Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hawaii joblessness as high as 9%, state House leadership turmoil, Kauai council shows openness, welfare recipients spend on mainland, lawmakers look to marijuana harvests, Hawaii Five-0 harkens back, Colt Brennan update, more island news

The caretaker of Hanauma Bay shares some of his secrets. KITV4.

After more than a decade on the job, House Speaker Calvin Say can't muster the votes to stay in power. Civil Beat.

Citizen groups seeking transparency in government are sending letters to each of Hawaii’s legislators that urge them to make the Capitol more accessible. Associated Press.

The newly elected members of the Kaua‘i County Council met in public Monday for an organizational meeting to discuss committee assignments and other key appointments. Garden Island.

A KITV4 News investigation found Hawaii welfare recipients are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a month on the mainland, even though they're Hawaii residents, and it's allowed by law. KITV4.

Hawaii's unemployment rate held steady at 6.4 percent in October for the fourth straight month as the uneven nature of the state's economic recovery kept a lid on any significant job growth. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's unemployment rate is still 6.4%, but there are still wide differences from island to island, and a much higher rate of workers who can't get all the hours they want. Hawaii News Now.

Lockheed Martin Corp. says it has received $4.4 million in federal grants to help it commercialize technology producing energy by exploiting ocean temperature differences. Associated Press.

Top state lawmakers are looking for ways to make more medical marijuana available, especially to people in urban areas who can't grow their own. KITV4.

What can the public really expect from the Abercrombie administration during the upcoming 2011 legislative session? Hawaii Independent.

As Hawaii prepares to usher in a new administration, one has to look back on those promises made in the heat of the campaign and during numerous debates voters had to endure and wonder if they can be delivered. West Hawaii Today.

Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie is correct that the rail project is primarily a city and Federal Transit Administration responsibility. However, he is wrong in declaring that it is not his responsibility “to weigh in on the finances” since rail has the potential to significantly impact the state’s finances. Hawaii Reporter.

A security summit held annually in Honolulu is in it's eighth year, but this time around, there's a hot topic at the convention. KHON2.

A shooter fires a weapon. In the flash of an eye a computer detects and fingerprints the gun and reports back to a machine called a Hostile Fire Detection System. Hawaii News Now.

The Transportation Security Administration said Honolulu travelers should not expect major turbulence in their travel plans, despite a planned protest over security measures at Honolulu Airport. Star-Advertiser.

More than a dozen people testified yesterday against changes limiting eligibility for state mental health services — changes that some critics say contributed to a 36 percent rise in deaths among mental patients in 2009 from the year before. Star-Advertiser.

Local retailers are projecting a "strong holiday season," with most contacted in the days before Black Friday saying overall sales for the year are already up compared to last. Maui News.

A bill introduced by Honolulu City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi would cap sewer fees for homeowners who earn $50,000 a year or less at .33 percent of their monthly income. KHON2.

After a 14-month journey around Hawaii County government, Mayor Billy Kenoi's ethics-reform package died a quiet death last week. Tribune-Herald.

Jamae Kawauchi, a Hilo attorney specializing in land-use, civil and business litigation, has been chosen to be Hawaii County's next clerk, Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong said Friday. Tribune-Herald.

The state Department of Health is warning divers to avoid the water around Pearl Harbor's Pier Mike 1 after thousands of gallons of sewage spilled in a storm drain that empties into harbor. Associated Press.

The Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission will hold a meeting at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 30 at the Kahului Community Center. Maui News.

After a year and a half of back and forth, the proposed protections for Mo`omomi-Anahaki are ready to be sent to the Hawaiian Homes Commission for a vote next month. Molokai Dispatch.

A bit of nostalgia on the Hawaii Five-0 set. Al Harrington, the only living member of the original cast, shot a guest spot for an upcoming episode. Hawaii News Now.

The parents of former U.H. quarterback Colt Brennan say little has changed in the past 24 hours. KHON2.