Workweek hearing continues

Approximately 22 minutes after the Hawai‘i Government Employees Association received the final version of an advisory switching county working hours to a four-day, 10-hour-day work schedule, county employees received it.

In sprawling Capitol, leaders struggle to keep virus at bay

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are under increasing pressure from lawmakers to boost testing for the coronavirus in the Capitol, an idea they have so far rejected because of concerns about the availability of tests across the country.

Trump offers, Democrats reject fix for $600 jobless benefit

WASHINGTON — With aid expiring, the White House offered a short-term extension Thursday of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Democrats rejected it, saying President Donald Trump’s team failed to grasp the severity of the crisis.

State Farm supplied Wilcox Elementary with masks

LIHU‘E — Elsie Wilcox Elementary School principal Corey Nakamura interrupted his first day of teachers coming back to school to join students Aria Carvalho, Makoa Lemke-Hayashi, Cayde Gonsalves, and Chloe Carvalho, Wednesday.

Kaua‘i confirms two more COVID-19 cases

LIHU‘E —Kaua‘i now has a total of 4 active COVID-19 cases on the island, as two new virus cases were confirmed Tuesday evening, and officials are saying one of the new cases is directly linked to interisland travel.

Polihale closed indefinitely

POLIHALE — Polihale State Park has been closed to the public indefinitely, with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources stating the reason is reckless, illegal behavior and overuse.

Keep Kaua‘i kipuka safe

A kipuka is described as a place surrounded by lava, protected and able to flourish. They are often small oases of vegetation and life surrounded by the starkness of new lava flows.

Kaua‘i Ocean Discovery offers learning kits

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Ocean Discovery center is still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but free Grab-&-Go Ocean Learning kits will be distributed to students and families, Friday from noon to 2 p.m. outside of the Kaua‘i Ocean Discovery center at the Kukui Grove Center.

Fed sees dim economic outlook as virus squeezes economy

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warned Wednesday that the viral epidemic is endangering the modest economic recovery that followed a collapse in hiring and spending this spring. As a result, he said, the Fed plans to keep interest rates pinned near zero well into the future.

Misinformation on the virus is proving highly contagious

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — As the world races to find a vaccine and a treatment for COVID-19, there is seemingly no antidote in sight for the burgeoning outbreak of coronavirus conspiracy theories, hoaxes, anti-mask myths and sham cures.

US energy use hit 30-year low during pandemic shutdowns

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. energy consumption plummeted to its lowest level in more than 30 years this spring as the nation’s economy largely shut down because of the coronavirus, federal officials reported Wednesday.

As virus aid talks stalemate, Trump scorns help for cities

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed Democratic demands for aid to cash-strapped cities in a new coronavirus relief package and lashed out at Republican allies as talks stalemated over assistance for millions of Americans. Another lawmaker tested positive for the virus.