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Schatz named to key post on Senate Appropriations Committee

Sunday, December 14th, 2014 in Hawaii Politics

Washington, D.C. – United States Senate Democratic leadership announced the selection of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) to serve on the key Senate Committee on Appropriations. The appointment is an especially important one.  Prescribed in the U.S. Constitution, the Committee writes the legislation that allocates funds to government departments, agencies and organizations.  The Committee also […]

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Hawaii Resident wins big in McDonald's Monopoly game

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 in Business

HONOLULU – It was Hilo resident Glen M.’s lucky day when he decided to play the 2014 MONOPOLY Game at McDonald’s. After ordering his Egg White Delight McMuffin®, Glen peeled off his third and final game piece to his winning combination of Atlantic Avenue, Ventnor Avenue and Marvin Gardens, that won him a family vacation to […]

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers and Babies

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 in Business

Sonal Gerten, founder of Minnesota-based Tumblewalla and Play Activist, put together her personal holiday gift buying guide for 2014. The Gift List: Indestructibles ($5.95)– this isn’t new for 2014, but one of my all-time classic favorites as it’s water-proof and tear resistant and has bright colors/pictures for babies – babies can eat these (literally)!  It’s a great stocking […]

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Study: Residents enjoy noisy coqui frog

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

BY SYDNEY ROSS SINGER - After years of trying to eradicate coqui frogs from their new home in Hawaii, research has just been published that exposes the myth that coquis destroy the quality of life in these previously frog-free islands. The December, 2014 issue of the journal Biological Conservation has an article entitled, “A social–ecological […]

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FBI: Be aware of cyber criminals this holiday season

Monday, November 24th, 2014 in Business

REPORT FROM THE FBI - The FBI reminds shoppers in advance of the holiday shopping season to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information. Scammers use many techniques to defraud consumers by offering too good to be true deals via phishing e-mails advertising brand name merchandise, […]

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Honolulu Weekly Gas Price Update and Outlook - Nov. 24, 2014

Monday, November 24th, 2014 in Business

HONOLULU- Average retail gasoline prices in Honolulu have not moved  in the past week, averaging $3.82/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 214 gas outlets in Honolulu. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.82/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in […]

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City gets 'F' for rail project

Monday, November 24th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

  BY DEAN CAPELOUTO - It is important that the rail have an "independent inspector - independentinspection" team, that isn't influenced by the receiving of RAIL construction contract revenues..... that is a major "conflict of interest".We asked about this early on, and were promised this would happen (duringone of the town halls).Also the issue on local jobs, […]

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DOT not transparent with the public on projects

Friday, November 21st, 2014 in Guest Commentary

  By Aaron Stene - I’m a concerned citizen, who closely follows county and state highway projects on the Big Island. I believe its important to monitor these new projects, especially since the State and county are using taxpayer dollars to build these new highways. This is why I’ve spent so much of my free time being a community transportation advocate. […]

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Oahu man charged with operating gambling business

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 in Business

REPORT FROM THE US ATTORNEY - HONOLULU – Three Oahu residents made their initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Richard L. Puglisi Nov. 10 after being charged in a criminal complaint with conducting an illegal gambling business from approximately January to the present. Delvin Phuong Pham, age 48, Ken Truong, age 33, and Cam Lam, age 38, […]

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Improved housing protection for Hawaii Medical Marijuana patients becomes law

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

REPORT FROM THE ACLU - HONOLULU - The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawai‘i ("MCCHI") (and allies) welcomes the enactment of Act 60, which, as of Nov. 1, voids provisions in Hawai‘i rental agreements that previously would have allowed eviction of a tenant based on their status as a registered patient with Hawaiiʻs medical marijuana program. Medical […]

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