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BC-HI--Hawaii News Coverage Advisory, 9:30 am, HI

March 1, 2019

Here’s a look at AP Hawaii’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. A reminder this digest is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

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Hawaii at 9:30 a.m.


HONOLULU _ Hawaii is among the bluest of states. Democrats control more than 90 percent of state House and Senate seats. Voters favor Democratic presidential candidates over Republicans by some of the widest margins in the nation. But when it comes to legalizing marijuana for adult use, the islands are out of step with fellow liberal stalwarts such as California and Vermont. By Audrey McAvoy. SENT: 760 words, photos. Will be updated.



TOKYO _ The governor of Okinawa in southern Japan pushed Friday for three-way talks involving his prefecture, the central government and the U.S. on what steps to take following a referendum that rejected a relocation plan for an American military base. SENT: 575 words, photos.


VERMILLION, S.D. _ A student organization at the University of South Dakota has been told that holding a “Hawaiian Day” party violates the school’s policy on inclusiveness. So, the Student Bar Association has renamed its winter social event “Beach Day.” And even though the group is encouraging members to wear floral shirts, it won’t be distributing leis at the party. SENT: 325 words.



HONOLULU _ Preliminary figures show the number of people living on the streets of Oahu has increased by 12 percent over the last year. The Point in Time Count conducted in late January recorded 2,401 unsheltered homeless people on the island, increasing from the 2,145 counted a year earlier. SENT: 135 words.


HILO, Hawaii _Some Big Island residents are asking how they will be able to afford sewer systems connections after large-capacity cesspools are shut down. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Hawaii County is planning to build wastewater treatment plants in Naalehu by 2022 and Pahala by 2021 to meet Environmental Protection Agency requirements. SENT: 150 words.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to aphonolulu@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Honolulu bureau at 808-536-5510 or aphonolulu@ap.org. Correspondent Caleb Jones can be reached at 808-536-5510 or cjones@ap.org.

The AP, Honolulu.