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Hawaii health department confirms three new measles cases

The Hawaii State Department of Health has confirmed three cases of measles in the state, one on Maui and two on Kauai. The cases on the two islands are not related to each other and have separate travel histories, but all cases are unvaccinated young adults with recent travel either to the Philippines or Indonesia and Malaysia.

Comments sought on retaining Big Island Circuit Court judge

The term of the 3rd Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth A. Strance will expire on March 30, according to the state Judical Selection Commission. Strance, in accordance with Section 3, Article VI of the state Constitution, has petitioned to be retained in office and to be renewed for an additional term. The constitution empowers the commission to determine whether Strance should be retained in office for an additional term of 10 years.

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Mars mission simulation begins

Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation Mission 3 crew members and Kim Binsted, HI-SEAS’ principal investigator, pose for a photo in front of the HI-SEAS dome on Mauna Loa. The six crew members entered the dome last Wednesday and will spend the next eight months there simulating a mission on Mars. The simulation is the longest tried in the United States, according to HI-SEAS. From left, Neil Scheibelhut, Sophie Milam, Zak Wilson, Binsted, Jocelyn Dunn, Allen Mirkadyrov and Martha Lenio. Scheibelhut and Milam are University of Hawaii at Hilo graduates. For more about the mission, visit hi-seas.org.

State plans road work

Alternating single lane closures will be in effect on Mamalahoa Highway, between mile markers 45 and 39.5, in the vicinity of Kapapala Ranch for pavement reconstruction, according to the state Department of Transportation.