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HART Poised To Approve $1.4 Million To Combat Bird Droppings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Poised To Approve $1.4 Million To Combat Bird Droppings

Rail officials say so many pigeons and other birds are nesting inside the transit line’s cavernous concrete guideway that it’s become a health hazard to workers.

Report: Witnesses Saw Helicopter Break Apart In Mid-Air Before Kailua Crash AP

Report: Witnesses Saw Helicopter Break Apart In Mid-Air Before Kailua Crash

A preliminary federal report provides key details about the crash as investigators continue to examine the wreckage.

Final State Audit On Rail Finds Overpayments To Contractors, Billing Issues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Final State Audit On Rail Finds Overpayments To Contractors, Billing Issues

UPDATED: The audit relied on a small sample of invoices so it’s not clear whether those billing problems within HART extend to other rail contracts, the state auditor said.

Final State Audit On Rail Expected To Be Released Friday Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Final State Audit On Rail Expected To Be Released Friday

The rail board got a preview Thursday of the issues that the state auditor’s final is expected to cover.

Case Called Out Risk Of Low-Flying Tour Helicopters Weeks Before Crash AP

Case Called Out Risk Of Low-Flying Tour Helicopters Weeks Before Crash

Some Hawaii legislators want a halt to the commercial helicopter flights until an investigation into Monday’s Kailua crash is completed.

LAT Investigation: Helicopter Model That Crashed In Kailua Has A Spotty Safety Record Cory Lum/Civil Beat

LAT Investigation: Helicopter Model That Crashed In Kailua Has A Spotty Safety Record

A investigation last year found the Robinson R44 to have the highest rate of fatal accidents per 100,000 flight hours.

Ala Wai Canal: Flood Control Project Will Do Little To Clean Up the Polluted Waterway Macel Honore/Civil Beat

Ala Wai Canal: Flood Control Project Will Do Little To Clean Up the Polluted Waterway

Federal engineers could ease the impacts of its plan if it also worked to restore the local ecology, conservationists say. The agency says its hands are tied.

Saiki: ‘End Is Near’ For Company’s Hold On Kakaako Streets After $250K Fine Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Saiki: ‘End Is Near’ For Company’s Hold On Kakaako Streets After $250K Fine

A business that has long profited from parking fees it charges on roads that it doesn’t maintain faces several legal challenges.

Ige Assures Caldwell Of Ala Wai Flood Control Financing Plan Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Assures Caldwell Of Ala Wai Flood Control Financing Plan

The latest letter in the saga over canal flood control informs city leaders that at least some dollars have been committed to the project.

A ‘Vicious’ Battle Over The Future Of Koko Crater Stables Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

A ‘Vicious’ Battle Over The Future Of Koko Crater Stables

Two sides are feuding over what type of riders the nearly 60-year-old stables should serve — and whether the city is awarding the contract fairly.

Honolulu Rail’s Final Federal Money Not Expected Until Next Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail’s Final Federal Money Not Expected Until Next Year

UPDATED: The Federal Transit Administration has withheld $744 million from the project since 2015.

Feds Still Aren’t Releasing $744 Million For Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Still Aren’t Releasing $744 Million For Honolulu Rail

Rail officials had hoped to finally get their long-stalled recovery plan approved by this month. Now, they hope to get “provisional’ approval in late May or early June.