Monday, May 10, 2010

New poll shows Djou in the lead for Congress, public school repair backlog halved, what makes the coqui frog sing, other top Hawaii news


Republican Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou is on his way to Washington to represent Hawaii's 1st Congressional District, according to a new poll of likely voters conducted for Civil Beat.

Satellite city halls and many other city offices would be closed two Fridays a month beginning July 1 under a tentative agreement reached between the Hannemann administration and its two largest employee unions, according to documents obtained by The Advertiser.

Last year's federal economic stimulus law so far has steered about $584 million into Hawaii's economy, paying for transportation projects, unemployment benefits and other expenses the state and its four counties could not otherwise afford.

Office of Elections workers are tying up loose ends and making final preparations for the upcoming congressional special election.

State Rep. Lynn Finnegan entered the lieutenant governor's race with a song: "Watch out Mufi!"

A backlog of repair and maintenance work at Hawai'i's public schools that at one point soared to nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars has been cut by half and stands today at one of its lowest points in the last 10 years.

A man shot by an off-duty FBI agent along scenic Tantalus Drive yesterday afternoon was out on bail after allegedly posing as a police officer at the University of Hawai'i last week

The Big Island could soon serve as a model for the nation when it comes to accuracy and accessibility of patient medical records.

In the heart of coqui country, researchers are trying to figure out what makes the frogs sing.

The first case of the destructive tomato yellow leaf curl virus on the Big Island was recently found in a home garden in Kailua-Kona and confirmed in early April by testing at the University of Hawaii's virology lab in Manoa. 

Sixty-five percent of Maui County voters would favor changing the current system of electing County Council members to one that would create "nine single-member districts," according to a recent poll commissioned by a group supporting the idea.

Waimea residents and an attorney representing a family which has Kaua‘i roots dating to 1898 are involved in a battle to decide whether the family has rights to develop a piece of land sitting on a flood zone close to Waimea River.

The question of whether the county should allow dogs on the shared-use path has carried on for several months, stirring the community, who gave impassioned testimony