Monday, May 11, 2009

Top Hawaii Headlines: Monday morning edition

Gov. Linda Lingle is asking for your input on the measures that do everything from dictate street planning to make include pathways for bicyclists and pedestrians, banning opihi hunting, changing the expiration date of some licenses, to designating the state insect.

The wife of Republican state Sen. Fred Hemmings has been indicted on charges of theft from a nonprofit organization.

DLNR faces ‘Plan B’ to fix parks, harbors

Hawaii lawmakers couldn't agree on a ban on genetic modification of Hawaiian taro this year.

Recycling paper to cut costs at Hawaii Community Correctional Center apparently led to the "inadvertent release" of confidential information on prisoners.

More than 600 public comments were lodged in response to a city plan to build a 20-mile East Kapolei to Ala Moana train.

A Kailua woman, accused of stealing about a dozen people's personal information to obtain credit cards, is expected to make her first court appearance in the case Monday.

Despite high-profile killings including a recent fire death in Makiki and the shooting of a Kailua attorney, the number of homicides in Honolulu this year is low compared to comparable-sized Mainland cities and on pace to meet the decade's average.

Kapolei resident Brent Buckley said he is glad the federal government is helping to fund a cleanup of former sugar cane land in West Oahu containing toxic chemicals from pesticides.

Maui Memorial Medical Center improvements, bolstering Honoapiilani Highway against erosion, and land acquisition for a Maui Community College campus on Molokai are just some of the projects funded in the budget passed by the state Legislature.

The value of one Hilo parcel has more than quadrupled since it was rezoned by the County Council in 2004, leading one council member to question whether the county should be stricter about making property owners adhere to their stated plans for rezoning.

County crews pushed back sand and removed the tops of dunes along a quarter-mile stretch of South Kihei Road last week as part of an effort to keep sand out of the road.

Hawaii-born astronaut Megan McArthur will have her hands full this week as part of the daring shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

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