Student loan forgiveness could help more than 40 million

WASHINGTON — More than 40 million Americans could see their student loan debt reduced — and in many cases eliminated — under the long-awaited forgiveness plan President Joe Biden announced Wednesday, a historic but politically divisive move in the run-up to the midterm elections.

Trump’s turbulent White House years culminate in Fla. search

NEW YORK — Mounds of paper piled on his desk. Framed magazine covers and keepsakes lining the walls. One of Shaquille O’Neal’s giant sneakers displayed alongside football helmets, boxing belts and other sports memorabilia, crowding his Trump Tower office and limiting table space.

What to watch: Top Democrats square off in Florida, New York

WASHINGTON — Tuesday’s primary elections feature two top Florida Democrats squaring off for the chance to face Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a rising conservative star frequently mentioned as a top alternative to Donald Trump in the 2024 GOP presidential contest.

Mayor announces Hawai‘i Lifeguard Appreciation Week

LIHU‘E — Members of the Kaua‘i Fire Department, the Ocean Safety Bureau, the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the Kaua‘i Lifeguard Association, and numerous community lifeguard-supporting groups, including the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau were on hand Wednesday, when Kaua‘i Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami announced Hawai‘i Lifeguard Appreciation Week at the Mo‘ikeha Building.

Open letter to Kamala Harris; notes from the heart

Welcome to Kauai. My hope is your stay here will be one that rejuvenates and inspires you. I can only imagine the work load and daily stress that accompanies your life as Vice President. Thank you for your service and the sacrifice you make on our behalf.

Federal grant means electric buses for Kaua‘i

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) announces that 21 alternative energy and low-emission buses will be deployed across the state thanks to the “Buses and Bus Facilities” and “Low or No Emission” grants under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). A total of $35 million will go towards the following:

Vice President Kamala Harris arrives on Kaua‘i

LIHU‘E — Air Force Two has touched down on the Garden Isle. A week after casting the deciding vote on the landmark Inflation Reduction Act in the Senate, Vice President Kamala Harris arrived at Lihu‘e Airport Monday.

Biden to sign massive climate, health care legislation

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — President Joe Biden will sign Democrats’ landmark climate change and health care bill on Tuesday, delivering what he has called the “final piece” of his pared-down domestic agenda, as he aims to boost his party’s standing with voters less than three months before midterm elections.

Feds oppose unsealing affidavit for Mar-a-Lago warrant

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Monday rebuffed efforts to make public the affidavit supporting the search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida, saying the investigation “implicates highly classified material” and the document contains sensitive information about witnesses.

Final Kaua‘i County Council primary results show Evslin leading

There was some movement in the final County Council primary results released Saturday night compared to the first printout, with incumbent Luke Evslin moving into the top spot and Felicia Cowden overtaking Billy DeCosta, both incumbents, for seventh place.

Kouchi gives Ige names for Mauna Kea board

HONOLULU — Pursuant to Act 255, Session Laws of Hawai‘i (HB 2024, HD1, SD2, CD1), Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi (District 8 – Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau) transmitted his list of three individuals – Paul Horner, Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer and Dr. Benjamin Kudo – to Gov. David Ige for consideration of service on the Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority.