Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Inouye heads to Afghanistan, Ironman gears up, union negotiations drone on

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye will travel to Afghanistan and Pakistan over the next week to assess the volatile situation there as the White House and the nation's top commander in the war-torn theater weigh the need for more troops there.

Ten state buildings are being retrofitted at a cost of $34 million to lower utility costs over the long term, Gov. Linda Lingle announced yesterday.

Gov. Linda Lingle's administration and the Hawaii Government Employees Association have agreed to roughly 18 furlough days this fiscal year and 24 furlough days next fiscal year for state workers, sources close to the negotiations said.

Results of an advisory vote by University of Hawaii faculty members are expected to be announced tomorrow morning.

The state land board is taking a close look at two companies that hold licenses to harvest in the Waiakea Timber Management Area.

Anyone thinking about joining an Ironman triathlete for the final yards of his race this year, might want to reconsider.

Property owners continue grappling both in and out of court over land needed to finish the Mamalahoa Highway Bypass, as the clock ticks into the 22nd month of the 60-month window for completion.

Ala Moana Road in Lahaina was closed for more than six hours Tuesday and people were asked to leave the area in a confrontation that ended when police found a man dead in his vehicle after apparently suffering a self-inflicted wound.

Kaua‘i’s representatives in the state Legislature and others who coordinate efforts and reap rewards from the film industry’s appetite for the Garden Island’s lush greenery are opposed to planned layoffs in the state film office.