Monday, January 17, 2011

Hawaii gears up for legislative session, workers' marijuana use up, Army tests fat wagons, 'Sky is Falling' message brings apology, tasers scrutinized, 77% of Hawaii women pro-choice, more

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AAA Hawaii has announced that 26 locations have been given AAA Four Diamond ratings for 2011. Pacific Business News.

It's humpback whale season in Hawaii and volunteers are needed to county for annual migraters. Hawaii News Now.

Big waves and snow on Big Island summits are in the forecast today as a mild storm front makes its way down the island chain and storms west of the island generated a high surf warning. Star-Advertiser.

A big swell out of the west north west has brought dangerous surf to the islands. KITV4.

Civil Defense’s ‘sky is falling’ message sent in error. Garden Island.

Kauai county officials apologized for a major mistake in a weather warning. Hawaii News Now.

Poll: 77% of Hawai‘i women are pro-choice. Garden Island.

You don't need to be at the Capitol to feel the buzz. The House leadership may still be in flux and the continuing state budget crisis unresolved, but there's tangible excitement growing in advance of the big day: Wednesday is when the 2011 Hawaii Legislature session begins. Civil Beat.

With the economy crawling toward recovery, state lawmakers open a new session of the state Legislature on Wednesday hopeful that the worst budget cuts are behind them but unsure about how to contain the red ink that lingers. Star-Advertiser.

The nation's most politically lopsided Legislature convenes this week with majority Democrats aiming to pass same-sex civil unions, climb out of a financial hole and consider costly new programs.Associated Press.

Legislators from West and South Maui said they would focus on infrastructure improvements for their districts, as well as measures addressing foreclosures, medical services and other issues in the lawmaking session beginning this week. Maui News.

The state House and Senate agriculture committees are set to hold a joint hearing on various agricultural issues, including food safety and diversified agriculture. Associated Press.

William Aila Jr. has been an environmentalist, a community activist and a native Hawaiian cultural practitioner.Star-Advertiser.

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann says he won't challenge U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka in the 2012 Democratic primary.Associated Press.

The State Health Department said Sunday night that the muddy water that was leaking from the Waimanalo Gulch Landfill stopped leaking as of Sunday morning. KHON2.

The Honolulu Police Department was the first in the state to start using tasers six years ago. The Neighbor Islands followed suit purchasing hundreds of the electric stun guns. Now, lawsuits over their use are starting to surface. Hawaii Public Radio.

The state has awarded a $99 million, three-year contract to Securitas Services for security guard work at state airports.Hawaii Reporter.

Native Hawaiian practitioners have called for a stop to a State of Hawaii construction project in on Oahu’s leeward coast that began last month without the proper precautions to protect against disturbing burial sites. Hawaii Independent.

More Hawaii workers who take drug tests are testing positive for marijuana. Associated Press.

An Army Humvee at Fort Shafter Flats has started tooling around with a faint smell of french fries and tempura coming from its exhaust.Star-Advertiser.

Ka'u residents concerned about police operations in the 700-square-mile district will have the chance to express their feelings during a Wednesday community meeting in Pahala. West Hawaii Today.

More than four years after temblors shook the Big Island to its core, Paauilo residents on Saturday celebrated the reopening of their beloved community center. West Hawaii Today.

A free, daylong block party at the University of Hawaii at Hilo attracted an estimated 1,000-plus students, area residents and even a few Kona folks. Tribune-Herald.

During a Kaua‘i County Council public hearing Wednesday for a bill that would put an end to county furloughs, County Deputy Prosecutor Jake Delaplane said the measures to cut the budget have been dangerous and harmful. Garden Island.