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Retired auto dealer's sentencing for dam breach deaths postponed for a fourth time

James Pflueger

Retired auto dealer James Pflueger was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, Sept. 17 for recklessly causing the deaths of 7 people when his Ka Loko dam breached on March 14, 2006. However, the sentencing will be delayed and is now scheduled for Oct. 15 at 8:30 a.m. in Kauai’s Fifth Circuit Court. Pflueger’s attorneys successfully […]

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Local Energy Expansion Would Fuel Tribal Independence

Photo: Emily Metcalf

By Chris Faulkner - The nation's economic woes have hit American Indians hard. Between 2008 and 2013, unemployment for American Indians never once dipped below 10 percent, the highest rates for any group in all the Midwest, Northern Plains, and Southwest. And nearly one in three single-race American Indians live in poverty, according to the […]

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

Hawaii's 'most unusual political candidate' vying to be next congressman

Kawika Crowley

KANEOHE – Kawika Crowley, the Republican running for U.S. House District 2 in November, is quite possibly the state's most interesting politician in 2014. The 60-year-old native Hawaiian smokes cigars and fights for smokers’ rights, his home and campaign headquarters are in his 1995 Plymouth Voyager, and in heavily unionized, blue Hawaii, he’s unabashedly an […]

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

West Trades Accusations Over Hostage Ransoms

West Trades Accusations Over Hostage Ransoms

By Henry Ridgwell- LONDON—As world leaders meet in Paris to try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to […]

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

Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Vietnam Soldiers

President Barack Obama bestows the Medal of Honor on retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.

At a ceremony in the White House Monday, the president gave the nation's highest military honor to retired Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins and deceased Army Specialist Donald Sloat. Congress granted an exception so the two men could receive the medal, because nominations for the honor normally must be made within two years of […]

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

US Launches Program to Apprehend Homegrown Terrorists

The Department of Justice and the White House have launched a program in some U.S. cities to identify and apprehend violent extremists and homegrown terrorists before they strike. The effort brings together community representatives, public safety officials, religious leaders, and federal law enforcement in support of the nation's counter-terrorism effort, according to U.S. Attorney General […]

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

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Starts Long Jail Term for Corruption

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin leaves federal court with his wife Seletha Nagin after being sentenced in New Orleans, July 9, 2014.

By Jeffrey Young - Late August, 2005.  The city of New Orleans is battered, then drowned, by Hurricane Katrina, taking more than 1,800 lives. - In the aftermath of that historic storm, the city’s mayor, Democrat Ray Nagin, 58, became the man who would lead the city’s rebuilding over the next several years. His face […]

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

Hawaii cannabis minister released from federal prison after extended stay

Roger Christie

HONOLULU — Roger Christie, the Big Island minister imprisoned in Honolulu for years for selling marijuana as “sacrament” to his followers, has been released from Hawaii’s Federal Detention Center to a halfway house. The 64-year-old preacher, who claims marijuana is a religious sacrament and openly sold cannabis in Hilo as part of his services at his […]

September 12th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

America's European Allies Wary About Airstrikes in Syria

FILE - Fighters from the Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, north Syria, earlier this year.

By Al Pessin - LONDON—President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday of his strategy for defeating the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria is being supported by Western allies and some Middle Eastern governments. Obama made clear that a key part of his strategy involves what he called a “broad coalition of partners.” That effort […]

September 11th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Obama's IS Strategy Gets Mixed Reaction

VOA News - President Barack Obama's proposed strategy for an expanded U.S. military effort against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria has drawn a mixed reaction from congressional lawmakers. Obama announced his plan late Wednesday in a nationally televised speech and urged Congress to support the mission against the group, which had previously been […]

September 11th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

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