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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Hawaii 2nd Worst State for Nurses
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 PM :: 4639 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...2019’s Best & Worst States for Nurses....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Video: Akina and Roth Talk Rail
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:30 AM :: 3928 Views :: Rail

... Randy Roth discusses key issues in the rail controversy and gets his insights from having watched the project since its beginning ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Trump, the Jones Act and LNG
By Michael Hansen @ 4:21 AM :: 4678 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...Michael Hansen on ThinkTech discusses a blanket Jones Act waiver for LNG Tankers....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
DoE Changes Teacher Evaluations: De-Emphasizes Student Performance
By News Release @ 3:51 AM :: 5324 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"...In an effort to eliminate the predictive nature of expected targets, EES will focus on student-centered growth that assesses what is valued in the school or Complex Area rather than on Student Learner Outcomes (SLOs)...."

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Contract Reopener: HSTA Gets Another $45.6M
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 5579 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

“This agreement is worth more than $45 million for our members in salary increases and employer contributions to our health care plan, while establishing a pilot program to give teachers more control over their 21 hours (of professional development time)....”

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Legislators Vote to Spend Millions More on Electric Vehicles
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 5133 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...program for the installation or upgrade of electric vehicle charging stations in publicly accessible commercial areas, workplaces, and multi-unit dwellings....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
EPA Imposes $425K fine for Waimanalo Gulch Spill
By News Release @ 3:01 AM :: 4660 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

...The agreement also calls for a series of facility upgrades to maintain compliance with stormwater regulations....

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Monday, April 29, 2019
ERS Invested Millions With Alleged Fraudster
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 AM :: 6547 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...As of Sept. 30, Hawaii has paid $36.4 million to Abraaj Global Growth Markets Fund....

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Sunday, April 28, 2019
HB1552: Conference Committee Approves New System to Keep Criminals on Streets
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 3682 Views :: Law Enforcement

...Bill to thoroughly reform our system of handling people arrested, incarcerated....

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Sunday, April 28, 2019
Public urged to participate in next round of hearings on proposed Maunakea rules
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 5902 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...to provide feedback on the latest draft of the proposed administrative rules to govern public and commercial activities on UH-managed lands on Maunakea....

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Sunday, April 28, 2019
OHA’s LLCs: The Noose Is Tightening
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4502 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA assets cannot be shielded from accountability (to both the Trustees and the general public) simply by tossing them into LLCs....

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
OHA CFO Ousted to Block 'Fair Treatment' of Grant Requests?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:27 PM :: 6268 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Laeha says he was, "in the process of implementing ... 'fair treatment' laws which require independent solicitations on contracts...."  

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:36 PM :: 6155 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

...Sine Die May 2--What happens next at the Governor's Office?....

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
HB172: Legislature Denies Funding for OHA and LLCs Unless Audit for Fraud, Waste and Abuse is Completed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:57 PM :: 5345 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Trustee Keli'i Akina praises decision as victory for OHA beneficiaries....

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
OHA Releases Aina Summit Report
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 4674 Views :: Environment, OHA

...Coinciding with Earth Day....

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
City Releases 2019 Annual Sustainability Report
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 4678 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

...This is the City and County of Honolulu’s inaugural annual sustainability report....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
A Jones Act conversation with Rick Hamada and Mike Hansen
By Michael Hansen @ 6:40 PM :: 4502 Views :: Jones Act

... audio from The Rick Hamada Show ....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
Let’s End ‘Gut and Replace’ at Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:26 PM :: 4540 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The victims of these tactics usually are bills that have been passed by one chamber and are waiting for hearings in the non-originating chamber. This makes them ripe for tinkering because they no longer require hearings or votes in the original house....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
Legislators Send Three Anti-Gun Bills to Governor
By News Release @ 6:17 PM :: 4039 Views :: Second Amendment

...On April 24th, Governor David Ige signed House Bill 720 to impose criminal penalties upon gun owners if they fail to follow government requirements for how lost or stolen firearms must be reported....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
SB1353: Industrial Hemp Heading to Governor's Desk
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 5279 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

...industrial hemp business for the U.S. is significant for Hawaii, where the climate makes it possible to harvest up to three crops annually....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
Q1: Tourism Up, Spending Down
By News Release @ 5:39 AM :: 4499 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Hawaii Visitor Statistics Released for First Quarter 2019....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
Conference Committee Approves Remaining Executive Budget
By News Release @ 5:08 AM :: 3475 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...New budget system allowed for closer scrutiny, more transparency....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
Conference Committee Agrees on $3.4B CIP Grab Basket
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 3799 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...CIP funds for renovations, repairs, construction, land acquisition statewide....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
More studies show Jones Act harmful to Puerto Rico
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:54 AM :: 5311 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

...the Jones Act equals a 7.2 percent tax on food and beverages, or about $367 million extra for island residents....

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Charlie Wade Sex Complaint Filed Over Year Ago
By News Release @ 10:46 PM :: 6258 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

...Wade has been listed as suspended on a public list on the USA Volleyball website since at least last fall....

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
20 Gut and Replace, Frankenstein Bills in Conference Committee
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:45 PM :: 4641 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The rampant use of "gut and replace'"and "Frankenstein" bills shows disrespect for the public....

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Poll: Ige Among Most Unpopular Governors, Again
By Selected News Articles @ 6:49 PM :: 4165 Views :: Politicians

... Approve 47% – Disapprove 36% ....

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
SCR204: OHA Insiders Exploit Aloha Poke Controversy to Grab Ownership of Hawaiian Culture for Themselves
By Andrew Walden @ 5:30 PM :: 5942 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

...The plan is the feudal-minded Office of Hawaiian Affairs-OHA will own ‘Aloha’ and you will have to buy aloha from them.  Poke too.  And they are using this to grab control of ‘genetic’ resources as well....

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Problem Gambling? Hawaii #2 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:30 AM :: 4642 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

...2019’s Most Gambling-Addicted States....

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
HB720: Ige Signs Firearm Reporting Bill
By News Release @ 4:11 AM :: 3817 Views :: Second Amendment

...Under the bill, gun owners are required to report lost, stolen or destroyed firearms to the county police department within 24 hours of discovering the loss, theft or destruction of the weapon....

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Neighborhood Board Voting Begins
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 6081 Views :: Honolulu County

...The election is slated to begin April 26, 2019 and end Friday, May 17, 2019....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Will the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Go Broke?
By Video @ 7:19 PM :: 4438 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Who Is Warning That This Could Become A Reality?....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
State of the Air: Hawaii Among the Cleanest
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 5998 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii Boasts Some of the Best Air Quality in the Nation According to the ‘State of the Air’ 2019 Report....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
DHS Audit: Significant Weaknesses and Deficiencies
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:10 AM :: 4973 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...auditors from KMH LLP reported one significant deficiency in internal control over financial reporting and 14 material weaknesses and three significant deficiencies in internal control over compliance....

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Legislature Votes to Fund Suicide Prevention
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 4731 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

...Task force statistics reveal youth, especially on neighbor islands, most at risk....

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Will Trump waive the Jones Act for Domestic LNG shipments?
By Michael Hansen @ 10:33 PM :: 5560 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...the President is considering a 10-year waiver of the Jones Act for the domestic transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG)....

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Waimea and Hanapepe Property Owners to be Forced to Buy Flood Insurance?
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 4117 Views :: Kauai County

...FEMA has determined the Waimea and Hanapepe levees on Kaua‘i do not provide a high level of protection and are to be de-accredited....

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Full Text: Espinda Promises No Retaliation Against PSD Dissidents
By Selected News Articles @ 4:57 AM :: 4733 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

...Recent fatal shootings involving PSD employees and a riot/disturbance at the Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC) have brought the Department front and center attention....

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Monday, April 22, 2019
Hawaii's Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business
By Selected News Articles @ 5:22 PM :: 4594 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Hilo and Kahului are the places to be....

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Sunday, April 21, 2019
Financial and Compliance Audit of the Department of Education
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:53 PM :: 3932 Views :: Education K-12

...one significant deficiency in internal control over financial reporting ... two significant deficiencies in internal control over compliance....

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Sunday, April 21, 2019
HIDOE Achieves Success with Job Order Contracting
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3952 Views :: Education K-12

...they just make a list of the projects and call them “deferred maintenance”....

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Saturday, April 20, 2019
OHA's Crabbe out of the Bucket?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:49 PM :: 7506 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...his contract expires this summer....

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Friday, April 19, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:11 PM :: 6416 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

...Most of the suicide bills we have been tracking are in conference committee....

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Friday, April 19, 2019
Are Hawaii officials paid too much or too little?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:19 PM :: 5906 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii Statistics

...Steve Frates, a Pepperdine University professor and president of the Center for Government Analysis, discusses how the salaries of Hawaii officials compare with officials across the nation....

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Friday, April 19, 2019
Audits, subpoenas and more: What's next for Honolulu Rail?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:09 PM :: 4141 Views :: Rail

...panel discussion Friday, May 3, sponsored by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii... with Councilmember Heidi Tsuneyoshi and rail critics Randall Roth, University of Hawaii professor emeritus of law, and Panos Prevedouros, chairman of the UH civil and environmental engineering department....

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Friday, April 19, 2019
Hawaii residents voting with their feet
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:05 PM :: 2761 Views

...For the fourth year in a row, the state’s economic policies have left us languishing in the bottom 10. And we have lost almost 52,000 residents over the past 10 years....

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Friday, April 19, 2019
80% of Oahu Residents Don't Have REAL ID
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 4779 Views :: Honolulu County

...So far, more than 190,000 O‘ahu residents have gotten the REAL ID-compliant driver license or state ID since they became available in January 2018....

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
Hawaii Senate to Vote on Anti-Gun Bills
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 4151 Views :: Second Amendment

...After receiving a notice of disagreement for the House amendments to both Senate Bill 600 and Senate Bill 1466, the conference committee has met and agreed to the House amendments for both bills....

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
HDOT Launches Accelerated Hiring System
By News Release @ 10:39 AM :: 5116 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...“We’re excited to be able to use the Wiki Wiki Hire process to fill our engineering vacancies and are committed to using these available resources to get qualified workers into positions within one to two weeks.”....

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
State Launches Aquaculture Accelerator
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 4850 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits

...The accelerator will be based at NELHA’s Hawai‘i Ocean Science and Technology Park in Kailua-Kona on Hawai‘i ‘i Island and is expected to start its first cohort in the fall of 2019....

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