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Judge Allows Early Testimony From Grandmother In Kealoha Case Submitted

Judge Allows Early Testimony From Grandmother In Kealoha Case

Florence Puana, 99, will be deposed in case she is unable to testify during the corruption trial of Katherine and Louis Kealoha.

Hawaii Legislative Committee Kills Flavored E-Cigarette Ban Flickr.com

Hawaii Legislative Committee Kills Flavored E-Cigarette Ban

The committee passed another bill that would raise fines for underage possession of e-cigarettes and raise taxes on e-cigarettes and e-liquids.

Vatican Upholds Sex Abuse Conviction Against Guam Archbishop AP

Vatican Upholds Sex Abuse Conviction Against Guam Archbishop

But Anthony Apuron remains a priest, and some victims and their advocates called his ouster as archbishop inadequate punishment.

Micronesia Official Pleads Guilty To Bribery In Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Micronesia Official Pleads Guilty To Bribery In Hawaii

Authorities said he accepted a bribe from a Honolulu company in exchange for $7.8 million in government contracts.

Legislature Approves $60M In Volcano Disaster Relief Contributed by: Kent Andersen

Legislature Approves $60M In Volcano Disaster Relief

It includes $20 million in grants and $40 million in loans that the federal money is expected to cover.

Hawaii Considers Flavored E-Cigarette Ban To Curb Teen Vaping AP

Hawaii Considers Flavored E-Cigarette Ban To Curb Teen Vaping

Students testified to legislators that their classmates were vaping in bathrooms and isolated corners of campuses.

After City Offered Help, Kealoha Says He Wants To Stick With His Federal Lawyer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

After City Offered Help, Kealoha Says He Wants To Stick With His Federal Lawyer

Details must still be worked out regarding whether Honolulu or the federal government will cover the former police chief’s legal costs.

Legislative Committees Reject Plastics Ban Proposals AP

Legislative Committees Reject Plastics Ban Proposals

Hawaii would have been the first to impose the prohibitions at a statewide level.

Hawaii Weighs First-In-Nation Plastic Bans At Restaurants AP

Hawaii Weighs First-In-Nation Plastic Bans At Restaurants

Dozens of cities have banned plastic foam containers, but the Legislature is considering bills for a statewide ban.

Supreme Court Rejects B&B Owner Who Denied Room To Gay Couple AP

Supreme Court Rejects B&B Owner Who Denied Room To Gay Couple

The federal high court declined to hear the appeal of a Hawaii operator of a B&B who was found to have discriminated.

Judge Approves $1.3 Million Sale of Kealohas’ Hawaii Kai Home AP

Judge Approves $1.3 Million Sale of Kealohas’ Hawaii Kai Home

Meanwhile, the second scheduled trial on bank fraud charges against the couple was pushed back to October. The first trial in the corruption scandal was earlier pushed back to May.

Immigrant Sanctuary Bill Dies In Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Immigrant Sanctuary Bill Dies In Hawaii Legislature

A bill that passed in the Senate stalled in a House committee whose chairman said decisions about sanctuary status should be up to the counties.