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Growing Our Own: Hawaii Still Lacks Enough Local Food Production Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Growing Our Own: Hawaii Still Lacks Enough Local Food Production

Gov. David Ige has a vision for sustainability but progress has been slow.

Court Ruling On Water Heaters Will Help ‘Protect The Climate’ Flickr.com

Court Ruling On Water Heaters Will Help ‘Protect The Climate’

The state has been wrongly approving too many gas hot water heaters in new homes, a judge says.

House Speaker: Really, Judges Are My BFFs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Speaker: Really, Judges Are My BFFs

Scott Saiki says he works well with Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald despite tension over court decisions that sparked a turf fight between the two branches.

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.