Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pearl Harbor welcomes new submarine, tax revenues down, obsolete state employees perform busy work, school fees to rise, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

The USS North Carolina became the third Virginia-class submarine to be homeported at Pearl Harbor yesterday as the U.S. builds up its fleet of the advanced attack submarines in the Pacific. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii now has three advanced attack subs stationed in the islands.KITV4.

An East-West Center program, “Legacies of the Pacific War,” which EWC co-sponsored in July with the USS Arizona Memorial Museum Association and the National Park Service World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, has been the subject of some critical attention because of one complaint that the program was anti-veteran. Hawaii Reporter.

Tax receipts flowing into the state's general fund have dropped by almost 6 percent during the first four months of the current fiscal year. KHON2.

State tax collections through October improved but were still about 6 percent lower than a year ago, according to the Department of Taxation Star-Advertiser.

Government Waste Watch: State Paying Staff to Retype Every Food Stamp Application. Civil Beat.

Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie told state Senate Democrats yesterday that he plans to release $23.7 million from the state's rainy day fund to help more than three-dozen social-service programs. Star-Advertiser.

Thousands of people are vying for a job in the administration of governor-elect Neil Abercrombie. KHON2.

Public school fees for student meals and after-school programs are on the rise in Hawaii. Associated Press.

Habitat home off the grid. Maui News.

An alcoholic beverage popular with college students is being scrutinized in Hawaii and outlawed in states across the country. Hawaii News Now.

A case involving police overtime abuse is headed to trial. KHON2.

HMSA lost $6 million in the third quarter while Kaiser Hawaii made $3 million - but both reported further increases in the cost of health care. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii County could add up to $56 million to its $291.4 million debt under a loan-authorization bill the County Council will likely pass during its meeting Wednesday in Keauhou. Tribune-Herald.

A moment of inattention has cost a Pearl City widower $3,700 in cash. Now, Rolando Diaz and the police are asking for the public’s help to identify the person who walked off with his money. KITV4.

Perhaps it comes down to how you define wildlife trafficking. For Snorkel Bob, aka Robert Wintner, wildlife is trafficked every time a tropical fish collector ships a fish from Hawaii and the resulting damage to Hawaii’s reefs and their habitu├ęs is squarely on the backs of the aquarium trade. Hawaii Independent.

The oldest agricultural organization in the United States has arrived on Kaua‘i. Garden Island.

A Hilton Hawaiian Village housekeeper said she has become the target of escalating harassment because she crossed the picket line during last month's five-day strike by the hotel's 1,500 Unite Here Local 5 members. Star-Advertiser.

Proposed increases in land rents for farmers who have tilled Kamilonui Valley's soil for decades have those farmers in an uproar. Associated Press.

With cattle grazing freely on ranches throughout the island, it's always possible for one to amble a little too far in the wrong direction and unwittingly escape. To help it return home, ranchers have an easy way to identify their own by using a brand. West Hawaii Today.