerts across the islands in January.
"We started flying the plane before we built the whole plan," Maj. Gen. Arthur "Joe" Logan, head of the state Department of Defense, told a U.S. Senate committee hearing in Honolulu.
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a hearing held about Hawaii's mistaken missile alert (all times local):
The head of the Hawaii state Department of Defense says the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency began implementing its plan to issue warnings about ballistic missile attacks before the entire plan was drafted.
Maj. Gen. Arthur "Joe" Logan told a U.S. Senate committee hearing in Honolulu on Thursday that "'We started flying the plane before we built the whole plan."
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii state employee who mistakenly sent an alert warning of a ballistic missile attack has refused to cooperate with federal and state investigators, officials said Thursday.
Lisa Fowlkes, head of the Federal Communications Commission Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, said the agency was disappointed by the refusal.
HONOLULU (AP) — A timeline shows Hawaii officials botched efforts to immediately correct a false missile alert over the weekend, taking more than 20 minutes to contact federal authorities for approval they didn't need and then taking another 15 minutes to cancel the alert that was sent to mobile devices statewide.
HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating prosecutor Jill Otake to be a federal judge in Hawaii.
She will succeed Susan Oki Mollway if the Senate confirms her nomination. Mollway is now a senior judge, having retired from active service two years ago.
Sen. Mazie Hirono said in a statement Wednesday Otake is well-qualified. Sen. Brian Schatz says she is an excellent choice.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's congressional delegation is urging U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to stop the deportation of a Hawaii coffee farmer.
Andres Magana Ortiz is ordered to report to U.S. immigration officials in Honolulu on Thursday with a bag packed to return to Mexico, his immigration attorney James Stanton said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee swelled Friday as Democrats neared the numbers needed for a filibuster, setting up a showdown with Republicans who have the votes to confirm Neil Gorsuch.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Senators from Maine and Hawaii say a proposal they are submitting would help make it easier for seniors to grow older in their own homes.
Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, and Sen. Angus King, an independent, of Maine, are joined by Sen. Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Democrat, in proposing the changes. The senators say the Senior Home Modification Assistance Initiative Act would better coordinate existing federal home modification programs.
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu's mayor says police are investigating a phone threat that prompted an evacuation of a Jewish preschool.
Mayork Kirk Caldwell says police have opened a terroristic threatening investigation into Monday's threat to Temple Emanu-El's preschool.
Caldwell notes that Honolulu is one of the most diverse places in the world. He says it's cowardly to scare people and disrupt a preschool.
BOSTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pressing the Trump administration on how they plan to pay for a wall on the U.S. and Mexico border.
The Massachusetts Democrat and five other Democratic senators have sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly raising concerns about what they said was the potential diversion of funds from key agency priorities.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan say the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and all Navy public shipyards will be exempt from Republican President Donald Trump's federal hiring freeze.
The Department of Defense clarification comes in response to calls from the senators, both Democrats, to establish this exemption after Shaheen's office learned that several new hires at the Kittery, Maine-based shipyard received letters indefinitely postponing their start date.
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is joining other Democratic senators including New Jersey's Cory Booker in backing legislation aimed at blocking the creation of a federal religious registry.
The Massachusetts Democrat said targeting people based on their religion goes against American values and makes the country less safe.
The bill would bar the establishment of a registry based on religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, or nationality.
HONOLULU (AP) — Despite his win in heavily Democratic Hawaii, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz says overall losses in his party mean he will have to work harder on issues such as climate change, which are important to his state.
Schatz easily defeated his Republican opponent John Carroll Tuesday. The win gives Schatz his first full term in the U.S. Senate.
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the race between U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and his Republican challenger (all times local):
U.S. Sen Brian Schatz acknowledges that Democrats didn't win the number of Senate seats they had hoped for, but said he believes there are enough "patriotic Republicans" to prevent the country from heading in the wrong direction.
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Hawaii's election (all times local):
Hillary Clinton won Hawaii's four electoral votes in Tuesday's election, and voters gave U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz his first full-term in office.
Former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa will return to the U.S. House to fill the seat of the late U.S. Rep. Mark Takai.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been re-elected to the U. S. House of Representatives.
HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz won re-election Tuesday, easily defeating his Republican opponent John Carroll in heavily Democratic Hawaii.
The win gives Schatz his first full term in the U.S. Senate.
"I'm honored by the support that the people of Hawaii have shown me," Schatz told the AP in a telephone interview Tuesday. "We've got tremendous work to do in terms of healing the divisions that were exposed during the campaign and on Election Day, but I'm ready to get to work."
HONOLULU (AP) — Hillary Clinton won Hawaii's four electoral votes in Tuesday's election, and voters gave U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz his first full-term in office.
Results were delayed to allow for people to vote if they were in line at 6 p.m., when the polls closed.
Voters were awaiting results in the 1st Congressional District, where former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa was hoping to return to the seat she gave up to challenge Schatz in 2014.
Democrat U.S Sen. Brian Schatz wins re-election in Hawaii to begin his first full term in the Senate
HONOLULU (AP) — Democrat U.S Sen. Brian Schatz wins re-election in Hawaii to begin his first full term in the Senate.
"I saw a man who was distraught, and a man acting like he was in great pain. And I saw him get gunned down and killed. If he was my son, I would be devastated." — Bill Wells, mayor of El Cajon, California, when asked his reaction to the fatal police shooting of Alfred Olango, an unarmed black refugee from Uganda.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said he supports expanding a marine monument in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
Ige's office said Thursday he sent a letter to President Barack Obama declaring his support for enlarging the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
He told the president that expanding the monument's boundaries carefully balances the real human needs of today with the future health of an ecosystem that sustains life in the Hawaiian Islands.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — As the Zika virus continues to spread, Hillary Clinton is proposing a new fund to improve the federal government's response to major public health crises.
The Democratic presidential nominee says the U.S. is failing to sufficiently invest in public health preparedness, not only for Zika, but health threats from potentially pandemic diseases, climate change and possible bioterrorism.