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Hawaii Obamacare exchange projected to be financially viable — in 2022

Friday, January 16th, 2015 in Hawaii Politics&Today in Hawaii

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org HONOLULU — Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange, Hawaii Health Connector, has been under fire for being the most costly in the nation, and a new report from the Hawaii Commerce and Consumer Affairs Department shows the Connector won’t be fiscally sustainable until 2022. That’s based on an enrollment of 70,000 to 80,000, said […]

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Hawaii financial advisor who targeted elderly sentenced to federal prison

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 in Business&Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU - Kevin Alan Loux, owner of the Loux Financial Group, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison and 5 years of supervised yesterday despite a tearful plea for mercy to U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway. The 63-year-old licensed independent life insurance and annuity broker, who operated in Hawaii […]

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Former Portlock madam convicted on federal drug charges

Friday, January 9th, 2015 in Special Investigation&Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – The former Porlock madam who said she ran an elite prostitution business for 10 years servicing celebrities, politicians and law enforcement, has been convicted on federal drug charges. A federal jury on Jan. 9 found Malia Elena Arciero guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with […]

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Obama’s Hawaii vacation is over, now it’s time for taxpayers to pay massive tab

Friday, January 9th, 2015 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – President Barack Obama and his family just spent their Christmas and New Year’s holidays in Kailua. Now it’s time for taxpayers to pick up the tab. While the Obamas and friends who accompany them pay for their own private vacation home rentals on or near Kailua Beach, taxpayers foot […]

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FBI: Investment Scams on the Rise in Hawaii

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 in Business&Today in Hawaii

By Malia Zimmerman - HONOLULU – Curtis Wayne Ross was indicted this fall for allegedly defrauding three victims of $186,000, and he was re-indicted after being caught red handed in an FBI sting attempting to scam the Little Angels children's charity out of $15 million. Court records show Ross promised the manager of Little Angels he’d […]

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U.S. should respond aggressively to cyber attack, expert says

Friday, December 19th, 2014 in News

HONOLULU — The attack on Sony Pictures and threats to the movie industry cannot be tolerated, one of the nation’s leading security experts says. Lynn Mattice is president and CEO of the National Economic Security Grid, a non-profit organization focused on educating small and medium sized enterprises on a broad range of threats they face. “If we […]

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University of Hawaii athletics must tackle fiscal woes

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — The University of Hawaii Athletic Department has faced a series of fiscal and staffing troubles in recent months, leading legislators, administrators and regents to debate the future of the state’s only athletic program. With an annual budget of around $30 million, the athletic department has operated in the red for 11 […]

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Man gets 33 months in prison after threatening to decapitate congresswoman

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN- HONOLULU -Threatening to decapitate a congresswoman has landed a former Hawaii resident in federal prison. Aniruddha Sherbow, 44, was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison after threatening to “beat” and “decapitate” U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. The threats began in 2011 when Gabbard was a member of the Honolulu City Council and […]

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Six weeks behind bars for seven lives? Pflueger released from prison months ahead of schedule

Saturday, November 29th, 2014 in Special Investigation&Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – James Pflueger’s Oct. 15 sentencing in Kauai’s 5th circuit court caused a great stir in the islands after he was given just seven months in prison on a reckless endangering charge. Pflueger, 89, had earlier pleaded "no contest" to recklessly causing the deaths of 7 people when his Ka Loko […]

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University of Hawaii won't talk about sex education program

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – Hawaii State Rep. Bob McDermott is slamming the University of Hawaii over its refusal to disclose data collected from middle school students during a controversial sex education program. The Hawaii State Department of Education conducts “Pono Choices,” a sex education program for 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds, in partnership with university researchers […]

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