Thursday, July 16, 2009

Veto override, Sunshine Law top Thursday news

A late push by the airline industry helped persuade the state Senate yesterday not to override a veto of a bill that would have raised the barrel tax on petroleum products by $1 to help pay for food and energy security programs and Gov. Linda Lingle's clean energy initiative.

A major environmental and energy conservation bill died yesterday when the state Legislature failed to override Gov. Linda Lingle's veto of the measure.

Hawai'i's eight-year effort to build a technology industry via massive income tax credits for investors has come to an end.

Maui Memorial Medical Center officials have been given the authority to negotiate a public-private partnership after Gov. Linda Lingle allowed a bill paving the way for the action to become law without her signature on Wednesday.

The number of Hawaii households facing foreclosure rose nearly 427 percent in June compared with the same month last year — its second worst rate in a year.

Energized by the public outrage over a recent County Council reorganization, a group is forming to explore the creation of a West Hawaii County.

The Hawaii County Council reacted to a lawsuit filed by West Hawaii Today by calling off committee hearings scheduled for Tuesday in Kailua-Kona.

As tropical storm Carlos continues on its weakening trend about 1,800 miles southeast of the Hawaiian Islands, forecasters say it likely will not impact the 50th state.

Peeling paint and water leaks are damaging Keaukaha gymnasium, prompting Hawaii County to sue the two companies that designed and built the 6-year-old, $4.3 million Hilo facility.