Thursday, September 9, 2010

Abercrombie catches up in money race, Lihue Airport in trouble, coffee beetle serious, judge says Lingle was right on furloughs, human trafficker bail set at $1M, lots more news

One of the worst parasites to prey upon coffee crops has been discovered on the Big Island. Hawaii News Now.

A beetle known asthe coffee berry borer that threatens the health of Hawaii’s coffee industry has been found on several farms in Kona on the Big Island. KHON2.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie has raised twice as much money as rival Mufi Hannemann over the last two months. Garden Island.

Former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie raised more than double the campaign contributions of former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann over the past two months, a late surge that shows momentum for Abercrombie in the Democratic primary for governor. Star-Advertiser.

The latest Hawaii campaign spending reports due Wednesday show former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D) had a surge in contributions in the period of July 1 through Sept. 3 -- for the first time beating his well-heeled opponent Mufi Hannemann (D) in fundraising. KITV.

Democratic candidate Neil Abercrombie raised more than twice as much money as his primary opponent Mufi Hanneman from July 1 to Sept. 3, according to campaign finance reports published late Wednesday. Civil Beat.

The 6K club, part one. Honolulu Weekly.

Republican Charles Djou and Democrat Colleen Hanabusa have been busily mining the pocketbooks of politically interested individuals and interest groups in anticipation of their Nov. 2 general election showdown, according to federal records reviewed Wednesday. Associated Press.

Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell edged former Honolulu Prosecutor Peter Carlisle in fundraising over the past two months, but Carlisle has a sizable lead in cash on hand left for the stretch in the race for mayor. Star-Advertiser.

Hot topics for candidates running for a seat in the House of Representatives. Big Island Weekly.

A federal judge set bail at $1 million Wednesday for the CEO of a labor recruiting company accused of exploiting 400 workers from Thailand and forcing them to work on U.S. farms. Associated Press.

KITV 4 News has learned federal immigration officials want to detain the man at the center of the largest human trafficking case in U.S. history, which could keep him behind bars even though a federal magistrate in Honolulu ruled Wednesday he could be freed on $1 million bail. KITV.

The Hawaii Supreme Court today ruled in favor of Governor Linda Lingle in her appeal of HGEA v. Lingle, a case that stopped her from implementing a furlough plan. Hawaii Reporter.

A state judge should not have blocked Gov. Linda Lingle's unilateral plan to impose furloughs on state workers last year, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled yesterday. Star-Advertiser.

A big jump in hotel tax collections is helping get the 2011 fiscal year off to a good start. KHON2.

There are signs in Oahu's housing market that the pendulum is beginning to swing back in favor of sellers. Star-Advertiser.

Dozens of West Hawaii residents Tuesday voiced concerns over a new management strategy proposed by the state for Kealakekua Bay. West Hawaii Today.

The former Kulani prison could become a training base for a 150-soldier company to learn how to detect roadside bombs, perform emergency aerial evacuations and make forced entries into buildings. Tribune-Herald.

Mayor Billy Kenoi has reached into a related department to fill the vacancy created by the resignation earlier this summer of Environmental Management Director Lono Tyson. West Hawaii Today.

Maui County's official website has been named one of the Best of the Web. KITV.

Hearing passionate pleas for Upcountry water meters, the Maui County Council Water Resources Committee expressed support for an outright purchase of a privately developed well in Makawao that could cost about $8 million. Maui News.

Management problems persist at Lihu‘e Airport despite ‘coaching’ Garden Island.

Some say it’s the end of free trash pick-up.Garden Island.

A Lahaina voter is challenging Maui County Council Chairman Danny Mateo’s re-election bid, arguing another full term would exceed the five-term limit. Molokai Dispatch.

Hamakua land EIS completed though sale is off. West Hawaii Today.