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Hawaii Energy Office — And Other Programs — May Face The Budget Ax Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Energy Office — And Other Programs — May Face The Budget Ax

Money for several programs will be eliminated from a current House budget bill as lawmakers press the fiscal reset button and ask agencies to justify their funding.

Government Shutdown Won’t Stall Kealoha Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Government Shutdown Won’t Stall Kealoha Trial

A federal judge on Friday said he would guarantee that all attorneys and expert witnesses would be paid for their services.

Labor Board: Police Chief Did Nothing Wrong When She Transferred SHOPO President Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Labor Board: Police Chief Did Nothing Wrong When She Transferred SHOPO President

It was OK for Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard to publicly explain why she felt it necessary to reassign Tenari Ma’afala and other union officials.

Budget Hawk Sylvia Luke: ‘I Try To Know More Than Them’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Budget Hawk Sylvia Luke: ‘I Try To Know More Than Them’

The House Finance Committee chair can be fearsome in budget briefings. She’s also not afraid to dive deep into state money matters, like the $3 billion tucked away in special funds.

Federal Shutdown Claims New Victim: Katherine Kealoha’s Right To A Fair Trial Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Federal Shutdown Claims New Victim: Katherine Kealoha’s Right To A Fair Trial

With her federally funded attorney not getting paid and other expenses on hold, Kealoha wants her trial postponed.

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.