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Senators’ Scrutiny Of Public Safety Chief Will Stretch Into Next Week Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senators’ Scrutiny Of Public Safety Chief Will Stretch Into Next Week

Nolan Espinda faces two more days of committee hearings before his reconfirmation will be considered by the full Senate.

Bill Would Criminalize Driving Under The Influence Of … Almost Anything Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Would Criminalize Driving Under The Influence Of … Almost Anything

Under a measure that has already passed the Senate, legislators are looking to get out in front of new trends in drug-taking.

$3M Settlement After Rock Slide Adds To Taxpayers’ Legal Bill Flickr.com

$3M Settlement After Rock Slide Adds To Taxpayers’ Legal Bill

The tab keeps rising for settlements that the Hawaii Legislature must still approve this session.

Planning For New Stadium Assumes It Would Be Built In Halawa Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Planning For New Stadium Assumes It Would Be Built In Halawa

The current site of Aloha Stadium is the preferred site for construction of a new facility that would include an adjacent business district.

State Ohana Zone Money Is Beginning To Produce Housing, Services Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Ohana Zone Money Is Beginning To Produce Housing, Services

Catholic Charities is getting $7.5 million to develop a 78-unit facility to serve the homeless on the Leeward Coast.

State Withholds Names Of Inmates Transferred After Maui Riot Department of Public Safety

State Withholds Names Of Inmates Transferred After Maui Riot

A total of 37 prisoners were flown to Oahu after their suspected involvement in the disturbance, but five have been returned to Maui.

Lawmakers Looking Closely At Public Safety Director’s Performance Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Looking Closely At Public Safety Director’s Performance

Nolan Espinda’s work record will be the subject of a public hearing, and he’s also expected to meet with Senate Democrats next week.

Maui Riot Just The Latest Sign Of Trouble In State’s Overcrowded Jails Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui Riot Just The Latest Sign Of Trouble In State’s Overcrowded Jails

Pretrial detainees make up a big part of the inmate population. Meanwhile, most proposed reforms appear dead in Legislature.

21 Maui Inmates Transferred to Halawa After Riot Cory Lum/Civil Beat

21 Maui Inmates Transferred to Halawa After Riot

UPDATED: The pretrial detainees were upset about jail overcrowding, according to Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda.

State Deputy Sheriffs Still Aren’t Accredited — 8 Years After the Law Required It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Deputy Sheriffs Still Aren’t Accredited — 8 Years After the Law Required It

All four county departments already have the accreditation, which sets standards regarding use of force, weapons, training and officer conduct.

House Votes To Decriminalize Possessing Small Amounts Of Pot Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Votes To Decriminalize Possessing Small Amounts Of Pot

The measure that now goes to the Senate would apply to having 3 grams of marijuana or less, which still could result in a $200 fine.

Senate Approves Proposed Tax Increase To Help Public Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Approves Proposed Tax Increase To Help Public Schools

The measure increasing the statewide general excise tax by 0.5 percent was one of many bills clearing their first chamber as the session’s midpoint nears.