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Police Corruption Probe Snags City’s Top Lawyer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Corruption Probe Snags City’s Top Lawyer

Honolulu Corporation Counsel Donna Leong is the latest top city official to be named a target in the ongoing Justice Department investigation.

Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Ozawa-Waters Election Challenge Courtesy of the candidates

Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Ozawa-Waters Election Challenge

UPDATED: The court appears to be focusing on how and when the Honolulu city clerk collected late mail ballots on election night.

Trump’s Border Wall Could Imperil $345M Ala Wai Canal Flood Control Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trump’s Border Wall Could Imperil $345M Ala Wai Canal Flood Control Project

The president is considering declaring a national emergency and taking funds from Army Corps of Engineers projects

Court Rejects LoPresti’s Challenge Of His Loss In Ewa Beach Senate Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Court Rejects LoPresti’s Challenge Of His Loss In Ewa Beach Senate Race

The ruling means Kurt Fevella will be sworn in as the state Senate’s only Republican when the Legislature convenes Jan. 16.

This Long-Expired High-Tech Tax Credit Is Still Costing Hawaii Millions DonkeyHotey/flickr.com

This Long-Expired High-Tech Tax Credit Is Still Costing Hawaii Millions

The state awarded $289.1 million in tax credits in 2016, including $16.3 million for a program that no longer exists.

Filmmaker Settles Lawsuit After Hawaii Grants Him Tax Credits Tim Chey/RiverRain Productions

Filmmaker Settles Lawsuit After Hawaii Grants Him Tax Credits

Tim Chey had charged the state film office discriminated against him because it didn’t like his Christian-themed historical drama.

If You Thought Legislature Would Bury The Hatchet With Ige, Think Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

If You Thought Legislature Would Bury The Hatchet With Ige, Think Again

The House Finance Committee chair questions the trustworthiness and organizational structure of the governor’s administration.

Addicted To Airbnb: Hawaii’s Tourism Economy Depends On Illegal Vacation Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Addicted To Airbnb: Hawaii’s Tourism Economy Depends On Illegal Vacation Rentals

While calls for a crackdown on short-term rentals grow louder, their rapid expansion accounts for a big chunk of the recent growth in the state’s largest industry.

Sylvia Luke Wants To Change The Way The State Spends Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sylvia Luke Wants To Change The Way The State Spends Money

Agencies should have to justify every penny they ask for, says the House Finance Committee chair.