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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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Bills would tighten tax loopholes

Three of five bills aimed at reducing loopholes and making property tax collections more fair have survived their first reading at the County Council and will be considered a final time when the council meets early next month.