Monday, November 8, 2010

Hawaii rains don't quite cure drought, $11.4M drug abuse grant, Aloun Farms under spotlight in human trafficking case, civil unions could become law, Honolulu City Council changing, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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As if it isn't already painful at the checkout counter. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest Consumer Price Index for Food shows prices rising sharply over the next year, particularly for meat and milk. KITV4.

The U.S. Department of Justice Human Trafficking division made good on its threat to pursue additional charges against Aloun Farms owners Michael Mankone Sou and Alec Souphone Sou after a series of legal maneuvers enabled them to back out of their plea deal. Hawaii Reporter.

Recent wet weather has helped alleviate drought conditions around the state. Hawaii News Now.

The inch of rain that fell Saturday at South Point might not have looked like a torrent, but it was the biggest rainfall of the year for that parched corner of the island. Tribune-Herald.

The Public Utilities Commission, denying a rate hike to Hawaii Electric Light Co., has told the company to cut its wages and benefits - issuing the order in the middle of labor negotiations. Hawaii News Now.

Gov. Linda Lingle and Maj. Gen. Robert Lee bid aloha to the Hawaii National Guard in ceremonies Saturday at Hickam Air Force Base. Hawaii News Now.

The families of the four veterans proudly listened during Saturday’s ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific as the names of their fallen soldiers were read. KITV4.

Hawaii voters have opened the way for same-sex civil unions to become state law next year, with an election that gave victory to a pro-gay rights gubernatorial candidate and rejected many church-backed candidates. Associated Press.

Democrat Neil Abercrombie has been in the thick of Hawaii politics for four decades and is as well known in the islands as the state's favorite son, President Barack Obama. Associated Press.

Todd Apo will preside over the City Council as its chairman for the last time this morning and likely will turn the gavel over to Councilman Nestor Garcia to wield until four new Council members take office in January. Star-Advertiser.

The City Council will hold a meeting Monday to discuss who will take up Donavan Dela Cruz's seat. KHON2.

In his decisive victory over incumbent Mayor Charmaine Tavares, Mayor-elect Alan Arakawa won all but two county precincts. Maui News.

A Porsche 911 will cost you $209 in yearly vehicle registration fees. But a Ford F-150? Try $329. Civil Beat.

Kalihi Valley sees drop in property crimes, HPD says ‘homeless’ not targeted by bill. Hawaii Independent.

About 1,500 gallons of sewage spills into Kalihi Stream. Star-Advertiser.

The state Housing Finance and Development Corp. has been fined $110,000 for failing to close large-capacity cesspools at its Jack Hall Memorial Housing property on the Big Island. Associated Press.

An $11.4 million federal grant will support a Hawaii program that provides vouchers to people with drug and alcohol problems to pay for treatment and recovery services. Associated Press.

Kahuku football players, their parents and supporters standing behind the decision to fight against their sudden elimination from post-season play. KHON2.

Mayor Billy's Kenoi's "full-court press" to build a park in Hawaiian Paradise Park hasn't convinced the subdivision's board to donate the site, said Ron Vizzone, president of the HPP Owners Association. Tribune-Herald.

The long-promised South Kona Police Station moved another step forward with the release of a final environmental assessment, however, only $1 million in funding for the project has been requested in the coming years. West Hawaii Today.

Procedures are being changed at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center after a man police consider dangerous was able to leave the facility while police were there to arrest him on a new warrant. Associated Press.

County Council takes action on confusing sign ordinance. Lahaina News.

The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii-Manoa has received $20,000 from the Monsanto Fund. Associated Press.

Twenty Kaua‘i piano students ll be playing in the Hawai‘i Music Teachers Association Pianomania 2010, Sunday, at the Blaisdell Center on O‘ahu. Garden Island.

In regard to hunting rules for game birds and mammals, DLNR will hold statewide public hearings, starting November 8, on amendments to update hunting rules for game birds and game mammals. Molokai Dispatch.