At least 3 judges eyed as Biden mulls Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is eyeing at least three judges for an expected vacancy on the Supreme Court as he prepares to quickly deliver on his campaign pledge to nominate the first Black woman to the nation’s highest court, according to aides and allies.

EPA acts to curb air, water pollution in poor communities

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency announced a series of enforcement actions Wednesday to address air pollution, unsafe drinking water and other problems afflicting minority communities in three Gulf Coast states, following a “Journey to Justice” tour by Administrator Michael Regan last fall.

Fed plans to raise rates starting in March to cool inflation

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it will begin a series of interest-rate hikes in March, reversing pandemic-era policies that have fueled hiring and growth — and stock market gains — but also stubbornly high inflation.

Firefighter says she urged officers to let her help Floyd

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minneapolis firefighter who witnessed police officers holding George Floyd facedown on a city street testified Wednesday that the three officers on federal trial for allegedly violating Floyd’s civil rights ignored her pleas to help administer medical aid to the unresponsive Black man.

Hospital patient without COVID shot denied heart transplant

BOSTON — A Boston hospital is defending itself after a man’s family claimed he was denied a new heart for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying most transplant programs around the country set similar requirements to improve patients’ chances of survival.

Hawai‘iUSA helps Hale ‘Opio Kaua‘i

LIHU‘E — The Hawai‘iUSA Federal Credit Union award of $500 to Hale ‘Opio Kaua‘i is a response to the open call from the group for its First Jobs Academy of Hale ‘Opio program.

Births for Wednesday, January 26, 2022

• Keli‘ikaneipomaika‘i‘iaokekai Isaiah Sannar Caycayon • Keaton Gene Bajit • Halo Marie Brewer • Xabiere Acosta Obiano • Elias Vincent Kaleipumaikai Dylan Laureano Oclit Chandler • Leo Coast Sudtelgte • Mateia-Marie Leina‘ala Atsuko Lynn Toyofuku

Waimea’s Menehune strong in KIF paddling

NAWILIWILI — Waimea High paddling teams dominated the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation paddling event Saturday at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor and the mouth of the Hule‘ia River.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Kudos to Mia Pauletto and the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation committee for adjusting the KIF paddling schedule to accommodate the Island School varsity boys, who had soccer after paddling, and kudos to the Voyagers involved who went out and captured first place in the varsity boys long-distance race (good sportsmanship, too, for cheering on the Waimea and Kapa‘a crews before paddling back to the transition area).

HOOSER: Politics 101: Who you gonna call?

The U.S. Congress is currently debating bills attempting to preserve and protect voting rights, setting universal federal standards that all 50 states must abide by.