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

POWERFUL: Much of Oahu's tropical beauty is marred by a crisscross of aging power polls and powerlines, critics say.

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 […]

July 18th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Belligerent Maui man aboard British Airways flight charged after threatening to blow up plane

British Airways

LOS ANGELES - A 20-year-old man from Kihei, Maui, was charged with one count of interfering with a flight crew, after he threatened to kill flight attendants and passengers on a British Airways flight from London to Los Angeles, Monday. FBI agents from the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Kevin Lee Mosele after […]

July 17th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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

Rep. Rida Cabanilla speaks to the press

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 […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

$204 million Obamacare grant reduces Hawaii's uninsured population just 2.75 percent

Hawaii Health Connector sign ups still under one percent of Hawaii’s population.

HONOLULU — After getting $204 million from a federal grant to establish its own Affordable Care Act exchange, Hawaii's uninsured population has been reduced by less than 3 percent. In its 2014 Health Insurance Coverage Report, WalletHub noted 6.35 percent of Hawaii’s population lacks insurance coverage. Approximately 2.75 percent of the population received health insurance through Obamacare […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Obama Stresses Cooperation in Phone Call with China's Xi

FILE - President Barack Obama, July 10, 2014.

President Barack Obama says he wants U.S.-China relations to be defined by more cooperation and better handling of disagreements. A White House statement says the pledge was made during a phone call Monday between Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The statement said the two leaders also discussed shared regional and global challenges, including Iran's […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Facebook: World Cup Biggest Social Media Event Ever

Germany's Sami Khedira (L) and Philipp Lahm (2nd R) kiss the World Cup trophy as they celebrate at the end of the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, July 13, 2014.

Reuters - SAO PAULO — Brazil's World Cup was the biggest social media event on record involving 350 million Facebook Inc users worldwide, the company claimed on Monday, as it made strides into the so-called “real-time” market dominated by Twitter. People increasingly are using social networking to comment on global events seen on television, like […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Lawmakers Press for Solution to Border Crisis

Women and their children walk on the tarmac after being deported from the U.S., at the Ramon Villeda international airport in San Pedro Sula, July 14, 2014.

Michael Bowman - CAPITOL HILL — Bipartisan support appears to be growing on Capitol Hill to promptly address a growing immigration crisis along the southern U.S. border. Senate lawmakers agree a surge of undocumented underage arrivals must end, but the precise remedy and funding required to achieve it remain a point of contention.Bipartisanship and swift […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US: Return of Honduran Women, Children Sends Message in Border Crisis

Women and their children walk on the tarmac after being deported from the U.S., at the Ramon Villeda international airport in San Pedro Sula, July 14, 2014.

Reuters - WASHINGTON/TEGUCIGALPA —The U.S. government's deportation on Monday of a group of Honduran women and children should be seen by Central America as a message that President Barack Obama is serious when he says illegal migrants will be sent home, the White House said. The charter flight from New Mexico to San Pedro Sula, […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Former Army Solder Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of His 5-Year-Old Daughter

US District Court - Hawaii

WASHINGTON – Army Soldier Naeem Williams, 34, will receive a life sentence for murdering his five-year-old daughter, Talia Williams, after a federal jury in Honolulu, Hawaii, reported June 27, 2014 it was unable to reach a unanimous decision on whether to impose the death penalty. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s […]

July 11th, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

Rise in human trafficking impacts Hawaii

Photo courtesy of The Age Cases

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 […]

July 11th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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