Thursday, May 28, 2009

Top Hawaii Headlines: Thursday morning edition

State programs to repopulate Hawaiian Waters with fish and create more artificial reefs are on the budget chopping block

Lawmakers are expecting that the state Council on Revenues will forecast today an additional $90 million drop in state revenues.

Visitor arrivals last month dipped a modest 1.3 percent from April 2008, a major improvement over the double-digit declines that have dominated the past 12 months.

State union leaders say Gov. Linda Lingle has switched from calling for furloughs to demanding that state workers take pay cuts.

Army pilots whose unit is preparing for deployment to Iraq died yesterday after their helicopter crashed during a training flight at Wheeler Army Airfield, officials said.

Beset with costly contracts and the appearance of conflicts of interest, Mayor Billy Kenoi vowed Tuesday to strengthen the county ethics code to prevent more of the same during his administration.

The first of many applications under the new bed-and-breakfast ordinance had an easy time winning approval at the Maui Planning Commission Tuesday.

Putting a “fascinating” budget process behind them, the Kaua‘i County Council on Wednesday approved a $213 million budget in the form of two bills, which will be sent today to Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. for his approval.

Two school-age children became the first Big Island residents to be diagnosed with swine flu, the state Department of Health said Tuesday.

If the Board of Regents approves a proposal to offer a second bachelor's degree at Maui Community College, it will likely mean a name change for the Kahului campus to the University of Hawaii-Maui, UH President David McClain said in a memo to the regents.