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Anita Hofschneider

Legislative Leaders Appoint Four People To Honolulu Rail Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislative Leaders Appoint Four People To Honolulu Rail Board

The state budget director and others are tasked with bringing more accountability to the project, even though they’re nonvoting members.

Hawaii Nonprofit Seeks A Statewide Effort To Fight Hunger Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Nonprofit Seeks A Statewide Effort To Fight Hunger

One in five children in the islands deals with hunger, according to a recent report.

Judge Rejects Navy Request To Dismiss Environmental Lawsuit Dan Lin/Civil Beat

Judge Rejects Navy Request To Dismiss Environmental Lawsuit

Environmental groups say the Navy didn’t fully consider the environmental impact of establishing destructive training ranges on Pagan and Tinian islands.

Honolulu City Clerk Wants Big Increase In Price Of Voter Data Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu City Clerk Wants Big Increase In Price Of Voter Data

A new measure would also dramatically raise the price for certifying documents and providing proof of voter registration.

Guam’s Day Of Reckoning After Decades Of Sex Abuse Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Guam’s Day Of Reckoning After Decades Of Sex Abuse

More than 100 people are suing the Catholic Archdiocese on this Pacific island, where for centuries the church has been intertwined with local culture.

Lawsuit: Hawaii Fails To Ensure Safety Of Underground Tanks PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Lawsuit: Hawaii Fails To Ensure Safety Of Underground Tanks

A Sierra Club lawsuit says 38 privately owned tanks need to be upgraded.

Navy Seeks Input On Undersea Sonar And Explosives In The Marianas Courtesy of Department of Defense

Navy Seeks Input On Undersea Sonar And Explosives In The Marianas

Plans to intensify bombing and extend undersea training and testing could harm whales and dolphins, environmentalists fear.

Dispensaries Closer To Opening As State Certifies First Cannabis-Testing Lab Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Dispensaries Closer To Opening As State Certifies First Cannabis-Testing Lab

A Honolulu laboratory can begin testing the products that will be sold to medical marijuana patients.

HART Board Chooses A New Executive Director Courtesy of HART

HART Board Chooses A New Executive Director

Andrew Robbins will take over as the city and state struggle to fully fund the 20-mile project, which has an estimated $3 billion shortfall.

Audit Bashes Honolulu’s Rent Subsidy Program For Not Collecting Debts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit Bashes Honolulu’s Rent Subsidy Program For Not Collecting Debts

The Section 8 program, which administers federal money, isn’t doing enough to prevent fraud and recruit landlords, a city audit found.

Industry Cancels Celebration Of Ban On Sprinkler Requirements

Industry Cancels Celebration Of Ban On Sprinkler Requirements

The Legislature recently extended its prohibition on counties requiring sprinklers in single-family homes and duplexes.

Caldwell Supports Adding Sprinklers To Older High-Rises In Wake Of Fire Brenton Awa/KITV

Caldwell Supports Adding Sprinklers To Older High-Rises In Wake Of Fire

Previous efforts to require high-rises to have fire sprinklers have failed, in part due to the cost of installing them.