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Courtney Teague

How the Legislature’s ‘Big Five’ Crafted A Deal To Rescue Honolulu Rail Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

How the Legislature’s ‘Big Five’ Crafted A Deal To Rescue Honolulu Rail

Legislative leaders said efforts by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to derail the plan actually helped unite them.

Tax Increase To Rescue Honolulu Rail Project Heads To A Final Vote Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Tax Increase To Rescue Honolulu Rail Project Heads To A Final Vote

UPDATED: The $2.4 billion measure now moves to the full House, where a final vote is expected Friday.

$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle

UPDATED: The proposal to raise hotel taxes and extend the GET next faces another vote by the full Senate on Wednesday, then likely House consideration.

Honolulu Mayor Urges Lawmakers To Put More Money In Rail Bailout Bill Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor Urges Lawmakers To Put More Money In Rail Bailout Bill

Hours before the special session begins, the mayor called for renegotiation of the proposed tax increases so “we don’t have to come back again.”

Lawmakers Strike Deal To Increase Hotel Tax, GET To Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Strike Deal To Increase Hotel Tax, GET To Pay For Rail

State lawmakers also want to require an audit of the struggling rail project. Senate Ways and Means will hear the measure Monday.

Honolulu Council Sends Sprinkler Retrofit Bill To Advisory Panel Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Council Sends Sprinkler Retrofit Bill To Advisory Panel

A new committee will study which high rises are at greatest risk, fire safety technology and financial incentives for condo owners.

The Trouble With Trash For Local Volunteers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Trouble With Trash For Local Volunteers

The city has one disposal location for nonprofits throwing out trash from cleanups of public areas, but nonprofits say it’s too far too drive.

Muslim Worker Sues Hawaiian Telcom For Discrimination Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Muslim Worker Sues Hawaiian Telcom For Discrimination

A former employee says he was called the “Mad Iranian” and subjected to other anti-Muslim taunts.

Audit: Some Honolulu Garbage Workers Take Excessive Sick Leave, OT Department of Environmental Services

Audit: Some Honolulu Garbage Workers Take Excessive Sick Leave, OT

The Department of Environmental Services lacks the resources to ensure residents follow the rules, a city audit found.

Hawaii Pot Shops To Reopen This Week Dank Depot via Flickr

Hawaii Pot Shops To Reopen This Week

Hawaii dispensaries are frustrated that the health department hasn’t been more open with the certification status of marijuana testing labs.

As Some Oahu Cemeteries Run Out Of Space, City OKs Expansion Courtney Teague/Civil Beat

As Some Oahu Cemeteries Run Out Of Space, City OKs Expansion

UPDATED 8/10/2017: Honolulu Council members vote to allow Kaneohe’s Hawaiian Memorial Park to grow by 28 acres.

Who Will Step Up To Save The ‘Stairway To Heaven’? Flickr

Who Will Step Up To Save The ‘Stairway To Heaven’?

So far no agency is willing to take on responsibility for the Haiku Stairs, a legendary hiking destination, from the Board of Water Supply.