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Bug Love: Climate Change Could Be Making Hawaii’s Crickets Purr E. Dale Broder

Bug Love: Climate Change Could Be Making Hawaii’s Crickets Purr

The changing mating calls of the Pacific field cricket are just one example of rapid evolution, which is increasing in response to climate change.

Emergency Help For Hawaii’s Mentally Ill Is Often A Revolving Door Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Emergency Help For Hawaii’s Mentally Ill Is Often A Revolving Door

Hundreds of people taken by police to the hospital for psychiatric care go on to repeated hospitalizations or brushes with the law.

Should Psychologists Be Able To Prescribe Drugs? Flicker.com

Should Psychologists Be Able To Prescribe Drugs?

Lawmakers have confronted the question for decades. Proponents say it could boost access to treatment, while opponents warn of opening up patients to subpar care.

Cops and Social Workers Join Forces To Get Homeless Help — And Off The Street Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Cops and Social Workers Join Forces To Get Homeless Help — And Off The Street

But low-level offenders, who were supposed to get services instead of jail time, still aren’t eligible for the new program.

New Twist In Possible Hate Crime Case Gives Family New Hope Contributed by the Salazar family

New Twist In Possible Hate Crime Case Gives Family New Hope

Aaron Salazar’s family has finally gotten the FBI to intervene in a mysterious incident that Amtrak contends was a suicide attempt.

Innovative New Program Plugs Some Holes In Mental Health Care System Getty Images/iStockphoto

Innovative New Program Plugs Some Holes In Mental Health Care System

A new network of providers and social workers is teaming up to get mental health patients the treatment they need.

Hawaii’s Mental Health Care Crisis Getty Images/iStockphoto

Hawaii’s Mental Health Care Crisis

The lack of psychiatrists is a particular problem for people who rely on the state’s public health insurance for low-income residents.

Time Is Literally Running Out For This Historic Kauai Radio Station D. Okayama

Time Is Literally Running Out For This Historic Kauai Radio Station

WWVH has been keeping track of time for the world for the past 70 years.

‘We Don’t Give Up’: Identifying America’s Long-Lost Soldiers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘We Don’t Give Up’: Identifying America’s Long-Lost Soldiers

The POW/MIA forensic lab in Hawaii has more than 1,400 service members who have been missing in action, some for decades.

Suicide Attempt Or Hate Crime? A Family Searches For An Elusive Truth Contributed by the Salazar family

Suicide Attempt Or Hate Crime? A Family Searches For An Elusive Truth

Police say the Kaiser grad leapt out the window of a moving train in an attempted suicide. His Hawaii family says he was targeted for being gay.

Lawsuit: Did ADHD Treatment Lead To A Maui Boy’s Suicide? Flicker.com

Lawsuit: Did ADHD Treatment Lead To A Maui Boy’s Suicide?

UPDATED: Pediatrician’s attorney calls allegations against her ‘completely baseless’

Lava That Destroys On Land Spurs New Life At Sea Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Lava That Destroys On Land Spurs New Life At Sea

A plume of phytoplankton off the coast of Puna was spotted from space. Now scientists take advantage of a unique opportunity to study lava as “fertilizer.”