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Original Rail Budget Included Bogus Numbers For Station Designs Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Original Rail Budget Included Bogus Numbers For Station Designs

HART officials say their predecessors made “placeholder” estimates without studying their legitimacy.

Yet Another Speed Bump Ahead For Rail As City Council Reorganizes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Yet Another Speed Bump Ahead For Rail As City Council Reorganizes

A power shift at Honolulu Hale rekindles debate over how to cover the costs of the project as it faces federal scrutiny.

Palace Intrigue: Ernie Martin Tries To Return As City Council Chairman Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Palace Intrigue: Ernie Martin Tries To Return As City Council Chairman

Even as he runs for Congress, the North Shore council member may regain the chairmanship this month.

Rail Agency To Buy Trucks For Power Company — And Save $130M Hawaiian Electric Co.

Rail Agency To Buy Trucks For Power Company — And Save $130M

It’s a rare financial bright spot for the massive Honolulu project, which has struggled to stay on budget.

State May Divert $500,000 A Year To Cover Its Own Rail Project Costs Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

State May Divert $500,000 A Year To Cover Its Own Rail Project Costs

A House bill could take a total of $6.5 million out of rail’s recovery plan, which is already stretched thin.

Honolulu’s Share Of The Bill For Rail Just Got $54 Million Bigger Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Share Of The Bill For Rail Just Got $54 Million Bigger

At a budget preview Friday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell acknowledged the city will have to cover more of the project’s cost.

Auditor: PUC Isn’t Keeping Its Eye On ‘Big-Picture Matters’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Auditor: PUC Isn’t Keeping Its Eye On ‘Big-Picture Matters’

The Public Utilities Commission staff is overloaded and lacks the proper tools and guidance, according to a state report.

Looming Supreme Court Case Could Weaken Hawaii’s Unions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Looming Supreme Court Case Could Weaken Hawaii’s Unions

Many expect the nation’s highest court to make public-sector union dues voluntary, reversing four decades of labor law.

Dodging Oncoming Cars Is A Way Of Life In Crowded Kaimuki Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Dodging Oncoming Cars Is A Way Of Life In Crowded Kaimuki

In many of Honolulu’s older neighborhoods, narrow two-way streets really function as one-lane roads. But there’s little impetus to fix them.

Honolulu Rail May Have To Give Up Nearly $4 Million to Feds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail May Have To Give Up Nearly $4 Million to Feds

HART officials say a review of compensation payments to property owners has turned up possible violations of federal law.

Report: Hawaii’s Emergency Warning Agency Needs An Overhaul Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Hawaii’s Emergency Warning Agency Needs An Overhaul

Hawaii needs to spend millions of dollars to effectively warn the public about looming disasters, including a missile strike, a new report says.

Victims Say $80M Kamehameha Schools Settlement Not Just About Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Victims Say $80M Kamehameha Schools Settlement Not Just About Money

At a Friday press conference, they point to the schools’ commitment to provide a hotline and other support for any additional victims who come forward.