Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New council may change rail, Aiona gets flu shot, Hilo Harbor changes questioned, federal judge to override campaign limits, Pflueger pleads not guilty, more news from the islands

New Council May Bring More Skeptical Eye on Rail. Civil Beat.

Lingle Eyes U.S. Sen. Akaka's Seat. KITV.

A debate led to the creation of the Ironman, a grueling test of fitness, endurance and human spirit. West Hawaii Today.

Some healthy-pregnancy advocates are calling for a re-examination of Hawaii's outreach to expectant mothers after a state Health Department report shows that nearly half of all Hawaii births are unintended, 19 percent of women binge-drink leading up to their pregnancies and 16 percent of island women are obese before they become pregnant. Star-Advertiser.

A federal judge will issue an order overriding the $1,000 limit on contributions to a political action committee from two people challenging the state campaign finance law. Star-Advertiser.


Republican gubernatorial nominee James "Duke" Aiona has been vaccinated against the flu, and he says the media misconstrued his comments that vaccines may not be more beneficial than harmful. Associated Press.

A week after KITV4 News asked Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona why he does not get a flu shot, his campaign on Monday announced the candidate has been vaccinated. KITV.

A television ad for Charles Djou that features a video clip of Colleen Hanabusa saying, "I can tell you right now, in government I don't think there's waste, per se," is drawing criticism that her comment is being taken out of context. Star-Advertiser.

Is voter interest cooling? Hawaii News Now.

James Pflueger has pleaded not guilty to tax fraud charges in U.S. District Court in Honolulu. Associated Press.

If you've ever come back to find your car towed, you know how expensive, time-consuming, and stressful the whole process can be. KHON2.

A one-of-a-kind airplane made its first visit to Honolulu and took 30 Hawaii teachers to a whole new level, as part of the Northrop Grumman Foundation's "Weightless Flights of Discovery" program. KHON2.

Fishermen and thrill-craft operators have raised safety concerns with the state's plans to place an artificial reef at the end of Hilo's breakwater as part of a $57 million harbor-expansion project. Tribune-Herald.

Kamehameha Schools is getting more time to decide whether to reacquire prime undeveloped land owned by the city in Haleiwa where a developer wants a boutique hotel. Star-Advertiser.

County officials Tuesday will provide an update at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center on the county’s efforts regarding the Kilauea Stream clean-up, a county press release states. Garden Island.

Maui High School's share of a five-year, $10 million federal grant will be about $2 million, according to Ron Okamura, McKinley High School's principal and a former district superintendent for the Hana-Lahaina-Lanai school complex in Maui County. Maui News.

Members of the American Association of University Women Kaua‘i Branch, met Sept. 25 at the Lihu‘e Library Community room to address ongoing concerns of equity. Garden Island.

The Navy has awarded a $51.9 million contract to a Hawaii company for a massive, 2-mile long security fence at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, home to the Pacific Trident missile nuclear submarines. Associated Press.

Hawaii County has received a $4 million grant to build a new one-stop transportation facility for its bus system. KITV.