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HAWAII PRIMARY

HONOLULU — Hawaii's weekend primary election will most likely settle the outcome of this year's major races. That's because the Democratic Party continues to overwhelmingly dominate Hawaii politics. The Republican Party isn't even fielding candidates in most state legislative districts. The most heated contests in Saturday's election are for governor and for the U.S. Congressional seat representing urban Honolulu. By Audrey McAvoy. SENT: 670 words, photos.

OF HAWAII INTEREST

NEW ZEALAND-PLASTIC BAG BAN

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand says it will ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July as the nation tries to live up to its clean-and-green image. A number of countries and states have introduced bans or restrictions on single-use plastic bags, including France, Belgium, China, Hawaii and California. By Nick Perry. SENT: 430 words, photos.

FROM AP MEMBERS

FRAUD SENTENCE

HONOLULU — A former Big Island resident has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for stealing nearly $863,000 over four years from her Hawaii employer. SENT: 220 words.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT-SWAG

WAILUKU, Hawaii — The Maui ethics board is advising county employees and elected officials to not accept gifts or tickets from college basketball tournament officials, warning that they could be seen as efforts to influence or reward them in the performance of their official duties. SENT: 300 words.

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