Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Top Hawaii Headlines: Tuesday morning edition

Swine flu appears to have reached Hawai'i, with three probable cases: a married military couple and an unrelated school-age child.

Gov. Linda Lingle, trying to tap into populist anger over higher taxes, yesterday invited the public to join her at the state Capitol on Thursday afternoon when she plans to veto bills that would raise taxes.

Lingle called bills to raise the hotel room tax and increase state income taxes for high income earners, SB 1111 and HB 1747, "seriously detrimental to our economic health."

Karen's Law: The daughter of a woman who was allegedly strangled by a teenager is frustrated that a bill to make it easier to try juveniles as adults when charged with first-degree murder has not been approved.

A 1997 graduate of Konawaena High School will serve as a ground segment lead in Tuesday's launch of a NASA microsatellite to study space's affect on cells in long-duration space travel.

In a tight budget year, fair elections funds are proving fair game for a government raid, a move that could delay public financing of Hawaii County Council elections.

More than 15,000 students at Kapiolani Community College face an identity theft risk because of an Internet security breach, school officials said.

The Kaua‘i Marriott and the Kaua‘i Invasive Species Committee teamed up last week to remove the island’s only known pampas grass population located at the Kaua‘i Lagoons Golf Club.