Nearly a third of U.S. homeless people are living with serious, untreated mental illness.
New Mexico became the 12th state to prohibit private employers from asking about criminal records on job applications, a practice designed to reduce recidivism by helping ex-offenders gain employment.
Hawaii has been overhauling its transportation systems, and hydrogen-powered public transit may be next.
Some scientists say there’s not enough data to limit sunscreen that may be harmful to corals.
Gallup releases its latest index on the topic, based on over 100,000 survey responses.
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Hundreds of Kīlauea lavaflow evacuees ended up at a recently built rec center on the Big Island. Now it needs to close for months of repairs.
State and local authorities are responsible for sending and rescinding alerts but FEMA can—and says it will—require the underlying infrastructure be more user-friendly.
“I think this is where the action is going to be,” says one expert, referring to state legislatures in the coming months.
The Hawaii Police Department warned businesses and residents of flooding, landslides and toxic-gas spewing fissures during the events over the past four months.
“I’ve not seen such dramatic changes in the forecast track as I’ve seen with this storm," Gov. David Ige said.
Some states are restricting prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications known as benzodiazepines.
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Hawaii's governor is expected to ban oxybenzone, the chemical in most sunscreens, this week. It would go into effect in 2021.
Some cities are banning plastic straws, while three state legislatures have debated the issue this year.
They’ve also been faster and safer than putting boots on the ground, an agency official said.
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Officials in Hawaii, for good reason, want you to steer clear of the danger zone on the Big Island. But a location on the mainland shows what can happen when lava oozes across the landscape.
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A blast over Honolulu would be catastrophic. That doesn’t mean the government shouldn’t help the public prepare for one.
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