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By Andrew Walden @ 10:25 PM :: 5670 Views

Iraq PM hails vote as 'victory'

Up to 15 million Iraqis are eligible to cast votes.  The elections are being held in 14 of the country's 18 provinces, with more than 14,000 candidates competing for just 440 seats.

(Fortunately for Iraq, America wasn't listening to Barack Obama when he said the 'surge' wouldn't work.)

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Lingle: $12M more for charter schools

Details: HB1081, SB899, other educational initiatives

Gov. Linda Lingle wants to scrap a charter school funding formula that critics argue has not been followed, shortchanging Hawaii's alternative public schools for years.  She is proposing a bill to repeal the formula and give charter schools $12 million in each of the next fiscal years to account for a rise in students....

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HGEA talks to reach impasse tonight

"We are paying attention, waiting for the governor to come up with a plan to address the revenue shortfalls that we face. As a community, we all face this together. "From our standpoint, it should not just be government employees that have to bail out the state's mess," Perreira said.

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Hawaii failing to get domestic abuse data

The data collection never started because once the system was established at the request of domestic-violence service providers, none of the agencies reported data to the attorney general's office....

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Hawaii road tax hike falls heavily on business

Under the proposed legislation, the state fuel tax will increase nearly 60 percent, motor vehicle registration fees will rise by 80 percent and the vehicle weight tax will more than triple....

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