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Lt. Gov. Green Hires Union Lobbyist As His Chief Of Staff Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Lt. Gov. Green Hires Union Lobbyist As His Chief Of Staff

Brooke Wilson was a lobbyist for the carpenters union, which spent more than $1.1 million to support Green’s candidacy.

State Investigates Big Island Biomass Plant For Discharging Wastewater Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

State Investigates Big Island Biomass Plant For Discharging Wastewater

There is no public health threat from the discharge at the facility, which expects to start generating power by burning wood sometime in December.

Ige Spent $3.2 Million On Re-Election Campaign, New Reports Show

Ige Spent $3.2 Million On Re-Election Campaign, New Reports Show

The incumbent governor, who won in a landslide, spent spent six times as much as his Republican challenger.

School Custodian Gets A New Job As Hawaii’s Only Republican Senator Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

School Custodian Gets A New Job As Hawaii’s Only Republican Senator

Kurt Fevella says he wants to focus on the needs of Ewa Beach. He’ll constitute a one-man GOP caucus in the 25-member Senate.

Two Losing Candidates Ask For Election Recounts Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Two Losing Candidates Ask For Election Recounts

City Council candidate Tommy Waters and state Senate candidate Matt LoPresti both lost their races by razor-thin margins.

Embattled Big Island Dairy Farm Plans To Shut Down Courtesy of Charlie Tebbutt

Embattled Big Island Dairy Farm Plans To Shut Down

A lawsuit filed last year alleged repeated spills and runoff of cattle manure, cattle urine and other waste from Big Island Dairy violated federal laws.

UH Regents Approve New Leadership Organization PF Bentley/Civil Beat

UH Regents Approve New Leadership Organization

The recombining of the University of Hawaii system president with the Manoa chancellor is among other bureaucratic shifts coming to UH.

Honolulu City Council Moves Forward With Higher Bus Fares Noelle Fujii/Civil Beat

Honolulu City Council Moves Forward With Higher Bus Fares

The rates could go up as soon as next year if the measure continues to gain approval.

Bus Fares Will Likely Increase For The Second Year In A Row flickr.com

Bus Fares Will Likely Increase For The Second Year In A Row

Seniors and other adults would see the largest fare jumps, but Handi-Van fares would rise only slightly.

Hawaii’s Voter Turnout Was Almost A Historic Low Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Voter Turnout Was Almost A Historic Low

The 398,398 ballots cast in this general election represented a turnout rate of 52.6 percent — slightly higher than in 2014.

Early Voting Is Way Up Nationwide, But Not In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Early Voting Is Way Up Nationwide, But Not In Hawaii

There’s a lot of drama on the mainland with control of Congress up for grabs. Hawaii’s races hold less suspense.

Report: DOE Has Mostly Fixed Flaws In Its Bus Transportation System Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

Report: DOE Has Mostly Fixed Flaws In Its Bus Transportation System

UPDATED: A 2012 state audit had faulted the department for allowing costs to skyrocket as competitive bidding for contracts ceased.