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Absentee ballot fraud incident has Kauai police, elections officials on alert

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - KAUAI — Kauai resident Brent Woods ordered an absentee ballot for Hawaii’s Aug. 9 primary election, but never received the ballot. So when he got a call from the Kauai County Clerk's office telling him they couldn't process his ballot because he returned it filled out, but unsigned, he was surprised. Woods […]

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Hawaii's dominant shipping carrier to pay $9 million to settle federal whistleblower case

Friday, July 25th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Matson Navigation Co. Inc.,  Hawaii’s largest cargo container shipping company, will pay $9.95 million as part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and Illinois freight consultant Mario Rizzo. Matson allegedly billed the government for ocean transport fuel charges when rail was used for some portions. The […]

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Quarter of Hawaii's population now on Medicaid

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — New statistics released by the state Department of Human Services show about a quarter of Hawaii’s population relies on Medicaid. Of Hawaii’s 1.3 million people, some 320,000 qualify for the government health-care program. According to the state Department of Human Services, the number of people on federal health-care subsidies in […]

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Hawaii's highest-in-the-nation energy costs stay intact by politics, monopoly

Friday, July 18th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — If residents of Hawaii are going to have affordable electricity, the state needs to break up Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc., the parent of the Hawaiian Electric Co., a former lawmaker contends. A study of electric rates produced by WalletHub, Most & Least Energy Expensive States, puts the unit price of electricity in […]

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Aloha! Hawaii legislator wants taxpayers to fund airline tickets for homeless

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – Homeless from Hawaii, Micronesia, American Samoa, Thailand and the U.S. mainland are finding nooks in parks, on beaches, aside drainage ditches, in front of small businesses, and even along the Honolulu freeways where in record numbers, they are building their own communities. While politicians debate various laws and solutions […]

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Rise in human trafficking impacts Hawaii

Friday, July 11th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Americans celebrated independence, liberty and freedom on Fourth of July, but a new report from the U.S. State Department shows there are plenty of people in this country who aren't free. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Tuesday on how forced labor and modern-day slavery is being […]

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Unfunded liabilities leave HI taxpayers 'drowning in debt,' fiscal watchdog says

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s administration is touting fiscal prudence, announcing the state deposited $100 million to the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund in late June. That was to “prefund” the cost of the state's unfunded liabilities, including health insurance premiums and life insurance for state retirees. However, Sheila Weinberg, founder […]

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Experts fear Hawaii's new voter registration law heightens fraud risk

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Hawaii has the lowest voter turnout in the nation, with just 44 percent of eligible Hawaii voters taking part in the 2012 election. Lawmakers hope a new law signed by Democrat Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Monday changes that. Experts, however, fear the voter registration law heightens the risk for voter fraud. The law […]

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Obama administration hearings in Hawaii incite racial disputes

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU - A proposal by the Obama administration to create a new relationship with ethnic Hawaiians backfired on the administration Monday as native Hawaiians rallied in force against the proposal to reestablish a “government-to-government relationship” between the United States and the Native Hawaiian community. The U.S. Department of Interior, here in […]

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Veterans Affairs audit exposes Hawaii's 'infuritating' wait list

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 in News

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Veterans seeking care at the VA Medical Center here in Hawaii wait an average of 145 days. Maybe more striking, some 64,000 veterans enrolled in the system for at least 10 years have yet to see a doctor, says a Department of Veterans Affairs audit released Monday Even before the audit, said Willes […]

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