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Payday Loan Industry Influenced Academia Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Payday Loan Industry Influenced Academia

Newly released emails cast doubt on the integrity of one academic study in support of payday loans.
Putting The Public Back Into Public Records Civil Beat

Putting The Public Back Into Public Records

The Honolulu Charter Commission is considering several amendments that would make it easier for people to get access to public records.
EPA May Ban Pesticide That’s Frequently Used in Hawaii Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

EPA May Ban Pesticide That’s Frequently Used in Hawaii

More than 3.5 tons of chlorpyrifos were sold in Hawaii in 2014, and trace amounts were found in Waimea Canyon Middle School.
Medi-Pot For Anxiety, Insomnia? Hawaii Lawmakers Looking At More Changes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Medi-Pot For Anxiety, Insomnia? Hawaii Lawmakers Looking At More Changes

It took 15 years to evolve from legalizing medical marijuana to allowing dispensaries, but additional changes could come much quicker.
Most Marijuana Patients Older Than 56 Flickr.com

Most Marijuana Patients Older Than 56

The Hawaii Department of Health has released new data on the patients using medical cannabis.
Public Won’t See Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules Until January Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Won’t See Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules Until January

As Hawaii's Department of Health sets up a dispensary program, it struggles with a backlog of 1,000 applications for medical marijuana cards.
EPA Levies $300K in Fines for Cesspools

EPA Levies $300K in Fines for Cesspools

The EPA also filed a civil complaint against Waimanalo property owner Keith Ward for two cesspools at Serg’s Mexican Kitchen restaurant.
UH to Remove Third Mauna Kea Observatory Courtesy of the University of Hawaii

UH to Remove Third Mauna Kea Observatory

The University of Hawaii has announced a plan to decommission the UKIRT Observatory, previously known as the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope.
City Council Panel Urges State to Fund Repairs for Empty Public Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Council Panel Urges State to Fund Repairs for Empty Public Housing

Resolutions also urged tougher enforcement of the sidewalk-nuisance law, an audit of the Section 8 rental-subsidies and faster roll-out of Housing First.