Monday, June 21, 2010

Akaka Bill again in jeopardy, civil unions on potential veto list, Army makes nice with natives, taxes going up, bus spy-cams tested, more news from all the isles

After a 10-year slog, supporters of the Native Hawaiian federal recognition bill think they have their best chance yet to pass the legislation. Civil Beat.

The Army is trying to improve the often antagonistic and deeply distrustful relationship it has long had with many Native Hawaiians. KITV.

The civil unions bill is likely to be on Governor Linda Lingle's list of potential vetoes when it's released Monday. KHON2.

The emotional nature of civil unions has Gov. Linda Lingle giving herself the full amount of time available by law to make, then explain her decision. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. Linda Lingle returned Saturday from a two-week journey to Asia confronting the same thorny question as when she left - to sign or veto legislation that would allow gay couples to form civil unions. AP.

Maintaining Hawaii Island's agricultural diversity is dependent on residents sharing seeds, and the Hawaii Island Seed Exchange provides the venue for people to do just that. West Hawaii Today.

On his first trip back home, newly elected U.S. Rep. Charles Djou yesterday defended his call for a waiver of the Jones Act to allow foreign-flagged ships to respond to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and his use of taxpayer-funded automated phone calls to connect with Hawaii voters. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu has now had its first experience with the new homeowner category of real property taxation. Garden Island.

All Kauai County rates will increase slightly, but the move will mostly affect households that use more than 35,000 gallons of water a month. Garden Island.

To save an estimated $3.5 million, Maui County will furlough most of its employees for 12 days in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Maui News.

After testing surveillance cameras out last month, the city is now reviewing nine bids on the project. KITV.

As robotics experts from around the world continue to work with submersibles to stanch the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the next generation of experts will be honing their skills right here in Hilo. Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

The isolated peninsula of Kalaupapa could be an evacuation nightmare in the event of natural disaster, but thanks to new evacuation plans and facilities for the settlement, there will soon be less reason to worry. Molokai Dispatch.

A total of 12,867 vehicles were towed during a recent four-month period that ended June 15, according to Honolulu police. Star-Advertiser.

They've taken on all comers and over the last 5 years the Pure Light Canoe Club has won more races than they've lost. Hawaii News Now.

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