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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 »

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 »

City took four years to repair Hawaii Kai restrooms, but facility will open April 19

Canoe paddlers cross Maunalua Bay at Sunset

HONOLULU - How many years does it take to repair a public restroom? At least one case – at Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai - it took the City & County of Honolulu about four years to repair the public restroom facilities. In 2010, the city boarded up restrooms at Maunalua Bay, one of the […]

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

Pflueger's Sentencing for Ka Loko Dam Deaths Delayed Again

James Pflueger

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – The Ka Loko Dam breached eight years ago on March 14, 2006, killing 7 people and an unborn child when 370 million gallons of water and the debris it carried crashed into the community below. Aurora Solveig Fehring, her husband Alan Gareth Dingwall, and their 2-year-old son, Rowan Grey […]

April 10th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

William Bradford Bishop, Jr., wanted by FBI for multiple murders with a blunt instrument

Aliases: Brad Bishop, Bradford Bishop, Bradford Bishop, Jr., W. Bradford Bishop, W. Bradford Bishop, Jr.,
William Bradford Bishop, William Bradford Bishopp

The FBI is seeking the public's help in finding William Bradford Bishop, Jr., who is wanted for allegedly bludgeoning to death his wife (age 37), mother (age 68), and three sons (ages 5, 10 and 14) in Bethesda, Maryland, on March 1, 1976. He then allegedly transported their bodies to Columbia, North Carolina, where he […]

April 10th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii gets better marks for new online transparency system

money

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Hawaii state government no longer is failing when it comes to spending transparency. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund’s new report “Following the Money 2014: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data” gives Hawaii a “C” this year. The government watchdog group called this […]

April 9th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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