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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Honolulu: 40% of Homeless Refusing to Accept Shelter
By News Release @ 2:15 PM :: 5041 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

The number of homeless individuals on Oahu is 4,903, a 4% (191) increase over 2014. The percentage of those who are unsheltered is 40% (1,939), the highest percentage since these data were collected in 2009....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Governor Ige to Sign Bill Designating the Hawaiian Hoary Bat As State Land Mammal
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:26 AM :: 5686 Views :: Environment, Hawaii History

...the ōpe‘ape‘a, or Hawaiian hoary bat, flew through the Senate, glided through the House of Representatives, and will land on Governor Ige's desk in the attic of the Capitol Building....

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Monday, April 20, 2015
New Laws Regulate Aquarium Fishermen
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 PM :: 5168 Views :: Environment, Small Business

The aquarium fishermen even at loss of income have willingly agreed to the new laws and plan to have continuing dialogue with DAR....

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Monday, April 20, 2015
NOAA: Hawaii Humpbacks 'Not at Risk'
By News Release @ 3:59 PM :: 5048 Views :: Environment

The humpback whale is currently listed as endangered throughout its range. The proposed rule finds that ten of those 14 populations do not warrant ESA listing....

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Monday, April 20, 2015
Hawaii Noted for 'Anti-Innovation Policy Choices'
By News Release @ 2:07 PM :: 4103 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Modest Innovators need improvements in several policy and other foundational criteria to better create an environment for innovative companies to thrive....

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Monday, April 20, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted April 20, 2015
By Congress.org @ 1:43 PM :: 3719 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Medicare Payments to Physicians - Passage
House: Manufactured Housing High-Cost Mortgages - Passage
House: State and Local Sales Tax Deductions - Passage
House: Estate Tax Repeal – Passage
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Monday, April 20, 2015
Some States Pay Doctors More to Treat Medicaid Patients
By Selected News Articles @ 4:52 AM :: 3111 Views :: Health Care

Fifteen states are betting they can convince more doctors to accept the growing number of patients covered by Medicaid with a simple incentive: more money....

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Mark Takai: 100 Days of Nothingness
By Andrew Walden @ 10:01 PM :: 4729 Views :: Congressional Delegation

This looks more like Mark's excellent adventure....

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Hawaiians and the Law: Kelii Akina and Michael Lilly
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 PM :: 8496 Views :: Akaka Bill, Higher Education, Judiciary, OHA

Whether it's activists on Mauna Kea, the Akaka Bill or the Native Hawaiian roll, questions of law abound....

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
SB 555 - Increasing the Food/Excise Tax Credit
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 5605 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

Hawaii levies the second highest tax burden in the country on its low-income families. A major reason for this is the General Excise tax....

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Report: Illegals Pay $31M in Hawaii State Taxes
By News Release @ 3:36 PM :: 3867 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

A new 50-state study, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions, by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy....

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Smoking It Out
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3941 Views :: Taxes

HB145 has quite a history. It started as a bill to limit the tobacco tax on large cigars to 50 cents per cigar....

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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Auditor: City Unable to Track Federal Transportation Funds
By News Release @ 3:25 PM :: 4976 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...grants and appropriations had lapsed or were subject to de-obligation because project managers lacked accurate, complete and reliable information....

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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Desperate to Pass Rail Tax, HART Finally Agrees to Televise One Meeting
By News Release @ 2:12 PM :: 4078 Views :: Rail

‘Ōlelo to provide live television coverage of next week’s Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s (HART) Board of Directors meeting....

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Saturday, April 18, 2015
DoH: Tobacco Use Down 20%, E-Cigs Up
By News Release @ 2:12 PM :: 4398 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Hawaii decreased by more than 20% from 2011 to 2013....However, use of e-cigarettes continues to grow at an alarming rate....

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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Ige: Telescope Legally Entitled to Proceed With Construction
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 5774 Views :: Honolulu County, Higher Education, OHA
Any further announcements about the construction schedule will come from TMT....
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Saturday, April 18, 2015
BoE to Debate Sex Education Policy
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 2:54 AM :: 6370 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care
April 21, 2015 (Tuesday) at 1:30 p.m.
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Friday, April 17, 2015
DoE: Students Meet 79% of 'Wellness Guidelines'
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 3551 Views :: Education K-12

Wellness Guidelines look at nutritional guidelines, health and nutrition education, physical education and activity....

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Friday, April 17, 2015
DBEDT: Solo Commuters up 74%
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 4280 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

The number of commuters driving alone increased 74.2 percent from 253,680 in 1980 to 441,988 in the 2009-2013 period....

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Small Business Tax Index -- Hawaii 47th
By News Release @ 5:26 PM :: 3948 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This year’s edition of the Index pulls together 23 different tax measures....

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Final Act 221: Hoku Plant Cut Up, Pieces Auctioned off
By Selected News Articles @ 3:42 PM :: 6784 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Built with your tax dollars, via crony capitalist Act 221 High Tech Tax Credits, Hawaii....

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
HS Senior Launches pro-Telescope Petition
By Selected News Articles @ 2:43 PM :: 6941 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education, OHA

King Kalākaua was an early and ardent supporter of astronomical observation in Hawaii....

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Hawaii State Auditor Presents 2014 Annual Report
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:36 AM :: 3004 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...we had a busy 2014—releasing 18 audits, analyses, and studies on everything from alternate uses of recycled glass to the regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries....

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
HAWSCT Clarifies Joinder Of Indispensable Parties, Timely Appeals
By Robert Thomas @ 12:49 AM :: 3718 Views :: Judiciary

Here's the latest from the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Chief Justice Appoints Dyan M. Medeiros as Oahu District Family Court Judge
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 4944 Views :: Family, Judiciary

The appointment of Medeiros fills the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Christine E. Kuriyama to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Stewardship by UH to protect Maunakea for future generations
By Selected News Articles @ 9:26 PM :: 6690 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education, OHA

Since 2000, Maunakea has been under stewardship of the Office of Maunakea Management....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Public input sought on school calendar
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 4063 Views :: Education K-12

Feedback collected by the online survey through April 22 will be used to help guide calendar development for the 2016-17 school year and beyond....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Kauai Council Calls for ‘Home Rule’ on Marijuana Dispensaries
By Selected News Articles @ 7:33 PM :: 4505 Views :: Drugs

Kauai is the only county in Hawaii that has taken a stand against this onrush of legislation....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Forbes Worst States for Taxes: Hawaii 31st
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 4377 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Many states have a graduated system — the most complicated one is Hawaii....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Hawaii Has Most Tax Brackets of Any State
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 PM :: 3804 Views :: Taxes

...three states have ten or more tax brackets, led by Hawaii with twelve....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Lawsuit Challenges HC&S East Maui Water Diversions
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 PM :: 23333 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, OHA

A&B has been diverting water from East Maui streams for more than 100 years via "complex system of ditches, tunnels and flumes" to irrigate the HC&S sugar plantation in Central Maui....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Inspector General, Special Purpose Revenue Bonds, and Monolithic Monopoly: House Republicans Speak Out
By Video @ 1:49 PM :: 5454 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

House Republican floor speeches ....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Senate Passes Rail Surcharge Extension, State to Skim $496M
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 2:54 AM :: 5210 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Senators Russell Ruderman, Glenn Wakai, Lee Ihara, Mike Gabbard and Gilbert Keith-Agaran voted in the affirmative but with reservations.  A no vote at this stage serves to exclude the person voting no from participating in the Conference Committee....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Feds Cite Honolulu Taco Bell Placement in $30M Fine Against Heald College
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 4691 Views :: Higher Education

...one campus (Honolulu) classified a 2011 graduate of an Accounting program as employed in the field based upon a food service job she started at Taco Bell in June 2006....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Senate Passes Nearly 200 Measures on Crossover
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 3590 Views :: Hawaii State Government

A majority of the bills will go into conference committees where the House and Senate conferees will convene to settle differences....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Auditor: Fraud-riddled HI5 Program Ripped off by Whole Foods Market for 6 Years
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 11:27 PM :: 5518 Views :: Environment, Ethics

...the DBC Program paid $2.6 million in deposit refunds for approximately 3.5 million pounds of recycled materials that cannot be accounted for....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
House Passes Nearly 150 Senate Bills on Second Crossover
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 3384 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The state House of Representatives passed today nearly 150 Senate measures....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Criminal Charges? Attorney General to Investigate Kenoi
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 7895 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Law Enforcement, Politicians

Facts learned during the course of the investigation will determine whether the attorney general’s office pursues or recommends criminal charges....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Rise Up People: Redefining What It Means
By Joni Kamiya @ 1:45 PM :: 7215 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii History, Higher Education, GMOs

When I hear the slogans used by protests calling to “rise up,” I have a different concept in my mind....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Stop the Rail GET Surcharge Extension Bills
By News Release @ 5:38 AM :: 4781 Views :: Rail, Taxes

HB134 will be voted on this Tuesday - 4/14 - in the State Senate....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Incense and Candles Can Pollute
By Jack Dini @ 1:06 AM :: 4876 Views :: Environment

Smoke produced by burning incense and candles can be worse than the pollution found next to a busy road....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Momentum for Jones Act Reform Reaches Faraway Shores
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:56 AM :: 4459 Views :: Jones Act

...legislators from Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico came together for a videoconference forum to discuss legislative developments on the Jones Act for their respective jurisdictions....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Let Your Voice Be Heard for Maui Hospital!
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:29 AM :: 5213 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

HB1075 concerns the creation of a public-private partnership for the Maui Hospital System....

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Monday, April 13, 2015
Inside look at Monsanto’s Hawaii farm nursery
By Selected News Articles @ 6:11 PM :: 4197 Views :: GMOs

Having farms in Hawaii helps speed up the process....

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Monday, April 13, 2015
Fences and Eradication: Petition Calls for Rejection of Suzanne Case
By News Release @ 2:02 PM :: 5281 Views :: Environment, Second Amendment

With Suzanne Case being the Chairperson of DLNR there will be no animals to harvest because of fences and eradication....

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Monday, April 13, 2015
My Father Was Gay: Why I Oppose Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:48 PM :: 6486 Views :: Family, First Amendment

In 1991, my father died of AIDS. None of my father’s partners/ex-partners are still alive....

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Monday, April 13, 2015
Insider Deals: OHA, Kanaiolowalu Procurement Code Violations
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:29 PM :: 5580 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Former Attorney General Michael Lilly has requested DCCA and DAGS review the expenditure of over $800,000 on two vendors by the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission without public bid....

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
HB459: The Science and Politics of Casual Sex
By News Release @ 12:09 PM :: 7713 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

...Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium on Thursday, April 16th @ 7 PM....

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Rail Tax: If You Don't Ask You Don't Get
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5672 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...we are getting closer to a resolution on the two bills that are seeking to extend the life of the 0.5% Oahu county surcharge on our general excise tax....

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
PBS Video: Gridlocked by the power grid: Hawaii's Solar Industry
By Video @ 4:53 AM :: 4095 Views :: Energy

NewsHour special correspondent Mike Taibbi reports....

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