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No consequences for key politician in Kauai dam breach tragedy

MaryAnn Kusaka

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 […]

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

Hawaii worst for tax burdens, report says

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HONOLULU — Hawaii ranks worst in three major categories in the seventh annual "Rich States, Poor States" report, which tracks states’ economic policies based on 15 policy areas. Hawaii has no sales tax; residents pay a general excise tax for goods and services, including food, medical services and medical prescriptions, and the taxes are imposed at every level. Hawaii […]

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

Pflueger sentenced in Kauai dam breach tragedy that killed 7 people

James Pflueger

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 […]

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

Pflueger sends inflammatory letter to victim of Kauai dam breach

James Pflueger

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. […]

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii students get gift cards to participate in sex education program

NOT THE THREE R’S: McDermott holds up a copy of notes from an 11-year-old student enrolled in the sex education classes in the state’s public schools. (file photo)

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 […]

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Pilot pleads guilty to unlawfully entering secure area of Honolulu Airport

US District Court - Hawaii

HONOLULU – Joshu Osmanski pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to unlawfully entering the secure area of Honolulu International Airport. The former Hawaii resident who now lives in Louisiana was a pilot with Cathay Pacific Airlines until July 2012.  He also was a military veteran and served in the Navy Reserves with honor and […]

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

Roadside animal farm may be casualty of Hawaii government

CAREGIVERS: The Coltons rescued more than 100 animals at their farm in Waimanalo, but they are in jeopardy of losing that property because of a government dispute.

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — A 10-year battle in state court over a 120-acre commercial property in Waimanalo is coming to an end, but an animal farm that’s home to more than 100 abandoned animals and birds may fall as a result. The property, owned by the state Department of Hawaiian Homelands, has been leased […]

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

New director takes over Hawaii’s troubled Obamacare exchange

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

HONOLULU – Hawaii’s troubled Obamacare exchange has a new executive director, and he’ll have a mess to sort out to earn his $150,000 annual salary. Jeffrey Kissel, president and chief executive officer of HawaiiGAS, replaces Hawaii Health Connector Interim Executive Director Tom Matsuda. He will be the third leader of the state insurance exchange in less than […]

October 8th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

VoteVets group backs Takai's congressional run with ad dollars

Rep. K. Mark Takai is promoted to Lt Colonel (photo by Mel Ah Ching)

VoteVets Action Fund, a national veterans advocacy group, will spend $800,000 on an advertising campaign to boost candidates in three races across the country, including that of Hawaii state Rep. Mark Takai. Takai, a progressive Democrat running for Congress, will take on former Congressman Charles Djou, a Republican who served in 2010, in the November […]

October 6th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Report: Hawaii could make $13 million annually from marijuana taxes

LIGHTEN UP: Hawaii lawmakers may consider easing access to medical marijuana.
Photo courtesy of Reason

Hawaii stands to make more than $13 million each year in tax revenue if it were to fully legalize marijuana. That’s the result from a new study by NerdWallet, which determined this number by analyzing the population of pot smokers in Hawaii - those who acknowledge smoking marijuana - and the marijuana market size here. According to the […]

October 6th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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