Fed sees dim economic outlook as virus squeezes economy

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned Wednesday that the COVID-19 pandemic 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.

Waikoloa couple sues Ige, Kim over quarantine

A married Waikoloa couple is suing the state, Gov. David Ige and Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, alleging Ige and Kim overextended and overstepped their emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic — including telling the husband he couldn’t sleep with his wife for 14 days because of the quarantine on travelers arriving from out of state.

Ige wants tighter rules after surge in COVID-19 cases

Because of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases, Gov. David Ige during a news conference Wednesday said he is proposing that Hawaii’s four counties reinstate measures — initially implemented to curb the spread of the virus — that have been relaxed in recent weeks.

Courts: No jury trials until Sept. 1

All jury trials on Hawaii Island, whether criminal or civil, are now postponed until at least Sept. 1 under a new set of orders filed Wednesday by 3rd Circuit Chief Judge Robert Kim.

Ige seeks to reinstate some measures to curb COVID-19

In the light of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases, Gov. David Ige today said he is proposing that Hawaii’s four counties reinstate measures — initially implemented to curb the spread of the virus — that have been relaxed in recent weeks.

This is no way to design coronavirus fiscal policy

With millions of Americans losing their expanded unemployment benefits this week, Congress and the Trump administration are still at odds over what to do. Details of the next phase of coronavirus relief should’ve been resolved long before now — because the main ideas shouldn’t be controversial and time will be needed to implement them. Delay has compounded the problem. Temporary fixes, meaning further argument and holdup, will probably be needed to bridge the gap between the current measures and whatever comes next.

Can we please stop spitting on grocery store workers?

Just a few months ago, Americans rightly lauded grocery store employers as heroes — underpaid front line workers who braved the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic so households could put food on the table.

US officials: Russia behind spread of virus disinformation

WASHINGTON — Russian intelligence services are using a trio of English-language websites to spread disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to exploit a crisis the United States is struggling to contain ahead of the presidential election in November, U.S. officials said Tuesday.