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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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Hawaii’s billions in unfunded retirement liabilities part of national trend

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — A new report from State Budget Solutions, a national nonprofit organization focusing on states’ fiscal responsibility, warns it’s time for newly elected state officials in Hawaii and throughout the country to address unfunded liabilities in the retirement system. The share of Hawaii’s $30-billion unfunded liability per resident is $21,852, the seventh highest […]

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Hawaii doctor accused of fraud, elderly and child abuse, under investigation by RICO; He calls allegations against him a ‘litany of lies’

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 in Special Investigation&Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – A well-known doctor who lost his medical license in California in Nov. 2013 for “unprofessional conduct, gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, making false statements on medical records and dishonest-corrupt acts,” related to issuing medical marijuana clearances, is under investigation by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Regulated […]

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FBI Sting Nabs Alleged Honolulu Investment Scammer

Sunday, October 26th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – Curtis Wayne Ross promised the manager of Little Angels he’d invest the charity’s $15 million, generating a 50 percent to 70 percent return within 120 days through a “platform trading program.” Claiming he was an “ambassador” with the United Nations, and the owner of GLC Funding Group, Ross said […]

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Matson to pay $1 million for Honolulu molasses spill under plea agreement

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 in News

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Matson Terminals Inc., the company responsible for spilling 220,000 gallons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor in September 2013, has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor violations of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, court records show. The molasses spill killed 26,000 fish and much of the reef in Honolulu Harbor […]

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No consequences for key politician in Kauai dam breach tragedy

Friday, October 17th, 2014 in Pflueger Files&Special Investigation&Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - KILAUEA, KAUAI – Retired Auto Dealer Jimmy Pflueger was sentenced to 7 months in prison Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. He pleaded “no contest” to a Reckless Endangering charge filed against him by the state attorney in Nov. 2008 after his dam breached on March 14, 2006, killing 7 people. The state […]

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Pflueger sentenced in Kauai dam breach tragedy that killed 7 people

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 in Pflueger Files&Special Investigation&Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - LIHUE, KAUAI –  More than eight years after the Ka Loko Dam breached on Kauai’s North Shore killing 7 people and an unborn child, James Pflueger, the man the state said was responsible for causing the breach, was sentenced to 7 months in prison. Deputy attorney general Vince Kanemoto told Kauai’s […]

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Pflueger sends inflammatory letter to victim of Kauai dam breach

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - KILAUEA, KAUAI – Just hours before Jimmy Pflueger is sentenced on a “Reckless Endangering” felony charge brought against him by the state after his Ka Loko Dam breached on March 14, 2006, killing 7 people, Hawaii Reporter has obtained an inflammatory letter Pflueger wrote last month to one of the victims. […]

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Hawaii students get gift cards to participate in sex education program

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – The University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies gives gift cards to middle school students who participate in a controversial sex education program. The gift cards, valued at between $10 and $20 each, are issued to 11, 12 and 13-year-olds who participate in Pono Choices. About $52,200 of a $5 million […]

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Cachola fined a record $50,000 for City Ethics Violations

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 in News&Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – State House Majority Whip Romy Cachola, a Democrat from Kalihi, has been fined $50,000 by the Honolulu Ethics Commission for alleged ethics violations after settling his case with the panel. Chuck Totto, the commission’s executive director and legal counsel, said this is the largest civil fine approved by the commission. “Public […]

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