Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gubernatorial race too close to call, Hawaii County mayor denies plans to run for lieutenant governor, Obama calling home on congressional race, 500 Honolulu Advertiser employees get layoff notices, Maui County cutting 108 jobs, more


Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi: No plans to run for lieutenant governor, despite $47k contributions

In a head to head battle between Neil Abercrombie and Mufi Hannemann, former congressman Abercrombie has the lead by a margin of 36 to 32 percent.  The margin of error is four percent.

Republicans here and on the Mainland are banking on Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou becoming their first Hawai'i representative to Congress since Pat Saiki nearly two decades ago.

House Republicans call it the "death wish," by which they mean when Democrats take what they like in a Republican bill and make it their own.

President Obama has your number. So do U.S. Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka. Even former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie is planning to call you.

Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona denounced efforts to link him with an evangelical group that has been accused of trying to make Hawaii the first Christian state and supporting efforts to imprison gays in Uganda.

Advocates for the separation of church and state have filed an ethics complaint against Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona

Federal officials said they think a decomposing humpback whale calf that washed ashore Monday night at Po‘ipu may have floated all the way from O‘ahu.

Despite signs of an economic recovery, advocates warn that many Hawai'i families are still teetering close to homelessness — or falling into it — as they run through their savings.

The Maui County Council Budget and Finance Committee on Monday voted unanimously to recommend a budget for 2011 that would cut 108 county jobs and furlough remaining workers, while increasing property tax rates to partially offset lower tax collections.

The University of Hawaii at Hilo's 3-year-old College of Pharmacy has been awarded $16.1 million as one of 15 communities participating in a national pilot project to use information technology to improve health care.

Already battling one pest attacking honeybees, state agricultural officials are now starting an investigation into another: the small hive beetle.

More than 500 Honolulu Advertiser employees got their layoff notices last night. It came one day after HA Management took over daily operations of the Advertiser.

An estimated 1,100 acres burned in Maui brushfire

West Maui resident Jan Ehrenkrook said she looked out her window at about 1 a.m. yesterday and saw a wall of flames from a brush fire coming over a hill.

Kona coffee. We love it and we take pride in it in Hawaii, but did you know there is a chance your Kona Coffee is not Kona coffee after all.

A stretch of Queen Kaahumanu Highway fronting the Kohanaiki Business Park closed Monday afternoon as hazardous materials experts, state Highway Division crews and a private contractor removed about 10 tons of gravel, oil and coolant that spilled from a semi-truck that overturned and burned.