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September 20, 2019

Hawaii Joins California’s Vehicle Emission Rules Challenge Flickr: Heather Harvey

Hawaii Joins California’s Vehicle Emission Rules Challenge

There are 23 states suing the Trump administration’s action from earlier this week.

Economists: Airbnb Crackdown Will Likely Cause Big Drop In Oahu Tourism Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Economists: Airbnb Crackdown Will Likely Cause Big Drop In Oahu Tourism

The expected decline could cost the island more than $30 million per month in direct spending, based on state tourism data.

Pay Increase Approved For Hawaii School Officials Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pay Increase Approved For Hawaii School Officials

The salary adjustments impact three leadership tiers below the top-level superintendent and will help with recruitment challenges, according to the DOE.

Why The Growing Demand For AC Threatens Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Goals Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Why The Growing Demand For AC Threatens Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Goals

Far more residents now have air conditioning to deal with a warming climate. But their increased electrical use makes the problem worse.

Caldwell: Delay Of Dillingham Rail Plan Reaching ‘Crisis’ Level Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell: Delay Of Dillingham Rail Plan Reaching ‘Crisis’ Level

Rail officials admit progress on a utility relocation plan has been too slow. The mayor worries that nearby residents and businesses will pay the price.

Fit To Print? State’s Mauna Kea Press Conferences Raise The Question Of What’s News Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Fit To Print? State’s Mauna Kea Press Conferences Raise The Question Of What’s News

Government institutions have the inside scoop, but that doesn’t mean the media should always bite.

Rethinking The Meaning Of Kapu Aloha And The TMT Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rethinking The Meaning Of Kapu Aloha And The TMT

Strong opinions over the Thirty Meter Telescope pose challenges for a peaceful solution.

September 19, 2019

Manahan’s Chief Of Staff Running For City Council Seat

Manahan’s Chief Of Staff Running For City Council Seat

Radiant Cordero wants to represent the greater Kalihi area at Honolulu Hale.

HART Gets Its First New Board Chair In About Three Years Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

HART Gets Its First New Board Chair In About Three Years

UPDATED: Toby Martyn joined HART as a state appointee. Now, he’s the agency’s board chairman.

Federal Judge Postpones Sentencing Of The Kealohas For Two Weeks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Federal Judge Postpones Sentencing Of The Kealohas For Two Weeks

Louis Kealoha, the former Honolulu police chief, and Katherine Kealoha, a former deputy city prosecutor, are now scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 31.

Neighbor Island Schools Could Get More Money Next Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neighbor Island Schools Could Get More Money Next Year

The funds would help offset the added costs of operating a school outside the urban hub of Oahu, such as gas and mileage to cover travel for athletic events and field trips.

Chad Blair: What’s Right-Wing Provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos Doing In Honolulu?

Chad Blair: What’s Right-Wing Provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos Doing In Honolulu?

The former Breitbart News editor is scheduled to appear in town this Friday and Saturday.

City Slaps UH With $35 Million Sewer Bill After Failing To Charge It For 7 Years Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Slaps UH With $35 Million Sewer Bill After Failing To Charge It For 7 Years

The Department of Environmental Services never got the word UH West Oahu should be billed, and now is working with the university to come up with an accurate estimate for the retroactive sewer charges.

Hawaii’s ‘Death Care’ Industry Lacks Oversight Flickr: Karen

Hawaii’s ‘Death Care’ Industry Lacks Oversight

The state has lax regulatory requirements for mortuaries and their employees.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Bracing For The Fiercer Storms To Come Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Bracing For The Fiercer Storms To Come

There are growing concerns about how climate change is impacting Hawaii’s ability to withstand hurricanes and other severe weather.

With Sea Level Rise, The Fate of Hawaii’s Most Vulnerable Roads Is Uncertain Cory Lum/Civil Beat

With Sea Level Rise, The Fate of Hawaii’s Most Vulnerable Roads Is Uncertain

Climate change is already taking a toll on coastal highways. Some of those roads may eventually be abandoned to the rising seas, a top official warns.

September 18, 2019

Anti-Caldwell PAC’s Inaccurate Reporting Leads To $15,000 Fine Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Anti-Caldwell PAC’s Inaccurate Reporting Leads To $15,000 Fine

The Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission investigated the PAC for vast discrepancies between its campaign reports and bank records.

Big Island Prosecutor Won’t Handle TMT Arrests Because Of Son’s Job

Big Island Prosecutor Won’t Handle TMT Arrests Because Of Son’s Job

Mitch Roth, whose son works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has sent the cases to the Hawaii attorney general’s office to avoid a conflict of interest.

Hawaii Challenges Kentucky Law Limiting Abortion Access Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Challenges Kentucky Law Limiting Abortion Access

Doctors are banned from providing second-trimester services for women after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Prosecutors Won’t Charge Guard in Fatal OCCC Shooting Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Prosecutors Won’t Charge Guard in Fatal OCCC Shooting

Maui prosecutors cited Hawaii’s use of force law, which allows deadly force to be used by law enforcement against escaping jail or prison detainees.