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GAO to investigate Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange

Obamacare exchange computer

HONOLULU – The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday it will investigate Hawaii Health Connector’s spending of its $204 million federal grant. Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom filed a complaint March 27, asking for the investigation. He was the only one of 76 legislators to vote against the establishment of the state Obamacare exchange. Slom pointed out Hawaii […]

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

Pflueger's company pays $350,000 fine for 7 counts of manslaughter under controversial plea deal

James Pflueger

HONOLULU - Court documents released Wednesday by the state attorney general’s office show a company owned by retired auto dealer James Pflueger has paid $350,000 to the state of Hawaii. The money was part of a controversial plea deal that let’s Pflueger’s company, Pacific 808 Properties LP, and not Pflueger himself, take responsibility for 7 […]

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

Honolulu Cold Case: Daughter seeks public's help to find her father's killers

Angela Whitworth and her father, David Walden

HONOLULU- It has been 20 years since David Walden was murdered on a Honolulu dock at Pier 24 as he waited for a shipment to arrive from Maui. Witnesses reported two motorcycle riders approached Walden and shot him in broad daylight on Saturday, April 16, 1994, but the killers wore helmets and long-sleeved clothing and […]

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

Oahu Farm Fined $460,000 After U.S. Department of Labor Investigators Document "Deplorable" Conditions, Back Wages Owed

FAT LAW BASIL FARM

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – Fat Law Farm, which distributes herbs and vegetables to Safeway, D. Otani Produce and a number of other stores locally, and is exports 80 percent of Hawaiian-grown basil to the U.S. mainland and Canada, has been fined nearly a half a million dollars by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage […]

April 15th, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Obama Warns Russia on Ukraine

Pro-Russian men storm a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka, April 14, 2014.

Reuters - U.S. President Barack Obama criticised Russia in a telephone call with President Vladimir Putin on Monday, saying its actions were not conducive to a diplomatic solution. "The president emphasized that all irregular forces in the country need to lay down their arms, and he urged President Putin to use his influence with these […]

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

Man to Face Hate Crimes Charges in Kansas Shooting

In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kansas.

Local and federal prosecutors are working on charges for the man arrested in connection with the shooting spree that killed three people Sunday in the midwestern U.S. state of Kansas. Officials are expected to give more information about the charges Tuesday, and have said the killings outside a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement […]

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

Native American Group asks OAS to Help With Land Claim

FILE - Jake Edwards, of the Onondaga Council of Chiefs, stands outside the federal courthouse in Albany, N.Y., Oct. 11, 2007, after arguments were heard in the Onondaga Indian Nation's land claim case against New York state.

A Native American group says it is asking the Organization of American States to charge the United States with human rights violations. Leaders of the Onondaga Indian Nation met Tuesday in Washington to petition the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, saying U.S. courts have violated the group's rights by refusing to hear its claim to […]

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

Robotic Sub Set to Dive Again in Search for Missing Plane

Crew aboard the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield move the U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle into position for deployment in the southern Indian Ocean to look for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, April 14, 2014.

A robotic submarine is set to resume its search for the missing Malaysian jet in the Indian Ocean one day after aborting its first mission. The unmanned Bluefin-21 submarine was deployed on Monday night to start what was suppose to be a 16-hour search of the seabed for the Malaysia Airlines MH370. But the mission […]

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

Hawaii Ranks at Top of List for Least Tax Friendly States

Honolulu (courtesy of Watchdog.org)

The news site Kiplinger has released its list of top 10 least tax friendly places in the United States. Hawaii came in at number 5, just behind California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. Hawaii was ranked poorly, according to the report, because the state income tax is among the highest in the nation at […]

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

Law would give Hawaii government unprecedented emergency powers

Hurricane Iniki

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor and four county mayors may be granted unprecedented emergency powers during a crisis, such as a natural disaster like the 1992 Hurricane Iniki that hit Kauai and Oahu or a terrorist attack. The bill, HB 849, is designed to bring Hawaii’s emergency management plan to federal standards. It renames the state civil […]

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

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