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The late Congressman Mark Takai. House of Representatives photo. The Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) in partnership with Hawai‘i 3Rs and the Military Affairs Council, has announced an initiative to develop high-quality transition centers for Hawai‘i public schools. The effort honors the late Congressman K. Mark Takai, who strongly advocated for Hawai‘i students and supporters of military-dependent students throughout his career. Through the initiative, HIDOE will commit $250,000 annually for four years using federal Impact Aid Funds to improve Transition Center facilities, technology, furnishings and special events. Transition Centers help acclimate newly-arrived students to schools–particularly military-dependent students–through peer-to-peer mentoring services. “Transition Centers provide tremendous support to new students as well as instilling leadership skills for student mentors,” said DOE Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We’re grateful for this partnership that al..
The state Attorney Generalʻs office has announced the launch of a new website to connect sexual assault survivors with support services under Project Mālama Kākou, an initiative providing solutions for sexual assault evidence collection kits. Project Mālama Kākou was created in 2016 under Act 207, joining a statewide multidisciplinary team of victim service providers, crime lab personnel, police officials, and prosecutors to reforming the testing of sexual assault kits in Hawai‘i with care and attention focused on victims. The website offers services for sexual assault survivors who had a kit collected but do not know if it was tested for DNA evidence. Survivors may call their local police department, or go to the website to determine the status of their kits. The website also provides a listing of local support service providers for survivors. Attorney General Doug Chin said: “Connecting survivors with support services through Project Mālama Kākou is critical to empowering them and fu..
As India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the U.S. over the weekend, President Trump tweeted a warm welcome , calling the Indian leader "a true friend." The two are meeting for the first time at the White House Monday afternoon, Modi having arrived for a brief, two-day call — not a state visit, but a working one. Perhaps that's fitting, as there is so much in the relationship to work on. A host of issues now divides the two leaders, including the Paris climate change agreement, which Modi supports and Trump rejects, and the treatment of Iran as a pariah state, which Trump supports and Modi rejects. India wants the U.S. to ensure visas for its skilled workers, including IT engineers. But Trump says the visas have been misused and undermine jobs for Americans. Perhaps the most important outcome of their meeting will be putting to rest the notion that the U.S.-India relationship is adrift. Maya Mirchandani, a senior fellow at the Observer Research Foundation , a New Del..
When people talk about jobs in Ohio, they often talk about the ones that got away. "Ten years ago, we had steel. Ten years ago, we had coal. Ten years ago, we had plentiful jobs," says Mike McGlumphy, who runs the job center in Steubenville, Ohio, the Jefferson County seat. Today, the city on the Ohio River is a shell of its former self. And health care has overtaken manufacturing as the county's main economic driver. 1 in 4 private sector jobs in the county are now in health care. The region's biggest employer by far is the local hospital. Trinity Health System provides about 1,500 full-time jobs and close to 500 part-time jobs, more than Jefferson County's top 10 manufacturing companies combined. Still, unemployment in Jefferson County stands at 7 percent, 2 percent higher than the state overall. And health care leaders worry that the Republican proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could take many health care jobs away. Specifically, they're con..
Senate Republicans have updated their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, attempting to patch a hole that threatened to destabilize the individual insurance market . The original Senate bill, unveiled last week, required insurance companies to offer coverage to everyone, including people with pre-existing medical conditions. But there was no requirement that individuals purchase insurance. Critics said that created a perverse incentive for healthy people to go without insurance, only buying coverage after they got sick. Without enough healthy customers making regular premium payments, insurance companies would be forced to raise prices, driving more customers away — a situation sometimes described as a "death spiral." The revised bill attempts to solve that problem by imposing a penalty on those who don't maintain continuous insurance coverage: People who let their coverage lapse for at least 63 days in one year would be locked out of the insurance market for six m..
The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case on whether the owner of a Colorado cake shop can refuse to provide service to same-sex couples due to his religious beliefs about marriage. Jack Phillips, who along with his wife owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, has argued that a state law compelling him to produce wedding cakes for gay couples, which runs counter to his religious beliefs, violates his right to free speech under the First Amendment. David Mullins and Charlie Craig, who are now married, filed a discrimination lawsuit in September 2012 after Phillips refused to make their wedding cake. The case is "about more than just a cake," Craig wrote in a blog post for the ACLU . "It's about making sure that Masterpiece and other businesses don't discriminate against customers because of who they are." The Colorado Civil Rights Commission sided with Mullins and Craig. It said that if Phillips is creating custom wedding cakes for heterosexual couples, he must do t..
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In an unusual move, the Supreme Court announced its decision to hear the Trump administration's travel ban cases from the bench. The Court merged the two cases and granted the stay applications in part. The Court will hear the cases in October. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
We rub, pour, sprinkle and spray them all over our bodies, so you'd hope cosmetics would undergo serious safety oversight before they get into our hands. But in fact, the cosmetics industry is largely self-regulated, with no requirements for approval before going on the market. And once on the market, there are few systems in place by to monitor the safety of personal care products. "You can start making a cosmetic and start selling it the next day without any kind of permission from the FDA," says Steve Xu, a resident physician in dermatology at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and author of a study on problems with personal care products published Monday. If you suspect that a product has resulted in an "adverse event," such as a rash, nausea, stress, or even death, you can report it to the manufacturer or tell the Food and Drug Administration. And while that might get you an apology and some coupons, there is no guarantee that your case will be investigated, ..
The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist who was shot to death by a police officer last summer in Minnesota, has reached a settlement deal in the city of St. Anthony worth nearly $3 million. "No amount of money could ever replace Philando," the Minneapolis suburb said in a statement . Officials in St. Anthony said the settlement was reached quickly "in order to allow the process of healing to move forward for the Castile family, for the people of St. Anthony Village, and for all those impacted by the death of Philando Castile throughout the United States." Valerie Castile will receive $2.995 million through an insurance trust, according to city's statement. The settlement, which must be approved by a state court, will avert a federal wrongful death lawsuit in the Castile case, according to The Associated Press. "The important work of healing our community continues," St. Anthony said, adding that "the City and residents are working to improve trust between the police depar..
After over 50 years of loyalty, an iconic Washington, DC, restaurant honored patron Bill Cosby in 2012 by painting his face onto a mural outside the diner.
The U.S. Supreme Court says it will re-hear a case that asks whether immigrants detained by the government have a right to a bond hearing to challenge their indefinite detention. The case was argued in November 2016, months before Justice Neil Gorsuch filled the vacant seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia. It has implications for legal permanent residents that the government wants to deport because they committed crimes and for asylum seekers who are awaiting a court date after turning themselves in at the border. Immigrants' advocates contend that many of these immigrants have a right to be free on bail until their case is heard. The case pits David Jennings, the field office director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in California, against a legal permanent resident, Alejandro Rodriguez, who came to the U.S. as a child and worked as a dental assistant. As a teenager, Rodriguez was convicted of joyriding, and at 24, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of a contro..
Can the family of a slain Mexican teenager sue the federal agent who shot him across the U.S.-Mexico border for damages? The U.S. Supreme Court did not answer this question on Monday, instead opting to send a case back to a lower court. The case centers on a larger question: whether the Constitution extends protection to an individual who is killed on foreign soil, even though that person is standing just a few yards outside the United States. It also tests a long-held doctrine, called a Bivens action, in which plaintiffs are permitted to sue federal officials for breaking constitutional law. But that doctrine had never been applied outside the boundaries of the United States. In oral arguments in February, some justices were concerned that making U.S. agents liable for their actions taken in a foreign nation could be extended to, say, a house full of noncombatants killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan. Bob Hilliard, the Texas attorney for the Mexican teen's family, argued tha..
A 17-year-old boy high on psychedelic mushrooms has been charged in the death of another teen in the Northland after running him over with his vehicle, according to authorities.
You can catch cholera from drinking contaminated water. You can catch it from raw or undercooked shellfish. And you can catch it from soft-shell turtles. That's the finding of a study published earlier this month by scientists at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. And it's a particular concern in China and many other countries in East Asia, where turtle meat is often used in stews and soups. The researchers found that the bacterium that causes cholera, Vibrio cholerae , can colonize many of the outer surfaces of a soft-shell turtle, including its shell, legs, neck and calipash — a gelatinous material just underneath the shell and highly prized as a delicacy. The bacteria can also live in turtles' intestines. The study was published in the scientific journal, Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Although China has relatively few cholera cases compared to other countries, several small outbreaks of cholera are linked to soft-shell turtles ever year, ..
Activists in Northern California launched a campaign to recall a judge for what they say is a pattern of lenient sentences for sex crime convictions, including the punishment in the well-publicized Brock Turner case.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that taxpayer-funded grants for playgrounds available to nonprofits under a state program could not be denied to a school run by a church. "The consequence is, in all likelihood, a few extra scraped knees. But the exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious to our Constitution all the same, and cannot stand," Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority. In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote, "If this separation means anything, it means that the government cannot, or at the very least need not, tax its citizens and turn that money over to houses of worship. The Court today blinds itself to the outcome this history requires and leads us instead to a place where separation of church and state is a constitutional slogan, not a constitutional commitment." Two justices, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, refused to sign on to a footnote explicitly stating that the
e Supreme Court says it will decide the fate of President Trump's revised travel ban, agreeing to hear arguments over immigration cases that were filed in federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland, and allowing parts of the ban that's now been on hold since March to take effect. The justices removed the lower courts' injunctions against the ban "with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," narrowing the scope of two injunctions that had put the ban in limbo. The case centers on the president's move to block new visas for travelers from six majority-Muslim countries for 90 days, and to suspend the U.S. refugee program for 120 days. Challengers to the ban said it would harm people who have legitimate reasons to be in the U.S. — including through family ties, work and education. President Trump called the Supreme Court order "a clear victory for our national security." The travel ban will remain on hol..