Friday, November 19, 2010

Hawaii to get wet, economic forecasters upbeat, lawsuits filed about UH records, foodstamps, health care, homeless among us, Hawaii County ignores safety sticker laws, 20-year Kauai councilman retires, UH to leave WAC, more state news

The National Weather Service says there is an increasing threat of heavy showers and thunderstorms for all islands through today. KHON2.

It's been an unprecedentedy dry year, and Ka'u ranchers have felt the impact of a lack of rain. West Hawaii Today.

The official state forecast suggests Hawaii's economy is upshifting, even if only from first to second gear. Hawaii News Now.

As the year winds down, the state is growing more optimistic about Hawaii's economic forecast for 2011. KHON2.

Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie won't attend a Colorado seminar for new governors because his mother-in-law is ill. Associated Press.

The Center on the Family at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the State Department of Human Services have released the Homeless Service Utilization Report: Hawaii 2010.

The holidays are when family and friends gather around hearth and home. But many Hawaii residents will spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with no place to call home. Tribune-Herald.

Data misleading, says homeless center CEO. Maui News.

The homeless rate for the state rose 3 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, but on Kaua‘i the homeless rate declined 7 percent, to 625 people. Garden Island.

A federal lawsuit seeks to force Hawaii's government to more quickly hand out food stamps to families in need because the state has been falling behind. Associated Press.

A class action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Honolulu Thursday alleging the University of Hawaii exposed the private information of 100,000 citizens including students, faculty and guests at the university. KITV4.

Through Class Action, Micronesians Challenge Hawaii’s Attempt to Curb Taxpayer-Sponsored Healthcare Benefits. Hawaii Reporter.

Thousands of Hawaii residents could see their extended unemployment benefits run out early after Congress failed in its first attempt to renew the program that funds them. Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii County administration routinely ignores automobile safety check laws, according to a quick survey of parking lots surrounding county buildings in Hilo this week. West Hawaii Today.

The people expressed their wishes loud and clear when they passed a constitutional amendment that replaced the elected board of education with one appointed by the governor. Civil Beat.

Mayor Billy Kenoi's $56 million loan request was approved Wednesday by the County Council, which could overturn that action when three new lawmakers take office next month. Tribune-Herald.

Two big items before the County Council got favorable votes Wednesday, but one will be called back before the legislative body for reconsideration. West Hawaii Today.

What you see from the outside of the restaurant doesn't always tell the story even if you are paying top dollar just to get into an establishment. Hawaii News Now.

A craft fair that was canceled after a state Tax Department crackdown on "cash economy" businesses has been rescheduled for Dec. 4 at the Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall's Hawaii Suites, Mayor Peter Carlisle announced yesterday. Star-Advertiser.

After months of anxiety, the University of Hawaii's athletic future suddenly came into focus last night with the stunning revelation that it expects to leave the Western Athletic Conference to join the Mountain West Conference in football and place most of its other sports in the Big West Conference. Star-Advertiser.

Big Island residents have long suspected volcanic smog, or vog, has played havoc on the respiratory system. West Hawaii Today.

Pacific Wings is planning to apply for a federal subsidy that will lower the price of its Kalaupapa flights.Molokai Dispatch.

The Mortgage Store, a Maui business that was started by investment adviser George Lindell and sold to his daughter, has filed for bankruptcy, with liabilities of about $14.7 million and assets somewhat less. Maui News.

If Kaua‘i County Council Chair William U. “Kaipo” Asing had his way, there would be no story, no council certificate honoring his three decades of public service, no fanfare, period. Garden Island.