Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Plenty of aloha for Obama here, candidate deadline today, public funds go to incumbents, fat keiki, angry homeless, teens shot by police, other Hawaii news

President Barack Obama is popular in the District of Colombia and Hawaii, but he's not doing as well in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and West Virginia, according to newly released national poll numbers, according to CNN. Star-Advertiser.

Tuesday is the last day for interested candidates to file for the primary election. Hawaii News Now.

The filing deadline for two newly vacated state Senate seats has been scheduled for July 30. Associated Press.

The state Campaign Spending Commission has been doling out tens of thousands of dollars to Hawaii County Council candidates, and so far, incumbents have received most of it. Tribune-Herald.

Former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie's congressional campaign committee has given $33,000 to the state Democratic Party and about $21,500 to nonprofit groups. Associated Press.

Maybe Mufi Hannemann was just doing his job. Or maybe all the criticism that he is leaving his job as mayor prematurely to run for governor was getting to him.Civil Beat.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann this week held a series of news conferences designed to promote himself before he steps down to run for governor, and to address his critics. KITV.

Research has shown that there are twice as many overweight keiki in Hawaii compared to children on the mainland. KHON2.

The sentencing hearing for the owners of Aloun Farms on forced-labor charges will continue in September because brothers Alec and Mike Sou refused to admit to committing acts to which they had pleaded guilty in January. Star-Advertiser.

A homeless man, apparently angry at the city's eviction of homeless campers at Maili Point, lit his tent and belongings on fire yesterday as police shut down yet another illegal encampment on Oahu. Star-Advertiser.

There are Navy battles online, and we're not talking about video games. Hawaii News Now.

The landowner of a 50-acre parcel in Nanakuli targeted for expansion of the island's only construction and debris landfill is suing the city over the Hannemann administration's plan to use the land for a regional park. Star-Advertiser.

The city unveiled a new software system today, which Mayor Hannemann says will allow city projects to be handled more efficiently, and will improve public safety. KHON2.

Since the ban on drivers using cell phones while behind the wheel went into effect eight weeks ago, 33 Kaua‘i Police Department officers have issued 123 citations, according to KPD Chief Darryl Perry. Garden Island.

The owner of a bottled water company on Kauai says he could go out of business because of legal action taken by Kauai County. Associated Press.

Authorities in the U.S. territory of Guam have turned away a ship after thousands of spiders overflowed from its cargo. Associated Press.

Three teenagers were shot by police, an officer was injured and two people were arrested following reports of gunshots at Punalau Beach, also known as "Windmills," near Honolua Bay early Sunday morning, police said. Maui News.

It was 1 a.m. when it broke its back on a reef off the North Kona coast. West Hawaii Today.

Back by popular demand, its Jon Shirota’s popular play Voices from Okinawa. Hawaii Herald.