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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Turtle Bay Deal Announced
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 6343 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Development, Tourism

“The proposed bill will give the state the beach front property around Kawela Bay in fee simple for $35 million...."

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
KIUC: Solar Contractors Selling Systems Which Cost More than Electric Bill
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 5269 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

Before signing a long-term lease, ask yourself some questions....

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Safety? How Did Your Hospital Do?
By News Release @ 8:48 PM :: 3924 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Read detailed Hospital Safety Scores for nine Hawaii Hospitals ...

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
End the Bleeding of Aloha By Hobby Activism
By Joni Kamiya @ 4:36 PM :: 7270 Views :: Environment, Higher Education, OHA, GMOs

...when people can resort to this kind of behavior, it really shows that they are not capable of considering the consequences of their actions....

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Tuna Monument: Rep Aumua Amata to Oversee Investigations of 'Insular Areas'
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 4109 Views :: Environment, Small Business

NOAA is often influenced by the large environmental lobbies that have no personal stake in the region....

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Hazardous Waste: DHHL Sues Evicted Racetrack Operator
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 4174 Views :: DHHL, Environment

DHHL is pursuing claims for damages against SORT, which includes but is not limited to the cost to clean-up and remediate the property, in an action currently pending in the First Circuit Court....

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Desperate to Push GE Tax Hike Thru, HART Pretends Property Tax Hike is Only Alternative
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 4751 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

Watch HART try to pitch a Property Tax hike in order to make the GE tax seem palatable....

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
“The Indoctrination of our children” with Dr. Joe McIlhaney
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 11:01 PM :: 5086 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

Joe McIlhaney, MD is the Founder and Chairman of The Medical Institute for Sexual Health....

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Politicians Paid so Navatek Can get $20M Play?
By Selected News Articles @ 10:47 PM :: 5972 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

...77 separate contributions by Navatek or by employees linked to Navatek made to elected officials totaling $81,000....

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Souki: HB1075 'Will open the doors for a vital public-private partnership'
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 4031 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

... But the Maui News isn't so sure it still won't be sabotaged....

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
UPDATE: 85 Republicans Running for Honolulu Neighborhood Board
By News Release @ 12:39 AM :: 8885 Views :: Honolulu County, Republican Party

All voting is done online or by phone. Registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail including a passcode they will need to use in order to access their digital ballot. This passcode was mailed out on April 23, 2015....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Full Text: Unanimous Conference Committee Approves Maui Hospital Partnership Bill
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 7420 Views :: Health Care, Labor

House Appoints Conferees, Conference Committee to meet Tues 5PM....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Powdered Alcohol Prohibition Wins in Hawaii Senate
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:05 PM :: 5265 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Small Business

"Whenever there is a new product, whether it be powdered alcohol or e-cigarettes, we want to jump on it, and ban it."

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Best Cities to Start a Business? Honolulu Ranks 66th
By Selected News Articles @ 4:04 PM :: 3256 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...the number of self-employed Americans is expected to rise to more than 60 million by 2020....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Drunk? Reckless? How Much Will Your Car Insurance Increase?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:57 PM :: 4261 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement, Cost of Living

Having two accidents in the last two years on your record is the most costly traffic violation....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
OHA Survey: Will You Like Us if We Reverse our Support for Telescope?
By News Release @ 3:21 PM :: 4346 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

The survey asks participants about how possible OHA stances on the planned Mauna Kea thirty-meter telescope affects their views regarding OHA....

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Monday, April 27, 2015
"Sex Change" Surgery: What Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer, and You Should Know
By Selected News Articles @ 9:51 PM :: 5921 Views :: Family, Health Care, Life

I lived as a woman for eight years....

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Monday, April 27, 2015
Hawaii Open Budget: Online Conference Committee Tracking Tool
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:20 PM :: 3205 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...will be updated daily, shortly after decisions are made in the Conference Committee budget meetings....

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Monday, April 27, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted April 27, 2015
By Congress.org @ 4:03 PM :: 2760 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Human Trafficking Victims' Fund - Passage
  • Senate: Lynch Nomination – Cloture
  • House: Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards – Passage
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Sunday, April 26, 2015
Feds Block Deal to Transfer Heald Students, College Shuts Down Monday
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 2920 Views :: Higher Education

...these efforts were unsuccessful largely as a result of federal and state regulators seeking to impose financial penalties and conditions on buyers and teach-out partners....

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Sunday, April 26, 2015
The Magical Appearing Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3879 Views :: Taxes, Drugs
34.228%! Imagine any customer seeing that kind of tax on the bill!
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Sunday, April 26, 2015
Study: Hawaii Health Connector Loses 63% of 2014 Enrollees--Worst in US
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 4836 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Exchanges run by the federal government both retained a higher percentage of 2014 enrollees and enrolled a higher percentage of new enrollees in 2015 than states that run their own exchanges....

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
7% Solution Makes Hawaii Pension Debt Seem Smaller
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 PM :: 4288 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor
“The state increased the rate from 4 percent to 7 percent.”
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Saturday, April 25, 2015
Land and Power atop Mauna Kea
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:59 PM :: 4319 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

...OHA has a financial interest in the outcome of the dispute....

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
Neighborhood Board elections now open for voting
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 3501 Views :: Honolulu County

Voters may use the passcodes to cast ballots online via their computers or mobile devices from today, April 24, until May 15....

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
UH: $14M Plan to Save Cancer Center Accreditation
By News Release @ 2:10 AM :: 3237 Views :: Higher Education

...The UH Cancer Center is being administratively incorporated into JABSOM to improve efficiency....

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
Common Cause: Audit the Clinton Foundation
By News Release @ 12:38 AM :: 4919 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians

...Hirono, Schatz, Takai already endorse Hillary....

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Friday, April 24, 2015
Sacred? Protest Leaders Demand $50M Yearly Rent for Telescope Site
By News Release @ 10:05 PM :: 5277 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

"...Ten years of rent and revenue sharing lost = $500,000,000 .... "

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Friday, April 24, 2015
Suffering Loss of Tobacco Tax Revenues, Health Department Applauds Act 19 Restrictions on E-Cigs
By News Release @ 4:39 PM :: 3326 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

"While tobacco use among Hawaii’s public middle and high school students has declined over the past decade, e-cigarette use has been increasing rapidly."

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Friday, April 24, 2015
Crabbe: OHA Wants 'percentage of gross receipts' from Telescope
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 5577 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

OHA recommends the following or similar guidelines for the valuation of future subleases for telescopes on Mauna Kea, including the TMT....

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Friday, April 24, 2015
Auditor: No Special Fund Raids After AG Tightens Enforcement
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:28 PM :: 2645 Views :: Hawaii State Government

On February 27, 2013, the department conducted department-wide training for deputies whose clients administer non-general fund....

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Friday, April 24, 2015
One Simple State Tax Code Tweak to Favor Marijuana Taxpayers over Tax Evaders
By Selected News Articles @ 12:45 PM :: 3627 Views :: Taxes, Drugs

Perhaps the largest expenses these operators are forbidden from deducting under § 280E are the excise taxes and license fees they pay to the state....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
OHA, University to Di$cuss Telescope
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 3702 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

...a meeting tomorrow (April 24) for representatives from the Governor’s office, the University of Hawaiʻi, the Office of Mauna Kea Management, the Mauna Kea Hui, the Mauna Kea ʻOhana, and OHA to di$cuss the thirty ­meter telescope....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
To Taxi or Ride-share?: Limiting Government’s Role
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:04 PM :: 2920 Views :: Small Business

...regulations should then be applied equitably to taxi and ride-sharing companies and drivers....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
HART GE Tax Receipts $9M Above Expectations
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 3436 Views :: Rail, Taxes
“We now have collected nearly $1.47 billion in local revenue funding for rail”
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Ohana Policy Group Pushes Back Against Kindergarten Gay Sex Education
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 5905 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

Hawaii's Ohana Policy Group is developing strategies and tactics to combat in-school lifestyle indoctrination....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Your Electric Bill is Higher than you Think
By NCPA @ 2:27 PM :: 4256 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...Consumers pay for electricity twice: once through monthly electricity bills and a second time through taxes that finance subsidies for inefficient wind and other energy producers....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Tiny Honolulu Rail Stations Limit Capacity of $300M per Mile System
By Selected News Articles @ 2:18 PM :: 3471 Views :: Rail

Heavy-rail lines have much higher capacities because train lengths are limited only by platform lengths, which in most cases is 8 to 11 cars. But Honolulu is building a heavy-rail line whose platforms are only long enough to allow four 60-foot cars....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
HSTA Contract Reopener Showers Teachers in Cash
By News Release @ 5:33 AM :: 6203 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

One-time lump sum payment of $2000 for all active, full-time licensed teachers....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Feds OK Pasha Acquisition of Horizon's Hawaii Business
By News Release @ 3:53 AM :: 3241 Views :: Jones Act

The clearance paves the way for an anticipated final closing before the end of the second quarter....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
London Times: Jones Act 'Key Bargaining Chip' in Trans-Atlantic Trade Negotiations
By Selected News Articles @ 3:46 AM :: 3251 Views :: Jones Act

...that 95-year-old law has become a key bargaining chip in one of the world’s largest trade accords....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Sen Murkowski: An Effort to Look at Jones Act, Energy Exports
By Michael Hansen @ 3:44 AM :: 4740 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

"I don't think we should get all agitated and upset when there's an effort to look at the Jones Act," Murkowski said....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Chinese Communist 'Confucius Institute' a Threat to Academic Freedom at UH Manoa
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 4895 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

Students for a Free Tibet has launched a global “Say No to China’s Confucius Institutes” campaign....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation Dead Last in Clout
By Selected News Articles @ 1:23 AM :: 5504 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii Statistics

Since 1990, Roll Call has been tracking the potential influence each state has on national affairs....

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Audit: DoE Bungles Federal Grants, Gives Teachers Excess Sick Leave, Vacation Time
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 4667 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor
"Material weaknesses identified"
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
25% Tax Would Make State Senior Partner in Marijuana Business
By Andrew Walden @ 5:47 AM :: 5182 Views :: Taxes, Drugs

...HB321, SD2 proposes a 15% gross proceeds tax and a 10% special sales tax on so-called 'medical' marijuana sold in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
NOAA Uses Hawaii Reefs to 'Showcase Climate Resilience'
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 2872 Views :: Environment

...projects will take place in West Hawai‘i, West Maui, and He’eia (O’ahu)....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Conference Committee Begins Negotiations on State Budget
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 2794 Views :: Hawaii State Government

House and Senate conferees met today to begin negotiations on a final version of HB500, the state budget bill....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Telescope: OHA Seeks 'Collective Re$olution', 'Po$itive Outcome'
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 3154 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has continued to urge Governor Ige and University of Hawaiʻi President Lassner to address the outstanding legal i$$ue$ involved in the planned Mauna Kea thirty-meter telescope before the moratorium on construction is lifted....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The day when America moved toward becoming a global power
By Selected News Articles @ 2:26 PM :: 3002 Views :: Hawaii History

On April 21, 1898, Spain broke off diplomatic relations with the United States in a long-simmering dispute over Cuba....

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